Both the Kilkenny minors and seniors endured losses in Semple Stadium today, the minors were up against Galway in the first match of the day and fell behind early on with Galway picking off points with much more ease, eight points the difference at half time. The second half continued in the same vein for both teams and Kilkenny struggled to close the gap with Galway eventually running out seven point winners to book their All-Ireland semi-final place. Kilkenny will have to do it all again next Saturday in Semple Stadium against Limerick, that match has a throw in time of 3pm. An All-Ireland semi-final space awaits the winner.
The seniors once again had a thrilling contest and despite behind ahead at various stages of the first half they headed down the tunnel at half-time three point behind on a scoreline of 0-12 to 0-15. On the restart Kilkenny started the slow process to close that gap and they had to wait until the 64th minute when Richie Hogan struck for goal before they retook the lead, 2 points the advantage now. Limerick responded well grabbing the next three points, before Richie Leahy scored Kilkenny's final point. With the scores tied at 1-22 to 0-25, the next two points for Limerick proved crucial. Limerick had by now booked their place in the All-Ireland semi-final against Cork on July 29th. The performance of the these players and our management team this season is one we can be proud off and we can look truely look forward to 2019.
For both match reports, click below (John Knox, Kilkenny People)
For pictures from minor game click here (Credit: Martin Rowe)
For pictures from the senior game click here (Credit: Martin Rowe
The Kilkenny minors lost out in the Leinster Final to a very strong Dublin team following an amazing game on a score of 7-12 to 6-19. Kilkenny started the stronger with two goals in quick succession in the opening few minutes, Dublin followed these up with two of their own and by half time the score was 4-8 to 3-10, Kilkenny a point to the good. On the restart a Dublin brace of goals left Kilkenny trailing, a lead Dublin were never going to surrender as it turns out. The closing stages of the game saw Kilkenny claim two more goals but the four point deficit was enough to enure Dublin would claim the Leinster minor title for 2018. Kilkenny are still in the All-Ireland series and will play again in a fortnights time against either Galway or the Munster runners-up.
For match report, click below. (Trevor Spillane, Kilkenny People)
For photos, click here. (Willie Dempsey)
The Kilkenny minor team that takes on Dublin this Saturday at 3pm in O'Moore Park, Portlaoise has just been named, click below for full details.
The Kilkenny minor team to play Wexford on Saturday has been announced. The game is in Nowlan Park at 2pm. Click below for full details.
The Kilkenny minor team that will take on Dublin in their opening game of the Leinster Championship has just been named. Throw-in is at 12pm in Parnell Park on Sunday. Click for full details.