Sunday 27 May 2018

The game at a glance

Man of the match

John Mullane (Waterford)

He scored 1-6, all from open play, and came so close to scoring a second goal late in the first half, but was denied by a great save from David Herity. Mullane continued to take the fight to Kilkenny all the way to the end.

Turning point

Late in the first half, Kilkenny 'keeper Herity made a great save from Mullane at a time when a goal would have put Waterford a point ahead. Instead, Kilkenny broke downfield and Richie Hogan shot their second goal.

Talking point

How much more had Kilkenny left in the tank? They looked to be playing well within themselves, even when Waterford cut the lead to five points with seven minutes left.

Ref watch

Barry Kelly awarded 14 frees to Waterford and six to Kilkenny, while the booking count read: Kilkenny 5, Waterford 2. The reasons for such a differential on either front weren't readily apparent.

What they said

Brian Cody (Kilkenny manager):

"Our two goals were very important. They came at the right time and gave us a bit of a cushion, but we still had an awful lot of work to do. With 10 minutes to go, a Waterford goal would have really opened it up, but we defended well which was crucial.It's all about winning in a semi-final -- the margin is not important."

Davy Fitzgerald

(Waterford manager):

"A lot of people thought we'd be massacred here today, but we weren't. We put in a massive effort, but it just wasn't enough. A few decisions went against us, but the lads kept plugging away and pulled it back to five points late on. It shows how much heart and courage these boys have."

Match statistics

Wides: Kilkenny 17 (7); Waterford 9 (3)

Frees: Kilkenny 6 (4); Waterford 14 (7)

Yellow cards: Kilkenny 5 (TJ Reid 12, R Power 48, M Fennelly 52, J Tyrrell 56, H Shefflin 60); Waterford 2 (J Mullane 28, E Kelly 42)

Red cards: Kilkenny 0; Waterford 0

Attendance: 31,634

What next?

Kilkenny play Dublin or Tipperary in the All-Ireland final on September 4; Waterford have to live with the disappointment of losing an eighth All-Ireland semi-final since 1998.

Irish Independent

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