Tuesday 12 December 2017

the game at a glance

Man of the match

Eoin Larkin (Kilkenny)

The Kilkenny captain scored his side's first goal in the fifth minute, created the second for Colin Fennelly five minutes later and continued to scourge the Cork defence all the way to finish line.

Turning point

None. Kilkenny took control from the off and never relented.

Talking point

Cork's inability to rise to the pitch of the game early on, a failing which left them beaten with an hour to go.

Ref watch

James McGrath had an easy day. Kilkenny's early surge took the sting out of a game where the hurling was quite loose throughout.

What they said

Brian Cody (Kilkenny manager)

"We gave a good performance. We went out to take up the challenge and the lads did it very well. The good start was important but it was just as important to keep things going all through the game and they did that too."

Jimmy Barry-Murphy (Cork manager)

"It's a reality check. We knew we'd get knocks along the way while we're developing a young team but I'm disappointed that we didn't show what we're capable of. The nature of the defeat knocks confidence -- I just hope it doesn't set the lads back too much."

Match statistics

Wides: Cork 10 (3 in the first half); Kilkenny 11 (8)

Frees: Cork 14 (7); Kilkenny 11 (7)

Yellow cards: Cork 1 (J Gardiner 46); Kilkenny 2 (JJ Delaney 28, P Murphy 35).

Attendance: 16,117

What next?

Cork play Limerick or Tipperary in the Munster semi-final on June 24. Kilkenny play Carlow/Laois/Dublin in the Leinster semi-final on June 17.

Irish Independent

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