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13th Aug 2016

Twitter had a joygasm as Kilkenny edged Waterford in a pulsating, breathless replay

Never say die

Patrick McCarry

Kilkenny 2-19 Waterford 2-17

Amazing stuff in Thurles.

Kilkenny were on the ropes at Croke Park last week. This time out, they got their noses in front and eventually buried Waterford.

The opening exchanges were sensational – three goals traded in the first 10 minutes. Waterford’s second goal edged them ahead, midway through the half, but the Cats responded by upping their intensity and scoring accuracy.

The Déise went over 10 minutes without scoring but eventually got going in the second half. Austin Gleeson was a joy to watch but Kilkenny continued to take chances, clear-cut and scrappy.

They led by five points at one stage before a Waterford rally levelled matters. Kilkenny were not done yet and eeked out another chance, and score. Pauric O’Mahony had a chance to bring the game to extra time but his free dropped short. Richie Hogan hit a superb insurance point to end the contest and send his side back to Croker.

Down but rarely out. Kilkenny march on.

Twitter could barely catch its breath.

Over to ye, Tipp and Galway.

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