The All-Ireland senior hurling semi-final lineup will be the same as last year.
The Cats will go up against Clare on the 8th of July, with The Banner manager Brian Lohan saying the game is massive for the county;
“Yeah, it’s massive, it’s massive for us. Kilkenny are there every year, and they’re the standards, they always have been the standard.”
“They have really good players, and they’re in great shape this year, having won the Leinster championship again, like, so it’s a big challenge for us.”
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Tony Kelly scored a hat trick as the Banner disposed of Dublin by 5-26 to 2-17 in spectacular fashion last weekend. The Ballyea man was happy to put the Munster final defeat against Limerick behind him and has his sights firmly now set on Kilkenny;
“The result was the main thing, we wanted to put together a few pieces of good play with it, and we did that for a few spells. There were maybe lulls in the game where we may not have done that but we are thrilled with the display.”
“The ruthlessness in our display in terms of our scoring. We came in from deserved criticism on the last day of the Munster final, we left a lot of chances up front behind us. So we tried to rectify that this week, and we did that. We left a bit behind us in the first quarter but we managed it a bit better this time around.”
“You are down to the last four, this is where you want to be. The last four will all think they can win the All-Ireland. That is the game of hurling at the minute, it is brilliant. We are no different, we will go to Dublin (Croke Park) to give it everything we have and Kilkenny will do likewise.
Listen back as Kilkenny booked their first All-Ireland SHC final since 2019 with a dominating display against Clare in Croke Park last year.