Brian Cody is keeping faith with the fifteen that started against Waterford on Sunday last as the Kilkenny chief and his selectors named an unchanged side for Saturday evening’s All-Ireland Senior Hurling Semi-final replay.
Kilkenny team to face Waterford
3,Joey Holden,Ballyhale Shamrocks
6,Kieran Joyce,Rower Inistioge
8,Conor Fogarty,Erins Own
9,Michael Fennelly,Ballyhale Shamrocks
10,Walter Walsh,Tullogher Rosbercon
11,T J Reid,Ballyhale Shamrocks
14,Colin Fennelly,Ballyhale Shamrocks
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16,Richie Reid,Ballyhale Shamrocks
17,Jackie Tyrrell,James Stephens
19,Conor O Shea,Clara
21,Eoin Larkin,James Stephens
23,Kevin Kelly,St Patricks
24,Mark Bergin,O’Loughlin Gaels
The team news can be taken as a sign that on paper Kilkenny have recovered well enough for Saturday’s clash after a thrilling and bruising encounter in Croke Park last weekend.
Eoin Larkin and Lester Ryan, both called into action at the first time of asking, start from the bench. A lot has been put on Kilkenny during the week around their championship record when it comes to replays but as Cody keeps reiterating time and again, ultimately, it’s all about what happens on the day.
At time of writing, Waterford’s team is yet to be announced.
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