Kilkenny 1-21 Limerick 2-17
Kilkenny came set out to accomplish one goal during the weekend which was to roll over Limerick. Seventy-five minutes of high octane game of hurling in Croke Park later, they were never led. They led the game from the first minute, thanks to TJ Reid and from that point onwards Kilkenny were never caught. They’ve now won each of the last 11 All-Ireland semi-finals they’ve been involved in. For Limerick, the game was an end to a summer that never really took off. Fortunately they went out like champions, full of effort to the last as they tried to overcome their flaws.
Tipperary 3-20 Wexford 1-28
The second All Ireland Semi-Final of the weekend was set to be a climatic penultimate battle. Wexford had the potential to cause another upset after they recently won their first Leinster final in fifteen years. This semi final was full of twists and turns with 10 minutes to play, a man and three points up, Wexford looked destined to reach their first All-Ireland final since 1996 however it was not to be.
Many would have expected Wexford to press home the advantage of having an extra-man but it was Tipperary who responded better to the red card. Wexford initially prospered after Tipperary man McGrath’s exit but couldn’t sustain their dominance and as Tipperary rallied in the closing stages, Davy Fitzgerald’s men had no answer.
But it will be Tipperary who advance to face Kilkenny – for the sixth time in 11 years – after a classic comeback win featuring drama, controversy and brilliance at Croke Park.
The 2019 All Ireland hurling final will take place on Sunday August 18th at Croke Park with throw in fixed for 3.30 pm.