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Published: 17:02 | 7/8/16

Kilkenny fight back to draw with Waterford


Walter Walsh netted a crucial 69th-minute goal, as Kilkenny sneaked a draw with Waterford in a thrilling All-Ireland SHC semi-final at Croke Park.

It finished Kilkenny 1-21 Waterford 0-24 at Croker, the first All-Ireland hurling semi-final to end in a draw since 2003.

The two sides will meet again at Semple Stadium on Saturday 13 August, with the prize a place in the Croke Park final on 4 September.

Trailing 0-23 to 0-20 as the game approached injury-time, All-Ireland champions Kilkenny netted the only goal of the game, with Walsh slamming home from Colin Fennelly's offload.

The Deise went ahead again in injury-time from Pauric Mahony's 14th point of the game, but Conor Fogarty levelled again to set up a replay.

It was another magnificent fightback from Brian Cody's men, who were five points down after 54 minutes following Austin Gleeson's fifth point of the game.

"It was a serious game. We were chasing the game and never really got ahead. The first time we weren’t behind was at the final whistle," Cody said afterwards.

"It took a huge effort to stay in touch, to fight it out and to grind it out. As the game went on, it was apparent that we needed a goal to really strike a bit of a blow because whenever we got within a point or two, they picked off some terrific long-range points.

"That gave them that breathing space, but we did get the goal, a really good goal. They responded with a point and we got a point then to level it. We almost had another point to win the game. It is a serious game to look forward to again."

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