Waterford comeback stuns Kilkenny as Deise reach All-Ireland final


Waterford completed a sensational turnaround to reach the All-Ireland hurling final after stunning Kilkenny.


The Deise had trailed by nine points at one stage, but a remarkable third quarter and some incredibl fielding gave them only their third win over Kilkenny in the history of the Championship.


Remarkably, for the 20th time, Brian Cody was leading a Kilkenny side into an All-Ireland semi final - he hadn't lost one since 2005.


The ever reliable TJ Reid got the scoring going with a free.


Waterford were struggling to hold onto the ball, with three early wides.


Sloppy


Martin Keoghan put Kilkenny three clear as Jack Fagan fired Waterford's fourth wide in response.


Calum Lyons eventually got Waterford off the mark with six played.


Jack Prendergast took advantage of some sloppy Kilkenny defending to keep the Deise going.


But the Cats did what they do best - a sucker-punch of a goal.


A huge Eoin Murphy puckout landed into the path of Richie Hogan.


Hogan's shot was brilliantly stopped by Stephen O'Keeffe - but Keoghan was there to fire in the rebound.




Both sides added scores before the water break as Waterford trailed by five.


Lyons was having a great start as he knocked over his second point and a fourth for Waterford.


But their wide count continued to rise.


Reid ended a nine minute drought for Kilkenny with another free.


Break


And then they just did it again.


Another long ball.


Another break.


And TJ Reid couldn't miss as he blasted past Stephen O'Keeffe.




The hero of the Clare win, Dessie Hutchinson, got his first score to make it a five-point game.


Kilkenny were relentless, capitalising on the (multiple) mistakes from Waterford.


John Donnelly's point put nine between the sides.


Reid has hit 1-07 of Kilkenny's 2-11 half time total as they led by seven points to Waterford's 0-10.


Eoin Cody registered the first score of the second half, but a piece of magic put the Cats among the pigeons.


A monstrous catch from Jack Fagan set up Stephen Bennett, who showed great composure to finish low.




Bennett got another point to narrow the gap further as Waterford started to motor.


A free from the same man made the gap two points.


Shane McNulty then landed a long-range score from a short puckout but the legendary Hogan responded.




Austin Gleeson made it a level game with 20 minutes to go.


Monster


Another monster from Neil Montgomery had the Deise ahead for the first time!


He added another to give them a three-point lead at the water break.


But as any hurling fan will tell you, you should never write off the Cats.


TJ Reid kept them in it, but Jack Fagan was catching every ball that came his way for Waterford.


And it was one of them that set up a crucial score.


He fed Darragh Lyons who gave Murphy no chance.




Another from Bennett after a Murphy error put Waterford five clear with seven minutes left on the clock.


But Reid's frees kept Cody's side in it and another from play put two between them.


An over-the-shoulder effort from Gleeson was cancelled out by Reid as four minutes of added time were signalled.


Iarlaith Daly got his first, Paddy Deegan hit back.


Tadgh de Brca's first score left Kilkenny needing a goal to equalise.


Gleeson got an insurance point.