Waterford gutted as Kilkenny snatch 1-21 to 0-24 draw with late goal

Waterford's Austin Gleeson scored five points but it wasn't enough to defeat All-Ireland hurling champions Kilkenny in Croke Park
Waterford's Austin Gleeson scored five points but it wasn't enough to defeat All-Ireland hurling champions Kilkenny in Croke Park

Waterford spurned the chance to shock champions Kilkenny in Sunday's All-Ireland hurling semi-final and conceded a late goal to draw 1-21 to 0-24.

The Deise were three points up as they chased a first final appearance since 2008 but Walter Walsh's 69th minute strike rescued the Cats in Croke Park.

Pauric Mahony's 14th point put Waterford ahead again before Conor Fogarty struck a last gasp leveller.

The teams will meet again at Thurles next Saturday 13 August (18:45 BST).

Kilkenny, bidding for a third All-Ireland title in a row, were hot favourites to progress but Waterford were the dominant side and led by 0-13 to 0-12 at the break.

The Munster side led by five points, 0-22 to 0-17 after 56 minutes, but couldn't hold on in and missed a huge opportunity to inflict a stunning defeat on Brian Cody's side.

Kilkenny: E Murphy; P Murphy, J Holden, S Prendergast; P Walsh, K Joyce, C Buckley; C Fogarty (0-2), M Fennelly (0-1); W Walsh (1-1), R Hogan (0-4), TJ Reid (0-11, 11f); J Farrell, J Power, C Fennelly (0-1).

Subs: E Larkin (0-1) for Farrell, L Ryan for Joyce.

Waterford: S O'Keeffe; S Fives, B Coughlan, N Connors; Philip Mahony, T de Burca, C Gleeson; K Moran (0-1), J Barron; M Walsh, A Gleeson (0-5), Pauric Mahony (0-14, 9f, 1 '65'); S Bennett, J Dillon (0-2), C Dunford.

Subs: M Shanahan (0-1) for Dunford, P Curran (0-1) for Bennett, B O'Halloran for Dillon.

Referee: J Owens (Wexford).

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