Preview: Clare vs. Kilkenny in the All-Ireland Hurling Semi-Final
In a highly anticipated clash, Clare and Kilkenny will meet in the All-Ireland semi-final. Kilkenny go into the game as Leinster champions, while Clare secured their place in the semi-final after defeating Dublin in the quarter-final.
History and Desires
Kilkenny are aiming to reach the final of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship for the second year in a row. On the other hand, Clare last appeared in the final in 2013, when they took the title again.
Road to the Semi-Finals
Clare’s journey to the semi-finals included victories over Tipperary, Limerick, Waterford, Cork, and a superb performance against Dublin in the quarter-final. Kilkenny, meanwhile, defeated Westmeath, Galway, Antrim, Dublin, and impressed Wexford before defeating Galway in the Leinster final.
For Clare, Tony Kelly leads the scoring with impressive figures of 5-32, followed by Aidan McCarthy and Mark Rodgers. Kilkenny’s TJ Reid was top scorer with 2-54, with Eoin Cody and Martin Keoghan also contributing heavily.
Headlines and Recent Meetings
The last five competitive meetings between Clare and Kilkenny have seen the Cats rise, including their clash in the All-Ireland semi-final last year. However, Clare’s only victory over Kilkenny came in the semi-final of the 1997 All-Ireland, adding further interest to the meeting.
All-Ireland Semi-Final History
Kilkenny have a strong record in All-Ireland semi-finals, winning seven of their last ten games, including their win over Clare last year. On the other hand, Clare have a mixed record in the semi-finals, with one win, one draw, and six losses in their last ten matches.
Clare v Kilkenny First Teams
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The semi-final clash between Clare and Kilkenny promises to be an exciting encounter, with both teams fighting for a place in the All-Ireland final. With a history of close battles and Kilkenny’s recent dominance in head-to-head meetings, Clare will be keen to topple the odds and secure a place in the final. Hurling fans are eagerly awaiting the highly anticipated clash between the two talented teams.
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