Nicky English: Improving Cork show real resilience to set up a fitting final

Rebels dig deep to see off defiant Cats but champions Limerick looking formidable

Shane Kingson: his  introduction worked wonders for Cork in the second half against Kilkenny as he produced an outstanding personal display, firing a string of points from play. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

Shane Kingson: his introduction worked wonders for Cork in the second half against Kilkenny as he produced an outstanding personal display, firing a string of points from play. Photograph: Laszlo Geczo/Inpho

After Saturday, there was a temptation to wonder whether it was worth Kilkenny’s and Cork’s while turning up for this semi-final given the awesome nature of Limerick’s win over Waterford. But turn up they did – and with gusto in what turned out to be a brilliant contest.

Ultimately the better team won and more significantly the more dangerous opponents for Limerick. Cork are a young team and learning on the job. The space in Croke Park suited them and they eventually cut through Kilkenny.

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