THE WEIGHT OF goals delivered by Henry Shefflin and his attacking colleagues eventually buried Limerick after a close contest in the first half.
The Cats emerged from their quarter-final encounter by a scoreline of 4-16 to 1-16 and will now face Tipperary in the last four on 19 August.
The much-anticipated contest will be Kilkenny’s 16th successive semi-final.
Manager Brian Cody paid tribute to Shefflin for keeping his side ticking over in the first half and has now set his sights on a knockout game against the side they defeated in the All-Ireland final last year.
Cody told RTÉ, after the match, he was happy to get the win over a promising Limerick outfit that really put it up to his side in the first half. He commented:
We were struggling a bit and were lucky to be a point up at half-time. We picked it up a bit in the second half. The prize was to get get an All-Ireland semi-final and we have achieved that.
The veteran manager denied that there was any added pressure on Kilkenny following their Leinster Final defeat to Galway two weeks ago.
“We were aware of the challenge that Limerick would bring and they brought every bit of it,” said Cody.
Shefflin was back to his best on Sunday and his personal tally at the final whistle was 2-05. Cody said:
In fairness, Henry did a large amount of scoring for us in the first half. It is a testament to the man he is.
Lots of the lads picked it up and got scores in the second-half.”
Ever the master of understatement, Cody remarked that many of the Kilkenny panel were ‘looking forward’ to their August date with Tipperary.