It has been a first-half of intense action as Limerick and Kilkenny go toe-to-toe for a place in Sunday week's All-Ireland semi-final against Cork. Under the rain in Thurles, an early Kilkenny lead was reigned in, and ultimately eclipsed, by a Limerick side that looked content to play the full match out in a single burst.
Leading 0-15 to 0-12 at the half-way mark, it nevertheless could have been much more comfortable for Limerick.
If not for Eoin Murphy's heroics in the Kilkenny goal, the Brian Cody's men could have been facing a far tougher battle in the second-half.
Described as an 'angry goalkeeper' by former Tipperary 'keeper Brendan Cummins, the two-time All-Ireland winner tremendously enjoyed seeing Murphy in action.
However, speaking on the RTÉ panel at half-time, he is not so certain that Kilkenny's #1 will be best-pleased at being called into action so often:
He is just amazing ... but look, he's an angry goalkeeper, you know what I mean? He's in the dressing room now at half-time, and he's a leader, I'm sure he's in there at half-time beating the table saying, 'lads, they got three shots at me - what's going on here?'
He's a leader in the group and like I said, he's an angry goalkeeper.
Taking the time to gush over Murphy's astonishing saves, you can get a glimpse of them below.
Limerick lead Kilkenny 0-15 to 0-12 at the break in Semple Stadium. Check out the half-time highlights here on GAANOW! pic.twitter.com/Br7VYgHEE1
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