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Superb Scenes As Brian Cody Lands His 'Greatest Achievement' With Semi-Final Victory

Superb Scenes As Brian Cody Lands His 'Greatest Achievement' With Semi-Final Victory
By Maurice Brosnan Updated

In the long list of everlasting rules for the GAA, the ruling at the top should read as follows: 'Never, ever, write off Brian Cody.'

Kilkenny are in the All-Ireland final once again. The Cats toppled defending champions Limerick in Croke Park on a scoreline of 2-17 to 1-21. It was exhilarating, enthralling, efficient and ultimately, deserved.

At half-time, they led by 1-12 to 1-09. A Colin Fennelly goal and TJ Reid masterclass sending them on their way. Limerick, to their credit, did what champions do and dug deep to respond with an Aaron Gillane penalty. In the second half, they hit back once more as super-sub Shane Dowling hit a sublime strike past Eoin Murphy.

A late point from James Maher proved crucial and in the end, Kilkenny were deserved victors.

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Speaking on RTE, Kilkenny great Jackie Tyrell hailed Cody's contribution.

We were very lucky to have some golden days with Kilkenny but I would argue that's Brian Cody's greatest achievement to date. Getting a team to beat that Limerick. All respect to Kilkenny, Limerick are a better team on paper. Out of sheer guts, sheer bravery, sheer spirit, Brian just draws an unbelievable performance out of every one of them. I would argue that's Cody's greatest performance as a team.

21 years, 11 All-Irelands, four different iterations of the team, one man reigning supreme at the helm.

The king stays the king.

SEE ALSO: Farrell Outlines Concern As Limerick Captain Hannon Substituted At Half-Time

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