Kilkenny manager Brian Cody has expressed his satisfaction after his side rediscovered their Allianz league form to secure a semi-final place.

The Cats started their league campaign with defeats against Galway and Tipperary, but recovered with three wins on the trot against Waterford, Clare and Cork yesterday to set up a semi-final against the Tribesmen.

Cody told “We lost our first two games, though not by much.

"We were decent in those two games, up to a point. When our backs were to the wall in the final three games and we had to come out and win against three teams that were going very, very well, the response was good and we’ve achieved that.

“Now we have three weeks to a League semi-final, which we weren’t looking too optimistic about a few weeks ago.”

Cody’s team can now confidently look forward to the semi-final in three weeks time with defender Paul Murphy and attackers Henry Shefflin and TJ Reid still to return to the fold.