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Last Updated: Sunday, 3 September 2006, 16:03 GMT 17:03 UK
Cork 1-13 1-16 Kilkenny
Kilkenny beat champions Cork in the Liam McCarthy final
Derek Lyng of Kilkenny challenges Cork's Tom Kenny
Cork were denied a third All-Ireland hurling title as Kilkenny reclaimed the Liam McCarthy Cup with a three-point success at Croke Park on Sunday.

The Cats' star performer Henry Shefflin landed eight points and Aidan Fogarty scored a goal and three as Brian Cody's men stunned the favourites.

Kilkenny had been six points ahead with four minutes left but Ben O'Connor got a goal for Cork to halve the arrears.

That ensured a tense finale but Cork were unable to overturn the deficit.

A nip-and-tuck first half burst into life when Fogarty fired into the net after 29 minutes, a goal which saw Kilkenny three points ahead at half-time.

Fogarty (2), Shefflin (3), Cha Fitzpatrick, Richie Power and Eddie Brennan all pointed in the second half to put the Cats six points ahead with 76 minutes played.

O'Connor found the net with a low shot to revive Cork's hopes but they failed to add to that, leaving Kilkenny to celebrate their 29th All-Ireland.

"I always say the best team wins the All-Ireland and we were the best today," said manager Cody after his fourth McCarthy triumph.

"Cork were great champions and I pay tribute to them.

"But the commitment and workrate our players showed was outrageous really."

Cork: D Og Cusack, B Murphy, D O'Sullivan, P Mulcahy, J Gardiner, R Curran, S Og O hAilpin, T Kenny, J O'Connor; T McCarthy, N McCarthy, N Ronan, B O'Connor, B Corcoran, J Deane.

Kilkenny: J McGarry, M Kavanagh, N Hickey, J Tyrrell, J Tyall, J Tennyson, T Walsh, C Fitzpatrick, D Lyng, R Power, H Shefflin, E Larkin, E Brennan, M Comerford, A Fogarty.

  • In the minor hurling final, Tipperary beat Galway 2-18 to 2-07.

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