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Kilkenny 1-18 4-17 Tipperary

Aidan Fogarty and Paul Curran
Paul Curran tries to burst away from Aidan Fogarty at Croke Park

Tipperary wrecked Kilkenny's five-in-a-row ambitions as they deservedly won Sunday's All-Ireland Hurling Final.

Lar Corbett's early goal helped Tipp lead 1-3 to 0-1 but Richie Power's strike helped the Cats fight back to trail only 1-10 to 1-9 at half-time.

Corbett's second goal and another three-pointer two minutes later from Noel McGrath put Tipp in control again.

Kilkenny reduced the lead to three with 12 minutes left but they didn't get any closer as Corbett hit a further goal.

Tipp manager Liam Sheedy's second-half substitutions proved crucial as Seamus Callinan, Benny Dunne and Seamus Hennessy all hit vital late scores.

Henry Shefflin lasted only 13 minutes as he succumbed to his cruciate ligament injury despite the high-profile treatment by Ger Hartmann in the run-up to the decider.

Shefflin's free cancelled out Eoin Kelly's opening score but two more Kelly points were added to by Corbett's opening goal on 13 minutes.


The Tipp full-forward shrugged off Noel Hickey to field a long ball from Shane McGrath before lashing the ball to the net from close range.

John O'Brien added to Tipp's lead after Brendan Cummins had saved a goal attempt at the other end by TJ Reid.

Shefflin's departure saw Michael Rice introduced as Tipp increased their lead to 1-6 to 0-3 after 19 minutes following Brendan Maher and Kelly scores.

However, the Cats had the better of the remainder of the first half as they started to dominate play in the middle third of the field.

Richie Power hit 1-5 of Kilkenny's remaining first-half tally of 1-6 including his 32nd-minute goal after Eoin Larkin's thrust into the Tipp defence.

Suddenly, Tipp's six-point lead of the 30th minute dwindled to the minimum by the break as Kilkenny's dominance began to translate into scores.

But perhaps the half-time break came at the appropriate time for Liam Sheedy's side as the Tipp boss was able to get his side to regroup.

TJ Reid did level immediately (1-10 to 1-10) after the interval but Tipp responded with 2-1 in four minutes as Kelly's latest free was added to by the quickfire goals from Corbett and the superb Noel McGrath.

Corbett lashed his second goal to the roof of the net after being set up by McGrath.

Henry Shefflin
Henry Shefflin only lasted 13 minutes at Croke Park

Provider turned scorer two minutes later, when McGrath's instinct to follow up a long ball into the Kilkenny goalmouth proved inspired as he scrambled to the net from close range.

Inevitably, this magnificent Kilkenny team weren't going to submit without a massive fight and they hit four unanswered points to leave a puck of the ball between the sides with 16 minutes left.

At times, it seemed as though as repeat of last year's late Cats mugging could be on the cards as Tipp looked for a few moments to be running out of gas.

However, the introduction of Callinan proved an inspired change by Sheedy as he fired over successive points in the 59th and 62nd minutes to extend Tipp's lead to five again.

Crucial to Tipp's resolve also was Padraic Maher's brilliance in the closing 15 minutes after his switch to centre half-back.

Power's tally was brought up to 1-9 as he pointed on 67 minutes although he surely should have attempted to go low at that stage with his shot from 21 metres with Tipp six to the good at that stage.

Sub John Mulhall added a further Cats point but Sheedy's subs came further to the fore in the remaining moments as first Benny Dunne and then Seamus Hennessy broke Kilkenny's resistance with further long-range points.

Dunne's score must have represented some kind of redemption after his dismissal at a crucial stage in last year's decider.

Corbett's goal provided the topping on a glorious day for Tipp who were clinching the county's 26th Liam McCarthy Cup.

Kilkenny: PJ Ryan, John Dalton, Noel Hickey, Jackie Tyrrell, Tommy Walsh, John Tennyson, J.J. Delaney, James 'Cha' Fitzpatrick, Michael Fennelly, TJ Reid, Henry Shefflin, Eoin Larkin, Eddie Brennan, Richard Power, Aidan Fogarty

Tipperary: Brendan Cummins, Paddy Stapleton, Paul Curran, Michael Cahill, Declan Fanning, Conor O'Mahony, Padraic Maher, Brendan Maher, Shane McGrath, Gearóid Ryan, Patrick Maher, John O'Brien, Noel McGrath, Eoin Kelly, Lar Corbett.

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