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  • 15:18
    And then there were three. We know Galway will be one of the last two teams standing but today it’s all about the two most successful hurling sides in recent history, Tipperary and Kilkenny as they battle for the remaining place in the All-Ireland hurling final.

    Kilkenny and Tipperary have contested the All-Ireland final in each of the last three years but only one team will progress to that stage in 2012.

    The Cats may have lost their air of invincibility thanks to that comprehensive Leinster final defeat to Galway but Kilkenny’s convincing win over Limerick three weeks ago in the All-Ireland quarter-final served to remind everyone that Brian Cody’s charges are far from finished.

    Tipperary are confident going into today, perhaps more markedly so than in previous years. They are Munster champions and unlike previous years, they appear to be peaking at the right time. Tipperary began the year with forgettable performances in the league but that has been followed by an impressive Munster championship campaign.

    Will Tipperary condemn Kilkenny to a semi-final exit? Stay with me, Ciaran Daly this afternoon to find out.

    All-Ireland senior hurling championship semi-final


    Kilkenny v Tipperary 3.30pm
  • 15:20
    By the way, you can almost guarantee that this afternoon’s match is going to be close.
    The cumulative scores from the last three games between the sides - Kilkenny 5-57 Tipperary 5-56.
  • 15:22
    Tipperary are through to the All-Ireland minor hurling final after beating Galway on a score-line of 2-16 to 1-14

    All-Ireland minor hurling championship semi-final

    Tipperary 2-16 Galway 1-14
  • 15:25
    KILKENNY: D Herity; P Murphy, JJ Delaney, T Tyrrell; T Walsh, B Hogan, K Joyce; M Fennelly, M Rice; H Shefflin, TJ Reid, E Larkin; C Fennelly, R Power, A Fogarty.

    TIPPERARY: B Cummins; C O’Brien, P Curran, M Cahill; T Stapleton, C O’Mahony, Padraic Maher; B Maher, S McGrath; P Bourke, Patrick Maher, L Corbett; B O’Meara, J O’Brien, N McGrath
  • 15:27
    Kilkenny and Tipperary have never drawn a match in the All-Ireland championship. You can get odds of around 12/1 if you fancy a flutter on that. It has to happen sometime, right?
  • 15:27
    The lads in the RTE studio are tipping (bad pun intended) Kilkenny to win.
  • 15:29
    Michael Fennelly is receiving some attention on the pitch before we begin for what appears to be a hamstring injury. That’s not particularly good news for Kilkenny fans. It looks like he will start though.
  • 15:31
    We’re off!
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  • 15:31
    The first score took just 12 seconds. The first scuffle took about 13 seconds. Aidan Fogarty pointed for Kilkenny.
  • 15:33
    Tommy Walsh and Lar Corbett getting to know each other. Walsh gets a yellow card for making that acquaintance.
  • 15:34
    It has been a passionate* start


    *borderline violent
  • 15:34
  • 15:35
    Pa Bourke points for Tipp. We’re even. 0-1 apiece after four minutes.
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    Ooh-ah, Shane McGrath, say, ooh-ah Shane McGrath. Tipp lead.
  • 15:36
  • 15:36
    5 mins – Michael Fennelly injured? You’re joking. A huge point from the Kilkenny midfielder.
  • 15:38
    Chance! – A long ball forward saw Noel McGrath bearing down on goal but David Herity came off his line quickly to clear the danger.
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  • 15:40
    Kilkenny are in front but for how long? It has been a great start and unsurprisingly there has been very little between the two teams.
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  • 15:40
    9 mins – Kilkenny 0-4 Tipperaty 0-2. Fogarty with his second point of the day.
  • 15:41
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    I won’t curse it…..I won’t curse it….I won’t curse it but this is already turning into a classic.
  • 15:42
    I honestly think Brendan Cummins gets better with every year. He’s 37 for crying out loud!
  • 15:43
  • 15:44
    Who’s the daddy? Pa Bourke points another free for Tipperary.
  • 15:44
    Here’s a sentence I’ll be typing a lot this afternoon – We’re level again.
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  • 15:48
    Cummins to the rescue! Great save by Brendan Cummins. TJ Reid fed Colin Fennelly but he couldn’t beat the Tipperary stopper.
  • 15:49
    It’s close in every respect – (INPHO/James Crombie)
    It’s close in every respect – (INPHO/James Crombie)
  • 15:50
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    TJ Reid with a great score. The cats lead by two.
  • 15:50
  • 15:53
    Pa Bourke went for a goal from a free in a central position. Tommy Walsh blocked brilliantly on the line.
  • 15:54
    22 mins – Kilkenny 0-7 Tipperary 0-7. Level for the fourth time.
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  • 15:55
    Kilkenny have been the better side but Tipperary only trail by one point. Tipp won’t be happy that Kilkenny are on top but they will be happy that there’s so little in it.
  • 15:55
    TJ Reid has been superb for Kilkenny. Some excellent fielding.
  • 15:55
  • 15:56
    Michael Rice has left the field with a hand injury. A hospital trip is in order for Rice. Here’s hoping it’s not a bad one.
  • 15:57
    GOAL! TJ Reid with the finish. Henry Shefflin was the architecht.
  • 15:58
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    27 mins – Kilkenny 1-9 Tipperary 0-7
  • 15:59
    Kilkenny deserve their five-point lead.
  • 16:00
    GOAL! Tipperary goal out of nothing!
  • 16:01
  • 16:02
    A ball spilled back towards David Herity. Lar Corbett shouldered the Kilkenny keeper  who then dropped the ball. Pa Bourke was able to shoot into an empty net. Kilkenny 1-9 Tipperary 1-7
  • 16:03
  • 16:03
    Tommy Walsh and Lar Corbett are scuffling off the ball. I’d say Corbett is very aware that Walsh has already seen a yellow card. Cynical? Moi? Never.
  • 16:04
    We’re level for the fifth time. Noel McGrath with Tipp’s latest score.
  • 16:04
  • 16:05
    David Herity might not want to watch replays of that Tipperary goal on the Sunday Game.
  • 16:06
    We’re in injury time. Tipperary lead. Kilkenny will wonder how.
  • 16:07
    Half-time: Tipperary 1-10 Kilkenny 1-9
  • 16:07
  • 16:10
    Kilkenny were the better team but couldn’t pull away from Tipperary in the first half.

    A well worked Kilkenny goal scored by TJ Reid helped the Cats into a five point lead but it was short lived one.

    A somewhat fortuitous Tipperary goal scored by Pa Bourke allowed Tipperary to close the gap before they were eventually able to take the lead in injury time.

    Brian Cody will be happy with how Kilkenny have played but furious that they trail at the break.
  • 16:11
    I love when games live up to their hype. It’s happening here.
  • 16:12
    Anyone brave enough to make a prediction at this stage? Tipperary or Kilkenny?
  • 16:12
  • 16:19
    Today’s attendance: 50,220
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    Brendan Cummins has been excellent. David Herity less so.
  • 16:22
    The odds of 12/1 for a draw that was available before the game looks like a decent bet
  • 16:24
    The second half has started.
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    Cillian Buckley is on for Kilkenny

    Lar Corbett missed the first 45 seconds of the second half. He’s back out now.
  • 16:25
    36 mins – Kilkenny 1-10 Tipperary 1-10. Shefflin
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    Kilkenny are back in front. Aidan Fogarty with his third point from play.
  • 16:26
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  • 16:27
    We’re level once again. That’s the seventh time that the sides have been inseparable.
  • 16:28
  • 16:29
    Lar Corbett is antagonising Tommy Walsh. Not very sporting at all.
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  • 16:30
    John O’Brien scores his first point of the game. Tipperary 1-12 Kilkenny 1-12
  • 16:30
    Lar Corbett and Jackie Tyrrell have both been booked. About time really.
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  • 16:31
    Michael Cahill with a tremendous hook when it looked like Colin Fennelly look certain to score.
  • 16:32
  • 16:32
    There is a lot of off-the-ball nonsense happening at the start of the second half. It’s ruining the game.
  • 16:33
  • 16:33
    GOAL! Fogarty with a great finish. Kilkenny 2-14 Tipperary 1-12
  • 16:34
    Aidan Fogarty with a short burst and a great strike that Cummins could only divert into the net.
  • 16:36
    Shane Bourke has replaced Brian O’Meara for Tipperary.
  • 16:36
    Tipperary have been guilty of being fairly cynical in terms of their tackling.
  • 16:37
    John O’Brien’s shot came off the post and David Herity cleared the danger. He learned his lesson from the first half.
  • 16:37
    48 mins – Kilkenny 2-15 Tipperary 1-13
  • 16:38
  • 16:39
    In retrospect, Brendan Cummins may feel that he should have saved Aidan Fogarty’s shot that resulted in Kilkenny’s second goal.
  • 16:39
  • 16:39
    There is a six point gap now between the sides. Kilkenny fully deserve this lead.
  • 16:40
    GOAL! Eoin Larkin scores. 3-16 to 1-13
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  • 16:40
    Larkin skipped past his marker and shot low and early. Cummins had no chance there.
  • 16:41
    52 mins – Kilkenny 3-16 Tipperary 1-13
  • 16:42
    Henry Shefflin receives a yellow card. The score-line means that he’ll not be too bothered by that.
  • 16:43
    Paul Curran hauls down Eoin Larkin. Curran sees yellow for his trouble.
  • 16:43
    Who ever doubted Kilkenny?
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  • 16:44
    Tipperary haven’t scored for 10 minutes.
  • 16:45
    Eoin Larkin fires wide. The Kilkenny players are human after all.
  • 16:46
  • 16:46
    Another Kilkenny goal. TJ Reid gets his second. Kilkenny 4-17 Tipperary 1-13
  • 16:46
    Galway players must be terrified.
  • 16:47
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  • 16:48
    TJ Reid has scored an absolutely amazing point. This is exhibition stuff now.
  • 16:49
    60 mins - Shooting practice for Kilkenny now. Kilkenny 4-19 Tipperary 1-13
  • 16:50
    Yellow Card! Padraic Maher swings wildly and should have walked immediately. That’s poor refereeing.
  • 16:52
    John O’Brien goes off to a rapturous ovation. His brother sadly passed away this week.
  • 16:54
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    Tipperary have scored 0-4 in the second half.
    Kilkenny have scored 3-12 in the same period.
  • 16:56
    Brian Hogan has just scored another wonder point for Kilkenny.
  • 16:57
  • 16:58
    Not a lot of blue and gold left in the stands of Croke Park. Plenty of amber and black still visible though. Funny that.
  • 16:58
  • 16:59
    Full-time: Kilkenny 4-24 Tipperary 1-15
  • 17:00
  • 17:01
    Henry Shefflin had a quiet day by his own lofty standards. He still scored 11 points.
  • 17:01
    Kilkenny are in the All-Ireland final for the seventh year in a row.
  • 17:02
    You know the old saying - Revenge is a dish best served in the All-Ireland final. Watch out Galway.
  • 17:11
    Brian Cody on playing Galway in the All-Ireland final:

    “The last day we played Galway, there was only one team in it. They gave us a lesson and we were miles away and they went on to follow that up with a great performance against Cork.”

    He added, “I’m not going to start blowing them up and blowing us down. It’s a huge game ahead. Either team is capable of beating the other. It’s something to look forward to in the next couple of weeks.”
  • 17:31
  • 17:32
    So Kilkenny aren’t finished after all. In fact, Kilkenny looked better this afternoon than they have done all year. 

    The reigning All-Ireland champions will play Galway in the All-Ireland final on September 9th after thrashing Tipperary at Croke Park this afternoon.

    Kilkenny trailed by a point at half-time but while Tipperary could only muster six points in the second half, the Cats amassed a tally of 3-15 in the same period.

    Galway defeated Kilkenny 2-21 to 2-11 in the Leinster senior hurling final. I’m going to stick my neck out and say that Galway won’t dominate the All-Ireland final in the same way.

    Expect to hear the word ‘Revenge’ uttered in relation to the All-Ireland final over the coming weeks. Will it happen? Come back here to find out.

    Before then we have the All-Ireland football semi-finals to look forward to. Tomorrow, remember to pick up your copy of The Irish Times for all the best analysis of the weekend’s GAA action.

    Until next time...