All-Ireland hurling final

Kilkenny and Tipperary go head to head again in the 2014 All-Ireland hurling final.

Gavin Cummiskey Sun, Sep 7
 
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  • 13:30
    Good day, Gavin Cummiskey reporting from Croke Park, where the sun is shining.
  • 13:31
    The minor final (Kilkenny v Limerick) is 12 minutes old with the underdogs (Kilkenny) 0-4 to 0-3 to the good.
  • 13:34
    Kilkenny are 0-6 to 0-3 ahead now.
  • 13:35
    Tom Morrissey puts his foot down to reduce the deficit to two points but Kilkenny look the more settled side. That matters in a minor final.
  • 13:36
  • 13:37
    The tide is turning. Cian Lynch just tore through the middle of Kilkenny's defence with the cover denying him an eye at goal. Still, his point makes it 0-6 each. 18 minuts played. Lovely.
  • 13:38
    Here's the Limerick captain in the sponsor promo:
  • 13:38
  • 13:38
    His Debs was a quiet affair.
  • 13:41
    Lorcan Lyons, the Limerick corner back, denies John Walsh a probably goal with the neatest of hooks. Alan Murphy peels off the 65. Kilkenny lead the minor final by a point.
  • 13:45
    Oh no. Conor Fitzgerald, the Limerick sub, just missed a sitter. Bit of ground hurling by Tom Morrissey set him through but his weak stroke dribbled wide. A chance. A real chance. gone.
  • 13:46
    No matter Cian Lynch is in the mood today. He just bounced the sliotar ahead of him, regathered and Morrissey drew the foul. Some advantage by Fergal Horgan and it could've been a Limerick cúl.
  • 13:46
    No matter. Limerick lead 0-9 to 0-8. 28 minutes on the clock.
  • 13:48
    They said this was a special Limerick team. But that depends on today's showing. Séamus Flanagan knows what's required of him, landing a magic score from miles out. But Kilkenny are going nowhere. 0-10 each. Nearly half-time.
  • 13:50
    Half-time here Kilkenny lead 0-12 to 0-10.
  • 13:51
    Elsewhere, on Newstalk, Paul Kimmage is savaging the Sunday Indo (his emloyer's) for running the Barry Egan/John Delaney love in today...Great craic.
  • 13:52
    It's done now. Back to the day at hand.
  • 13:52
  • 13:53
    There's the tail of tape.
  • 13:54
    The Conor Fitzgerald miss (a goal chance from the hurling gods) is what has Limerick trailing.
  • 13:56
  • 14:02
    We're back for the minor final and Kilkenny have already stretched four points clear.
  • 14:03
    Against my better judgement I'm also casting an eye over the John the Baptist doc (part 1) on Denis O'Brien TV. It's GUBU.
  • 14:06
    Cian Lynch is a young man deeply rooted in The Zone. He just darted over a point. Kilkenny are 0-14 to 0-11 ahead. Ronan Lynch tries a sideline...The comparisons to a young Joe Canning end there. Wide.
  • 14:10
    Limerick goal chance saved. Peter Casey could have taken an easy point, from a quality Barry Nash assist, but he went for glory. Good stop by Darren Brennan. Chances come, chances go, sometimes the timing is all wrong.
  • 14:10
    Still, the Limerick minors are within a point of Kilkenny.
  • 14:11
    Kilkenny goal.
  • 14:12
    Kilkenny 1-14
    Limerick 0-14

    Having weathered a weather a Limerick purple patch, John Walsh breaks free of Seán Finn to kick a goal.
  • 14:13
    Something is about to happen in Croke Park. There is 20 minutes left in the minor final, Kilkenny lead by three points, their people are swelling the attendance to full capacity. If they hold onto this lead an tsunami of support will flow behind them down the home straight.
  • 14:15
    Ronan Lynch's placed ball accuracy keeps Limerick in touch. One point game.
  • 14:23
    10 minutes to go now. Kilkenny's Liam Blanchfield is closing in on a second All-Ireland medal in 2014 (won colleges with St Kieran's in Feb).
  • 14:24
    That looks to be that folks. John Walsh's second goal (poor, poor marking) means Kilkenny have a six point lead with seven minutes to play.
  • 14:24
    Kilkenny 2-17
    Limerick 0-17
  • 14:26
    The difference: Limerick have had two clear goals chances today. So have Kilkenny. Guess who leads by six points?
  • 14:27
    It feels like a slow march to a Kilkenny All-Ireland. Unless a Limerick midfielder or defender can grasp possession.
  • 14:28
    Ok, Conor McSweeney point brings the deficit back to four points. 3 mins. Dog fight territory.
  • 14:30
    Limerick's Ronan Lynch goes for goal with a 20+ metre free. Blocked. From the rebound Barry Nash's ground stroke rolls wide. The Limerick people in the Hogan thought it was a goal. Lynch should have taken his point. There is still time.
  • 14:30
    There is no time now. Seconds.
  • 14:31
    Kilkenny 2-17
    Limerick 0-19

    Add time: 1 minute.
  • 14:34
    Kilkenny win their 21st All-Ireland minor title (the 4 year famine is over). Back-boned by the St Kieran's All-Ireland winning side (11 of them on the panel). They beat one of the best ever Limerick offers at underage.
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    and this...
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  • 14:36
    John Walsh is the hero - 2-5 in an All-Ireland final ain't bad at all. But it was the tigerish (pun intended) nature of the Kilkenny backs that devoured (pun again intended) the Limerick assault.
  • 14:37
    Darragh Joyce lifts the cup.
  • 14:39
  • 14:41
    And to think, Kilkenny scored only 0-3 in a resounding defeat to Dublin in the opening round of Leinster. There's a lesson in there somewhere about second chances.
  • 14:42
    We all deserve a second chance. Yeah, That's it.
  • 14:42
  • 14:45
    '89 Tipp team being feted on the field. Remember them? Destroyed Antrim in the final. The Nicky English final (when he scored the same amount as Antrim). It was my first hurling final. Today could be my last...There are no certainties in life.
  • 14:45
  • 14:46
    Nicky English 2-12 points (still a final record) gets decent cheer but the Tipp fans aren't really here yet.
  • 14:47
  • 14:47
    No changes yet from Kilkenny.
  • 14:48
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  • 15:02
  • 15:02
    Was off listening to Ger Loughnane on the telly there. Makes a good point about Brian Cody's personality on the field these past 16 seasons has been Henry Shefflin...
  • 15:03
    "He has that on field aggression that all the great players have."

    Tis true: Zidane, Diego, O'Driscoll, Keane. And so on...
  • 15:04
    Only problem is Henry Shefflin doesn't start today. The long road has worn down his body, especially his foot. Maybe Richie Power can fill that void. Or Richie Hogan.
  • 15:04
  • 15:05
    I reckon Bonner Maher could be the first among equals today. He's having such a wonderfully vicious season.
  • 15:09
  • 15:11
    An emotional Eamon O'Shea in July 2013 (moments after Kilkenny beat them in Nowlan Park): "The view that Tipperary are not able to put up a fight...These guys are honourable men who went to fight today."
  • 15:13
    O'Shea, the educator, went on: "Criticism doesn't bother me. At the end of my life, that doesn't bother me. It might have 30 years ago, but as you get older these things just don't matter."

    Tipp have the right man overseeing this rise, no doubt about that.
  • 15:15
    Sunday Game men chatting about Lar...
  • 15:17
    Remember the Jackie Tyrrell mess when Corbett was instructed to follow him, no matter what, in the 2012 semi-final?
  • 15:18
    Let's move on.
  • 15:18
    The lads think TJ Reid will go in on James Barry and they will bombard the possible weak link in Tipp's defence.
  • 15:19
    Michael D is marching out to meet the teams. Every time I see our President I shudder. Imagine the other fella codded his way into the Phoenix Park?
  • 15:23
    The "honourable men" are marching.
  • 15:25
    Ger Loughnane has deemed the the "Space final." Tipp are the best at creating it, Kilkenny the greatest ever at sucking the oxygen out of hurling field.
  • 15:27
    Ger Loughnane: "Kilkenny will win but I wouldn't be surprised if...Kilkenny get goals."

    They do. Unless Bonner and Pádraic Maher and Cathal Barrett (who marked Shefflin into silence in the league) can resist the surge.
  • 15:29
    Ok, who's marking who...
  • 15:30
    James Barry is at fullback but nobody has gone into him. He's all alone. Kilkenny don't do tactics, eh?

    Anthony Daly: "Kilkenny have been more tactical than ever before this year. Ask any player."
  • 15:30
    TJ Reid goes to Barry now. As expected.
  • 15:31
    Hawkeye gives Colin Fennelly the opening score.
  • 15:31
    Ah, the Tipp roar. I think it's the loudest in Ireland. Bubbles Dwyer pints. Larkin responds.
  • 15:32
    Kilk 0-2, Tipp 0-1. Pádraic Maher has gone out to Colin Fennelly.
  • 15:33
    Bubbles O'Dwyer free from 70 metres. Point. 0-2 apiece.
  • 15:35
    Seamus Callanan's first charge, JJ Delaney just about clings on. No score.
  • 15:36
    James Woodlock, the Tipp midfielder of rich form, cuts loose and points. 0-3 to 0-2, Kilkenny trail. It's all about which fullback will falter first - JJ or Barry.
  • 15:37
    Eoin Larkin quietly settles into this final. Two points already claimed. Everyone stalls on 0-3.
  • 15:39
    Here's a rarity. Kilkenny squander a goal chance. Colin Fennelly goes through but his attempted bat over to brother Michael gets caught into the grass. Darren Gleeson intervenes. Tipp survive.
  • 15:41
    Conor Fogarty yellow card from referee Barry Kelly for taking Kieran Bergin's ceann. Hip and forearm to the wing back's head. Sore. He recovers. TJ Reid point. Kilkenny by one.
  • 15:42
    It takes 11 minutes for Seamus Callanan to open his account. Tipp need him today. TJ Reid responds brilliantly. Lar levels it. 13 minutes on the clock. This is fascinating.
  • 15:46
    It's sizzling now. Noel McGrath flights a point. It was needed. Cillian Buckley then Richie Hogan had made some serious blocks. The Catcalls are regarding an Eoin Larkin fall that wasn't rewarded.
  • 15:47
    TJ Reid free - 0-6 each. No one has blinked yet.
  • 15:49
    Colin Fennelly's mistake gives possession back to Tipperary, the sliotar finds Shane McGrath who points. A slight slip and Tipp stride into a two point lead. 20th minute.
  • 15:50
    BONNER MAHER goal. The Tipp powerhouse shrugs off Jackie Tyrrell and thunders through. A poor shot slips under Eoin Murphy.
  • 15:51
    Penalty to Tipp coming here.
  • 15:51
    Bonner comes again, Paul Murphy has to pull him down. Callanan should make it 2-8 to 0-6. All Tipp now.
  • 15:52
    Saved
  • 15:53
    Eoin Murphy gets the credit for stopping Callanan's penalty.

    23 mins:
    Kilkenny 0-6
    Tipperary 1-8
  • 15:54
    Cathal Barrett (the best young defender in Ireland) breaks out and feeds Larry Corbett. Lar points. Tipp go five clear.
  • 15:54
    Wait...
  • 15:55
    Richie Power scores the most delicate of goals.
  • 15:56
    It came the way we knew it would; ball dropped on TJ and Barry, Kilkenny man wins it, forcing Paddy Stapleton to leave Power. TJ gets the hand pass away but Power still had work to do. A brilliant flick over Gleeson and pat to the net. Magic.
  • 15:57
    Mick Fennelly point.

    Kilkenny 1-8
    Tipp 1-9.

    If Tipp are to win today they will need to be better than ever before. Kilkenny have undoubtedly come to die with their boots on.
  • 15:58
    They are all at it. Seamie Callanan profits from a Bonner Maher break and points before JJ Delaney can lay a paw on him.
  • 16:01
    Noel McGrath, on the inside, towers a point. Tipperary lead by two.
  • 16:01
    Another from Bubbles O'Dwyer.
  • 16:04
    TJ Reid has pointed a pair of frees. A minute or so until half-time and Tipperary lead 1-12 to 1-11 in what can already be described as a game we will struggle to forget.
  • 16:06
    It's JJ Delaney's ability to foul so cleanly and cleverly that makes him the ultimate man marker. Just before the ball comes down on Seamus Callanan, the pair collide. JJ's dunt ruins any hope of Callanan catchign and turning...
  • 16:07
    HT

    Tipperary 1-13
    Kilkenny 1-11
  • 16:09
    Only way to explain that opening 35 minutes of hurling is a boxing analogy...
  • 16:09
  • 16:09
    Kilkenny are Hagler, Tipp are Hearns.
  • 16:10
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  • 16:21
    82,179 souls in GAA HQ.
  • 16:24
    Cracking goal from TJ Reid. A reverse turn gave him an inch and he just let it go.
  • 16:24
    Three Kilkenny men around him.
  • 16:24
    Shane McGrath responds and it is all tied up.
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  • 16:26
    There may be 82,179 here but at times it sounds like less than 20 people whispering. Everyone is silenced by the tension that only gets released by a score.
  • 16:26
    A wide sinks them into their seat.
  • 16:27
    I'm officially on Shefflin watch now. He's still in the lower Hogan.
  • 16:28
    Walter Walsh gets a point. Pádraic Maher is having a great game. Lar Corbett just hit the crossbar with a shot that was so perfect it missed.
  • 16:29
    That's not the last we'll see of Lar Corbett. 15 seasons at this, he's playing like a young greyhound.
  • 16:30
    Larry rides Tyrrell's hit and another, feeds Callanan. Blocked. Bubbles O'Dwyer levels it up for the ninth time.
  • 16:30
    Get it to Lar. Get it to Lar. Get it to Lar.
  • 16:31
    Corbett is walking on water now.
  • 16:32
    Gearóid Ryan goal chance but the point will do. Level again. This game could go on forever.
  • 16:34
    It won't though. Some horrid twist of fate will decide it. Some poor sod's error. Or maybe Lar will rule. Aidan Fogarty is coming on for Kilkenny. Bubbles put Tipp a point clear.
  • 16:34
    Guess what? Richie Power squares it up.
  • 16:35
    RICHIE POWER owns the All-Ireland final. GOAL.
  • 16:36
    Power has 2-1 now, the timing of his run was so perfect he had time for a poor first touch. He waited until he saw the whites of Darren Gleeson's eyes then went top corner. Richie Hogan tacks on another point. They move three clear.
  • 16:36
    Now for Shefflin.
  • 16:37
    Training top is gone. Number 22. Cody knows he must gut the Premier boys now.
  • 16:37
  • 16:39
    Heroes? Noel McGrath can't miss. Two point game. It feels like Tipp must win every breaking ball to come back from this.
  • 16:40
    There's that silence again.
  • 16:41
    As soon as Shefflin arrives Eamon O'Shea may well spring Eoin Kelly. Two old bulls.
  • 16:42
    Inch by inch, Callanan arrives into this contest to make it a two-point deficit.
  • 16:43
  • 16:43
    Still, right now, it's The Richie Hogan final. He just pick-pocketed Paddy Stapleton and it led to another TJ Reid point.
  • 16:44
    The Richie Power FInal. sorry, sorry, sorry....
  • 16:45
    Bonner Maher pounds down on Eoin Murphy's goal, he shoots, Murphy saves.
  • 16:46
    It's not over. Lar Corbett slices through the Kilkenny defence. Jackie Tyrrell (yellow card) brings him down. Penalty. Over to Seamie Callanan...
  • 16:46
    Ha! JJ Delaney got the yellow card.
  • 16:47
    The change in the penalty law has had a massive impact of this final. Bubbles O'Dwyer's penalty is saved.
  • 16:48
    TJ Reid blocks O'Dwyer's penalty. Down the other end, Richie Hogan points but crumbles to earth.
  • 16:48
    Cathal Barrett is the young hurler of the year, surely.
  • 16:49
    So, two Tipp penalties. Callanan then O'Dwyer both have their shots saved.
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  • 16:51
    Eoin Kelly is on.
  • 16:52
    Stapleton point makes it a two point gap.
  • 16:53
    Barry Kelly reverses a Tipperary free out for picking off the ground. TJ Reid gives Kilkenny a three point lead from the free. Henry Shefflin arrives.
  • 16:54
    Lar Corbett shows, wins and lays off to Jason Forde.
  • 16:54
  • 16:55
    Bubbles levels it.
  • 16:56
    Eamon O'Shea's "honourable me" refuse to die. 69th minute.
  • 16:57
    Callanan's shot is short, Paddy Stapleton is a goliath. Brian Hogan thudners into Pádraic Maher. Tipperary free. 70 mins gone.
  • 16:57
  • 16:59
    John 'Bubbles' O'Dwyer hits a free from 80 yards. It's over. Wait. Hawkeye. It's wide.
  • 16:59
    Game over. Draw. The madness continues.
  • 16:59
    Replay is Saturday week.
  • 16:59
  • 17:00
    Ah God.
  • 17:01
    Eamon O'Shea: "I just looked at that cup. Not gone yet."
  • 17:01
    O'Shea: "These are brilliant games, these are brilliant times."
  • 17:02
    Here, swallow these:
  • 17:02
  • 17:02
    Ger Loughnane is crying laughing "Three years in a row (a draw) and it was 50 years before the last time."
  • 17:03
    54 scores, 9 wides. Wow.