Hurling League final

Follow the action from Thurles where Tipperary and Kilkenny go toe-to-toe once again

Gavin Cummiskey Sun, May 4
 
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  • 15:02
    “The view that Tipperary are not able to put up a fight, I would challenge that,” so said Eamon O’Shea after Kilkenny put them out of last summer’s championship after an epic meeting in Nowlan Park.

    “These guys are honourable men who went to fight today. They came out on the wrong side of the fight, but these are men of honour. These will be men of honour in the future and any criticism these guys get is undeserved because these guys have put in a huge effort for Tipperary, a massive effort, yeah.”

    The men of honour will stare down their bitter rivals once again at 3.30pm, this time it's in Thurles.

    Hello, Gavin Cummiskey here with you for the hurling league final between Kilkenny and Tipperary.
  • 15:04
    Let's tune it up with the inform hurler during the league, Tipp sharp-shooter Séamus Callanan, recent TG4 interview.
  • 15:04
  • 15:06
    Someone in TG4 loves Future Islands.
  • 15:09
  • 15:14

    To the teams then. Big change for Kilkenny sees Jackie Tyrrell wearing No. 6 in place of Brian Hogan. Tyrrell missed the semi-final, with a slight strain. It’s always a “strain” or a “knock” with Kilkenny hurlers. Sure these are the men who fielded two players in an All-Ireland final with crucial ligament tears.
    Walter Walsh makes way as Richie Hogan shifts to wing forward. It’s a domino effect created by Joey Holden’s selection at corner back as Padraig Walsh goes to midfield alongside big Michael Fennelly.
    The other change from the dismissal of Galway sees Richie Power usurp little brother John.

    KILKENNY (SH v Tipperary): E Murphy (Glenmore); P Murphy (Danesfort), JJ Delaney (Fenians), B Kennedy (St Lachtain’s); J Holden (Ballyhale Shamrocks), J Tyrrell (James Stephens), C Buckley (Dicksboro);
    M Fennelly (Ballyhale), P Walsh (Tullaroan);
    R Hogan (Danesfort), C Fennelly (Ballyhale), TJ Reid (Ballyhale); R Power (Carrickshock), M Kelly (O’Loughlin Gaels), H Shefflin (Ballyhale)

    Some bench. Eoin Larkin should also come in.

    Subs: D Herity (Dunnamaggin), T Walsh (Tullaroan), B Hogan (O’Loughlin Gaels), K Joyce (Rower Inistioge), C Fogarty (Erin’s Own), M Walsh (Young Irelands), L Ryan (Clara), W Walsh (Tullogher Rosbercon), E Larkin (James Stephens), A Fogarty (Emerlds), J Farrell (Thomastown).
  • 15:17
    O'Shea has gone with the same Tipp side that had too much for Clare. That had a lot to do with Séamus Callanan's 0-12. Every ball that touches his hurley through Spring bounded over the bar. Now to replicate such brilliance in May, June and beyond.

    Tipperary (SH v Kilkenny): Darren Gleeson; Cathal Barrett, Pádraic Maher, Michael Cahill; James Barry, Brendan Maher (Captain), Conor O'Mahony; Kieran Bergin, James Woodlock; Denis Maher, Patrick Maher, John O'Dwyer; Noel McGrath, Seamus Callanan, Niall O'Meara.
  • 15:19
    Derek Lyng, Kilkenny's newest selector, is asked about winning the league three times in a row...He has no interest.

    Tyrrell v Brian Hogan for centre back?
    "Competition for places..." response.

    But it's a valid point. Hogan surely will come back in.
  • 15:22
    Tipp win the toss. Referee James Owens has a quick word with JJ Delaney and Brendan Maher. Hmmm, hope that's the last we see of the Wexford whistle-blower.
  • 15:27
    There's Larry Corbett in the stand. Hasn't been seen much since his hamstring exploded when this pair met last summer. That turned the tide that day.
  • 15:31
    Richie Hogan is at centre forward. Brendan Maher is leaving him away.
  • 15:33
    First score of the day goes to Pádraig Walsh, brother of Tommy, eases one over the bar. Kilkenny are up and running.
  • 15:34
    TJ Reid free makes it 0-2 to 0-0.
  • 15:35
    Richie Hogan from miles out. The small yet stout relative of DJ Carey has drifted into no man's land and is making hay. Tipp already chasing a four point deficit.
  • 15:36
    John O'Dwyer wakes Tipp up. 0-4 to 0-1.
  • 15:38
    Drom & Inch's most reliable son, Séámus Callanan (free) opens his account for the day.
  • 15:41
    Noel McGrath brings it back to 0-4 to 0-3. Tipp gobbling up Eoin Murphy's puck outs. Riche Hogan bottled up. Time for Kilkenny to change up.
    They do. Colin Fennelly knocks over a point, umpires give it, looked wide, score stands.
  • 15:42
    Bonner Maher is breaking a lot of ball for the Premier.
    Still, Kilkenny by two points with 12 mins gone.
  • 15:46
    Michael Fennelly picks up a caution for lashing into James Woodlock. Stretched, watered, helmet back on, the Tipp midfielder soldiers on. Callanan free makes it a one-point game.
  • 15:48
    Woodlock levels it up. Tipp look a little better, tactical sussed but Henry Shefflin is yet to wake from his slumber. Richie Power too is being well shadowed by Michael Cahill.
  • 15:51
    Niall O'Meara puts Tipp ahead. In an instant, Kilkenny get the sliotar to Shefflin, the king turns, shoots.
    Wide number five for Kilkenny.

    Back up the other end John O'Dwyer nails one from the sideline.
    Tipp 0-8 Kilk 0-6, 21 mins gone.
  • 15:54
    The Kilkenny start was a mirage. The wind is putting their marksmen off. As it can do. But Tipperary and their Mahers are the hungrier hurlers. swarming the men who normally envelope them.
    Cathal Barrett leaps, gathers, clears. It finds OMeara...Tipp by three.
  • 15:56
    An angry Cody has a row within someone in the Tipp dugout. He aint happy. Especially as Denis Maher makes it 0-10 to 0-7. All Tipperary in the air.
  • 15:58
    Aw, Bonnar Maher is eating up the dithering Kilkenny defenders.
  • 15:59
    "Bit early in the year for that! Michael Ryan, toughest player you'll ever meet on the field but he was a peace maker there," Anthony Daly, on RTÉ radio, makes late of the Cody incident.
  • 16:00
    Bubbles O'Dwyer puts Tipp six clear with a lovely goal.
  • 16:01
    It'll get loose now as Kilkenny respond but they are being battered, 1-11 to 0-8, with Eoin Murphy's excellent save denying Kieran Bergin but the O'Dwyer finish was all class.

    Another Shefflin wide. Another herculean clearance by Brendan Maher.
  • 16:03
    Paul Murphy has had enough, Richie Hogan is on it too, but the chance falls to Jackie Tyrrell flies it wide.
  • 16:04
    Kilkenny penalty.
  • 16:04
    Mark Kelly fouled after Shefflin found an inch of room off Cathal Barrett. Padraic Maher yellow card. Barrett still managed to hook Shefflin.
  • 16:06
    TJ Reid makes it 1-11 to 1-9 from the penalty. Kilkenny have been poor, losing most individual battles but as they head off for half-time autopilot brings them back into.
  • 16:07
    Tipp sat back and admired their handy work after John O'Dwyer's goal. That six minutes was enough for Kilkenny to thunder back into this league final.
  • 16:09
    Mick Dempsey, big Laois man who puts Kilkenny through their paces, refuses to blame wind for six wides, feeling that nervy long-range shots were unnecessary.

    half-time: Tipp 1-11, Kilk 1-9.
  • 16:09
  • 16:21
    21,601 through the Semple stadium turnstiles today.
  • 16:21
    Cats are back out. Good few of them needs to ante up. Tipp join them. Second half is away...
  • 16:27
    Brendan Maher gets a yellow card. Eoin Murphy free falls short. Brendan Maher clears. More vibrancy from Kilkenny with Michael Fennelly taking responsibility for dropping missiles.
  • 16:28
    Tipp edge into a four point lead via the otherwise subdued Callanan. 1-13 to 1-9.
  • 16:31
    Shefflin to Richie Hogan but Padraig Maher blocks the shot, out for a 65. TJ Reid nails it, two point game. TJ is up to 1-7. Brendan Maher is off for blood treatment.
  • 16:34
    Noel McGrath takes the ball over Brian Kennedy's head, wins the free and Callanan nudges Tipp back into three point lead.

    It's a stop-start affair.
  • 16:36
    Kilkenny penalty. TJ Reid shifted inside and is fouled by Cathal Barrett. Maher, on a yellow, had to let him go. Kilkenny don't do tactics? Their tactics just paid off.
  • 16:37
    Barrett gets back to his feet after treatment and takes a yellow card from James Owens.
  • 16:38
    TJ Reid has 2-7 for the day. Two goals from penalties. The game is tied up at Tipp 1-14, Kilk 2-11.
  • 16:42
    James Owens, the referee, just made a bad, bad call. Cathal Barrett, the 20 year old, just beat Shefflin, the 35 year old, to the sliotar down the end line. It was clean and really mattered. Owens gave Shefflin a free. Wrong, wrong, wrong.
    TJ Reid puts Kilkenny a point up from the free.
  • 16:44
    Ball comes down on Barrett and Shefflin again....Owens gives the defender the free but the momentum has shifted and soon after Richie Hogan makes it 2-13 to 1-14.
  • 16:46
    Noel McGrath squares it up with a magic point. Helter skelter now.
  • 16:47
    John O'Dwyer puts Tipp ahead. Perfect. O'Dwyer was about to pulled off. Eoin Larkin is on.

    Pure shootout.

    Richie Power levels it again.
  • 16:50
    This is when we look around the world and wonder why they know so little about hurling. The great Irish secret. Tipp - via O'Dwyer and Bonnar - slash two balls wide. Level still, seven minutes to play. Next blow could sort it.
  • 16:51
    Tipperary's defence look more vicious than last summer. Brendan and Pádraic Maher are some spine.
  • 16:52
    Callanan free and Tipperary are back in front. They deserve this but Kilkenny won't give to them. Richie Hogan draws it up for the fifth time.
  • 16:55
    Ah Kilkenny might win this from memory. Michael Fennelly point.
  • 16:55
    Two minutes remaining...
  • 16:56
    Real calm, Eoin Larkin influence, Michael Fennelly is the extra man again and Kilkenny might have nicked it.
  • 16:56
    Kilkenny 2-17
    Tipperary 1-18

    3 in a row for Kilkenny looks good. Three minutes of injury time.
  • 16:57
    Shane Bourke reels them back in.
  • 16:58
    Sideline ball. Noel McGrath to bring it to extra-time. Cillian Buckley catches and comes out with it.
  • 16:59
    No goals going through Jackie Tyrrell or Paul Murphy.
  • 17:00
    Bubbles O'Dwyer to level it from inside his own half. Brendan Maher won the free off Richie Power.
  • 17:00
    Bubbles...game over
  • 17:00
    Hits the post
  • 17:00
    Bergin levels it. We are going to extra-time.
  • 17:01
    Full-time - level
    Kilkenny 2-17
    Tipperary 1-20

    Lads falling out with each other in the tunnel. Great stuff.
  • 17:07
    Tipperary have been the better team but Kilkenny are, as they prove time and time again, the better team. TJ Reid's shift inside almost put Tipp to the sword but the presence of Pádraic, Brendan and Bonnar Maher ensured a rigid battle right to the last second.
    Feel that Kilkenny will have more in extra-time. Both Cody and O'Shea, when they calm down, will be overjoyed. This is ideal preparation for what lies ahead.
  • 17:11
    Walter Walsh is in there now. That will test the Tipperary defence.
  • 17:13
    Barrett v Shefflin has gone the way of the young corner back. The 15 year gap may be telling...
  • 17:15
    Shefflin pulled off for Colin Fennelly. It can happen to any man, even the greatest. He was beaten to most balls by Barrett.
  • 17:17
    Seamus Callanan returns to the fray just as Richie Hogan cancels out Noel Reid's point.
  • 17:19
    JJ Delaney breaks up Bonnar Maher and the ball skids down to Richie Hogan, the main man for Kilkenny today, who slips it through Tipperary legs, scoops it up and points.
  • 17:20
    Callanan levels it. Finally, he brings his 2014 form to the party. Give him every ball.
  • 17:24
    TJ Reid and Richie Power had Kilkenny moving away until Noel McGrath launches the best score of the day.
    Half-time: Kilkenny 2-21, Tipperary 1-23.
  • 17:24
    Eamon O'Shea has his "honourable men" in a tight circle. 10 more minutes. One point game.
  • 17:26
    Richie Power is fouled so TJ Reid brings his tally to 2-10 and Kilkenny go two points up.
  • 17:27
    Same names over and over now. Noel McGrath cuts it back to the minimum.
  • 17:30
    Bonnar Maher and JJ Delaney - tight acquaintances for the last hour - batter into each other but the former gets it to Callanan. His shot bounces off Eoin Murphy's body for a 65. Callanan squares it with his strike. A moment later his free puts Tipp ahead, again. They really need to hold on.
  • 17:31
    Padraig Walsh won't give them a second. Great point. He attacks more than the brother.
  • 17:32
    Owens drives the locals mad by punishing Bonnar for belting into Paul Murphy. Richie Power puts Kilkenny a point clear. 3 mins left...
  • 17:34
    Swings and round abouts, eh? Tipperary free for what nobody seems to know. Jackie Tyrrell is disgusted. Callanan inches us towards a replay.
  • 17:35
    Injury time now.
  • 17:35
    TJ Reid has a sideline cut to win it.
  • 17:36
    Does a quick one-two with Richie Hogan and TJ Reid scuttles own the wing before winning it for Kilkenny.

  • 17:38
    Kilkenny 2-25
    Tipperary 1-27

    Cody, while shaking O'Shea's hand, "There's the man."
    Kilkenny win three league titles in a row. Tipperary couldn't put them away. Great game.
  • 17:39
    "Every time these teams goes out it raises the level of hurling," so says the brilliant Richie Hogan who showed for TJ Reid to win it for The Cats.
  • 17:42
    That should do it. Tipperary look in fine fettle but Kilkenny can still, clearly, dig deep into their resources. Even with Shefflin subdued by Cathal Barrett and Tipp's defensive spine so steely.

    TJ Reid's day though. Finished with 2-11 of the 2-25 total.