All-Ireland Hurling Final replay

All-Ireland Hurling Final replay

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  • 13:14
    It’s bonus week in the GAA calendar with the All-Ireland senior and minor hurling championship finals being replayed today at Croke Park. Can Galway make it two wins and a draw against Kilkenny in the Championship this year or will Kilkenny finally get the better of the Tribesmen in the 2012 Championship?


    We know Brian Cody isn’t the sentimental type if the line-up announced during the week is the one that lines out at Headquarters this afternoon. Gone are Colin Fennelly and Aidan Fogarty with Cillian Buckley and Walter Walsh deputising for the more experienced pair. Walsh is making his championship debut. No pressure Walter, no pressure…

    Before the senior final, Dublin will battle Tipperary for All-Ireland minor honours. Dublin may look back on the game on September 9th as a missed opportunity but Tipperary will be wary of the threat posed by the Metropolitans. Here’s hoping for another tight affair.

    The Championship is the gift that keeps on giving this year and let’s hopes we have one last hurrah to see us off! Dublin and Tipperary, Kilkenny and Galway – a fantastic afternoon of hurling awaits. Stick with me, Ciaran Daly to see how it all unfolds.

    All-Ireland senior hurling championship final replay
    Kilkenny v Galway – 3.30pm – Croke Park

    All-Ireland minor hurling championship final replay
    Dublin v Tipperary – 1.15pm – Croke Park
  • 13:15
    We’re off!
  • 13:16
    50 seconds – Paul Winters draws first blood for the Dubs. Dublin 0-1 Tipperary 0-0
  • 13:18
    3 mins – Tipperary level it. John McGrath converts a free. 0-1 apiece now
  • 13:19
  • 13:20
    Here are the line-ups for the Minor replay by the way:

    DUBLIN: C MacGabhann; E Lowndes, C O’Callaghan, S Barrett; E O’Donnell, R Murphy, S McClelland; C Costello, C Cronin; C McHugh, C Boland, D Gormley; J Roche, O O’Rorke, P Winters.
    TIPPERARY: P Maher; R Maher, M Breen, J Peters; T Fox, T Hamill, B Heffernan; B Maher ,S Cahill ; J McGrath; D Fitzell, S Maher; T Gallagher; J Shelly, Mark McCarthy.
  • 13:21
    Tipp went into a lead but it was temporary. Eoin O’Donnell, who scored in the first game does likewise this afternoon. Dublin 0-2 Tipperary 0-2
  • 13:21
  • 13:22
    7 mins – Tipperary 0-3 Dublin 0-2. Another free conversion.
  • 13:23
    It’s almost October. We’re playing under floodlights. Winter is upon us.
  • 13:24
  • 13:24
    GOAL! Mark McCarthy nets from a tight angle for Tipp! They lead 1-3 to 0-2
  • 13:25
    McCarthy ran directly and then appeared to lose control of the ball but as it dropped he smashed it past MacGabahnn in the Dublin goal.
  • 13:25
    Tipp are on it today. Be worried Dublin fans.
  • 13:26
    John McGrath adds yet another converted free. That’s his fourth point of the day already. We’re only 11 minutes in. It’s Tipperary 1-4 Dublin 0-2
  • 13:26
  • 13:26
    Harry Potter – another set of Dublin minors could use some of your magic right now!
  • 13:27
    Dublin respond. James Roche, a late inclusion in the Dublin line-up points well. It’s Tipperary 1-4 Dublin 0-3
  • 13:28
    James Roche adds another. Just a goal separating the sides now.
  • 13:28
  • 13:29
    GOAL! It’s a second for Tipperary and it was quite the goal. Gallagher just sped away from his marker and he made no mistake with his finish, low and hard.
  • 13:29
  • 13:30
    Sean Maher adds another Tipperary point. It’s Tipperary 2-5 Dublin 0-4
  • 13:31
    We’re halfway through the first half and Tipperary led by seven.
  • 13:32
    Dublin win a free. They’ll convert this. They need to rattle over a few scores in a row if this isn’t to be annihilation.
  • 13:33
    17 mins - Paul Winters did indeed put it over the bar. It’s Dublin 0-5 Tipperary 2-5
  • 13:33
  • 13:35
    20 mins – Winters sends a free wide. They need to be converting chances like that really. The Dubs are six points adrift of Tipp.
  • 13:37
    The Tipperary defence looks more comfortable than the Dublin backs. Stephen Cahill has just added another for Tipp. It’s 2-6 to 0-5
  • 13:37
  • 13:38
    James Roche has been promising for Dublin but he has pulled a shot wide. Dublin are snatching their shots. They need to show more composure.
  • 13:40
    25 mins - Mark McCarthy fouled by Eric Lowndes who sees yellow for his troubles. Tipperary stretch their lead with a John McGrath free conversion. It’s Tipperary 2-7 Dublin 0-5
  • 13:41
  • 13:41
    John McGrath scores a point from play. It was typically excellent. Mark McCarthy adds another. Tipperary 2-9 Dublin 0-5
  • 13:42
    This match looks like it might be over by half-time. It’s never nice to see.
  • 13:43
    Eoghan O’Donnell is booked for a rash challenge. John McGrath converts the resulting free. It’s Tipperary 2-10 Dublin 0-5.Tipperary dominance.
  • 13:43
    Dublin haven’t scored for 11 minutes. That’s a worrying sign.
  • 13:44
    Jack Shelly is booked for Tipperary. Tipperary’s first yellow card. Dublin have two.
  • 13:45
    We’re in added time at the end of the first half. There’ll be at least two minutes more to play.
  • 13:46
    It has all become a bit aimless from Dublin. Tipperary have ground them down. It has been a fantastic performance from Tipp.
  • 13:47
    Come on Dublin – give us a goal! Never. Going. To. Happen.
  • 13:47
    Half-time: Tipperary 2-10 Dublin 0-5
  • 13:47
  • 13:48
    Consider this one well and truly over.
  • 13:50
    If Dublin overturn this 11 point deficit then I will turn up at their celebrations dressed as Harry Potter.
  • 13:54
    It has been a Tipp walkover so far (INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan)
    It has been a Tipp walkover so far (INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan)
  • 13:56
    Are there any Dubs out there actually positive* enough to believe in a second half comeback?


    *deluded
  • 13:57
    This game is proving the theory that the favourites almost always win replays. Should Galway be worried?
  • 13:58
    Dublin sub: Kevin O’Flynn replaces Robert Murphy
  • 13:59
    Cormac Costello has been moved into the Dublin full forward line. They need him to produce the goods.
  • 14:00
    John McGrath scores his eighth point, his second from play. Tipperary 2-11 Dublin 0-5
  • 14:00
    This could be one long half-hour of hurling if you’re wearing blue.
  • 14:01
    It could also be a great half-hour of hurling if you’re wearing blue and yellow.
  • 14:02
    Cormac Costello points for the first time today. The move into the full forward line appears to have worked. That was Dublin’s first score since the 18th minute.
  • 14:02
    Tomás Hamill has been booked for Tipperary. It was a cynical enough foul. Paul Winters had to go for goal but his effort was batted away.
  • 14:03
    Tipperary have hit their first wide of the game. We’ve played 34 minutes. That’s impressive.
  • 14:04
    Paul Winters sends a free wide. He doesn’t need someone like me telling him that won’t be good enough.
  • 14:05
    *Statement of the obvious alert* - Dublin desperately need a goal in the next couple of minutes.
  • 14:05
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    Tipperary have registered their second wide. The Dubs will be hoping they get a taste for it.
  • 14:07
    Barry Heffernan rugby tackled Cian Boland to the ground. Heffernan is rightly booked. I suppose Tipperary can concede frees at will with this lead.

    Dublin convert the free. It’s Dublin 0-7 Tipperary 2-11
  • 14:08
    Dublin sub: Caolan Conway replaces Conor McHugh
  • 14:09
    Superb sideline cut from John McGrath goes straight to Tadhg Gallagher who puts it over.

    Tipperary 2-12 Dublin 0-7
  • 14:09
  • 14:10
    Dublin are trying to make a fist of it but they don’t appear to have any direction.
  • 14:11
    42 mins - Gallagher adds another point. It’s Tipperary 2-13 Dublin 0-7
  • 14:12
    Oh no – the ref is giving pity frees to Dublin.

    Winters converts

    Dublin 0-8 Tipperary 2-13
  • 14:13
    44 mins - Sean Maher scores his second point of the game. Tipperary 2-14 Dublin 0-8
  • 14:13
  • 14:14
    Dublin sub: Sean Treacy replaces Roche
  • 14:15
    45 mins – Bill Maher with another Tipp point and yes, it was from play…again. Tipperary 2-15 Dublin 0-8
  • 14:16
    Come on Dublin! There are only 13 points in it with 13 minutes left. Loads of time.
  • 14:17
    Genuinely feel sorry for the Dublin lads but Tipperary have been so impressive.
  • 14:18
    Mark McCarthy scores with a fantastic first time shot over the bar. Tipperary are worthy All-Ireland champions. It’s Dublin 0-8 Tipperary 2-16
  • 14:19
  • 14:20
    GOAL! Oisin O’Rourke scores for Dublin! Too little too late but good to get a goal.
    Dublin 1-9 Tipperary 2-16
  • 14:21
    Tipperary sub: Steven O’Brien replaces Sean Maher
  • 14:21
  • 14:22
    Paul Winters has scored six points this afternoon. It’s Dublin 1-10 Tipperary 2-16
  • 14:23
  • 14:24
    If the referee plays more than one minute of added time he is an unfeeling robot.
  • 14:25
    Oisin O’Rourke adds another point. It’s 1-11 to 2-16 in Tipp’s favour.
  • 14:25
    Tipperary sub: Sean Ryan is on for the victory parade.
  • 14:27
    John McGrath has scored his ninth point of the afternoon. He is a a distinctly average player.

    One of the sentences above is a blatant lie. Can you tell which is true and which is false?
  • 14:27
    Tadhg Gallagher has been named by TV3 as man of the match.

    Gallagher has just been replaced by Conor Lanigan.
  • 14:28
    Dublin sub: Ross Tierney replaces Cian O’Callaghan
  • 14:30
    Fergal Flannery will start in goal for Galway it seems.
  • 14:30
    It’s over! Tipperary are All-Ireland minor hurling champions!
  • 14:31
    Final score: Tipperary 2-18 Dublin 1-11
  • 14:31
  • 14:32
    Commiserations to Dublin but huge congratulations to Tipperary.

    There is no doubt that they deserved to win today.
  • 14:32
    Tipperary were dominant. It really was over before half-time, if not before.
  • 14:33
    If James Skehill did dislocate his shoulder, he was never going to make today’s final.  Why the pretence that he might have made it onto the team?
  • 14:34
    If Tipperary’s victory speech is half as long as Michael Murphy’s was last week, then the senior game should be ready to start at some stage tomorrow afternoon.
  • 14:37
    Tipperary’s forwards were superb today. Their pace, movement and precision meant that it was always going to be an impossible task for Dublin to contain them.
  • 14:40
    There is less than an hour to go until the throw-in for the senior game?

    Let’s hear you  - who is going to win?
  • 14:41
  • 14:41
    Despite reports to the contrary – Galway are still saying that James Skehill will start in goal for Galway. We’ll know for sure soon enough.
  • 14:44
    Cody v Cunningham – who will win? (INPHO/Morgan Treacy)
    Cody v Cunningham – who will win? (INPHO/Morgan Treacy)
  • 14:45
    You want to read more about the senior replay, don’t you? Go ahead, fill your boots

    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/sport/2012/0929/1224324602444.html
  • 14:49
    The internet is all about acronyms these days. So welcome to WDNET or
    What does Nicky English think? (Ok, this acronym may not be one that will live long in the memory). Still, see why Nicky is tipping Kilkenny to win the replay

    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/sport/2012/0929/1224324602453.html
  • 14:51
    You’re Walter Walsh – you’re about to make your Championship debut…in an All-Ireland final. What’s going through your mind?
  • 14:53
    RTÉ interviews were underscored by the American Beauty plinky plonky piano music. No, RTÉ - this does not add gravitas to the interviews.
  • 14:59
  • 15:03
  • 15:05
    Tipperary – All-Ireland minor hurling champions (Inpho/Cathal Noonan)
    Tipperary – All-Ireland minor hurling champions (Inpho/Cathal Noonan)
  • 15:06
    Martin Keown – Galway fan (INPHO/Cathal Noonan)
    Martin Keown – Galway fan (INPHO/Cathal Noonan)
  • 15:07
    Less than half an hour to go now. Does anyone want to stare into their crystal ball and make a prediction? Kilkenny or Galway?
  • 15:08
    James Skehill seems to be lining out for Galway.
  • 15:11
    Here are the line-ups as announced earlier this week:

    Kilkenny :David Herity; Paul Murphy, JJ Delaney, Jackie Tyrrell; Tommy Walsh, Brian Hogan, Kieran Joyce; Michael Fennelly, Richie Hogan; Cillian Buckley, Richie Power, Eoin Larkin; TJ Reid, Walter Walsh, Henry Shefflin.
    Galway : James Skehill; Johnny Coen, Kevin Hynes, Fergal Moore; Niall Donoghue, Tony Og Regan, David Collins; Iarlaith Tannian, Andy Smith; David Burke, Niall Burke, Cyril Donnellan; Damien Hayes, Joe Canning, James Regan.
  • 15:11
    John kilkenny Thanks IT for the updates as stuck on a lying ferry who said they were showing it when I rang two days ago only to be stunk between screend showing rugby and mission impossible 2 C'on the tribesmen!!!
  • 15:12
    Do my eyes deceive me? Is that a man named Kilkenny supporting Galway?
  • 15:16
    Am I right in thinking that everyone outside of Kilkenny is cheering for Galway?
  • 15:16
    This is the eighth All-Ireland hurling final replay.
  • 15:17
    Kilkenny’s half-back line is awesome.
  • 15:18
    Confirmation of the teams:

    Kilkenny :David Herity; Paul Murphy, JJ Delaney, Jackie Tyrrell; Tommy Walsh, Brian Hogan, Kieran Joyce; Michael Fennelly, Richie Hogan; Cillian Buckley, Richie Power, Eoin Larkin; TJ Reid, Walter Walsh, Henry Shefflin.
    Galway : James Skehill; Johnny Coen, Kevin Hynes, Fergal Moore; Niall Donoghue, Tony Og Regan, David Collins; Iarlaith Tannian, Andy Smith; David Burke, Niall Burke, Cyril Donnellan; Damien Hayes, Joe Canning, James Regan.
  • 15:19
    Is it going to boil down to Shefflin v Canning again?
  • 15:21
  • 15:21
    John kilkenny I'm from Cavan to ad to the confusion.
  • 15:22
    Do you think Michael D Higgins is trying to crush the Kilkenny players’ hands when he shakes them?
  • 15:22
    Lizzy McHugh I think you're right about the support. All the best, Galway, from somebody from the other thirty-one.
  • 15:22
    So Galway are the people’s choice but can they realistically overcome Kilkenny again?
  • 15:23
  • 15:24
    I would urge the GAA to feed the players! All this talk of  the lads being ‘hungry’ – it’s an amateur game admittedly but come on…
  • 15:25
    For what it’s worth, I think Kilkenny will probably win. Yes,  I am the eternal wet blanket.
  • 15:26
    Here’s hoping it’s a great game. No one would want to see the kind of game the minor match turned out to be.
  • 15:26
    The atmosphere is amazing in Croke Park!
  • 15:27
    It has been raining today but the sun is out and the floodlights are on. Welcome to Ireland in September.
  • 15:29
    The National Anthem is playing which means we’re starting in about two minutes.
  • 15:29
  • 15:30
    We’re off!
  • 15:31
    Iarla Tannian is down. He’s holding his ankle. Hopefully, he’s alright.
  • 15:31
    Pres Galway for the cup
  • 15:32
    James Skehill is grimacing already. He kicked the ball away to clear it there. Should he be on?
  • 15:33
    2 mins – Henry Shefflin misses an admittedly (I’m using that word a lot today) difficult free.
  • 15:34
    We’ve played five minutes. No score.
  • 15:35
  • 15:35
    5 mins – Joe Canning gets us up and running with a free conversion from some distance.
  • 15:36
    Eoin Larkin cynically brought down. Henry Shefflin will put this over.
  • 15:36
  • 15:36
    7 mins – We’re level. Galway 0-1 Kilkenny 0-1
  • 15:37
    The Kilkenny defence looks solid.
  • 15:38
    Cyril Donnellan drags his shot wide. He has made a bright start though. Tommy Walsh is like his shadow.
  • 15:39
    9 mins – Henry Shefflin scores his second free. Kilkenny 0-2 Galway 0-1
  • 15:39
  • 15:39
    Short puck out from Galway. Will that be a feature today given Skehill’s injury?
  • 15:40
    Richie Hogan should have scored He didn’t.
  • 15:41
  • 15:41
    Walter Walsh gathers long ball and puts it over. Nice start Walter. It’s Kilkenny 0-3 Galway 0-1
  • 15:42
    Walter Walsh – Championship debutant. Scores within 12 minutes of the start. Brian Cody - genius
  • 15:43
    13 mins – Canning points his second free.
  • 15:43
  • 15:43
    Shefflin is scoring from play now. Kilkenny 0-4 Galway 0-2
  • 15:43
  • 15:44
    Kilkenny have been the better team so far. Galway are making a few mistakes but they’re not doing badly really.
  • 15:45
    GOAL! Long ball from Iarla Tannian. Did David Burke touch it?
  • 15:46
    TJ Reid scores a point in response for Kilkenny. We’re level. Galway 1-2 Kilkenny 0-5
  • 15:47
    David Burke has scored a second goal for Galway!
  • 15:47
  • 15:47
    Cyril Donnellan fielded well, fed Damien Hayes and he passed inside to David Burke who finished emphatically.
    Galway 2-2 Kilkenny 0-5
  • 15:48
    GOAL! Richie Power scores for Kilkenny. Galway 2-2 Kilkenny 1-5
  • 15:48
    Goals going in everywhere. The game has sprung into life.
  • 15:49
    Eoin Larkin shot but James Skehill batted it into the path of Richie Power.
  • 15:49
    James Skehill has been booked. It should have been Iarla Tannian
  • 15:49
  • 15:49
    19 mins – Galway 2-2 Kilkenny 1-5. We’re level. This has been brilliant so far!
  • 15:50
  • 15:50
    20 mins – Eoin Larkin puts Kilkenny in front. Galway 2-2 Kilkenny 1-6
  • 15:51
    Don’t blink! You’ll miss something amazing.
  • 15:51
  • 15:51
    Richie Power has scored from at least four miles out. Kilkenny lead by two.
  • 15:51
  • 15:52
    Larkin is running riot now. Walter Walsh is proving to be a fantastic target man.
  • 15:53
  • 15:53
    Henry Shefflin adds another point from a free. Kilkenny 1-8 Galway 2-2
  • 15:54
  • 15:54
    Walter Walsh scores his second point of the game. Kilkenny lead by four.
  • 15:54
  • 15:54
    Another point from play for Henry Shefflin. Kilkenny have been amazing. They lead 1-10 to 2-2
  • 15:55
    Worryingly for Galway, they’ve only scored two points. They aren’t threatening the Kilkenny goal nearly enough.
  • 15:56
    Richie Hogan adds another from play. Kilkenny are hard to stop when they’re playing like this. It’s 1-11 to 2-2
  • 15:56
    sinead wow what a great game - come on the cats
  • 15:56
  • 15:57
    Kilkenny have registered 12 scores, Galway have registered just four. The Westerners need a response.
  • 15:57
    Joe Canning has a chance to score another point here. He should take it.
  • 15:57
    Galway sub: Joseph Cooney replaces Niall Donoghue
  • 15:58
    Canning converts. Galway 2-3 Kilkenny 1-11
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    Galway's David Burke and Kieran Joyce of Kilkenny. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho
    Galway's David Burke and Kieran Joyce of Kilkenny. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho
  • 15:59
    Kilkenny are smothering Galway’s forwards. More direct ball needed from a Galway perspective?
  • 16:01
    The referee is booking Michael Fennelly who did his very best to hide from the ref.
  • 16:01
    Galway haven’t scored a point from play yet.
  • 16:02
    James Skehill prevented a Brian Hogan shot from going over but almost presented Walter Walsh with a goal-scoring opportunity but he just managed to scramble it away from the debutant.
  • 16:02
    A spontaneous burst of interpretive dance takes hold at Croke Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho
    A spontaneous burst of interpretive dance takes hold at Croke Park. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho
  • 16:03
    Galway sub: Johnny Glynn replaces James Regan
  • 16:04
    I will forever be puzzled by a substitute whose first action is to rough up their marker.
  • 16:04
  • 16:04
    There’s only a minute left of the first half. Galway are five points down. It could be worse.
  • 16:04
  • 16:05
    The two Galway goals were scored using the long ball. Someone tell Colm Parkinson.
  • 16:06
    Galway score a point to end the first half.
  • 16:06
  • 16:07
    Half-time: Kilkenny 1-11 Galway 2-4
  • 16:08
    What a half of hurling! Galway can count themselves lucky to still be in it. Kilkenny were so imposing. Their forwards look much sharper, their defence meaner. Can Galway get back into this?
  • 16:09
    A grin and a grimace (INPHO/Cathal Noonan)
    A grin and a grimace (INPHO/Cathal Noonan)
  • 16:10
  • 16:10
    James Skehill’s movement was laboured in the first half.
  • 16:11
    What can Galway do to turn this around?
  • 16:12
    David Burke did well to get the flick on for Galway’s first goal.
  • 16:13
    The second Galway goal was excellent. Quick break. Joe Canning’s long ball in was fielded superbly and a nice passage of passing gave Burke every opportunity to score.
  • 16:14
    Galway haven’t scored a point from play.
  • 16:17
    So…is anyone still willing to back Galway?
  • 16:18
    Kilkenny have been excellent. Eoin Larkin was popping up everywhere. Walter Walsh is very accomplished. The half-back line has been solid and Galway simply aren’t allowed any time in possession.
  • 16:21
    Kilkenny can still introduce Aidan Fogarty and Colin Fennelly if needed. Frightening prospect for Galway.
  • 16:21
  • 16:22
    Galway sub: James Skehill has been replaced by Fergal Flannery
  • 16:22
    Richie Hogan almost scored. Might have had a shout for a penalty but ends up bundling it wide.
  • 16:23
    Cyril Donnellan with a wild effort. Well wide.
  • 16:24
    Joe Canning won the ball around midfield. I’m sure Galwegians would prefer to see him closer to the square.
  • 16:24
  • 16:24
    Richie Hogan scores the first point of the second half. Kilkenny 1-12 Galway 2-4
  • 16:25
    Andy Smith scores Galway’s first point from play. 2-5 to 1-12
  • 16:25
  • 16:26
    Richie Hogan had another shot on goal. Fergal Flannery kept it out.
  • 16:26
    Shefflin converts a 65. That’s his sixth point. Kilkenny lead by five points.
  • 16:26
  • 16:28
    Galway are making rudimentary mistakes. Their handling has been poor and their shooting has been off.
  • 16:30
    There’s a bit of handbags stuff going on off-the-ball. Andy Smyth and Henry Shefflin are at the centre of it.  Smyth is booked.
  • 16:30
    Galway have the ball in the net but it won’t count. The referee had blown his whistle by the time to Cyril Donnellan took his shot. Dodgy decision.
  • 16:31
    Joe Canning converted the free. Galway 2-6 Kilkenny 1-13
  • 16:31
  • 16:31
    Methinks Galway can rightly feel aggrieved about that decision.
  • 16:32
    Superb score Joe Canning. Is this the start of a Galway comeback?
  • 16:32
  • 16:33
    46 mins – Kilkenny 1-13 Galway 2-7

    Kilkenny lead by three.
  • 16:34
    Joe Canning thundered a shot from an acute angle off the post! What are the odds?!
  • 16:34
    Cillian Buckley finished a quick break upfield for Kilkenny. They lead 1-14 Galway 2-7
  • 16:34
  • 16:35
    Cyril Donnellan has been shown a red car. It looks like he swung his hurl off the ball. Fair enough dismissal.
  • 16:35
  • 16:36
    Richie Power scores another point from play for Kilkenny. Kilkenny 1-15 Galway 2-7
  • 16:36
  • 16:36
    Silly silly dismissal. There was no need for Donnellan to lash out like that.
  • 16:37
    Michael Fennelly has scored another point from some distance. Six points now separate the sides.
  • 16:38
    Apparently there were odds of 10/1 for a player on each side to be sent off. Will any Kilkenny player step up to the mark?
  • 16:38
    Walter Walsh scores his third point of the All-Ireland final.
  • 16:39
    Galway sub: Niall Burke is replaced by Conor Cooney
  • 16:39
    52 mins – Kilkenny 1-17 Galway 2-7
  • 16:39
  • 16:39
    Another wide for Galway. The writing’s on the wall.
  • 16:40
  • 16:41
    54 mins – Shefflin adds another point from the dead ball. Kilkenny 1-18 Galway 2-7
  • 16:41
  • 16:42
    Kilkenny have been better in every department. Galway dominated midfield in the first game. That’s certainly not the case today.
  • 16:42
    Tony Og Regan has pointed for Galway. Goals needed now for Galway. Kilkenny 1-18 Galway 2-8
  • 16:43
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  • 16:43
    Dare I say it’s becoming a procession. Richie Hogan has scored Kilkenny’s 19th point of the afternoon.
  • 16:44
    GOAL! Kilkenny – Walter Walsh scores on his Championship debut.
  • 16:45
    Walter Walsh has been replaced. What an ovation the youngster receives.
  • 16:45
    Colin Fennelly replaced Walsh.
  • 16:46
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    60 mins – Kieran Joyce scores now. Kilkenny 2-20 Galway 2-8
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    This is over. You have to admire Kilkenny.
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  • 16:48
    GOAL! Colin Fennelly scores Kilkenny’s third goal.
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    Fennelly stretched to strike the ball home. Who ever doubted Kilkenny?
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    Guest Sitting in Dar es Salaam, family at home in Kilkenny on skype have placed laptop in front of TV so getting a blurred picture, rte commentary and IT blog - having a good time.
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    Joe Canning has reduced the arrears, not that it matters.
    Galway 2-9 Kilkenny 3-20
  • 16:51
    Kilkenny fans – you have permission to set your faces to smug!
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    Kieran Joyce is replaced by Noel Hickey who was a blood sub earlier.
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    GOAL! Great finish from Johnny Glynn. Galway 3-9 Kilkenny 3-20
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    Just over three minutes plus injury time left.
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    Henry Shefflin has now scored eight points. Kilkenny 3-21 Galway 3-9
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    Aidan Fogarty is on by the way and has just been fouled. Henry Shefflin adds another point to his tally. Kilkenny 3-22 Galway 3-9
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    Just one minute of added time to go. Sensible refereeing.
  • 16:57
    Canning has scored his eighth point. Galway 3-10 Kilkenny 3-22
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  • 16:57
    Full-time: Kilkenny 3-22 Galway 3-11

    Kilkenny are All-Ireland senior hurling champions yet again!
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    Canning scored the last point of the day but there was nothing Galway could do to take away from a magnificent Kilkenny performance.
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    Brian Cody has now won nine All-Irelands in 14 years.
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    Congratulations Kilkenny! Commiserations Galway.
  • 17:03
    Guinness, Centra agus Etihad – Irish speeches at the All-Ireland, eh?
  • 17:04
    Eoin Larkin lifts the Liam McCarthy cup!
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    All-Ireland final speeches are amazing, aren’t they? Rhetorical.

    Michael Rice gets a special mention for his dedication despite injury.
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    Dieticians, kit-men, hoteliers….everyone’s getting a mention here.
  • 17:08
    And so to the inevitable hip-hip for Galway…
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    Eoin Larkin has just ‘sang’ (I think that’s the word) a version of ‘Jimmy’s Winning matches.’ He’s cleverly altered the lyrics so that they apply to Kilkenny. He’s also been inventive with the melody.
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    Seriously though, Kilkenny really are phenomenal! They must be one of the greatest teams ever put together in Irish sport.
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    Henry Shefflin isn’t exactly a slouch either.
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    Henry Shefflin has started every match for Kilkenny since 1999. Staggering.
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    That’s it. Another year over, another All-Ireland title in the bag for Kilkenny. Galway beat the Cats in Leinster and held them in the first, drawn All-Ireland final but there was little they could do to stop Kilkenny’s dominance today.

    Henry Shefflin has made history by collecting nine All-Ireland medals, all won on the field of play but the future is equally bright for Kilkenny too. Walter Walsh made his Championship debut in the All-Ireland final and repaid the faith Brian Cody showed in him by scoring 1-3. 

    Kilkenny are champions yet again and you wouldn’t bet against them winning another All-Ireland title next year. Galway will be disappointed but can be proud of the huge leap forward they have taken in this year’s Championship. Once again though, the year belongs to Kilkenny. They are the cats who got the cream.

    Can anyone depose Kilkenny next year? Those questions are for 2013. For now, Brian Cody, Henry Shefflin et al can bask in All-Ireland glory…yet again
  • 17:35
    All-Ireland minor hurling championship final

    Tipperary 2-18 Dublin 1-11

    All-Ireland senior hurling championship final

    Kilkenny 3-22 Galway 3-11
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    Kilkenny – All-Ireland senior hurling champions (INPHO/James Crosbie)
    Kilkenny – All-Ireland senior hurling champions (INPHO/James Crosbie)
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