Kilkenny v Tipperary

Kilkenny v Tipperary

IT Sun, Sep 4

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  • 14:17
    Hello, Carl O'Malley here, welcome to the Irish Times' live text commentary on the All-Ireland hurling final between champions Tipperary and living legends Kilkenny. The third-in-a-row between these two sides promises to be a belter, so join us here for a blow-by-blow account from 3pm. Throw-in is 3.30pm
  • 14:32
    Marty Morrisey is embarrassing a teenage Tipperary girl on d'telly, by having a half cut crowd sing Happy Birthday to her. She holds her head in her hands - for the first and only time today, she and her Premier County faithful will hope.
  • 14:36
    Irish Times GAA professor Seán Moran's prediction is a narrow Tipp win. Feel free to give us your thoughts over the next few hours, preferrably sooner rather than later. There's no point predicting a Cats win when they're three points up with a minute to go. (That's not my prediction, by the way).
  • 14:52
    The Galway minors have won their final against Dublin on a scoreline of 1-21 to 1-12. Shane Maloney scored a stunning 1-09 in that game, while, perhaps ominously for the Cats, the Dublin goalscorer was Ciaran Kelly.

    Congrats to the young Tribesmen!
  • 15:07
    We're under half an hour from showtime now, and rain is threatening to dampen spirits. Let's hope it doesn't dilute the quality of hurling. The teams are out for their warm-up.

    "There's no turning back now", according to Michael Lyster, as if anyone would want to.
  • 15:11
    No changes to either team as yet, so the line-ups are as follows:

    KILKENNY: D Herity; P Murphy, N Hickey, J Tyrrell; T Walsh, B Hogan, JJ Delaney; M Fennelly, M Rice; E Brennan, R Power, H Shefflin; C Fennelly, E Larkin, R Hogan.

    TIPPERARY: B Cummins; P Stapleton, P Curran, M Cahill; J O’Keeffe, C O’Mahony, P Maher; G Ryan, S McGrath; S Callanan, N McGrath, P Maher; E Kelly, J O’Brien, L Corbett.
  • 15:17
  • 15:17
    In case anyone is wondering how last year's final went, here's a brief summary. Not included, of course, is Henry Shefflin's knee injury that saw him leave the field after 12 minutes.
  • 15:19
  • 15:19
    That was a tough day for the Cats. Some took it on the chin. Others took it all a bit to seriously.
  • 15:24
    President Mary McAleese is on the pitch greeting the players. She's sporting a pink ensemble, careful not insult anyone. One assumes there are few among those with hurls who are used to wearing pink. Is there a Paul Galvin of hurling? Not sure
  • 15:28
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  • 15:30
    Minutes away now, as the anthem rings out around Haedquarters
  • 15:32
    1 min: Here we go, for the third year running. Game on. Kilkenny asking the eary questions. Fennelly awarded a free in and the Cats will have shot at goal.
  • 15:32
    King Henry stands over it and fires over from 30m out. First blood Kilkenny.

    Jackie Tyrell is marking Lar Corbett at the other end.
  • 15:34
    4 min: Lar's first touch and he is shunted in touch. Kilkenny come again and Eoin Larkin is dispossessed brilliantly as lines up a shot at goal.
  • 15:35
    Larkin not be denied, however, and he fires his first score. Cats are two up.
  • 15:36
    Tipp getting nothing at the other end and are being swarmed by Kilkenny defence. Noel McGrath has a sideline cut, however. Very tight angle.
  • 15:38
    7 min: Tipp have a 65. Bit of argy bargy between JJ Delaney and Seamus Callanan there. Delaney's been putting himself about a fair bit already. Eoin Kelly misses the 65 from the touchline.
  • 15:39
    Lovely take and turn by Callanan but he's stopped again by the Kilkenny defence. Tipp getting no time on the ball here. Kilkenny look pumped up.
  • 15:41
    10 min: Tipp working hard just to cear their lines here, it keeps coming back, but a booming effort from Tipp puts Cats goalkeeper Herity under pressure. Free out after he's hit hard in the square.
  • 15:42
    11 min: Line ball up to Larkin and it finds it's way across to Richie Hogan, who cuts inside and fires a third point. Kilkenny well on top at the moment.
  • 15:43
    Big scare for Tipp as Paul Curran lifts the sliotar off the line after Larkin flicked Hogan's effort past Cummins. That was a let off for the champions!
  • 15:44
    Richie Power in on the act now. The Cats are rampant. Tipp, nowhere to be seen. Lovely point from Power, when under pressure.
  • 15:46
    15th minute now and the Tommy Walsh brilliantly claims a highball and fires it up Henry. His second point and Kilkenny's fifth. This is worrying for Tipp no, the need to get a score on the board
  • 15:47
    16 min: And there it is from Noel McGrath. Nice point off his left.
  • 15:48
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  • 15:48
    Will it change things, though?
  • 15:49
    Maybe, free in to Tipp, from the left-hand sideline. Eoin Kelly over it, head bowed. Beautiful point from Kelly, just inside the post. Three in it.
  • 15:54
    It's all boiled over here and referee Brian Gavin needs treatment after getting a bloody nose from what looked like Tommy Walsh's hurl. Unintentional, of course, but he's in the wars and is getting his nose patched up now. There would have been some odds on the man in black getting the first whack from Walsh.
  • 15:54
    23 min: He's back up and running but not without significant repairs. He's wearing what would be referred to in horsey circles as a nose band now.
  • 15:55
    24 min: Eddie Brennan opens the gap after a nice run by Power.
  • 15:56
    Free out for Tipp and Brendan Maher is being prepared on the sideline. They need a bit of his guile.
  • 15:58
    27 min: Cummins gathers and clears Shefflin's effort after great work from Eddie Brennan. He could have done better there, Henry.
  • 15:58
    Brendan Maher is set to replace John O'Keeffe in the halfback line.
  • 16:00
    Power has lost his helmet as Maher enters the fray and O'Keeffe makes way. Maher over to mark Shefflin straight away.
  • 16:01
    Still three points in it but Conor O'Mahony is standing over a Tipp free. Fired in and there's another foul on Bonner Maher. An scoreable chance here for Eoin Kelly.
  • 16:02
    31 min: Kelly takes his third point and there is just two in it. Amazing really considering the opening quarter of this game.
  • 16:04
    33 min: Shefflin lines up another free and takes his score for a three-point lead wtih two minutes to go. There must be plenty of injury time considering Walsh's intervention earlier on.
  • 16:05
    Brilliant mopping up Walsh again, he's having a stormer back there. Paddy Stapleton is down clutching his after an awkward looking collision. He's back up though after a bit of treatment
  • 16:06
    GOAL: The line ball from Shefflin to Hogan, who finds Fennelly on the burst throught he middle and he fires it home.
  • 16:07
    Eoin Kelly repsonds but the Cats lead by five again. Big goal from Fennelly, his first in Championship hurling.
  • 16:08
    37 min: Michael Rice adds his first to open the gap further.
  • 16:09
    Lar Corbett gets what must be his first touch since being hoofed into touch by JJ Delaney in the first few minutes. He's been anonymous so far. Remarkable, really.
  • 16:10
    Patrick Bonner Maher denied by Walsh as he lined up a goal attempt. Walsh is having a massive game for the Cats.  But Wait, free in.
  • 16:11
    Kelly gets his fourth. That came after Noel Hickey tripped Maher on his way through, which allowed Walsh to clean up. Good spot by the ref. His nose is in bits but there's nothing wrong with his eyesight.
  • 16:13
    That's it. Halftime and there's five points in it, thanks largely to Michael Fennelly's goal. Last year, Kilkenny trailed by one at this stage. It all looks very different now but there're 35 minutes to come.
  • 16:17
    John O'Keefe and Shane McGrath literally get to grips with Kilkenny talisman Henry Shefflin at Croke Park. (Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho)
    John O'Keefe and Shane McGrath literally get to grips with Kilkenny talisman Henry Shefflin at Croke Park. (Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho)
  • 16:21
    Tipperary's Padraic Maher and Kilkenny goalscorer Colin Fennelly during the first half. - (Lorraine O'Sullivan/Inpho)
    Tipperary's Padraic Maher and Kilkenny goalscorer Colin Fennelly during the first half. - (Lorraine O'Sullivan/Inpho)
  • 16:29
    It maybe hasn't quite lived up to the billing with, as the lads in the RTE studio remarked, the intensity dropping after the referee got a crack of Walsh's hurl.

    Feel free to give us your thoughts, folks, via the comment section, or tweet me on @carlomalley
  • 16:30
    We're back on. Seamus Callanan and Shane McGrath are off for Tipp. Changes for Kilkenny too, I'll get them in a second.
  • 16:32
    It's Benny Dunne and Pa Bourke on for Tipp and the latter fires narrowly wide early in this second half.
  • 16:32
    Dunne, however, makes no mistake from the right. Immediate impact there from both subs, even if Bourke missed his effort.
  • 16:32
    Proud Cat It may not have Carl.. but that could lend itself to a better second half. There's everything to play for and not much in it. Still think the Cats will take it
  • 16:33
    40 min: Shefflin repsonds with his fourth point. Patrick Maher stopped by JJ Delaney for a 65.
  • 16:35
    Eoin Kelly points to close the gap to four. 41 minutes gone.
  • 16:36
    Colin Fennelly gets his first point from way out. Lovely score from distance off his left.
  • 16:37
    Richie Hogan shoots wide. He's scored one but has been relatively quiet. Though, of course, he did assist Fennelly's goal. Richie Power fields and fires another point.
  • 16:38
    45 min: Power wins another free as he looks for space around the 45. Shefflin adds another from in front of the posts. It's all a bit similar to the first half for Tipp.
  • 16:39
    They respond. Conor O'Mahony comes up from the back to do the honours. One point from play from the Tipp forwards so far. That ain't good.
  • 16:41
    Jackie Tyrell bounces two Tipp men out of the way before punching the air as the whistle sounds in the mistaken belief the free has gone his way. It hasn't. Eoin Kelly scores for Tipp.
  • 16:43
    GOAL!  What a goal from Richie Hogan. Eddie Brennan flies through the middle with ball on his hurl, handpass to Hogan as he peels off his man. One touch on the hurl and fired into the top corner. A fantastic strike worthy of any final.
  • 16:45
    That was similar to Corbett's third last year, except it was further out and better placed. An amazing bit of stick work from Hogan. Seven points in it. 51 minutes gone
  • 16:46
    Hogan is hauled down and Shefflin fires another.  It's all looking a bit ominous for the champions.
  • 16:47
    54 min: Noel McGrath reduces the deficit from a sideline cut. Tight angle, there. An impressive score but they need a few more.
  • 16:49
    GOAL TIPP!! And how.It's Pa Bourke, who takes a pass from Corbett and fires from distance through Herity.
  • 16:50
    Goalkeeper should have done better there, perhaps, but it doesn't matter now.
  • 16:51
    57 min: Lar Corbett lets another chance slip. Tipp need him to find his range. It's now or never.
  • 16:52
    Frantic finale now. Four points in it. TJ Reid is replacing Eddie Brennan for Kilkenny.
  • 16:53
    Make that a five-point lead. Michael Fennelly scores another. He's having a big game.
  • 16:55
    10 minutes left now. It's bubbling up nicely now. Sideline ball to Tipp. Noel McGrath fires it in but Herity clears as far as Delaney who helps it on. Great defence there.
  • 16:56
    McGrath strikes back, though, as he fires one over when unmarked. Brian Cody thinks it was picked off the ground. Nobody's listening.
  • 16:58
    Tipp are busting a gut here to get back in this now. Kelly points another free and the gap is three.
  • 16:59
    Michael Fennelly, however, is hauled down by David Young, greco-roman style. Shefflin makes it a four point-game again.
  • 17:00
    Benny Dunne and Pa Bourke bulldoze their way down the right, but the free is awarded out for either overcarrying or throwing. Danger averted, for now.
  • 17:02
    Misplaced pass from Shefflin is gobbled up by Brendan Maher and Bonner Maher is taken down. Kelly points for the eighth time.
  • 17:03
    Every time they score, Kilkenny respond. It's TJ Reid this time. Just on the pitch for Brennan. Straight down the other end and PA Bourke is hooked as he sets his sights on goal and who else but TJ Reid is back to clear the danger. A point at one end a clearance at the other. Quite a shift he's putting in.
  • 17:04
    70 min: Two minute of added time. Tipp look for the net, but there's no way through.
  • 17:05
    Gearoid Ryan fires one over the bar, however. Just a goal in it. One minute left. Where are ya, Lar?
  • 17:05
    That's got to be it, though. Eoin Larkin fires one over. Kilkenny are champions again!!!!
  • 17:07
    Brian Cody greets the flashes of the cameras on the sideline yet again. Five All-Ireland's in six years, with last year the only blip. Tipp never looked like getting there to be honest. A stunning riposte from the Cats. They're back!
  • 17:10
    That's Cody's eighth All-Ireland, in 11 finals, in 13 years.
  • 17:12
    For what it's worth, my MOTM, was Tommy Walsh, for setting the pace, snuffing out danger time and again and setting up wave after wave of Kilkenny attacks.
  • 17:14
    Brian Hogan claims the Liam MacCarthy Cup - Kilkenny's 33rd. Cúpla focail ás Gaielge.  He thanks "girlfriends, mothers and .. wives", in that order. Just ruined what could have been a great few days there.
  • 17:18
    Tipperary's Lar Corbett and Patrick Maher chase Kilkenny's Tommy Walsh. - (Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho)
    Tipperary's Lar Corbett and Patrick Maher chase Kilkenny's Tommy Walsh. - (Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho)
  • 17:20
    Brian 'If I could just say a few words I'd be a better public speaker ' Hogan calls for "three chips for Tipp".

    In fairness, it was warm tribute to their vanquished opponents. Plenty of respect there.
  • 17:21
    Jackie Tyrrell is another shoult for man-of-the-match, kept Corbett awful quiet back there.
  • 17:22
    Has to be Walsh, though, sure he even clocked the ref when he got in the way. That's dedication. Nobody's safe from Tommy.
  • 17:47
    Philip OToole thanks for the brilliant updates, best I could do up here in sweden. congrats kk, from a galway man
  • 17:47
    Matthew hi, when's the next GAA action??
  • 17:48
    Matthew, we'll have live commentary for the football final on the 18th as well. Thanks for tuning in. Ryan quotes and match report to follow. Cheers.
  • 18:12
  • 18:27
    That's it from us. Thanks for reading and Congrats to all ye Cats fans. Slán