Kilkenny halt Tipp’s bid for title number 27

Kilkenny win 10th title for King Henry

Kilkenny win 10th title for King Henry

Tipperary failed in their bid to secure a 27th All-Ireland senior hurling final following a narrow defeat in an absorbing encounter at Croke Park this evening.

The two point victory for Kilkenny, who saw Henry Shefflin win his 10th All-Ireland senior hurling medal, did not flatter the Cats who could well have won the game by more.

But Tipperary proved a gritty lot and they clung in there to set up a tension filled finale in which chances came and went for both sides.

The difference between the sides at the end of the first half was a Seamus Callanan goal for Tipp in the 29th minute after he had been fed by Lar Corbett. Tipp had a number of other goal chances but they went abegging and their interval lead of 1-7 to 0-8 was reward for a hard fought first half - a half which could easily have seen the Cats ahead.

Kilkenny went for the juglar after the restart and put five points on the board before Tipp registered a score. And, when Richie Power goalled in the 24th minute and then saw his brother John goal in the 28th, the writing was on the wall for Tipp.

HOwever, the Premier County Board responded and a Seamus |Callanan goal in the 24th minute set up a pulsating finale as Tipp went in search of a winner. It wasn’t to coem though as Kilkenny saw out the win.

See this weeks Tipperary Star for more.