The race for the Liam McCarthy Cup has entered the closing stages and the identity of the two teams battling it out for hurling glory are known at last.
Galway and Kilkenny will meet in the All-Ireland Hurling Final on Sunday 9 September after the Cats demolished perennial rivals Tipperary on a scoreline of 4-24 to 1-15
The final throws together a novel pairing after recent years saw a riveting series of contests between Kilkenny and Tipperary. Brian Cody’s side are contesting their seventh final in seven seasons and their thirteenth in the last fifteen years. It is a remarkable level of consistency by an incredible team.
The final brings together the teams that contested this year’s Leinster Hurling final for the first time since Kilkenny took on Offaly in 2000. The Cats will be out for revenge on the Galway team that dethroned them in July. That Leinster final defeat means that this is the first time Kilkenny have reached an All-Ireland final without winning their provincial title since 2004 and amazingly Galway can be backed at 3/1 with William Hill
Galway’s last appearance in the final was in 2005. They dispatched Kilkenny in the semi final before losing by five points to Cork in the decider. The Tribesmen will be hoping to end a long famine in the West, having been starved of glory since they last tasted All-Ireland success in 1988.
It is the first time since the turn of the century that no Munster team has reached the All-Ireland hurling final.