Semi-Final: Kilkenny 3-12 Limerick 1-12
Kilkenny reached today’s final with a nail biting 3-12 to 1-12 victory over a gallant Limerick side in atrocious weather conditions in Rathkeale last Saturday.
With eight minutes remaining Limerick were two points ahead much to the joy of the home supporters. Then Kilkenny midfielder Willie Brennan struck – powering through the Limerick defence he reached the 20 metre line and from there unleashed an unstoppable ball to the roof of the Limerick net. That was the crucial score as Mark Russell got a second goal minutes later (from a Conor Martin pass) to ensure the Cats reached the final against Galway.
Kilkenny scorers – Conor Martin (0-5); Shane Donnelly (1-2); Mark Russell (1-1); Willie Brennan (1-0); Kevin Sweeney (0-2); James Doyle, Liam Hickey (0-1 each).
Semi-Final: Galway 0-17 Tipperary 1-11
Barry Keane was Galway’s hero of the day, landing nine points as the Tribesmen defeated Tipperary 0-17 to 1-11 in the other semi-final clash.
Tipperary had led 0-9 to 0-5 at half-time, but Galway, with Keane leading the line, hit 10 consecutive points in the second half reach today’s final in Thomastown against the Cats.
Despite the efforts of Tipp, Galway controlled this game for long periods and deservedly reached the final where they will face a great challenge from the home side.
Verdict: A narrow Kilkenny win on ‘home soil’ but it will be mighty close.
Other interesting facts:
- This championship first started in 1961
- Galway lead the role of honour with 16 titles. Tipperary are next with 14, Cork on 10, Kilkenny on 8, with Clare, Antrim and Limerick with 1 each.
- Galway’s last title was 2003 / Kilkenny’s last title was 1991
- Kilkenny will be hoping to avoid of hatrick of final defeats, as they lost both 2010 and 2011 finals (both times to Tipperary).
- Galway’s 16 titles include an incredible 8 in a row, a 4 in a row and a 3 in a row.
- Galways victorious years were 1980-1987, 1992-1995, 1999, 2001
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