Saturday 1 October 2016

Kilkenny and Galway unchanged for final

Published 05/09/2015 | 02:30

21 June 2015; Jackie Tyrell, Kilkenny. Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Kilkenny v Wexford, Nowlan Park, Kilkenny. Picture credit: Piaras ? M?dheach / SPORTSFILE
21 June 2015; Jackie Tyrell, Kilkenny. Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Kilkenny v Wexford, Nowlan Park, Kilkenny. Picture credit: Piaras ? M?dheach / SPORTSFILE

Having played in 10 All-Ireland finals - including replays - since 2006, Jackie Tyrrell will not start for Kilkenny in tomorrow's clash with Galway.

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He is, however, included among the subs as Brian Cody opts for the same team that played against Waterford in the semi-final.

Richie Power also returns to the squad after recovering from injury.

He didn't line out in any of Kilkenny's three championship games so far, whereas Tyrrell played a major role in the defence of their Leinster title, prior to sustaining a foot injury which kept him out of the win over Waterford.

The return of Tyrrell and Power on the subs' bench is a major boost for Kilkenny, who are bidding to win an 11th All-Ireland in the new Millennium.

Anthony Cunningham has also named an unchanged Galway team for what will be a rematch of the 2012 final which went to a replay before Kilkenny won comfortably.

The Galway manager is dealing from a full hand in a season where his squad relaunched their All-Ireland bid with ominous intent with wins over Cork and Tipperary.

The hurling final will be the second leg of a massive Croke Park double-header this weekend which also features Dublin v Mayo in the All-Ireland football semi-final replay this evening (5.00pm).

Over 164,000 spectators will flock through the Croke Park turnstiles as the championship season reaches a crescendo.

There's massive interest in the Dublin-Mayo game after last Sunday's thrilling clash where the Connacht champions battled back to earn a draw after being seven points down with 15 minutes remaining.

The controversy over Diarmuid Connolly's long drawn-out disciplinary saga, plus various other issues arising from a feisty encounter, adds to the tension as Dublin and Mayo battle it out to clinch a place against Kerry in the final on September 20.

Irish Independent

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