Thursday 29 June 2017

Kilkenny and Galway unchanged for final

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
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

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

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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