Tuesday 27 September 2016

Kilkenny deliver an 11th All-Ireland for Brian Cody as Galway challenge fades away

KILKENNY 1-22 GALWAY 1-18

Sean McGoldrick

Published 06/09/2015 | 17:17

6 September 2015; TJ Reid, Kilkenny, celebrates at the final whistle. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; TJ Reid, Kilkenny, celebrates at the final whistle. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; TJ Reid, Kilkenny, scores his side's first goal. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin.Picture credit: D?ire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Joe Canning, Galway, in action against Joey Holden, Kilkenny. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Referee James Owens moves in to seperate players from both sides, during the second half. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Johnny Coen, Galway, clears the ball under pressure from Ger Aylward, Kilkenny. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Kilkenny's Joey Holden, with support from team-mate Kieran Joyce, in action against Joe Canning and Cyril Donnellan, 11, Galway. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Kilkenny manager Brian Cody. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; David Burke, Galway, in action against Eoin Larkin, Kilkenny. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Colin Fennelly, Kilkenny, prepares to clear under pressure from Joe Canning, Galway. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Joey Holden, Kilkenny, in action against Jonathan Glynn, Galway. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Colin Fennelly, Kilkenny, in action against John Hanbury, Galway. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Joe Canning, Galway. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Kilkenny manager Brian Cody. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; A Galway supporter celebrates a score during the game. Supporters at GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor and Senior Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; A Galway supporter celebrates a score during the game. Supporters at GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor and Senior Finals, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Shane Prendergast, Kilkenny, in action against Conor Whelan, Galway. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Galway supporters celebrate a point. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Jonathan Glynn, Galway, is hooked by Cillian Buckley, Kilkenny. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Jonathan Glynn, Galway, is hooked by Kieran Joyce, Kilkenny. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Michael Fennelly, Kilkenny, in action against David Burke, Galway. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Conor Fogarty, Kilkenny, in action against Cathal Mannion, Galway. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Tom?s Greally / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Padraig Walsh, Kilkenny, in action against Jonathan Glynn, Galway. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Joey Holden, Kilkenny, in action against Jonathan Glynn, Galway. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Tom?s Greally / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Galway supporters celebrate a first half point. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Cyril Donnellan, Galway, in action against Padraig Walsh, Kilkenny. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Shane Bannon, Galway, in action against Ger Aylward, Kilkenny. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Shane Prendergast, Kilkenny, in action against Conor Whelan, Galway. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; TJ Reid, Kilkenny, in action against Iarla Tannian, Galway. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin.Picture credit: D?ire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Eoin Larkin, left, and Michael Fennelly, Kilkenny, in action against Iarla Tannian, Galway. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin.Picture credit: D?ire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Shane Prendergast, Kilkenny, in action against Conor Whelan, Galway. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin.Picture credit: D?ire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Paul Murphy, Kilkenny, in action against Conor Whelan, Galway. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin.Picture credit: D?ire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Galway supporters celebrate during the first half. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; TJ Reid, Kilkenny, celebrates after scoring his side's first goal. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin.Picture credit: D?ire Brennan / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Supporters on Hill 16 before the game. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Colin Fennelly, Kilkenny, has his helmet pulled off by David Burke, Galway. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Kieran Joyce, Kilkenny, in action against Jonathan Glynn, Galway. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; TJ Reid, Kilkenny, stands ready to take a free. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Colm Callanan, Galway, hits the ball downfield. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Daithi Burke, Galway, in action against TJ Reid, Kilkenny. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; John Hanbury, Galway, in action against Ger Aylward, Kilkenny. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Jonathan Glynn, Galway, in action against Padraig Walsh, Kilkenny. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Seb Daly / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Conor Whelan, Galway, breaks clear with the sliothar. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; A general view of the action during the game. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Richie Hogan, Kilkenny, in action against Padraig Mannion, Galway. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Galway's Daithi Burke catches the sliotar ahead of team-mate Andrew Smith and Richie Hogan, Kilkenny. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Joe Canning, Galway, in action against Kieran Joyce, Kilkenny. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Joe Canning, Galway, celebrates after scoring his and his side's third point. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; Conor Whelan, Galway, in action against Shane Prendergast, Kilkenny. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
6 September 2015; David Burke, Galway, in action against Conor Fogarty, Kilkenny. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Final, Kilkenny v Galway, Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

FOR the eleventh time in sixteen seasons Kilkenny are All-Ireland hurling champions. Come September the Cats invariably found a way to secure the Liam McCarthy Cup.

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This is not the greatest ever Kilkenny team that Brian Cody has ever assembled. It wasn't even the best performance from their particular bunch. Still, they found a way to secure the biggest prize in hurling against a Galway side that frankly failed to make any impact in the second half.

Cody, of course, is the constant in all of Kilkeny's 11 All-Ireland successes since the turn of the century. Such is the county's rate of success that Henry Shefflin's position as the most decorated All-Ireland winner of all time is under threat from two of his team mates!

Eoin Larkin and Jackie Tyrrell – who didn't feature due to a stress fracture – were each collecting their ninth Celtic Cross – just one short of Shefflin record total of ten.

For Galway the famine goes on. What will disappoint them most was their alarming second half fade out. Their three point half time lead (0-14; 1-8) didn't fully reflect how superior they had been particularly in the second quarter.

Displaying the characteristics one normally associated with the Cats, Galway had physically dominated their opponents. Sure, they got a couple of fortunate calls from the referee but the fact they recorded 14 scores compared to nine for Kilkenny underlined the extent of their dominance.

It was against this background that their second half capitulation was all the more surprising. They simply could never get any traction after the break in a contest that lacked fluency and was very stop-start in nature.

By the 42nd minute Kilkenny had drawn level and although Galway substitute David Collins briefly put the Tribesmen ahead again once Kilkenny went ahead in the 47th minute they never looked like relinquishing that advantage.

Kilkenny simply worked harder that Galway after the break; they formed a six man barrier across their half back and completely dominated the Galway puck out with Conor Fogarty, Padraig Walsh and Cillian Buckley outstanding in winning primary possession.

Their control of the game was underlined by the fact that the only Galway forward to score from play after the break was Conor Whelan.

Indeed, apart from Whelan and Canning – who hit 1-1 from placed balls- no other

Galway forward scored in the second half and no team can expect to win an All-Ireland by scoring 1-4 in the second period.

Against expectations Kilkenny opted not to send TJ Reid to the edge of the square. Instead their tallest player Walter Walsh was dispatched there where he formed a two man full forward line with Ger Aylward

Iarla Tannian ended marking the elusive Reid with Daithi Burke keeping tabs on the Kilkenny playmaker Richie Hogan. Initially Kilkenny's tactics appeared to be working.

After a tentative start which Galway shaded (0-5; 0-3) primarily due to the free-taking of Joe Canning Kilkenny struck for the game's first goal.

Hogan won the puck out before linking up with Walsh who used his strength to hold off John Hanbury and then teeing up TJ Reid for a goal.

But it was Galway who dominated the rest of the half. They were aggressive particularly in their half back line and successfully targeted Eoin Murphy's puck outs winning nine out of 20.

Kilkenny were forced into fouling and with Jason Flynn long range shooting on target – he converted three monster frees in the first half – Galway foraged ahead.

The Cats found it difficult to win frees and the decisions of referee James Owens clearly infuriated Kilkenny boss Brian Cody who confronted linesman James McGrath. Kilkenny had more ground for complaint just before the internal when Johnny Coen took out Colin Fennelly who looked set to set up a goal chance.

Coen was lucky to escape with a yellow card and the Tribesmen looked in with a real chance of securing the silverware at half time when they led 0-14 to 1-8.

That will annoy them most when they reflect on their performance is that they did a lot of things right. TJ Reid failed to score a point from play – though arguably he was the most influential player on the field while despite scoring 0-2 Richie Hogan was substituted.

But the qualities which has made Kilkenny so difficult to beat since the turn of the century carried them over the line: work rate, ruthlessness, ability to take their chances, denying their opponents space and creating plenty themselves. Collectively and individually Kilkenny won all the battles as the referee was less inclined to blow for Galway frees.

Kilkenny had already secured their 36th title long before Joe Canning's late goal put a gloss on the scoreboard.

Overall it's a final which won't live long in the memory but Kilkenny won't care as they retain their title despite losing marquee players such as JJ Delaney, Tommy Walsh, Brian Hogan and Shefflin at the end of last season.

Kilkenny: E Murphy; P Murphy, J Holden, S Prendergast; P Walsh (0-1), K Joyce, C Buckley; M Fennelly (0-2), C Fogarty (0-1); W Walsh (0-2), R Hogan (0-2), TJ Reid (1-7, 5f, 2 65); G Aylward (0-2), C Fennelly (0-2), E Larkin (0-2). Subs: R Power for Hogan 61m; J Power for Aylward 62m

 

Galway; C Callanan; J Coen (0-1 og), J Hanbury, P Mannion; A Harte, Daithi Burke, I Tannian; A Smith, David Burke (0-1); J Flynn (0-4, 3f), C Donnellan (0-1), J Glynn; C Whelan (0-2) J Canning (1-8, 5f), C Mannion. Subs: D Collins (0-2) for Harte 23m; C Cooney for Smith 56m; G Lally for Donnellan 64m; S Moloney for Flynn 66m.

 

Referee: James Owens (Wexford)

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