Power surge helps Kilkenny to All-Ireland title
Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 2-14
Two second half goals from the Power brothers Richie and John saw Kilkenny edge Tipperary in another epic All-Ireland final in Croke Park.
The game hung in the balance right into the final minutes but Richie Power goaled just shy of the hour mark to give the Cats a four point lead, the first time either side had led by more than a single score.
John struck shortly afterwards to give the Cats a six point lead but the drama didn’t stop there with Tipp managing to get back to within two points thanks to a late Seamus Callanan goal.
However, they couldn’t quite reel the Cats in as Colin Fennelly hit a late insurance point to give Kilkenny their 35th All-Ireland crown.
Tipperary had led by two points (1-7 to 0-8) at the break thanks to Callanan’s first goal which was set up by Lar Corbett.
The Premier also threatened on other occasions only to be foiled by some excellent last ditch defending by the Cats.
Kilkenny started the second half brightly and hit five unanswered scores to reclaim the lead and while Tipperary would get to within a single score, they could never regain parity.
Tipperary might have goaled immediately before Kilkenny hit their brace. With his side two points down, Callanan opted to point a penalty to cut the gap to one after Patrick 'Bonner' Maher had been fouled.
And that was the cue for the Power brothers to take over to help the Cats to a tenth All-Ireland under the management of Brian Cody.
Henry Shefflin made history when becoming the first man in GAA history to win a ten All-Ireland medals. The Ballyhale man was introduced for the final ten minutes. Clara’s Lester Ryan, also introduced late on, collected the Liam MacCarthy cup on behalf of the Cats.
SCORERS: Kilkenny: TJ Reid 0-5 (5f), R Power 1-1 (1f), C Fennelly 0-3, E Larkin, M Fennelly, R Hogan 0-2 each, J Power 1-1, P Walsh 0-1.
Tipperary: S Callanan 2-5 (4f, 0-1 pen), S McGrath J O’Dwyer (1 ‘65) 0-3 each, N McGrath 0-2, B Maher 0-1.
Kilkenny: E Murphy; P Murphy, JJ Delaney, K Joyce; P Walsh, J Tyrrell, C Buckley; M Fennelly, C Fogarty; E Larkin, R Hogan, C Fennelly; R Power, TJ Reid, J Power SUBS: H Shefflin for Hogan (58), L Ryan for M Fennelly (67).
Tipperary: D Gleeson; C Barrett, J Barry, P Stapleton; Padraic Maher, B Maher, K Bergin; S McGrath, J Woodlock; G Ryan, J O’Dwyer, L Corbett; N McGrath, S Callanan, Patrick Maher SUBS: M Cahill for McGrath (56), C O’Mahony for Ryan, S Bourke for Corbett (both 64), J Forde for McGrath (67), J O’Brien for O’Dwyer (69)
Ref: B Gavin (Offaly)