Thursday 8 December 2016

History shows little chance of rivals drawing comfort

Published 01/09/2011 | 05:00

IN a season where only three championship games (Mayo versus London, Armagh versus Wicklow, Kildare versus Donegal in football) finished level, it might appear an unlikely time to raise the issue of a replay in the All-Ireland hurling final.

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Then again, perhaps it's the perfect time, especially since it's all of 52 years since the last hurling final (Kilkenny versus Waterford in 1959) finished on level terms.

That's a very long span without a replay, so there are likely to be takers for the 11/1 odds against Kilkenny and Tipperary failing to settle their latest argument on Sunday.

Surprisingly, there have been very few one-point winners over the last 50 years either, with only Tipperary (1961), Clare (1997) and Cork (1999) edging home by the minimum margin.

And the last two-point winning margin was when Wexford beat Limerick by 1-13 to 0-14 in 1996.

Irish Independent

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