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Ryan nets top-scorer

ONE award neither Kilkenny nor Tipperary have a chance of claiming this Sunday is the championship top-scorer gong. Dublin’s Paul Ryan sits top on 2-47 (53 points), some six points clear of Patrick Horgan of Cork.

Of the players lining out on Sunday, the closest to catching Ryan is Eoin Kelly on 4-22 (34), meaning the Tipp captain would need an All-Ireland final performance of unprecedented prolificacy to overtake the Ballyboden St Enda’s man.

Henry Shefflin, Kilkenny’s chief marksman is on 1-25 (28), meaning the great man would require a final haul of 25 points just to level with Ryan.

One in the bag for the Dubs |so ...