Quilty the inspiration for Kilkenny
Kilkenny 2-21 Tipperary 3-12
Kilkenny came good in the second-half to return to the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie final for the sixth time in the last seven seasons.
Michelle Quilty was the star of the show with 1-9 but the Noresiders took some time to deal with the Tipperary challenge and it was only in the last quarter that they put significant distance between themselves and their opponents.
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Tipp registered the opening two points as they went toe-to-toe with the Cats. Megan Ryan got it going with a wonderful point from distance and Eibhlís McDonald slotted neatly soon after, following a well-crafted move.
Kilkenny were soon level thanks to a brace of scores from their former All-Ireland-winning skipper Quilty, but Tipp made their intent plain as Ereena Fryday restored their lead.
Things got even better in the eighth minute when Aoife McGrath's free from outside the '65 flew all the way to the net.
Miriam Walsh was Kilkenny's most influential figure in that opening period and was involved as Quilty (free), Katie Power and Anne Dalton pointed.
The powerful Tullaroan forward then won possession 40 metres out and started a move that ended with Quilty rounding Caoimhe Bourke before hand-passing to the net.
However, McDonald, Cáit Devane (two frees) and Niamh Treacy gave Niamh Lillis's team the lead once again.
Kilkenny's Anne Dalton grabbed her sixth goal of the campaign to make it 2-9 to 1-8 at the change of ends.
Denise Gaule clocked up six points - five from play - after the break, while Power and Kellyanne Doyle also raised white flags. Orla O'Dwyer and Karen Kennedy struck late goals but Kilkenny had more than enough done.
Scorers - Kilkenny: M Quilty 1-9 (7fs); D Gaule 0-6(1f); A Dalton 1-1; K Power 0-2; E Keane, A Farrell, K Doyle 0-1 each. Tipperary: C Devane 0-6(fs); E McDonald 0-3; A McGrath (free), O O'Dwyer, K Kennedy 1-0 each; Megan Ryan, N Treacy, E Fryday 0-1 each
Kilkenny: E Kavanagh, C Dormer, C Foley, G Walsh, D Tobin, C Phelan, E Keane, K Doyle, M Farrell, K Power, A Dalton, A Farrell, M Quilty, M Walsh, D Gaule. Subs: D Morrissey for Quilty (56).
Tipperary: C Bourke, C Quirke, J Bourke, E Loughman, A McGrath, K Kennedy, Mart Ryan, N Treacy, N Walsh, O O'Dwyer, Megan Ryan, E Fryday, C Devane, M Campion, E McDonald. Subs: C Purdue for Treacy (43), K Blair for Campion (56).
Referee: John Dermody (Westmeath)
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