Comprehensive Tipp win leaves Cats flirting with relegation as Rebels progress to last eight
Tipperary 2-20 Kilkenny 1-11
Tipperary clinched a place in the Allianz League hurling quarter-finals with a resounding win over Kilkenny in Semple Stadium.
The defeat leaves Kilkenny, who won the title for the last three years, deep in relegation trouble with the final round of Division 1A games to come next weekend.
They made a good start yesterday when Jonjo Farrell whipped home a goal in the opening minute but once Tipperary asserted themselves they were by far the better team. Seamus Callanan scored their first goal in the 4th minute and they had moved seven points clear by half-time - 1-16 to 1-9.
KIlkenny managed only four points in the second half while Tipperary added 1-6, their second goal coming from Niall O’Meara in the 54th minute.
In Galway, Cork booked their passage to the quarter-finals with a three-point win over the Tribesmen.
A dramatic finish saw Galway denied a share of the Allianz Div 1A HL spoils in Pearse Stadium when Jason Flynn had a goal disallowed by referee Fergal Horgan for a square infringement.
Galway were pressing hard when they won the first of two close range frees as they chased a three point deficit.
Joe Canning had his first effort blocked bravely by Stephen McDonnell while the second, from a closer distance, was blocked off the line by Mark Ellis.
But in the ensuing scramble Flynn got a touch only for Horgan to adjudge he had been in the square.
Cork led for much of the game and were 1-10 to 0-10 ahead at half-time, courtesy of Paudie O'Sullivan's two goals.
Galway inched ahead as Joe Canning, Cathal Mannion and especially substitute Aidan Harte, who scored three points, continued to find their range.
But a misplaced pass out of defence cost Galway dearly as O'Sullivan struck again to lead by 2-14 to 0-18 on 64 minutes.
This time Cork protected their lead better with Cormac Murphy, Ellis and McDonnell all contributing to an impressive rearguard action.
The win keeps Cork at the head of the Allianz Div 1A and guarantees them a quarter-final place.
Scorers: Tipperary: S Callanan 1-7 (0-3f, 0-1 ‘65’), N O’Meara 1-2, J O’Dwyer 0-4, N McGrath 0-3, M Breen 0-2, P Maher, J Forde, S Bourke, J Woodlock 0-1 each.
Kilkenny: R Hogan 0-10 (6f), J Farrell 1-1, M Kelly, J Power 0-1 each (‘65).
Kilkenny: E Murphy; S Prendergast, P Murphy, J Tyrrell; B Kennedy, K Joyce, C Buckley; M Kelly, L Ryan; W Walsh, R Hogan, M Ruth; J Farrell, J Power, G Aylward .
Subs: K Kelly for Aylward (ht), J Lyng for Ryan (48).
Tipperary: D Gleeson; C Barrett, C O’Mahony, P Curran, M Breen, P Maher, R Maher; K Bergin, J Woodlock; J O’Dwyer, B Maher, J Forde; N McGrath, S Callanan, N O’Meara.
Subs: C O’Brien for Curran (30), S McGrath for Forde (51), J McGrath for O’Meara (58), S Bourke for N McGrath (62), D Egan for Gleeson (65).