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Majestic John Walsh inspires Kilkenny to a 21st minor title

An amazing individual performance from John Walsh and a terrific collective display saw Kilkenny crowned All-Ireland minor champions for the 21st time after a 2-17 to 0-19 victory at Croke Park.

Given that they were beaten 2-8 to 0-3 in their opening Leinster championship game, it was a tremendous turnaround for this group of players.

Limerick were the pre-match favourites but they were not as clinical in front of goals as the victors and this was the difference.

John Walsh was the man of the match with 2-5 from play and it was a particularly poignant moment for him having lost his mother earlier this year.

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John Walsh, Kilkenny, celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game. Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor Championship Final, Kilkenny v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

John Walsh, Kilkenny, celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game. Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor Championship Final, Kilkenny v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

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7 September 2014; Limerick Captain Cian Lynch leads his team on to the field. Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor Championship Final, Kilkenny v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

7 September 2014; Limerick Captain Cian Lynch leads his team on to the field. Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor Championship Final, Kilkenny v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

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7 September 2014; Jason Cleere, Kilkenny, in action against Ronan Lynch, Limerick. Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor Championship Final, Kilkenny v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

7 September 2014; Jason Cleere, Kilkenny, in action against Ronan Lynch, Limerick. Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor Championship Final, Kilkenny v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

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7 September 2014; Kilkenny manager Pat Hoban. Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor Championship Final, Kilkenny v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

7 September 2014; Kilkenny manager Pat Hoban. Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor Championship Final, Kilkenny v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

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7 September 2014; Cian Lynch, Limerick, on his way to score limericks 6th point in the 18th minute, in action against Conor Browne, Kilkenny. Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor Championship Final, Kilkenny v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

7 September 2014; Cian Lynch, Limerick, on his way to score limericks 6th point in the 18th minute, in action against Conor Browne, Kilkenny. Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor Championship Final, Kilkenny v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

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7 September 2014; Barry Nash, Limerick, in action against Jason Cleere, Kilkenny. Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor Championship Final, Kilkenny v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

7 September 2014; Barry Nash, Limerick, in action against Jason Cleere, Kilkenny. Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor Championship Final, Kilkenny v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

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7 September 2014; Tom Morrissey, Limerick, in action against Conor Delaney, Kilkenny. Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor Championship Final, Kilkenny v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

7 September 2014; Tom Morrissey, Limerick, in action against Conor Delaney, Kilkenny. Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor Championship Final, Kilkenny v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

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7 September 2014; Tom Morrissey, Limerick, in action against Conor Delaney, Kilkenny. Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor Championship Final, Kilkenny v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

7 September 2014; Tom Morrissey, Limerick, in action against Conor Delaney, Kilkenny. Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor Championship Final, Kilkenny v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

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7 September 2014; John Walsh, Kilkenny, in action against Lorcan Lyons, Limerick. Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor Championship Final, Kilkenny v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin.  Picture credit: Piaras O Midheach / SPORTSFILE

7 September 2014; John Walsh, Kilkenny, in action against Lorcan Lyons, Limerick. Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor Championship Final, Kilkenny v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras O Midheach / SPORTSFILE

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7 September 2014; Cian Lynch, Limerick, in action against Ross Butler, Kilkenny. Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor Championship Final, Kilkenny v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

7 September 2014; Cian Lynch, Limerick, in action against Ross Butler, Kilkenny. Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor Championship Final, Kilkenny v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

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7 September 2014; Cian Lynch, Limerick, in action against Ross Butler, Kilkenny. Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor Championship Final, Kilkenny v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

7 September 2014; Cian Lynch, Limerick, in action against Ross Butler, Kilkenny. Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor Championship Final, Kilkenny v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

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7 September 2014; Referee  Fergal Horgan oversees the handshake between the Kilkenny captain Darragh Joyce, left, and Limerick captain Cian Lynch. Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor Championship Final, Kilkenny v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin.

7 September 2014; Referee Fergal Horgan oversees the handshake between the Kilkenny captain Darragh Joyce, left, and Limerick captain Cian Lynch. Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor Championship Final, Kilkenny v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin.

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7 September 2014; Jamie Porter, Limerick, in action against Liam Blanchfield, Kilkenny. Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor Championship Final, Kilkenny v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

7 September 2014; Jamie Porter, Limerick, in action against Liam Blanchfield, Kilkenny. Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor Championship Final, Kilkenny v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

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7 September 2014; Alan Murphy, Kilkenny, in action against Jamie Porter, Limerick. Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor Championship Final, Kilkenny v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

7 September 2014; Alan Murphy, Kilkenny, in action against Jamie Porter, Limerick. Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor Championship Final, Kilkenny v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

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John Walsh, Kilkenny, celebrates scoring his side's first goal of the game. Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All Ireland Minor Championship Final, Kilkenny v Limerick. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ramsey Cardy / SPORTSFILE

The first half was a tremendous tit-for-tat battle was the game roared into life at a ferocious pace.

The Cats were the first to settle and they led 0-6 to 0-3 but a few changes for the Munster men saw them gain a foothold in the game.

Kilkenny's John Walsh was in inspired form pucking five first half points from play and the Cats hit the last two points of the half to lead by 0-12 to 0-10 at the interval.

Limerick could have easily have had their noses in front at half-time but substitute Conor Fitzgerald fluffed his lines when put straight through on goals and opted to pull on the sliotar on the ground rather than pick it up.

Limerick played with the aid of the breeze in the second half but it was Kilkenny who pucked the first two points of the half through Alan Murphy and Liam Blanchfield.

Limerick responded with three on the trot but there was a vibe that a goal was on the way and that man John Walsh was the man to provide it.

Seamus Flanagan responded with a point straight away and a brace of  Ronan Lynch frees to reduce the arrears to a solitary point.

An Alan Murphy free and an inspirational score from the sideline from Ronan Corcoran saw Kilkenny lead by three before Lych and Blanchfield swappd points.

The game was still in the melting pot but John Walsh pounced for another goal in the 51st minute to put Kilkenny in the driving seat.

Limerick got to within four before Barry Nash flashed a shot inches wide for Limerick and their chance of a comeback was gone.

Scorers: Kilkenny: J Walsh 2-5, A Murphy 0-6 (5f, 1 ‘65), R Corcoran 0-3, L Blanchfield 0-2, L Scanlon 0-1

Limerick: R Lynch 0-9 (8f), C Lynch 0-3, B Nash, S Flanagan, T Morrissey 0-2 each, B Murphy 0-1.

Kilkenny: D Brennan; P Lyng, C Delaney, C McGrath; T Walsh, J Cleere, D Joyce; C Browne, L Scanlon, S Morrissey, R Butler, R Corcoran; A Murphy, L Blanchfield, J Walsh SUBS: B Ryan for Butler (HT), E Kenny for Browne (38), A Gaffney for Corcoran (59).

Limerick: E McNamara; S Finn, P O’Loughlin, L Lyons; T Grimes, A La Touche-Cosgrove, C Byrnes; R Hanley, C Lynch; C Ryan, B Nash, R Lynch; P Casey, T Morrissey, S Flanagan SUBS: C Fitzgerald for Byrnes (17), E Doyle for Fitzgerald, J Porter for Lyons (both HT), B Murphy for Grimes (54),

Ref: F Horgan (Tipperary)

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