Tuesday 20 February 2018

Final encounters real no-draw deals

JUST what is it about All-Ireland senior hurling finals and a no-draw deal? It's 51 years since the final last ended level (Waterford versus Kilkenny), yet since then six minor and six U-21 finals have gone to replays.

Five Munster and two Leinster senior finals have also finished level in that time. Prior to 1959, the last All-Ireland SHC final draw was in 1934 (Limerick versus Dublin).

The Cats' last championship draw was in 2004, when their All-Ireland quarter-final with Clare went to a replay, while Tipp last drew in 2007, when it took three clashes to sort the Munster semi-final, which Limerick took after extra-time in the second replay.

The odds on Sunday's final finishing level are 12/1. If it does go to a replay, it will be played on Sunday, September 26.

Irish Independent

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