Sport Hurling

Saturday 25 November 2017

Game at a glance

Man of the match

Lar Corbett (Tipperary)

Scoring three goals in any championship game is a remarkable feat, but to achieve it in an All-Ireland final made it all the more special. Corbett's second goal, scored in the 42nd minute, was possibly the most crucial score of all as it re-asserted Tipperary's authority at a time when Kilkenny were snapping at their heels.

Turning point

It was more a case of a two-minute turn. Tipperary's two-goal burst in the 42nd and 44th minutes gave them the impetus to drive on while leaving Kilkenny with a challenge that proved beyond even their remarkable powers of recovery.

Talking point

What difference would a fully-fit Henry Shefflin have made? His absence left the Kilkenny attack without its most influential figure on a day when they needed it so badly against a strong, resolute Tipp defence.

Ref watch

Michael Wadding did a good job overall, but a great deal of confusion continues to surround the handpass. The line between what's legal and illegal is so blurred that it leads to frustration for players and spectators alike.

What they said

Liam Sheedy (Tipperary manager): "We felt we were in a very good position. Whether you like it or not the 'five-in-a-row' brings its own pressure and we just really focused on our game and got our just rewards.

Brian Cody (Kilkenny manager): "We lost Henry (Shefflin) the last day and somebody steps in and takes his place. If someone gets an injury, he goes off and somebody else comes in.

That's the way it works."

Match statistics

Wides: Kilkenny 7 (4); Tipperary 5(1)

Frees: Kilkenny 19 (13); Tipperary 12 (7).

Yellow cards: Kilkenny 4 (J Tennyson 42, T Walsh 49, J Tyrrell 55, J Dalton 56); Tipperary 4 (S McGrath 34, E Kelly 49, J O'Brien 56, D Young 68).

Red cards: Kilkenny 0; Tipperary 0.

Attendance: 81,765

What next?

Tipperary can look ahead to months of celebration; Kilkenny head into reflection mode.

Irish Independent

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