Game At A Glance
MAN OF THE MATCH
Eoin Larkin (Kilkenny)
The James Stephens man had been struggling for form but found it with a vengeance here producing a dynamic, all-action performance that gave Kilkenny a vital foothold in the middle third.
JJ Delaney's 41st-minute touch on a goal-bound Eoin Kelly shot. Tipp were leading at the time and a goal could have given them decisive momentum. Instead Kelly spilled the resultant '65' wide and, within seconds, Larkin was firing over a Kilkenny equaliser having been fouled by Brendan Maher.
The sense of gathering generated by Kilkenny's remarkable support for a team many believed to be on its last legs. Home advantage had a critical role to play.
The roar that erupted when Henry Shefflin came down the steps to begin his warm-up. There and then you just sensed that Kilkenny could not be beaten.
Brian Gavin had a fine game, helped by his calm demeanour when tempers were soaring in tandem with the temperature.
WHAT THEY SAID
Brian Cody (Kilkenny manager):
"On occasions like this always I feel the players really have to take the thing over themselves. We have huge experience and also magnificently ambitious younger lads there. Obviously huge questions were being asked of our panel and the lads answered them very well."
Eamon O'Shea (Tipperary manager)
"This game was always going to go either way by a small margin. I knew that the team were incredibly determined, I knew we'd get a performance. I thought the team tried incredibly hard to win."
Kilkenny 12 (5 first-half)
Tipperary 10 (4)
Kilkenny 17 (10)
Tipperary 10 (5)
Tipperary 4 (B Maher 20, Padraic Maher 32, K Bergin 55, P Stapleton 65).
Kilkenny progress to a Phase 3 qualifier against Waterford in Thurles next Saturday. Tipp's year is over.