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History shows little chance of rivals drawing comfort

IN a season where only three championship games (Mayo versus London, Armagh versus Wicklow, Kildare versus Donegal in football) finished level, it might appear an unlikely time to raise the issue of a replay in the All-Ireland hurling final.

Then again, perhaps it's the perfect time, especially since it's all of 52 years since the last hurling final (Kilkenny versus Waterford in 1959) finished on level terms.

That's a very long span without a replay, so there are likely to be takers for the 11/1 odds against Kilkenny and Tipperary failing to settle their latest argument on Sunday.

Surprisingly, there have been very few one-point winners over the last 50 years either, with only Tipperary (1961), Clare (1997) and Cork (1999) edging home by the minimum margin.

And the last two-point winning margin was when Wexford beat Limerick by 1-13 to 0-14 in 1996.

Irish Independent