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Tipperary 6-19 Limerick 2-07

The All Ireland Hurling Final will be contested by Tipperary and Kilkenny after the Premier County destroyed Limerick by 6-19 to 2-7 at Croke Park.

Tipperary made the perfect start when forward Eoin Kelly capitalised on a slip by Limerick's Stephen Lucey.

The forward was one on one with the keeper and buried his shot into the back of the net in the fifth minute.

John O'Brien got the first point of the day for Tipperary and Limerick had to wait until the ninth minute before they got on the scoreboard thanks to David Breen.

A brace of frees from Conor O'Mahony and Eoin Kelly extended the Premier County's advantage as they opened up a commanding 3-6 to 0-2 lead with 25 minutes played.

Limerick were offered a glimmer of hope when their goalkeeper Brian Murray stepped up to convert a 47th minute penalty to make it 3-13 to 1-4.

Any hopes of a famous comeback were dashed however on the hour mark when Noel McGrath combined well with Lar Corbett who smashed the sliotar into the goal.

Brian O'Sullivan and Conor O'Mahony scored late consolation points for the Treatymen but it made no difference in the end as Tipperary booked their place in the All Ireland final.