Kilkenny 1-15 Tipperary 2-10
Kilkenny progressed to the All Ireland Minor Hurling final after edging past the second half challenge of Tipperary in Croke Park this afternoon.
It was far from the open scoring we saw in yesterday’s semi final between Galway and Dublin as it took a long time for both of these teams to find their feet in Croke Park. Kilkenny, through Jack Buggy found the first score in the sixth minute. Both teams should obvious nerves with eight wides in the opening 10 minutes. Having not played since June, the Munster side took longer to settle, finally grabbing their first score of the game in the tenth minute.
There was plenty of impressive skill on display with both sets of forwards having to work extremely hard for their scores. Eventually, Kilkenny began to find their rhythm and Jack Morrissey knocked over two quick points in succession. Tipperary full-back Conor Whelan responded with a brilliant free for the Premier county and contributed again just minutes later when he expertly fielded a high ball before a block down of his led to a point from Sean Hayes. But the Cats delivered a heavy blow minutes before half-time when Ciaran Brennan hit a blistering shot along the ground to give Aaron Browne no chance.
Just before the break, Ciarán Brennan goals for Kilkenny pic.twitter.com/TrT9egXYnD
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The Cats turned on the style in the second half as they stretched their lead to seven points through Brennan and Conor Kelly. Tipperary were denied any real spell of possession but they were also wasteful with the ball they had. Some quick thinking from their goalkeeper, Browne prevented a second Kilkenny goal and minutes later, Tipperary had their own goal courtesy of Mickey O’Shea after some brilliant work from Hayes. O’Shea added another point to reduce the gap to just three. Bolstered by this, Tipperary pushed on with another sub, Jack Morrissey knocking over the next score.
Despite losing substitute Padraic Moylan to injury after just four minutes, Kilkenny extended their lead through Jack Morrissey and Killian Hogan. But that lead was short-lived as Mickey O’Shea pushed past the Kilkenny defence to bat in his second goal to reduce the gap to just two. Kilkenny didn’t panic and the inspirational Morrissey steadied the ship once again. The Premier kept fighting for another goal but were repeatedly denied by the Kilkenny full back line who eventually wore down the clock.
Kilkenny: Jason Brennan; Pádraig Dempsey, Jamie Young, Dylan Crehan; Darragh Maher (St Lachtain’s, Shane Staunton, Jamie Harkin; Conor Kelly (0-1), Cian Kenny; Jack Morrissey (0-4), Ciarán Brennan (1-2), George Murphy, Cathal O’Leary (0-1), Dan Coogan (0-1), Jack Buggy (0-4, 2f).
Substitutions: Killian Hogan (0-1) for O’Leary (39) Padraic Moylan for Coogan (47) Eoin Guilfoyle (0-1) for Moylan (51)
Tipperary: Aaron Browne; Conor O’Dwyer, Conor Whelan (0-2, 2f), Kevin Hayes; Johnny Ryan, Seán Phelan, Frank Hanafin; Max Hackett, John Campion; Seán Hayes (0-1), Cian O’Farrell, Kian O’Kelly; Devon Ryan (0-3, 1f), Ryan Renehan, James Devaney (0-1, 1f).
Substitutions: Jack Morrissey (0-1) for Hackett (24) Mickey O’Shea (2-1) for Renehan (27) Kevin Maher for Campion (45) Jack Lanigan (0-1) for Devaney (47)