Tipperary lead Kilkenny by 0-11 to 1-9 after an absorbing half of hurling.
Kilkenny started the brighter of the two sides and led by five points at one stage until Niall O’Meara finished to the net to bring Tipperary back into the game.
The two sides traded scores before half-time until two late scores edged Tipperary in front at the half.
— The GAA (@officialgaa) August 18, 2019
However, the big talking point stemming from the first half was the controversial red card given to Richie Hogan following a clash with Cathal Barrett. The two clashed early in the game with Hogan coming away with blood dripping from the bridge of his nose.
Hogan went to return the hit to Barrett on the stroke of half-time but the Tipperary corner-back seemed to duck back inside before being caught by Hogan’s elbow. After deliberation with his officials, referee James Owens gave the Kilkenny man his marching orders.
Was it a red card though? Decide for yourself!
— The Sunday Game (@TheSundayGame) August 18, 2019