Kilkenny V Galway: A little bit of this, a little bit of that on the final

After three successive years of Kilkenny-Tipperary All-Ireland senior hurling championship finals, Kilkenny have new opponents in Sunday’s decider when Galway bid to take the title for the first time since 1988.

After three successive years of Kilkenny-Tipperary All-Ireland senior hurling championship finals, Kilkenny have new opponents in Sunday’s decider when Galway bid to take the title for the first time since 1988.

Throw-in at Croke Park will be at 3.30pm and the senior game will be preceded by the Electric Ireland All-Ireland minor final between Dublin and Tipperary at 1.15pm.

Galway and Kilkenny clash for the second time in nine weeks, having previously met in the Leinster final on July 8 when Galway won by 2-21 to 2-

11. This will be the first clash between the counties in the All-Ireland final since 1993 when Kilkenny won by five points (2-17 to 1-15).

Defending champions, Kilkenny are bidding for their ninth title in 13 seasons, having previously won in 2000-02-03-06-07-08-09-11. It’s the first

time since 2004 that Kilkenny are in the final having been beaten in the Leinster championship. They lost the 2004 final to Cork.

Paths to the final

Galway

Galway 5-19, Westmeath 4-12 (Leinster quarter-final)

Galway 5-23, Offaly 3-15 (Leinster semi-final)

Galway 2-21, Kilkenny 2-11 (Leinster final)

Galway 0-22, Cork 0-17 (All-Ireland semi-final)

Average For: 3-22; Average Against: 2-15

Galway scorers : Joe Canning 1-32 (0-17 frees, 0-6 65s’); David Burke 4-6; Niall Burke 0-13 (0-6 frees, 0-2 65s’); Damien Hayes 1-10; Cyril Donnellan 1-9; Conor Cooney 2-2; James Regan 1-5; Andy Smith 1-2; Iarla Tannian 0-4; Davy Glennon 1-0; Tadhg Haran .0-1; David Collins .0-1.

Kilkenny

Kilkenny 2-21, Dublin 0-9 (Leinster semi-final)

Galway 2-21, Kilkenny 2-11 (Leinster final)

Kilkenny 4-16, Limerick 1-16 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

Kilkenny 4-24, Tipperary 1-15 (All-Ireland semi-final)

Average For: 3-18; Average Against: 1-16

Kilkenny scorers: Henry Shefflin .3-35 (0-29 frees, 0-1 65); Richie Power 1-10 (0-2f, 0-2 65s’); Richie Hogan 1-3; T.J. Reid .3-4; Colin Fennelly 1-3; Aidan Fogarty .2-5; Eoin Larkin 1-3; Michael Fennelly .0-2; Paddy Hogan 0-2; Michael Rice 0-2; Tommy Walsh .0-1; Cillian Buckley .0-1; Brian Hogan 0-1.

Last championship clash

Galway 2-21, Kilkenny 2-11 (2012 Leinster final, Croke Park July 8)

Incredibly, Galway had scored 1-6 before Kilkenny scored their first point in the 20th minute. Galway led by 2-11 to 0-1 after 30 minutes and by 2-12 to 0-4 at half-time.

Goals by Richie Hogan and Henry Shefflin helped Kilkenny cut the deficit to eight points (2-17 to 2-9) after 54 minutes but Galway regained

the initiative in the final quarter, which they won by 0-4 to 0-2.

Earlier in the year, Kilkenny beat Galway 3-26 to 0-10 in the Allianz National League in Nowlan Park on April 1 and by 2-20 to 1-14 in the Walsh Cup final in Pearse Stadium on February 12.

Previous Galway-Kilkenny All-Ireland final clashes

This will be the fifth All-Ireland final clash between the counties with Kilkenny having won three of the previous four. Galway’s sole success came in 1987 when a team which featured current manager, Anthony Cunningham beat Kilkenny by six points. Kilkenny manager, Brian Cody was on the Kilkenny team that beat Galway in 1975.

1993: Kilkenny 2-17 Galway 1-15; 1987: Galway 1-12 Kilkenny 0-9; 1979: Kilkenny 2-12 Galway 1-8; 1975: Kilkenny 2-22 Galway 2-10

How Kilkenny won their 33 All-Ireland Titles - 1904 – Kilkenny 1-9 Cork 1-8; 1905 – Kilkenny 7-7 Cork 2-9; 1907 – Kilkenny 3-12 Cork 4-8; 1909 – Kilkenny 4-6 Tipperary 0-12; 1911 – Kilkenny 3-3 Tipperary 2-1; 1912 – Kilkenny 2-1 Cork 1-3; 1913 – Kilkenny 2-4 Tipperary 1-2; 1922 – Kilkenny 4-2 Tipperary 2-6; 1932 – Kilkenny 3-3 Clare 2-3; 1933 – Kilkenny 1-7 Limerick 0-6; 1935 – Kilkenny 2-5 Limerick 2-4; 1939 – Kilkenny 2-7 Cork 3-3; 1947 – Kilkenny 0-14 Cork 2-7; 1957 – Kilkenny 4-10 Waterford 3-12; 1963 – Kilkenny 4-17 Waterford 6-8; 1967 – Kilkenny 3-8 Tipperary 2-7; 1969 – Kilkenny 2-15 Cork 2-9; 1972 – Kilkenny 3-24 Cork 5-11; 1974 – Kilkenny 3-19 Limerick 1-13; 1975 – Kilkenny 2-22 Galway 2-10; 1979 – Kilkenny 2-12 Galway 1-8; 1982 – Kilkenny 3-18 Cork 1-13; 1983 – Kilkenny 2-14 Cork 2-12; 1992 – Kilkenny 3-10 Cork 1-12; 1993 – Kilkenny 2-17 Galway 1-15; 2000 – Kilkenny 5-15 Offaly 1-14; 2002 – Kilkenny 2-20 Clare 0-19; 2003 – Kilkenny 1-14 Cork 1-11; 2006 – Kilkenny 1-16 Cork 1-13; 2007 – Kilkenny 2-19 Limerick 1-15; 2008 – Kilkenny 3-30 Waterford 1-13; 2009 – Kilkenny 2-22 Tipperary 0-23; 2011 – Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 1-16.

How Galway won their four titles - 1923: Galway 7-3 Limerick 4-5; 1980: Galway 2-15 Limerick 3-9; 1987: Galway 1-12 Kilkenny 0-9; 1988: Galway 1-15 Tipperary 0-14.

Top scorers 2012 All-Ireland SHC - Henry Shefflin needs to score six points in the All-Ireland final to top the scoring charts for championship 2012. He is on 3-35 (44 pts), five behind the leader, Shane Dowling (Limerick), who has scored 4-37 (49pts).

Galway’s top scorer is Joe Canning, who has scored 1-32 (35pts), leaving him with a massive challenge to overtake either Dowling or Shefflin.

The top 10 are - Shane Dowling (Limerick) 4-37 (49); Patrick Horgan (Cork) 1-42 (45); Henry Shefflin (Kilkenny) 3-35 (44); Joe Canning (Galway) 1-32 (35); Pa Bourke (Tipperary) 2-29 (35); Shane Dooley (Offaly) 4-21 (33); Willie Hyland (Laois). 1-26 (29); Diarmuid Lyng (Wexford) 1-25 (28); Niall O’Brien (Westmeath) 2-20 (26); Maurice Shanahan (Waterford) 0-24 (24).