Being able to field players from senior clubs can make all the difference Kilkenny found out again when losing the intermediate hurling final repeat against Tipperary this evening.
Tipperary, the defending champions following their success in the final in Thurles last year, arrived in Nowlan Park with a new team and they proved too good for the Cats again, winning by 2-14 to 2-11.
The success meant Tipp did the ‘home and away’ double over Kilkenny in the final in successive years as they ran up their seventh win in the series. The champs are able to pick players from senior club, but Kilkenny are confined to junior and intermediate outfits.
The game was there to be won and lost in the 58th minute when Thomastown’s Jonjo Farrell cracked home his second goal for Kilkenny to leave them a mere 2-11 to 2-13 behind. However, Tipp mustered one last effort and a point from top scorer, Ruairi Gleeson wrapped up a good win.
There was no doubting Tipp’s superior, but a failure to turn good possession into account left them vulnerable right to the fiinish.
Glesson was one of the stars for the winners. He grabbed goals in the 24th and 38th minutes to play a big part in the success. The first one helped Tipp into an interval lead of 1-7 to 1-6 after they wasted chance after chance.
The second one in the 38th minute upped the divide to 2-8 to 1-6, but despite Kilkenny’s dogged efforts afterwards they just couldn’t hold the strong hurling visitors.
Scorers: Tipperary - R. Gleeson (2-1); T. Hammersley (0-5); N. O’Meara (0-4); D. Egan, W. Ryan, D. O’Hanlon, C. Kenny (0-1 each). Kilkenny - J. Farrell (2-0); R. Hickey (0-5); L. Harney, D. Langton, C. Phelan, J. Brennan, D. Walton, P. Holden (0-1 each).