Kilkenny minor team unchanged for All-Ireland final against Galway

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Kilkenny minor team unchanged for All-Ireland final against Galway

Kilkenny goalkeeper, Aidan Tallis and defender Peter McDonald have been going well this season

Kilkenny have named an unchanged starting XV for Sunday’s All-Ireland minor hurling final against defending champions, Galway, in Croke Park.

The Cats, who have come from nowhere and with no burden of expectations to qualify for the final, have been improving with every game and they will be hoping to over turn an early championship defeat by the Tribesmen.

Galway gave the Cats a bit of a licking during the first half of their All-Ireland quarter-final qualifying clash, leading by 12 points at one stage. 

However, Kilkenny switched their team about during the break, largely to the shape of Sunday’s side, and they stormed back into the match.

They actually led at one stage during the second half before losing in a sprint finish. Galway beat Kilkenny in last year's final.

“The aim is to win,” insisted Kilkenny manager, Richie Mulrooney. “We know how good Galway are. They are a tremendous team.

“They have big, strong and skilful players all over. This final is set up to be a great, great game.

“For us it is winnable, absolutely,” he insisted. 

Kilkenny (MH v Galway) - Aidan Tallis; Billy Reid, William Halpin, Tristan Roche; Peter McDonald, Padraic Moylan, Zach Bay Hammond; Liam Moore, James Aylward; Pierce Blanchfield, Timmy Clifford, Colman O’Sullivan; Billy Drennan, Jack Doyle, Ian Byrne.

Subs - Alan Rafter, Andy Hickey, Denis Walsh, Braedon Wheeler, Aran Murphy, Seanán Doyle, Padhraic Foley, John McNamara, James O’Keeffe.

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