All-Ireland Final | Tipperary storm to victory over Cats

David Smith
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Tipperary have beaten Kilkenny in the 2019 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship final.

The Premier County had 14 points to spare over the Cats in a 3-24 to 0-20 in difficult conditions at Croke Park.

Niall O’Meara, Seamus Callanan and John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer scored the goals for Tipp to secure the Liam MacCarthy Cup.

Tipp led by 1-09 to 0-11 at half time, and Kilkenny were reduced to 14 men in the 33rd minute after Richie Hogan was sent off for a high shoulder on Cathal Barrett.

It was a moment which turned the final on its head.

The heavy rain meant that the opening 35 minutes lacked fluency, with both counties guilty of wides and errors aplenty.

14 of the 20 points in the first half came from dead balls, with TJ Reid typically accurate for Kilkenny.

O’Meara scored the only goal of the first half, weaving inside and firing a low finish into the net past Eoin Murphy.

There was a solitary point between them at the break, but things got far worse for Brian Cody’s men after the interval.

Tipp made the dream start to the second half, with Callanan rattling the back of the net just two minutes after the restart.

‘Bubbles’ added another goal less than five minutes later, slotting the ball past Eoin Murphy to fire Tipp into a 3-12 to 0-13 lead.

By the 46th minute, Tipp had scored 2-5 from play in the second half.

Cody’s Cats rarely looked like producing a meaningful comeback, with Tipp eventually cruising to their first All-Ireland title in three years.

Captain Callanan fittingly slotted over a routine free with the last action of the game.