Kilkenny Power-ed to a 2-17 to 0-15 victory over Tipperary at Nowlan Park.
Richie Power registered 1-12, with captain Eoin Larkin bagging the other major for the winners.
produced an impressive first-half display to lead by 1-10 to 0-8 at
half time, with Power hitting the goal as well as a flurry of points.
made a late change to their starting team with veteran goalkeeper
Brendan Cummins in to replace Darren Gleeson. But it was the Cats who
pounced first when Power clipped over a free from right of centre in the
At the other end, UCD student Noel McGrath drilled
over an excellent point from about 55 metres out, close to the
sideline. Cummins made a vital intervention to foil TJ Reid as Kilkenny
threatened the Tipp goal, diverting the ball out for a '65', which Power
rolled up onto his hurl and converted: 0-2 to 0-1.
James Stephens clubman Matthew Ruth doubled the gap and Michael Rice made it 0-3 to 0-1 with a lovely finish.
Cats added two more points and Power then won and converted a
twelfth-minute penalty to make it 1-5 to 0-1. Conor O'Mahony landed a
brilliant free from distance for the Premier County.
hit two points either side of a McGrath effort as Tipp gained a foothold
in the game with four consecutive points, 1-5 to 0-5. But Colm Fennelly
was fouled after being picked out by captain Eoin Larkin and Power
popped the free over the bar, his tally rising to 1-3.
himself a score and Power landed three more first-half points as the
Noresiders remained in control to lead by five at the short whistle.
McGrath - with his third point - registered the first score of the
second half and Pa Bourke's sixth pointed free meant there was just the
goal between these fierce rivals: 1-10 to 0-10.
response was both immediate and deadly - a 41st-minute goal from Larkin
who just about managed to get the ball across the line.
made it 2-12 to 0-10 as daylight appeared between the sides again. But
Power and Reid both missed the target as Brian Cody's relentless men
continued to boss things.
Brendan Maher became just the fourth
Tipp player to score when he pointed off his right side and Declan Ryan
threw Eoin Kelly into the action for the last 20 minutes. But Power
tapped over a 20-metre free after a foul on Colm Fennelly.
and fellow substitute Shane Bourke grabbed three-in-a-row for the
visitors as they reduced the arrears somewhat but Tommy Walsh rose to
repel a couple of high balls in around the Kilkenny defence as the Cats
held on effortlessly, 2-15 to 0-14 with six minutes left.
floated over another free, which was cancelled out by Shane Bourke - his
third point from play - from an acute angle. In the first minute of
injury time, Carrickshock clubman Power converted again from 35 metres
to complete his impressive afternoon.