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Kilkenny hammered arch-rivals Tipperary by 18 points in this afternoon’s All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship semi-final at Croke Park.
Remarkably, Tipp led by 1-10 to 1-09 at half-time but managed just five points in the second half as the All-Ireland champions hit 3-15.
Henry Shefflin hit 0-11 for Kilkenny while Aidan Fogarty, Eoin Larkin and two-goal hero TJ Reid scored the second-half goals as Brian Cody’s men ran riot in front of 50,220 spectators at GAA HQ.
Kilkenny will play Galway in the 9 September final, in what is a repeat of the Leinster decider between the counties.
For the second successive season against Kilkenny in the championship, 2010 Hurler of the Year Lar Corbett was held scoreless and his battle with Tommy Walsh and Jackie Tyrrell developed into a real sideshow.
It appeared that Corbett was detailed to mark Tommy Walsh, when Kilkenny boss Brian Cody had sent out Jackie Tyrrell to pick up Corbett, just like in last year’s final.
Tipp’s six starting forwards managed just 1-03 from play between them while ten Kilkenny players finished with scores from play.
Henry Shefflin, chasing a ninth All-Ireland SHC medal on 9 September - when the Noresiders will play Galway in a repeat of the Leinster final - finished with 0-11 to his name.
Shefflin bagged nine frees and a 65, with just the one point from play but that was a glorious long-range effort from the Cusack Stand side of the field to conclude the game’s scoring.
TJ Reid shrugged off his ‘impact sub’ tag with 2-02 from play while Aidan Fogarty, man of the match in the 2006 final, bagged three points from play.
And Larkin’s goal, in the 51st minute, was an absolute peach as the team captain, who hasn’t been enjoying his best season by his usually high standards, sparked into life.
Tipperary were simply outclassed in the second half and manager Declan Ryan stated afterwards that he discuss his position with county board officials having completed a two-year term.
If this was Ryan’s final game in charge, it was not the ideal way to bow out but at half-time Tipp were in a great position.
They trailed by five points, 0-07 to 1-09, in the 27th minute when Reid bagged the first of his two goals for Kilkenny.
But Tipp responded in kind three minutes later when Corbett’s legitimate challenge on Kilkenny goalkeeper David Herity left Pa Bourke, scorer of 1-07, with an open goal.
Bourke (free) and Noel McGrath added points to tie the scores at 1-09 apiece before Bourke’s 65 in first-half stoppage time edged the Premier County ahead for the first, and only time, in the game.
There was a bizarre start to the second half when Tipp began with 14 players before Corbett finally emerged almost a minute after the restart to restore the full compliment.
Corbett stated afterwards that he had “things to do” while manager Ryan claimed that the Thurles Sarsfields forward was changing his jersey.
This tie was level eight times before the floodgates opened and it was Aidan Fogarty who burst the dam in the 45th minute as his shot at the Hill 16 end went through Brendan Cummins and into the net.
That score handed Kilkenny a 2-14 to 1-12 advantage and provided the platform for a landslide victory.
Hapless Tipp would endure a 19-minute barren spell on the scoreboard after Pa Bourke’s 65 in the 46th minute as Kilkenny piled on the misery for the 2010 All-Ireland champions.
The Cats, who have now beaten Tipp in three of the last four championship meetings between the sides, now have three weeks to prepare for a repeat meeting with Galway and on this evidence, only the bravest would back the Tribesmen to win again.
Scorers for Kilkenny: H Shefflin 0-11 (9f, 1 65), TJ Reid 2-02, E Larkin 1-00, R Power 0-03 (1f, 1 65), A Fogarty 1-03, B Hogan, M Fennelly, M Rice, C Fennelly & C Buckley 0-01 each.
Scorers for Tipperary: P Bourke 1-07 (0-04f, 0-03 65s), N McGrath & J O’Neill 0-02 each, C O’Mahony, S McGrath & J O’Brien 0-01 each.
KILKENNY: D Herity; P Murphy, JJ Delaney, J Tyrrell; T Walsh, B Hogan, K Joyce; M Fennelly, M Rice; H Shefflin, TJ Reid, E Larkin; C Fennelly, R Power, A Fogarty.
Subs: C Buckley for Rice (inj, 19), R Doyle for Murphy (64), N Hickey for Joyce (64), M Ruth for C Fennelly (64), C Fogarty for A Fogarty (67).
TIPPERARY: B Cummins; C O’Brien, P Curran, M Cahill; T Stapleton, C O’Mahony, Pádraic Maher; B Maher, S McGrath; P Bourke, Patrick Maher, L Corbett; B O’Meara, J O’Brien, N McGrath.
Subs: S Bourke for O’Meara (45), P Stapleton for T Stapleton (47), D Maher for Curran (60), J O’Neill for J O’Brien (63), J Woodlock for B Maher (66).
Referee: C McAllister (Cork)