Tipperary coach Michael Cleary has admitted he was surprised by the ease of his side's victory over Kilkenny in yesterday's All-Ireland Camogie Final at Croke Park. Tipperary secured their third consecutive camogie title with a comprehensive 4-13 to 1-6 win over their old rivals who only managed to notch up four points by the break compared with their opponent's tally of 3-06.

"We expected a right battle off Kilkenny. To be honest, this Tipp team is capable of turning on the style any day it goes out and Kilkenny bore the brunt of it today. It was a super win for Tipperary but I think the scoreline is a little unfair to Kilkenny. They battled hard and for long periods they had us under the cosh, our backs were tremendous but I can’t say enough praise for this Tipp side, they are a wonderful team," he said.

"We got the start that Kilkenny would have liked and we didn’t relax from there. We got the same start against Cork last year. This team doesn’t wilt, it doesn’t lie back on its laurels or take time out, it just keeps on going," added Cleary.

Filed by Amanda Fennelly