Eoin Murphy - 6
Certainly couldn't be faulted for any of the goals and played sweeper-keeper well, but his second-half puck-outs generally found Tipp men as he repeatedly drove it long.

Paul Murphy - 7
Like all of his team-mates at the back, he struggled to cope, particularly in the third quarter, but he had a strong first half on Jason Forde.

Huw Lawlor - 6
Had the unenviable job of marking Tipperary captain Séamus Callahan. Held him scoreless in the first half, but he was under pressure in the second as the Tipp man got 1-01 from play.

Joey Holden - 6
Struggled on a number of opponents as Tipp rotated their attack and he was taken off with 12 minutes of normal time remaining.

Conor Fogarty - 6
Had a decent first half when Kilkenny were on top, though he was marking Niall O’Meara when the Tipp forward got a vital goal after 25 minutes.

Walsh battles with John McGrath on the touchline

Pádraig Walsh - 6
Typically brave and surged forward to get a second half point against the tide, though Kilkenny’s main fire-fighter had too many blazes to put out.

Paddy Deegan - 5
Kept Dan McCormack quiet and gets extra marks for getting on so much ball in the second half, but loses them for the amount of it he hit away to a grateful Tipp full-back line.

Conor Browne - 5
Was expected to take Noel McGrath, but was paired with Tipp’s midfield runner Michael Breen and had his hands full. Taken off before the hour.

Cillian Buckley - 5
Got the curly finger, the second Kilkenny man taken off, just after the three-quarters-of-an-hour mark following a hard afternoon marking Noel McGrath.

John Donnelly - 8
Probably the Cats’ best player on a day when most failed to fire. Got three points from play and got some change out of Séamus Kennedy, who had a big day for Tipp.

Eye on the ball - TJ Reid

TJ Reid - 8
Defiant until the end, winning ball in the air, driving forward, assisting scores and winning frees. He scored 0-11, ten from placed balls, though took a few uncharacteristically bad decisions.

Walter Walsh - 7
Was strong in the first half and Tipp tried a number of men on him to quieten him. Sent inside in the second half and got no change from a full-back line well covered by a spare man.

Adrian Mullen - 5
How sick he was or he wasn’t in the build-up to the game remains contested. Whatever, he couldn’t get into his first All-Ireland final and was gone just after half-time.

Colin Fennelly - 6
Didn’t get on much ball so his driving runs were badly missed. Only managed a single second-half point and was well marshalled.

Richie Hogan - 4
Started well and clipped a point before he had to go off with a blood injury. On his return he got himself sent off for leaving one on his marker Cathal Barrett, costing his team.

Billy Ryan dejected in defeat

Substitutes:
Billy Ryan (for Mullen 39 mins) - 7

Got two points off the bench in a team on the back foot, which is a good contribution for an All-Ireland final replacement.

Richie Leahy (for Buckley 47 mins) - 5
Got away a shot under pressure, but it drifted wide.

James Maher (for Browne 53 mins) - 5
Wasn’t able to influence a game that was already well gone from his team.

Conor Delaney (for Holden 58 mins) - 5
Wasn’t going to to able to turn this around, coming into a team trailing by three clear goals.