Allianz Hurling League Division 1A – Kilkenny 5-20 Tipperary 5-14

Kilkenny defeated Tipperary by 5-20 to 5-14 in the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A Round 2 clash on Sunday February 23rd at Nowlan Park Kilkenny.

Fennelly hat-trick downs Tipp in classic

Allianz Hurling League Division 1A: Kilkenny 5-20 Tipperary 5-14

Report from the GAA.ie web site

Kilkenny overturned a 10-point first half deficit to beat their great rivals Tipperary in an incredible game which produced 10 goals at Nowlan park on Sunday afternoon.

Colin Fennelly was the Cats’ hero, scoring 3-5 from play, as Brian Cody’s side recovered from last week’s defeat to Clare, and the concession of four first half goals, to open their account in the 2014 Allianz Hurling League.

In keeping with recent encounters between the sides, this was a classic. Tipperary led by 4-9 to 2-9 at the break and there looked to be no way back for a Kilkenny side whose defence was torn apart at will in the opening 20 minutes. Walter Walsh was the only player in tiger stripes to show any sort of resistance, hitting four super points from play in the first half.

Noel McGrath, Jason Forde and the outstanding Séamus Callanan (2) all fired goals as Tipperary moved 4-9 to 1-8 ahead. Henry Shefflin, who finished with 1-5, then left just two goals in it at the break with the Cats’ second goal.

Fennelly cracked home a third Kilkenny goal in the 44th minute, but Callanan then responded for Tipperary with his third with 50 minutes on the clock. Remarkably, Callanan bettered Fennelly’s tally, scoring 3-6, and still ended up on the losing side.

Fennelly completed his hat-trick in the 56th minute to level the game and then Mark Kelly kicked home a fifth for the home side with two minutes remaining. The Cats then hit three points without reply at the death to complete a stunning comeback win.

Scorers for Kilkenny: C Fennelly 3-5, H Shefflin 1-5 (5f), W Walsh 0-5, M Kelly 1-1, P Walsh 0-1, TJ Reid 0-1, R Hogan 0-2.

Scorers for Tipperary: S Callanan 3-6 (3f, 2 65), N McGrath 1-3, J Forde 1-0, M Cahill 0-2, J Woodlock 0-1, P Murphy 0-1, B Maher 0-1.

KILKENNY: D Herity; W Phelan, K Joyce, B Kennedy; J Holden, B Hogan, T Walsh; L Ryan, P Walsh; W Walsh, C Fennelly (3-05), H Shefflin; J Farrell, M Kelly, TJ Reid. Subs: P Murphy for Phelan (26), R Hogan for B Hogan (HT), C Buckley for T Walsh (HT), E Larkin for Farrell (53), J Brennan for Fennelly (70).

TIPPERARY: D Gleeson; P Stapleton, T Stapleton, C Barrett; S McGrath, C O’Brien, M Cahill; Padraic Maher, J Woodlock; K Bergin, P Murphy, B Maher; N McGrath, S Callanan, J Forde. Subs: Patrick Maher for Forde (51), J O’Dwyer for Bergin (60), D Maher for S McGrath (64), M Heffernan for Murphy (67), R Maher for O’Brien (70).

Referee: D Kirwan (Cork)

Match Preview from GAA.ie

Fixture Details

23.02.2014 (Sun)

Allianz Hurling League Roinn 1A Round 2

Nowlan Park 14:00

Cill Chainnigh v Tiobraid Árann

Referee: Diarmuid Kirwan (Corcaigh)

Std By James McGrath (An IarmhÍ)

Linesman: Colm Lyons (Corcaigh)

Sideline: Jason Mullins (Luimneach)

Team News

The Tipperary team to play Kilkenny in round 2 of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1A clash on Sunday next shows one change from the team which defeated Waterford last Saturday. Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh) comes in to the team in place of John O’Dwyer and is named at left half back in a reshuffled lineout.

The team will line out as follows –

TIPPERARY (SH v Kilkenny): Darren Gleeson (Portroe); Cathal Barrett (Holycross-Ballycahill), Conor O’Mahony (Newport), Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields); Shane McGrath (Ballinahinch), Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields), Paddy Stapleton (Borris-Ileigh); Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh – Captain), Conor O’Brien (Eire Og Annacarty Donohill); Kieran Bergin (Killenaule), Noel McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney), James Woodlock (Drom & Inch); Seamus Callanan (Drom & Inch), Paddy Murphy (Nenagh Eire Og), Jason Forde (Silvermines)

League Admission Prices

The price of admission to Nowlan Park on Sunday next for adults if you arrive without a pre-purchased ticket is €15. However, tickets can be purchased in advance for €10 from any of the usual Supervalu or Centra retail outlets or from the GAA web site (gaa.ie/tickets). Note there are no concessions available on the pre-purchased tickets.