Allianz League: Storming second half sees Kilkenny roar to victory over Tipperary
KILKENNY 2-23, TIPPERARY 2-17
The Cats blasted their way past old foes Tipperary, shooting 2-12 as they landed their 18th crown in Nowlan Park.
Trailing by two points at half-time (1-10 to 0-11) Brian Cody's side exploded into action on the restart, Walter Walsh driving past the Tipp full-back line to rifle home a goal within 60 seconds of the restart.
That was the score that lifted the Cats. In truth, they never looked back from there.
It was a different story in the first half as both sides struggled to impose themselves on a tight game. With T.J. Reid in fine scoring form Kilkenny held a slender lead after 23 minutes (0-6 to 0-5) but they were rocked when Jason Forde rattled the net within seconds to push Tipp ahead. Reid and Forde were the main men in the first half (Reid scored 0-8, Forde 1-6), but it was Tipp who held the upper hand at the break (1-10 to 0-11).
They kept driving on, and put one hand on the trophy when sub Conor Fogarty broke through to fire home their second goal six minutes from time. Jason Forde drilled a free to the Kilkenny net soon after, but there was no stopping the Cats by then.
SCORERS: Kilkenny - T.J. Reid (0-15, 11 frees); Walter Walsh (1-2); Conor Fogarty (1-0); John Donnelly (0-2); Eoin Murphy (0-1, free); Richie Leahy, Martin Keoghan, Liam Blanchfield (0-1 each). Tipperary - Jason Forde (2-12, 1-9 frees, 0-1 65, 0-1 line ball); John McGrath (0-2); Seamus Kennedy, Sean Curran, Willie Connors (0-1 each).