Leinster Senior Hurling Championship: Kilkenny beat Galway to win sixth consecutive title
Kilkenny march on with the question still lingering as to who is going to stop then from clinching that sought-after five-in-a-row of All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship titles?
Yesterday, the mighty Cats leaped to a highly impressive 1-19 to 1-12 victory over a disappointing Galway, at Croke Park, to take the Leinster title for a sixth consecutive year.
It wasn't the Battle of Titans that many fans expected as Kilkenny dominated the exchanges throughout.
Once again, the towering Henry Shefflin was central to victory. In the early stages, Galway's showed flashes that they might be capable of causing an upset but once ‘King Henry' was switched from corner-forward to the mark, the well-oiled Noreside machine slipped into top gear.
Shefflin hit a goal — his 23rd in championship hurling — in the 13th minute to set the wheels in motion. Although Damian Hayes scrambled a Galway major six minutes later to close the gap to 1-5 to 1-2, it didn't seem the Corrib men had the firepower to upset the favourites.
Meanwhile, Tipperary bounced back after their heavy defeat by Cork in the Munster Championship with a comprehensive 3-24 to 0-17 win over Wexford in the All-Ireland SHC phase one qualifier, at Semple Stadium in Thurles.
Two early second half goals by Lar Corbett were the killer scores.
There was All-Ireland glory for Armagh hurlers on Saturday, at Croke Park, as they defeated London by one point in a thrilling Nicky Rackard Cup final. With Paul Breen firing over an injury time point, Armagh won by 3-15 to 3-14.
No luck, however, for Donegal in the Lory Meagher Cup decider, also at Croke Park, as the Ulster side lost to Longford by |1-20 to 1-12.
In the Christy Ring Cup final, at headquarters, Westmeath edged out Kerry by a point in another thriller 2-16 to 1-18.