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Cork and Kilkenny set for final

Cork will meet Kilkenny in the NFL Division One final, thanks to a rousing Rebel display at Semple Stadium, where they defeated Tipperary by 1-25 to 2-15.

The sides were level on no less than 10 occasions, and it was Tipp who held a two points lead going into the final 13 minutes.

But they were blown away by a rampant Cork side in the closing stages, Jimmy Barry-Murphy's men hitting 1-7 to a single point in return in a storming finale.

Pa Bourke hit five points for Tipperary, with Cork's Patrick Horgan claiming four, as the sides ended a closely fought opening half level on 0-10 each.

Brian O'Meara and Eoin Kelly, direct friom a free, blasted in Tipp goals, but Luke O'Farrell hit back with a goal.

In the other semi-final, Kilkenny turned on the style in the second half to cruise into the final with a 1-20 to 0-14 win over Clare.

The Division 1B champions came in as rank outsiders, but throughout the first half they stretched their opponents, and looked capable of causing an upset.

Clare trailed by just a point at the interval, but once Matthew Ruth grabbed the game's only goal early in the second half, Kilkenny exposed the gulf in class.

Richie Power hit five points, but had a penalty saved, as Kilkenny went in at the break ahead by 0-8 to 0-7, with Conor McGrath also striking five for Clare.

Matthew Ruth netted the only goal of the game for the Cats four minutes into the second half, and they finished the job off clinically, with Power bringing his tally to nine points and Ruth bagging 1-4.


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