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Kilkenny to face Galway in SHC final

Kilkenny demolished Tipperary's challenge with an awesome second-half performance to qualify for their seventh successive All-Ireland SHC final.

The defending champions hit top form after trailing by a point at the break to win by 4-24 to 1-15, setting up a meeting with Galway and a chance to avenge a shock Leinster final defeat to the Tribesmen.

TJ Reid crashed home a 27th-minute goal to give the Cats a 1-9 to 0-7 advantage, but Pa Bourke responded with a Tipp goal to give them a 1-10 to 1-9 lead at the halfway stage.

Kilkenny came out for the second half with a new-found strength and set about dismantling their opponents' defence.

Aidan Fogarty and Eoin Larkin both fired in goals past Brendan Cummings, who had earlier denied Colin Fennelly with an excellent save.

And with Reid hitting some excellent points and Henry Shefflin steering over scores on his way to a 0-11 tally, the Leinster men were soon in total control.

The rout was completed in the closing stages when Reid got in for his second goal to make it a massive 18 points winning margin.


From Belfast Telegraph