Tipperary defeated Kilkenny by 2-14 to 2-11 in the All-Ireland Intermediate Hurling Championship Final on Saturday August 31st at Nowlan Park Kilkenny.
Tipperary opened the scoring through Willie Ryan followed by two Niall O’Meara points and led for most of the first quarter. By the 23rd minute however, Kilkenny drew level at 5 points each. Tipperary hit the front again in the 26th minute courtesy of a Ruari Gleeson goal only to see Kilkenny raise a green flag of their own on the stroke of half-time through Jonjo Farrell to leave Tipperary in front by 1-7 to 1-6 at the interval.
It took six minutes of the second half to register a score, a point by Timmy Hammersley followed a minute later by another goal by Ruari Gleeson. As the game entered the final quarter, Tipperary had stretched their lead out to 6 points (2-10 to 1-7) and looked set for victory.
Kilkenny fought hard to get back in to the game and scored a goal (again by Jonjo Farrell) in the 56th minute to leave just two points between the sides (2-13 to 2-11). The next score would be crucial and it fell to Ruari Gleeson to add a point in the 59th minute to give Tipperary some breathing space and the Premier County held out for a 3 point victory to retain their title.
Tipperary scorers – Ruari Gleeson 2-1, Timmy Hammersley 0-5 (0-3 frees, 0-1 65), Niall O’Meara 0-4, Conor Kenny, Danny O’Hanlon, Darragh Egan (free), Willie Ryan 0-1 each