Tipperary Take 2013 All-Ireland Intermediate Hurling Title


Superb Action Photographs From Tipperary V Kilkenny Intermediate Hurling Match In Nowlan Park Yesterday. (Photographer John O’Loughlin.)

Defending champions Tipperary, following their success in the final in Thurles last year, arrived in Nowlan Park yesterday evening, intent on proving once again their dominance over the Cats, thus achieving their seventh win in the series.

Their intention would be no way compromised, winning as they did by a comfortable margin of 3 points; final score 2-14 to 2-11.

Tipperary led for most of the opening quarter of the match, but Kilkenny managed to pull level, with 5 points apiece after approximately 21 minutes. However, Tipperary would regain their resourcefulness just three minutes later in the 24th minute, with to a goal from the star of the match Ruari Gleeson.  Tipperary left the field at the interval leading just 1-07 to 1-06; Kilkenny’s goal coming from Thomastown’s ace Jonjo Farrell.

No scoring for the first seven minutes of the start of the second half was to be soon cut short with a point from Clonoulty’s Timmy Hammersley and a second goal from Ruari Gleeson. The latter which was brought about in the 39th minute, and was probably the deciding factor which swung it for the deserving victors.

It took until the 58th minute for Kilkenny to reduce a Tipperary 5 point lead with Jonjo Farrell smashing home his second goal for the Cats, to leave  a mere 2 points lead.  However, it was Tipperary’s Ruairi Gleeson who once again widened the divide with a further point, making him top scorer in the match while also delivering a well earned win for Tipperary.

There was no doubting Tipperary superiority when it came to possession yesterday; however Kilkenny’s attempts to doggedly hold on, to the death, against superior and gutsy odds, ensured that Tipperary’s possession gained minimal recognition on the actual scoreboard.

For the Tipperary hurling faithful, yesterdays win brought sunshine to a somewhat rather rainy 2013, here in the “Home of Hurling.”

Click HERE for more pictures of yesterdays hurling action.

Scores: Tipperary;  R. Gleeson [2-1], T. Hammersley [0-5], N. O’Meara [0-4], D. Egan [0-1], W. Ryan [0-1], D. O’Hanlon[0-1] , and C. Kenny [0-1].

Scores: Kilkenny;  J.J. Farrell [2-0], R. Hickey [0-5], L. Harney [0-1], D. Langton [0-1], C. Phelan [0-1], J. Brennan [0-1], D. Walton [0-1], and P. Holden  [0-1].


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