All-Ireland SHC final: Kilkenny 1-22 1-18 Galway

Galway defender Padraig Mannion clashes with Kilkenny's Colin Fennelly
Galway defender Padraig Mannion clashes with Kilkenny's Colin Fennelly

Kilkenny retained the All-Ireland senior hurling title thanks to a dominant second-half display against Galway in the Croke Park final.

TJ Reid's goal put the Cats ahead before Galway seized control and seven points from Joe Canning helped them into a 0-14 to 1-8 lead at the break.

Kilkenny piled on the points as they swept Galway aside in the second half.

Canning netted in added time but the Tribesmen missed out on a first Liam McCarthy success since 1988.

Reid fired in Kilkenny's only goal after 13 minutes before Galway bossed the remainder of the half and deserved their three-point advantage at the interval.

However, they were fortunate to still have 15 men on the pitch after Johnny Coen was shown only a yellow card for a high challenge on Colin Fennelly.

It was all change on the restart as Kilkenny took a grip on affairs to claw back the deficit before storming clear.

Reid top-scored with 1-7 while Ger Aylward tagged on three points for Brian Cody's men.

Canning was contained in the second half although he grabbed a late consolation when his 20m free sneaked in.

Kilkenny eased to victory, with the Leinster champions chalking up their 36th All-Ireland triumph.

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