Kilkenny to face Galway in All-Ireland hurling final

Kilkenny's Kieran Joyce and Brian O'Meara of Tipperary
Kilkenny's Kieran Joyce and Brian O'Meara of Tipperary

A powerful second-half display by reigning champions Kilkenny proved too much for Tipperary in the All-Ireland hurling semi-final at Croke Park.

The Cats, who have won seven of the last 10 Liam McCarthy Cups, blew their opponents away 4-24 to 1-15.

Tipperary had led 1-10 to 1-9 at half-time but goals by Aidan Fogarty, Eoin Larkin and TJ Reid saw Kilkenny pull away in front of a 50,220 crowd.

Reid had scored a goal in the first half with Pa Bourke netting for Tipp.

In the second half Kilkenny outscored their opponents by a remarkable 3-15 to 0-5.

Kilkenny, through to their seventh successive final, will play Galway in the decider on Sunday, 9 September at Croke Park.

Brian Cody's men will be expected to gain revenge for their defeat by Galway in the Leinster final six weeks ago.

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