Terrific Tipp turn on the style to comfortably beat Kilkenny
TIPPERARY 2-29 KILKENNY 2-20
Tipperary captured their 27th All-Ireland title and their first since 2010 when they demolished Kilkenny's bid for a second three in a row during Brian Cody's era at Croke Park.
The Premier County thoroughly deserved their nine-point victory as they blew away the Cats with a superb second-half performance.
A magnificent goal from John O'Dwyer and an opportunistic strike from John McGrath proved crucial but it was the 0-13 contribution from Man of the Match Seamus Callanan that effectively decided the issue.
Kilkenny took the initiative early in the second half with a a wonderful team goal finished by Kevin Kelly but Tipperary were the better team in every sector and having lost on four occasions to Kilkenny since 2010 they were not to be denied on this occasion.
Richie Hogan's goal did briefly revive Kilkenny's hopes but they could have no complains about the outcome.
Against all expectations both teams lined out exactly as selected. Even though Tipp held a two-point advantage at the break (0-14; 0-12) there was virtually nothing to separate the sides in the first period as evident by the fact that the teams were level on ten occasions.
No team ever led by more than two points but Tipperary played most of the hurling as underlined by the fact that they hit nine wides compared to five for the defending title holders.
Nonetheless, Kilkenny did create two half chances for goals with Colin Fennelly and Eoin Larkin failing to execute the opportunities. Unusually, Kilkenny had real problems securing their own puck-outs and though the Cats defence coped well with the Tipp forwards, Seamus Callanan still hit five points from play.
Indeed, by half time all six Tipp forwards had scored from play while the only Kilkenny forward to score more than once was Eoin Larkin.
The official attendance was 82,016.
Kilkenny: E Murphy, P Murphy, J Holden, S Prendergast; P Walsh (0-2), K Joyce, C Buckley (0-1); TJ Reid (0-11, 10f, 165), C Fogarty; W Walsh (0-1), R Hogan (1-1), E Larkin (0-2); K Kelly (1-2, 1 sideline), C Fennelly, L Blanchfield. Subs; R Lennon for Joyce 60m; L Ryan for Larkin 60m
Tipperary: D Gleeson; C Barrett, J Barry, M Cahill; S Kennedy (0-1), R Maher, Padraic Maher (0-1); B Maher, M Breen; D McCormack (0-1), Patrick Maher (0-2), N McGrath (0-1); J O'Dwyer (1-5, 2f), S Callanan (0-13, 4f), J McGrath (1-3). Subs: J Forde (0-2) for Breen 44m; N O'Meara for McCormack 61m; D Maher for Cahill 65m; K Bergin for M McGrath 69m; T Hamill for Kennedy 73m
Referee: Brian Gavin (Offaly)