All Ireland Vocational Inter County “A” Hurling Final – Tipperary 2-13 Kilkenny 1-13

Tipperary defeated Kilkenny by 2-13 to 1-13 in the All Ireland Vocational Inter County “A” Hurling Final on Saturday evening in Semple Stadium Thurles.

Tipperary led by four point at the interval but Kilkenny were quick out of the blocks in the second half and drew level with four unanswered points. The game was tit for tat thereafter until the last 10 minutes where Tipperary got the scores to secure a three point victory in spite of late pressure from Kilkenny.

Cool Murray on target for Tipp

From the Irish Independent newspaper

Monday February 22 2010

FIRST-half goals from Tommy Heffernan and Sean Cleary proved crucial to Tipperary’s victory at Semple Stadium on Saturday. Kilkenny were reduced to 14 players two minutes from time when captain Padraic Gahan was dismissed for a second bookable offence. Heffernan and Cleary had responded to Cormac Heffernan’s early goal to hand Tipperary a 2-6 to 1-5 half-time lead before six second-half points from Premier County midfielder Stephen Murray helped them to pull away.

Scorers — Tipperary: S Murray 0-6 (0-4f), S Cleary 1-2, T Heffernan 1-1, E Ryan, J Ryan 0-2 each. Kilkenny: D Waugh 0-6 (0-6f), C Heffernan 1-0, G Malone, C Tobin (0-1f) 0-2 each, S Lawless, M Grace, K Bergin 0-1 each.

TIPPERARY — J Sampson; E Hogan, J Carroll, D Morkan; J O’Dwyer, J Mulqueen, J Fitzpatrick; S Murray, S McKelvey; J Ryan, N O’Meara, T Heffernan; E Ryan, S Cleary, M Ivors. Sub: J Bergin for O’Meara (59).

KILKENNY — D Walsh; J Bergin, L Kennedy, T Phelan; B Murphy, C Tobin, J Phelan; P Gahan, P Keneally; C Heffernan, S Lawless, G Malone; D Waugh, K Bergin, M Grace.

Ref — A Stapleton (Laois)