The moments that mattered in the All-Ireland hurling final
The key to Galway’s performances in these fixtures has been a good start. This is conspicuous by its absence after quarter of an hour, as the champions are far more comfortable and leading by two. Then Tannian’s long ball is fielded by David Burke over Jackie Tyrrell and he scores the first goal.
Kilkenny 0-4 Galway 1-2
This is more like the Galway, who have troubled Kilkenny so much this season.
Another long delivery, this time from Canning, is caught by Cyril Donnellan, and quickly moved to Damien Hayes who is coming in from the right and spots Burke running clear into the goalmouth and he again finishes to the net.
Kilkenny 0-5 Galway 2-2
Just as Kilkenny hit back immediately after conceding the first and now they again respond quickly. Eoin Larkin (pictured) cuts through the defence but James Skehill blocks his shot, only for Richie Power to sweep the rebound one-handed to the net. Galway have been ahead for a total of four minutes and will never lead the match again.
Kilkenny 1-5 Galway 2-2
James Skehill’s shoulder injury has dominated the build-up to the match. The Galway goalkeeper (pictured) brings down a long-range point attempt by Brian Hogan only to lose the ball and get into difficulty when Walter Walsh contests.
On a yellow card already he is perhaps lucky to survive but won’t appear for the second half.
Kilkenny 1-11 Galway 2-3
A long delivery from Canning breaks in front of the Kilkenny square and with Cyril Donnellan about to go for goal, Cillian Buckley intervenes to block and avert the danger.
Donnellan gets another chance before half-time but goes himself from an unlikely angle and forces a 65, which Canning converts for a flattering four-point deficit.
Kilkenny 1-11 Galway 2-4
A critical minute.
Canning appears from the left and is picked out. His shot whips across the goalmouth with David Herity beaten but hits the far post and rebounds into play.
Within seconds Buckley hits a point at the other end and Donnellan flicks out at JJ Delaney after the ball has gone and is red carded.
Kilkenny 1-14 Galway 2-7
Killkenny’s improvement at centrefield has turned around an area which Galway have dominated in both previous games. With the match won the effort goes on and Michael Fennelly tracks a run by Andy Smith and, judging his intervention perfectly, flicks the ball away from his Galway opponent.
Kilkenny 1-18 Galway 2-7
After the sending-off, the outcome has become inevitable and any notions that adversity would inspire Galway are debunked in a 15-minute period that sees them out-scored 2-7 to 0-1. The first of the goals comes with Walter Walsh capping a fantasy debut by following in to net the rebound from Fergal Flannery’s save from TJ Reid.
Kilkenny 2-19 Galway 2-8