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Tipperary 3-25 Kilkenny 0-20: How the Kilkenny players rated

Kilkenny's Richie Leahy in action during the Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor Championship Final between Kilkenny and Galway at Croke Park Dubln on Sunday August 18-2019 Picture by Philip Walsh

Eoin Murphy: Kilkenny won just 13 of their 37 puckouts across the 70 minutes, but Tipp’s spare man dictated a lot of that in the second half. Might be disappointed not to have stopped O’Meara’s goal. 6

Paul Murphy: Had Kilkenny won, he’d have been right there for man-of-the-match. Won five consecutive balls off Jason Forde in the first half. Kept on coming out with them throughout. 8.5

Huw Lawlor: Seamus Callanan may have gotten his obligatory goal and a quick point after it, and assisted for John O’Dwyer brilliantly off a minor slip by Lawlor, but that does no justice to the rookie full-back. Dominated the rest of it. 7.5

Joey Holden: Did well in the early exchanges and held his own until half-time, but John O’Dwyer got a good run on him in the third quarter. 6

Conor Fogarty: Handled a lot of ball. Strong beneath the Tipperary puckout and had a lot of good moments against John McGrath, but made the mistake on the killer goal just after half-time. 6

Padraig Walsh: Tipperary put Niall O’Meara on him in a very deliberate ploy to go at him in the air and make him mark the man, and it was effective. Still had a few big moments. 6.5

Paddy Deegan: Had a savage amount of ball through his hands. Seemed to have it 100 times in the second half, but his distribution wasn’t always of the highest order. Good defensive job on Dan McCormack. 7

Conor Browne: Started well. Overall he and Michael Breen pretty much cancelled each other out. Had a good opening for a goal but took the shot on early and scuffed it. 6

Cillian Buckley: Given the job of curtailing Noel McGrath but the longer it went on, the more the Tipperary playmaker’s influence on the game grew. 5.5

John Donnelly: Heavily involved heavily in their first-half attacking play and got the better of Padraic Maher to notch three from play, but was quieter once Kennedy moved over. 7

TJ Reid: Omnipresent in the opening 25 minutes as Kilkenny dominated, he was picking up ball in his own half-back line. Great hand a few times when he pushed further forward, but just one point from play and a couple of uncharacteristic misses. 7.5

Walter Walsh: Good early run to set up Fennelly’s goal chance but in all, the touch just wasn’t quite there. Failed to use his physicality and came off second best in his battle with Seamus Kennedy. 5.5

Adrian Mullen: Was rumoured to be missing out through illness in the morning, and although he played, he never looked his spritely self. Couldn’t shake Barry Heffernan at all. 5.5

Colin Fennelly: Worked like a dog. Got the better of Ronan Maher in the first half and managed a few great tackles even when he didn’t win the first ball. The spare man in front killed his spirit after half-time. 7

Richie Hogan: The sad part for Hogan is that he was going well. Very lively, he took a bloodied nose and went on, troubling Cathal Barrett until his 33rd minute red card effectively ended the contest. 6

Subs
Billy Ryan: Caused Tipperary plenty of problems with his running at them and got two points from play. 6.5

Richie Leahy: Couldn’t shut down Noel McGrath any more effectively than Cillian Buckley. 5.5

James Maher: The ball was rarely in his vicinity. 5.5

Conor Delaney: Struggled in all the space when he came on for the last 12 minutes. 5.5

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