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Preview: Cork v Kilkenny Allianz hurling final
The final act in a dramatic Allianz Hurling League campaign is set for Semple Stadium, Thurles next Sunday when Cork and Kilkenny clash in the Division 1 final (16.00).
It will be their first clash in the final since 2002 when Kilkenny won by a point. Since then, Kilkenny have won the title four times (2003-2005-2006-2009) while Cork are seeking their first title since 1998.
Kilkenny were beaten by Dublin in last year’s final while Cork’s last appearance in the decider was in 2010 when they lost to Galway.
Cork’s advance to the final is a tribute to the managerial powers of Jimmy Barry-Murphy who has presided over a major advance this spring. He was in charge when Cork last won the title in 1998. Brian Cody will lead Kilkenny into the final for the 8th time (2002-2003-2005-2006-2007-2009-2011-2012) and is seeking his fifth win.
Tickets for Sunday's Allianz Hurling League decider can be bought in advance from four SuperValu / Centra outlets in Kilkenny; 18 SuperValu / Centra outlets in Cork and online at gaa.ie/tickets
A €5 discount also applies to stand ticket purchases only, made in advance before midnight Saturday. Tickets bought online can also be printed off beforehand to avoid any potential queues on the day.
Paths to the final
Cork 3-17 Waterford 0-18
Cork 2-18 Dublin 2-17
Galway 2-17 Cork 2-13
Cork 1-17 Kilkenny 1-15
Tipperary 1-23 Cork 1-23
Cork 1-25 Tipperary 2-15 (semi-final)
Average For: 2-18 Average Against: 1-19
Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 0-15
Kilkenny 2-21 Waterford 1-15
Kilkenny 5-16 Dublin 6-12
Cork 1-17 Kilkenny 1-15
Kilkenny 3-26 Galway 0-10
Kilkenny 1-20 Clare 0-14 (semi-final)
Average For: 2-20 Average Against: 1-15
Cork 1-17 Kilkenny 1-15 (Allianz Hurling League, Pairc Ui Chaoimh, March 25, 2012)
A crowd of 6,874 saw Cork beat Kilkenny in an exciting counter. Kilkenny led by 1-10 to 1-8 at half-time but Cork were a more impressive force in the second half, edging to victory in a game where Patrick Horgan was their top scorer on 0-8. Richie Power top-scored for Kilkenny with 1-11.
Scorers: Cork: P Horgan 0-8, P O’Sullivan 1-1, C Naughton 0-2, W Egan 0-2, C Lehane 0-1, P Cronin 0-1, D Sweetman 0-1, J Coughlan 0-1.
Kilkenny: R Power 1-11, R Hogan 0-2, TJ Reid 0-1, M Rice 0-1.
Last Allianz HL final clash...
Kilkenny 2-15 Cork 2-14, Thurles, 5 May 2002
A crowd of 25,036 saw Kilkenny sub, Brian Dowling score a later point to take the title for the first time since 1995. Kilkenny led by 2-6 to 0-2 at one stage in the first half but Cork recovered and were only five points behind at the interval. Cork maintained momentum in the second half and drew level but Dowling’s late point won the day for Kilkenny.
Kilkenny: James McGarry; Michael Kavanagh, Noel Hickey, Philip Larkin; Richie Mullally, Peter Barry, JJ Delaney; Derek Lyng, Pat Tennyson; John Hoyne, Henry Shefflin, Andy Comerford (captain); Eddie Brennan, Martin Comerford, Stephen Grehan.
Subs: K Power for Grehan, Sean Dowling for Tennyson, Brian Dowling for Power.
Cork: Donal Og Cusack; Wayne Sherlock (captain), Diarmuid O’Sullivan, Fergal Ryan; Derek Barrett, John Browne, Sean Og O hAilpin; Alan Cummins, John Gardiner; Jerry O’Connor, Kieran Murphy, Niall McCarthy; Eamonn Collins, Alan Browne, Ben O’Connor.
Subs: Timmy McCarthy for Gardiner, Kevin Murray for N McCarthy, Pat Ryan for Murphy.
ALLIANZ GAA HURLING LEAGUE ROLL OF HONOUR (DIV 1)
19 Tipperary (1928-49-50-52-54-55-57-59-60-61-64-65-68-79-88-94-99-2001-2008)
14 CORK (1926-30-40-41-48-53-69-70-72-74-80-81-93-98)
14 KILKENNY (1933-62-66-76-82-83-86-90-95-2002-2003-2005-2006-2009)
11 Limerick (1934-35-36-37-38-47-71-84-85-92-97)
9 Galway (1932-51-75-87-89-96-2000-2004-2010)
4 Wexford (1956-58-67-73)
3 Clare (1946-77-78)
2 Dublin (1929-39-2011)
2 Waterford (1963-2007)
1 Offaly (1991
This game should be a good one, obviously means more to Cork than KK , but I am sure KK will be out to bury Cork early and be out to physically overpower them and test their mettle , but if Cork really are back KK's approach should not matter a bit to them and they should believe they can take anything KK have and return it with interest.
Would be a big disappointment for JBM if Cork don't perform on Sunday, but what ever happens I don't think it will have any major effect on each teams Championship hopes but when you are in a final you may as well win it , hope its a close hard fought game to wet the appetite for the upcoming Summer.
side show bob
I think the forecast is very bad for the weekend which will be a pity and might affect the attendance. I know their is a special train at around €7.90 leaving from Cork, which is great value.
think this new Cork team may get put back a few months here, this could be the end of their season
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