Kilkenny are All-Ireland hurling champions for the 36th time as the Cats produced a brilliant second half-display to deny Galway after a 1-22 to 1-18 victory in front of a sold-out crowd at Croke Park.
Galway were the better side for much of the first half with the Tribesmen refusing too buckle after a TJ Reid on 13 minutes for Kilkenny as Joe Canning’s seven first half points helped them to a three-point lead at half time over a below-par Kilkenny.
There was a case for a red card when Galway’s Johnny Coen caught Colin Fennelly with a neck-high challenge lat eon in the first half but the referee opted to show a yellow card to the left half-back.
Kilkenny came out in the second half with fire in their bellies and quickly turned the game around with Kilkenny hitting three unanswered points within the first six minutes of the second half to take the sides level.
Galway struggled to match up their first half performance and kept in touch with Cats with just three points between them as the final ten minutes approached but points from substitutes Richie and John Power saw Kilkenny edge towards yet another All-Ireland title.
Galway refused to give up and eventually the goal they needed when Joe Canning found the net from a 20m free in stoppage time but it proved to be just a consolation as Kilkenny held on to win their eight title in ten years.
It is an incredible achievement for Kilkenny and for manager Brian Cody who celebrates his 11th All-Ireland in 17 years as Cats manager, but for Galway their 27 year wait for a fifth championship goes on.
The plaudits came in for the champions Kilkenny on Twitter after another incredible All-Ireland hurling final.
— Sharon (@sharon51904059) September 6, 2015
Think we need to get Brian Cody involved with our international soccer and rugby management, his level of success is phenomenal #KKvGAL
— Mathieu Norry (@MathieuOnRadio) September 6, 2015
Kilkenny just smothered Galway in the last 15 mins. 3 on 1 every time a Galway man got the ball!!! Serious athletes on show!!! #KKvGAL
— Jack McDonald (@jackmcd97) September 6, 2015
— Waxy O’Connor’s (@waxyslondon) September 6, 2015
Feel for Galway their s/f win was best game by far I’ve seen in a long time. Congrats Kilkenny great win #KKvGAL
— Padraig Gowran (@PoggyG1) September 6, 2015
Gutted for Galway, but Kilkenny were just unstoppable today! Great match. Congrats to the cats! #KKvGAL
— Niamh O’Connor RD (@CorkNutrition) September 6, 2015
— Aoife Cronin (@AoifeCronin) September 6, 2015
Congratulations Kilkenny. Galway blown away by their physicality in the 2nd half and had no answer to it. #KKvGAL
— Buff Egan (@buff_egan) September 6, 2015
Instead of doing normal story for Irish oral for leaving cert, lads in KK just go in & recite an AI acceptance speech just to have it ready
— Tomás Quinn (@mossyquinn) September 6, 2015