Tipp beat Kilkenny in Thurles thriller

Tipperary have defeated Kilkenny by just a single point in a thrilling Allianz Hurling League game at Semple Stadium this afternoon.

Kilkenny led for most of the 1st half after Richie Hogan's goal after 15 minutes, but a brilliant 2nd quarter from Eamon O'Shea's side saw them outscore the Cats by 2-4 to 0-2, with John O'Dwyer and Lar Corbett netting for the Premier to give them a 6 point lead at the break, 2-11 to 1-8.

The second half saw the Cats claw their way back into it and with 10 minutes to go they found themselves just a point behind, but a number of frees from Eoin Kelly restored a 3 point lead for Tipp.

Then in a 60 second period both Noel McGrath for Tipp and Tommy Walsh for Kilkenny were both sent off for second bookable offences to leave the last few moments at 14 vs 14. In the end Tipp were able to hold on the slenderest of margins, the FT score Tipperary 2-17 Kilkenny 1-19, to give the county a massive boost after the disappointment of Cork two weeks ago.

Elsewhere in Division 1A Cork fought back from an 8 point HT deficit to salvage a draw away to Waterford, 1-12 to 0-15. While Clare were impressive victors at home to Galway, 0-18 to 1-13. That leaves Cork and Waterford top of the table on 3 points, with Galway, Clare and Tipp all sitting in the middle of the division on 2 points, and Kilkenny bottom of the group with 2 defeats in their first 2 games.