Last Sunday afternoon was the second round of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final, the match I had been waiting for since the 9th of September when my home county Galway drew against Kilkenny in the All-Ireland Final. The first time Galway took on Kilkenny in this championship, in the Leinster Final, they beat the Cats and their second meeting ended in a draw so I was hoping they would avoid defeat for a third time last Sunday. Unfortunately though the match didn't end with the result I wanted!
Galway were off to a great start, scoring two goals in the first half, but Kilkenny did not give up and fought back hard, scoring 1-07 to take the lead with the score standing at 1-11 to 2-04 going into the second half. A succession of points and two more goals in the second half of the game widened the gap in the scoreboard between the two teams with Kilkenny comfortably in the lead. Galway didn't give up; they scored a few more points and even managed to get another goal past the Kilkenny defence towards the end of the game. The final whistle blew at 3-22 to 3-11, and Kilkenny were crowned All-Ireland Senior Hurling Champions for the 9th time in 13 years. Despite being disappointed Galway didn't win I must congratulate Kilkenny on their outstanding achievement on winning so many All-Ireland titles. This Kilkenny hurling team have some of the best players in the history of hurling and are a difficult team to beat. However, we managed it in this year's Leinster Final and next year Galway are going for the Liam McCarthy!
Hope you all have a great weekend whatever you get up to!