Tipperary and Kilkenny had already delivered a decider for the ages by the time Tipp’s John O’Dwyer stood over an injury-time free 100mtr from goal and the last puck of the game delivered an end line both exhilarating and deflating. O’Dwyer’s effort had the distance and there were thousands in Croke Park who believed it ticked the box for accuracy as well. Ref Barry Kelly sidestepped the decision and went ‘upstairs’ to Hawk-Eye.
‘MISS’, the two big screens declared. Seconds later, Kelly called time and the stadium announcer was declaring that these two great rivals would return on Saturday, September 27.
Kilkenny chairman Ned Quinn described the final as the ‘best game of hurling ever played’. Remarkably, this is the third straight hurling final to end in stalemate and, though the GAA is expected to again slash ticket prices for the replay, it will still leave them with €3m more than anticipated.
“I would imagine that Croke Park will be reasonably lenient... They were last year when they reduced it to €50,” said Tipperary chairman Sean Nugent.