Cats bid to retain U21 crown

Tipperary take on defending champions Kilkenny in today's Erin All-Ireland U21 hurling final in Nowlan Park, desperate to take a title back to the Premier County this year.

Tipperary take on defending champions Kilkenny in today's Erin All-Ireland U21 hurling final in Nowlan Park, desperate to take a title back to the Premier County this year.

Meanwhile, Kilkenny's U21s will be bidding to make up for last Sunday's defeat to Cork in the senior game.

Champions Kilkenny have had a testing run to the final, with wins over Laois, Dublin and Galway.

Tipperary's only competitive game was a three-point win over Cork in the Munster final as they went on to trounce Down by 27 points in their semi-final.

The Cats make two changes for today's game. Sean O’Neill and and Owen Reid replace John Phelan and Brian Dowling at right and left half-forward respectively.

The team also includes three players who figured in the All-Ireland senior hurling final loss to Cork.

Wing-back Tommy Walsh played the full 70 minutes, while corner-forward James Fitzpatrick was replaced and Conor Phelan came on from the bench.

Meanwhile, the Munster champions have made two changes from the side that scored that facile semi-final win over Down.

Toomevara's Francis Devanney and Killenaule's Michael Farrell, who both missed the semi-final with injury, return and take their places at left half and corner-forward respectively.

Pat Shortt, who was away for the semi-final, is listed on the bench.

KILKENNY (U21 v Tipperary): D Herrity; S Maher, J Tennyson, M Fennelly; T Walsh, PJ Delaney, C Hoyne; S Hennessy, P Cleere; S O’Neill, W O’Dwyer, O Reid; J Fitzpatrick, C Phelan, R Power.

TIPPERARY (U21 v Kilkenny): P McCormack; A Morrissey, C O’Mahoney, D Walton; E Hanley, D Fitzgerald, H Moloney; J Caesar, W Cully; P Buckley, S Sweeney, F Devanney; E Sweeney, T Scroope, M Farrell.

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