In Pictures: Kilkenny oust Tipperary in rip roaring contest

Two late Kevin kelly goals turned the tide in their favour

In Pictures: Kilkenny oust Tipperary in rip roaring contest

Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Kilkenny 2-17 Tipperary 0-18

Kilkenny struck late to get the better of fierce rivals Tipperary in a rip roaring league contest at Nowlan Park in front of a crowd of 10,982 earlier today.

In a game that will serve as a fantastic advertisement for the league, the fast paced, skilful encounter was settled late on thanks to two goals from Kevin Kelly, snatching victory from under the noses of Tipperary. 

The Premier County led for the majority of the game, with Kilkenny taking the lead for the first time in the game after Kelly's 67th minute goal, before seeing out the win in emphatic fashion with another goal. 

At times, it looked like Tipperary could open up a big score as on multiple occasions they opened up a big lead and looked comfortable against a much changed Kilkenny outfit, but failed to shake off the home side.

However, to their credit, the reigning All-Ireland champions kept in touch with Hurler of the Year TJ Reid and Man of the Match John Maher leading the charge. 

Eventually, the pressure told as their late assault on the Tipp goal proved enough to take home the points. 

Here are some of the best pictures from a thrilling game:

The Kilkenny side lineout for the pre-game team photo

The Tipperary team stand for the national anthem

Walter Walsh and Michael Cahill go head to head

 

 Darren Gleeson is given close attention

Walter Walsh and Michael Cahill continue their battle

Walter Walsh rises highest to claim the Sliotar
Credit ©INPHO/Cathal Noonan

Other Results:

Division 1B
Kerry 1-15 Limerick 1-19, Fitzgerald Stadium 
Offaly 1-17 Laois 0-15, O'Connor Park
Wexford 1-11 Clare 0-18, Wexford Park

Division 2A
Carlow 1-11 London 5-16, Dr Cullen Park
Antrim 3-25 Kildare 3-13,  Ballycastle
Westmeath 2-11 Derry 0-13, Cusack Park

Division 2B
Donegal 1-08 Armagh 2-14, Letterkenny 
Down 4-12  Wicklow 0-11, Páirc Esler
Meath 2-09 Mayo 0-19, Trim 

Division 3A
Roscommon 1-12 Monaghan 0-10, Athleague
Tyrone 1-17 Fingal 4-10, Healy Park