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Limerick defeats Kilkenny and claims their fourth straight All-Ireland title

Limerick defeats Kilkenny and claims their fourth straight All-Ireland title
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With a nine-point victory, Limerick turned the game around to win a fourth straight All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship and shock Kilkenny.

Limerick won the game 2-15 to 0-30.

The Cats led 1-09 to 0-9 at the break because they were the superior team in the first half.





Kilkenny started off well and briefly appeared to be able to pull away, but Limerick grew into the game to stop that from occurring.

For Kilkenny, Eoin Cody scored the game-winning goal.

Paddy Deegan's second goal for Kilkenny, which had such force that it actually broke the net, gave the team a strong start to the second half.

But Limerick discovered another gear and significantly improved. Limerick tied the score after scoring five points straight.

Kilkenny was outscored 19-5 in the final 30 minutes by Limerick. Peter Casey finished a strong performance by scoring five points directly from the play.

Diarmaid Byrnes, who led Limerick with eight points, including seven free throws, was another important player.





Declan Hannon was injured, thus Cian Lynch won the Liam MacCarthy Cup in his place. Cian Lynch was also vital for Limerick, especially in the last few minutes of the first half as they stayed with Kilkenny.

With the victory, John Kiely's team becomes just the fourth team in history to win four straight games.

Meanwhile, Kilkenny's wait to reclaim the Liam MacCarthy enters its ninth year.