2008 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Final

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2008 All-Ireland Hurling Final
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Event 2008 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship
Date7 September 2008
Venue Croke Park, Dublin
Man of the Match Brian Cody (Kilkenny)
Referee Barry Kelly (Westmeath) [1]
Attendance82,186
WeatherMild and sunny
16 °C (61 °F) [2]
2007
2009

The 2008 All-Ireland Hurling Final was a hurling match played on 7 September 2008 in Croke Park, Dublin, between Kilkenny and Waterford. [3] The match was the 121st All-Ireland Hurling Final and the culmination of the 2008 All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship. It was the fourth time the teams played each other in the final, having played each other previously in 1957, 1959 and 1963. Kilkenny won their 31st All-Ireland Championship and in doing so overtook Cork on the roll of honour. The Kilkenny win witnessed the county doing three in a row for the first time since 1913. The match represented Waterford's sixth appearance in the All-Ireland Final and their first for 45 years since 1963. Waterford has not won the All-Ireland Championship since 1959.

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Previous championship encounters

This particular fixture has been infrequent in the history of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship due to the provincial structure of the championship from 1888 to 1996. Kilkenny has played Waterford a total of six times in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship. Kilkenny has four victories, Waterford has one and the remaining fixture ended as a draw. The last encounter between the two teams occurred in 2004 where a Henry Shefflin-inspired Kilkenny side ran out semi-final winners on a scoreline of Kilkenny 3–12, Waterford 0–18.

YearVenueCompetitionKilkenny
score
Waterford
score
Match report
1957 Croke Park, Dublin All-Ireland Hurling Final 4–10 (22)3–12 (21)
1959 Croke Park, Dublin All-Ireland Hurling Final 5-05 (20)1–17 (20)
1959 Croke Park, Dublin All-Ireland Hurling Final Replay 1–10 (13)3–12 (21)
1963 Croke Park, Dublin All-Ireland Hurling Final 4–17 (29)6-08 (26)
1998 Croke Park, Dublin All-Ireland Hurling Semi-Final 1–11 (14)1–10 (13) Irish Independent
2004 Croke Park, Dublin All-Ireland Hurling Semi-Final 3–12 (21)0–18 (18) Irish Independent

Paths to final

Kilkenny

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A programme for the 2008 final

Kilkenny's path to the All-Ireland Hurling Final turned out to be a more straight forward affair in comparison to Waterford. Kilkenny's Leinster Championship campaign started off in O'Moore Park, Portlaoise on 15 June 2008 against Offaly. The match turned out to be a very one-sided affair with Henry Shefflin scoring 11 points on his return from a long term injury. Kilkenny eventually ran out easy winners on a scoreline of Kilkenny 2–24 Offaly 0–12. [4] Kilkenny moved onto the Leinster Hurling Final where they would face a Wexford side who took a replay to defeat Dublin in the other semi-final. As in previous year, the Leinster Final also turned out to be a one sided affair. Wexford stuck with Kilkenny for the first half but the cats pulled away in the second half, essentially killing off Wexford's challenge with 4 goals in the second half. Kilkenny became Leinster Champions for the ninth time in ten years on a scoreline of Kilkenny 5–21 Wexford 0–17. [5]

After the completion of the All-Ireland Qualifier Series, Cork revealed themselves to be Kilkenny's All-Ireland Semi-final opponents. The fixture was much hyped by the Irish media, in light of both teams' respective records over the past 5 years. A large crowd at Croke Park viewed an entertaining match which pitted the 2006 finalists against each other. The sides stuck with each other, point for point at the start, resulting in a score of 6 points each after 20 minutes. However, Cork went without a score for a long period of the first half resulting in Kilkenny leading by 8 points at half time. Cork opened the second half with a barrage of points, but Kilkenny held strong and ran out 9-point winners – Kilkenny 1–23 Cork 0–17. [6] Kilkenny qualified for their eighth final in ten years.


Offaly 0–12 – 2–24 Kilkenny
B Carroll 0–6 (2f, 1’65’)
G Healion 0–2
J Bergin 0–2
R Hanniffy 0–1
D Molloy 0–1
(Report) H Shefflin 0–11 (9f, 1’65’)
E Larkin 0–4
M Comerford 1–1
A Fogarty 1–0
M Rice 0–2
E Brennan 0–2
J Fitzpatrick 0–1
M Fennelly 0–1
R Hogan 0–1
TJ Reid 0–1
O'Moore Park, Portlaoise
Referee: J Sexton (Cork)

Kilkenny 5–21 – 0–17 Wexford
H Shefflin 1–7 (1-7f)
E Brennan 2–2
R Power 1–2
A Fogarty 1–1
J Fitzpatrick 0–4 (1f)
E Larkin 0–3
D Lyng 0–1
M Comerford 0–1
(Report) D Lyng 0–7 (6f, 1 sl)
R Jacob 0–3
PJ Nolan 0–2
D Redmond 0–2
S Doyle 0–1
M Jacob 0–1
B Lambert 0–1
Croke Park, Dublin
Referee: B Kelly (Westmeath)

Kilkenny 1–23 – 0–17 Cork
H Shefflin 0–11 (6f)
E Larkin 1–2
A Fogarty 0–5
TJ Reid 0–2
R Power 0–1
E Brennan 0–1
J Fitzpatrick 0–1
(Report) B O'Connor 0–8 (8f)
N McCarthy 0–2
T Kenny 0–2
J O'Connor 0–2
C Naughton 0–1
J Gardiner 0–1
P Cronin 0–1
Croke Park, Dublin
Referee: M Wadding (Waterford)

Waterford

Waterford started off the year with a Munster Championship first round clash with Clare at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick on 1 June 2008. Waterford, missing a number of first team regulars such as Ken McGrath, Eoin Kelly and Eoin Murphy succumbed to a youthful Clare team on a scoreline of Waterford 0–23 Clare 2–26. [7] Soon after the game, manager, Justin McCarthy was fired from his position by the Waterford County Board. It has been rumoured at the time that player unrest had a lot to do with the decision. [8] The Waterford County Board acted quickly and appointed former Clare goalkeeper Davy Fitzgerald as new Waterford manager on 10 June 2008. [9] The loss to Clare sent Waterford into the All-Ireland Qualifier Series. The first round match against Antrim saw the return of both Ken McGrath and Eoin Kelly. Davy Fitzgerald started his Waterford managerial career with the unusual decision of placing Ken McGrath at full back in order to strengthen the full back line. The decision paid off and the match turned out to be a complete mismatch, with Waterford running out winners on a scoreline of Waterford 6–18 Antrim 0–15. [10]

Waterford were then pitted against Offaly in their Phase 4 Qualifier on 19 July 2008 at Semple Stadium, Thurles. After a stern test in the first 60 minutes, Waterford eventually pulled away towards the end winning on a scoreline of Waterford 2–18 Offaly 0–18. [11] This resulted in Waterford reaching the All-Ireland Quarter Finals and a match-up against Leinster runners-up Wexford. This was a competitive match which toed and froed from one side to the other. However, a late barrage of points saw Waterford over the endline on a scoreline of Waterford 2–19 Wexford 3–15. [12] The win against Wexford lead Waterford to their sixth All-Ireland Semi-Final since 1998. The opponents would be a highly fancied Tipperary, who were reigning National Hurling League and Munster champions. Waterford started a blistering page, going 0–6 to 0–0 up after 8 minutes. However Tipperary were level going in at half time. Both teams scored goals in rapid succession in the 2nd half. Waterford's nerve held, and they won by two points on a scoreline of Waterford 1–20 Tipperary 1–18. [13] It was Waterford's first semi-final win since 1963 and brought to an end a run of 5 consecutive semi-final defeats. [14]


Waterford 0–23 – 2–26 Clare
D Bennett 0–10 (9f)
J Mullane 0–8
G Hurney 0–1
S Molumphy 0–1
S Prendergast 0–1
E McGrath 0–1
D Coffey 0–1
(Report) M Flaherty 1–7 (3f, 2 '65')
N Gilligan 1–2
T Griffin 0–5
C Plunkett 0–3 (2f)
D McMahon 0–3
C Lynch 0–2
T Carmody 0–2
P Vaughan 0–1
B Bugler 0–1
Gaelic Grounds, Limerick
Referee: D Murphy (Wexford)

Waterford 6–18 – 0–15 Antrim
E Kelly 2–3 (3f)
J Mullane 2–2
E McGrath 0–5
D Shanahan 0–4
G Hurney 1–0
S Molumphy 1–0
J Nagle 0–2
P Flynn 0–1
D Bennett 0–1
(Report) P Shiels 0–7 (5f)
PJ O'Connell 0–2
K Stewart 0–2
C Herron 0–1
M Herron 0–1
B Quinn 0–1
S McNaughton 0–1
Walsh Park, Waterford
Referee: M Haverty (Galway)

Waterford 2–18 – 0–18 Offaly
E Kelly 2–13
J Mullane 0–2
E McGrath 0–1
S Prendergast 0–1
S Molumphy 0–1
(Report) B Carroll 0–9
B Murphy 0–2
G Hannify 0–2
D Franks 0–1
P Cleary 0–1
S Dooley 0–1
D Molly 0–1
J Bergin 0–1
Semple Stadium, Thurles
Referee: M Haverty (Galway)

Wexford 3–15 – 2–19 Waterford
S Doyle 2–1
D Lyng 0–5 (5f)
W Doran 1–1
R Jacob 0–3 (1f)
D Redmond 0–2
S Nolan 0–1
E Quigley 0–1
D Fitzhenry 0–1 (1 pen)
(Report) E Kelly 1–8 (1-6f, 1 '65')
E McGrath 0–4
D Shanahan 1–1
J Mullane 0–3
J Nagle 0–1
S Prendergast 0–1
S Molumphy 0–1
Semple Stadium, Thurles
Referee: J Sexton (Cork)

Tipperary 1–18 – 1–20 Waterford
E Kelly 0–8 (6f)
S Callinan 1–3
S McGrath 0–3
C O’Mahony 0–1 (1f)
L Corbett 0–1
P Kerwick 0–1
S Maher 0–1
(Report) E Kelly 1–10 (8f)
J Mullane 0–3
E McGrath 0–2
S Molumphy 0–2
M Walsh 0–2
J Kennedy 0–1
Croke Park, Dublin
Referee: D Kirwan (Cork)

Television and Radio Coverage

CountryBroadcasterChannelStart of coverage
Australia Setanta Sports Setanta Sports21:45 CDT
Canada Setanta Sports Setanta Premium08:30 ET
Ireland RTÉ RTÉ Two 12:30 IST
United Kingdom Setanta Sports Setanta Sports 1 13:30 BST
USA Setanta Sports Setanta Premium08:30 ET

As with previous years, the Irish state broadcaster, Radio Telefís Éireann will provide both television and radio coverage for the event. As well as showing the senior game, RTÉ will also provide coverage of the All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship Final on the day along with a suitable build up to the game in the preceding days. Irish satellite sports channel, Setanta Sports will provide coverage on the day for Australia, Canada, United Kingdom and United States of America. The British Broadcasting Corporation provides coverage in Northern Ireland, although viewers may also be able to watch the RTÉ coverage through different mediums. Ger Canning will commentate on RTÉ's television coverage. It was Canning's twenty third time doing the live match commentary for RTÉ.

Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh provide commentary for RTÉ radio with the match being broadcast on both FM and LW. Radio coverage was also provided by numerous Irish local radio stations, most notably, WLR FM and KCLR 96FM.

Match

First half

Second half

Match details

Kilkenny GAA 3–30 – 1–13 Waterford GAA
E Brennan 2–4
H Shefflin 0–8 (5f, 1 '65')
E Larkin 1–4
TJ Reid 0–4
A Fogarty 0–3
D Lyng 0–3
R Power 0–2
J Fitzpatrick 0–2
(Report) E Kelly 1–9 (9f)
J Mullane 0–3
D Bennett 0–1
Croke Park, Dublin
Attendance: 82,186
Referee: Barry Kelly (Westmeath) [15]
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Waterford GAA
KILKENNY GAA:
1 P. J. Ryan Sub off.svg 61'
2 Michael Kavanagh  
3 Noel Hickey
4 Jackie Tyrell
5 Tommy Walsh Yellow card.svg 44' 
6 Brian Hogan
7 J. J. Delaney
8 Cha Fitzpatrick (c)
9 Derek Lyng
10 Martin Comerford Sub off.svg 43'
11 Richie Power
12 Eoin Larkin
13 Eddie Brennan
14 Henry Shefflin
15 Aidan Fogarty
Substitutes:
16 James McGarry Sub on.svg 61'
17 John Dalton
18 P. J. Delaney
19 James Ryall
20 John Tennyson
21 Canice Hickey
22 Donnacha Cody
23 Sean Cummins
24 Michael Fennelly
25 Richie Mullally
26 Michael Rice
27 Willie O'Dwyer
28 T. J. Reid Sub on.svg 43'
29 Richie Hogan
30 Eoin Reid
Manager:
Brian Cody
WATERFORD GAA:
1 Clinton Hennessy
2 Eoin Murphy
3 Declan Prendergast Sub off.svg 64'
4 Aidan Kearney
5 Tony Browne
6 Ken McGrath
7 Kevin Moran Yellow card.svg 65'
8 Michael Walsh (c)
9 Jamie Nagle Sub off.svg 35'
10 Dan Shanahan Sub off.svg 64'
11 Seamus Prendergast  Sub off.svg 35'
12 Stephen Molumphy
13 Eoin McGrath Yellow card.svg 31' Sub off.svg 52'
14 Eoin Kelly
15 John Mullane Yellow card.svg 71'
Substitutes:
16 Adrian Power
17 Jack Kennedy Sub on.svg 35'
18 Paul Flynn Sub on.svg 52'
19 Shane O'Sullivan Yellow card.svg 40'Sub on.svg 35'
20 Gary Hurney
21 Dave Bennett Sub on.svg 64'
22 Richie Foley
23 Bryan Phelan
24 James Murray
25 Tom Feeney Sub on.svg 64'
26 Wayne Hutchinson
27 Shane Walsh
28 Pat Fitzgerald
29 Pa Kearney
30 Denis Coffey
Manager:
Davy Fitzgerald

Man of the Match:
Brian Cody

Linesmen:
John Sexton (Cork)
Tommy McIntyre (Antrim)

Sideline Official
Pat Green (Galway)

Umpires
Seamus O'Brien (Westmeath)
Michael Coyle (Westmeath)
Noel Nugent (Westmeath)
Anthony Gavin (Westmeath)

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