Tipperary through to meet Kilkenny in league final

Tipperary defender Paddy Stapleton gets past the challenge of Dublin sub Ryan O'Dywer in the league semi-final.
Tipperary had little trouble overcoming the Dublin challenge in the National Hurling League semi-final at Semple Stadium on Sunday.

Tipperary had little trouble overcoming the Dublin challenge in the National Hurling League semi-final at Semple Stadium on Sunday.

The gulf in class beween Divison 1A and 1B was evident as Tipp swept to a comprehensive win, 4-17 to 0-20.

The game was over as a contest in the first quarter as Tipp started in whirlwind fashion with early goals from Shane Bourke and Bonner Maher.

After seventeen minutes all six starting forwards for Tipperary and the outstanding Noel McGrath in midfield had made a contribution to the scoreboard as Tipperary clocked up three goals and eleven points in the opening half.

The third goal saw Seamus Callanan finish off the half with style. He had already scored two points from play and three frees turning in a polished performance. Callanan stepped up confidently to take a penalty and he gave Alan Nolan and the defenders in the Dublin goal no chance with a bullet of a shot.

The game fizzled out as a contest in the second half as Dublin failed to offer any real challenge to the home side.

Tipp now meet old rivals Kilkenny in the final after the All Ireland champions also enjoyed a big semi-final win over Galway.

Tipp travel to Nowlan Park for the decider on Sunday, May 5 for the latest instalment in one of the great rivalries in hurling recent years.

Tipperary: Brendan Cummins; Paddy Stapleton, Conor O’Mahony, Michael Cahill; Donagh Maher, Pádraic Maher, Brendan Maher; Noel McGrath (0-3), Shane McGrath (0-1); Jason Forde (0-4, 1 sl), Lar Corbett (0-1), Patrick Maher (1-0); Pa Bourke (0-3), Shane Bourke (1-1), Seamus Callanan (1-7, 1-0 pen, 0-2f, 1 65). Subs: Conor O’Brien for Cahill, James Woodlock for S McGrath, Mikey Heffernan (10) for Corbett, Tomas Hamill for Pádraic Maher, Timmy Hammersley for S Bourke .

Dublin: Alan Nolan; Peter Kelly, Paul Schutte, Ruairi Trainor; Michael Carton, Liam Rushe, Shane Durkin (0-2); Joseph Boland (0-1), Simon Lambert; Conal Keaney (0-1), John McCaffrey, Danny Sutcliffe (0-4); Conor McCormack, David O’Callaghan (0-2), David Treacy (0-3, 1f).

Subs: Ryan O’Dwyer for Lambert, Paul Ryan (0-4, 3f, 1 65) for McCormac, Nial Corcoran for Trainor, Niall McMorrow for McCaffrey, Eamon Dillon for Treacy .