In a shock result Wexford defeated Tipperary. The three game marathon between Tipperary and Limerick finally took its toll on the Premier county. The writing was on the wall for Tipp at half time as Wexford could have scored three goals in the first half. Wexford players tended to over carry the ball and played very little ground hurling. One of the major flaws in Wexford's game is the tendency to pick the ball at all costs. More ground hurling and combination play would improve Wexford's prospects.
In the game between Kilkenny and Galway the standard was far superior to that of the first game
There was brilliant combination play on both sides.The Cats finally overpowered Galway.
Kilkenny are odds on favourites now to win the All Ireland. However an observant referee could award more frees against some Kilkenny defenders who have a tendency to nudge the forwards just as the ball drops.
Kilkenny's speed of striking, wrist work and combination play is a joy to watch. The Cats will take some beating.