Hurling history was made this afternoon in Tralee as Kerry defeated Tipperary 0-17 to 0-14 in the first round of the Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling Cup quarter-final. It's believed to be Kerry's first senior hurling win over Tipp.
Sure, it's the eighth day of January and it was only a preseason fixture against a depleted Tipp side, but it's still a massive result for Kerry hurling. The Kingdom themselves were without some of their best players as Kilmoyley are set to take on Courcey Rangers in the Munster intermediate hurling final tomorrow.
Shane Conway scored nine points in victory for the Kingdom.
It was Stephen Molumphy's first match managing Kerry, and the result bodes well for the Waterford man's reign.
Co-Op Superstores Munster Hurling Cup Quarter-Final Result - Tipperary 0-14 (14) Kerry 0-17 (17)
— Munster GAA (@MunsterGAA) January 8, 2022
They only went and done it.
Despite a missed penalty and 11 additional minutes Kerry defeat Tipp 0-17 to 0-14 in the @CoOpSuperstores @MunsterGAA in the first game in charge for @WaterfordGAA Stephen Molumphy #GAA #KerryHurling
— KerrySportsHub.ie (@kerrysportshub) January 8, 2022
Woooaaaah Kerry beat Tipp in senior hurling for the first time ever. Incredible stuff. Bravo 👏👏
— Damian Stack (@damianstack) January 8, 2022
We may never again get the opportunity to say this, so here goes… Bring on @LimerickCLG!!! https://t.co/C62liD3scP
— Paschal Sheehy (@PaschalSheehy) January 8, 2022
The Kerry hurlers face All-Ireland champions Limerick next on Friday in the semifinal of the Munster Hurling Cup - heady days indeed
— Sylvester Hennessy (@Slyone1069) January 8, 2022
The reward for such monumental victory is a date with two-time defending All-Ireland champions Limerick next weekend.
It's not an ideal start to life as Tipperary manager for Colm Bonnar. He'll obviously be bringing in a host of household names for the National League but given the very large shoes he's filling, Bonnar would have been hoped for much more from this match. He also lost Willie Connors to a serious-sounding injury in the second half.
The result had some people pining for other famous Kerry hurling results.
@Kerry_Official 0-17 to 0-14 win over @TipperaryGAA the biggest hurling success in Austin Stack Park since they beat All-Ireland champions Clare by 3-7 to 1-8 in opening round of 1995-96 NHL.
— Joe Ó Muirċeartaiġ (@muirioch) January 8, 2022