Cork arrived at the final after a ten-year wait, having made their way past Clare in a replay, and then Limerick and Waterford. Kilkenny easily overcame Offaly and Wexford to reach the final. Cork were a young and inexperienced team (most of their players had never played in Croke Park before) and were the underdogs to the more experienced Kilkenny side. Gerard McCarthy was the Cork captain and was still an under-21 player. Jim Lynch captained Kilkenny.
With rain showers before the game making the conditions slippery, the game itself was played in strong windy conditions. Kilkenny played with the wind in the first half. One of the main aspects of the game was the goalkeeping display by the Cork keeper Paddy Barry. Despite points from Eddie Keher and a strong performance, Kilkenny were not getting the scores that they would have expected for the pressure that was applied. Colm Sheehan’s goalkeeping kept them in touch at half-time by two points. In the second half, Colm Sheehan scored his second goal against the run of play and with another goal from John O Halloran, momentum had swung to Cork. Despite a late goal from Tom Walsh, Cork pulled away to win the match by five points. The young Gerard McCarthy accepted the Liam McCarthy Cup.
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