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Dublin: 14 °C Wednesday 20 June, 2018


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Here’s how the sides are named to start. There could be late changes before throw-in:


1. Stephen Cluxton (Parnells)

2. Darren Daly (Fingal Ravens)
3. Michael Fitzsimons (Cuala)
4. Eric Lowndes (St Peregrine’s)

5. James McCarthy (Ballymun Kickhams)
6. Cian O’Sullivan (Kilmacud Crokes)
7. Jack McCaffrey (Clontarf)

8. Brian Fenton (Raheny)
9. Ciarán Kilkenny (Castleknock)

10. Niall Scully (Templeogue Synge Street)
11. Paul Mannion (Kilmacud Crokes)
12. Con O’Callaghan (Cuala)

13. Paddy Andrews (St Brigid’s)
14. Eoghan O’Gara (Templeogue Synge Street)
15. Dean Rock (Ballymun Kickhams)


1. Mark Donnelan (Maynooth)

2. Mark O’Grady (Celbridge)
3. David Hyland (Athy)
4. Ollie Lyons (Celbridge)

5. Johnny Byrne (Allenwood)
6. Eoin Doyle (c) (Naas)
7. Keith Cribbin (Johnstownbridge)

8. Kevin Feely (Athy)
9. Tommy Moolick (Leixlip)

10. Fergal Conway (Celbridge)
11. Niall Kelly (Athy)
12. David Slattery (Confey)

13. Paddy Brophy (Celbridge)
14. Daniel Flynn (Johnstownbridge)
15. Cathal McNally (Johnstownbridge)

Let’s hear your predictions. Who do you fancy and by what scoreline?

Two Dublin changes. Philly McMahon and John Small are in for Darren Daly and Eoghan O’Gara.

It looks James McCarthy will push up to midfield for Dublin, with John Small dropping into the half-back line alongside Cian O’Sullivan and Jack McCaffrey.

Philly McMahon and Michael Fitzsimons should pick up Kildare’s inside duo of Paddy Brophy and Cathal McNally with Eric Lowndes following his man outfield.

Ciaran Kilkenny should operate on the half-forward line alongside Niall Scully and Paul Mannion, with Paddy Andrews, Dean Rock and Con O’Callaghan inside.

We’re underway!

Dublin 0-0 Kildare 0-1

1 min – David Slattery passes to Daniel Flynn who slots over.

CHANCE! James McCarthy gets a good block on Tommy Moolick when the ball fell on the deck in front of goal.

Dublin 0-1 Kildare 0-1

3 mins – Paul Mannion levels us up.

Dublin 0-2 Kildare 0-1

6 mins – Kilkenny slots over off the left.

Dublin 0-3 Kildare 0-1

9 mins – Con O’Callaghan opens his account with a good run and score.

Dublin 1-3 Kildare 0-1

10 mins – Kilkenny slipped in Rock there for the easy finish.

Dublin 2-3 Kildare 0-1

11 mins – Two defenders were caught out there as McCarthy scored a goal after a hint of steps.

Dublin’s Cian O’Sullivan and Kildare’s Keith Cribbin have been booked in the last five minutes.

Dublin 2-4 Kildare 0-1

18 mins – McCarthy floors Flynn with a massive hit, and McCaffrey slips to O’Callaghan who scores.

Dublin 2-4 Kildare 0-2

20 mins – McNally pulls back a point for Kildare.

Dublin 2-4 Kildare 0-3

21 mins – Keith Cribbin races forward and blasts over.

Rock is replaced by Bernard Brogan.

Dublin 2-4 Kildare 0-3

25 mins – Feely swings over a free off his left.

Dublin 2-4 Kildare 0-5

25 mins – McNally brings Kildare to within 5.

Dublin 2-5 Kildare 0-5

27 mins – O’Callaghan has taken over the free-taking duties and he converts his first chance.

Dublin 2-5 Kildare 0-6

27 mins – Byrne lands a superb point off his left. Kildare have scored three out of the last four.

Dublin 2-6 Kildare 0-6

29 mins – Bernard Brogan takes his first score.

Dublin 2-6 Kildare 0-7

29 mins – Cribbin bombs forward again and McNally scores.

Dublin 2-7 Kildare 0-7

31 mins – O’Callaghan points another free.

Dublin 2-7 Kildare 0-8

33 mins – Daniel Flynn strokes over a beauty from the touchline.


Dublin 2-8 Kildare 0-9

34 mins – Slattery races through and pops over a score. We’ll have one minute of additional time. At the far end Brogan scores.

Dublin 2-8 Kildare 0-10

36 mins – Feely slots one over from distance. It’s a four point game!

The official attendance is 66,734.

The second-half is underway!

Dublin 2-9 Kildare 0-10 

38 mins – O’Callaghan scores the first point of the second-half.

Dublin 2-9 Kildare 0-11

39 mins – Immediately a well-worked Lilywhites move results in Niall Kelly slotting over.

Dublin 2-10 Kildare 0-11

39 mins – Andrews scores a lovely effort off his left.

Dublin 2-11 Kildare 0-11

40 mins – Brogan off his left. The Dubs are rolling now.

CHANCE! Slattery puts Flynn through but Cluxton makes a great save! He needed to keep that low from such close range.

Dublin 2-12 Kildare 0-11

43 mins – O’Callaghan points a free at the far end. That was a big, big chance for Kildare.

Paul Cribbin has replaced Fergal Conway.

John Small is yellow carded.

Dublin 2-12 Kildare 0-12

45 mins – O’Callaghan scores from play.

Dublin 2-13 Kildare 0-11

46 mins – Kilkenny makes a great run across the field and Andrews spins through and scores.

Dublin 2-15 Kildare 0-12

49 mins – Feely (free) and O’Callaghan trade scores.

Dublin 2-16 Kildare 0-12

50 mins – Brogan lands a fine effort. Kevin McManamon replaces Andrews.

Dublin 2-17 Kildare 0-12

52 mins – Kilkenny tags on a point.

Dublin 2-17 Kildare 0-13

54 mins – Feely nails a free.

Dublin 2-17 Kildare 0-14

57 mins – Brophy lands a free.

Dublin 2-17 Kildare 0-15

57 mins – Fionn Dowling opens his account after a well-worked Kildare move.

Dublin 2-18 Kildare 0-15

59 mins – Substitute Shane Carthy opens his account for the day.

Dublin 2-18 Kildare 0-16

60 mins – Feely points a free after Slattery was tripped by Fenton.


Dublin 2-19 Kildare 0-16

62 mins – Kevin McManamon is hauled down and O’Callaghan slots over the free.

Feely made a hit on McCaffrey off the ball and deserved to go.

Dublin 2-20 Kildare 0-16

65 mins – Another point by man of the match performer O’Callaghan. That’s his 10th, fifth from play.

Dublin 2-20 Kildare 0-17

69 mins – Brophy slots over from close-range.

Dublin 2-21 Kildare 0-17

72 mins – Brian Howard fists over on his senior debut for Dublin.

73 mins – O’Callaghan scores his 11th of the day.

Paul Mannion hits back with Dublin’s third goal but it’s disallowed.

O’Callaghan sends over the free for Dublin.

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