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Dublin: 13 °C Wednesday 14 November, 2018


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Result: Kilkenny 1-25 Dublin 0-16

Evening all. There’s a Leinster senior hurling final place up for grabs tonight in O’Moore Park. Kilkenny face Dublin with throw-in at 7pm.

Here’s the teams that are named to start.


1. Conor Dooley (Ballyboden St Enda’s)

2. Eoghan O’Donnell (Whitehall Colmcille)
3. Cian O’Callaghan (Cuala)
4. Oisin Gough (Cuala)

5. Shane Barrett (Na Fianna)
6. Liam Rushe (St Pat’s Palmerstown)
7. Chris Crummey (Lucan Sarsfields)

8. Darragh O’Connell (Cuala)
9. Johnny McCaffrey (Lucan Sarsfields)

10. Daire Plunkett (St Bridget’s)
11. Niall McMorrow (Ballyboden St Enda’s)
12. David Treacy (Cuala)

13. Mark Schutte (Cuala)
14. David O’Callaghan (Ballyboden St Enda’s)
15. Eamonn Dillon (Naomh Fionnbarra)


1. Eoin Murphy (Glenmore)

2. Paul Murphy (Danesfort)
3. Joey Holden (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
4. Jackie Tyrrell (James Stephens)

5. Padraig Walsh (Tullaroan)
6. Kieran Joyce (Rower Inistioge)
7. Cillian Buckley (Dicksboro)

8. Conor Fogarty (Erins Own)
9. Lester Ryan (Clara)

10. Walter Walsh (Tullogher Rosbercon)
11. Michael Fennelly (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
12. T J Reid (Ballyhale Shamrocks)

13. Jonjo Farrell (Thomastown)
14. Colin Fennelly (Ballyhale Shamrocks)
15. Eoin Larkin (James Stephens)

Offaly’s Brian Gavin is the referee for this game.

Dublin hoping to recreate the memories of their 2013 Leinster semi-final replay win when they saw off Kilkenny at this Portlaoise venue. But in 2014, Kilkenny exacted revenge in style with a 0-24 to 1-7 success in the Leinster final. The Cats are bidding for three-in-a-row in this year’s All-Ireland senior hurling championship, tonight is their first outing of the 2016 campaign.

Which manager will be smiling after tonight’s game?

Ger Cunningham Dublin manager Ger Cunningham Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO


Brian Cody Kilkenny hurling boss Brian Cody Source: James Crombie/INPHO

All set for throw-in, who’s your tip to win?

Kilkenny 0-1 Dublin 0-0
1 mins – No messing around by the champions as they get off the mark. Michael Fennelly is fouled after winning the ball at the throw-in and TJ Reid slots the free from halfway.

Kilkenny 0-2 Dublin 0-0
3 mins – Hard challenge by Shane Barrett there on Walter Walsh, an early melee breaks out. The Na Fianna defender gets a yellow card and the end result is another pointed free by TJ Reid.

Kilkenny 0-2 Dublin 0-1
4 mins – David Treacy makes no mistake with his first chance from a placed ball for Dublin.

Dublin 0-2 Kilkenny 0-2
6 mins – All square as Treacy converts a free after Darragh O’Connell is fouled.

Dublin 0-3 Kilkenny 0-2
8 mins – Dublin hit the front. Again it’s a Treacy pointed free, this time after Daire Plunkett is the one fouled. No score yet from play.

Dublin 0-3 Kilkenny 0-3
8 mins – The Cats draw level straight from the puckout as Walter Walsh fetches from the sky before being fouled. Reid does the rest.

Kilkenny 0-5 Dublin 0-3
10 mins – Reid hits over his fourth pointed free after being fouled himself and then the first point from play arrives from Michael Fennelly.

Kilkenny 0-6 Dublin 0-3
12 mins – Kilkenny creating a little distance on the scoreboard now between themselves and Dublin. Reid pops over his fifth point from a free after Colin Fennelly is fouled.

Kilkenny 0-7 Dublin 0-4
13 mins – First point of the day from newcomer Jonjo Farrell in the Kilkenny attack before Dotsy O’Callaghan cancels that out with a score for Dublin. Badly needed that by Dublin after shipping four on the trot.

Kilkenny 0-7 Dublin 0-5
14 mins – No faulting David Treacy so far as he bangs over a placed ball from distance.

Kilkenny 0-8 Dublin 0-6
16 mins – Treacy with another free after Robert Lennon is adjudged to have over-carried the ball. Cillian Buckley replies by rifling over a point from Kilkenny.

Kilkenny 0-8 Dublin 0-7
21 mins – Dotsy O’Callaghan wins a free, he’s impressing so far, and Treacy obliges with a Dublin point.

First goal chance of the night falls to Dublin. O’Callaghan with the snap shot which is smartly saved by Eoin Murphy.

Kilkenny 0-9 Dublin 0-7
23 mins – Colin Fennelly chips in with a point for Kilkenny.

Fine contest so far, Dublin have been extremely competitive.

Although Dublin could do with getting more scores from play, they’re very reliant on Treacy’s freetaking so far.

Kilkenny 0-10 Dublin 0-7
25 mins – Second point of the day for Thomastown club man Jonjo Farrell.

Kilkenny 0-10 Dublin 0-8
29 mins – Lovely point from play for Dublin by Treacy from the right wing after Oisin Gough did brilliantly to intercept a Kilkenny attack.

Kilkenny 0-12 Dublin 0-8
31 mins – Reid fires over a ’65 to restore Kilkenny’s three-point advantage and then he shows brilliant ingenuity to strike a free into the path of Padraig Walsh with the wing-back pointing.

Kilkenny 0-12 Dublin 0-9
34 mins = Dublin needed that as Plunkett splits the posts from distance.

Kilkenny 0-12 Dublin 0-10
35 mins – Better play again from Dublin as they prise apart the Kilkenny defence to set up Eamonn Dillon for a fine point.

Kilkenny 0-12 Dublin 0-11
37 mins – Holden fouls O’Dwyer, Treacy hits over the free and Dublin have the gap down to one.

So Dublin finish the half very strongly with three points in succession and suddenly they are very much in this game against the favourites Kilkenny. Plenty to play for in the second-half.

Sub: Paul Ryan on for Dublin at half-time against Ryan O’Dwyer.

Kilkenny 0-13 Dublin 0-11
36 mins – TJ Reid snaps over a pointed free for Kilkenny after Eoin Larkin is fouled.

Kilkenny 0-14 Dublin 0-11
37 mins – Jonjo Farrell has made a real impact so far. He’s just picked off his third point from play.

Kilkenny 0-16 Dublin 0-11
38 mins – Kilkenny have started the second-half in splendid fashion. TJ Reid brings a ball down amongst a crowd of Dublin defenders and clips over his point. Then a poor Dublin puckout is punished by Walter Walsh. Bad start by Dublin to this second-half.

Kilkenny 0-17 Dublin 0-11
40 mins – Suddenly it’s a six point game. Walsh points again for Kilkenny.

Kilkenny 0-18 Dublin 0-11
41 mins – This is looking ominous for Dublin already as Reid hits over another free.

Kilkenny 0-19 Dublin 0-11
45 mins – Cillian Buckley booms over a long-range point for Kilkenny as they surge eight clear.

Sub: Oisin O’Rorke in for Dublin for McMorrow.

Kilkenny 1-19 Dublin 0-11
48 mins – What a sensational start to the second-half this has been by Kilkenny and debutant Farrell has just fired home a superb goal.

Sub: Niall Corcoran on for Dublin for Gough.

Kilkenny 1-20 Dublin 0-12
51 mins – Farrell from play for Kilkenny and then Treacy finally gets Dublin off the mark in the second-half from a free.

Sub: Liam Blanchfield on for Kilkenny for Eoin Larkin.

Kilkenny 1-20 Dublin 0-13
52 mins – O’Callaghan from play for Dublin, half a chance of a goal before then when Plunkett seized possession yet Michael Fennelly got back to execute a fantastic flick away.

Yellow card for Kilkenny’s Cillian Buckley as he hacks down Dublin’s Shane Barrett.

Kilkenny 1-20 Dublin 0-14
55 mins – Treacy slots over the resultant free but it’s goals that Dublin need.

Kilkenny 1-21 Dublin 0-14
55 mins – Kilkenny dispossess Dublin in defence with Lester Ryan tapping over the point.

Sub: Sean Treacy in for Dublin for Shane Barrett.

Kilkenny 1-22 Dublin 0-14
60 mins – That’s 1-5 now for Jonjo Farrell. What a performance he’s given.

Sub: Kevin Kelly comes in for Kilkenny for Lester Ryan.

Kilkenny 1-22 Dublin 0-15
62 mins – Paul Ryan with his first point of the game since coming on for Dublin after being picked out by Oisin O’Rorke.

Kilkenny 1-22 Dublin 0-16
64 mins – David Treacy’s freetaking has been one source of optimism for Dublin tonight. He’s just converted another.

Kilkenny 1-23 Dublin 0-16
65 mins – Michael Fennelly converts another for the Cats. They’re heading to a Leinster final.

Sub: Diarmuid Cody on for Kilkenny for Michael Fennelly.

Kilkenny 1-24 Dublin 0-16
67 mins – The game is petering to an inevitable conclusion. TJ Reid strikes over another.

It’s been a disappointing second-half as our commenters have pointed out.

Martin McKenna:

Simple as ,you are not going to be successful at the top level if your half forwards cannot win their own ball or at least break even,at least 3 points given away from short pullouts,happening all year?


And all of a sudden you’ve gone from being in the game to being ten points behind. Seems to happen teams against kk, seems to sneak up on them???

Kilkenny 1-25 Dublin 0-16
70 mins – Conor Fogarty with his first point of the game for Kilkenny.

Sub: Chris Bennett in for Dublin for Dotsy O’Callaghan.

And that’s it, Kilkenny’s ruthless second-half display sees them power into the Leinster final. The qualifiers beckon for Dublin, a disappointing outcome for them after such a positive start. Thanks for joining us this evening.

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Fintan O'Toole


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