Paul Keane reports from Nowlan Park
DAVID TREACY IMPRESSED with 11 points as Dublin moved into pole position in the Allianz Hurling League at the expense of 13-man Kilkenny.
The corner-forward gave experienced Kilkenny corner-back Jackie Tyrrell a torrid time as the Dubs secured back to back league wins over the holders.
Danny Sutcliffe, Eamon Dillon and Mark Schutte also contributed 10 points between them as Ger Cunningham’s side backed up their Round 1 win over Tipperary.
Kilkenny rallied late on with goals from Matthew Ruth, his second, and free-taker Richie Hogan but had left themselves too much to do.
The heavily understrength All-Ireland champions were down to 13 men at that stage after 24th and 55th minute straight red cards respectively for Jonjo Farrell and sub Joe Lyng.
Dublin had Sutcliffe dismissed in the 70th minute for his second yellow card.
The 7,152 home crowd had little to cheer for the first hour aside from Ruth’s first goal after 17 minutes. He blocked down Paul Schutte, tipped the ball beyond Alan Nolan in the Dublin goals and scooped home.
The strike kept Kilkenny just about in the game at half-time when they trailed 1-5 to 0-15.
Dublin were dominant in most sectors and Treacy converted six first-half placed balls with Sutcliffe scoring two from play.
Dublin stretched their lead to 14 points with 20 minutes remaining, 0-23 to 1-6, as they sought revenge for last year’s Leinster final collapse.
Kilkenny fought gamely and outscored Dublin 2-5 to 0-2 in the last 20 minutes but couldn’t get closer than five points.
Scorers for Dublin: David Treacy 0-11 (0-4f, 0-3 65), Danny Sutcliffe 0-4, Eamon Dillon and Mark Schutte 0-3 each, Peter Kelly 0-2, Simon Lambert and Shane Durkin 0-1 each.
Scorers for Kilkenny: Richie Hogan 1-7 (1-0pen, 0-5f, 1 65), Matthew Ruth 2-0, Jonjo Farrell, Padraig Walsh, Walter Walsh and Mark Kelly 0-1 each.
1. Alan Nolan
2. Cian O’Callaghan
3. Michael Carton
4. Paul Schutte
5. Chris Crummy
6. Peter Kelly
7. Conal Keaney
8. Shane Durkin
9. Simon Lambert
10. Colm Cronin
11. Eamon Dillon
12. Danny Sutcliffe
13. David Treacy
14. Liam Rushe
15. Mark Schutte
22. Cian Boland for Cronin (53 mins)
23. Paul Ryan for Treacy (67 mins)
1. Eoin Murphy
2. Tomas Keogh
3. Paul Murphy
4. Jackie Tyrrell
5. Brian Kennedy
6. Kieran Joyce
7. Cillian Buckley
8. Geoff Brennan
9. Lester Ryan
10. Padraig Walsh
11. Walter Walsh
12. Matthew Ruth
13. Mark Kelly
14. Jonjo Farrell
15. Richie Hogan
26. John Power for Brennan (44 mins)
20. Joe Lyng for Kennedy (44 mins)
Referee: Colm Lyons (Cork).
- This article was originally published on 23 February at 3.43pm