Cats see red in Dublin defeat while Tipp back on track
Dublin 0-25 Kilkenny 3-11; Tipperary 2-18 Galway 0-20
Dublin made it two wins from two in the National Hurling League but had to survive a late scare from Kilkenny while Tipperary overcame the challenge of Galway at Semple Stadium.
The home side looked to be heading for an embarrassing defeat when they were twelve points in arrears with 15 minutes remaining and down to 13 players after a red card in either half.
Dublin were a times totally dominant and began the game as they finished against Tipperary last time out. Ger Cunningham's side made full advantage of the elements as they raced in a 0-07 to 0-1 lead with a strong breeze at their backs.
Pater Kelly and Danny Sutcliffe were among those to raise white flags as the home side struggled to get to grips with their Leinster rivals.
A goal from Matthew Ruth helped the Cats reduce the deficit when he tapped in the rebound after his own shot at Alan Nolan.
The All-Ireland champions were dealt a huge blow however when Jonjo Farrell was given his marching orders in the 24th minute for what appeared to be a harsh red card for a flick of the hurl while attempting to win possession.
With the numerical advantage the Dubs piled on the pressure and with David Tracey unerring from deadball duties the 2013 Leinster champions a seven point lead at the break.
Five minutes after the interval Eamonn Dillon bore down on goals but his rasping shot went over the crossbar.
The Dublin attack looked sharp all day and despite playing into the breeze, Mark Schutte and his fellow forwards were the ones doing the damage on the scoreboard.
Things went from bad to worse when Kilkenny were reduced to 13 with 15 minutes remaining. Substitute Joe Lyng challenged Cian Boland in the air and he struck the Dubliner on the helmet The referee Colm Lyons was left with little option but to dismiss Lyng as the cats trailed by twelve points.
A well-struck penalty from Richie Hogan, who was one of the few to acquit himself well throughout, breathed life back into the contest.
Walter Walsh found the net minutes later to make it a closer finish than Ger Cunningham would have liked and his side finished with 14 players after Sutcliffe received a second yellow in the final minute of the game.
The win moves Dublin to the top of 1A.
Tipperary bounced back from their disappointing defeat in their opening game to Dublin to see off the challenge of Galway by four points at Semple Stadium.
Tipp midfielder Kieran Bergin really caught the eye in the opening 35 minutes, with three points to his name, while Cathal Mannion and Jason Flynn were prominent for the tribesmen.
Anthony Cunningham's side picked off the final two score before the interval to trail by five points, but the Premier men came out all guns blazing after the break and had found the net twice before Galway even registered a point.
John O'Dwyer, and a brilliantly flicked ball to the net from Seamus Callanan put clear daylight between the sides and it was a gap that Galway struggled to reduce.
They couldn't find the goal they needed and lost out by four at the final whistle.
In Division 1B there were wins for Limerick and Wexford.
Dublin 0-25 Kilkenny 3-11
Tipperary 2-18 Galway 0-20
Limerick 0-23 Antrim 1-12
Wexford 2-15 Offaly 0-12