Game At A Glance
MAN OF THE MATCH
David O'Callaghan (Dublin)
Liam Rushe pushed him close with a monumental second-half display, but 'Dotsy's' four first-half points set the tone for a Dublin performance that had Kilkenny on the back foot virtually from throw-in.
In a game of tiny margins, Danny Sutcliffe's 54th-minute goal was critical, rocking Kilkenny just after they had reduced the deficit to a single point.
Were we witnessing the end of an era? Kilkenny may crush such theories by beating Tipperary on Saturday, but there was a palpable sense here of great men now running on close to empty.
Two stand out. O'Callaghan's sublime stickwork for his opening point and a wonderful late dispossession of Sutcliffe by Tommy Walsh.
Barry Kelly had a decent night, always looking to keep the contest flowing whenever possible, yet keeping relatively tight rein on a relentlessly intense contest.
WHAT THEY SAID
Anthony Daly (Dublin manager):
"I'm not looking any further than next week, that's the bottom line. We're in a Leinster final. When I came up here first, to win a Leinster championship would have been an absolute dream. So, the dream lives on, I suppose."
Brian Cody (Kilkenny manager):
"The battle we expected was there, 'twas there the last day too. They're now into a Leinster final, we're heading into the qualifiers. And that's fine. We're not going to win the Leinster championship, but we're still in the All-Ireland."
Dublin 12 (6 first half) Kilkenny 7 (6)
Dublin 15 (7) Kilkenny 11 (5)
Dublin 3 (P Kelly 11, L Rushe 48, C Keaney 60); Kilkenny 4 (L Ryan 29, R Power 50, R Power 70, T Walsh 72)
Dublin 0; Kilkenny 1 (R Power 70)
Dublin now play Galway in Sunday's Leinster final while Kilkenny face a Saturday-night inquisition against Tipperary at Nowlan Park in perhaps the biggest All-Ireland qualifier ever staged.