Saturday 25 October 2014

Murphy injury blow in Cats' great escape

Published 24/06/2013 | 05:00

Kilkenny’s JJ Delaney comes under pressure from Danny Sutcliffe (centre) and Conal Keaney of Dublin during the Leinster SHC semi-final at O'Moore Park

Kilkenny may have to plan without defender Paul Murphy for Saturday's replay with Dublin after coming within seconds of losing a Leinster championship game in successive years for the first time in Brian Cody's 15 seasons as manager.

Substitute TJ Reid fired over the equalising point deep in stoppage-time to earn Kilkenny a replay in Portlaoise after it looked as if Dublin were about to record their first championship win over the Cats since 1942.

"We're mighty relieved – that's for sure," said Kilkenny boss Brian Cody who may now have to pick a side for the replay without Murphy's name on it after the defender was carried off with an injured ankle in the second half. He was taken to hospital to have the damage assessed.

Dublin turned in an excellent performance against the strong wind and seemed poised for a dramatic win when midfielder Joey Boland pointed a free late on but seconds later Reid shot the equaliser.

"I knew there was a big performance in the lads," said Dublin manager Anthony Daly.

Dublin are now facing five games in successive weekends.

If they beat Kilkenny on Saturday (Portlaoise, 7.0), they will play Galway in the Leinster final on Sunday week and if they lose, they will face Clare or Tipperary in a qualifier tie on Saturday week.

Cork booked in for a Munster final clash with Limerick on July 14 after beating Clare in Limerick, while in football, Donegal reached a third successive Ulster final when beating Down. London and Leitrim must meet again to decide who takes on Mayo in the Connacht final.

Irish Independent

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