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Bring it on

BRING on Kilkenny -- that's the message from Johnny McCaffrey after the Dublin hurlers created League final history by the Lee yesterday.

"It's going to be a great occasion," enthused Blues skipper McCaffrey, after helping the Dubs secure a first NHL final appearance in 65 years with a one-point victory over Cork.

"We're going to relish getting to a league final. That has been our goal since the start of the league, and we're delighted to get there - but we're not going to be there just to make up the numbers. We're going out to win it."

Manager Anthony Daly now faces some intriguing selection posers ahead of their Kilkenny showdown, provisionally fixed for Thurles on May 1.

Former All Star Alan McCrabbe (hip) and Maurice O'Brien (ankle) made their first league appearances of 2011 as second-half subs yesterday, while David Treacy (cruciate) was on the bench for the first time this year.

Afterwards, Daly confirmed that Treacy "isn't a mile off" while Liam Rushe, who travelled but wasn't togged, "has a chance" of being fit for the final, depending on an MRI scan today.

But Kilkenny's injury problems are mounting with selector Martin Fogarty confirming that his namesake, Aidan Fogarty, broke a bone in his ankle against Offaly yesterday.

At time of going to press, the Cats were also awaiting X-ray confirmation on worrying injuries shipped by John Dalton (ankle) and Michael Fennelly (hand).