Kilkenny v Dublin
KILKENNY . . . 1-14 DUBLIN . . . 0-17
MAN OF THE MATCH
WALTER WALSH (Kilkenny)
True, Dublin were collectively heroic in that second half with inspiration coming from all corners . . . but the most consistently menacing presence over the full 70 minutes was Kilkenny's barnstorming giant. Just as well, too, given that so many of his older and more experienced colleagues were, at times, floundering. You can't argue with 1-4 from play; nor can you nit-pick over the sublime quality of his finishing.
BRIAN CODY (Kilkenny): Not his finest hour, but then even the greatest manager can be stretched when dealt a hand minus such marquee names as Shefflin, Fennelly, Tyrrell – and Paul Murphy, too, for over half the contest. Wasn't shy about withdrawing several under-performing stars, including his captain, but none of his switches looked capable of stemming the Sky Blue tide . . . until TJ Reid at the death. RATING 7
ANTHONY DALY (Dublin): Redemption, restoration of pride, vindication – all words that could be used to describe yesterday's performance, and Daly had to work every bit as hard as his players to make it happen. Busy first half making necessary switches and substitutions; and ultimately his bench answered the call with major contributions from Dotsy O'Callaghan, Mark Schutte and Shane Durkin. Cue some big selection calls this week. RATING 8
JOHNNY RYAN (Tipperary): Both camps will complain over a number of questionable decisions, but he wasn't the winning or losing of the game (obviously, check out the scoreboard!) and nor was he implicated in any particular controversy. The Tipp whistler was very strict on over-carrying while most of his five yellow cards – four for Kilkenny – appeared justified. RATING 7
TEAMS, SCORERS, RATINGS
SCORERS - Kilkenny: E Larkin 0-7f, W Walsh 1-4, R Hogan 0-2, TJ Reid 0-1. Dublin: J Boland 0-9 (7f), D Sutcliffe, P Ryan (f), D O'Callaghan, P Schutte, J McCaffrey, S Durkin, M Schutte, C Keaney 0-1 each.
KILKENNY: E Murphy 7; P Murphy 6, JJ Delaney 7, C Fogarty 6; T Walsh 6, B Hogan 7, K Joyce 6; L Ryan 6, M Rice 5; C Buckley 6, R Power 5, E Larkin 6; W Walsh 9, R Hogan 7, C Fennelly 5. Subs: P Hogan 6 for P Murphy (inj 34), TJ Reid 7 for Rice (ht), A Fogarty 6 for Fennelly (60), M Ruth 6 for Power (63).
DUBLIN: G Maguire 7; P Schutte 7, P Kelly 8, N Corcoran 7; S Hiney 7, L Rushe 8, M Carton 6; J McCaffrey 7, J Boland 8; C Keaney 7, R O'Dwyer 6, D Sutcliffe 6; P Ryan 4, C McCormack 5, D Treacy 6. Subs: D O'Callaghan 8 for Ryan (19), M Schutte 7 for McCormack (ht), S Durkin 7 for Sutcliffe (46), S Lambert 6 for Treacy (57), E Dillon 6 for Hiney (63).
WIDES – Kilkenny: 10 (5+5). Dublin: 13 (10+3).
YELLOW CARDS – Kilkenny: 4 (T Walsh 14, Ryan 62, W Walsh 66, B Hogan 68). Dublin: 1 (Treacy 55).