Sport Gaelic Football

Saturday 25 November 2017

Kilkenny on fire as dynamic Dubs outclass Lilywhites to reach decider

CIARAN Kilkenny scored 11 points as Dublin heaped more misery on Kildare in this one-sided tie at Parnell Park last night.

Hot on the heels of the senior team's win, it was the turn of the Dessie Farrell-managed minors to hit the headlines.

It was the young Castleknock dual star Kilkenny -- who will be in action for the minor hurlers against Kilkenny at Croke Park this Sunday -- who secured a double-date for himself and colleagues Cormac Costello, Emmet O Conghaile and Eric Lowndes with a brilliant display in a convincing win.

It took four games to eventually separate these two last year with Kildare advancing.

But with the wind to their backs, it was Dublin who attacked from the opening and their physical power made an instant impact with good scores coming from Scott Fulham, Kilkenny, Costello and Gavin Ivory.

After 15 minutes, Dublin were in cruise control at 0-7 to 0-2 up and playing all the football.

Dublin brought the towering Kilkenny out around the middle and he helped Patrick O'Higgins and Ivory win control of the centre.

Dublin reeled off points from an Ivory '45', Costello and two from Kilkenny to go in 0-11 to 0-5 up at the break.

Dublin surged forward with four points in the first five minutes after the restart to move 10 points clear.

Shane O'Hagan and Niall Kelly continued to press for Kildare, but Ruterson Real and Lowndes stood out at the back for the Dubs who looked comfortable throughout.

The match was finished off in the 41st minute when a brilliant move started by O'Higgins at midfield was crashed home by Pol O Mainnin.

Kildare, managed by former Cork and Kildare senior player Brian Murphy, continued to look for openings, but the Dubs kept them at bay to cruise into the final on Sunday week.

It is a star-studded Dublin back-room team at the helm, with Farrell assisted by former county players Dr Noel McCaffrey and Alan 'Nipper' McNally.

SCORERS -- Dublin: C Kilkenny 0-11 (4f); G Ivory 0-5 (1 '45'), P O Mainnin 1-1, C Costello 0-3, D Campbell 0-2, S Fulham, J McCaffrey 0-1 each. Kildare: N Kelly 0-3 (2f); B Coffey 0-2f, D Duke, P Brophy, F Conway, T Gibbons, D King, D Hyland 0-1 each.

DUBLIN -- R O'Hanlon; R Real, R McDaid, G Hannigan; J McCaffrey, J Small, E Lowndes; E O Conghaile, P O'Higgins; C Costello, D Campbell, G Ivory; C Kilkenny, P Mannion, S Fulham. Subs: A O'Brien for Fulham 53, C Meaney for Costello 54, D O'Brien for Real 55, R Mullins for Kilkenny 58, M MacDonncha for O'Higgins 60.

KILDARE -- S McNamara; B Egan, S O'Hagan, S Higgins; D Duke, J Murray, D Hyland; G Farrell, D Flynn; P Brophy, F Conway, B Coffey; T Gibbons, N Kelly, D King. Subs: C Brady for Coffey 35, T O Connell for Flynn 43, G Hogan for Kelly 49, S Christianson for Farrell 49, E Ralph for Murray 50.

Ref -- D Maher (Westmeath)

Irish Independent

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