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The game at a glance

Man of the match: Alan Brogan (Dublin):A solid, intelligent performance all through the game, especially when the Dublin attack was outnumbered after the dismissal of Eoghan O'Gara.

Turning point

It came very late, but it arrived via ref Cormac Reilly's last-minute decision to award a controversial free to Dublin which Bernard Brogan converted to see the Dubs home. If Dublin had lost, they would have regarded the dismissal of O'Gara as the match-turner.

Talking point

Was the referee correct to award Dublin the late, match-winning free? Refs tend to give the benefit of the doubt to defenders in these situations, so Reilly must have been convinced that Bernard Brogan had been fouled.

Ref watch

Reilly did a good job overall, but was helped by the honest approach of both sides.

What they said

Pat Gilroy (Dublin manager):

"He (Andriu MacLochlainn) was pulling him, no question. He ( Bernard Brogan) was pulled seven or eight other times too, but didn't get a free."

Kieran McGeeney (Kildare manager):

"He didn't do anything wrong. We've got to take it on the chin and come back. You can only control what's in your own hands and now we've got to think of the qualifiers."

Match statistics

Wides: Dublin 6 (3); Kildare 9 (6)

Frees: Dublin 25 (11); Kildare 23 (14)

Yellow cards: Dublin 4 (E O'Gara 18 & 40, R O'Carroll 64, K McManamon 70); Kildare 4 (O Lyons 37, R Kelly 40, R Sweeney 46, H Lynch 65)

Red cards: Dublin 1 (E O'Gara 40); Kildare 0

Attendance: 58,723

What next?

Dublin play Wexford in the Leinster final on July 10; Kildare play Laois in a Round 2 qualifier on July 9.

Irish Independent