The first big controversy of the GAA summer occured at Nowlan Park this evening.
Dublin led Kilkenny by 1-13 to 0-12 after the first half but the first 35 minutes was overshadowed by an incident involving Gerg Kennedy, a member of the Mattie Kenny's backroom team.
Loughrea’s Greg Kennedy, who is a Dublin selector, feels the brunt of a Cody tongue-lashing after catching an attempted short free by TJ Reid to work a goal. #SkyGAA #KilvDub pic.twitter.com/lD3Oofmdi6— David Connors (@peterswellman) May 11, 2019
The former Galway star caught an attempted short free from TJ Reid to a teammate and threw it back to him. The catch prevented a goalscoring opportunity.
Kennedy was ushered from the field by referee Cathal McAllister but was not issued with a red card to the fury of the Kilkenny faithful and Brian Cody, who confronted Kennedy after he returned to the sideline.
The Cats were much stronger in the second period and they prevailed with five points to spare.
"I know Greg used to play corner-back but he brought it to a new level tonight," Cody told Sky Sports after the game.