Young Dubs emerge on top after 13-goal thriller
Dublin 6-19 Kilkenny 7-12
Dublin were crowned Electric Ireland Leinster MHC champions after their impressive performance in dethroning holders Kilkenny by four points at O'Moore Park on Saturday afternoon.
The statistics fail to do justice to what was a remarkable encounter between two teams that placed a heavy emphasis on attacking play as the intensity never let up over the course of 65 minutes of wonderful entertainment and quality.
That Dublin prevailed was the most equitable result given the manner in which they clawed back an early seven-point deficit to generally dominate matters and their four-point winning margin was dented due to the concession of two goals in injury time.
Indeed, the match was bookended by two quick-fire Kilkenny goals when, after a bright opening that saw Kikenny's Eoin Guilfoyle and Darragh Maher trade points with Dublin's Ciarán Foley and Conor Murray, Kilkenny put daylight between the teams through goals in the sixth minute by George Murphy and Killian Hogan.
Dublin's response was barely believable as they scored three goals in as many minutes through Liam Dunne, Luke Swan and Murray to maintain the whirlwind start.
Kilkenny eked out a narrow 4-8 to 3-10 interval lead thanks to goals from Cian Kenny and Cathal O'Leary but their challenge was undermined within the first two minutes of the restart as Swan and Dunne both found the net again.
The Dubs would not let up and Swan's hat-trick in the 38th minute was just reward for an immense display in attack.
Scorers - Dublin: L Dunne 2-8 (6f, 1 '65); L Swan 3-1; C Murray 1-2; D Purcell (1f), C Foley 0-3 each; D Leavy, P Christie 0-1 each. Kilkenny: C Kelly 2-3 (3f); C O'Leary 1-2; C Kenny, G Murphy 1-1 each, K Hogan, J Buggy 1-0 each; D Maher, C Brennan 0-2 each; E Guilfoyle 0-1.
Dublin - J Lambert; K Byrne, E Carney, F Murphy; C Hogan, I Ó hEithir, A O'Neill; D Leavy, D Power; C Foley, P Christie, C Murray; L Dunne, L Swan, D Purcell. Subs: C Walsh for Hogan (22), S Fenton for Murray (44), A O'Toole for Christie (53).
Kilkenny - J Brennan; J Young, P Dempsey, J Harkin; C Rudkins, S Staunton, H Walsh; D Maher, C Kelly; C O'Leary, C Brennan, C Kenny; E Guilfoyle, G Murphy, K Hogan. Subs: P Moylan for Walsh (h-t), J Buggy for Hogan (42), J Morrissey for Guilfoyle (46), J Doyle for O'Leary (53), D Crehan for Harkin (60).
REF - R Fitzsimons (Offaly)
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