Tuesday 16 January 2018

Dub's delight: Daly and Dotsy send Cats packing

Dublin manager Anthony Daly and David O'Callaghan celebrate as they make their way to the dressing room. Photo: Sportsfile
Dublin manager Anthony Daly and David O'Callaghan celebrate as they make their way to the dressing room. Photo: Sportsfile
Marie Crowe

Marie Crowe

WHILE two of life's great certainties, death and taxes, remain in place, the one about Kilkenny not losing replays has been put to bed.

Dublin sensationally knocked the All-Ireland champions out of the Leinster championship last night on a 1-16 to 0-16 scoreline.

It was a historic victory for Anthony Daly and his men in O'Moore Park, Portlaoise, as they secured the win in front of a crowd of 10,532. It was their first championship win over Kilkenny since 1942 and the Cats' first defeat in a replay since 1985.

"A lot of people said we lost our chance last week but there is a lot of belief in this squad and we weren't going to let last year overshadow us," said Joey Boland. "When you are in Division 2, you don't know how good you are, but we took a lot from last week's game."

Dublin dominated from the start and by the 26th minute Kilkenny had made two substitutions and six tactical changes. At half-time Daly told his players they had only scraped the surface; there was a lot more to come. They listened to his wise words and kept calm as Kilkenny reduced their four-point half-time lead to the minimum.

Their backs were against the wall but right when they needed a hero, Danny Sutcliffe was on hand to hit the back of the net to swing the momentum back into Dublin's favour with 18 minutes left. The Dubs powered on to see the game out and secure a famous win.

Kilkenny must now face Tipperary in next Saturday night's winner-takes-all qualifier clash in Nowlan Park, while Dublin march on to the Leinster final.

Irish Independent

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