Tuesday 23 January 2018

game at a glance

Man of the match

Tommy Walsh (Kilkenny)

High or low, left or right, it was all the same to Walsh, whose commanding performance broke the Dublin half-forward line while also providing a launch-pad for much of Kilkenny's attacking creativity.

Turning point

Kilkenny always held the advantage but the confirming point was reached in the space of 60 seconds around the 50th minute when Richie Power scored their second goal, followed by Paul Ryan's penalty being blocked by JJ Delaney.

Talking point

Were Kilkenny that good or Dublin that bad? A mixture of both. Kilkenny weren't at their sharpest yet scored 4-19, which suggests the champions are very much in the right frame of mind for the historic challenge.

Ref watch

Diarmuid Kirwan had an uneventful afternoon in a game that was played in the right spirit. He penalised Kilkenny for a few illegal handpasses.

What they said

Brian Cody (Kilkenny manager):

"We made some mistakes but there was a good, genuine work-rate about that. Matches bring on players and teams, and that match was very badly needed for everybody concerned."

Anthony Daly (Dublin manager):

"It's very hard to be positive after that, but what do we do? We'll get them back in Tuesday night and keep going, that's all we can do."

Match statistics

Wides: Dublin 5 (2); Kilkenny 17 (10).

Frees: Dublin 16 (9); Kilkenny 11 (5).

Yellow cards: Dublin 3 (M O'Brien 29, J McCaffrey 56, S Hiney 63); Kilkenny 0.

Red cards: Dublin 0; Kilkenny 0.

Attendance: 25,260.

What next?

Kilkenny play Galway or Offaly in the Leinster final on July 4; Dublin head for phase two of the qualifiers on July 10.

Irish Independent

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