Saturday 20 January 2018

Murphy destroys Dubs' spirit

KILKENNY 0-17, DUBLIN 2-7

Nine points from Alan Murphy helped Kilkenny deservedly overcome Dublin by four points at Parnell Park.

Despite conceding the opening two scores of the game to Sean Treacy, the visitors assumed control for the ensuing 20 minutes, with Murphy landing three frees in addition to a fine score from play by Garry Kelly.

With James Maher and Jason Stanley particularly influential, Kilkenny maintained their supremacy. John Bellew worked wonders to deny Murphy a goal, but further scores left the Cats four points clear before Dublin ended a barren 17-minute spell through a close-in free from goalkeeper Jonathan Treacy .

When Con O'Callaghan was man-handled in the 23rd minute, Treacy hammered the resulting penalty past Darren Brennan to restore parity.

Another free by Murphy briefly regained Kilkenny's lead but the hosts finished the half strongly to lead 2-4 to 0-7 at the break.

A strong breeze behind Kilkenny at the restart ensured they had levelled affairs in the 40th minute with points by Stanley, Murphy and Ciaran Ryan.

Dublin continued to struggle to gain possession and conceded further scores to Murphy, Kevin Kenny and Liam Blanchfield.

Scorers – Kilkenny: A Murphy 0-9 (8fs, 1 '65'), C Ryan 0-2, G Kelly, L Blanchfield, D O'Connor, J Stanley, K Kenny, M Kenny 0-1 each. Dublin: C Bennett 1-2, J Treacy 1-1 (1-0 pen, 1f), S Treacy 0-4 (3fs).

KILKENNY – D Brennan; J Tyrrell, D Joyce, E Cody; J Stanley, J Maher, C Wallace; N Mullins, C Ryan; G Kelly, L Blanchfield, V Teehan; K Kenny, D O'Connor, A Murphy. Subs: J Walsh for Teehan (h-t), M Kenny for Kelly (41), E Kenny for O'Connor (50), S Farrell for K Kenny (61).

DUBLIN – J Treacy; J Malone, C MacGabhann, J Bellew; M Kavanagh, S Barrett, F O Riain Broin; R McBride, A Jamieson-Murphy; C Boland, S Treacy, E Conroy; C Bennett, S Ryan, C O'Callaghan. Subs: E McHugh for Ryan (54), S Gray for Conroy (57).

Ref – P O'Dwyer (Carlow)

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