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The game at a glance

Man of the match

Ryan O'Dwyer (Dublin)

O'Dwyer won lots of possession and took on the Kilkenny defence with powerful runs, while also linking up well with his colleagues.

Turning point

Eoin Larkin's dismissal in the 25th minute. Kilkenny needed a full deck against a fired-up Dublin -- once they lost a man they were in real trouble.

Talking point

A few to choose from. Larkin's red (a bit harsh perhaps); Kilkenny's goal (was the ball over the end line before it was played back to Eddie Brennan?); Dublin's disallowed goal; Kilkenny being held to 1-1 from open play.

Ref watch

Michael Wadding's decision to blow for half-time just as Conor McCormack was lining up a goal would have proved very controversial if Dublin had lost. The dismissal of Eoin Larkin divided opinion too.

What they said

Anthony Daly (Dublin manager):

"It's a great win, but it's now all about Offaly on May 29. Our attention will turn straight away to that."

Brian Cody (Kilkenny manager):

"I have been saying for a long time that Dublin have all the ingredients of a very fine side."

Match statistics

Wides: Dublin 9 (6); Kilkenny 12 (7)

Frees: Dublin 15 (7); Kilkenny 17 (7)

Yellow Cards: Dublin 1 (D Plunkett 32); Kilkenny 1 (J Tyrrell 23, E Brennan 49).

Red Cards: Dublin 0; Kilkenny 1 (E Larkin 25).

Attendance: 42,030

What next?

Dublin play Offaly in the Leinster SHC first round in Parnell Park on May 29; Kilkenny play Antrim/Laois/Wexford in the Leinster semi-final (venue to be decided) on June 11.

Irish Independent