Friday 17 November 2017

The game at a glance

Tommy Walsh (Kilkenny): Like Joe Pesci's character in 'Goodfellas', Walsh doesn't need size to throw his weight around and boss his patch. He was superb throughout and his fielding was sublime.

Turning point

Arguably the first goal from Eoin Larkin but there was something about Colin Fennelly's goal that gave this match some certainty.

Talking point

Just when you think there are chinks in Kilkenny's armour they produce players like Paul Murphy and Colin Fennelly. They were never away so it's misleading to say they are back. But it had that feel.

Ref Watch

Barry Kelly's assessment of this match would make a most interesting read. He refereed it the way Brian Cody and Anthony Daly would have wanted him to do so even if Kilkenny found it hard for a spell to win frees they deserved. His superiors may take a different view though as some calls may have been seen as lenient.

What they said

Brian Cody (Kilkenny manager):

"It's a physical game and they're trying very hard to put a stop to that. I certainly hope it continues to be a physical game because it's an outstanding game when it's let be played with decent challenges."

Anthony Daly (Dublin manager):

"We just said to them at half-time, go out and throw off the shackles, hurl, hunt in packs like we had been doing all year. That just seemed a little bit absent. They did to us what we had been doing to teams all year."

Match statistics

Wides: Kilkenny 9 (4), Dublin 5 (4)

Frees: Kilkenny 13 (5), Dublin 13 (7)

Yellow Cards: Kilkenny 6 (B Hogan 33, M Fennelly 39, P Hogan 49, J Tyrrell 56, M Rice 62, J 'Cha' Fitzpatrick 70). Dublin 4 (L Rushe 23, O Gough 37, D O'Callaghan 42, C Keaney 62).

Attendance: 33,814

What next?

Kilkenny are into an All-Ireland semi- final on Sunday, August 7, while Dublin head for the All-Ireland quarter-finals on Sunday, July 24.

Irish Independent

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