Monday 23 April 2018

the game at a glance

Man of the match

Brian Hogan (Kilkenny)

There are plenty contenders in black and amber jerseys, including JJ Delaney, Richie Power and Richie Hogan, but the honour goes to Brian Hogan, who sealed the centre of the Kilkenny defence from the start, laying a series of ambushes for Dublin attackers.

Turning point

Kilkenny's second goal in the 27th minute. Trailing by 1-7 to 0-4, Dublin were just about hanging on in this encounter, but Richie Power's fine goal put Kilkenny nine points clear, despite playing against the wind. There was just no way back for the Dublin men from there on.

Talking point

Dublin's dismal performance. Kilkenny turned in an excellent display, but that doesn't explain why Dublin were so sloppy on such basics as catching, hand-passing and striking, all of which grew progressively worse throughout the evening.

Magic moment

Kilkenny's first goal in the 17th minute. TJ Reid started the move with an incisive run before off-loading to Richie Power. The full-forward made more ground before feeding Reid, who had continued his run. The finish was crisp and accurate, giving Gary Maguire absolutely no chance in the Dublin goal.

Ref watch

A shuddering collision which would test Barry Kelly's patience was expected, but it didn't materialise. Kelly had a relatively easy evening and while he handed out eight bookings, they were all for offences at the lower end of the scale.

What they said

Brian Cody (Kilkenny manager):

"We played very well. We settled quickly and got into our stride early on. The two first half goals gave us a cushion which made things easier in the second half. It was a very good team performance which was pleasing."

Anthony Daly (Dublin manager):

"We didn't seem to have a go at all. That's the most disappointing thing. Losing to Kilkenny is no shock to my system or anyone else's either, but I'd be shocked at how poor we were on the day."

Match statistics

Wides: Dublin 12 (7 first half); Kilkenny 11 (4)

Frees: Dublin 16 (5); Kilkenny 17 (10 )

Yellow cards: Dublin 4 (R O'Dwyer 36, S Hiney 61, J McCaffrey 67, T Brady 70); Kilkenny 4 (P Murphy 30, C Buckley 36, R Power 67, R Hogan 70).

Red cards: None

Attendance: 12,446

What next

Kilkenny will now go on to play Galway in the Leinster final on July 8; Dublin will play either Clare or Cork in Phase 2 of the All-Ireland qualifiers on July 7.

Irish Independent

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