Thursday 18 January 2018

TJ Reid denies Dublin a famous win with late heroics

Kilkenny 1-14 Dublin 0-17

Dublin's Conal Keaney in action against J.J. Delaney
Dublin's Conal Keaney in action against J.J. Delaney

Brian Cody's Kilkenny needed a TJ Reid point deep into injury time to earn a draw in their pulsating Leinster semi-final in Portlaoise today.

It is the first time in 55 years that Kilkenny have failed to beat Dublin in the Leinster Championship.

Both sides will have to do it all over again in the replay next Saturday in Portlaoise.

Dublin were playing with the aid of the breeze in the first half but hit 10 first half wides to the Cats five and the sides went in at eight points apiece with Joey Boland and Eoin Larkin getting the majority of the scores from frees.

Playing with the elements in the second half, Kilkenny were expected to pull away in the same way they did against Offaly but Boland and Dotsy O'Callaghan scored early points for Dublin.

Walter Walsh struck for the game's only goal to put Kilkenny in front and then the game turned into an incredible nip and tuck battle.

Both sides swapped score after score with Kilkenny reliant on Eoin Larkin's free-taking exploits.

Conal Keaney fired Dublin into the lead with four minutes to go but Larkin equalised.

Boland swapped frees Larkin before putting Dublin ahead in injury time.

Anthony Daly's side were on the cusp of a famous win but Reid had the final say with his late equaliser.

Kilkenny's Paul Murphy will be a big injury concern for the All-Ireland champions after he was forced off today with an injury.

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