Dublin finally rise above Kilkenny to reach final
Anthony Daly’s side were never behind and won by three after a second-half Sutcliffe goal
It would have been a more convincing victory - Cody conceded that Kilkenny were out hurled for the second week running - only for the inaccuracy of Ryan’s second half strikes from the placed ball.
They really should have kicked on when Sutcliffe raised a green flag in the 53rd minute. The roving wing forward shot low with venom, having been first to Ryan’s spectacular clearance off the Kilkenny line after Mark Schutte had given O’Callaghan a sight of goal.
But Eoin Larkin frees kept them in touching distance and when referee Peter Kelly harshly adjudged that Rushe had fouled a marauding Richie Power, Larkin brought matters back to just two points with three minutes to play.
But it all fell apart for Kilkenny. Power was sent off after a foul on Kelly that seemed born out of frustration.
Dublin cleared their lines and more uncharacteristic Kilkenny scalping meant that, fittingly, O’Callaghan was allowed close matters out with a free from distance.
Henry Shefflin, Michael Fennelly and Paul Murphy will not be fit to feature for Kilkenny against Tipperary in Nowlan Park next Saturday, as Dublin report a clean bill of health for their fifth weekend of hurling in a row against a rested Galway.
It’s like no hurling championship we’ve experienced for a very long time.
Dublin: 1. G Maguire; 2. N Corcoran, 3. P Kelly, 4. P Schutte; 5. S Hiney, 6. L Rushe, 7. M Carton; 8. J McCaffrey (capt), 9. J Boland; 10. C Keaney (0-1), 11. R O’Dwyer, 12. D Sutcliffe (1-0); 23. D O’Callaghan (0-5, one free), 14. D Treacy, 15. P Ryan (0-8, six frees). Substitutions: 13 C McCormack for R O’Dwyer (half-time), 18 S Durkan (0-1) for J Boland (46 mins), 25 M Schutte (0-1) for D Treacy (48 mins), 17 E Dillon for P Ryan (64 mins), 20 S Lambert for J McCaffrey (68 mins).
Kilkenny: 1. E Murphy; 2. C Fogarty, 3. JJ Delaney, 4. J Tyrrell; 5. T Walsh, 6 B Hogan, 7. K Joyce; 18. Cillian Buckley, 9 R Power (0-3); 13. W Walsh (0-1), 17. M Rice, 12. E Larkin (0-11, frees and two 65s); 14. A Fogarty, 10. R Hogan, 15. TJ Reid. Substitutions: 8. L Ryan for C Buckley (21 mins), 11. C Fennelly (0-1) for M Rice (25 mins), 20 M Ruth for W Walsh (60 mins), 21 P Walsh for J Tyrrell (64 mins),24 G Aylward for TJ Reid (65 mins).
Referee: P Kelly (Westmeath).