Reid denies Dublin as Kilkenny scrape draw
Dublin come within a whisker of beating Kilkenny in championship for first time since 1942 but Reid earns draw for All-Ireland champions
That and the arrival of Reid for a subdued Michael Rice should’ve been enough to break Dublin’s resistance.
But Daly’s charges were determined to deliver a 70 minute showing of championship intensity.
Their leader, Johnny McCaffrey, stood up and was counted, landing a huge point from distance. Shane Durkan came in and grabbed another.
We entered the final quarter all square, 1-10 to 0-13.
Daly was marching down the line deep in conversation with himself while Cody was buried in practicalities, cajoling his lieutenants, both on and off the field, as Larkin and Walsh edged them clear yet again.
Strangely, the game hit a lull period with 10 minutes remaining. Both teams seemed to have achieved their primary goal; Dublin respectability, Kilkenny a hard fought victory.
Even more strange was the sight of Larkin striking another wide from in front of the posts.
The memory harked back to Wexford’s smash and grab at Croke Park in 2004 when Mark Schutte made it a one point game as they came around the final bend jostling for position.
Then Keaney, anonymous as a scoring forward to that moment, but bustling about all the same, levelled it all up with six minutes to play.
Every ball mattered now. Walsh, who would finish with 1-4, took it upon himself to earn a yellow card by milling Liam Rushe.
Up the other end Keaney drew a foul from Paddy Hogan. Boland nailed it. Larkin pulled it back level within seconds.
But then Reid spoiled what would have been a magical day for Dublin hurling.
Kilkenny: 1 E Murphy; 2 P Murphy, 3 JJ Delaney, 4 C Fogarty; 5 T Walsh, 6 B Hogan, 7 K Joyce; 8 L Ryan, 9 M Rice; 18 C Buckley, 11 R Power, 12 E Larkin; 13 W Walsh, 14 R Hogan, 10 C Fennelly (capt).
Dublin: 1 G Maguire; 4 P Schutte, 3 P Kelly, 2 N Corcoran; 5 S Hiney, 6 L Rushe, 7 M Carton; 8 J McCaffrey (capt), 9 J Boland; 10 C Keaney, 11 R O’Dwyer, 12 D Sutcliffe; 15 P Ryan, 13 C McCormack, 14 D Treacy.
Referee: J Ryan (Tipperary).