Two Martin Keoghan goals were the catalyst for Kilkenny to dominate the second in strong performance

Dublin v Kilkenny - Leinster Senior Hurling

Dublin 0-17
Kilkenny 3-25
Parnell Park

It was a 2-23 to 0-16 win for Kilkenny over Dublin back in their National Hurling League back in March. And tonight it was more of the same as Brian Cody’s side coasted to a 3-25 to 0-17 victory at a packed Parnell Park. It’s disappointment for Dublin after winning their opening three contests. And quite a worrying display ahead of their trip to Salthill in the final round.

Two goals from Martin Keoghan, in the 28th and 47th minutes saw Kilkenny grow stronger and stronger as Dublin faded in the final 20. TJ Reid added a third goal and it was a much needed boost after losing to Galway in the last round.

THe first half was a closer contest than the second wiith the sides level six times with the game played a t a frantic pace. And the sides were all square on 0-11 each before Keoghan hit the net for the first time. To Dublin’s credit they responded better, with Rian McBride and Donal Burke splitting the posts to draw the defecit back to 0-01 but Kilkenny had the momentum going into the dressing room and built on it on their return.

Dublin substitute Mark Schutte pulled a score back for Dublin on the restart but it would be one of only six Dublin scores, as Kilkenny would convert a further 2-14. And when Keoghan struck the net in the 47th the game was over as a contest. TJ Reid, who peaked late and finished with a tally of 1-07, found the net in the 55th. And with late showings form Eoin Cody, Adrian Mullen, John Donnelly and Sub Cillian Buckley it’s back to the drawing board for Mattie Kenny.

Scorers for Dublin:

Donal Burke 0-09 (7f)
Conor Burke 0-02
Chris Crummey 0-01
Riain McBride 0-01
Mark Schutte 0-01
Eamon Dillon 0-01
Fergal Whitely 0-01
Daire Gray 0-01

Scorers for Kilkenny:

Martin Keoghan 2-01
TJ Reid 1-07 (5f)
Adrian Mullen 0-05
Cian Kenny 0-04
Alan Murphy 0-03
Eoin Cody 0-02
John Donnelly 0-01
Billy Ryan 0-01
Cillian Buckley 0-01

Dublin:

1. Seán Brennan
2. James Madden
3. Eoghan O’Donnell
4. Cian O’Callaghan
5. Donnacha Ryan
6. Paddy Smyth
7. Daire Gray
8. Conor Burke
9. Chris Cummey
10. Donal Burke
11. Rian McBride
12. Danny Sutcliffe
13. Fergal Whitely
14. Ronan Hayes
15. Aidan Mellett

Dublin Substitutes:

22. Mark Schutte for Mellett (33)
24. Eamonn Dillon for Hayes (45)
18. Andrew Dunphy for Gray (59)
17. John Bellew for O’Donnell (62)
25. Davy Keogh for McBride (65)

Kilkenny:

1. Eoin Murphy
2. Mikey Butler
3. Conor Delaney
4. Tommy Walsh
5. Michael Carey
6. Paddy Deegan
18. Richie Reid
21. Cian Kenny
22. Alan Murphy
10. Walter Walsh
11. Pádraig Walsh
12. Adrian Mullen
24. Martin Keoghan
14. TJ Reid
15. Eoin Cody

Kilkenny Substitutes:

23. John Donnelly for Walter Walsh (HT)
13. Billy Ryan for Padraig Walsh (48)
20. Conor Fogarty for Alan Murphy (59)
9. Cillian Buckley for Mullen (65)
19. David Blanchfield for Butler (67)