One of Dublin’s finest hurling moments as the closed a 72 year gap, beating Kilkenny to secure the 2011 National Hurling League title

Dublin 0-22
Kilkenny 1-07

In what was dubbed at the time as a remarkable achievement, Anthony Daly’s Dublin Hurlers put in a rip roaring performance. And on a day of celebrations in the capital they stunned Kilkenny, securing their first National Hurling League crown in 72 years.

No one could have expected the Dubs to put the Cats to the sword, and in the manner that they did. The comprehensive 12 point win will go down in history as one of Dublin’s finest moments in hurling. For Kilkenny only to register 1-07 in an entire game was the unknown. But scoring only 1-01 from play was probably even more astounding.

Dublin were on the rise from the beginning of the league campaign do their appearance in the final was truly deserved. And they played out the final as if they’d been playing in them every year for a decade. Even Eddie Brennan’s 10th minute goal didn’t derail Dublin from their ultimate goal.

Eight unanswered points followed over the next 15 minutes. Ryan O’Dwyer, Paul Ryan and Conal Keaney all excelled in attack. Liam Rushe truly influential in midfield, while the defence looked comfortable against a Kilkenny attack.

Eoin Larkin was sent off for a pull on Conor McCormack in the 25th minute adding further woes to Kilkenny’s cause.

Dublin the epitome of unbeatable

Trailing 0-11 to 1-02 at the break would never normally ring alarm bells with any Kilkenny side. But on this day their touch was way off, as was their timing, resulting in losing possession more often than not with Dublin dangerous on the counter. Dublin lost Joey Boland to injury and his lengthy stay on the pitch meant six minutes of additional time. And they took advantage of that time scoring six unanswered points.

Even for the neutrals in attendance, watching Dublin players winning possession and playing with abandon was a joy to behold. Many of their faithful hurling supporters believing that a day like this would never come.

Winning a title was more than enough, but beating Kilkenny was the holy grail.

Dublin Scorers:

Paul Ryan 0-09 (5f)
Conal Keaney 0-03
Ryan O’Dwyer 0-02
Maurice O’Brien 0-02
David O’Callaghan 0-01
Daire Plunkett 0-01
Conor McCormack 0-01
Johnny McCaffrey 0-01
David Treacy 0-01
Simon Lambert 0-01

Kilkenny Scorers:

TJ Reid 0-05 (5f)
Eddie Brennan 1-00
Paddy Hogan 0-01 (1f)
Michael Rice 0-01

Dublin:

Gary Maguire
Niall Corcoran
Tomas Brady
Peter Kelly
Johnny McCaffrey
Joey Boland
Shane Durkin
Alan McCrabbe
Liam Rushe
Conor McCormack
Ryan O’Dwyer
Conal Keaney
Daire Plunkett
David O’Callaghan
Paul Ryan

Dublin Substitutes:

Maurice O’Brien for Boland (44)
Declan O’Dwyer for Plunkett (55)
David Treacy for McCrabbe (63)
Simon Lambert for Rushe (67)
Shane Ryan for O’Callaghan (72).

Kilkenny:

David Herity
John Dalton
Brian Hogan
Noel Hickey
Paddy Hogan
Jackie Tyrrell
JJ Delaney
TJ Reid
Michael Rice
James Fitzpatrick
Matthew Ruth
Eoin Larkin
Colin Fennelly
Eddie Brennan
Richie Hogan

Kilkenny Subs:

Michael Kavanagh for JJ Delaney (56)
John Mulhall for Fennelly (58)
Paul Murphy for Ruth (65)

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