One of Dublin’s finest hurling moments as the closed a 72 year gap, beating Kilkenny to secure the 2011 National Hurling League title
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.
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
TJ Reid 0-05 (5f)
Eddie Brennan 1-00
Paddy Hogan 0-01 (1f)
Michael Rice 0-01
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).
Michael Kavanagh for JJ Delaney (56)
John Mulhall for Fennelly (58)
Paul Murphy for Ruth (65)
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