Keoghan Goal Knocks Wind Out Of Dublin In League Opener


Kilkenny Forward Martin Keoghan registered 1-04 as the goal put a halt to strong Dublin performance at Parnell Park


Dublin 0-18 (18)
Kilkenny 1-20 (23)
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It won’t have been finish Dublin manager Mattie Kenny would have wanted, but for the most part the Dubs played upbeat hurling in today’s defeat. Kilkenny head to Round 2 with a win in the bag as they welcome Antrim to Nowlan Park next weekend. Dublin will travel to O’Moore Park in the hopes of bagging their first win as they face Laois.

It was Martin Keoghan who finally knocked the wheels off Dublin’s upbeat attack, scoring a goal after the second half water break. And things got worse for Dublin as they lost Liam Rushe to a second yellow card, ultimately ending the competition.

Kilkenny arrived in Donnycarney this afternoon without key players like Walter Walsh and Richie available to start. But with a first half riddled with ring rusty errors on both sides, it didn’t effect the outcome of the game.

With an intense start, both sides shared a scores inside the opening 10 minutes. TJ Reid registered two scores in the opening minute. But a resopnse from Donal Burke and newcomer Andrew Dunphy kept both sides nipping at each other. At by the end of the first half only two scores seperated the sides with Kilkenny taking a two score lead into the break.

Dubs Battle Hard Until the close of the game

Despite Kilkenny moving into a 0-16 to 0-12 lead with 14 minutes of the restart, Dublin rallied and mounted an impressive response. Two scores from Donal Burke, and impressive finishes from Danny Sutcliffe and Cian Boland saw the home side draw level as the water break loomed.

Mattie Kenny’s side just couldn’t maintain the forward momentum after the refreshments, as Keoghan found the net bringing his tally to 1-04 in an impressive performance. And after a challenge on Conor Browne, Liam Rushe was shown a second yellow card, ending his contribution to the game. The resulting free was converted by TJ Reid extending Kilkenny’s lead to five scores.

Alan Murphy and John Donnelly extened that lead out by 2 scores. Dublin substitute took over free taking duties from Donal Burke and his two converted frees brought it back to a five score Kilkenny lead. But the clock ran out, and Dublin will have to wait until next week to try secure their first league win.

Dublin Scorers:

Donal Burke 0-07 (4f, 1 ’65)
Chris Crummey 0-02
Danny Sutcliffe 0-02
David Treacy 0-02 (2f)
Eamonn Dillon 0-01
David Keogh 0-01
Cian Boland 0-01
Andrew Dunphy 0-01
Daire Gray 0-01

Kilkenny Scorers:

Martin Keoghan 1-04
TJ Reid 0-07 (6f, 1 ’65)
James Bergin 0-02
John Donnelly 0-02
Padraig Walsh 0-02
Darragh Corcoran 0-01
Cillian Buckley 0-01
Alan Murphy 0-01


1. Seán Brennan
2. Paddy Smyth
3. Eoghan O’Donnell
18. Andrew Dunphy
5. Daire Gray
6. Liam Rushe
7. Seán Moran
8. Conor Burke
9. James Madden
10. Danny Sutcliffe
11. Chris Crummey
12. Ronan Hayes
13. Donal Burke
14. Eamonn Dillon
15. David Keogh

Dublin Substitutes:

20. Rian McBride for Moran (41)
22. Cian Boland for Keogh (45)
23. Cian O’Sullivan for Burke (60)
19. Jake Malone for Burke (63)
17. Paul O’Dea for Madden (70)
25. David Treaty for Hayes (71)
24. Oisin O’Rorke for Dillon (72)


1. Eoin Murphy
2. Ciaran Wallace
3. Huw Lawlor
4. Paddy Deegan
5. Darragh Corcoran
6. Padraig Walsh
7. Conor Browne
8. Cillian Buckley
9. Richie Leahy
10. John Donnelly
11. Adrian Mullen
12. Martin Keoghan
13. James Bergin
14. TJ Reid
15. Eoin Cody

Kilkenny Substitutes:

22. Richie Reid (Ballyhale Shamrocks) for Leahy (11)
24. James Maher (St Leachtain) for Mullen (ht)
20. Michael Carey (Young Irelands) for Buckley (55)
25. Alan Murphy (Glenmore) for Bergin (59)