Dublin 0-17 Kilkenny 1-14
Leinster SHC Semi-Final
By Darragh Twomey at O’Moore Park
Kilkenny substitute TJ Reid earned his side a replay against Dublin by scoring a point with the last puck of the game when the sides met in the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship semi-final on Sunday afternoon (23rd June) at O’Moore Park.
A crowd of 9,674 gathered at the Portlaoise venue for an entertaining battle, which saw the side’s level on the scoreboard ten times.
Joey Boland looked like he had won it for Dublin two minutes into injury time when he pointed a free, but Reid scored a dramatic equalizer seconds later which was greeted by referee Johnny Ryan’s full-time whistle.
Kilkenny made one change to the team named in the match-day programme as Cillian Buckley came in for corner-forward Aidan Fogarty.
Dublin had the aid of a strong wind in the opening half and went in level with their opponents at the break.
Kilkenny got off to a bright start and took a three point lead inside the opening ten minutes.
Eoin Larkin got the scoring underway in the fifth minute by slotting over a free. Walter Walsh and Richie Hogan also picked up a point each for Brian Cody’s men.
Dublin forward Paul Ryan had an early goal chance stopped by Eoin Murphy in the Kilkenny goal after a mix up between two of Murphy’s defenders.
Danny Sutcliffe scored Dublin’s first point of the game in the twelfth minute with a brilliant strike from inside his own half.
A minute later Dublin doubled their tally through a Ryan free, however the Ballyboden man was taken off for David O’Callaghan four minutes later, having missed two frees earlier in the game.
Boland brought the game level mid-way through the half with a massive point for The Boys in Blue.
Larkin replied immediately with a point from a placed ball at the other end.
However, Boland put Dublin ahead by converting two frees in as many minutes after taking over the free-taking duties from Ryan.
Walsh drew Kilkenny level again a minute later with a point from the far wing. Three points in quick succession through a Larkin free and two nice efforts from Hogan and Walsh saw them lead Dublin after twenty-eight minutes.
The Metropolitans responded brilliantly with three points before the break courtesy of David O’Callaghan and two Boland frees, which meant the sides were tied at 0-8 apiece at half-time.
Kilkenny corner-back Paul Murphy was carried off the field on a stretcher two minutes before the break with what looked like a bad injury.
Dublin corner-back Paul Schutte, who along with Peter Kelly and Niall Corcoran was solid at the back throughout, scored a fine point three minutes after the restart.
Boland added a point from a free two minutes later after David Treacy was fouled, but The Cats responded with a fine goal.
Kilkenny went on a counter-attack after the Dublin forwards were sloppy in front of the posts. The ball was pucked up the field to Walter Walsh and he buried the ball into the net past Gary Maguire.
Two minutes later, Dublin captain Johnny McCaffrey led by example and slotted over a well needed point.
A brace of frees in the next four minutes from Larkin were interrupted by a point from Dublin substitute Shane Durkin.
Another Larkin free and a Walsh point put Kilkenny two points up with fifteen minutes to go.
Sixty-three minutes in, the impressive Dublin substitute Mark Schutte pointed from a tight angle.
The game was level again two minutes later when McCaffrey set up Conal Keaney brilliantly with a side-line, and the Ballyboden clubman struck the ball over the bar.
Keaney very nearly put his side ahead with two minutes of normal time remaining, but his effort struck the upright.
Boland and Larkin exchanged points from placed balls to keep the game level heading into injury time.
Dublin were awarded a free in the dying moments of the game, and Boland kept his composure to convert his seventh point from placed balls in the game.
Just when the Dublin faithful thought they had ended a seventy-one year wait to beat The Cats, TJ Reid stepped up to break their hearts with the equalizing point.
The sides will do it all over again in O’Moore next Saturday (29th June) at 7pm.
Dublin: P Schutte (0-1), J McCaffrey (0-1), J Boland (0-9, 0-7 f), C Keaney (0-1), D Sutcliffe (0-1), P Ryan (0-1 f), D O’Callaghan (0-1), S Durkin (0-1), M Schutte (0-1).
Kilkenny: E Larkin (0-7 f), W Walsh (1-4), R Hogan (0-2), TJ Reid (0-1).
Dublin: Gary Maguire, Niall Corcoran, Peter Kelly, Paul Schutte, Stephen Hiney, Liam Rushe, Michael Carton, Johnny McCaffrey, Joey Boland, Conal Keaney, Ryan O’Dwyer, Danny Sutcliffe, Conor McCormack, David Treacy, Paul Ryan. Subs: David O’Callaghan for P Ryan (17 mins); Mark Schutte for C McCormack (35 mins); Shane Durkin for D Sutcliffe (46 mins); Simon Lambert for D Treacy (57 mins); Eamon Dillon for S Hiney (62 mins).
Kilkenny: Eoin Murphy, Paul Murphy, JJ Delaney, Conort Fogarty, Tommy Walsh, Brian Hogan, Kieran Joyce, Lester Ryan, Michael Rice, Colin Fennelly, Richie Power, Eoin Larkin, Walter Walsh, Richie Hogan, Cillian Buckley. Subs: Paddy Hogan for P Murphy (34 mins); TJ Reid for M Rice (35 mins); Aidan Fogarty for C Fennelly (59 mins); Matthew Ruth for R Power (62 mins).
Referee: Johnny Ryan (Tipperary).