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Dublin Hurlers defeat Kilkenny in the LHC and the Footballers complete the double. POLL: How far can Dublin go?

Dubs WeekendA great win for the Footballers today marked a magnificent weekend for Dublin GAA.  It now sets up the prospect of a Leinster double for the capitals hurlers and footballers.  In an emphatic victory over Kildare, where the Dubs could have had goals in double numbers, we saw the strength in depth of a what I believe is by far the strongest Dublin squad since the 80’s.  The talent that came off the bench must have been noticed in Meath, Donegal, Cork, Kerry and Mayo.  If the Dublin footballers continue to play at this standard, it is hard to see them being defeated this year.  Ger Brennan, Jack McCaffrey, Ciaran Kilkenny and Paul Mannion were immense, but there was talent all over the pitch and off the bench.  Jim Gavin and his backroom team have brought this team to another level and a long summer is hopefully on the cards.  Dublin will now meet Meath in the Leinster Senior Football final in two weeks times.

Dublin v kilkennyThe Dublin hurlers recorded a historic victory over Kilkenny in the Leinster Hurling Championship for the first time in seventy one years today.  Dublin faced the Cats in O’Moore Park in Portlaoise again, after last weeks hard fought dramatic draw and many commentators felt that Dublins chances may have passed after they didn’t finish off the champions last week.  However, in what was an amazing performance by the Dubs, they secured victory over the All Ireland champions by three points for the first time in Leinster since 1942. Palmerstowns Liam Rushe, was fantastic at centre half back as he kept the might of Kilkenny at bay, ably assisted by a towering performance by Peter Kelly at full back.  At half time Dublin led by 11 points to 7 and Kilkenny came out fighting in the second half.  However, Dublin never trailed throughout the game and a second half goal from Danny Sutcliffe proved to be the turning point in the game.  Although Kilkenny rallied they couldn’t break down a resilient Dublin defence that maintained their focus and only conceded four points from play throughout the game.  In the end Dublin held their composure for 71 plus minutes and will now progress to meet Galway in the Leinster Senior Hurling Final in Croke Park next Sunday at 4pm.  Kilkenny now meet Tipperary in the All Ireland Hurling qualifiers, with the losers of that game exiting the All Ireland series.

Kilkenny: E Murphy; J Tyrell, JJ Delaney, C Fogarty; T Walsh, B Hogan, K Joyce; C Buckley, R Power (0-02); R Hogan, M Rice, E Larkin (0-12, 0-11 frees 0-1 ‘65); W Walsh, TJ Reid (0-01), A Fogarty.

Subs: L Ryan for Buckley (22 mins), C Fennelly (0-01) for Rice (26), M Ruth for W Walsh (60), P Walsh for Tyrell (60), G Aylward for Reid (64).

Dublin: G Maguire; N Corcoran, P Kelly, P Schutte; S Hiney, L Rushe, M Carton; J McCaffrey, J Boland; C Keaney (0-01), R O’Dwyer, D Sutcliffe (1-00); P Ryan (0-08, 0-06 frees), D O’Callaghan (0-04), D Treacy.

Subs: C McCormack for O’Dwyer (HT), S Durkin (0-01) for Boland (46), M Schutte (0-01) for Treacy (48), E Dillon (0-01, free) for Ryan (64), S Lambert for McCaffrey (69).

Referee: Barry Kelly (Westmeath)

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Dublin have made one change to their starting 15 for Saturday night’s Leinster SHC semi-final replay against Kilkenny in O’Moore Park, Portlaoise (7pm).
David O’Callaghan, who made a big contribution following his introduction in last weekend’s drawn encounter, starts at right full-forward with Conor McCormack losing out as they Dubs play their fourth championship clash in as many weeks.

DUBLIN (SHC v Wexford): 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; David O’Callaghan, David Treacy, Paul Ryan.

They meet for the sixth time in four years in the Leinster championship in what has been a very busy rivalry. Last Sunday’s thrilling draw was Dublin’s best result of that period against opposition whom they haven’t beaten in the Championship since 1942. They came mighty close to ending that drought last Sunday but were denied a famous win when TJ Reid pointed for Kilkenny in the closing seconds.
Kilkenny and Dublin have met in the Championship on thirteen occasions in Portlaoise, with Kilkenny winning six to Dublin’s four while there have been three draws.
This will be the fourth successive weekend that Dublin are in Championship action, having drawn with Wexford (1-17 each) in the quarter-final (June 8), winning the replay by 1-17 to 0-12 a week later and drawing with Kilkenny (0-17 to 1-14) eight days later.

Last Five Championship Clashes
2013: Kilkenny 1-14 Dublin 0-17 (Leinster semi-final)
2012: Kilkenny 2-21 Dublin 0-9 (Leinster semi-final)
2011: Kilkenny 4-17 Dublin 1-15 (Leinster final)
2010: Kilkenny 4-19 Dublin 0-12 (Leinster semi-final)
2009: Kilkenny 2-18 Dublin 0-18 (Leinster final)

Dublin-Kilkenny Leinster Championship Replays
This will be the first replay between the counties in the Championship since 1958. In all they have met in seven replays with Kilkenny winning five to Dublin’s two.
1958: Kilkenny 7-8 Dublin 2-16 (semi-final)
1957: Kilkenny 4-8 Dublin 2-8 (semi-final)
1953: Kilkenny 2-13 Dublin 1-5 (semi-final)
1938: Dublin 4-9 Kilkenny 3-5 (final)
1934: Dublin 3-5 Kilkenny 2-2 (final)
1913: Kilkenny 7-5 Dublin 2-1 (final)
1897: Kilkenny 6-13 Dublin 1-14 (1st round)

Brian Cody v Dublin
Brian Cody is in his 15th season as Kilkenny manager. In that period, they have played Dublin eight times in the Championship, winning seven and drawing one.
2000: Kilkenny 3-16 Dublin 0-10 (Leinster semi-final)
2003: Kilkenny 3-16 Dublin 0-10 (Leinster semi-final)
2004: Kilkenny 4-22 Dublin 0-8 (All-Ireland qualifier)
2009: Kilkenny 2-18 Dublin 0-18 (Leinster final)
2010: Kilkenny 4-19 Dublin 0-12 (Leinster semi-final)
2011: Kilkenny 4-17 Dublin 1-15 (Leinster final)
2012: Kilkenny 2-21 Dublin 0-9 (Leinster semi-final)
2013: Kilkenny 1-14 Dublin 0-17 (Leinster semi-final)

Anthony Daly v Kilkenny
Anthony Daly has managed Clare and Dublin in championship action against Kilkenny. From eight outings (three with Clare, five with Dublin), he has presided over two draws and six defeats.
2004: Kilkenny 1-13 Clare 1-13 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
2004: Kilkenny 1-11 Clare 0-9 (All-Ireland quarter-final replay)
2006: Kilkenny 2-21 Clare 1-16 (All-Ireland semi-final)
2009: Kilkenny 2-18 Dublin 0-18 (Leinster final)
2010: Kilkenny 4-19 Dublin 0-12 (Leinster semi-final)
2011: Kilkenny 4-17 Dublin 1-15 (Leinster final)
2012: Kilkenny 2-21 Dublin 0-9 (Leinster semi-final)
2013: Kilkenny 1-14 Dublin 0-17 (Leinster semi-final)


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