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Leinster GAA Hurling Championship Semi-Final: Dublin 0-9 Kilkenny 2-21
Kilkenny produced a typically brilliant performance at a very wet Portlaoise to completely overpower Dublin and ease into their eighth Leinster final in a row.
First-half goals from TJ Reid and Richie Power gave Kilkenny control of the game, with Power's strike after 27 minutes putting Brian Cody's men nine points ahead.
Dublin had no real answer to Kilkenny's brilliance once the All-Ireland champions got going, and the Cats didn't ease up one bit as they continued to run the show in the second half.
Brian Hogan was one of many outstanding peformers for Kilkenny on the day, while Henry Shefflin also enjoyed a very happy return from a shoulder injury, hitting 0-10 from frees, one of which was his 500th in championship hurling.
Kilkenny were in total control at half-time, leading by ten points at 2-10 to 0-6 after a superb first-half display which left Dublin reeling, and in shock.
Dublin started the game reasonably well, and were 0-3 to 0-1 up after eight minutes, Paul Ryan and Danny Sutcliffe their early scorers.
Kilkenny had begun slowly, but they gradually edged into it and points from Shefflin and Richie Hogan levelled it up. Then, midway through the half, they stunned Dublin with a magnificent goal. The move started when TJ Reid broke with the ball from inside his own half, and raced over 50 yards up the field.
He then flicked it over to Richie Power, and despite the Carrickshock man being absolutely surrounded by Dublin men, he glided through their defence, and brilliantly passed it back to Reid, who had continued his run and showed composure to fire to the net.
Quick points followed from Shefflin, Reid and Power, and then on 27 minutes, Kilkenny struck their second goal to move nine clear.
Having been provider for the first, Power was the scorer of the second, latching on to Colin Fennelly's fine pass to lash home.
A Ryan free for Dublin stopped the run of Kilkenny scoring, but Shefflin then hit three frees in a row, one of them that historic 500th point, to leave Kilkenny in a familiar position at the whistle.
The Cats continued to plunder scores after the break, and outscored the Dubs by 0-11 to 0-3 in the second 35 minutes.
Richie Hogan got them started with a brilliant individual effort after 38 minutes, and points from Power (2), Paddy Hogan, Shefflin (2) and Eoin Larkin followed to leave the score at 2-18 to 0-7 after 56 minutes.
A few more scores followed, but the game had been effectively over at half-time.
Dublin looked devastated, and didn't really function as a team for the second half. Their goalkeeper Gary Maguire did made a few excellent saves late on to stop Kilkenny adding more scores, but it was the only bright spot on what was a dark day for Dublin, and an awesome one from the Cats.
Scorers for Kilkenny: H Shefflin 0-10 (10f), R Power 1-3, TJ Reid 1-2, R Hogan 0-2, P Hogan 0-2, E Larkin 0-2
Scorers for Dublin: P Ryan 0-4 (3f), D Sutcliffe 0-1, D Treacy 0-1, R O'Dwyer 0-1, A McCrabbe 0-1 (1f), D O'Callaghan 0-1
Kilkenny: D Herity; P Murphy, JJ Delaney, J Tyrrell; T Walsh, B Hogan, R Doyle; C Buckley, P Hogan; H Shefflin, TJ Reid, E Larkin; C Fennelly, R Power, R Hogan.
Subs: N Hickey for JJ Delaney (49), A Fogarty for C Buckley (55), M Ruth for C Fennelly (57), K Joyce for T Walsh (62), J Tennyson for B Hogan (69)
Dublin: G Maguire; N Corcoran, P Kelly, T Brady; S Hiney, J Boland, M Carton; J McCaffrey, S Durkin; C McCormack, D Sutcliffe, C Keaney ; P Ryan, L Rushe, R O’Dwyer
Subs: D Treacy for C Keaney (15), R Trainor for N Corcoran (29), A McCrabbe for C McCormack (35), R O'Carroll for S Durkin (HT), D O'Callaghan for P Ryan (50)