The 2014 Leinster Hurling Final was easily won by Kilkenny in Croke Park, they beat a poor Dublin side by double scores 0-24 to 1-09.
Kilkenny are now 5/4 from 13/8 to win back the Liam McCarthy Cup following their victory over Dublin in the Leinster Final at Croke Parkon Sunday.
Current All-Ireland holders, Clare had to settle for a draw in the qualifiers after extra time with Wexford and as a result they have been eased to 8/1 from 9/2 to retain the All-Ireland whilst Wexford have been clipped into 50/1 from 80/1 after putting up a tremendous battle against Clare that has forced a replay next Saturday.
Cork who will play Limerick next Sunday in a repeat of last year’s Munster Final are red hot at 1/3 to be crowned Munster champions whilst the Rebels remain the 3/1 second favourites to win the All Ireland Senior Hurling Championship for a 31st time.
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He added “Our Drawing Interest Cash back clicked twice on Saturday with Boylesports refunding Cash back on all First, Last & Anytime Goalscorers and Winning Margins in both the Clare & Wexford match and the Tipperary V Galway match.”
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The Dubs come into the game on the back of a five-point victory over Wexford. While impressive they will be expecting a huge step up in class against Kilkenny. In the absence of Danny Sutcliffe Conal Keaney (0-5) and Alan McCrabbe (0-9) took charge and helped Dublin ease into the Leinster Final.
The mauling of Offaly in the opening game of the Leinster Championship is a distant memory for the Cats after Kilkenny. They since let a 10-point lead slip against Galway before impressing in a destruction of Anthony Cunningham’s men in the replay. The win was in no small part due to the 2-11 masterclass by TJ Reid.
TJ Reid v Paul Schutte
TJ Reid was happy to punish the indiscipline of Galway, with 10 points coming from frees, and will be once more key in Brian Cody’s plans to win the counties 69th Leinster title. TJ Reid will relish the opportunity to tag on a few easy frees and if given space is likely to score a goal.
Paul Schutte could be the man to tame the Cat after Conor McDonald was causing havoc for Wexford before Schutte was switched to limit the teenager’s influence. Schutte has the ability to give a headache to Reid but the battle will mirror the greater battle around the pitch.
The inclusion of Danny Sutcliffe will boost Dublin after he missed their Leinster semi-final with Wexford through a hand injury while Kilkenny make three changes to the side that defeated Galway. David Herity starts in goal, with Walter Walsh and John Power starting in the forwards.
Dublin: Alan Nolan; Shane Durkin, Peter Kelly, Paul Schutte; Stephen Hiney, Liam Rushe, Michael Carton; Joey Boland, Johnny McCaffrey; Ryan O’Dwyer, Alan McCrabbe, Danny Sutcliffe; David O’Callaghan, Conal Keaney, Colm Cronin.
Kilkenny: David Herity; Paul Murphy, JJ Delaney, Jackie Tyrrell; Joey Holden, Brian Hogan, Cillian Buckley; Richie Hogan, Conor Fogarty; Walter Walsh, Padraig Walsh, TJ Reid; Colin Fennelly, Eoin Larkin, John Power.
Last year Dublin overcame Kilkenny in a replay after many thought they wouldn’t be able to match the original clash. But Dublin don’t look to have pushed on from that game and with Kilkenny having two tough games against Galway, they are tested in the Championship and that will stand by them. There have to be questions over whether Danny Sutcliffe is 100% while the pressure of reproducing the heights of last year may be too much. Having lost to Dublin for the first time since 1942 in last year’s semi-final replay, Kilkenny will want to set the record straight. They have the talent and if they can avoid the lapses which allowed Galway back into the game, will win by four points.