Kilkenny 4-22 Dublin 0-8
By Paul Keane
KILKENNY boss Brian Cody confirmed that DJ Carey’s substitution against Dublin on Saturday was a purely precautionary measure.
The All-Ireland champions ran out 26 point winners over Dublin in their first round qualifier tie at Dr Cullen Park but the 55th minute replacement of county legend Carey left fans sweating.
The manager explained: "DJ felt a bit of a twinge in his hamstring, that's all. He's fine. DJ looked sharp and he did very well."
It was a job well done and no more as Kilkenny raced into a 1-1 to 0-0 lead after just three minutes, the goal coming from Henry Shefflin who was played in brilliantly by Carey.
Shefflin's second goal came after 22 minutes when Aidan Fogarty this time put him clear and it was no surprise that the Cats took a 2-9 to 0-5 advantage to the half-time break.
Dublin boss Humphrey Kelleher said: "The result was nothing more than I expected. But the bigger picture is that we're at the start of a long building process with Dublin hurling.
"We had an awful lot of young players out there and right now we're concentrating on bringing through colleges, minor and U-21 players who have all learned to play hurling the right way."
Kelleher pointed out that Dublin continued to make fundamental mistakes from their catching to their passing and striking.
But any side would have struggled to contain Kilkenny who and they closed out the game in some style after the break.
Dublin held the Cats for eight or nine minutes before Carey hit 0-2 to kickstart a scoring blitz.
Shefflin, Derek Lyng and subs James Fitzpatrick and John Maher all got in on the scoring act.
By the hour mark it was all over for Dublin, who only managed three points from play in the entire game.
To add insult to injury, Kilkenny had time for two more goals with Brennan hitting the net after 65 minutes. Midfielder Jimmy Coogan then followed his lead in injury-time to seal the emphatic victory.
DUBLIN: G Maguire; P Brennan, S Perkins, S Daly; S Hiney, R Fallon (0-1), K Ryan; A de Paor (0-3; 0-2f, 1 65), C Meehan; S O'Shea (0-1), G Keogh, S McCann; D O'Callaghan (0-2; 0-2f), M Carton, P Fleury.
Subs: D Kirwan for McCann 27, C O'Brien for Brennan 42, R Brennan for Meehan 43, G O'Mara (0-1) for Ryan 51, M Breathnach for Keogh 61.
KILKENNY: J McGarry; M Phelan, N Hickey, T Walsh; R Mullally, P Barry, JJ Delaney; D Lyng (0-1), K Coogan; M Comerford (0-2), J Coogan (1-2), E Brennan (1-3); A Fogarty, DJ Carey (0-4; 1f, 1 65), H Shefflin (2-8; 0-6f). Subs: J Fitzpatrick (0-1) for Fogarty 47, J Maher (0-1) for Carey 55, J Ryall for Barry and S Dowling for Lyng both 61, C Phelan for Brennan 68.
Referee: S Roche (Tipperary).