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New Format But Same Old Story As Dublin Fall Late On To Kilkenny

New Format But Same Old Story As Dublin Fall Late On To Kilkenny

After a poor league campaign encouraged questions regarding the impact he had had on Dublin hurling, Pat Gilroy may not have relished Dublin vs Kilkenny as an opening weekend tie for the revamped Leinster Hurling Championship format.

As today's fixture moved into injury-time, however, Gilroy looked set to have overseen the county's second championship defeat of Kilkenny in 75 years; and perhaps their finest hour since the Leinster final success of 2013.

Yet, whatever worth these changes to the provincial structure allow, some things refuse to budge. In the closing minutes, the gears shifted, and Kilkenny, with an intensity that had seemed oddly lacking throughout, saw out an impressive 1-25 to 3-16 victory.

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After his first taste of management in championship hurling, Gilroy has already experienced that most fateful, sickening realisation that Kilkenny, despite trailing for the near-entirety of the game, simply do not stop.

For the last 14 minutes of the tie, Dublin made an effort at closing off a well-earned lead. Sacrificing some of their attacking impetus, the double-figure count of wides they hit will scarcely help them get over this one.

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Looking incapable of matching Dublin's fitness and physicality for large portions of the game, Kilkenny appeared to be keeping it in store for these final moments.

The Ali vs Foreman, 'Rumble in the Jungle', rope-a-dope analogy is beyond all usage at this stage, and yet, it is exactly what Kilkenny manufactured; Liam Blanchfield getting the all important goal that put Cody's men ahead.

Dublin vs Kilkenny

Perhaps what is more important to take from this afternoon's predicted result is the overall manner of Dublin's performance.

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Although in recent years the qualifiers would have now beckoned, the side that Pat Gilroy is in the process of building here is quite quickly taking shape.

For a few sweet minutes at least, they had convinced plenty. A long summer awaits.

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