herald

Sunday 4 December 2016

LEINSTER MHC FINAL: STAT ATTACK

Both finalists on Sunday have relatively similar scoring patterns, with Dublin having amassed 3-34 and conceded 1-21 in their championship wins over Offaly and Westmeath respectively.

Na Fianna clubmates Donal Burke and Matthew Oliver are their joint top scorers having accrued 1-5 (0-4f) and 0-8 (6f, 1 '65') respectively with Eoghan Dunne chipping in with 1-3 for a Dublin team that has 13 different scorers.

Kilkenny have scored 3-36 in their victories over Wexford (AET) and Laois but have proved slightly more generous at the back having conceded 1-29. Andrew Gaffney has been in superb form for the Leinster and All-Ireland holders, scoring 2-17 (0-13f, 0-3 '65') with John Donnelly's goal against Laois helping him to 1-4 in total.

Dublin: Donal Burke 1-5 (0-4F), Matthew Oliver 0-8 (0-6f, 0-1 '65'), Eoghan Dunne 1-3, Gavin King 1-2 (0-1 f, 0-1 sideline) Mark Maguire 0-5, Fergal Whitely 0-3, Conor Burke 0-2 (0-1f), Eoghan Conroy, Aidan Mellett, Conor Ryan, Ciaran Brady, Ciaran Dowling, Carl Sammon 0-1 each.

Kilkenny: Andrew Gaffney 2-17 (0-13f, 0-3 '65'), John Donnelly 1-4, Daniel O'Connor 0-4, Niall Walsh 0-3, Joey Cuddihy, Daragh Joyce, Richie Leahy 0-2 each, Michael Cody, Tadhg O'Dwyer 0-1 each.

Cats are top Dogs

Kilkenny and Dublin lead the way in the Leinster Minor Hurling Championship Roll of Honour, although there is a huge disparity in the number of titles won by the respective counties.

The Cats have tasted success on no less than 55 occasions since the competition's inception in 1928 with their last triumph arriving twelve months ago when they comfortably accounted for Dublin in the final.

Dublin's first title was won in the competition's inaugural year and they have enjoyed three-in-a-rows between both 1945-47 and 1952-54.

Since Offaly's fourth title in 2000, Sunday's finalists have shared the ensuing fourteen championships with the Dubs garnering four successes in 2005, 2007, 2011 and 2012.

Titles - Kilkenny (55): 1930, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1935, 1936,1937, 1939, 1942, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951,1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1969, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014. Dublin (14): 1928, 1938, 1945, 1946, 1947, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1965, 1983, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2012. Wexford (7): 1963, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1980, 1985. Offaly (4): 1986, 1987, 1989, 2000. Laois (4): 1934, 1940, 1941, 1964. Meath (1): 1929.

Cats triumph in 2014

An impressive second-half display ensured Kilkenny comfortably overcame a lethargic Dublin by 2-19 to 2-10 in their Electric Ireland Leinster Minor Hurling Championship final at a showery Croke Park last July.

Liam Blanchfield's goal in the 10th minute was just reward for some early Kilkenny pressure before a goal from Seán Ryan offered Dublin some brief hope in the 25th minute prior to Kilkenny regaining their authority to lead by 1-9 to 1-5 at the break.

Any hopes of a Dublin comeback were extinguished in the 43rd minute when Blanchfield once again found the net while in reply substitute Eoin Ó Conghaile tagged on a brace of points before firing home a consolation goal in injury time.

Scorers: Kilkenny: A Murphy 0-9 (4f, 1 '65), L Blanchfield 2-3, S Morrissey, R Corcoran 0-2, C Browne, R Butler, J Walsh 0-1 each. Dublin: E Ó Conghaile 1-2, S Ryan 1-0, S Grey 0-3 (3f), C Bennett 0-2 (2f), C O'Callaghan, R McBride, E McHugh 0-1 each.

Promoted articles

Entertainment News