TJ Reid Leads Kilkenny To An Inspired Opening Win In Leinster

By May 11, 2019 No Comments

Kilkenny’s TJ Reid gives Dublin a masterclass as the cats kill the opening provincial game

TJ Reid - Kilkenny v Dublin

Kilkenny 2-23
Dublin 1-21

It’s back to the drawing board for Dublin boss Mattie Kenny, as yet another TJ Reid led masterclass inspired a Kilkenny comeback in the second half to consign Dublin to an opening day defeat in the Leinster Hurling Championship. Dublin’s first half performance was looking like they’d built on the performance they put in twelve months ago when the boys in blue fell short by two scores, leaving the win behind. But a dominant Kilkenny mowed a path through Dublin in the second half to finish five points clear.

With Kilkenny playing with a depleted panel, many thought this was Dublin’s perfect opportunity to registered a long awaited win over the cats. But it was the experience of Brian Cody and his panel that rolled with the punches and rode out the storm to turn the game over in their favour. Though Dublin should not be too deflated

In a hot blooded, high intensity game, the game had three penalties, a mountain of goal chances, and quite a few flash points. This was highlighted when Dublin selector Greg Kennedy, who was on the pitch during a break in play, caught a TJ Reid free, denying them a goal chance. The referee ordered the free to be retaken. But Kennedy was met with the wrath of Brian Cody as he left the field.

The definition of a game of two halves

Dublin had certainly done their homework, with Shane Barrett shutting TJ Reid down in the first half, and Sean Moran doing a number on newcomer Adrian Mullen. Liam Rushe was given the room to advance forward constantly, resulting in him winning two penalties. Moran stepped up from the back line, burying the first into the net, and sending the second over the bar.

Alan was a menace in midfield for Kilkenny, screeching forward to point on three occasions. But the link play between Fergal Whitely and Danny Sutcliffe worked throughout the half, both contributing a brace of scores to leave Dublin in front by 1-13 to 0-12.

Kilkenny took no time to level the game after the break. TJ Reid blasted three frees over early. He followed that with a fine goal from a one-two with Colin Fennelly to tie the game. The sides continued to trade scores. But when Fennelly looked to have swung the pendulum after battling through Sean Moran and Alan Nolan, sending the ball eventually into the net, the referee blew for another penalty. To Fennelly’s dismay no advantage was played. But Reid made no mistake in converting from the spot.

With the swing well in Kilkenny’s hand, substitute Richie Leahy grabbed two scores either side of a Walsh effort, with Reid (2) and Ger Aylward finished proceedings

Scorers for Kilkenny:

TJ Reid 2-12 (1-0 pen, 11f, 1 ’65)
Alan Murphy 0-03
Richie Leahy 0-02
Ger Aylward 0-02
Padraig Walsh 0-01
Adrian Mullen 0-01
Walter Walsh 0-01

Scorers for Dublin:

Sean Moran 2-01 (1-01 pen, 1f)
David Treacy 0-06 (6f)
Danny Sutcliffe 0-04
Fergal Whitely 0-02
Chris Crummey 0-02
Sean Treacy 0-01
Darragh O’Connell 0-01
Tomas Connolly 0-01
Liam Rushe 0-01
Paul Ryan 0-01


1. Darren Brennan
2. Paul Murphy
3. Paddy Deegan
4. Tommy Walsh)
5. Enda Morrissey
6. Huw Lawlor
7. Conor Fogarty
8. Padraig Walsh
9. Alan Murphy
10. Adrian Mullen
11. Walter Walsh
12. TJ Reid
13. Billy Ryan
14. Colin Fennelly
15. Ger Aylward

Kilkenny Substitutes:

20. Richie Leahy for Morrissey (ht)
21. Richie Hogan for Ryan (40)


1. Alan Nolan
9. Darragh O’Connell
3. Eoghan O’Donnell
2. Paddy Smyth
7. Shane Barrett
5. Chris Crummey
6. Seán Moran
8. Seán Treacy
19. Tomas Connolly
10. David Treacy
11. Danny Sutcliffe
12. Fergal Whitely
25. Paul Ryan
14. Liam Rushe
15. Eamon Dillon

Dublin Substitutes:

21. Rian McBride  for Connolly (51)
22. Conal Keaney for Ryan (60)
23. Cian Boland for Sean Treacy (66)
20. Jake Malone for David Treacy (72)
26. Ronan Hayes for Rushe (74)

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