Quite an interesting weekend wasn’t it! Some surprising results were thrown up in a hurling league delivering on its promise of twist and turns. Here’s the lowdown on all the weekend’s action.
Dublin Vs Kilkenny.
Dublin are already becoming the team to beat in the league and the performance they gave yesterday showed why. They hadn’t beaten Kilkenny in their own backyard since 1964 so a win was definitely valued. What was so impressive about the performance was their use of the ball. They were creating space and finding their men which resulted in well taken scores. Players such as Simon Lambert, David Treacy, and Peter Kelly shone, and Danny Sutcliffe proved a handful for the Kilkenny defence. There is no doubt that game was blackened by 3 red cards, the one dished to John Joe Farrell particularly harsh. Sutcliffe was seen off with two yellows, but the two Kilkenny players received straight reds, which results in a months suspension. Jj Farrell’s may be appealed and if it’s rescinded, more questions will be asked about the use of cards in hurling. Kilkenny’s performance while under par, was probably down to a number of reasons, let’s not forget that they have not played a game up until mid February, plus being decimated with injured players and the absent Ballyhale players. All that said however, the performance of some of the new players was disappointing, which will be a worry for Cody. An unusually flat performance, but sometimes that happens, they’ll looking for an improvement when they go to Galway.
Galway Vs Tipperary.
Galway were buzzing after the win over Clare last week, while Tipperary were very disappointing in their opener against Dublin. A win would be a major boost to either team. A solid contest with great scores being traded. New players such Conor Cooney and Jason Forde were particularly impressive. Tipp can be happy with their days work, as regulars such Bubbles O’ Dwyer and Seamus Callanan were back to their dangerous best, scoring decisive goals. Galway were valued in their efforts too, aswell, fighting to the very end for a win but coming up short. Anthony Cunningham will pleased with his charges. A win at home to Kilkenny will put tthem in a good position.
Clare Vs Cork.
Whenever these two counties meet, there is always fireworks. Both were beaten in the first round and were looking to get their campaign up and running. The best of Clare and Cork’s youth was on show with Booby Duggan and Alan Cadagon on fire. Cork improved on their poor opening performance. Jimmy Barry Murphy will be pleased with his side’s attitude in getting back on track. Davy Fitzgerald and his Clare team on the other hand, are heading into the third round still pointless. The sight of the Blue and Gold will get their backs up and will add fuel to the fire. It’s still only February so there is a lot of hurling to be done, but time to get a win is now. On a side note, it is a total mystery to me why Patrick Horgan’s foul did not go unpunished. To strike a player in the neck area is extremely dangerous and to make things worse, it was off the ball. A lot of reds were flashed this weekend, and you would have to wonder, why referees are punishing JJ Farrell’s type of foul, which let’s be honest was not even a free in, and something like what happened in Cork wasn’t even dealt with. The debate of what constitutes a red card lives on.