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Kilkenny too strong for Dublin

Kilkenny cruised into the Leinster SHC final with a resounding 2-21 to 0-9 victory over Dublin at Portlaoise.

Brian Cody's Cats showed no mercy to their opponents as they handed out an 18 points mauling to set up a meeting with Galway in the decider.

Henry Shefflin's return from injury with a 10 points tally added a gloss to a satisfactory evening for a Kilkenny side that performed with real intent and awesome power.

For Dublin, it's a time for deep reflection on what must be seen as a huge setback to Anthony Daly's project, but they must pick themselves up and move on once they find out on Monday morning who their Qualifier opponents will be.

TJ Reid fired in the first goal on 17 minutes, and Richie Power added a second 10 minutes later, while six Shefflin frees helped the Cats to a commanding 2-10 to 0-6 interval lead.

Dublin managed just three points in the second half, with Paul Ryan (0-4) their top scorer, while Shefflin's 0-10 tally, all from frees, ensured Kilkenny's safe passage.

For Dublin, who were rescued from an even heavier defeat by three superb Gary Maguire saves, it's all eyes on Monday's Qualifiers draw.

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