Dublin are Leinster champions for the seventh consecutive occasion, as they saw off a spirited Kildare performance in Croke Park.
The Boys in Blue won out 2-23 to 1-17, but there were several positives to take away for Cian O’Neill as his side faces into the qualifiers.
While Dublin created history, many felt that it was a moral victory for the Lilywhites.
Kildare have done well. Asked questions of the team of this generation. Going the right way. Out of comfort zone, will stand to them #GAA
— Daragh Ó Conchúir (@RebelDevil71) July 16, 2017
Kildare missed their two goal chances, Dublin took theirs. That’s the difference. Still 1-17 is impressive against the Dubs
— James Murray (@J_Murray12) July 16, 2017
However, undoubtedly the man of the match was Con O’Callaghan. The young Cuala star stole the show, scored 12 points, with six from play.
Having already scooped an All-Ireland u-21 crown this year, O’Callaghan has fought his way in Jim Gavin’s starting plans.
Con O’Callaghan looks every inch the successor to Bernard Brogan there. Hasn’t missed a beat
— Cahair O’Kane (@CahairOKane1) July 16, 2017
Con O'Callaghan, Sept 2016 to today:
Leinster SH club
All-Ireland SH club
— Shane Stapleton (@ShaneSaint) July 16, 2017
— Brian Cronin (@Barnflake) July 16, 2017
No such thing as a sure thing in sport, except for Con O’Callaghan winning 2017 young player of the year.
— Eoin Sheahan (@EoinSheahan) July 16, 2017
Con O’Callaghan’s coming of age performance. #GAA
— John Fogarty (@JohnFogartyIrl) July 16, 2017
Dublin now head to the quarter-finals, while Kildare will head to the back door, where they will face Armagh or Monaghan.