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Leinster SHC Round 5

DUBLIN 3-19 GALWAY 0-24

By Paul Keane at Parnell Park, Dublin

Parnell Park proved to be Dublin's fortress yet again as Mattie Kenny's men staged a thrilling late scoring siege to secure their biggest Championship win in several seasons.

Trailing with 66 minutes on the clock, the 2013 Leinster champions looked in real danger of slipping to their second defeat in four games.

But from there they outscored the 2017 All-Ireland winners by five points with captain Chris Crummey blasting the crucial 68th minute goal to extend their summer.

Dublin will now advance to an All-Ireland preliminary round quarter-final tie against the Joe McDonagh Cup winners as the third placed team in Leinster.

Galway's summer, however, is over after a draw between Kilkenny and Wexford elsewhere which ultimately nudged the 2018 Leinster winners into fourth position in the table.

Their supporters at a packed out Parnell Park looked shell-shocked when they heard the news having put themselves in a strong position to win just minutes earlier.

The venue has been kind to Dublin all year with Kenny's side undefeated so far in the league and Championship, beating Waterford there during the league and drawing with Wexford more recently.

It was thrill-a-minute stuff at the north-Dublin ground throughout with the sides level a whopping 17 times and eight times in the first-half alone.

The hits were huge in an ultra intense affair and two key players picked up early injuries that forced them off.

Dublin full-back Eoghan O'Donnell made way after just 15 minutes and Conor Whelan trudged off for Galway 11 minutes later.

That left Galway without arguably their two best forwards in Whelan and long-term injury victim Joe Canning, though Canning would eventually come on and strike two points.

Galway's top scorer Cathal Mannion picked up the scoring slack for the westerners and drilled six first-half points, five of those coming from frees.

Whelan grabbed one before making way too while Jason Flynn and Brian Concannon were also on the mark.

But it was virtually score for score as Dublin asked plenty of questions at the other end with Cian Boland on form initially.

O'Rorke and Danny Sutcliffe also pointed and the scores were tied at 0-8 to 0-8 when Dublin grabbed their opening goal in the 29th minute.

It was a trademark poacher's strike from Dillon who sped clear and slotted home with an improvised finish.

But Galway responded with four points in a row from Mannion, Colm Callanan and David Burke to lead narrowly at half-time, 0-12 to 1-08.

It remained just as tight for the majority of the second-half with the game continuing in that score-for-score pattern.

Sean Moran struck Dublin's second goal from a penalty just after the restart but Galway were boosted by Canning's introduction after long-term injury and he scored from his first play, adding another.

Galway were in the driving seat approaching the finish line but just couldn't finish it off and were powerless to prevent that brilliant late Dublin charge.

Dublin scorers: Oisin O'Rorke 0-9 (0-5f, 0-01 65), Eamon Dillon 1-1, Sean Moran 1-0 (1-0 pen), Chris Crummey 1-0, Conal Keaney 0-3, Danny Sutcliffe 0-2, Cian Boland 0-2, Liam Rushe 0-1, Alan Nolan 0-1.

Galway scorers: Cathal Mannion 0-9 (0-7f), David Burke 0-3, Jason Flynn 0-3, Joe Canning 0-2, Colm Callanan 0-1 (0-1f), Johnny Coen 0-1, David Glennon 0-1, Conor Whelan 0-1, Brian Concannon 0-1, Joseph Cooney 0-1, Padraic Mannion 0-1.

DUBLIN: Alan Nolan; Paddy Smyth, Eoghan O'Donnell, Shane Barrett; Sean Moran, Cian Hendricken, Chris Crummey; Sean Treacy, Tom Connolly; Conal Keaney, Cian Boland, Danny Sutcliffe; Liam Rushe, Oisin O'Rorke, Eamon Dillon. Subs: James Madden for O'Donnell (15), Fergal Whitely for Boland (47), Daire Grey for Hendricken (51), Darragh O'Connell for Treacy (57), Ronan Hayes for Rushe (65).

GALWAY: Colm Callanan; Darren Morrissey, Daithi Burke, Aidan Harte; Padraic Mannion, Joseph Cooney, Gearoid McInerney; Johnny Coen, David Burke; Jonathan Glynn, Cathal Mannion, Adrian Tuohey; Brian Concannon, Jason Flynn, Conor Whelan. Subs: David Glennon for Whelan (26), Joe Canning for Tuohey (47), Niall Burke for Concannon (54), Thomas Monaghan for Niall Burke (61), Sean Linnane for Coen (70).

Referee: Cathal McAllister (Cork).

Galway Senior Hurling team to face Dublin in Leinster S.H.C. Round Robin

1. Colm Callanan (Kinvara)

2. Darren Morrissey (Sarsfields)

3. Daithí Burke (Turloughmore)

4. Aidan Harte (Gort)

5. Padraic Mannion (Ahascragh Fohenagh)

6. Gearoid McInerney (Oranmore Maree)

7. Joseph Cooney (Sarsfields)

8. Johnny Coen (Loughrea)

9. David Burke (Capt.) (St. Thomas')

10. Cathal Mannion (Ahascragh Fohenagh)

11. Jonathan Glynn (Ardrahan)

12. Adrian Tuohy (Beagh)

13. Conor Whelan (Kinvara)

14. Jason Flynn (Tommy Larkins)

15. Brian Concannon (Killimordaly)

 

 

Leinster Senior Hurling Championship

GALWAY 3-20 KILKENNY 2-22

By Cian O’Connell at Nowlan Park

Where to start? Galway’s skill? Kilkenny’s spirit? An absorbing match at Nowlan Park culminated in a victory for Galway.

That was what mattered most of all as suddenly Galway’s hurling world appears far brighter after a critical victory was posted against a typically gritty striped team.

Kilkenny ended the tussle with 13 men, Galway concluded with 14 and though the visitors moved six points clear with 10 minutes remaining, Brian Cody’s team stayed the distance.

Five late Kilkenny efforts on the spin ensured there was no shortage of drama, but Galway held on taking a prized scalp, and more importantly, putting two points safely into their Leinster Championship account.

A game that will linger long in the memory supplied so many topics of conversation. TJ Reid’s enduring excellence; Cathal Mannion’s seven points from play; Jonathan Glynn’s effectiveness; Kilkenny’s refusal to wilt. Still when the long whistle was blasted Galway were in front by one and it was sufficient.

The opening period moved along at a good clip with Galway and Kilkenny both contributing to a hugely interesting and entertaining start.

Ultimately Galway were satisfied to depart at the break armed with a 1-13 to 1-10 advantage with Cathal Mannion’s influence considerable.

Mannion mined six sweet points from a variety of distances and angles for Galway, who thundered into the contest accumulating a 1-5 to 0-3 lead by the 13th minute.

Galway’s goal was struck in the 11th minute with Mannion supplying the pass which enabled Conor Whelan to burst clear prior to thumping a blistering effort into the back of the Kilkenny net.

Despite the setback there was much to admire in the resilient manner Kilkenny responded by stitching a 1-4 without reply sequence together.

Inevitably TJ Reid was prominent drilling an opportunistic 15th minute major punishing hesitancy in the Galway rearguard following a Colin Fennelly pass.

Mannion brought Galway back within the minimum and while a Darren Brennan free edged the Cats two ahead, Michael Donoghue’s outfit remained defiant.

In the last 10 minutes of the first half Galway, prompted by Mannion’s splendid wrists, outscored Kilkenny by seven points to two.

It was a positive stint for Galway, who registered 1-13 from 21 attempts compared to Kilkenny’s 1-10 from 17.

When the action recommenced it was similarly intriguing. Galway were in front by five in the 48th minute as Paul Murphy was sent off for a second bookable offence for a foul on Brian Concannon.

Mannion and Reid traded points prior to a Conncannon goal on 50 as the Killimordaly clubman book ended a move featuring Glynn, Whelan, and Flynn.

That had Galway eight up, but another Kilkenny was sparked. In the 59th minute Kilkenny had the gap down to three when the ever industrious Reid planted a goal.

Galway summoned a riposte with Flynn’s flick releasing substitute Johnny Coen, who made the Kilkenny net dance from an awkward angle.

Due to Kilkenny’s passion Galway didn’t score again. Eight minutes were left when John Hanbury was sent off for Galway, Reid subsequently clipped two frees.

Then Ger Aylward was dismissed for a second yellow card offence, but Kilkenny ploughed on unperturbed. Reid added a couple of frees and it was deep into stoppage time when Richie Leahy had the margin down to one.

Galway held on and next Saturday’s games at Parnell Park and Innovate Wexford Park will be monitored with interest.

Scorers for Galway: Cathal Mannion 0-8 (7fs), Brian Concannon and Conor Whelan 1-2 each, Johnny Coen 1-1, Jason Flynn 0-3 (2fs), Adrian Tuohey 0-2, David Burke and Jonathan Glynn 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kilkenny: TJ Reid 2-11 (6fs, 165), Billy Ryan 0-3, Richie Leahy and Bill Sheehan 0-2 each, Alan Murphy, Colin Fennelly, Paddy Deegan, and Darren Brennan (f) 0-1 each.

GALWAY: Colm Callanan; Aidan Harte, Daithí Burke, John Hanbury; Padraic Mannion, Joseph Cooney, Gearoid McInerney; Seán Loftus, David Burke; Jonathan Glynn, Cathal Mannion, Adrian Tuohey; Conor Whelan, Jason Flynn, Brian Concannon.

Subs: Johnny Coen for Loftus (HT), Davey Glennon for Tuohey (59), Niall Burke for Concannon (64), Sean Linnane for Flynn (70+2).

KILKENNY: Darren Brennan; Tommy Walsh, Huw Lawlor, Paul Murphy; Conor Fogarty, Padraig Walsh, Paddy Deegan; Alan Murphy, Richie Leahy; Adrian Mullen, Billy Ryan, TJ Reid; Bill Sheehan, Colin Fennelly, Ger Aylward.

Subs: Richie Hogan for Mullen (32), Joey Holden for T Walsh (44), Jason Cleere for Murphy (50), John Donnelly for Sheehan (58).

REFEREE: Colm Lyons (Cork).

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Galway Senior Hurling team to face Kilkenny

1. Colm Callanan (Kinvara)

2. John Hanbury (Rahoon Newcastle)

3. Daithí Burke (Turloughmore)

4. Aidan Harte (Gort)

5. Padraic Mannion (Ahascragh Fohenagh)

6. Gearoid McInerney (Oranmore Maree)

7. Joseph Cooney (Sarsfields)

8. Seán Loftus (Turloughmore)

9. David Burke (Capt.) (St. Thomas')

10. Cathal Mannion (Ahascragh Fohenagh)

11. Jonathan Glynn (Ardrahan)

12. Adrian Tuohy (Beagh)

13. Conor Whelan (Kinvara)

14. Jason Flynn (Tommy Larkins)

15. Brian Concannon (Killimordaly)

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