Bord Gais Energy All-Ireland U21HC final
Galway v Dublin, Thurles, 7pm
Dublin 1-10 Galway 3-14
Full Time: Dublin hurlers concede an All-Ireland title to a Galway side for the second week running as superior skill seals the victory for the tribesmen following a gutsy, hard-fought battle.
62 mins: The final whistle sounds with Galway victorious by a comprehensive ten-point margin
60 mins: Ten points between the sides as play enters extra time
57 mins: David Burke points once more as the victory edges closer for the tribesmen
56 mins: Dublin trail by eight as midfielder Daniel Sutcliffe puts a long-range effort wide
53 mins: Despite some fine scores from Dublin, there is no silencing the Galway threat and it is looking ominous for the boys in blue now
50 mins: There is no let up in the Galway stream train as the impressive Davie Glennon gets what must be the point of the final for the tribesmen
49 mins: Great point from Thomas Connolly who has taken over free-taking duties from the subsituted Kevin O’Loughlin
48 mins: Barry Daly gets another for Galway almost immediately
48 mins: Robbie McMahon forces a heroic save from Galway keeper Jamie Ryan following good Dublin play but they add on another with a 65
47 mins: Dublin get another to go nine behind
46 mins: No goal threat as of yet from Dublin as they trail by ten points
45 mins: Galway are rewarded following good play from Barry Daly and Niall Burke steps up to convert the easy free.
40 mins: Dublin attack struggle to find openings as Galway defence looks strong
35 mins: Barry Daly is awarded a free for Galway and Niall Burke converts for their ninth point of the game so far
34 mins: Kevin O’ Loughlin attempts to keep his side in it with another well taken free
33 mins: Dublin with a lot to do as they slot over another point
32 mins: David Burke emphasises his domination of the midfied for Galway as he finds his shooting range with another point for the Westeners
30 mins: Galway begin the second half as they started the first with David Glennon the one to point for the corribsiders on this occasion
Half time: An energetic and fast paced first half is defined by three outstanding Galway goals as the tribesmen demonstrate superior skill
32 mins: Tadhg Haran hits a wide on the stroke of half time as his side go in leaders by a scoreline of 2-2 at the break.
29 mins: Dublin with alot to do now after defence is ripped apart once more as James Regan slots the ball comfortably past Ger McManus
27 mins: Superb Galway skill rips the Dublin defence wide open after David Burke finds David Glennon who makes no mistake for Galway’s second goal.
24 mins: The impressive Tadhg Haran puts his side two ahead in what is a very fast paced game
22 mins: Galway go one ahead once more after Niall Burke points for the corribsiders
22 mins: Impressive period of play from Dublin as Conor Cooney puts over an impressive effort to put the sides level
20 mins: Kevin O’Loughlin does not miss when the metropolitans are awarded a free at the other end and are now only one behind
20 mins: Dublin regroup following a poor Tadhg Haran free effort for the Westeners
19 mins: Resulting free is put wide
19 mins: Free awarded against Senior Dublin star Liam Rushe as he attempts to make his presence felt amongst the Galway forward line
17 mins: Tadhg Haran gets another to put the tribesmen two ahead once more
16 mins: Kevin O’ Loughlin keeps Dublin only one point adrift with well taken free
13 mins: James Regan gets his first of the game to put Galway two ahead
10 mins: Penalty is awarded to Galway which they convert as tensions threaten to boil over
9 mins: Dublin goal keeper Ger McManus is shown a yellow card following a scuffle in front of the Dublin goal
7 mins: Dublin have the lead in the early stages of what has the makings to be a very physical game
5 mins: Dublin consolidate their lead with a long-range free
2 mins: Thomas Connolly puts Dublin ahead with a cracking goal after Galway keeper Jamie Ryan fumbles a high ball
1 mins: Another point for Galway as they start strongly
0 mins: Tadhg Haran gets Galway off to a flying start with a point in the first play of the match
0min This weekend’s All-Ireland Under 21 hurling final is a repeat of last weekend’s minor final which was won comprehensively by Galway. One can imagine that after coming so close to beating Tipperary in the senior semi-final and losing last week in the minor final, Dublin will be determined to finally land an All-Ireland hurling title.
Galway (U21HC v Dublin): Jamie Ryan; Declan Connolly, Niall Donoghue, Ger O’Halloran; Jason Grealish, Paul Gordon, Rory Foy; Johnny Coen, David Burke; Barry Daly (captain), Niall Burke, Tadhg Haran; James Regan, Conor Cooney, David Glennon.
Dublin (U21HC v Galway): Ger McManus; Bill O’Carroll, Darren Kelly, Jack Doughan; Dean Curran, Liam Rushe, Martin Quilty; Conor Gough, Danny Sutcliffe; Daire Plunkett, Mark Schutte, Thomas Connolly; Kevin O’Loughlin, Niall McMorrow, Eamon Dillon. Subs: Damien Gallagher, Fionán Clabby, Seán McGrath, Stephen O’Connor, Robbie McMahon, Conor Murphy, Odhran Ó Maoiléidigh, Ben Quinn, Kevin Fitzgerald.
Dublin have been very impressive in their march to this final, particularly in the Leinster championship. In the early rounds of the Leinster championship, they enjoyed convincing wins over Offaly and Laois, to set up a final appearance against a highly rated Wexford side that had already knocked out Kilkenny. In that final, Dublin were absolutely superb winning by 1-18 to 0-11, with early substitute Eamonn Dillon grabbing 1-2 after coming on after 27 minutes. Several of these players have made appearances with the Dublin seniors this year and one in particular, Liam Rushe seems to be a shoo in to win the young hurler of the year award. Others such as Daire Plunkett and Mark Schutte have already appeared for the seniors while Conor Gough, Martin Quilty, Darren Kelly and Thomas Connolly ( a younger brother of football star, Diarmuid) are certainly stars of the future.
Of course, Dublin are coming into this game on the back of a rather easy quarter-final game against Antrim when they won on a scoreline of 3-23 to 0-6 and it remains to be seen if this game turns out to be a help or a hindrance.
Unlike Dublin who have already got four games under their belt, Galway have just played the one game so far in this year’s championship. In the All-Ireland semi-final, they surprised everyone by beating Munster champions Limerick. The fact that Limerick came out of a Munster championship that contained highly rated teams such as Waterford, Tipperary, Clare and Cork seemed to indicate that it would be them who would meet Dublin in the final but led by senior star David Burke, Galway upset the odds winning by 0-22 to 2-14 in an epic contest. On the day, it was the Galway half-forward line that did much of the damage with senior player, Barry Daly, Niall Burke and Tadhg Haran grabbing 17 points between them. The clash of Burke, who scored 7 points from play and Liam Rushe could be worth the entrance fee alone. Other Galway players to look out for include full-back, Niall Donoghue, Johnny Coen and last year’s minor star, David Glennon.
Because of Galway’s chronic lack of games coming into this All-Ireland final, it is nigh on impossible to pick a winner. Due to the format of the championship, one almost feels as if Dublin deserve the title more than the westerners but unfortunately that alone will not be enough to win the title. There is a growing feeling within the game that all these underage titles are almost wasted on Galway as they have not really earned them and also that they do not appear to be doing Galway any good either. Their failure after failure at senior level is a testament to this.
Despite Galway’s excellent victory over Limerick, one gets the feeling that Limerick might have been so caught up in their epic win over Cork in the Munster final and may have taken their eye off the ball. That, and the presence of Liam Rushe have persuaded me to plump for Dublin in this one.