the game at a glance
Man of the match
Ciaran Kilkenny (Dublin)
Galway's Conor Rabbitte was another serious contender for the honour, but the Castleknock dual star scored four of Dublin's six second-half points and really seized the initiative when the game was tied and moving into four minutes of injury time.
John Small's 60th-minute point. The Dublin centre-back put his side back in front at a really critical stage of the match and Kilkenny then extended the lead to two to finally clinch it.
How Dublin's highly-fancied young turks made such heavy work of it. Their attack had racked up 8-78 in five games but they were held scoreless for 13-minute spells twice yesterday.
Donegal's Robbie O'Donnell let the game flow, often at the expense of missing frees in the first half and he may have been a tad generous in the penalty decision, but his decision-making was generally balanced.
What they said
Dessie Farrell (Dublin manager):
"It wasn't pretty out there, a lot of poor football was played, but it was a great contest nonetheless. We've plenty of food for thought and room for improvement now, which is a good place to be."
Tommie Joyce (Galway manager):
"I knew coming up that everyone else had us written off but there is serious potential in our team and I knew they'd stand up to Dublin and we were just very unlucky in the finish."
Wides: Dublin 7 (6); Galway 9 (3)
Frees: Dublin 11 (4); Galway 14 (9)
Yellow Cards: Dublin 2 (Ivory 40, Small 62); Galway 0
Red Cards: 0
Dublin will play Tipperary in the All-Ireland minor final on September 18.