Classy Galway turn on the style to sweep Dublin aside in Leinster quarter-final
Galway 2-28 Dublin 1-17
Five points without reply straight after half time set Galway up for a comfortable victory over 14-man Dublin in the Leinster SHC quarter-final at O’Connor Park in Tullamore.
Galway’s forwards turned on the style with Joe Canning hitting 0-9 including five frees, Conor Whelan nailing five points from play and Conor Cooney grabbing 1-3.
At half time, Dublin were very much still in the game and seemed to have momentum after a late Ben Quinn goal brought them back to within three points Micheál Donoghue’s men.
Ger Cunningham’s men began brightly and matched Galway’s hunger around the middle of the park but they were wasteful in front of goal, hitting five wides in the opening 11 minutes and twice being penalised for taking too many steps.
Galway were more clinical and raced into an early 0-4 to 0-1 lead thanks to points from Canning, Jason Flynn, David Burke and Whelan.
Dublin hit a purple patch in front of goal and took the lead after four points in quick succession from Eamonn Dillon, Shane Barrett, Donal Burke and David Treacy.
However, their backs simply couldn’ handle the movement of the Galway forwards and the Tribesmen had already regained the lead before Jason Flynn grabbed their first goal, pouncing on a rebound after Joseph Cooney’s effort was well saved by Conor Dooley.
Galway were six points in front and seemingly cruising before Dublin gave themselves a lifeline in the third minute of first-half stoppage time when Quinn found the net with a fine finish.
Any hopes of an upset were dashed within five minutes of the break however when Dublin corner back Cian O’Callaghan was sent off by Barry Kelly for a second bookable offence.
Galway tagged on five points in quick succession and from there they never looked back.
Conor Cooney grabbed their second goal after 53 minutes and substitute Niall Burke staked a strong claim for a starting spot with an excellent cameo and two fine points.
Galway cruised to a 2-28 to 1-17 victory in the end and they will meet Offaly in the Leinster semi-final.
Dublin will enter the qualifiers hoping to salvage some pride from a hugely frustrating season.
Galway: C Callanan, A Touhy, D Burke, P Killeen, P Mannion, G McInerney, A Harte, J Coen, D Burke (0-3), J Flynn (1-2), J Canning (0-9, 5f), J Cooney (0-1), C Whelan (0-5), C Mannion (0-1), C Cooney (1-3)
Subs: J Hanbury for P Killeen, N Burke (0-2) for C Cooney, T Monaghan (0-1) for C Mannion, S Loftus for J Coen, E Burke (0-1) for D Burke
Dublin: C Dooley, C O’Callaghan, E O’Donnell, O Gough, C Crummey (0-2), L Rushe, S Barrett (0-1), B Quinn (1-0), S Moran, E Conroy, N McMorrow, D Treacy (0-5, 4f), D Burke (0-3, 2f), R O’Dwyer, E Dillon (0-2)
Subs: R McBride (0-1) for F Whitely (0-1) for D Treacy, J Malone for N McMorrow, D O’Callaghan for D Burke, J Hetherton (0-2, 1f) for R O’Dwyer, R McBride (0-1) for E Conroy, F Whitely (0-1) for D Treacy,
Referee: B Kelly