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Five things we learned from today's volcanic hurling semi-final

Damian Lawlor

Published 16/08/2015 | 21:42

Seamus Callanan celebrates scoring for Tipperary.
Seamus Callanan celebrates scoring for Tipperary.
Tipperary's Seamus Callanan celebrates after scoring a goal within the opening minute of the All-Ireland Senior Championship semi-final

Five things we learned from today's game:

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1) Different

This Galway team is different. There is something about them, a sense that maybe the young colts are arriving at the same time. They never panicked and replied with a score each time Tipp netted.

2) Unplayable

On his day no one in Ireland can handle Seamie Callanan. It said much that the Galway management left it so late to switch John Hanbury onto him. It would have mattered little who manned him.

3) Patience

16 August 2015; Tipperary's Pádraic Maher dejected after the game. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Tipperary v Galway. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
16 August 2015; Tipperary's Pádraic Maher dejected after the game. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Tipperary v Galway. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
Galway manager Anthony Cunningham celebrates his side's victory at the final whistle.
Galway's Shane Maloney scores the winning point in the final moments of the game.
16 August 2015; Shane McGrath, Tipperary, in action against Jonathan Glynn, Galway. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Tipperary v Galway. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Tipperary's Seamus Callanan celebrates after scoring a goal within the opening minute of the All-Ireland Senior Championship semi-final
Galway's Joe Canning, Galway in action against Kieran Bergin,
Seamus Callanan celebrates scoring for Tipperary.
16 August 2015; James Barry, Tipperary, in action against Cathal Mannion, Galway. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Tipperary v Galway. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Tomas Greally / SPORTSFILE
16 August 2015; Padraig Mannion, Galway, in action against Seamus Callanan, Tipperary. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Tipperary v Galway. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
16 August 2015; Brendan Maher, Tipperary, in action against John Hanbury, right, and Iarla Tannian, Galway. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Tipperary v Galway. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE
16 August 2015; Shane McGrath, Tipperary, in action against Jonathan Glynn, Galway. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Tipperary v Galway. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
16 August 2015; Joe Canning, Galway, in action against Kieran Bergin, Tipperary. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Tipperary v Galway. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
16 August 2015; Joe Canning, Galway, takes a penalty that was saved by Tipperary goalkeeper Darren Gleeson. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Tipperary v Galway. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE
16 August 2015; Joe Canning, Galway, in action against Kieran Bergin, Tipperary. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Tipperary v Galway. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
16 August 2015; Seamus Callanan, Tipperary. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Tipperary v Galway. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE
16 August 2015; Cyril Donnellan, Galway, is adjudged to have been fouled by Cathal Barrett, Tipperary, by referee Barry Kelly, resulting in a penalty. GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship, Semi-Final, Tipperary v Galway. Croke Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Anthony Cunningham told Brian Cody he'd see him again in the All Ireland final and he's been proven right. Had Galway over reacted last year Cunningham may have been let go and Galway hurling would be back to square one again.

4) Depth

Galway are stronger than they were last year - much stronger. Not only were they able to summon a young match winner from the bench but they also have key leaders in Dave Collins and Fergal Moore there. This could stand to them in the final against a Kilkenny side that used just one sub last Time out.

5) Curtains

While it's the end of the road for Eamon O'Shea it could also spell the end for a number of players. The likes of Lar Corbett and Conor O'Mahony have given some service but there another three to four players who might not feature again in the Tipp shirt.

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