Sunday 25 September 2016

Molloy gets Tribesmen over the line

Galway 0-21 Dublin 0-19 (After extra time)

Jackie Cahill

Published 21/08/2016 | 02:30

Galway players Cian Burke (left) and Seán Loftus celebrate after the match Photos: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Galway players Cian Burke (left) and Seán Loftus celebrate after the match Photos: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Galway skipper Brian Molloy led by example as he bagged ten points in Semple Stadium to send the Tribesmen through to a Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland under 21 final clash against Waterford on September 10.

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Molloy hit four from play and six nerveless placed balls - including three in the second period of extra-time - as Galway finally saw off the challenge of dogged Dublin.

Dublin's Cian Boland in action against Galway's Shane Cooney Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Dublin's Cian Boland in action against Galway's Shane Cooney Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Played out in dreadful weather conditions, and with 4,125 spectators present in Thurles, Galway got over the line in a repeat of the 2011 final as they reached a first decider in five years.

Certainly, Galway's shooting will have to be much better against the Deise as they registered 16 wides over the 80 minutes - with Dublin racking up 21. It was an error-strewn encounter but Molloy came up trumps when his team needed him most.

Galway dug deep in the first half against the breeze to trail by just 0-10 to 0-7 at the break.

Dublin didn't help themselves by registering nine wides in that opening period but they had a let-off on the stroke of half-time when Galway senior star Conor Whelan lashed a shot that Johnathan Treacy somehow managed to deflect off the crossbar.

Andrew Jamieson-Murphy of Dublin scores a first half point Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach / Sportsfile
Andrew Jamieson-Murphy of Dublin scores a first half point Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach / Sportsfile

The Sky Blues moved into an early 0-3 to 0-0 lead as Andrew Jamieson-Murphy, Chris Bennett (free) and Cian Boland registered early scores.

Galway did cut the margin back to a single point but that was as close as they got for the remainder of the half.

Dublin moved four points clear on the resumption but six points on the spin from Galway put them in a commanding position, as Molloy's point in the 43rd minute had the Tribesmen ahead for the first time.

But in a rip-roaring final ten minutes, the sides were level four times as the pendulum swung one way and then the other.

A Molloy block-buster from inside his own half had Galway a point clear, Sean Treacy's free restored parity and while Thomas Monaghan looked to have won it for Galway, back came Dublin as Cian MacGabhann held his nerve after being blocked down to regain possession and fire over the leveller.

Scorers - Dublin: C Bennett (3f), R McBride & C Boland 0-3 each, A Jamieson-Murphy & S Treacy (2f) 0-2 each, J Madden, F Ó Riain Broin, C MacGabhann, S Barrett, E Conroy & E McHugh 0-1 each. Galway: B Molloy 0-10 (5f, 1 65), D Nevin (1 sl) & T Monaghan 0-3 each, C Whelan & É Burke 0-2 each, D Dolan 0-1.

Galway: C Tuohy; C Jennings, D O'Donoghue, D Cronin; F Burke, S Cooney, S Loftus; D Nevin, D Dolan; K McHugo, B Molloy, É Burke; T Monaghan, C Whelan, C Burke. Subs: B Concannon for McHugo (40), J Mannion for C Burke (45), E Brannigan for Dolan (53), S Linnane for Whelan (64), J Grealish for Mannion (70), A Morrissey for Monaghan (76).

Dublin: J Treacy; C MacGabhann, E O'Donnell, J Madden; F O'Riain Broin, S Barrett, J Bellew; R McBride, J Malone; C Boland, A Jamieson-Murphy, E Conroy; S Treacy, S Ó Riain, C Bennett. Subs: P O'Dea for Ó'Riain (44), C O'Neill for Bennett (46), E McHugh for Conroy (55), B Bolger for O'Riain Broin (60+1), Ó Riain for Jamieson-Murphy (69), M McCallion for Bolger (70), Bennett for McBride (72).

Referee: D Kirwan (Cork)

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