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Saturday 19 April 2014

Galway claim All-Ireland Under-21 title

Galway won their second All-Ireland Under-21 football championship title in three years with a 1-14 to 1-11 victory over Cork at the Limerick Gaelic Grounds.

The Tribesmen took up the attacking mantle in the early stages with Shane Walsh, Cathal Mulryan and Adrian Varley shooting them into a 0-5 to 0-1 lead by the 19th minute.

Brian Hurley narrowed the gap with a couple of points, but three wonderful scores from Ian Burke ensured that the Connacht champions held onto a healthy lead throughout the first half.

As half-time approached, Dan MacEoin slotted over a couple of Cork scores. At the break, Galway led by 0-9 to 0-5, and in the 40th minute they struck for a goal, Damien Comer picking up Varley's lay-off to blast the ball to the roof of the net.

Cork hit back with a superb goal from Brian Hurley, who gave Thomas Healy no chance with an angled shot to the top corner of the net.

They added points through Cathal Vaughan and Dan MacEoin to set up a gripping finish, but Galway had the character, the grit and the defensive nous to hold out for their fifth title at this level.

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