Galway land under-21 crown in thriller
Published 04/05/2013 | 20:40
Galway are the All-Ireland under-21 football champions for 2013 after defeating Cork by 1-14 to 1-11 at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick.
The superior finishing of Ian Burke, Shane Walsh and Cathal Mulryan was vital but their defending was first class.
At one stage in the second period Cork trailed by nine and they deserve huge credit for the character they showed to get themselves back in the game.
Galway made the better opening with the accurate Shane Walsh kicking over two frees.
Damien Cahalane got the Rebels off the mark when he came up from full-back and slotted over a 45.
A fine brace from marauding wing-forward Cathal Mulryan helped the Tribesmen stretch their advantage.
A superb point from Adrian Varley, a brace from the industrious Ian Burke and another Walsh free had Galway firmly in the driving seat.
Ian Burke was dissecting the uprights again soon afterwards but late frees from Dan MacEoin made it 9-0 to 0-5 at the break in favour of the Connacht champions.
Cork needed a spark and Brian Hurley provided it with two superb scores to reduce the arrears.
Ian Burke, this time off his left, responded for Galway but Dan MacEoin cancelled it out when he whipped over a point with his trusty left foot.
Cathal Mulryan scored his third point of the night and Shane Walsh added to it with another successful free.
Galway got a huge shot in the arm when great hands in the worsening conditions set up Damien Comer who blasted to the net.
When Paul Varley and David Cullane put Galway into a nine point lead it was looking ominous for the Rebels but they rallied admirably.
First Alan Cadogan pointed before Brian Hurley found the top corner with an audacious shot to make it a five point game.
Substitute Cathal Vaughan and a huge free from Dan MacEoin made it a three point game.
Shane Walsh missed a few frees for Galway as they struggled to copperfasten their lead.
Cork tried desperately to find the goal the goal that would force extra time but Galway stood firm to claim the title.