Tuesday 28 February 2017

Galway's latest crop can bloom

Cyril Farrell

Tipperary will book into the All-Ireland U-21 hurling final by beating Antrim in Tullamore today, leaving the main interest on the second semi-final between Dublin and Galway.

It's a game both counties badly need to win. An All-Ireland title -- in any grade -- would be a massive boost to Dublin and, while it's asking a lot of them to beat Galway and Tipperary, that's the level at which they have to aim.

If Galway lose, it will be the first year since 1995 that they haven't been in the All-Ireland final at senior, minor or U-21 level -- a statistic which shows how much talent the county has produced over the past 15 years.

Question is -- what happened to it subsequently?

Galway manager Anthony Cunningham is drawing mainly from the 2008/09 minor teams today, so they will probably have a better U-21 team next year when these lads mature further, but I would still expect them to beat Dublin and take their chance against Tipperary in the final.

Irish Independent

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