Sport Hurling

Sunday 22 October 2017

Game At A Glance

MAN OF THE MATCH

Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

Paul Ryan (Dublin)

Any day when a forward signs off on 2-7 (with 2-3 from open play) is a good one. It's better still when delivered in a provincial final where your team ended a 52-year wait for the title. A game Ryan deserves to savour for a long time to come.

TURNING POINT

None. After an even opening 15 minutes, Dublin applied a power surge which left them with an interval lead of eight points. It gave them a winning platform from which they never looked like being dislodged.

TALKING POINT

What has happened to Galway this year? They appear to be right back to the bad old days when they went six seasons (2006-2011) without reaching an All-Ireland semi-final.

MAGIC MOMENT

The presentation of the Bob O'Keeffe Cup to John McCaffrey at the end of a day that will be forever remembered in Dublin hurling history. The long wait for a Leinster title is finally over.

REF WATCH

Johnny Ryan was overly lenient on Galway's David Burke after he jabbed Danny Sutcliffe with his hurley in the 28th minute. It merited red, not yellow. Ryan was also lax on throws masquerading as handpasses but, in fairness, so are all the other referees.

WHAT THEY SAID

Anthony Daly (Dublin manager):

"I knew coming in that I wasn't coming to a place that had no chance. We had dark days alright, there's no doubt about it. Driving around Fanore there after the Antrim defeat... we were in it for the days like today, the joy of it. It's what I love doing. I'd love to be still playing, but I wouldn't make it at the minute. Fitzy is not giving me the heads up down there."

Anthony Cunningham

(Galway manager):

"They are the most progressive team in the country. They are progressing at the fastest rate and it is more a lesson for us as to how we copy what they are doing because they have progressed each match they've played. We have a bit of catching up to do on Dublin but we're not out of the championship yet. It is do or die the next day."

MATCH STATISTICS

Wides:

Dublin 8 (6 first half)

Galway 12 (10)

Frees:

Dublin 13 (7)

Galway 11(5)

Yellow cards:

Dublin 1 (D O'Callaghan 22)

Galway 2 (D Burke 28, N Burke 39)

Red cards:

Dublin 0 Galway 0

WHAT'S NEXT?

Dublin have qualified for the All-Ireland semi-final on August 11, while Galway will play in the All-Ireland quarter-finals on July 28.

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