Monday 18 December 2017

the game at a glance

Man of the match

Ciaran Kilkenny (Dublin)

Galway's Conor Rabbitte was another serious contender for the honour, but the Castleknock dual star scored four of Dublin's six second-half points and really seized the initiative when the game was tied and moving into four minutes of injury time.

Turning point

John Small's 60th-minute point. The Dublin centre-back put his side back in front at a really critical stage of the match and Kilkenny then extended the lead to two to finally clinch it.

Talking point

How Dublin's highly-fancied young turks made such heavy work of it. Their attack had racked up 8-78 in five games but they were held scoreless for 13-minute spells twice yesterday.

Ref watch

Donegal's Robbie O'Donnell let the game flow, often at the expense of missing frees in the first half and he may have been a tad generous in the penalty decision, but his decision-making was generally balanced.

What they said

Dessie Farrell (Dublin manager):

"It wasn't pretty out there, a lot of poor football was played, but it was a great contest nonetheless. We've plenty of food for thought and room for improvement now, which is a good place to be."

Tommie Joyce (Galway manager):

"I knew coming up that everyone else had us written off but there is serious potential in our team and I knew they'd stand up to Dublin and we were just very unlucky in the finish."

Match statistics

Wides: Dublin 7 (6); Galway 9 (3)

Frees: Dublin 11 (4); Galway 14 (9)

Yellow Cards: Dublin 2 (Ivory 40, Small 62); Galway 0

Red Cards: 0

What next?

Dublin will play Tipperary in the All-Ireland minor final on September 18.

Irish Independent

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