Saturday 21 September 2019

McDonagh points way as Galway make light of Glynn red card

Galway 0-20 Wexford 0-11

Kilkenny’s Timmy Clifford fends off the challenge of Ethan Hurley. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Kilkenny’s Timmy Clifford fends off the challenge of Ethan Hurley. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Galway set up a minor final clash with Kilkenny with this comfortable victory over a disappointing Wexford at Croke Park yesterday.

After a bright start that yielded three points, Galway went on to control the opening 30 minutes as a nervous-looking Wexford side found great difficulty in bringing any real pattern to their game.

28 July 2019; Players from both sides get involved in a row at the end of the Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor Championship Semi-Final match between Wexford and Galway at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
28 July 2019; Players from both sides get involved in a row at the end of the Electric Ireland GAA Hurling All-Ireland Minor Championship Semi-Final match between Wexford and Galway at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Midfielder Alex Connaire opened his side's account with a well-struck point inside the opening minute, while centre-forward Seán McDonagh followed almost immediately with a pointed free.

With centre-forward McDonagh showing real accuracy, Galway stretched into a 0-5 to 0-0 lead before Wexford eventually opened their account through a David Cantwell point, after the usually reliable A J Redmond had missed two frees.

As the Model youngsters struggled, it was Galway who played all the quality hurling, with McDonagh, Alex Connaire and Tiernan Killeen continuing to pick off points to help them to a 0-10 to 0-3 lead at the interval.

The expected Wexford second-half recovery failed to materialise as Galway opened with a Shane Morgan point, with Wexford's Redmond responding with a point from play. After Colm Cunningham and McDonagh's pointed free extended the Westerners' lead, they received a real blow in the 37th minute when they had centre-back Ian McGlynn straight red-carded.

Eoin Lawless of Galway celebrates at the final whistle. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Eoin Lawless of Galway celebrates at the final whistle. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Despite their numerical disadvantage, the Tribal dominance continued and they led by 0-14 to 0-5 at the end of the third quarter.

The young Slaneysiders were afforded a great opportunity of reducing the deficit two minutes later. A Justin Moran point attempt came back off the upright, but David Cantwell's delayed shot from the rebound was blocked and cleared.

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Galway were playing the slicker hurling through the pitch picking off some excellent points as they totally dominated the closing ten minutes.

The game ended on a sour note when Wexford were reduced to 13 players following an ugly melee, which saw both Kyle Scallan and Cian Molloy get red cards.

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