Wednesday 13 December 2017

Galway hang on to beat Waterford and set up Cats semi

Maurice Shanahan, Waterford, reacts to a missed chance during the first half.
Maurice Shanahan, Waterford, reacts to a missed chance during the first half.
Cormac Byrne

Cormac Byrne

Galway survived a late Waterford surge to win 0-15 to 0-12 at Walsh Park, Dungarvan and qualify for the league semi-finals.

Waterford finished fourth in Division 1A and avoided the relegation playoffs but their league campaign is over while Galway play Kilkenny in the league semi-final.

Both sides traded scores with Jake Dillon and Iarlaith Tannion pointing for their respective sides.

Galway looked strong early on and went 0-4 to 0-3 in front before Davy Glennon was taken down for a penalty but the Deise defence kept out Joe Canning's penalty.

Maurice Shanahan had a good chance of  goal but couldn't connect when Kevin Moran's shot came off the post.

Canning made up for his penalty miss to to put Galway 0-6 to 0-3 to the good.

The Tribesmen took control Iarla Tannian and Niall Burke hit late scores and Galway went in 0-8 to 0-3 in front at the break.

Maurice Shanahan and Davy Glennon traded points before Seamus Prendergast blasted over to make it 0-9 to 0-5.

Davy Glennon and David Burke added points for Galway and Maurice Shanahan raised a white flag for the Deise before his 20 yard free was saved as Galway led 0-11 to 0-7.

Waterford piled on the pressure but Galway kept them at bay at Cyril Donnellan and Shanahan traded points to keep it at a four-point game as Galway had a David Burke goal disallowed.

Waterford pushed to try and get the goal which could have got them a result but Galway held on.

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