Sunday 18 February 2018

Keane haul drives Galway into final

Galway 0-17 Tipperary 1-11

Galway manager Bosco Hurney has demanded a big improvement against Kilkenny in next weekend's final after his side did well to recover from a poor opening half at Athenry on Saturday.

"It was a bit scary in the first half; we just didn't come out of the blocks at all," Hurney said. Tipp led by 0-9 to 0-5 at half-time, but Galway recovered to hit 10 consecutive points, with Athenry's Barry Keane landing nine points. Shane Dooley found the net with a 21-metre free late on to pull Tipp within two points, but sub Brian Dolan made sure of the Galway victory.

Kilkenny defeated Limerick 3-12 to 1-12 in yesterday's other semi-final

Scorers -- Galway: B Keane 0-9 (6f, 1 '65'), J Ryan 0-3, D Dolan 0-2, D Burke, G Kelly, B Dolan 0-1 each. Tipperary: S Dooley 1-3, P Flynn, M McCarthy 0-2 each, C Hall, D Guinan, A Tierney, J Shelly 0-1 each.

Galway -- P Whelan; P Prendergast, K Morrissey, T Broderick; T Jakeman, D Burke, P Kennedy; P Flanagan, E Kirwin; S Burke, D Dolan, B Keane; J Ryan, J Raftery, G Kelly. Subs: G Dolan for Kelly (47), D Donoghue for S Burke (59).

Tipperary -- R Walsh; A Flynn, M Campion, S Moriarty; A Grattan, S Nevin, D Murphy; S Dooley, C Hall; P Flynn, D Guinan, A Tierney; J Shelly, M McCarthy, I O'Donnell. Subs: E Greene for O'Donnell (h-t), A Darcy for Flynn (54).

Ref -- B Gavin (Offaly).

Irish Independent

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