Thursday 22 March 2018


Man of the match

Liam Rushe (Dublin)

What a way to celebrate his 21st birthday. Started at midfield but moved to centre-back after Tomas Brady went off injured in the 11th minute. Rushe underpinned the defensive solidity which made it such a barren evening for Galway.

Turning point

No specific one. However, the six minutes before half-time when Dublin scored five points were crucial in securing a large lead to offset Galway's wind advantage in the second half.

Talking point

Galway's ineptitude. Scored just 1-2 in the first half and 1-5 with the wind and an extra man (13 mins) in the second.

Ref watch

Michael Wadding was in fussy mode. Dublin benefited most from it, as Paul Ryan pointed 11 frees.

What they said

Anthony Daly (Clare manager):

"The lads showed great belief. They showed that bit of new confidence that's there. It was important ."

John McIntyre (Galway manager):

"I heard the comments coming off the field about management and players being a disgrace to Galway hurling -- we have to live with that for the next fortnight but we're going to stay united."

Match statistics

Wides: Dublin 8 (6); Galway 15 (6)

Frees: Dublin 18 (9); Galway 13 (6)

Yellow cards: Dublin 1 (P Ryan 62); Galway 3 (A Cullinane 28, D Collins 51, S Kavanagh 72)

Red cards: Dublin 1 (R O'Dwyer 57); Galway 0

Attendance: 11,618

What next?

Dublin take on Kilkenny in the Leinster final on Sunday week. Galway play Clare on Saturday week.

Irish Independent

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