Saturday 20 January 2018


Shane Maloney (Galway)

Maloney secured the gong with his spectacular late goal, but until that point, the corner-forward was being pushed hard by his Tynagh Abbey-Duniry club-mate Padraig Brehony who had a powerful game in midfield, landing four points.

Turning point

None really. Galway and Dublin were level on the 10-minute mark, but the Connacht side gradually pulled away from there. Their six-point interval lead was a nine-point advantage by full-time and they were never troubled.

Talking point

Another minor All-Ireland title for Galway and a sixth under the guidance of Mattie Murphy out of a total of nine in all, but when will this underage success translate to something tangible at senior level?

Ref watch

Dublin manager Shay Boland questioned some of Tipperary man Johnny Ryan's decisions and while the Dubs had a few unusual awards against them over the hour, Boland acknowledged the official had little influence on the outcome of the match.

What they said

Mattie Murphy (Galway manager):

"A lot of them were very disappointed from last year when we got hammered by Kilkenny and they know they hadn't done themselves justice. They had a point to prove."

Shay Boland (Dublin manager):

"I wouldn't put it down to nerves. At the start of the year I said to the lads that every day we must show up and we just didn't show up today. Galway got the breaks early on and it was very hard to come back from there."

Match statistics

Wides: Galway 10 (6); Dublin 10 (6)

Frees: Dublin 9 (2); Galway 11 (8)

Yellow Cards: Galway 1 (B Lane 58); Dublin 1 (G Whelan 16)

Red Cards: None

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