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Results – Bord Gáis Energy U21 Hurling

Leinster semi-finals
Wexford 3-15 Dublin 3-12
Galway 3-13 Kilkenny 1-17

Munster semi-final
Cork 0-23 Waterford 1-17

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Evening all and welcome along to our coverage of a big night of action in the Bord Gáis Energy U21 hurling championship.

In Leinster, Kilkenny face Galway in Tullamore with Dublin hosting Wexford in Parnell Park.

And in Munster, it’s Cork against Waterford in Páirc Uí Chaoimh. The other semi-final in Munster sees Tipperary face Limerick tomorrow evening.

Throw-in for all tonight’s games is 7.30pm.

Wexford players return to the dressing room Wexford players return to the dressing-room before action in Parnell Park. Source: Oisin Keniry/INPHO

Let’s get through the team news then.

Two changes to the Dublin team from last week’s win over Westmeath. Conor Ryan replacing Lee Gannon in midfield and in the full forward line, Colin Currie comes in for Eoghan Dunne.

Dublin

1. Dara Perry (St Vincent’s)

2. Shane Howard (Fingallians)
3. Paddy Smyth (Clontarf)
4. Donnacha Ryan (St Brigid’s)

5. Eoghan Conroy (St Maur’s)
6. Conor Burke (St Vincent’s)
7. Daire Gray (Whitehall Colmcilles)

8. Fergal Whitely (Kilmacud Crokes)
9. Conor Ryan (Craobh Chiaráin)

10. Ciarán Dowling (Lucan Sarsfields)
11. Paul Crummey (Lucan Sarsfields)
12. Ronan Hayes (Kilmacud Crokes)

13. Cian O’Sullivan (St Brigid’s)
14. Dónal Burke (Na Fianna)
15. Colin Currie (Na Fianna)

First game in the 2018 championship for Wexford. Conor Firman, Damien Reck, Joe O’Connor and Rory O’Connor the main men to watch out for on their side.

Wexford

1. James Henebery (Faythe Harriers)

2. Sean Barden (Adamstown)
3. Darren Byrne (Blackwater)
4. Conor Firman (St Martin’s)

5. Aaron Maddock (St Martin’s)
6. Damien Reck (Oylgate-Glenbrien)
7. Ian Carthy (Taghmon-Camross)

8. Shane Reck (Oylgate-Glenbrien)
9. Rowan White (Glynn-Barntown0

10. Joe O’Connor (St Martin’s)
11. Rory O’Connor (St Martin’s)
12. Liam Stafford (Adamstown)

13. Stephen O’Gorman (Adamstown)
14, Oisin Foley (Crossabeg-Ballymurn)
15. Seamus Casey (Oylgate-Glenbrien)

The teams named to start in Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Cork

1. Ger Collins (Ballinhassig)

2. David Lowney (Clonakilty)
3. David Griffin (Carrigaline)
4. Niall O’Leary (Castlelyons)

5. Eoghan Murphy (Sarsfields)
6. Mark Coleman (Blarney)
7. Billy Hennessy (St Finbarr’s)

8. Chris O Leary (Valley Rovers)
9. Darragh Fitzgibbon (Charleville)

10. Robbie O’Flynn (Erins Own)
11. Declan Dalton (Fr O’Neill’s)
12. Shane Kingston (Douglas – captain)

13. Liam Healy (Sarsfields)
14. Tim O’Mahony (Newtownshandrum)
15. Jack O’Connor (Sarsfields)

Waterford

1. Billy Nolan (Roanmore)

2. John Curran (Dungarvan)
3. Mikey Daykin (Mount Sion)
4. Darragh Lynch (Passage)

24. Conor Prunty (Abbeyside)
6. Jordan Henley (Tallow)
7. Garry Cullinane (Passage)

8. Andrew Casey (Ballyduff Upper)
9. Mikey Mahony (Ballygunner)

10. Eddie Meaney (De La Salle)
11. Peter Hogan (Ballygunner)
25. Jack Prendergast (Lismore)

13. John Paul Lucey (Shamrocks)
14. Darragh Lyons (Dungarvan)
15. Neil Montgomery (Abbeyside)

And the starting sides in Tullamore.

Galway

1. Eanna Murphy (Tommy Larkins)

2. Ian O’Shea (Athenry)
3. Fintan Burke (St. Thomas)
4. Shane Bannon (Clarinbridge)

5. Jack Fitzpatrick (Killimordaly)
6. Mark Hughes (Liam Mellows)
7. Sean Loftus (Turloughmore)

8. Tomas Monaghan (Craughwell)
9. Jack Grealish (Gort)

10. Sean Bleahane (Ahascragh-Fohenagh)
11. Brian Concannon (Killimordaly)
12. Cianan Fahy (Ardrahan)

13. Evan Niland (Clarinbridge)
14. Jack Canning (Portumna)
15. Kevin Cooney (Sarsfields)

Kilkenny

1. Liam Dunphy (Lisdowney)

2. Michael Cody (Dunnamaggin)
3. Tommy Walsh (Tullaroan)
4. Ryan Bergin (John Lockes)

5. Tom Kenny (Dicksboro)
6. Martin Keoghan (Tullaroan)
7. Shane Murphy (Glenmore)

8. Edmond Delaney (Conahy Shamrocks)
9. Richie Leahy (Rower-Inistioge)

10. Colum Prendiville (Graigue-Ballycallan)
11. Conor Hennessy (Tullogher Rosbercon)
12. Adrian Mullen (Ballyhale Shamrocks)

13. Bill Sheehan (Dicksboro)
14. John Donnelly (Thomastown)
15. James Bergin (Conahy Shamrocks)

Action under way in tonight’s games.

Waterford 0-1 Cork 0-0
Early pointed free for Waterford.

One late Cork change saw Michael O’Halloran replace Tim O’Mahony.

Waterford 0-2 Cork 0-1
Darragh Fitzgibbon with Cork’s opening score but Waterford respond to take the lead.

Wexford 0-2 Dublin 0-0
Joe O’Connor with Wexford’s opening score and then Aaron Maddock bags a point.

Galway 0-1 Kilkenny 0-0
Evan Niland gets Galway off the mark.

Wexford 0-2 Dublin 0-1
Colin Currie slots over a free for Dublin as they raise their first white flag of the night.

Cork 0-2 Waterford 0-2
Cork draw level thanks to Declan Dalton from a free.

Waterford 1-3 Cork 0-2
John Paul Lucey raises the first green flag of the night and Waterford are four clear after nine minutes.

Dublin 0-3 Wexford 0-2
9 mins – Na Fianna duo Donal Burke and Colin Currie send Dublin in front.

Kilkenny 0-1 Galway 0-1
10 mins – Kilkenny draw level with James Bergin knocking over a free.

Dublin 0-4 Wexford 0-2
10 mins – Another pointed free for Dublin courtesy of Colin Currie.

Waterford 1-4 Cork 0-2
11 mins – Waterford in flying form early on in Páirc Uí Chaoimh with Neil Montgomery contributing their latest point.

Waterford 1-4 Cork 0-3
Cork pull a point back courtesy of Declan Dalton.

Goal for Dublin!

Dublin 1-4 Wexford 0-4
Colin Currie fires a shot to the net for Dublin.

Waterford 1-6 Cork 0-4
Five between the sides again with the Deise in control.

Kilkenny 0-3 Galway 0-2
Colum Prendiville pushes Kilkenny into the lead after James Bergin had earlier pointed.

Galway 1-2 Kilkenny 0-3
Evan Niland finds the net for Galway and they go two in front.

Dublin 1-7 Wexford 0-4
Six points now separating the teams, Colin Currie in good scoring form for Dublin.

Waterford 1-6 Cork 0-6
A Dalton pointed free cuts the gap to three that Cork face.

Dublin 1-7 Wexford 0-5
Joe O’Connor flights over a point that cuts the deficit Wexford face to five.

Waterford 1-8 Cork 0-6
25 mins – Five points between them again approaching the break.

Dublin 1-7 Wexford 0-7
25 mins – Wexford cut the gap to three.

Galway 1-5 Kilkenny 0-5
25 mins – Adrian Mullen picks off a point for Kilkenny.

Waterford 1-8 Cork 0-7
26 mins – Jack O’Connor on target for Cork with a point.

Galway 1-5 Kilkenny 0-6
26 mins – Conor Hennessy splits the posts for Kilkenny.

Galway 1-6 Kilkenny 0-7
27 mins – Evan Niland fires over Galway and now Bergin on the mark for Kilkenny.

Galway 1-6 Kilkenny 0-8
28 mins – Bergin from a free for Kilkenny after an earlier effort from play. Just a single point between them now.

Galway 1-7 Kilkenny 0-8
29 mins – Niland with a free for Galway to stretch their lead to two.

Waterford 1-8 Cork 0-8
30 mins – Declan Dalton with another free to leave Cork three adrift.

Waterford 1-10 Cork 0-8
31 mins – Lightning start to the second half by Waterford as they pick off a couple of points. Five in it now and a big challenge ahead for pre-match favourites Cork.

Galway 1-9 Kilkenny 0-9
31 mins – Galway bag an early point courtesy of Kevin Cooney.

Dublin 1-9 Wexford 1-8
31 mins – Boost for Wexford as Joe O’Connor nets before Dublin fire over a point from Colin Currie.

Waterford 1-10 Cork 0-9
Robbie O’Flynn points for Cork, gap back to four.

Wexford 1-9 Dublin 1-9
All square in Parnell Park thanks to Seamus Casey for Wexford pointing.

Galway 2-9 Kilkenny 0-9
36 mins – Six points in it in Tullamore.

Waterford 1-10 Cork 0-11
37 mins – Sub Daire Connery on target for Cork.

Waterford 1-10 Cork 0-13
40 mins – Points from Robbie O’Flynn and Shane Kingston bring Cork level.

Galway 2-11 Kilkenny 0-10
41 mins – A Niland pointed free and Galway go seven clear.

Dublin 1-10 Wexford 1-10
40 mins – Delicately poised in Parnell Park, 20 minutes of normal time left.

Galway 2-11 Kilkenny 0-11
41 mins – Richie Leahy grabs a point back for Kilkenny.

Waterford 1-11 Cork 0-13
43 mins – Waterford get their noses in front once more in Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Waterford 1-12 Cork 0-13
45 mins – Waterford seize the initiative again with a Prendergast free putting them ahead by two.

Waterford 1-12 Cork 0-14
45 mins – Back to a one point game thanks to Jack O’Connor for Cork.

Galway 2-12 Kilkenny 0-11
44 mins – Kevin Cooney pushes Galway seven clear.

Wexford 1-11 Dublin 1-10
42 mins – Seamus Casey points and Wexford go in front.

Galway 2-12 Kilkenny 0-12
45 minis – Kilkenny just about hanging in there as John Donnelly sends over a point.

Waterford 1-12 Cork 0-15
48 mins – Shane Kingston draws Cork level with a point.

Third goal for Galway against Kilkenny!

Goal for Wexford against Dublin!

Wexford 2-11 Dublin 1-10
46 mins – Rory O’Connor fires to the net for Wexford.

Waterford 1-13 Cork 0-16
49 mins – Level again in Páirc Uí Chaoimh.

Galway 3-12 Kilkenny 0-12
48 mins – That Cianan Fahy goal should secure Galway’s passage to the final.

Cork 0-18 Waterford 1-13
50 mins – And Cork hit the front as they enjoy a two-point advantage now.

Daire Connery with the last Cork point.

Cork 0-18 Waterford 1-14
52 mins – Waterford cut the deficit to a single point once more.

Galway 3-12 Kilkenny 0-14
51 mins – Conor Hennessy cuts the gap Kilkenny face to seven.

Cork 0-19 Waterford 1-14
Fitzgibbon pushes Cork ahead by two.

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Wexford 2-12 Dublin 1-10
50 mins – Wexford five points clear with ten minutes to go.

Cork 0-19 Waterford 1-15
54 mins – Again Waterford cut the gap to the minimum.

Galway 3-12 Kilkenny 0-15
53 mins – Senior player Richie Leahy fires over a point and Kilkenny trail by six.

Cork 0-21 Waterford 1-15
Three in it now as Dalton knocks over a pair of points from frees.

Goal for Dublin against Wexford!

Wexford 2-12 Dublin 2-10
54 mins – Colin Currie strikes home Dublin’s second goal.

Wexford 2-13 Dublin 2-10
Shane O’Gorman fires over a point for Wexford, three in it.

Galway 3-12 Kilkenny 0-16
56 mins – John Donnelly close to a goal for Kilkenny but Galway hold out and still in control.

Cork 0-22 Waterford 1-16
60 mins – Liam Healy hits over what could be the insurance point for Cork.

Wexford 2-14 Dublin 2-10
57 mins – Time running out for Dublin to rescue this.

Galway 3-13 Kilkenny 0-16
59 mins – Kevin Cooney pushes Galway six points clear.

Cork 0-22 Waterford 1-17
62 mins – Waterford cut the gap to two.

Wexford 2-14 Dublin 2-11
59 mins – Eoghan Conroy cuts the gap Dublin face to three.

Cork 0-23 Waterford 1-17
62 mins – Conor Cahalane on target for Cork as he clips over a point.

A third goal for Wexford against Dublin!

Michael Dwyer with the Wexford third goal.

Victory then for Cork, Wexford and Galway in tonight’s U21 hurling ties. Both Wexford and Galway conceded late goals in their games but they hung on to claim victory and set up a final meeting on 4 July.

Cork will take on Limerick or Tipperary, who meet tomorrow night in their semi-final tie, in the Munster decider also on 4 July.

The new system for the U21 hurling championship means the victories put the three counties into the All-Ireland semi-finals with tomorrow night’s winners joining them.

Cork, Galway and Wexford all through to All-Ireland U21 hurling semi-finals on August Bank Holiday weekend on the back of tonight’s results.

Winners of Limerick and Tipperary tomorrow night will join them. Munster and Leinster finals both on Wednesday 4 July.

Thanks for joining us for this evening’s coverage.

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Fintan O'Toole

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