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Dublin, Galway, Offaly and Wexford seal places in Walsh Cup semi-finals

The semi-final clashes will take place next weekend.

Offaly's Niall Wynne puts up a roadblock for Kilkenny's Jonjo Farrell
Offaly's Niall Wynne puts up a roadblock for Kilkenny's Jonjo Farrell
Image: Cathal Noonan/INPHO

IT WAS A good day for the hurlers of Dublin, Galway, Offaly and Wexford as they advanced to the last four stage of the Walsh Cup.

Next Sunday’s semi-finals will see Dublin take on Galway while Offaly are set to face Wexford.

Dublin advanced from Group 2 after they won a third successive game today after seeing off Laois by 2-20 to 1-9 in O’Moore Park. Paul Ryan and Fiontan McGibb netted for Ger Cunningham’s side who were in front 2-12 to 1-7 at the break. Tadhg Dowling struck the Laois goal.

Their last four opponents will be Galway after the Tribesmen saw off Westmeath by 3-18 to 0-17 to finish top of Group 4. Jason Flynn hit two goals for Galway while Richie Cummins also raised a green flag.

In Group 1, Offaly maintained their 100% record with a 3-9 to 1-9 success over Kilkenny in a game that was notable for the return of inter-county hurling action to Birr. James Mulrooney and James Gorman (2) hit goals for the Faithful while for Kilkenny, who again fielded an U21 team, Billy Ryan hit the net.

And Offaly’s opponents at the semi-final stage will be a Wexford team that defeated Carlow by 1-21 to 0-7 in Group 3. David Dunne struck the only goal of the game at Netwatch Cullen Park.

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