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Result
Limerick 2-23 Galway 2-19

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Evening all and welcome along to Semple Stadium as we gear up for the second of this year’s Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland U21 hurling semi-finals.

It sees Munster champions Limerick taking on a Galway side making their seasonal bow at this level. Limerick are chasing a second final place in three years, while Galway are hoping to claim the county’s third All-Ireland hurling final spot in 2017.

Throw-in is 6pm.

Here’s the Limerick team named to start, one change from the Munster decider success as Barry Murphy replaces Mike Mackey in attack.

Limerick

1. Eoghan McNamara (Doon)

2. Seán Finn (Bruff)
3. Darragh Fanning (Pallasgreen)
4. Dan Joy (Kilmallock)

5. Ronan Lynch (Na Piarsaigh)
6. Kyle Hayes (Kildimo-Pallaskenry)
7. Thomas Grimes (Na Piarsaigh)

8. Colin Ryan (Pallasgreen)
9. Robbie Hanley (Kilmallock)

10. Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell)
11. Barry Murphy (Doon)
12. Cian Lynch (Patrickswell)

13. Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh)
14. Tom Morrissey (Ahane (Captain)
15. Barry Nash (South Liberties)

Four senior panelists in Galway’s team. Conor Whelan is an established figure with Jack Grealish, Sean Loftus and Thomas Monaghan the other senior men in this U21 line-up.

Galway

1. Darragh Gilligan (Craughwell)

2. Declan Cronin (Cappataggle – joint captain)
3. Conor Cosgrove (Ardrahan)
4. Ian Fox (Sarsfields)

5. Jack Grealish (Gort)
6. Joe Mooney (Loughrea)
7. Sean Loftus (Turloughmore)

8. Kevin McHugo (Tommie Larkins)
9. Dan Nevin (Cappataggle)

10. Brian Concannon (Killimordaly)
11. Sean Linnane (Turloughmore)
12. Thomas Monaghan (Craughwell)

13. Conor Whelan (Kinvara)
14. Cian Burke (Athenry)
15. Jack Coyne (Castlegar)

Wicklow’s John Keenan is the referee for this game.

Here are Limerick’s subs this evening:

Subs

16. Cian Hedderman (Ballybrown)
17. Paudie Ahern (Killeedy)
18. Conor Boylan (Na Piarsaigh)
19. Andrew La Touche Cosgrave (Monaleen)
20. Seamus Flanagan (Feohanagh)
21. Lorcan Lyons (Monaleen)
22. Mike Mackey (Adare)
23. Conor McSweeney (South Liberties)
24. Jack O Grady (Knockainey)

And here are Galway’s subs:

Subs

16. Eanna Murphy (Tommie Larkins)
17. Ciarán O’Connor (Kilnadeema-Leitrim)
18. Gearóid Loughnane (Loughrea)
19. Fintan Burke (St Thomas)
20. Evan Niland (Clarinbridge)
21. Ronan Elwood (Liam Mellowes)
22. Conor Gardiner (Tommie Larkins)
23. Caelom Mulry (Abbeyknockmoy)
24. Stephen Roche (Kilnadeema-Leitrim)

Moments away from throw-in here, who’s your tip to advance to meet Kilkenny in the decider?

1Mins

Game on.

1Mins

First wide registered by Galway’s Conor Whelan after he hit a high, looping shot.

1Mins

Galway 0-1 Limerick 0-0
Fine point by Brian Concannon to get Galway off the mark.

3Mins

Another Whelan wide, this time from a free after Sean Linnane was fouled. All Galway so far.

4Mins

Galway 0-2 Limerick 0-0
Thomas Monaghan snaps over a lovely point for Galway’s second.

5Mins

Four wides already for Galway, Limerick yet to score.

7Mins

Galway 0-2 Limerick 0-1
A vital score to settle Limerick with Peter Casey contributing the point.

7Mins

Limerick 0-2 Galway 0-2
And another for Casey. Super strike from the sideline after he gathered Ronan Lynch’s delivery.

8Mins

Galway 0-3 Limerick 0-2
Marvellous point by Kevin McHugo puts Galway back in front.

11Mins

Limerick 1-2 Galway 0-3
But Limerick counter for the first goal of the game! Captain Tom Morrissey with the initial low shot from the right that is batted away by goalkeeper Darragh Gilligan and it’s Peter Casey who is on hand to scramble home the rebound. 1-2 for him now.

12Mins

Limerick 1-3 Galway 0-3
Barry Murphy edges Limerick three clear.

14Mins

Limerick 1-4 Galway 0-4
Another brilliant point from distance by a Galway midfielder, this time it’s Dan Nevin who raises the white flag. Limerick reply through Barry Nash after excellent build-up play from Peter Casey.

15Mins

Limerick 1-4 Galway 0-5
Second point of the day for Thomas Monaghan for Galway.

15Mins

Limerick 1-4 Galway 0-6
One point game now thanks to a point from Galway’s Sean Linnane.

16Mins

Two wides in the space of a minute from Limerick’s Peter Casey. He’s causing plenty problems for the Galway defence.

19Mins

Limerick 1-5 Galway 0-6
Aaron Gillane converts a free after Barry Murphy was fouled for Limerick.

22Mins

Limerick 1-5 Galway 0-7
Just a single point between them once more after Brian Concannon notches his second point of the game for Galway.

22Mins

Sub: Change at the back for Galway as Ciarán O’Connor comes in for Ian Fox.

25Mins

Limerick 1-6 Galway 0-7
Gillane fires over another free for Limerick.

27Mins

Limerick 1-7 Galway 0-9
Great improvisation by Tom Morrissey to get his handpass away and wing-back Thomas Grimes surges into space to point for Limerick. Galway respond through a close-range Jack Coyne point and then Monaghan scores from distance for his third of the game so far.

28Mins

Limerick 1-8 Galway 0-9
Blistering goalbound drive by Barry Nash sees Darragh Gilligan produce a superb reaction save for Galway. Gillane points the resultant ’65.

29Mins

Limerick 1-8 Galway 0-10
First point of the day for senior forward Conor Whelan for Galway.

30Mins

Galway 0-11 Limerick 1-8
And now it’s all square as Galway’s Dan Nevin bangs over a long-range free.

30Mins

Limerick 1-9 Galway 0-11
Great work by Cian Lynch and after he offloads, Barry Nash makes the space to shoot over a point.

30Mins

Limerick 1-9 Galway 0-12
Whelan points a free for Galway.

30Mins

6,524 is the attendance at this game.

30Mins

Second-half action about to start.

32Mins

Limerick 1-10 Galway 0-13
Good work by Limerick’s forwards almost creates a goal but Gillane smashes a shot over the bar on the turn after being set up by Cian Lynch and Barry Nash. Brian Concannon then brings Galway level.

34Mins

Limerick 1-11 Galway 0-13
Gillane has started this second half brightly. He takes on the Galway defence and after his goalbound shot is deflected wide, he converts the resultant ’65.

37Mins

Limerick 2-13 Galway 0-14
Lot of action to report on there! First Galway draw level, Sean Loftus driving over a point after a clever short free by Dan Nevin. Then Limerick hit the net after Barry Nash’s shot spills loose near the goal for Barry Murphy to bundle the ball over the line. Limerick follow up on that with two quick points from those players, Nash scoring first and then Murphy raising a white flag.

38Mins

Limerick 2-13 Galway 1-14
Galway are back in it! Whelan surges towards goal and his shot is saved, substitute Evan Niland – just in for Sean Linnane – sees his rebound blocked before finally Jack Coyne whips the loose ball to the net.

42Mins

Limerick 2-13 Galway 1-15
Now the gap is down to one, Conor Whelan splitting the posts.

42Mins

Galway 1-16 Limerick 2-13
Now Galway draw level courtesy of a point from defender Jack Grealish.

44Mins

Limerick 2-14 Galway 1-16
Gillane puts Limerick back in front with a pointed free.

Subs: Limerick bring in Conor Boylan and Andrew La Touche Cosgrave for Colin Ryan and Tom Morrissey.

44Mins

Limerick 2-14 Galway 1-17
Fourth point of the evening for Thomas Monaghan brings Galway level once more.

45Mins

Limerick 2-15 Galway 1-17
Cian Lynch pushes Limerick back ahead again.

47Mins

Goal for Galway by Conor Whelan!

47Mins

Galway 2-17 Limerick 2-16
Galway’s senior star pounces on a loose handpass by the Limerick defence and surges towards goal before firing a shot to the net. Limerick sub Andrew La Touche Cosgrave replies with a point.

48Mins

Galway 2-17 Limerick 2-17
Level again thanks to Kyle Hayes of Limerick.

50Mins

Limerick 2-18 Galway 2-17
And Limerick go in front thanks to another sub, Conor Boylan pointing on this occasion.

51Mins

Subs: Galway bring in Fintan Burke for Joseph Mooney. Limerick replace Sean Finn with Jack O’Grady.

53Mins

Galway 2-18 Limerick 2-18
Brilliant from Galway’s Brian Concannon to engineer the levelling point.

53Mins

Are we going to have a winner or is extra-time on the cards?

55Mins

Limerick 2-19 Galway 2-18
Galway don’t clear their lines and Barry Nash points for Limerick.

56Mins

Free in to Galway, Evan Niland is fouled.

56Mins

Sub: Galway bring in Gearoid Loughnane for the injured Jack Coyne.

57Mins

Galway 2-19 Limerick 2-19
It’s tight but Niland’s shot is judged to have gone over from the free.

57Mins

Sub: Ronan Elwood in for Galway for Kevin McHugo.

59Mins

Limerick 2-21 Galway 2-19
Great Gillane point for Limerick after a strong run and then Grimes adds another.

59Mins

Sub: Limerick bring in Seamus Flanagan for Barry Murphy.

60Mins

Limerick 2-22 Galway 2-19
Super Robbie Hanley point for Limerick.

60Mins

Five minutes of injury time to be played.

60Mins

Long range free from Ronan Lynch goes wide for Limerick.

60Mins

Conor Boylan with another Limerick wide.

60Mins

And Peter Casey off target for Limerick. They’re missing chances to kill off this game.

60Mins

Sub: Mike Mackey in for Limerick for Barry Nash.

60Mins

Gillane points a free for Limerick!

60Mins

So it’ll be Limerick against Kilkenny in this year’s Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland U21 hurling final, a repeat of the minor decider from 2014.

Thanks for joining us for this evening’s coverage.

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