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Allianz Hurling League Division 1 semi-final:

Limerick v Galway, Gaelic Grounds, 2pm

Here’s how the sides will start:


1. Nickie Quiad

2. Richie English
3. Richie McCarthy
4. Mike Casey

5. Diarmaid Byrnes
6. Declan Hannon
7. Seamus Hickey

8. Alan Dempsey
9. William O’Donoghue

10. Shane Dowling
11. David Dempsey
12. Gearoid Hegarty

13. Cian Lynch
14. Kyle Hayes
15. Graeme Mulcahy


1. Colm Callanan

2. Adrian Tuohy
3. John Hanbury
4. Aidan Harte

5. Padraig Mannion
6. Gearoid McInerney
7. Daithi Burke

8. Johnny Coen
9. David Burke

10. Padraig Brehony
11. Joe Canning
12. Joseph Cooney

13. Conor Whelan
14. Cathal Mannion
15. Conor Cooney

The game is being telivised live on TG4.

Galway are hoping to reach their first league decider in seven years, while it’s been 11 years since Limerick’s last appearance in the final.

Neither of these sides managed to win promotion from Division 1B, but winning a league title would represent an even bigger prize heading into the championship.

Not long to go now before throw-in. Who do you fancy to come out on top?

Limerick 0-1 Galway 0-2

2 mins – A fast start to this game as Mannion and Dowling trade scores. Then Cooney sends the Tribe back into the lead.

Limerick 0-1 Galway 0-3

6 mins – Cooney lands over his second score, this one a fine effort from distance. He’s causing Richie English problems early on.

CHANCE! Cian Lynch flashes a shot across the goals but it trails off wide.

Limerick 0-2 Galway 0-3

9 mins – Byrnes drives over one from distance for Limerick, who are operating with just one inside forward.

Limerick 0-2 Galway 0-4

12 mins – Joe Canning plays a short free to Mannion, who drives one over from halfway.

Limerick 0-3 Galway 0-5

13 mins – David Dempsey runs at the Galway defence and points, but Conor Whelan immediately responds for the Connacht men.

Limerick 0-3 Galway 0-6

14 mins – Cathal Mannion adds a score to stretch Galway’s lead to three.

Gavin O’Mahony has replaced Declan Hannion for Limerick. He appears to be struggling with an injury as he leaves the field. Big loss that for the Shannonsiders.

Limerick 0-3 Galway 0-7

16 mins – Galway’s lead becomes four as Cooney drills over his third point of the afternoon.

Limerick 1-3 Galway 0-7

20 mins – Limerick back to within a point now after that lovely kicked finish by O’Donoghue.

Limerick 1-3 Galway 0-8

22 mins – Canning’s free leaves Galway two in front.

Limerick 1-3 Galway 0-9

23 mins – Canning slots over another free. Good response from Galway.

Limerick 1-3 Galway 0-10

25 mins – Canning’s frees are on point today. He converts his third in succession.

Seamus Hickey is down with an ankle injury. He landed awkwardly on his left ankle there.

The sides trade wides.

Limerick 1-4 Galway 0-10

30 mins – Cian Lynch is fouled and Dowling sends over the free from a narrow angle.

Limerick 1-4 Galway 0-11

33 mins – Cooney has 1-4 in the bag so far today. His latest score edges Galway four ahead as we approach half-time.

Limerick 1-5 Galway 0-12

35 mins – Lynch adds to his tally before Canning hits his fourth wide at the far end from a free.

Limerick 1-5 Galway 0-12

35+1 mins – Canning finds the range from another free moments later.

Limerick 1-5 Galway 0-13

35+2 mins – Cathal Mannion adds another right before half-time.

Limerick leave Galway waiting on the field, but finally they’ve arrived back out from the dressing rooms and we’re back underway.

Seamus Hickey is down with another injury and he’s going to be replaced by Sean Finn.

Graeme Mulcahy picks up a yellow.

9,563 is the official attendance in the Gaelic Grounds today.

Limerick 1-6 Galway 0-13

40 mins – Shane Dowling misses a free but moments later slots one over from play.

Limerick 1-6 Galway 0-15

45 mins – Canning and Burke add a point apiece as Galway extend their lead.

Limerick 1-7 Galway 0-15

48 mins – Dowling sends over a free, but you’d imagine it’s a goal Limerick need if they’re to pull this one out of the jaws of defeat.

Limerick 1-8 Galway 0-15

50 mins – Another big free from Dowling gives Limerick life.

Limerick 1-9 Galway 0-15

51 mins – Barry Nash with Limerick’s third on the bounce. We have a three point game now.

Limerick 1-9 Galway 1-16

57 mins – Cooney’s three-pointer leaves the Tribe six in front. Then Mannion drives one over from the sideline to make that gap seven points.

Limerick 1-9 Galway 1-17

63 mins – Another free from Canning as Galway ease down the home straight.

15 wides by Limerick now.

Limerick 1-9 Galway 1-20

65 mins – Canning and Cooney find the range.

Limerick 1-11 Galway 1-20

68 mins - Nash and Fitzgibbon with a couple of consolation scores for the Shannonsiders.

Limerick 1-11 Galway 1-21

70 mins – Thomas Monaghan finds himself in acres of space and raises the white flag.

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