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A dramatic ending but a great win for 14-man Waterford, who’ll face Limerick in this year’s Allianz Hurling League final.

Waterford 1-18 Galway 0-19

78 – Jason Flynn points a free to cut the gap to two.


Waterford 1-18 Galway 0-18

77 – Davy Glennon ends Galway’s scoring drought but then hits one wide from distance. A goal between the teams. 


Waterford 1-18 Galway 0-17

75 – Great score by Pauric Mahony increases Waterford’s lead but 8 minutes are being added on so there’s still time for Galway.


Waterford 1-17 Galway 0-17

73 – Canning is unable to continue. The stretcher is on. 


Waterford 1-17 Galway 0-17

70 – Canning bears down on goal for Galway and he’s halted by a Kevin Moran shoulder.


Waterford 1-17 Galway 0-17

69 – Pauric Mahony bursts through and gets himself a really good point. Galway haven’t registered a score in 20 minutes but they need one badly now.



Waterford 1-16 Galway 0-17

67 – Pauric Mahony has a go for Waterford but it sails wide. Padraic Mannion then misses the target with a long-range effort for Galway.


Waterford 1-16 Galway 0-17

66 – Glennon has a shot from a difficult angle but it’s off target.



Waterford 1-16 Galway 0-17

65 – Long ball driven in by Galway towards Davy Glennon but there’s too much purchase on it and it goes out wide.


Waterford 1-16 Galway 0-17

63 – Stephen Bennett hits it perfectly and Waterford now lead by two.


Waterford 1-15 Galway 0-17

63 – Yellow card for Aidan Harte and Waterford have a free around halfway.


Waterford 1-15 Galway 0-17

62 – Waterford are fighting tigerishly for this. We’re in for quite a finish.


Waterford 1-15 Galway 0-17

62 – 14-man Waterford are in the lead thanks to a huge score from Callum Lyons.


Galway 0-17 Waterford 1-14

61 -  Philip Mahony shown a yellow card for a foul on Brian Concannon. From the resultant free, Joe Canning uncharacteristically misses.



Galway 0-17 Waterford 1-14

56 – Stephen Bennett levels the game with a Waterford free.


Galway 0-17 Waterford 1-13

56 – Jason Flynn replaces Niall Burke for Galway.


Galway 0-17 Waterford 1-13

54 – Red card! Waterford’s Mikey Kearney is shown a second yellow card for an off-the-ball incident involving Galway’s Aidan Harte, and the Deise are down to 14.

Galway 0-17 Waterford 1-13

52 – A brilliant introduction for Hogan, who plucks one out of the air and sends it over the bar with his first involvement.


Galway 0-17 Waterford 1-12

A Stephen Bennett free goes over for Waterford, who have replaced Tommy Ryan with Peter Hogan.


Galway 0-17 Waterford 1-11

50 – Fine work by Cathal Mannion sets up Hussey, whose strike sails wide.


Galway 0-17 Waterford 1-11

49 – A Canning free from a narrow angle on the right goes straight between the posts to leave Galway three to the good.

Galway 0-16 Waterford 1-11

46 – Cathal Mannion strikes a fine point for Galway.


Galway 0-15 Waterford 1-11

45 – Sean Loftus is in to replace Darren Morrissey, who seems to have injured his arm, on the Galway team.


Galway 0-15 Waterford 1-11

43 – Waterford hit back through Jamie Barron.


Galway 0-15 Waterford 1-10

42 – Goal chance for Conor Whelan, who slots over a point for Galway instead.


Galway 0-14 Waterford 1-10

41 – Thomas Ryan with a super score for Waterford from wide on the right.


Galway 0-14 Waterford 1-9

41 – Lovely Waterford score courtesy of Austin Gleeson.


Galway 0-14 Waterford 1-8 

40 – Pauric Mahony has a go for Waterford from out on the left but sends his strike wide.


Galway 0-14 Waterford 1-8 

38 – Padraic Mannion is penalised for over-carrying, Waterford take a quick free but Stephen Bennett’s effort goes wide. Galway go straight down the other end and get a point through Mannion.


Galway 0-13 Waterford 1-8 

37 – A swift Galway response via a Joe Canning free.


Galway 0-12 Waterford 1-8 

36 – Jack Prendergast gets Waterford off to a good start.


Galway 0-12 Waterford 1-7

36 – The second half is underway.

Galway with the better of a slightly flat first half but that late Waterford goal has kept the gap narrower than it perhaps should be. We’ll be back with more shortly.

Galway 0-12 Waterford 1-7

37 – Canning misses the target with a free from just inside his own half.

Galway 0-12 Waterford 1-7

36 – With three additional minutes to be played, Joey Canning points a Galway free.


Galway 0-11 Waterford 1-7

34 – A long-range free from Stephen Bennett deceives Fergal Flannery and ends up in the back of the net, before a free from a closer distance reduces the gap to the minimum.

Galway 0-11 Waterford 0-6

A point from Cathal Mannion increases Galway’s lead, followed by another from Johnny Coen. 

Galway 0-9 Waterford 0-6

30 – Canning hobbles out to take the 65 which drops into the paw of O’Keeffe. Waterford can’t get it clear as Jack Prendergast’s strike is blocked, allowing Hussey to point.


Galway 0-8 Waterford 0-6

28 – Two goal chances for Galway but Stephen O’Keeffe produces a brilliant save to deny Kevin Hussey, and then prevents Joe Canning from finding the net moments later. Canning now receiving attention after appearing to land awkwardly in the collision.


Galway 0-8 Waterford 0-6

26 – A good point from Mikey Kearney reduces the deficit to two points.

Galway 0-8 Waterford 0-5

21 – Thomas Ryan pulls wide as a goal chance presents itself for Waterford.


Galway 0-8 Waterford 0-5

20 – Massive free converted by Stephen Bennett from well inside his own half.



Galway 0-8 Waterford 0-4

18 – Canning gets his first from play and Pauric Mahony responds immediately for Waterford.


Galway 0-7 Waterford 0-3

18 – Stephen Bennett is accurate with his latest placed-ball attempt to leave four points between the teams.



Galway 0-7 Waterford 0-2

16 – Stephen Bennett’s long-range free sails wide.


Galway 0-7 Waterford 0-2

15 – Another Canning free stretches Galway’s advantage.


Galway 0-6 Waterford 0-2

14 – Very straightforward chance for a point for Galway’s Niall Burke, who hits a soft wide.


Galway 0-6 Waterford 0-2

13 – Joe Canning gets his first point of the day with a free from halfway.


Galway 0-5 Waterford 0-2

12 – Scramble in the Galway goalmouth gives Waterford half a chance for a goal but goalkeeper Fergal Flannery clears the danger.


Galway 0-5 Waterford 0-2

10 – Good chance for Galway’s Johnny Coen but it’s wide of the posts.


Galway 0-5 Waterford 0-2

9 – Kevin Moran has a chance to cut the gap but his shot is off target.


Galway 0-5 Waterford 0-2

8 – Huge score by Waterford’s Stephen Bennett from just inside his own half.

Galway 0-5 Waterford 0-1

7 – Harte’s wrist is strapped up and the game resumes.

Galway 0-5 Waterford 0-1

6 – Galway’s Aidan Harte receiving treatment for what appears to be a wrist injury.

Galway 0-5 Waterford 0-1

4 – Jamie Barron gets Waterford off the mark, but Joe Canning, Brian Concannon and Davy Glennon respond.

A late change for Galway saw Kevin Hussey replace Tadhg Haran.

Galway 0-2 Waterford 0-0

2 – Cathal Mannion and Davy Glennon push Galway into an early two-point lead.

Galway 0-0 Waterford 0-0

The game is underway.

One change for Waterford: Tadhg De Burca is in for Colm Roche.

The referee for this game is Carlow’s Paud O’Dwyer.

Throw-in is approaching in the clash of Galway and Waterford. Here’s how they’re expected to start…


1. Fergal Flannery (Padraig Pearses)

2. Paul Killeen (Tynagh-Abbey-Duniry)
3. Ronan Burke (Turloughmore)
4. Darren Morrissey (Sarsfields)

5. Aidan Harte (Gort)
6. Padraic Mannion (Ahascragh Fohenagh — captain)
7. Géaróid McInerney (Oranmore-Maree)

8. Cathal Mannion (Ahascragh Fohenagh)
9. Johnny Coen (Loughrea)

10. Niall Burke (Oranmore-Maree)
11. Joe Canning (Portumna)
12. Tadhg Haran (Liam Mellowes)

13. Conor Whelan (Kinvara)
14. Brian Concannon (Kilimordaly)
15. Davy Glennon (Mullagh)


1. Stephen O’Keeffe (Ballygunner)

2. Shane McNulty (De La Salle)
3. Callum Lyons (Ballyduff Lower)
4. Noel Connors (Passage — captain)

5. Philip Mahony (Ballygunner)
6. Kevin Moran (De La Salle)
7. Austin Gleeson (Mount Sion)

8. Jamie Barron (Fourmilewater)
9. Colm Roche (Shamrocks)

10. Jack Prendergast (Lismore)
11. Mikey Kearney (Ballyduff Upper)
12. Pauric Mahony (Ballygunner)

13. Thomas Ryan (Tallow)
14. Stephen Bennett (Ballysaggart)
15. Shane Bennett (Ballysaggart)

Limerick have booked their place in next weekend’s Allianz Hurling League final. Will they face Waterford or Galway? Stick with us for updates from the second semi-final, which starts at 3.30pm.

Limerick 1-19 Dublin 1-16

73 – Chris Crummey with another Dublin point. Is there still time?

Limerick 1-19 Dublin 1-15 

72 – Sean Moran points a free for Dublin.


Limerick 1-19 Dublin 1-14

70 – Three minutes of additional time to be played.

Limerick 1-19 Dublin 1-14

70 – Substitute David Treacy gets on the scoreboard for Dublin.


Limerick 1-19 Dublin 1-13

69 – A Paul Ryan free leaves six between them in the final minute of normal time.


Limerick 1-19 Dublin 1-12

66 – Absolutely brilliant goal by Ronan Hayes after he plucked the ball from the sky. Lynch hits right back with a point for Limerick, for whom Barry Murphy has replaced Kyle Hayes and Mike Casey has come in for Tom Condon.

Limerick 1-18 Dublin 0-12

63 – That is surely that now in this one. Flanagan provides a fine finish after he was superbly set up by Diarmuid Byrnes and Cian Lynch. Another point from Byrnes then leaves nine between the teams.



Limerick 0-17 Dublin 0-12

61 – A chance for Paul Ryan to reduce the deficit for Dublin but his free goes wide.

Limerick 0-17 Dublin 0-12

60 – Once more, Diarmuid Byrnes is flawless with a free from inside Limerick’s half. Ten minutes remain and Dublin have a five-point gap to bridge but Limerick are in the driving seat now.


Limerick 0-16 Dublin 0-12

59 – Limerick make another change as Conor Boylan enters the game in place of Gearoid Hegarty.


Limerick 0-16 Dublin 0-12

58 – Another Gillane free, this time from the opposite flank, stretches Limerick’s advantage.


Limerick 0-15 Dublin 0-12

55 – Seamus Flanagan replaces Graeme Mulcahy, who was excellent for Limerick, particularly in the first half.


Limerick 0-15 Dublin 0-12

54 – Aaron Gillane comes out to take a free and makes no mistake.


Limerick 0-14 Dublin 0-12

53 – Peter Casey brilliantly takes a long delivery and slots it over.

David Dempsey is on for Limerick in place of Tom Morrissey.


Limerick 0-13 Dublin 0-12

52 – David Treacy replaces Cian Boland for Dublin.


Limerick 0-13 Dublin 0-12

51 – Another Paul Ryan free for the Dubs, who aren’t going to let Limerick disappear out of sight easily. This game is still very much in the melting pot.

Limerick 0-13 Dublin 0-11

49 – After a couple of Limerick chances are squandered, Eamonn Dillon cuts their lead.

Paul Ryan with Paddy O’Loughlin and Sean Finn Dublin's Paul Ryan under pressure from Paddy O’Loughlin and Sean Finn of Limerick. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Limerick 0-13 Dublin 0-10

47 – Diarmuid Byrnes thought he had a huge score for Limerick there but it sailed inches wide.


Limerick 0-13 Dublin 0-10

45 – Brilliant Darragh O’Donovan score from out on the left. Still only a puck of a ball between them but Limerick are starting to look like they might be getting a foothold.


Limerick 0-12 Dublin 0-10

44 – Dublin make another change as Ronan Hayes replaces John Hetherton, before Byrnes pushes Limerick back into a two-point lead from a long-range free.


Limerick 0-11 Dublin 0-10

41 – Limerick’s Peter Casey does well to make space for himself on the left but misses the target with his shot.


Limerick 0-11 Dublin 0-10

40 – Dublin’s Paul Ryan reduces the gap with a close-range free.


Limerick 0-11 Dublin 0-9

38 – Gillane free from wide on the left, 60 metres out, pushes Limerick two points clear.

Limerick 0-10 Dublin 0-9

36 – Daire Gray is back on for Tom Connolly following the first-half blood substitution.

With Limerick leading by a point, the first of this afternoon’s Allianz Hurling League semi-finals has resumed.

Fans at the game Entertaining game so far for the spectators at Nowlan Park. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Just a point between the teams after a keenly-contested and relatively even first half. Join us for more in about 10 minutes’ time.

Limerick 0-10 Dublin 0-9

40 – Kyle Hayes bursts through and sets up Aaron Gillane. There was a goal on but the point is enough to put Limerick back in the ascendancy.


Dublin 0-9 Limerick 0-9

39 – Diarmuid Byrnes drops a long free in but Limerick are blown up for a square ball.


Dublin 0-9 Limerick 0-9

38 – Tom Morrissey sees a yellow card for a heavy frontal challenge on Darragh O’Connell. With the subsequent free from inside his own half, Paul Ryan’s attempt drifts narrowly wide.


Dublin 0-9 Limerick 0-9

35 – Chance for Limerick’s Kyle Hayes but his shot drops short while under significant pressure.


Dublin 0-9 Limerick 0-9

35 – Five minutes of additional time to be played. 


Dublin 0-9 Limerick 0-9

35 – Ryan with a chance to regain the lead for Dublin but his free goes wide.

Dublin 0-9 Limerick 0-9

34 – Gillane tees up Gearoid Hegarty to draw Limerick level as the interval approaches.



Dublin 0-9 Limerick 0-8

32 – Superb catch by Sutcliffe and he provides the finish to match it.


Dublin 0-8 Limerick 0-8

30 – Shane Barrett is penalised for a high challenge and it’s a draw game again thanks to a Diarmuid Byrnes free.


Dublin 0-8 Limerick 0-7

28 – Ryan is accurate with another placed ball and the Dubs lead for the first time in the game.

Limerick 0-7 Dublin 0-7

27 – A Paul Ryan free from halfway is converted and the sides are back on level terms.

Limerick 0-7 Dublin 0-6

25 – Brilliant take in the air by Sutcliffe but his effort goes wide.

Another change for Dublin, Jake Malone replaces Riain McBride.


Limerick 0-7 Dublin 0-6

24 – We’ll taken long-range free from Paul Ryan reduces the gap to the minimum again.



Limerick 0-7 Dublin 0-5

23 – Byrnes goes for the target with a free from well inside his own half but this one tails wide. However, Mulcahy restores the two-point lead with the very next play.


Limerick 0-6 Dublin 0-5


21 – Moments after being introduced for Daire Gray, Tom Connolly hits a huge point for Dublin.

Treacy is off for the Dubs, replaced by Fergal Whitely.

Limerick 0-6 Dublin 0-4 

20 – Dublin’s Sean Treacy now receiving treatment after picking up a knock to his leg.


Limerick 0-6 Dublin 0-4 

18 – Limerick goal chance for Gillane but he’s crowded out by the Dublin defence.

Eamon Dillon with Richie English Limerick's Richie English tangling with Eamonn Dillon of Dublin. Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Limerick 0-6 Dublin 0-4 

17 – This time Limerick do go ahead thanks to a long-range Diarmuid Byrnes free, before Graeme Mulcahy chips in with his second from play.


Limerick 0-4 Dublin 0-4 

15 – A chance for Limerick to go back in front but Gillane’s free from the left touchline, 45 metres out, goes wide.



Limerick 0-4 Dublin 0-4 

12 – Dillon hits right back for Dublin. Very enjoyable back-and-forth contest so far.


Limerick 0-4 Dublin 0-3

11 – Graeme Mulcahy splits the posts from a difficult angle to put Limerick back in front.

Oisin O’Rourke hobbles off for Dublin, Paul Ryan is in.


Limerick 0-3 Dublin 0-3

9 – The game resumes and a great Eamonn Dillon score brings the Dubs level.


Limerick 0-3 Dublin 0-2

8 – The Dublin full-forward seems to be okay to continue. For now anyway.


Limerick 0-3 Dublin 0-2

7 – Oisin O’Rourke down receiving treatment for Dublin. Appears to have jarred his ankle.


Limerick 0-3 Dublin 0-2

6 – Tom Morrissey puts Limerick back in front.



Limerick 0-2 Dublin 0-2

4 – Dublin equalise through another excellent Sutcliffe point.


Limerick 0-2 Dublin 0-1

3 – Aaron Gillane pushes Limerick ahead.



Limerick 0-1 Dublin 0-1

2 – A fine long-range score from Darragh O’Donovan gives Limerick the early lead, before Danny Sutcliffe replies with a brilliant point from wide on the right.

Limerick 0-0 Dublin 0-0

The action is underway at Nowlan Park.

Some late changes, in fact.

For Dublin, Cian Boland and Shane Barrett are in for Jake Malone and Fergal Whitely.

Conor Boylan is on the bench for Limerick instead of Shane Dowling.

Here’s how the teams are due to line out, as per the match programme, for today’s opening game…


1. Nicky Quaid (Effin)

2. Tom Condon (Knockaderry)
3. Seán Finn (Bruff)
4. Richie English (Doon)

5. Diarmaid Byrnes (Patrickswell)
6. Dan Morrissey (Ahane)
7. Paddy O’Loughlin (Kilmallock)

8. Cian Lynch (Patrickswell)
9. Darragh O’Donovan (Doon)

10. Gearoid Hegarty (St. Patrick’s)
11. Kyle Hayes (Kildimo-Pallaskenry)
12. Tom Morrissey (Ahane) (captain)

13. Aaron Gillane (Patrickswell)
14. Peter Casey (Na Piarsaigh)
15. Graeme Mulcahy (Kilmallock)


1. Alan Nolan (St. Brigid’s)

2. Paddy Smyth (Clontarf)
3. Eoghan O’Donnell (Whitehall Colmcille)
4. Dáire Gray (Whitehall Colmcille)

5. Chris Crummey (Lucan Sarsfields)
6. Seán Moran (Cuala)
7. Darragh O’Connell (Cuala)

8. Rian McBride (St. Vincent’s)
9. Seán Treacy (Cuala)

10. Jake Malone (Cuala)
11. John Hetherton (St Vincent’s)
12. Danny Sutcliffe (St. Jude’s)

13. Fergal Whitely (Kilmacud Crokes)
14. Oisín O’Rourke (Kilmacud Crokes)
15. Eamonn Dillon (Naomh Fionnbarra)

Referee: John Keenan (Wicklow)

Good afternoon, folks. Welcome along to our liveblog for what we expect will be two intriguing fixtures at Nowlan Park.

The participants in this year’s Allianz Hurling League final — which will take place next weekend — are set to be determined today.

First up, All-Ireland champions Limerick will clash with Dublin at 1.30pm. That’s followed at 3.30pm by the meeting of Galway and Waterford.

We’ll keep you updated on both semi-finals right here, so stay with us.

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