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Dublin end famine with famous win over Galway at Croker

Dalo’s men got the job done in the provincial decider to make history this afternoon.

The Dublin team celebrate with the trophy.
The Dublin team celebrate with the trophy.
Image: INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Dublin 2-25

Galway 2-13

THE WAIT IS over for Dublin hurling.

Anthony Daly’s charges bridged a 52-year wait for the Leinster SHC title this afternoon with an impressive win over incumbents Galway at Croke Park.

Dublin started like the team who wanted it more. Paul Ryan’s 24th-minute goal saw them put their best foot forward before three David O’Callaghan points meant Anthony Cunningham had to give his Galway side a half-time talking to with the scoreline reading 1-12 to 0-7.

The Tribesmen looked undercooked but emerged with new vigour after the break to tack on two points before the Blues’ busy-looking ‘Dotsy’ stemmed the flow with one of his own.

Ryan — who was excellent along with the likes of O’Callaghan and Conal Keaney — struck his second goal of the game before Joe Canning and David Burke goaled for Galway. And though the aforementioned Portumna talisman tried his best to drag Galway into the game the Dubs saw it out with ease.

John McCaffrey collected the Dr Bob O’Keeffe Cup to the delight of the Hill while Cunningham and Galway must regroup if their All-Ireland bid is to get back on track this summer.

Scorers for Dublin: Ryan 2-7 (4f), O’Callaghan 0-4, O’Dwyer 0-3, McCaffrey, Boland, Keaney, McCormack all 0-2, Sutcliffe, Carton, Lambert all 0-1.

Scorers for Galway: Canning 1-7 (4f), Burke 1-0, Cooney 0-2, Tannian, Regan, Harte, Glynn all 0-1.

Dublin: Gary Maguire; Niall Corcoran, Peter Kelly, Paul Schutte; Stephen Hiney, Liam Rushe, Michael Carton; John Mc Caffrey (c), Joseph Boland; Conal Keaney, Ryan O’Dwyer, Danny Sutcliffe; David O’Callaghan, David Treacy, Paul Ryan.

Substitutions: Conor McCormack for Treacy (53), Oisin Gough for Schutte (55), Shane Durkin for McCaffrey (57), Mark Schutte for O’Callaghan (60), Simon Lambert for O’Dwyer (66).

Galway: James Skehill; Fergal Moore, Kevin Hynes, Johnny Coen; David Collins, Shane Kavanagh, Joseph Cooney; Iarla Tannian, James Regan; David Burke, Conor Cooney, Cyril Donnellan; David Glennon, Joe Canning, Niall Burke.

Substitutions: Andrew Smith for Regan (21), Damien Hayes for Donnellan (HT), Aidan Harte for Tannian (HT), Jonathon Glynn for Glennon (45), Aonghus Callanan for Cooney (63).

Referee: Johnny Ryan (Tipperary)

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