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Three-goal Dublin sensationally end Galway's summer and advance from Leinster

Joe Canning’s return couldn’t prevent Dublin from sealing their place in the All-Ireland preliminary quarter-final.

Dublin 3-19

Galway 0-24

Kevin O’Brien reports from Parnell Park 

THE LEINSTER HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP threw up the first major upset of the summer as Galway’s season was prematurely ended by a heroic Dublin performance. 

Chris Crummy celebrates after the game Chris Crummy celebrates after the game. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

The Tribesmen were shell-shocked at the final whistle when news filtered through of their early exit. Dublin’s four-point win allied to the draw between Wexford and Kilkenny meant the 2017 All-Ireland champions were dumped out of the championship on scoring difference.

Galway were ultimately punished for their failure to beat Carlow by more than the six-point margin they managed in the opening round.

Four teams finished on five points but Wexford (+18) and Kilkenny (+15) will meet in the Leinster final, while Dublin (+11) advance to the All-Ireland preliminary quarter-final and Galway (+3) are out.

This was an enthralling encounter played at a frenetic pace throughout.

Dublin claimed the victory after scoring 1-7 in the final 10 minutes. Missing their two first-choice free-takers Paul Ryan and David Treacy through injury, Oisin O’Rorke assumed the role and shot 0-9, including five frees and a 65.

Wing-back Chris Crummey was another man who a huge role for Mattie Kenny’s outfit.

Eamon Dillon celebrates scoring the first goal Eamon Dillon after scoring his side's first goal. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

He won a penalty shortly after half-time that Sean Moran dispatched for his third goal of the competition. Crummey then broke through the Galway rearguard and fired in Dublin’s third goal in the 67th minute.

The big news for Galway was the return of Joe Canning following his groin surgery. The former Hurler of the Year arrived off the bench in the 47th minute to a huge ovation by the away supporters. He showed few signs of rust with two points from open play.

Cathal Mannion scored 0-8 a week ago in Nowlan Park and added a further nine here. Such was the quality of his free-taking he remained on the placed balls even after Canning’s introduction.

Eamonn Dillon, fresh from scoring 2-2 against Carlow in their previous game, bagged 1-1 in another fine display for the victors. Conal Keaney was excellent with a three-point haul and Dublin had game-winners all over the field.

Joseph Cooney played at centre-back for the Tribesmen with former All-Star centre-back Gearoid McInerney placed on the wing.

Both sides lost key players to injury during the opening period. Eoghan O’Donnell was forced off after 15 minutes and Conor Whelan followed him 10 minutes later.

Conor Whelan receives treatment Conor Whelan receives treatment. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

The first-half was hard-hitting and tense. The teams were on level terms eight times as the momentum swung between them. Johnny Glynn gave an early sign of his intent by barrelling through two Dublin defenders to win a close-range free for Cathal Mannion to convert.

Mannion scored five of his six placed balls in the opening 35 minutes and Colm Callanan fired over a booming free from inside his own 45m. At the far end, Conal Keaney was proving an effective target from Alan Nolan’s puck-outs, fetching four balls in the first-half. 

When Dillon raced through to bag his third goal in the championship in the 28th minute, Dublin moved three clear for the first time. But it only served to spark Galway into life. They finished the half with four unanswered points to take an 0-12 to 1-8 lead into the break.

Within 90 seconds of the restart, Dublin had their second goal. It arrived from Moran’s penalty after Daithi Burke took Crummey as he sliced through the away defence.

This time Galway hit back with three-in-a-row, including one from Canning shortly after his introduction, to the delight of the Tribe supporters. The sides went tit for tat over the next 15 minutes. Keaney grabbed three huge scores and Alan Nolan fired over a point from deep inside his own half.

The Mannion brothers, David Glennon and Jason Flynn popped over scores, but Dublin’s grip on the game tightened down the home straight. Crummey fired in a brilliant goal after 67 minutes and Sutcliffe tagged on a vital score moments later to cap off a massive night for Dublin hurling.

Scorers for Dublin: Oisin O’Rorke 0-9 (0-5f, 0-1 65), Eamonn Dillon 1-1, Sean Moran 1-0 (1-0 pen), Chris Crummey 1-0, Conal Keaney 0-3, Cian Boland and Danny Sutcliffe 0-2 each, Liam Rushe and Alan Nolan 0-1 each.

Scorers for Galway: Cathal Mannion 0-9 (0-7f), Jason Flynn and David Burke 0-3 each, Joe Canning 0-2, Conor Whelan, Johnny Coen, Colm Callanan (0-1f), Joseph Cooney, Brian Concannon, Padraig Mannion and David Glennon 0-1 each.

Dublin

1. Alan Nolan (St. Brigid’s)

2. Paddy Smyth (Clontarf)
3. Eoghan O’Donnell (Whitehall Colmcille)
26. Shane Barrett (Na Fianna)

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

8. Seán Treacy (Cuala)
9. Tomás Connolly (St Vincent’s)

10. Conal Keaney (Ballyboden St. Enda’s)
12. Cian Boland (St Oliver Plunkett’s-Eoghan Rudh)
15. Eamonn Dillon (Naomh Fionnbarra)

11. Danny Sutcliffe (St. Jude’s)
22. Oisin O’Rorke (Kilmacud Crokes)
21. Liam Rushe (St Patrick’s Palmerstown)

Subs

17. James Madden (Ballyboden St Enda’s) for O’Donnell (15, inj)
13. Fergal Whitely (Kilmacud Crokes) for Boland (47)
19. Daire Gray (Whitehall Colmcilles) for Hendricken (55)
7. Daragh O’Connell (Cuala) for Treacy (57)
14. Ronan Hayes (Kilmacud Crokes) for Rushe (64)

Galway

1. Colm Callanan (Kinvara)

2. Darren Morrissey (Sarsfields)
3. Daithí Burke (Turloughmore)
4. Aidan Harte (Gort)

5. Padraic Mannion (Ahascragh-Fohenagh)
7. Joseph Cooney (Sarsfields)
6. Gearóid McInerney (Oranmore-Maree)

8. Johnny Coen (Loughrea)
9. David Burke (St Thomas – captain)

11. Jonathan Glynn (Ardrahan)
10. Cathal Mannion (Ahascragh-Fohenagh)
12. Adrian Tuohy (Beagh)

15. Brian Concannon (Killimordaly)
14. Jason Flynn (Tommy Larkins)
13. Conor Whelan (Kinvara)

Subs

23. Kevin Hussey (Turloughmore) for Whelan (25, inj)
20. Joe Canning (Portumna) for Touhey (42) 
24. Niall Burke (Oranmore Maree) for Concannon (53)
26. Thomas Monaghan (Creachmhaoil) for Burke (61) 
25. Sean Linnane (Turloughmore) for Coen (69)

Referee: Cathal McAllister (Cork)

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