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Dublin: 9 °C Saturday 15 December, 2018

Galway's full-forward line hit 5-15 to blow Dublin away in Tullamore

It was a massacre at O’Connor Park.

Joe Canning celebrates scoring a late point Galway's Joe Canning celebrates after rounding off the scoring in a big win for the Tribesmen. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Galway 5-19
Dublin 1-18

Jackie Cahill reports from O’Connor Park

CATHAL MANNION’S BLISTERING hat-trick buried Dublin in this evening’s Leinster senior hurling championship quarter-final replay in Tullamore, as Galway ran out 13-point winners.

The impish corner-forward, scorer of three points at Croke Park in last Sunday’s drawn game, tore the Dubs to shreds early on before Joe Canning struck twice after half-time in a one-sided rout.

With ten minutes and five seconds on the watch, Mannion had raised three green flags against hapless Dublin, who missed two first-half penalties.


After Mannion netted twice inside the first five minutes at O’Connor Park, Dublin’s luckless David Treacy lashed his penalty wide after he was fouled. Mannion completed his treble and Galway went on to lead by a massive 18 points when he flashed over a stunning 18th-minute point.

Ger Cunningham’s Dublin, missing injured defensive linchpin Peter Kelly, were filleted in defence as Galway went for the kill early. Paul Schutte was restored to the full-back line but given a torrid time by Mannion, before Cian O’Callaghan switched across.

But O’Callaghan was left ball-watching from Colm Callanan’s booming puck-out and Mannion completed his treble with a cheeky finish, beating Dublin goalkeeper Alan Nolan to the punch. At the other end, Dublin dangerman Mark Schutte was getting absolutely no change whatsoever from Padraig Mannion, who picked him up from the start, as expected.

Both teams had made changes before throw-in, as former Kerry player Darragh O’Connell came in for his first championship start for Dublin. Johnny McCaffrey lost out in the reshuffle, while Galway boss Anthony Cunningham started Daithi Burke, fit again after a hand injury, in place of Gearoid McInerney.

Andrew Smith and Liam Rushe clash A scuffle breaks out between Galway's Andy Smith and Liam Rushe of Dublin. Source: James Crombie/INPHO

Galway won the toss and elected to play with a strong wind in the opening half — and it was an inspired choice as Mannion ran riot. The Tribesmen were 3-10 to 0-1 in front before Dublin hit four unanswered points. It was a temporary reprieve as Galway led by 3-13 to 0-7 at the break, after Colm Callanan brilliantly saved a penalty from Paul Ryan, who was brought on to replace Treacy.

Galway piled on the misery in the second-half with Canning scoring two superb goals — in the 37th and 42nd minutes. Dublin did pull a consolation goal back in the 65th minute when sub Eamon Dillon netted, but this was a forgettable afternoon for them.

Mannion finished with a personal haul of 3-3, Canning added 2-3 and Jason Flynn, on free-taking duties with Canning still nursing an injured hand, hit nine points for the winners. The Westerners will now play Laois or Offaly in the Leinster SHC semi-final on 20 June, with Dublin left to somehow regroup for the qualifiers.

Scorers for Dublin: Paul Ryan 0-7 (3f, 3 65s), Eamon Dillon 1-1, Darragh O’Connell and David Treacy (1f) 0-2 each, Simon Lambert (f), Ryan O’Dwyer, Liam Rushe, Danny Sutcliffe, Mark Schutte and Cian Boland 0-1 each.

Scorers for Galway: Cathal Mannion 3-3, Joe Canning 2-3, Jason Flynn 0-9 (7f), Aidan Harte, Andy Smith, Cyril Donnellan & Padraig Brehony 0-1 each.

Simon Lambert dejected after the game A dejected Simon Lambert after the game. Source: James Crombie/INPHO


1. Alan Nolan (St Brigid’s)

2. Cian O’Callaghan (Cuala)
3. Michael Carton (O’Toole’s)
4. Paul Schutte (Cuala)

5. Chris Crummy (Lucan Sarsfields)
9. Simon Lambert (Ballyboden St Enda’s)
6. Conal Keaney (Ballyboden St Enda’s)

7. Shane Durkin (Ballyboden St Enda’s)
19. Darragh O’Connell (Cuala)

10. Ryan O’Dwyer (Kilmacud Crokes)
11. Liam Rushe (capt, St Patrick’s)
12. Danny Sutcliffe (St Jude’s)

13. David O’Callaghan (Ballyboden St Enda’s)
15. Mark Schutte (Cuala)
14. David Treacy (Cuala)


24. Paul Ryan (Ballyboden St Enda’s) for Treacy (39)
26. Eamon Dillon (Naomh Fionnbara) for O’Callaghan (HT)
23. Cian Boland (St Oliver Plunketts Eoghan Ruadh) for O’Dwyer (51)
8. Johnny McCaffrey (Lucan Sarsfields) for Carton (53)
25. Conor Dooley (Ballyboden St Enda’s) for Ryan (69)


1. Colm Callanan (Kinvara)

2. Johnny Coen (Loughrea)
4. Padraig Mannion (Ahascragh-Fohenagh)
3. John Hanbury (Rahoon-Newcastle)

25. Daithi Burke (Turloughmore)
6. Iarla Tannian (Ardrahan)
5. David Collins (Liam Mellowes)

8. Joseph Cooney (Sarsfields)
9. Aidan Harte (Gort)

10. Andrew Smith (Portumna)
11. Cyril Donnellan (Padraig Pearses)
12. Jonathan Glynn (Ardrahan)

13. Cathal Mannion (Ahascragh-Fohenagh)
14. Joe Canning (Portumna)
15. Jason Flynn (Tommie Larkins)


26. David Burke (St Thomas’s) for Cooney (44)
21. Padraig Brehony (Tynagh Abbey Duniry) for Donnellan (46)
17. Fergal Moore (Turloughmore) for P Mannion (58)
20. Greg Lally (Gort) for Coen (59)
24. Davy Glennon (Mullagh) for Smith (65)

Referee: Brian Gavin (Offaly).

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