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Galway 0-22 Tipperary 1-18


So let’s get set for the first battle to reach the biggest hurling day of the year. It’s an All-Ireland senior hurling semi-final with a familiar pairing. In 2015 Galway won by a point, in 2016 Tipperary won by a point and in 2017 they’re back to face off against each other again.

Throw-in here in Croke Park is 4pm. Should be a cracker.

The sides meet four months after their league final meeting when Galway hammered Tipperary at the Gaelic Grounds. Since then Galway have kept on winning with Dublin, Offaly and Wexford pushed aside as they lifted the Leinster title.
For their part Tipperary endured further difficulties when unseated at the first Munster hurdle by Cork. They’ve steadied themselves with qualifier wins over Westmeath and Dublin before showcasing their attacking class in the quarter-final success against Clare. Couple of concerns about their form at the back but the Liam MacCarthy Cup holders are back where they want to be.

Here’s the teams selected to start. Tipperary bring Darren Gleeson back into goal and Michael Cahill to defence as Darragh Mooney and Tomás Hamill make way.

One change in the Galway attack as Cathal Mannion is back from injury with Jason Flynn making way.


1. Darren Gleeson (Portroe)

2. Donagh Maher (Burgess)
3. James Barry (Upperchurch-Drombane)
4. Michael Cahill (Thurles Sarsfields)

5. Séamus Kennedy (St Mary’s Clonmel)
6. Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)
7. Pádraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields, captain)

8. Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh)
9. Michael Breen (Ballina)

10. Dan McCormack (Borris-Ileigh)
11. Patrick Maher (Lorrha-Dorrha)
12. Noel McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)

13. John O’Dwyer (Killenaule)
14. Séamus Callanan (Drom & Inch)
15. John McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)


1. Colm Callanan (Kinvara)

2. Adrian Tuohy (Beagh)
3. Daithi Burke (Turloughmore)
4. John Hanbury (Rahoon/Newcastle)

5. Padraic Mannion (Ahascragh/Fohenagh)
6. Gearoid McInerney (Oranmore/Maree)
7. Aidan Harte (Gort)

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

10. Cathal Mannion
11. Joe Canning (Portumna)
12. Joseph Cooney (Sarsfields)

13. Conor Whelan (Kinvara)
14. Niall Burke (Oranmore/Maree)
15. Conor Cooney (St. Thomas)

We’ve had better days weather wise in Croke Park. Heavy showers before the minor match have made it difficult for supporters. Hasn’t dampened the spirits of the supporters though.

JJ Crowley Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Jack Maher with JJ and Caoimhe

Here’s the substitutes that Michael Ryan and Micheal Donoghue can call upon.

Galway – James Skehill, Ronan Burke, Seán Loftus, Matt Donohoe, Greg Lally, Eanna Burke, Jason Flynn, Thomas Monaghan, Shane Moloney, Davy Glennon, Jonathan Glynn.

Tipperary – Daragh Mooney, Seán Curran, Jason Forde, Tom Fox, Tomás Hamill, Barry Heffernan, Billy McCarthy, Seán O’Brien, Steven O’Brien, John O’Keeffe, Niall O’Meara.

Michael Donoghue and manager Michael Ryan Galway's Michéal Donoghue and Tipperary's Michael Ryan after April's league final Source: Donall Farmer/INPHO

The referee for this one is Westmeath’s Barry Kelly with John Keenan the standby referee and linesman while Seán Cleere is the other linesman. David Hughes is the sideline official.

We’re moments away from throw-in here. Massive crowd in for this one. Place in the final on 3 September at stake.

Game on.

Two early wides for Galway.


Tipperary 0-1 Galway 0-0
Seamus Callanan snaps over a free after David Burke fouled Bonner Maher.


Galway 0-1 Tipperary 0-1
All square now. Joe Canning fires a free off the upright but Conor Cooney is alert to pick off the rebound.


Tipperary 0-3 Galway 0-1
Superb score from distance by Tipperary wing-back Seamus Kennedy and then Noel McGrath adds another.


Temporary Tipperary change, Sean Curran in for Dan McCormack.


Tipperary 0-4 Galway 0-2
John O’Dwyer stretches Tipperary’s advantage to three before Conor Whelan replies for Galway.


Tipperary 0-4 Galway 0-3
Johnny Coen on target for Galway but all the credit goes to Conor Cooney for a superb catch before he offloaded.


McCormack back on for Tipperary as Curran makes way.


Bad miss from a free by Joe Canning after Cooney was fouled.


Galway 0-4 Tipperary 0-4
Galway turn over Donagh Maher in defence, recycle the ball and Conor Cooney taps over a point.


Galway 0-5 Tipperary 0-4
Four in a row now for Galway as they hit the front through Cathal Mannion.


Tipperary 0-5 Galway 0-5
It’s heating up now, Callanan bangs over a point from play for Tipperary at the second attempt after Daithi Burke denied him on the first occasion with a superb block.


Galway 0-6 Tipperary 0-5
Fourth shot of the day for Joe Canning and the first point as he converts a free.


Galway 0-7 Tipperary 0-5
Super ball across by Conor Cooney and Whelan avails to pick off a point off his left.


Wides on both sides, John McGrath and Johnny Coen off target.


Galway 0-8 Tipperary 0-5
Canning slots over another free after Whelan was fouled. Tipperary having big problems trying to quieten Whelan and Conor Cooney inside.


Galway 0-8 Tipperary 0-6
Padraic Maher launches over a great point and Tipperary needed that badly.


Tipperary 1-6 Galway 0-9
Suddenly Tipperary hit the front. John McGrath whips a shot to the net after Galway’s defence hesistate and fail to clear their lines. They do respond quickly though to draw level through Coen’s second point of the game.


Huge Tipperary goal chance as Seamus Callanan escapes but his whip is smothered by Colm Callanan.


Galway 0-10 Tipperary 1-6
Marvellous play again by Conor Whelan, his third of the day so far.


Yellow card for Joe Canning, high tackle on Padraic Maher.


Callanan drives the resultant free wide from distance.


Canning has moved inside to corner-forward now for Galway.


Galway 0-10 Tipperary 1-7
All square again. Brendan Maher is felled after a strong run and from 45 yards out Callanan makes no mistake for a Tipperary point.


Tipperary 1-8 Galway 0-10
Stunning point from a long range free by Brendan Maher for Tipperary.


Sub: Tipperary withdraw Michael Breen, Jason Forde is introduced.


Galway 0-11 Tipperary 1-8
Joe Canning arcs over a marvellous sideline cut and Galway peg Tipperary back to level terms.


Tipperary 1-9 Galway 0-11
He had a couple of chances at the shot and eventually Seamus Callanan clips over the point that pushes Tipperary ahead.


Tipperary 1-10 Galway 0-12
Points swapped, Jason Forde from play at one end and Joe Canning from a free at the other after Niall Burke was fouled.


So no surprise then how tightly contested this is, Tipperary clinging to a one-point advantage at the break.

Here are the first half scorers:

Tipperary: Seamus Callanan 0-4 (0-2f), John McGrath 1-0, Seamus Kennedy, Padraic Maher, Brendan Maher (0-1f), Noel McGrath, John O’Dwyer, Jason Forde 0-1 each.

Galway: Joe Canning 0-4 (0-3f, 0-1 sideline), Conor Whelan 0-3, Conor Cooney, Johnny Coen 0-2 each, Cathal Mannion 0-1.


An attendance of 68,184 here in Croke Park.


Galway are back out on the pitch, we’re waiting on Tipperary to emerge.


Galway 0-13 Tipperary 1-10
All square as Galway quickly draw level after fine individual score by Joseph Cooney.


Close! Conor Cooney gathers, turns and races clear of the Tipperary defence before unleashing a low shot that hurtles just past the post.


Tipperary 1-11 Galway 0-13
Callanan is hauled down by the Galway rearguard, he dusts himself down and converts the resultant free.


Galway 0-15 Tipperary 1-11
Canning knocks over a free after Joseph Cooney was fouled for Galway and then Whelan nudges them ahead.


So unlucky from John McGrath, his point attempt from the sideline brushes against the post and drops wide.


Tipperary 1-12 Galway 0-15
Seamus Kennedy offloads to Brendan Maher and he splits the posts.


Sub: Jason Flynn is on for Galway for Cathal Mannion.


Correction, it’s Niall Burke who has come off. Originally Mannion came off but now he’s back on as Burke makes way.


Another wide from a free from Joe Canning. Not going his way today.


It’s getting frantic now, chances on both sides. Still all square.


Tipperary 1-13 Galway 0-15
Captain Padraic Maher steps up for Tipperary with a huge point.


Galway 0-16 Tipperary 1-13
Conor Cooney sprints clear and is fouled by Darren Gleeson, yellow card for the goalkeeper. Canning pops over the free.


Galway 0-17 Tipperary 1-13
Huge free from distance from Padraic Mannion for Galway. Massive hits going on both sides now.


Goal chance for Tipperary! Beautiful interplay with John McGrath and Jason Forde involved, Noel McGrath’s whip is diverted out for a ’65 by Colm Callanan.


And Seamus Callanan sees his shot from that ’65 tail wide.


Sub: Jonathan Glynn is in for Galway for Cathal Mannion.


Galway 0-18 Tipperary 1-13
Galway go two ahead. Gearoid McInerney with a superb catch, he bursts out of defence and releases Joe Canning who arrows over the shot.


Galway 0-18 Tipperary 1-14
Tipperary counter with John O’Dwyer slinging one over off his left.


Galway 0-19 Tipperary 1-14
Canning has a snapshot flicked out by James Barry for a ’65 and then he comes out to point that chance. Two point lead again for the Tribesmen.


Galway 0-19 Tipperary 1-15
Can’t take your eyes off this one. Noel McGrath points to cut Galway’s lead to the minimum.


Goal chance! Galway break through Jason Flynn but his shot is blocked under pressure.


And then captain David Burke fires a shot wide, good chance that for Galway. Ten to go here.


Goal chance again for Galway! Johnny Glynn gets clear, throws a pass across but Canning whips the ball across the goal and wide as Darren Gleeson advanced.


Sub: Niall O’Meara in for Tipperary for Jason Forde.


Galway 0-19 Tipperary 1-16
Level again courtesy of Tipperary’s John McGrath.


Galway 0-20 Tipperary 1-16
David Burke hits the post, Tipperary fire a clearance to the wing but it falls to Joe Canning all alone and he despatches his shot between the posts.


’65 for Tipperary after Seamus Callanan’s shot is diverted wide.


Callanan drives it wide! His second miss from a ’65.


Tipperary 1-17 Galway 0-20
That’s marvellous from John O’Dwyer on the Cusack Stand side. Great point and we’re level again. Replay next Saturday?


Joe Canning coming very deep to take a free for Galway.


He’s over 80 yards out.


He points it!


Galway 0-21 Tipperary 1-17
Superb shot by Canning.


Wild shot by Conor Whelan and the ball drops wide.


And Dan McCormack bangs one wide at the other end.


Another wide, this time from Galway’s Joseph Cooney.


Sub: Galway take off Conor Cooney, Shane Moloney is on.


Four minutes of injury time to be played. Huge tension here.


Galway bring in Greg Lally as a blood sub for McInerney.


Free in for Tipperary from midfield.


McInerney back on for Galway.


Brendan Maher to hit the free for Tipperary.


He points it!


Galway 0-21 Tipperary 1-18


Canning coming back inside his ’45 to take a free for Galway.


Canning points from play!


What a score.


And O’Dwyer misses at the other end.


What drama at the finish. Canning’s long-range free dropped short and rolled towards goal where Darren Gleeson flicked it away. James Barry cleared, Johnny Coen gathered and rushed forward before turning and offloading to Canning on the sideline, who banged over a wonderful point.


Another pulsating clash between Galway and Tipperary, again only a single point between them. Galway advance to the decider on 3 September against Cork or Waterford. Thanks for joining us today.

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