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Last chance saloon.

One of the big All-Ireland contenders will crash out of the championship today while the other progresses to the semi-finals.

All roads lead to the LIT Gaelic Grounds in Limerick for throw-in at 1.15pm as Shane O’Neill’s Galway take on the reigning holders of the Liam MacCarthy Cup.

Here’s how Galway are named to line out 

1. Eanna Murphy (Tommy Larkins)

2. Aidan Harte (Gort)
3. Daithi Burke (Turloughmore)
4. Shane Cooney (St Thomas’)

5. Fintan Burke (St Thomas’)
6. Gearoid McInerney (Oranmore Maree)
7. Joseph Cooney (Sarsfields)

8. Padraic Mannion (Ahascragh Fohenagh) — captain
9. Johnny Coen (Loughrea)

10. Joe Canning (Portumna)
11. Cathal Mannion (Ahascragh Fohenagh)
12. David Burke (St Thomas’)

13. Brian Concannon (Killimordaly)
14. Conor Cooney (St Thomas’)
15. Conor Whelan (Kinvara)


16. James Skehill (Cappataggle)
17. Darren Morrissey (Sarsfields)
18. TJ Brennan (Clarinbridge)
19. Seán Loftus (Turloughmore)
20. Adrian Touhey (Beagh)
21. Evan Niland (Clarinbridge)
22. Jason Flynn (Tommy Larkins)
23. Sean Linnane (Turloughmore)
24. Niall Burke (Oranmore Maree)
25. Jarlath Mannion (Cappataggle)
26. Jack Grealish (Gort).

And here is how Tipp are named to start 

1. Brian Hogan (Lorrha-Dorrha)

2. Cathal Barrett (Holycross-Ballycahill)
3. Ronan Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)
4. Alan Flynn (Kiladangan)

5. Niall O’Meara (Kilruane MacDonaghs)
6. Brendan Maher (Borris-Ileigh)
7. Padraic Maher (Thurles Sarsfields)

8. Noel McGrath (Loughmore-Castleiney)
9. Michael Breen (Ballina)

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

13. Jason Forde (Silvermines)
14. Séamus Callanan (Drom-Inch)
15. Jake Morris (Nenagh Éire Óg).

- No Tipperary substitutes have been listed.

As we gear up for throw-in, here’s some pre-match reading.

Galway’s Cathal Mannion says he agrees with Limerick manager John Kiely’s comments about allowing all squad members attend games.

“Definitely yeah. Everyone is putting in the same amount of time, the same training, and for lads to not be allowed go on matchday is obviously very disappointing.

“Every team is obviously on the same boat, they have their extended panel not allowed to go to games, but I think there is no reason why everyone shouldn’t be allowed to go.”

Read more here.

As always, we want to hear from you so feel free to engage in the coverage through the comment section or you can send a tweet to myself, Sinéad Farrell. You’ll find me on @sinead_farrell7 

Side note: I did not include the number 7 in my Twitter handle on the back of that TikTok video of the American football players jumping around in the dressing room to a Justin Bieber song. 

How about a quick poll before throw-in 

Poll Results:

Galway win (166)
Tipperary win (143)
Draw, decided in extra-time (23)

1 min: Galway 0-1 Tipperary 0-0

First blood to Galway as Joe Canning drills a long-distance free between the posts after winning the free himself. 

1 min: Galway 0-1 Tipperary 0-1

Jason Forde responds with a free for Tipp after Aidan Harte was adjudged to have fouled Dan McCormack.

It’s a brisk, dry day in Limerick which gives the players the best chance of playing a fast game of hurling. 

3 mins: Galway 0-2 Tipperary 0-1

Johnny Coen scores a lovely point from a tricky angle to regain the lead for Galway.

7 mins: Galway 0-2 Tipperary 1-3

What a burst from the All-Ireland champions as Seamus Callanan turns his man before tucking the ball past Galway keeper Eanna Murphy.

Noel McGrath taps over a point shortly after before Forde adds another free to push Tipperary into a four-point lead.

Galway need to muster a response.

9 mins: Galway 0-3 Tipperary 1-3

Canning converts a free after a goal opportunity for Galway.

12 mins: Galway 1-3 Tipperary 1-3 

What a start to this game.

Cathal Mannion rattles a shot past Brian Hogan to level up proceedings. There’s a very watery sun beaming down on the LIT Gaelic Grounds which is coming into the eyes of the Galway players.

15 mins: Galway 1-5 Tipperary 1-3 

Joseph Cooney composes himself before drilling the ball over the bar to give Galway the lead.

Joe Canning helps himself to his first point from play moments later to push the Tribesmen two points in front.

First Water Break: Galway 1-5 Tipperary 1-3 

Joe Canning misses a free while Jake Morris is the first player on the pitch to get a yellow card. 

17 mins: Galway 1-5 Tipperary 1-5 

Level pegging again.

Morris and Noel McGrath hit back-to-back points.

20 mins: Galway 2-6 Tipperary 1-6 

Champagne hurling! Brian Concannon hits the third goal of the first half to reclaim the advantage for Galway again.

A few bad wides for both sides but the glare from that sun is very difficult to play. It is November after all.

Another Canning free follows from an acute angle while Alan Flynn points at the other end.

23 mins: Galway 2-7 Tipperary 1-7 

Noel McGrath strikes his third point of the afternoon before Mannion feeds the ball to Conor Cooney for another Galway point.

24 mins: Galway 2-7 Tipperary 1-8

Forde is now three from three on the frees. Tipp are staying closely behind Galway’s shoulder here.

26 mins: Galway 2-8 Tipperary 1-8

Brilliant solo run from Mannion before slinging the ball over the bar to bring his tally to 1-1.

31 mins: Galway 2-8 Tipperary 1-11

All square!

Noel McGrath, Jason Forde and Alan Flynn with the points as Tipperary hit three points without reply.

33 mins: Galway 2-9 Tipperary 2-13

Bonner Maher is back!

Great goal from Bonner to really announce himself back to the stage after suffering a horrible knee injury last year.

It was a messy enough goal, with Murphy pulling off two fine saves. But Maher’s patience prevailed as he pounced on the loose ball before cracking his shot home.

The sides trade scores after, including a point from Tipp’s Niall O’Meara.

Here are the two Galway goals from the first half:

We’ve barely had time to draw a breath here, but the second half action is coming up shortly. How do you see this one going?

Galway half-time changes

David Burke and Johnny Coen have been replaced by Adrian Touhey and Jason Flynn.

36 mins: Galway 2-9 Tipperary 2-14

Forde taps over an easy free to push Tipperary further out in front.

38 mins: Galway 2-9 Tipperary 2-14

Mannion attempts to knock over a point from way out on the sideline but his shot is off target.

Canning also tries to score from a sideline puck but again, it’s wide.

40 mins: Galway 2-11 Tipperary 2-15

Michael Breen and Cathal Mannion trade points. Canning lands a monstrous free from distance to keep pace with Tipp.

42 mins: Galway 2-12 Tipperary 2-15

Great forward play from Conor Whelan to round his player before winning a free from Ronan Maher.

An easy tap-over follows for Canning. Just three between them now.

45 mins: Galway 2-13 Tipperary 2-16

Hogan’s puckout comes to Dan McCormack who puts himself into space before swinging the ball over.

Hogan then comes out to have a go at the posts from a free but misses from his attempt. Mannion makes no mistake when he has a go at the posts. 

Three between them.

47 mins: Galway 2-13 Tipperary 2-17

Super point from Callanan. Lovely touch to control the ball coming in, moves into space before having a look and dropping the ball over the bar.

48 mins: Galway 2-15 Tipperary 2-18

Canning picks up his eight point as he taps over a free after a point from Whelan.

But Tipp are still keeping their noses in front.

Second Water Break: Galway 2-16 Tipperary 2-18

Another Canning free cuts the gap to two points. But you get the feeling that Galway need another goal to change this game.

52 mins: Galway 2-17 Tipperary 2-18

Cathal Barrett has been sent off with two yellow cards. Huge moment there coming into the final stages of this thrilling contest.

A Canning free leaves just one between them after a brilliant team move from Galway which included a brilliant advancing run from Daithi Burke.

55 mins: Galway 2-18 Tipperary 2-19

Forde restores the two-point lead from a free.

Huge goal chance for Galway at the other end when Fintan Burke put Conor Cooney through one-on-one. But Hogan comes out to snuff out the danger.

Canning points from a sideline puck. Back to a one-point game.

59 mins: Galway 2-18 Tipperary 2-19

Incredible pace in this game as Alan Flynn misses a scoreable opportunity. 

There’s still 10 minutes to go and anything could happen from here. 

61 mins: Galway 2-19 Tipperary 2-20

Joe Canning levels the tie briefly from a free before the ball comes down to Tipp substitute Willie Connors who finds the target.

64 mins: Galway 2-19 Tipperary 2-20

Tipp change: Jason Forde makes way for Paul Flynn

67 mins: Galway 3-20 Tipperary 2-22

Harte in the clutch!

What a goal from Aidan Harte to edge Galway in front. Canning adds a point but McCormack blasts the ball over the bar at the other end to leave just one between them.

68 mins: Galway 3-22 Tipperary 2-22

Jason Flynn and Sean Loftus with two crucial points for Galway as we head towards the end of the 70 minutes.

Three between them.

70 mins: Galway 3-22 Tipperary 2-23

Hogan came all the way up to stand over a free. He went for a goal but the ball was deflected over.

Three minutes added time to be played.

72 mins: Galway 3-22 Tipperary 2-24

Another free for Tipp and Callanan pops it over to cut the gap to just one.

74 mins: Galway 3-23 Tipperary 2-24

Canning puts two between them from a free. Massive score to get as Galway win the Tipperary puckout and a free out has also been awarded.

It’s up to the referee at this stage as added time is well up.

Galway 3-23 Tipperary 2-24

What a game!

Galway timed their run to victory very well. They really pushed on in the final 10 minutes, gradually reeling Tipperary in before that Aidan Harte goal really caused a shift in momentum.

Cathal Barrett’s dismissal was key too.

Joe Canning finished the day with 14 points, including some clutch scores while Cathal Mannion chipped in with 1-3.

Galway 3-23 Tipperary 2-24

Well, that’s that!

Galway march on to the All-Ireland semi-finals while champions Tipperary crash out.

We hope you enjoyed the coverage, stay tuned for our match report coming shortly.

And don’t go too far. Coming up later, we’ve got live minute-by-minute coverage of the Leinster SFC final between Dublin and Meath, as well as the All-Ireland quarter-final between Clare and Waterford.

Until next time, good luck!

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