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Dublin: 11 °C Thursday 15 November, 2018


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Good afternoon, folks. The biggest day on the hurling calendar is here.

Galway face Waterford in the All-Ireland senior hurling final at 3.30pm, but first up it’s the minor decider.

Cork and Galway will battle for the Irish Press Cup from 1.15pm and we’ll keep you updated right here so stay with us throughout the game.

If you’d like to get involved, you can e-mail, send us a tweet — @The42_ie, @The42GAA, @PaulDollery — or leave a comment below.

Here’s how both teams are due to start.

For Galway, there’s one change from the side that beat Kilkenny in the semi-final, as Donal Mannion comes in at corner-forward in place of Conor Molloy.

1. Darach Fahy (Ardrahan)

2. Darren Morrissey (Sarsfields)
3. Daniel Loftus (Turloughmore)
4. Caimin Killeen (Loughrea)

5. Ronan Glennon (Mullagh)
6. Conor Caulfield (Kilconieron)
7. Mark Gill (Castlegar)

8. John Fleming (Meelick Eyrecourt)
9. Conor Fahey (Padraig Pearses)

10. Sean Bleahene (Ahascragh-Fohenagh)
11. Conor Walsh (Turloughmore)
12. Ben Moran (Tynagh-Abbey Duniry)

13. Donal Mannion (Cappataggle)
14. Jack Canning (Portumna)
15. Martin McManus (Loughrea)

Cork have made one change as well — also at corner-forward — from their semi-final victory over Dublin. Evan Sheehan, who scored 2-2 in the Munster final win against Clare, returns from injury at the expense of Brian Buckley.

1. Ger Collins (Ballinhassig)

2. Conor O’Callaghan (Dromtarriffe)
3. Sean O’Leary-Hayes (Midleton)
4. Eoin Roche (Bride Rovers)

5. Aaron Walsh-Barry (Carrigtwohill)
6. James Keating (Kildorrery)
7. Ger Millerick (Fr. O Neill’s)

8. Daire Connery (Na Piarsaigh)
9. Diarmuid Linehan (Ballyhooly)

10. Craig Hanifin (Na Piarsaigh)
11. Liam O’Shea (Lisgoold)
12. Brian Roche (Bride Rovers)

13. Evan Sheehan (Na Piarsaigh)
14. Robert Downey (Glen Rovers)
15. Brian Turnbull (Douglas)

Galway are looking to regain the Irish Press Cup which they won for the 10th time in 2015.

The Tribesmen have won it no fewer than five times since Cork’s last triumph back in 2001.

When the Rebels tasted their most recent All-Ireland minor final victory, Tomás O’Leary was captain and the Hogan Stand still hadn’t been finished.

inpho_00307556 Source: INPHO/Andrew Paton

In that final 16 years ago, Cork denied Galway a three-in-a-row with a 2-10 to 1-8 win.

It’ll be Cork’s 19th All-Ireland minor title if they can succeed Tipperary as champions today.

Will this piece of silverware be heading to Cork or Galway tomorrow evening? We’re about to find out…

A view of the All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship trophy Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Looks like there’s one late change on the Galway team, with Conor Molloy in for John Fleming at midfield.


Cork 1-0 Galway 0-0

What a start for Cork! Brian Turnbull whips to the net inside the opening 10 seconds.


Cork 1-1 Galway 0-1

Turnbull knocks over a free before Donal Mannion gets the Tribesmen off the mark.


Cork 1-1 Galway 0-2

Conor Molloy with a free for Galway.


Cork 1-1 Galway 0-2

Liam O’Shea with an ambitious effort from out on the left for Cork but it goes wide.


Cork 1-2 Galway 0-2

Liam O’Shea gets a nice point for the Rebels from 50 yards out.


Cork 1-3 Galway 0-2

Good chance for another point for Turnbull but an uncharacteristic wide from close range for the Douglas man.

However, Craig Hanifin hits the target moments later.


Cork 1-3 Galway 0-3

Ben Moran pulls one back for Galway.

Cork 1-3 Galway 0-3

Seems to be a bit of a mix-up with numbers on the Galway team compared to how they were named on Friday.

Here’s how they’ve actually lined out.

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Cork 2-3 Galway 0-5

Good response from Galway to that rocket of a goal from Sheehan with points from Conor Molloy and Daniel Loftus.


Cork 2-5 Galway 0-5

Daire Connery and Brian Turnbull restore Cork’s six-point lead.


Cork 2-5 Galway 0-6

Molloy hits another good free for Galway after Jack Canning was fouled by Sean O’Leary Hayes.


Cork 2-5 Galway 0-7

Another nice score for Galway, this time from Sean Bleahene.


Cork 2-6 Galway 0-8

Turnbull converts a free for Cork before Bleahene gets another for Galway.


Cork 2-7 Galway 0-8

Liam O’Shea gets his second of the afternoon for Cork from wide on the right. Lovely score.


Cork 2-7 Galway 0-9

Goal chance for Galway for Bleahene but he fires over the bar after being played in by Mannion.


Cork 2-7 Galway 0-10

Another Molloy free reduces the gap to three for Galway.


Cork 2-7 Galway 0-10

Two minutes of additional time to be played at the end of the first half.


Cork 2-7 Galway 0-10

Good chance of a point there for Cork but another surprising wide from Turnbull. Brian Roche then also misses the target for the Rebels.


Cork 2-7 Galway 0-10

Cork in the driving seat at the break after an intriguing first half, but it’s still all to play for here.

Back shortly for the second half.


Cork 2-7 Galway 0-10

The second half is underway.

Shane Ryan has replaced Martin McManus for Galway.


Cork 2-8 Galway 1-10

Canning with a bullet of a goal for Galway to level the scores just over a minute after the restart after some excellent work by Mannion.

Hanifin then puts Cork back in front.


Cork 2-9 Galway 1-10

Turnbull takes his tally for the day to 1-4 with a point for Cork.


Cork 2-9 Galway 1-11

Another big free from Molloy and it’s a one-point game again.


Cork 2-9 Galway 1-12

The goal was on for Bleahene but again he takes his point.


Cork 2-10 Galway 1-13

Turnbull with a free into the Hill for Cork but Canning hits right back for Galway after winning possession with a superb catch.


Cork 2-10 Galway 2-13

Another brilliant Canning catch on the edge of the square and he fires home his second goal to give Galway the lead for the first time in the game.


Cork 2-11 Galway 2-13

The ball was in the back of the Galway net after Brian Roche dropped one in but the referee gives a free out for a square ball against Robert Downey. Not too sure about that decision.

Liam O’Shea points for the Rebels to reduce the gap to two.


Cork 2-11 Galway 2-14

Galway lead by three again thanks to another Conor Molloy free.


Evan Sheehan scores a goal Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Brian Turnbull with Darren Morrissey Source: Tommy Dickson/INPHO

Conor O’Callaghan and Sean Bleahene Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO


Cork 2-11 Galway 2-16

Hawkeye called upon as Bleahene puts Galway four ahead. Canning then makes it five.


Cork 2-12 Galway 2-16

Substitute Barry Murphy points for Cork. 10 minutes remaining.


Cork 2-12 Galway 2-17

Another placed-ball converted by Conor Molloy. Galway looking good.


Cork 2-13 Galway 2-17

Turnbull from play for Cork. They’re still in this.


Cork 2-14 Galway 2-17

Hawkeye gets another run-out as Robert Downey’s effort leaves a puck of the ball between them.


Cork 2-14 Galway 2-17

We’re in for some finish here. Can Cork turn this around?


Cork 2-15 Galway 2-17

Brilliant work by Turnbull who scores to leave two points between the teams. 1-7 for him today.


Cork 2-15 Galway 2-17

Daire Connery with a long-range free to reduce the gap to the minimum but it goes wide.


Cork 2-15 Galway 2-17

Goal chance for Cork as O’Shea sets up Hanifin but Galway manage to get it clear. Incredible drama.


Cork 2-15 Galway 2-17

Five minutes to be added on! Still time for Cork.


Cork 2-15 Galway 2-17

Cork goalkeeper Collins is robbed of the ball but Fahy misses the target with a goal chance for Galway.


Cork 2-15 Galway 2-17 

Downey sets up Cork captain O’Leary Hayes but his attempt for a point goes wide. We’re now into the final minute of additional time.

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Full-time: Cork 2-15 Galway 2-17 (Galway are All-Ireland minor hurling champions)

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