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  • 15:24
    It’s semi-final Sunday here as Leinster champions Galway take on Cork in the All-Ireland hurling semi-final. Galway stunned Kilkenny by winning the Leinster decider on July 8th on a score-line of 2-21 to 2-11.

    Tipperary defeated Cork 1-22 to 0-24 in the Munster semi-final but since then Cork have recorded victories over Offaly, Wexford and Waterford in the qualifiers. Can the Rebels keep their winning run going or will Galway be able to repeat their Leinster final heroics? Stay with me, Ciaran Daly, to find out. Let battle commence

    All-Ireland senior hurling championship semi-final

    Cork v Galway – Croke Park, 3.30pm
  • 15:25
    An injury time Oisín O’Rourke goal gave Dublin victory in the All-Ireland minor hurling semi-final. Clare may look back on this game in anger as they led by seven points at one stage but Dublin proved to be more clinical in front of goal. There was some controversy about the winning goal as the free which indirectly led to the goal appeared to be a soft one. It matters little now. Dublin are in an All-Ireland final while Clare bow out.

    All-Ireland minor hurling championship semi-final

    Dublin 4 -14 Clare 2-17
  • 15:27
    Here are today’s teams

    GALWAY: J Skehill; D Collins, K Hynes, F Moore; N Donoghue, T Óg Regan, J Coen; I Tannian, A Smith; D Burke, N Burke, J Regan; D Hayes, J Canning, Cooney

    CORK: A Nash; S O’Neill; D McDonnell, B Murphy; T Kenny, E Cadogan, S Óg O’hAilpín; P Cronin, L McLoughlin; C Lehane, C McCarthy, J Coughlan;
    P O’Sullivan, L O’Farrell, P Horgan
  • 15:29
    Cyril Donnellan has an arm injury and does not start for Galway. James Regan takes his place in the Galway half-forward line.
  • 15:30
    We’re off!
  • 15:31
    Damien Hayes scores a point straight away for Galway. They lead 0-1 to no score.
  • 15:32
    We’re level. Patrick Horgan has levelled things up for Cork from the dead ball.
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  • 15:34
    Conor Lehane who missed Cork’s victory over Waterford lines out again in the Cork half-forward line.
  • 15:35
    Is there a feeling amongst Galwegians that they’ve had their day in the sun this summer? Inconsistency has been Galway’s problem for some time now. Can Anthony Cunningham ensure his side bring the same intensity to the All-Ireland semi-final as they did to the Leinster final against Kilkenny?
  • 15:36
    Cork are definitely the brighter team in the early stages. They lead 0-3 to 0-1 after six minutes.
  • 15:37
    Joe ‘Yes he Can’ Canning has got his first point of the game. It won't be his last. Cork 0-3 Galway 0-2
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  • 15:38
    In the opening minutes Fergal Moore robbed Conor Lehane of possession in spectacular fashion. Will that set the tone for Galway today?
  • 15:40
    Sloppy play from Fergal Moore gifted Paudie O’Sullivan an easy opportunity to score. He had no problem putting it over. Even I could have scored that and I’m from Ulster!
  • 15:41
  • 15:41
    Despite the fact that Galway are trailing their half-forward line has been decent in the earlier stages. Iarla Tannian, who has been so impressive this year at midfield for Galway hasn’t really got into the game as yet.
  • 15:43
  • 15:43
    There was a real battle around midfield. Joe Canning somehow managed to pop the ball out to James Regan who held his nerve to point.  We’re level. 0-4 apiece
  • 15:47
  • 15:47
    Caolan Conway  celebrates Dublin's minor victory over Clare (Inpho/James Crombie)
    Caolan Conway celebrates Dublin's minor victory over Clare (Inpho/James Crombie)
  • 15:48
    18 mins – Cork lead by two – 0-6 to 0-4
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  • 15:49
    Joe Canning scores his third free. Galway still trail by one.
  • 15:49
  • 15:50
    Jimmy Barry-Murphy has really done a great job with Cork this year.
  • 15:52
    Well, 20 minutes in and we can say that Galway aren’t playing with the same intensity they did in the Leinster final but could that ever have been possible really? Playing against the breeze, they find themselves one point down to Cork.
  • 15:53
  • 15:53
    Just the four points for Joe Canning so far. That's all. That's only one every five minutes or so. Watch that figure rise over the next hour. That’s an ominous sign for Cork.
  • 15:55
    25 mins – Galway 0-7 Cork 0-7. Oh, it’s on!!!
  • 15:56
  • 15:57
    Cork are ahead again but are these teams playing for a runners-up medal or can they realistically defeat either Kilkenny or Tipperary?
  • 15:58
    Cork have had a lot more of the ball but conceding frees is doing them harm. They should be more than one point up.
  • 15:58
    Having said that, frees aside, Galway have been wasteful in front of goal.
  • 15:59
    29 mins – Cork 0-9 Galway 0-7 – Paudie O’Sullivan scores his third point of the game.
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    David Burke scores a point of his own making. He dispossessed Lorcan McLoughlin and fired over. Cork 0-9 Galway 0-8
  • 16:01
    Level yet again. Joe Canning with the point, this time from play.
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  • 16:03
    Joe Canning has seven points already and we’ve only played 33 minutes. Galway now lead. Cork will wonder how that happened?
  • 16:03
  • 16:03
    Cork don’t like being behind so they level almost immediately. All their forwards apart from Lehane have now scored.
  • 16:04
    Score for score now – David Burke puts Galway in front yet again. How long will that last? I give it about 20 seconds.
  • 16:06
    Patrick Horgan scored a monster of free! Galway 0-11 Cork 0-11. We’re in injury time.
  • 16:06
  • 16:06
    That was quite the half of hurling. The sides can’t be separated.
  • 16:06
    Half-time : Cork 0-11 Galway 0-11
  • 16:08
    Cork definitely had the better of the early stages but Galway were able to keep in touch, largely through frees. To be fair, Anthony Cunningham’s side began to play with a bit more fluency in the latter stages of the first half.
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  • 16:16
    Can the Rebels go Gal-the-way? (Inpho/James Crosbie)
    Can the Rebels go Gal-the-way? (Inpho/James Crosbie)
  • 16:20
  • 16:22
    I am completely neutral. I like Cork and Galway. For some reason I want Galway to do this though. A goal could be decisive.
  • 16:23
    Cork sub:  Cathal Naughton replaces Cian McCarthy.
  • 16:25
    Paudie O’Sullivan cynically taken down and Patrick Horgan puts Cork in front with the resulting free at the start of the second half.
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  • 16:27
    Should we just give Joe Canning his All-Star now?
  • 16:27
    38 mins – Canning wins a free and converts himself. Cork 0-12 Galway 0-12
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  • 16:30
    Hold the phone. There’s now a two point gap. Galway lead. So the blueprint of the first half where one team doesn’t score two in a row isn’t being used in the second? Galway 0-14 Cork 0-12
  • 16:31
    Pa Cronin just thumped Iarla Tannion in the chest with his hurl. Lucky to avoid any disciplinary action.
  • 16:33
    Galway haven’t played for five weeks. Does that work against them? What say you all?
  • 16:34
    Cork sub: Darren Sweetnam replaces Conor Lehane
  • 16:34
    Niall Burke stretches Galway’s lead to three.
  • 16:35
  • 16:35
    In the build-up to that last poitn Joe Canning was being shackled by two Cork defenders and managed to bull through them. I wouldn’t want to get in Joe’s way, that’s for sure.
  • 16:36
    Pat Horgan reduces the arrears to two points.
  • 16:38
  • 16:38
    Sideline view – JBM v Anthony Cunningham (Inpho/Colm O’Neill)
    Sideline view – JBM v Anthony Cunningham (Inpho/Colm O’Neill)
  • 16:39
    Cork sub: Stephen Moylan on for Luke O’Farrell
  • 16:40
    Goal chance but a fine save from Anthony Nash denies Niall Burke! 65 for Galway
  • 16:41
    Canning scores his 10th point of the game. Galway 0-17 Cork 0-13
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  • 16:42
    Galway look more threatening now. Galway are beginning to dominate midfield and the tactic of leaving just Canning and Hayes in the full forward line is reaping rewards.
  • 16:42
    Galway sub: David Glennon on for Conor Cooney
  • 16:43
    Cork sub: Niall McCarthy on for Jamie Coughlan
  • 16:44
  • 16:44
    Long ball into Pa Cronin. He gathered on the square but blasted over. Galway 0-18 Cork 0-15
  • 16:45
    56 mins – Galway 0-18 Cork 0-15
  • 16:46
  • 16:46
    Cathal Naughton has fired a point over from range. I may be delusional but I think Cork are just beginning to get back into this.
  • 16:48
    James Regan scored a great individual point. Galway 0-19 Cork 0-16. Just over 10 minutes to go
  • 16:49
  • 16:50
    Galway have hit 10 wides. Cork have eight.
  • 16:50
    Galway sub: Cyril Donnellan is on for James Regan
  • 16:50
    Anthony Nash scores an unbelievably long range point. Galway 0-19 Cork 0-17
  • 16:52
    A point made in Portumna – Damien Hayes does all the work before laying off to Andy Smith who puts it over the bar. Galway lead 0-20 Cork 0-17
  • 16:52
  • 16:53
    A Cork goal would make this very interesting. Five minutes left.
  • 16:55
    Cork have hit two wides in two minutes. They don’t need that. That’s some amazing analysis right there, eh?
  • 16:55
    Galway sub: Johnny Glynn replaces Niall Burke
  • 16:56
    Cork are trying to force a goal but Galway have a lot of bodies in their full back line. Pa Cronin is winning possession in the final third but when he comes down he’s surrounded by maroon shirts.
  • 16:57
    Cork sub: Daniel Kearney on for Lorcan McLoughlin
  • 16:57
    Paudie O’Sullivan sees the game’s first yellow card. I don’t think that the foul was intentional.
  • 16:58
    Is that Galway’s insurance point? Joe Canning puts Galway 0-21 to 0-17 in front.
  • 16:58
  • 16:59
    Three minutes of injury time to be added on. Cork need something special.
  • 17:00
    71 mins - Damien Hayes scores his fourth point. Galway 0-22 Cork 0-17
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  • 17:02
    Full-time: Galway 0-22 Cork 0-17
  • 17:03
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  • 17:05
    Galway deserved that. They were the better team in the second half and although they may not have played quite as well as they did in the Leinster final they will be happy enough to have secured their berth in this year’s All-Ireland final. Joe Canning was awesome (and not in the American sense of the word) and the Galway defence was excellent throughout.
  • 17:07
    There was a pink rabbit watching today’s game. Anyone know why? Answers on a postcard. (Inpho/James Crosbie)
    There was a pink rabbit watching today’s game. Anyone know why? Answers on a postcard. (Inpho/James Crosbie)
  • 17:11
    Guest You were right, you were delusional
  • 17:12
    I was indeed delusional when I thought Cork were getting back into the game with 10 minutes to go. Wishful thinking maybe. In reality, the last five minutes were comfortable for the Leinster champions.
  • 17:25
    So Galway are through to the All-Ireland final after defeating Cork on a score-line of 0-22 to 0-17.

    No one can say they don’t deserve it. They may not have been able to replicate their Leinster final display but they did enough to see off a decent, if somewhat limited Cork team.
     
    Joe Canning was the man of the moment yet again and accounted for half of Galway’s 22 points. After an even first half Galway took control around midfield and even though Jimmy Barry-Murphy made good use of his bench, Cork were unable to keep up with Galway in the second half.

    Cork bow out and Galway go on to compete in their first All-Ireland final since 2005. Remember, you can read all the best analysis of today’s game in The Irish Times tomorrow.

    Now, the question is whether Kilkenny will get an opportunity to exact revenge for the Leinster final defeat or will Tipperary make it four All-Ireland finals in a row? You can find out here at irishtimes.com next Sunday. See you then.
  • 17:27
    All-Ireland minor hurling championship final

    Dublin 4-14 Clare 2-17

    All-Ireland senior hurling championship final

    Galway 0-22 Cork 0-17