All-Ireland Senior Hurling S-Final – Galway 0-26 Tipperary 3-16

Galway defeated Tipperary by 0-26 to 3-16 in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final on Sunday August 16th at Croke Park.

Galway edge out Tipperary in epic semi-final

Tipperary 3-16 Galway 0-26

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Shane Moloney crowned an incredible debut for Galway with an injury-time match winning point as the Tribesmen returned to the All-Ireland hurling final in quite incredible fashion.

The substitute was only on the field a matter of moments when he was wonderfully picked out by a long Joe Canning pass and split the posts for the game breaking score. The strike brought to an end a remarkable game that saw Tipperary’s Seamus Callanan finish with 3-9 on his own.

Tipp also brought on Noel McGrath for his first action since April following testicular cancer surgery and the talented attacker contributed an important point. But Maloney was the man on everyone’s lips in the 58,495 strong crowd as he punched the air in delight after setting up a September 6 final showdown with Kilkenny. That’ll be a repeat of the 2012 finals and also of this year’s Leinster decider which the Cats won with a workmanlike display.

Galway manager Anthony Cunningham did insist after that provincial final loss that his team would meet Kilkenny again in the final and he’s proven to be as good as his word. Galway are still searching for a MacCarthy Cup breakthrough though and will be praying that this isn’t the height of their achievement this season as they chase a first title since 1988.

They got off to a terrible start when Callanan sniped 1-1 inside the opening four minutes to leave Tipp purring in front of the appreciative crowd. Callanan buzzed with intent throughout the half and finished it with 1-5 though Galway regrouped after that slow start and actually moved clear by the break.

Canning helped himself to a half dozen first-half points while Cathal Mannion, David Burke and rising star Conor Whelan found the target too to move the westerners 0-13 to 1-9 up at the break.

It was impossible to say who would prevail though due to the sheer quality of the ebb and flow contest. Canning added another piece of genius to proceedings early in the second-half with a point from a side line cut. It appeared goals would prove Tipp’s battering ram to success though. Callanan got a second in the 40th minute and added a third 13 minutes later with a clever low finish beneath the goalkeeper.

That put Tipp two clear but Galway responded with four points in a row from Canning, 2, Whelan and Jason Flynn. It summed up a tit-for-tat thrilling tie. Tipp will ultimately rue a penalty effort from Callanan that was tipped over while sub Lar Corbett drew another great save from Colm Callanan.

It looked like parity might be the winner late on as the sides went deep into injury-time without anyone taking the lead. But right at the death Canning found Maloney with a great diagonal pass, leaving the debutant to slip away from Cathal Barrett and fire the winner.

Galway: C Callanan; J Hanbury, P Mannion, J Coen; Daithi Burke, I Tannian, A Harte; A Smith (0-01), David Burke (0-02); J Flynn (0-05, 0-01f), C Donnellan, J Glynn; C Whelan (0-02), J Canning (0-10, 0-06f, 0-01 65, 0-1 s/l), C Mannion (0-05)
Subs: J Cooney for C Donnellan (53), D Collins for Smith (64), G Lally for Harte (65), S Maloney (0-01) for Cooney (69), P Brehony for Hanbury (70).

Tipperary: D Gleeson; C Barrett, J Barry, C O’Brien; R Maher, Padraic Maher, K Bergin; J Woodlock, S McGrath; J Forde (0-01), B Maher (0-01), Patrick Maher (0-01); N O’Meara, S Callanan (3-09, 0-03f, 0-1 65, 0-1 pen), J O’Dwyer (0-02).
Subs: Shane Bourke for Forde (h/t), Lar Corbett for McGrath (56), N McGrath (0-01) for Bourke (62), C O’Mahony (0-01) for Woodlock (63), M Breen for R Maher (72)

Referee: B Kelly (Westmeath)

Fixture Details

16.08.2015 (Sun)
GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi Final
Páirc an Chrócaigh 16:00
Gaillimh v Tiobraid Árann
Referee: Barry Kelly (An Iarmhí)

Team News

The Tipperary team to play Galway in next Sunday’s All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship Semi-Final at 4pm in Croke Park has been announced by manager Eamon O’Shea. It shows 1 change to the starting XV that lined out in the recent Munster Championship Final with Conor O’Brien coming in at left corner back.

The full team is as follows;
1. Darren Gleeson – Portroe
2. Cathal Barrett – Holycross Ballycahill
3. James Barry – Upperchurch Drombane
4. Conor O’Brien – Éire Óg Annacarty
5. Ronan Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
6. Padraic Maher – Thurles Sarsfields
7. Kieran Bergin – Killenaule
8. James Woodlock – Drom & Inch
9. Shane McGrath – Ballinahinch
10. Jason Forde – Silvermines
11. Brendan Maher Capt. – Borris Ileigh
12. Patrick Maher – Lorrha Dorrha
13. John O’Dwyer – Killenaule
14. Seamus Callanan – Drom & Inch
15. Niall O’Meara – Kilruane MacDonaghs


1. Colm Callanan
2. Johnny Coen
3. John Hanbury
4. Padraig Mannion
5. Aidan Harte
6. Iarla Tannian
7. Daithi Burke
8. Andrew Smith
9. David Burke
10. Conor Whelan
11. Cyril Donnellan
12. Jonathan Glynn
13. Jason Flynn
14. Joe Canning
15. Cathal Mannion

Ticket Information

Hogan Stand (No Concession) – €40
Cusack Stand – €40
Hill 16 – €25

Family Tickets are available for Cusack and Davin Stands
Adults – €40 Juveniles – €5
Students & Senior Citizens (Cusack Stand Only):-

Purchase full price tickets and on the day of the match they can claim a rebate of €10 when they produce appropriate I.D. at Block D, Stiles 1 to 5 in the Cusack Stand (Rebate can only be claimed on entry into the stadium via BLOCK D)

Wheelchair Tickets:-
Wheelchair Ticket and the Assistant’s ticket is €40

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Kilkenny are through to the GAA hurling All-Ireland senior final for the 14th time in 17 seasons and now all attention turns to the second semi-final where Galway take on Tipperary in Croke Park next Sunday (4.0). It will be preceded at 2.0 by the minor semi-final between Dublin and Tipperary and at 12.0 by the minor semi-final replay between Galway and Kilkenny. Galway are back in the senior semi-final for the first time since 2012 while Tipperary are making their seventh appearance in eight years, missing out in 2013 only.


Galway 1-17 Dublin 0-20 (Leinster quarter-final)
Galway 5-19 Dublin 1-18 (Leinster quarter-final) Replay
Galway 3-28 Laois 1-14 (Leinster semi-final)
Kilkenny 1-25 Galway 2-15 (Leinster final)
Galway 2-28 Cork 0-22 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

Joe Canning………… 4-37 (0-22 frees, 0-3 ‘65s, 1 sideline)
Cathal Mannion……..3-15
Jason Flynn…………..1-14 (0-7frees)
Cyril Donnellan…….. 0-9
Jonathon Glynn……….1-3
Conor Whelan………..1-2
Davy Glennon………. 1-2
Andy Smith ………….0-5
Aidan Harte………… 0-5
David Burke………….0-5
Joseph Cooney………1-1
Johnny Coen……….. .1-0
Niall Healy…………….0-3
Padraig Brehony……..0-2
Padraig Mannion……..0-2
John Hanbury………….0-1
Fergal Moore ………….0-1

Tipperary 4-23 Limerick 1-16 (Munster semi-final)
Tipperary 0-21 Waterford 0-16 (Munster final)

Seamus Callanan……………2-11 (0-6 frees, 0-3 ‘65s’)
John O’Dwyer………………0-12 0-2 frees, (0-1 ‘65’)
Jason Forde………………….1-5
Patrick Maher………………0-5
Michael Breen…………….1-1
Niall O’Meara……………..0-4
Shane Bourke……………..0-2
Shane McGrath…………..0-2
James Woodlock…………0-1
Lar Corbett…………………0-1

*This will be the first time since 1993 that Galway and Tipperary have met in the All-Ireland semi-final. They have had six championship clashes since then in All-Ireland quarter-finals (3), All-Ireland final (1) and qualifiers (2).

*Galway and Tipperary met in this year’s Allianz League in Thurles on February 22 when Tipperary won by 2-18 to 0-20 after leading by 0-14 to 0-11 at half-time.

*If Tipperary win on Sunday, they will set up a fifth All-Ireland final clash with Kilkenny in seven seasons.

*The last two championship games involving Galway and Tipperary in 2010 and 2014 produced a total of 13-71.

*This will be Galway’s sixth game in this year’s championship while Tipperary are facing their third.

*Galway have scored an average of 3-21 in their five games so far; Tipperary averaged 2-22 in their two games.

Tipperary have won three of the last four championship clashes with Galway, with the westerners’ only win coming in 2005 when they edged to victory in the All-Ireland quarter-final).
2014: Tipperary 3-25 Galway 4-13 (All-Ireland qualifier)
2010: Tipperary 3-17 Galway 3-16 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
2005: Galway 2-20 Tipperary 2-18 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
2003: Tipperary 1-18 Galway 1-17 (All-Ireland qualifiers)
2001: Tipperary 2-18 Galway 2-15 (All-Ireland final)
2000: Galway 1-14 Tipperary 0-15 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
1993: Galway 1-16 Tipperary 1-14 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1991: Tipperary 3-13 Galway 1-9 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1989: Tipperary 1-17 Galway 2-11 (All-Ireland semi-final)
1988: Galway 1-15 Tipperary 0-14 (All-Ireland final)
Tipperary 6 Galway 4

2012: Galway 0-22 Cork 0-17
2005: Galway 5-18 Kilkenny 4-18
2001: Galway 2-15 Kilkenny 1-13
1996: Wexford 2-13 Galway 3-7
1995: Clare 3-12 Galway 1-13

2014: Tipperary 2-18 Cork 1-11
2012: Kilkenny 4-24 Tipperary 1-15
2011: Tipperary 1-19 Dublin 0-18
2010: Tipperary 3-19 Waterford 1-18
2009: Tipperary 6-19 Limerick 2-7

Tipperary 3-25 Galway 4-13 (2014 All-Ireland qualifiers, Semple Stadium)
A crowd of 17,220 saw Galway surge into a 4-12 to 1-15 lead after 50 minutes before a Tipperary revival blitzed their rivals 2-10 to 0-1 over the closing 20 minutes.

Tipperary: Darren Gleeson; Paddy Stapleton, Padraic Maher, Michael Cahill; Brendan Maher, James Barry, Cathal Barrett; Ronan Maher, James Woodlock (0-1); Gearoid Ryan, Patrick Maher (0-1), Noel McGrath (0-5); John O’Dwyer (0-6), Seamus Callanan (3-8, 0-7 frees), Lar Corbett (0-2).
Subs: Kieran Bergin (0-1) for Ronan Maher; Shane McGrath (0-1) for Ryan; John O’Brien for Corbett.

Galway: Colm Callanan; Fergal Moore, Ronan Burke, David Collins; Iarla Tannian, Daithi Burke, Johnny Coen; Andy Smith, Padraig Brehony (0-1); David Burke (1-0), Joe Canning (0-5, 0-1 line ball), Cathal Mannion (0-2); Jason Flynn (1-0), Conor Cooney (0-4, 0-4 frees), Jonathon Glynn (2-0).
Subs: Davy Glennon (0-1) for David Burke; Joseph Cooney for Brehony; Aidan Harte for Smith; Niall Burke for Tannian; Damien Hayes for Mannion.