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Galway 1-23 v 1-1 Clare
Extra time: Galway came out fighting in extra time to rattle off 7 points to surge in to the lead, Clare looked deflated at this point and could only offer a sole response. Two late points from Clare cut to lead to four but it was left to Galway to hit a fine point from distance to seal a final spot. Galway advance, heart for clare.
Full time: Axtually there will be no replay the players will have to come out and play. Sorry thought that was the case as did most, a clear lack of communication there.
Full time: Galway live to fight another day, this game will go to a replay.
Added time A free in for Clare, 66 metres out. Tony Kelly to take it.. Its of the post. The game is over. What drama at the end
Added time GOAL!! What drama here, a goal for Galway, O’Donoghue for Galway. Thrilling stuff
Added time Two minutes of added time
60min Another line out for Galway again won by Clare, this time Cunningham makes no mistake. A goal in it.
60min Line ball for Galway, Clare block it down but Cunningham effort is wide
58min Jack Brown has had a fine game today, and he defends well again there to win a free
57min Kelly gets another chance from distance with a free but he misses it.
56min He looked like he was going for goal but its too high and its a point for Galway 1-14 to 0-15
56min Galway need a goal now. Maloney the man fouled, its straight in front of the goal. Will he go for it?
54min Free to clare as Galway overcarry, Kelly to take it, he gets it, 62 yards out.
52min O’Connell gets it – two point game again
52min Handy free for Clare now, O’Connell should get it
52min That man Brehany again, having a fine game and hits another good point. 1-12 to 0-14
51min Hansberry gets a response for Galway, down to 2 points now
50min GOAL! Clare’s Oisin Hickey with a fine goal, good work in the build up by Aaron Cunningham, good catch, run and pass for the goal. Galway once again on the back foot, they will wonder how. Ten minutes to go.
49min Sub Mark Moroney hits a wonderful point from the sideline, nothing between this two sides
49min Dean Higgins hits another fine point from distance 0-12 v 0-11
46min Jack Carr levels it, 0-11 v 0-11
45min Sterling defence by Clare as Flynn is charged down, ball goes wide
44min Kelly, wearing no 35, does a captain’s Job and scores a nice point
43min O’Connell hit a wide, Clare need a score to steady themselves,their on the back foot now.
42min Big chance now to level it.. its a free in, Maloney to take it. We’re level 10-10 a piece. Five scores for Galway in the opening 12 minutes.
40min Peter Duggan booked for a high tackle.
39min Down to one now as Higgins hits another point for Galway, 04 points to 01 they lead the second half
38min Lovey point from Brehany 10-08 now.. Galway halving the lead in the opening minutes
36min Colm Galvin hits a lovely point, good work by Kelly before hand. Galway had defended well there getting the blocks in. O’Donoghue responds with one for Galway
34min Maloney makes it 09-06, Clare’s lead down to three, First point of the 2nd half
34min Its a free in for Galway. Nice handy one for Maloney
33min Clare against defending in numbers and Galway can’t get a shot in, a 50/50 ball is the call by the ref.
33min Chance of a goal there but Malone is surrounded by Clare players and hits his shot wide
32min Frantic start to the half, Galway on the attack now, Clare resolute though. O’Connell hits one from distance for Clare, but its wide
31min 2nd half is now underway – Clare on the attack straight away but comes to nothing
Half time: Clare head in for the half time cuppa, 4 points up. Its been a a fairly even game though with the Galway wide count working in the Clare favour. Clare have been clinical from open play though and their bid to become the first minor side to reach back to back finals is on track.
Added time O’Connell makes no mistake, this time.
30min There will be one minutes of added time. Meanwhile its a free to Clare, Cunningham fouled.
29min Free for Galway on the touchline – Shane Maloney again but it drops infront of the goal but its cleared
29min O’Connell with a fine point from distance, Clare have been clinical from play
28min A wide from distance Brehany the man this time with the Galway wide
27min Maloney gets it, lead down to 2 points 07-05. 3 minutes to half time
27min Free in to Galway, should be a handy one for Shane Maloney
26min O’Donoghue hits another wide for Galway, decent chance there
24min Another wide there for Galway, racking them up now – at the other end O’Donnell shows how its done 07-04
22min Free to Galway, Hanberry down for Galway as Maloney set it up – he gets it. 06-04
21min Great block by Jack Brown.. he win’s a line ball too
19min Free to Clare, Cunningham fouled. O’Connell to take it, it goes wide
18min O’Connell shows them how its done, lovely play. 06-03 to Clare
18min inches wide, lovely move by Lane, O’Donoghue just wide with the flick of the hurl
17min Maloney and Brown both booked for Galway and Clare, the umpire saw a bit of argy bargy between the lads.
16min Clare respond with a wide of their own – O’Connell the way that time
15min Another wide by Galway – there adding up now. Both sides working hard
14min Clare go on the attack, Galvin thought it was his free but it goes the other way
13min Mannion fouled, free in his own half, Sweeney to take. It goes wide
12min O’Connell has a free now, virtually same place as his earlier miss – He gets it 05-03
11min Cunningham puts Clare ahead, his second of the day
10min Lovely point from Tony Kelly, level again 03-03
9min He’s gets it.
8min Free to Galway, Maloney was the man fouled. Maloney will take it, its straight in.
7min Shane O’Donnell with a point, we’re level again. Galway player down injured.
6min O’Donoghue for Galway, 2-1 up
5min Lane levels the sides – One a piece
4min First score of the day, Aaron Cunningham for Clare
3min Hickey goes in to the book for Clare, free to Galway
2min First wide of the game goes to Clare, Cathal O’Connell from a free
1min We’re under way
Clare and Galway offer an exciting warm up act to the senior Kilkenny and Waterford clash when they meet in the All Ireland Minor semi final at Croke Park (throw in 1.30pm).
Clare will enter the game as favourites having secured the Munster title thanks to wins over Kerry, Tipperary and Waterford. Led by Tony Kelly, Clare can count on a number of players that played in last year’s 2 point final loss to Kilkenny and that experience will stand them go stead on Sunday.
Meanwhile Mattie Murphy’s Galway have only one outing to date in the championship, a crushing 38 point win over in the quarter-final, the score-line of 8-26 to 0-12 failing to shed too much light on the potential of the team.
However with 6 minor titles in the last 13 years, Galway has the pedigree at this level to claim the Irish Press cup and speaking ahead of the game, Murphy was in confident mood “The four teams left at this stage are Dublin, Waterford, Clare and Galway. We believe that we are well capable of beating any of them on are day”.
“Clare represents a very tough challenge on Sunday and it won’t be easy. However, if the lads play as we know they can, we are in with a good shout.”
Murphy will be delighted with his attacking options coming into the game as Shane Maloney, Jonathan Glynn and Billy Lane all grabbed first half goals against Antrim while second half substitute Jack Carr will be hoping his hat trick can help him stake a claim for a starting berth.
Galway welcomes back Padraic Brehony and Gerard Donoghue, who missed the win over Antrim, to the starting 15 while Darragh Burke injured his thumb against Antrim and is out.
The team will be captained by corner forward Moloney who is in his third year at minor level and collected a winner’s medal with the 2009 team.
Meanwhile Clare makes two changes to their starting 15 from the team which beat Waterford in the Munster final last month. Jack Browne takes over at number three with Shane O Brien coming in at right corner back.
The last time the two teams met at this level was in 1999 with Clare winning out 3-18 to 2-14 while the Banner County also beat the Tribesmen in two challenge games earlier this year
All that will count for nothing on Sunday and with an All Ireland Final against either Waterford or Dublin up for grabs, anything can happen.
Clare: 1. Eibhear Quilligan, 2. Shane O Brien, 3. Jack Browne, 4. Seadna Morey, 5. Jarleth Colleran, 6. Jamie Shanahan, 7. Gearoid O Connell, 8. Colm Galvin, 9. Tony Kelly, 10. Eoin Enright, 11. Cathal O Connell, 12. Peter Duggan, 13. Shane O Donnell, 14. Oisin Hickey, 15. Aaron Cunningham
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