Galway enjoyed a strong second half to run out 7 point winners over Dublin in the opening round of the National Hurling league.
Galway 0-20 v 0-13 Dublin, 2:30pm Pearse Stadium
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Full time Niall Burke enjoyed a dream debut, scoring ten points as Galway beat Dublin by 7 points in the opening game of the Allianz National Hurling league. Report to follow.
72min Ryan Dwyer scores a late point.
70min We’re in to added time, there will be 2 minutes.
69min Galway win a 65 – Burke gets it, his 10th of the day.
68min Niall Burke gets his ninth of a dream debut – man of the match by a long way.
66min We’ve not gone 9 minutes without a point
65min Five minutes to go and Galway continue to push for scores, Damian Hayes misses with a shot.
64min Great play by Dublin but any momentum is ruined as Moore over carries. Galway ball now.
62min Regan goes off with another Burke coming on.
60min 10 minutes to go here in Pearse Stadium, Ryan Dwyer with a free
58min James Regan has scored his 3rd point, 7 point lead now for Galway. Dublin have made a 5th change.
56min Skehill makes a good save from Ryan Dwyer – game will restart with a 20m drop in.
55min Dublin line ball. Donnellan takes a tumble but he’s okay.
54min Damian Hayes gets his first point of the day. Galway in control on the moment.
49min Iarla Tannian has scored for Galway – they have been impressive this second half so far.
47min Niall Burke again just hits his 8th point as Maguire tips his goal bound effort over. What a debut he is having.
41min Paul Ryan gets his first score of the second half but Galway hit back again, its tit for tat at the moment.
40min The impressive Burke with a free restores the two point advantage
39min Dublin respond with a point of the their own Danny Sutcliffe keep Anthony Daly’s side in it.
38min James Regan gets the first point of the second half to put Galway two points to the good ahead
36min Second half is underway, Liam Rushe has gone injured off for Dublin. McCrabbe on.
Half time Ryan scores the free and the ref blows the half time whistle. Its a one point game, Galway will have the breeze in the 2nd half.
35min Galway manage to clear their lines but give away another free.
35min Coen booked for a rough tackle, free to Dublin. He’s only about a minute.
34min Barry Daly goes for for Galway, Coen the man in. Galway with another wide.
33min James Regan gets his first of the day, a crucial score to make it 0-09 to 0-07
32min Let off for Galway as Skehill claims Ryan’s free
32min Free to Dublin, a chance to level it before half time.
30min Dublin keeper Maguire does well to collect a poor free by Burke, ball passed to Sutcliffe whose fouled. Dublin free.
29min Not too many balls being won in the air as both teams are happy to play their hurling on the ground.
28min Ryan gets a free to make it a one point game just approaching the half hour mark.
27min McCormack responds for Dublin. 2 points in it.
26min Burke gets his fifth of the day Galway 0-08 Dublin 0-05.
25min 65 for Galway good pressure put on Peter Kelly there.
24min Galway pile the pressure on the Dublin goal, as Burke’s free falls short. Ball comes back out to Burke who scores a point.
23min Shane Durkin gives away a free to Galway, Burke to take.
23min Ryan with another wide for Dublin, he’s look rusty from the dead ball situation. Galway under pressure
22min Dublin are getting back into this, they scored 3 of the last 5 points.
21min Galway with some great defending to prevent a certain goal, Conor McCormack gets the point.
20min Shane Durkin with a big point from the 65m line. Galway 0-06 Dublin 0-04
19min Niall Burke again to extend the lead further, good build up to the point.
18min Niall Burke with his second free of the day, the 2 point advantage is restored.
17min Paul Ryan puts it over the bar to atone for this earlier miss, one point game.
16min Free to Dublin after the ball is thrown by a Galway man.
15min Line ball to Galway, good pressure from the Galway midfield. Donnellan picks up the loose line ball
15min Galway respond with a wide from Barry Daly, their fourth of the day so far.
14min Paul Ryan hits on wide for Dublin.
13min Sutcliffe runs the ball over the line, Galway line ball but it goes out over the line. Dublin ball now
12min Conor Cooney scores his second point of the day, Galway 0-04 , Dublin 0-02
11min Good block down by Donnellan as Dublin go on the attack.
10min Galway are looking extremely fit so early in the season.
10min Liam Rushe responds for Dublin with a point.
9min Cyril Donnellan gets another point from play, 45m out.
7min Niall Burke with a good chance of a goal for Galway but it goes wide. There is a dog on the pitch, not quite a streaker but he’s been removed all the same.
6min Free in for Dublin – scrappy start to the game, few frees already
5min Ryan gets the 65 to get Dublin off the mark
4min Chance for a point and a goal for Dublin but Skehill does well. Its a 65 for Dublin.
3min Good start by Galway, David Burke with a free and Conor Cooney with a point from play
0min Two minutes to go to throw in
0min Just 12 minutes to throw in, Galway will looking to spring an early season shock against Dublin although with 11 of the team that played in the All Ireland semi final it will be a big ask especially with Joe Canning missing
0min The Dublin Senior Hurlers will hit the road this weekend as they commence the defence of their Allianz Division one title away to Galway on Sunday.
Galway team: James Skehill, Declan Connolly, David Collins, Ger O’Halloran, Tony og Regan, Fergal Moore, Niall Donoghue, David Burke, Cyril Donnellan, Conor Cooney, Niall Burke, Iarla Tannian, Damian Hayes, Barry Daly, James Regan.
Dublin team: Gary Maguire, Niall Corcoran, Peter Kelly, Ruairi Treanor, Michael Carton, Joseph Boland, Shane Durkin, John McCaffrey, Danny Sutcliffe, Conor McCormack, Ryan Dwyer, Shane Stapleton, David Treacy, Liam Rushe, Paul Ryan
Dublin enjoyed their best League campaign since 1939 last year when they won the title after a superb campaign where they beat Tipperary, Wexford, Offaly and Cork, drew with Kilkenny and Waterford and lost to Galway in the group games before beating Kilkenny in the final.
Galway also have reasons to be positive as they look forward to their first League match with new manager Anthony Cunningham at the helm and the Corribsiders will be hoping for a significant improvement on the 2011 campaign.
The county was delighted to announce the appointment of the ever enthusiastic Cunningham and it is hoped that he can lift spirits and erase any lingering memories of last year’s hammering at the hands of Waterford in the All-Ireland quarter-final.
Cunningham, who will be double jobbing as Garrycastle manager until March 17, already has a great record with Galway, leading the u-21 hurlers to All-Ireland success.
Cunnningham has kept faith with much of that side and eight of the fifteen who started the U-21 final are expected to line-out on Sunday.
However, this cannot be translated into senior success and Cunningham will be hoping that his players can take confidence from their impressive Walsh Cup campaign, which only ended in defeat to Kilkenny in the final.
In what is new territory for them, defending champions Dublin will go into Sunday’s game as favourites in the wake of last year’s league success.
However, the 2011 Allianz League encounter between the two sides proved to be one of few defeats suffered by the sky blues and with only five teams in the top division this year, Anthony Daly and his charges will be aware of the dangers of complacency.
Despite great expectations for the forthcoming 2012 campaign, Galway will have to do without their talisman in the form of Joe Canning after the Portumna man picked up sustained while on Fitzgibbon Cup duty with LIT.
It is thought that the injury is not as bad as it was initially feared however, Canning is a definite absentee for between two and four weeks and therefore must watch Sunday’s game from the side-lines.
Meanwhile, Niall Healy, Andy Smith and Kevin Hynes are ruled out through injury.
Dublin’s starting 15 will feature 11 players who began last summer’s All-Ireland SHC semif-final defeat to Tipperary as boss Anthony Daly hands starting league debuts to Danny Sutcliffe and Shane Stapleton.
Daly will welcome news of confirmation that that Young Hurler of the Year Liam Rushe, Peter Kelly and David Treacy are fit to make the trip to the west.
However Daly must do without David O’Callaghan (pneumonia) and Paul Schutte (hamstring), while Conal Keaney, Tomás Brady and Stephen Hiney are all long-term absentees.
The game will kick-off at 2.30pm in Pearse Stadium on Sunday.