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Galway advance to U21 final

Galway scored a 0-22 to 2-14 win over Limerick to qualify for the All-Ireland U21 Hurling Championship final after an epic tie at Thurles.

Senior stars Barry Daly and David Burke performed superbly for the Tribesmen, who had to overcome a stiff challenge before edging home with two points to spare.

Shane Dowling grabbed a Limerick goal, but it was Galway, with Burke hitting some excellent points, who led by 0-14 to 1-9 at half-time.

Dowling netted a second goal from a penalty, but Galway continued to p[ress, and points from Daly, Bruke and Kenneth Burke saw last yea's beaten finalists into another decider.

Rampant Dublin scored a runaway 3-23 to 0-6 win over Antrim in the other semi-final.

A one-sided encounter which provided the Metropolitans with little in the way of worthwhile preparation for next month's decider.

Mark Schutte fired in a spectacular goal in the opening minute, and Kevin O'Loughlin contributed five points, including an immaculate sideline cut, to steer the Metropolitans to a 1-9 to 0-4 interval lead.

They made a flying start to the second half when Sean McGrath finished to the net from close range after Eamon Dillon's shot had been saved by Eoin Gillan.

Niall McMorrow landed three long range points, and efforts, and substitute Ben Quinn blasted in their third goal with his first touch.

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