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Galway claim U21 title

Galway won their tenth All-Ireland U21 Hurling Championship title with a 3-14 to 1-10 win over Dublin at Semple Stadium.

It was their second title triumph over the Dubs in the space of a week, having claimed the Minor crown at Croke Park last Sunday.

Dublin got off to a promising start with a goal in the third minute, Thomas Connolly finding the net after goalkeeper Jamie Ryan's clearance lacked conviction and distance.

But Galway got themselves back in front in the 11th minute when Tadgh Haran netted from a penalty, after skipper Barry Daly had been hauled down by 'keeper Ger McManus.

Late in the opening half, the Connacht side scored 2-2 in the space of six minutes to open up an eight points lead and leave the Metropolitans with a mountain to climb.

David Burke slipped a delightful pass inside to David Glennon for a 28th minute goal, and two minuets later, Regan flew past three defenders to net a wonderful individual effort.

Galway led by 3-6 to 1-4 at the break, and with Johnny Coen and David Burke leading their charge from the central area, they refused to allow the Dubs to play their way back into the game.

O'Loughlin did tag on another couple of frees, and substitute Robbie McMahon hit two points, one of them bringing a superb save from Jamie Ryan, who stretched to deflect his shot over the bar.

Niall Burke powered over two frees to keep daylight between the sides, and they finished the job off with two late points from David Burke, to claim their first title at this level since 2007.


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