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Reid ruins Galway's day as Cats claim title again

By Declan Bogue

A goal from substitute Jason Flynn two minutes into the second half brought Galway right back into the Leinster hurling final in Croke Park against All-Ireland champions Kilkenny, but the Cats held their nerve to capture their 70th provincial title.

The Tribesmen's marquee player Joe Canning hit a spectacular first-half goal, but Kilkenny are nothing if not relentless and with four points from Eoin Larkin and a scoring contribution of 1-9 from TJ Reid, they just had too much power coming at the men from the west to be denied.

In the football qualifiers, Kildare had to endure some nervous moments before they shrugged off Offaly, while Longford, as expected, had marginally too much for Clare on a weekend when the favourites asserted their superiority in the big ball code.

Davy Fitzgerald's Clare are once again back on the road after they cruised home against a struggling Offaly in the first round of the hurling qualifiers.

Dublin's goal touch was too much for Leinster rivals Laois and it was the same in Innovate Wexford Park where Jimmy Barry Murphy's Cork Rebels did enough to oust Liam Dunne's side from the All-Ireland series. Elsewhere, Limerick laboured to a win over Westmeath, who put up an impressively stubborn display.

Donegal Ladies progressed to the Ladies Ulster football final at the expense of Tyrone, 3-19 to 1-7. They will face Monaghan, who defeated Armagh.

Derry were dealt a cruel hand in their Senior Camogie Championship clash with Kilkenny, going down 8-22 to 2-10.

Down had a more positive result at Intermediate level when they beat Wexford 1-17 to 1-8. Antrim took a heavy defeat from Waterford, losing 6-8 to 1-3.

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