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Galway through to Leinster Final 20-06-2016

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Moore: "We have a big mountain to climb after Offaly win"

Galway have an awful lot left to work on' ahead of their Leinster SHC final clash with Kilkenny, admits Fergal Moore. After today's 10 point victory over Offaly at O'Moore Park, the experienced corner-back said “Up front we worked very hard.

“I thought as a team we tackled very well, we got a lot of turnovers and we got scores out of that, but we can't be too happy with the performance.

“There's an awful lot left to work on. We've a couple of weeks left to get ready for the Leinster final against Kilkenny and all our focus and our energies will go into that."

He concluded: “Every time you play Kilkenny it's a big mountain to climb but it's a final and there's a cup up for grabs.

“We have to focus on ourselves, try and get a performance and the result will take care of itself.”

Galway through to Leinster Final!

Galway 2-19, Offaly 2-9

Galway will renew their rivalry with Kilkenny in next month's Leinster SHC final after producing a dominant second half display to see off a gutsy Offaly challenge at a wet and windy O'Moore Park.

Despite having their captain Colin Egan sent off late in the opening half, the underdogs held a 1-7 to 1-6 lead at the interval. But making the most of their numerical advantage and the elements – a strong wind - after the break, Galway, who also finished the game with 14 men after Conor Cooney was dismissed 11 minutes from time, streaked clear for what was a comfortable win in the end.

The Faithful, who have been revitalised in recent weeks following their disastrous defeat to Westmeath in their opening game in the round-robin series at the beginning of May, made a dream start when Joe Bergin netted after just 15 seconds. Shane Dooley and wing back Dermot Mooney followed up with points to leave them 1-2 to 0-0 in front after just four minutes.

Galway, who had looked so sharp in their quarter-final rout of the Lake County, were level by the 13th minute thanks to points from Joe Canning and Conor Cooney and a goal from Niall Burke.

James Mulrooney and Dooley replied with points for Offaly before they were dealt a major blow in the 27th minute when Egan received a straight red card from referee Colm Lyons for a challenge on Fergal Moore. Cooney and Canning (free) brought the Tribesmen level again before Dooley gave the underdogs the narrowest of leads at the interval.

A Cooney goal three minutes after the restart gave Galway a lead they never looked like relinquishing. With the wind behind them, they had extended their lead to nine points before a Dooley penalty in the 57th minute reduced the margin to six.

Despite having Cooney sent off, Galway sealed the place in the Leinster final on July 3 with late points from Cyril Donnellan and Canning.

Galway: C Callanan; J Coen, J Hanbury, F Moore; P Mannion (0-2), Daithi Burke, A Harte; David Burke (0-2), D Glennon; N Burke (1-0), J Cooney (0-2), J Canning (0-8, 0-06 frees, 0-1 '65); C Whelan (0-1), C Mannion, C Cooney (1-3). Subs: C Donnellan (0-1) for Glennon (47 mins), J Flynn for N Burke (51 mins), A Smith for David Burke (71 mins).

Offaly: J Dempsey; N Wynne, P Rigney, C McDonald; D King, S Gardiner, D Mooney (0-1); S Ryan, P Murphy (0-1); S Kinsella, S Dooley (1-5, 1-0 pen, 0-4 frees), J Mulrooney (0-1); K Connolly, J Bergin (1-1), C Egan. Subs: K Kiely for Mulrooney (36 mins), E Nolan for Connolly (36 mins), P Guinan for Ryan (45 mins), S Cleary for Murphy (68 mins).

Referee: Colm Lyons (Cork)

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