All-Ireland GAA Hurling Championship Quarter-Final – Dublin 3-13 Limerick 0-18

O’Dwyer hat-trick inspires Dublin

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GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Champions Quarter-Final

Dublin 3-13 Limerick 0-18

Dublin have qualified for the semi-finals of the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship for the first time since 1948 following a 3-13 to 0-18 defeat of Limerick at Semple Stadium, Thurles on Sunday afternoon. Ryan O’Dwyer claimed a first-half hat-trick and added two points from play as the Dubs hung on for a famous win in the second half despite a strong Limerick comeback. O’Dwyer’s heroics gave the Dubs a 3-6 to 0-10 half-time lead, but Donal O’Grady’s side had pared that advantage back to just two points with eight minutes remaining. However, the Allianz Hurling League champions showed tremendous composure in the closing stages to hit the final two points of the game, Shane Ryan and O’Dwyer on target, to ease to a four-point win.

Limerick, though, will rue the fact that they hit an alarming 15 wides throughout the game and failed to take an abundance of chances in the second half especially. They were also in defensive disarray in the first 24 minutes, as O’Dwyer ran riot at full-forward, scoring three goals, before a defensive reshuffle from manager Donal O’Grady settled them at the back. Declan Hannon hit 0-11 of Limerick’s total, but Donal O’Grady and Kevin Downes were the only other green-clad players to get on the scoresheet from play. Two frees from Brian Geary in the first four minutes gave Limerick the perfect start, but O’Dwyer struck for the first of his three goals in the fifth minute, pouncing on a loose ball after Tom Condon had slipped and sweeping a shot past Nicky Quaid. Paul Ryan tagged on a free immediately to hammer home that early advantage.

However, Hannon was having some luck in picking up breaking ball in the half-forward line for Limerick and he picked off two points from play before Dublin struck for a second goal. Donal O’Grady’s side were struggling at the back, especially with the aggressive Tipperary man, who took a brilliant crossfield pass from Alan McCrabbe 13 yards out and fired a shot high and beyond Quaid. Two more frees and a pair of points from play from Liam Rushe and O’Dwyer put Dublin two points clear before Limerick centre-back Brian Geary, who had struggled with the pace of Alan McCrabbe on the ’40, had his pocket picked and was stripped of the ball. McCrabbe bore down on goal but his shot was saved and O’Dwyer was on hand once again to finish smartly to complete his hat-trick.

A minute earlier, Dublin goalkeeper Gary Maguire had denied Seán Tobin with a brilliant save, but Dublin appeared to be getting all the breaks in the first-half. O’Grady, the Limerick manager, recognised that there was a little more than bad luck involved and immediately substituted Geary, with Stephen Walsh coming on in his place. Nine points down, Limerick needed a response before the break to avoid a chastening second half. They got it. Three placed balls from Hannon and Kevin Downes’ first of the afternoon ensured they hit four points without reply and had shaved the deficit back to a more manageable six points at half-time, 3-6 to 0-10.

Limerick started the second half with a bang, captain O’Mahoney and Hannon (2) reducing the gap all the way back to two points within three minutes of the restart. The Treaty men has hit seven without reply and Dublin appeared to be in grave trouble. However, two Paul Ryan frees steadied Dublin, although it was clear that McCrabbe was having less of an influence and he was taken off after 44 minutes. Limerick, despite an abundance of possession, could never quite reel Dublin back in, as David O’Callaghan and Ryan managed to find scores against the run of play. When the Limerick skipper O’Mahoney sent over a free in the 62nd minute, the gap was back down to two, but O’Dwyer brought his tally to 3-2 with a fine score from play and former footballer Shane Ryan knocked over the insurance score in added time.

Limerick Scorers: B Geary 0-2 (0-2f), D Hannon 0-11 (0-4f, 0-1 ‘65), D O’Grady 0-1, K Downes 0-2, G O’Mahoney 0-2 (0-2f)

Dublin Scorers: R O’Dwyer 3-2, P Ryan 0-8 (0-6f), L Rushe 0-1, D O’Callaghan 0-1, S Ryan 0-1.

Dublin: G Maguire, N Corcoran, P Kelly, P Schutte, J Boland, L Rushe, S Durkin, J McCaffrey, P Carton, C McCormack, M O’Brien, A McCrabbe, D O’Callaghan, R O’Dwyer, P Ryan. Subs: D Treacy for C McCormack (32), S Lambert for A McCrabbe (44), D Plunkett for M O’Brien (51), D Sutcliffe for S Lambert (59), S Ryan for D O’Callaghan (66).

Limerick: N Quaid; D Moloney, S Hickey, T Condon; W McNamara, B Geary, G O’Mahoney; D O’Grady, P Browne; N Moran, J Ryan, D Hannon; G Mulcahy, K Downes, S Tobin. Subs: S Walsh for B Geary (26), D Breen for S Tobin (49), R McCarthy for N Moran (53), S Lucey for D O’Grady (66).

Referee: Brian Gavin (Offaly)


Match Preview

They have met just five times previously in the championship, the last coming in 2009 when Limerick won an All-Ireland quarter-final by 2-18 to 1-17 in Thurles. Limerick won all five previous clashes. Limerick are seeking to reach the All-Ireland semi-final for the second time in three seasons while Dublin last played in the All-Ireland semi-final in 1948 when they beat Antrim by 8-13 to 2-6. They later won Leinster titles in 1952 and 1961 and advanced directly to the All-Ireland final in both of those years.

Previous Championship Meetings

2009: Limerick 2-18 Dublin 1-17 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

2006: Limerick 2-16 Dublin 1-13 (All-Ireland qualifiers)

1934: Limerick 5-2 Dublin 2-6 (All-Ireland final) Replay

1934: Limerick 2-7 Dublin 3-4 (All-Ireland final) Draw

1921: Limerick 8-5 Dublin 3-2 (All-Ireland final)

Paths to the Quarter-final


Dublin 2-21 Offaly 1-20

Dublin 0-19 Galway 2-7

Kilkenny 4-17 Dublin 1-15

Average For: 1-21 Average Against: 2-16

Top Dublin Scorers

Paul Ryan…………..2-30

Alan McCrabbe….0-6

Conal Keaney…….0-5


Waterford 3-15 Limerick 3-14

Limerick 1-22 Wexford 2-13

Limerick 3-22 Antrim 0-12

Average For: 2-21 Average Against: 2-13

Top Limerick Scorers

Declan Hannon…………………0-17

Niall Moran………………………1-8

Kevin Downes…………………..2-3

Previous All-Ireland quarter-final appearances


2009: Limerick 2-18 Dublin 1-17

2007: Limerick 1-23 Clare 1-16

2006: Cork 0-19 Limerick 0-18

2005: Kilkenny 0-18 Limerick 0-13

2001: Wexford 4-10 Limerick 2-15

Played 5, Won 2, Lost 3



2009: Limerick 2-18 Dublin 1-17


2009 All-Ireland quarter-final

Limerick 2-18 Dublin 1-17

Limerick: Brian Murray (1-0); Damien Reale, Stephen Lucey, Mark O’Riordan; Seamus Hickey, Brian Geary, Mark Foley; Donal O’Grady, Gavin O’Mahony (0-8); Paul Browne, James Ryan (0-4), Wayne McNamara; David Breen (0-1), Paudie McNamara (1-0), Andrew O’Shaughnessy (0-5).
Subs: Ollie Moran for Wayne McNamara; James O’Brien for Browne, Donie Ryan for O’Shaughnessy.

Dublin: Gary Maguire; Niall Corcoran, Tomas Brady, Maurice O’Brien; Stephen Hiney (0-1), Joey Boland, Michael Carton (0-1); John McCaffrey, Alan McCrabbe (0-8); Ross O’Carroll (0-1), Liam Ryan (0-1), David Sweeney (0-1);
David Treacy (0-1), David O’Callaghan (0-2), Liam Rushe (1-0).
Subs: Shane Durkin (0-1) for McCaffrey; Kevin Flynn for Ryan; Peadar Carton for O’Carroll; Simon Lambert for Sweeney.

All-Ireland GAA Hurling Championship Quarter-Final – Waterford 2-23 Galway 2-13

Waterford atone in style to claim semi-final place

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GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final

Waterford 2-23 Galway 2-13

On a redemptive day for Waterford hurling, Davy Fitzgerald’s side reached the semi-finals of the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship with a 10-point defeat of Galway at Semple Stadium, Thurles. Just two weeks after suffering the humiliation of a seven-goal loss in the Munster final, Waterford completely outplayed Galway with a performance full of passion and desire to reach the last four of the Championship, where they will play Kilkenny. “We got two weeks to make up for it and get back. We worked very hard and we didn’t do ourselves justice in the semi-final,” said an emotional Waterford boss Fitzgerald afterwards. “I think today we went out and showed what we are really about. I am just delighted for the boys. It’s nothing to do with me; it’s the boys who went out on the field and did the business. They played with heart and courage and hats off to them.”

The Déise scored goals in the first and the very last minutes of the game, Shane Walsh hitting the back of the net at the start of the game and substitute Tommy Ryan completing the rout with a 73rd minute effort. Waterford led 1-9 to 1-7 at the break and then hit five points without reply on the resumption of play to take complete control of the game. Although Aidan Harte did grab a goal back for Galway in added time, the Déise were never in any danger of losing this game. Waterford needed a good start after the dispiriting mauling they suffered in the Munster final – and they got exactly that when Shane Walsh stunned Galway by snaffling the first goal of the game in the opening minute. The Déise were awarded a 21-yard free and Eoin Kelly, as is his wont, went straight for goal, and when his shot was blocked Walsh was on hand to tap home the rebound. Further scores from Kevin Moran and a Pauric Mahony free ensured Waterford hammered home their early superiority to lead by 1-2 to 0-0 after just five minutes.

Andy Smith finally got Galway off the mark in the sixth minute and John McIntyre’s men got a foothold in the game, as Ger Farragher, Iarla Tannian and Joe Canning all found the target from play. Galway were ahead by the 18th minute, when they were awarded a penalty after Tannian was fouled in the square, having been pulled back by Liam Lawlor when he was bearing down on goal. Canning stepped up to take the penalty and his low strike gave the Déise defence no chance. After a poor start to the game, Galway were suddenly ahead, 1-5 to 1-4, but Fitzgerald’s side reasserted their grip on the game with points from Mullane and Shane Walsh, who was causing all sorts of problems for the Galway defence.

When Canning levelled things up on 22 minutes with his second from play, the game, for some reason, went through a 10-minute spell without a score, as Galway squandered possession and Waterford began to rack up wides, looking over-anxious to make up for the Munster final defeat two weeks ago. Moran ended that dull spell with a point from play, before Shane Walsh and a Mahony free in added time gave Waterford a tidy advantage at the break, 1-9 to 1-7. That gap had increased to six by the 42nd minute, as Waterford hit five points in succession on the resumption of play. Three Mahony frees were added to by efforts from play from Eoin Kelly and Shane Walsh.

Canning got Galway off the mark in the second half in the 45th minute, but the Tribesmen were struggling badly in every area of the field and the Portuman man was not getting any sort of decent service in the full-forward line. Galway manager John McIntyre brought Cyril Donnellan and Kevin Hynes on in order to shake things up, but Canning aside, Galway appeared to have already resigned themselves to yet another defeat at the quarter-final stage of the All-Ireland Championship.

As close as they came to a comeback in the second half was when they closed the gap to six points thanks to a Barry Daly point from play with six minutes left. However, any thoughts of a comeback were quickly smothered when Stephen Molumphy scores two points in succession from play and Shane Walsh brought his tally to 1-4. Daly, a second half sub, then forced Waterford goalkeeper Clinton Hennessy into an incredible, flying save, before his goal was breached for a second time, when Harte let fly from distance a minute into added time. However, Waterford’s afternoon would end on the high note it deserved, as Tommy Ryan left a clear 10 points between the sides with a well-taken goal seconds after he had been brought on in place of John Mullane.

Galway Scorers: A Smith 0-1, J Regan 0-1, T Regan 0-1 (0-1 ’65) G Farragher 0-2, I Tannian 0-1, J Canning 1-6 (1-0 pen, 0-3f), B Daly 0-1, A Harte 1-0.

Waterford Scorers: S Walsh 1-4, K Moran 0-3, P Mahony 0-7 (0-7f), S Molumphy 0-3, J Mullane 0-3, E Kelly 0-1, S O’Sullivan 0-1, S Prendergast 0-1, T Ryan 1-0.

Waterford: C Hennessy; D Fives, L Lawlor, N, Connors; T Browne, N Walsh, K Moran; D O’Sullivan, S Molumphy; E Kelly, S O’Sullivan, P Mahony; J Mullane, S Walsh, S Prendergast. Subs: R Foley for E Kelly (65), S Casey for S Prendergast (70), D Prendergast for T Browne (71), T Ryan for J Mullane (72)

Galway: J Skehill; F Moore, S Kavanagh, D Collins; D Barry, T Óg Regan, A Cullinane; A Smith, D Burke; J Gantley, G Farraher, I Tannian; D Hayes, J Canning, J Regan. Subs: C Donnellan for J Gantley (40), K Hynes for D Barry (43), J Lee for A Cullinane (47), B Daly for A Smith (53), A Harte for D Burke (61)

Referee: C McAllister (Cork)

Attendance: 33,535


Match Preview

Waterford are bidding to reach the All-Ireland semi-final for a fourth successive year while Galway last reached the semi-final in 2005 where they beat Kilkenny. Waterford have never lost to Galway in the championship, having won all nine previous contests. They last met in the championship two years ago when Waterford won a quarter-final by a point, 1-16 to 0-18.

Paths to the Quarter-final


Galway 4-17 Westmeath 2-14

Dublin 0-19 Galway 2-7

Galway 4-25 Clare 0-20

Galway 2-23 Cork 1-14

Average For: 3-18; Average Against: 1-16

Top Galway Scorers

Joe Canning………..2-25

Damien Hayes…….2-10

Cyril Donnellan…..4-1


Waterford 3-15 Limerick 3-14

Tipperary 7-19 Waterford 0-19

Average For: 1-19 Average Against: 5-17

Top Waterford Scorers

Pauric O’Mahony….0-20

John Mullane………..2-2

Shane Walsh………….1-2

Last Five Championship Clashes

2009 – Waterford 1-16 Galway 0-18 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

2006 – Waterford 1-25 Galway 2-20 (All-Ireland qualifiers)

1998 – Waterford 1-20 Galway 1-10 (All-Ireland quarter-final)

1966 – Waterford 2-16 Galway 1-9 (Munster championship)

1960 – Waterford 9-8 Galway 4-8 (Munster championship)

Previous All-Ireland Quarter-final appearance


2009: Waterford 1-16 Galway 0-18

2008: Waterford 2-19 Wexford 3-15

2007: Waterford 2-17 Cork 0-20 (replay)

2007: Waterford 3-16 Cork 3-16 (draw)

2006: Waterford 1-22 Tipperary 3-13

2005: Cork 1-18 Waterford 1-13

1998: Waterford 1-20 Galway 1-10

Played 7, Won 5, Lost 2.


2010: Tipperary 3-17 Galway 3-16

2009: Waterford 1-16 Galway 0-18

2007: Kilkenny 3-22 Galway 1-18

2006: Kilkenny 2-22 Galway 3-14

2005: Galway 2-20 Tipperary 2-18

2002: Clare 1-15 Galway 1-14

2001: Galway 4-23 Derry 1-11

2000: Galway 1-14 Tipperary 0-15

1999: Clare 3-18 Galway 2-14 (Replay)

1999: Clare 3-15 Galway 2-18 (Draw)

1998: Waterford 1-20 Galway 1-10

1997: Kilkenny 4-15 Galway 3-16

1996: Galway 4-22 New York 0-8

1994: Galway 2-21 Roscommon 2-6

1992: Galway 4-19 Carlow 3-9

1990: Galway 1-23 London 2-11

1988: Galway 4-30 London 2-8

1986: Galway 4-24 Kerry 1-3

1984: Galway 2-17 Westmeath 2-8

1983: Galway 3-22 Antrim 2-5

1982: Galway 6-19 Antrim 3-12

1981: Galway 6-23 Antrim 3-11

1980: Galway 5-15 Kildare 1-11

1979: Galway 1-23 Laois 3-10

1978: Galway 4-19 Antrim 3-10

1976: Galway 3-12 Kerry 3-9

1975: Galway 6-14 Westmeath 1-8

1974: Galway 3-13 London 0-6

1973: London 4-7 Galway 3-5

1972: Galway 7-16 Antrim 4-7

1971: Galway 7-24 Antrim 1-8

Played 31, Won 21, Lost 9, Drew 1.


2000 All-Ireland Quarter-final

Waterford 1-16 Galway 0-18

Waterford: Clinton Hennessy; Eoin Murphy, Aidan Kearney, Noel Connors; Tony Browne, Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh, Declan Prendergast; Jamie Nagle, Shane O’Sullivan; Kevin Moran (0-2), Stephen Molumphy, Seamus Prendergast (0-1); Shane Casey, John Mullane (0-1), Eoin Kelly (0-12).
Subs: Maurice Shanahan for Nagle; Shane Walsh (1-0) for Casey; Dan Shanahan for Moran.

Galway: Colm Callanan; Fergal Moore, Eugene McEntee, Ollie Canning; Damien Joyce, John Lee, Eoin Lynch; Ger Farragher (0-2), Kevin Hynes; Aonghus Callanan (0-2), Cyril Donnellan, Andy Smith (0-1); Damien Hayes (0-3), Joe Canning (0-9); Niall Healy.
Subs: Joe Gantley (0-1) for Healy; Kevin Hayes for Donnellan; Alan Kerins for Smith.