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2022 GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final – Limerick 0-27 Galway 1-21
Limerick defeated Galway by 0-27 to 1-21 in the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship Semi-Final on Sunday July 3rd at Croke Park.
— The GAA (@officialgaa) July 3, 2022
— The GAA (@officialgaa) July 3, 2022
All Ireland SHC semi-final: Limerick edge out Galway
Limerick 0-27 Galway 1-21
Report By Cian O’Connell at Croke Park for GAA.ie
A compelling contest unfolded at GAA headquarters as Limerick eventually prevailed. Just about.
Galway produced a display dripping with defiance, but Limerick had the depth to locate the answers.
Ultimately stern questions were posed by Henry Shefflin’s admirably spirited outfit, but Limerick were able to absorb Galway’s passionate performance.
In the dying stages when the issue was delicately poised Limerick substitute David Reidy flared to prominence nailing three crafty points.
That was what divided the teams at the end of an absorbing battle. Following a Munster final for the ages, Limerick had to demonstrate grit again.
At the end John Kiely punched the air in delight, fully aware that this was added to a growing list of satisfying triumphs.
Early on the evidence suggested Galway would be in for a demanding afternoon. Trailing 0-6 to 0-1 by the eight minute Galway had squandered a string of opportunities.
It was a theme of the first half, but so to was the gutsy manner in which Galway were competing.
The Tribesmen, though, prompted by Tom Monaghan and Ronan Glennon’s industry and David Burke’s guile, gradually came into the reckoning.
Padraic Mannion and Joseph Cooney were wholehearted too as Galway started to reduce the deficit.
Inevitably Limerick carried a potent threat with Aaron Gillane instrumental for the standard bearers.
Gillane and Kyle Hayes were causing plenty of bother as Limerick edged 0-13 to 0-9 clear in the 29th minute.
Conor Cooney subsequently converted a free with Cathal Mannion adding two from play as Galway trimmed the gap to the minimum.
Limerick finished the opening period strongly with Gillane drilling two scores either side of a Declan Hannon effort.
It meant the green and white side led by 0-16 to 0-12 at the turnaround. In the first 35 minutes Limerick’s efficiency levels were crucial, registering 0-16 from 20 shots, while Galway only scored 0-12 from 27.
When the action recommenced Cathal Mannion rifled over a point before Brian Concannon plundered a 37th minute goal.
David Burke’s pass was gathered by Concannon, who made the Limerick net dance. Joseph Cooney whipped over a gorgeous point and suddenly Galway were 1-14 to 0-16 in front.
Limerick were under duress, but they didn’t panic. Diarmaid Byrnes was mining frees from distance as the game continued to ebb and flow.
A Tom Monaghan point steered Galway 1-19 to 0-21 ahead with nine minutes left. Cian Lynch was introduced, while his Patrickswell colleague Gillane levelled.
Reidy traded scores with Fintan Burke. Kyle Hayes guided Limerick into the lead. Conor Whelan restored parity again in the 66th minute.
Then Reidy returned to centre stage contributing two gorgeous points. Byrnes sealed the deal with a last gasp free.
An All Ireland decider against Kilkenny is next on the agenda for Limerick. Another challenge that will be embraced.
Scorers for Limerick: Aaron Gillane 0-8 (2fs), Diarmaid Byrnes 0-6 (6fs), Kyle Hayes and David Reidy 0-3 each, Séamus Flanagan 0-2, Barry Nash, Declan Hannon, William O’Donoghue, Gearóid Hegarty, and Tom Morrissey 0-1 each.
Scorers for Galway: Conor Cooney 0-5 (4fs), Cathal Mannion and Tom Monaghan 0-4 each, Brian Concannon 1-0, Conor Whelan, Ronan Glennon, and Pádraic Mannion (1f) 0-2 each, Joseph Cooney and Fintan Burke 0-1 ach.
Limerick: Nickie Quaid; Seán Finn, Mike Casey, Barry Nash; Diarmaid Byrnes, Declan Hannon, Dan Morrissey; William O’Donoghue, Darragh O’Donovan; Gearoid Hegarty, Kyle Hayes, Tom Morrissey; Aaron Gillane, Séamus Flanagan, Graeme Mulcahy.
Subs: Peter Casey for Mulcahy (55), Cian Lynch for T Morrissey (57), David Reidy for O’Donovan (61), Cathal O’Neill for Hegarty (62), Conor Boylan for Flanagan (67).
Galway: Eanna Murphy; Jack Grealish, Daithí Burke, Darren Morrissey; Joseph Cooney, Pádraic Mannion, Fintan Burke; Ronan Glennon, David Burke; Tom Monaghan, Conor Cooney, Jason Flynn; Conor Whelan, Brian Concannon, Cathal Mannion.
Subs: Cianan Fahy for Flynn (53), Johnny Coen for Glennon (64), Evan Niland for D Burke (67), Kevin Cooney for C Cooney (70+5).
Referee: Thomas Walsh (Waterford).
Limerick: Nickie Quaid; Sean Finn, Mike Casey, Barry Nash; Diarmaid Byrnes, Declan Hannon, Dan Morrissey; William O’Donoghue, Darragh O’Donovan; Gearoid Hegarty, Kyle Hayes, Tom Morrissey; Aaron Gillane, Seamus Flanagan, Graeme Mulcahy.
Subs: Barry Hennessy, Conor Boylan, Peter Casey, Aaron Costello, Colin Coughlan, Richie English, Robbie Hanley, Cian Lynch, Cathal O’Neill, Oisín O’Reilly, David Reidy.
Galway: Éanna Murphy; Jack Grealish, Daithí Burke, Darren Morrissey; Padraic Mannion, Gearóid McInerney, Fintan Burke; Ronan Glennon, David Burke; Tom Monaghan, Conor Cooney, Joseph Cooney; Conor Whelan, Brian Concannon, Cathal Mannion.
Subs: Darach Fahy, Seán Linnane, Shane Ryan, Johnny Coen, Jason Flynn, Evan Niland, Cianan Fahy, Kevin Cooney, Jack Hastings, Gavin Lee, Ronan Murphy.
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Limerick are in the semi-final for a fifth successive year; Galway were last there two years ago, when they lost to Limerick.
PATHS TO THE SEMI-FINAL – LIMERICK
Limerick 2-25 Cork 1-17 (Munster SHC)
Limerick 0-30 Waterford 2-21 (Munster SHC)
Limerick 3-21Tipperary 0-23 (Munster SHC)
Limerick 1-21Clare 0-24 (Munster SHC)
Limerick 1-29 Clare 0-29 aet (Munster final)
Played 5, Won 4, Drew 1.
TOP SCORERS – LIMERICK
Aaron Gillane……..3-32 (0-20 frees)
Diarmaid Byrnes….0-25 (0-18 frees, 0-2 ‘65s’)
Seamus Flanagan…… 0-9
PATHS TO THE SEMI-FINAL – GALWAY
Galway 1-19 Wexford 1-19 (Leinster SHC)
Galway 3-36 Westmeath 1-17 (Leinster SHC)
Galway 1-24 Kilkenny 3-17 (Leinster SHC)
Galway 2-37 Laois 0-21 (Leinster SHC)
Galway 0-27 Dublin 0-21 (Leinster SHC)
Kilkenny 0-22 Galway 0-17 (Leinster final final)
Galway 2-19 Cork 1-21 (All-Ireland quarter-final)
Played 7, Won 5, Drew 1, Lost 1.
TOP SCORERS – GALWAY
Conor Cooney………..1-55 (0-41 frees, 1-0 pen, 0-4 ‘65s’, 0-1 s/l)
LAST FIVE CHAMPIONSHIP MEETINGS
2020: Limerick 0-27 Galway 0-24 (All-Ireland semi-final)
2018: Limerick 3-16 Galway 2-18 (All-Ireland final)
2005: Galway 1-18 Limerick 2-14 (All-Ireland qualifiers)
1981: Galway 4-16 Limerick 2-17 (All-Ireland semi-final) Replay
1980: Galway 1-8 Limerick 0-11 (All-Ireland semi-final) Draw
LAST FIVE ALL-IRELAND SEMI-FINALS – LIMERICK
2021: Limerick 1-25 Waterford 0-17
2020: Limerick 0-27 Galway 0-24
2019: Kilkenny 1-21 Limerick 2-17
2018: Limerick 3-32 Cork 2-31 (aet)
2014: Kilkenny 2-13 Limerick 0-17
LAST FIVE ALL-IRELAND SEMI-FINALS – GALWAY
2020: Limerick 0-27 Galway 0-24
2018: Galway 1-17 Clare 2-13 (replay)
2018: Galway1-30 Clare 1-30 aet (draw)
2017: Galway 0-22 Tipperary 1-18
2016: Tipperary 2-19 Galway 2-18
WHO DOES BEST: PROVINCIAL CHAMPIONS OR QUARTER-FINAL WINNERS?
It’s 28-22 in wins for provincial winners over All-Ireland quarter-final winners in the semi-final since the hurling championship exited the straight knock-out system in 1997. There were also two draws.
Leinster winners have fared much better in semi-finals than their Munster counterparts. Leinster champions have won 17, lost eight and drawn two; Munster champions have won 11, lost 14 and drawn two.
Munster champions went through a particularly bad spell between 2012 and 2019 when they lost seven and won one of eight All-Ireland semi-finals. Tipperary (2016) were the only winners. Tipperary (2012-2015), Cork (2014-2017-2018), Limerick (2013-2019) all lost.
Limerick won their last two All-Ireland semi-finals (2020-2021) as Munster winners. Kilkenny lost their last two semi-finals (2020-2021) as Leinster winners.