Dublin end their long 52-year wait to capture the Leinster hurling title in thrilling style
Reigning champions Galway outgunned as Anthony Daly’s men take another major step forward
By half-time that was still the margin although it took the intervention of Hawk-Eye to rule out a Canning free, which the umpires originally awarded.
It was Canning whose early scores after the break made inroads on the lead, reducing it to six only for Ryan to launch a force de frappe, which piled the pressure back on Galway.
In three minutes between the 38th and 41st he scored 1-2, a point from play, a massive free from his own 65 and then a goal.
Paul Schutte launched the ball up to Keaney whose fine catch opened up a chance but the shot skewed to Ryan who turned and rammed the ball into the net with a thunderous finish.
The match entered a phase in which Dublin’s forwards began to concede the initiative with the ball not sticking and Galway putting together a spell of pressure that seriously if briefly threatened a revival.
In the 50th minute with a goal made in Portumna – replacement Damien Hayes launching the ball into Canning who this time eluded the defensive cover to score Galway’s first goal for 1-11 to 2-16. Dublin responded immediately with O’Dwyer getting the next score.
David Burke – lucky to be on the field after harmlessly but senselessly digging his hurl in Danny Sutcliffe in the first half for which he got just a yellow card – launched a pile-driver from over 25 metres into the net to cut the margin to six, 2-11 to 2-17 in the 54th minute.
That was as good as it got for Galway and after Boland had replied immediately, Dublin went up the gears again to run off a succession of points. Replacements Conor McCormack – one with the assistance of Hawk-Eye – and Simon Lambert hit points while Mark Schutte used his physique to bull around the attack and nearly had a goal when his shot came off Johnny Coen and forced a fine save from Skehill.
Jonathon Glynn might have goaled for Galway but hit the shot over the bar in the 63rd minute. But by then all of the momentum was with Dublin and they rose to the occasion to the delight of a respectable crowd of 36,657.
DUBLIN: 1. G Maguire; 2. N Corcoran, 3. P Kelly, 4. P Schutte; 5. S Hiney, 6. L Rushe, 7. M Carton (0-1); 8. J McCaffrey (0-2), 9. J Boland (0-2); 10. C Keaney (0-2), 11. R O’Dwyer (0-3), 12. D Sutcliffe (0-1); 14. P Ryan (2-7, four points frees), 13. D O’Callaghan (0-4), 15. D Treacy. Subs: 21. C McCormack (0-2) for Tracey (53 mins), 19. O Gough for Schutte (55 mins), 18. S Durkin for McCaffrey (56 mins), 25. M Schutte for O’Callaghan (60 mins), 20. S Lambert (0-1) for O’Dwyer (67 mins). Yellow cards: O’Callaghan (22 mins).
GALWAY: 1. J Skehill; 7. J Cooney, 2. F Moore (capt.), 3. K Hynes; 4. J Coen, 6. S Cavanagh, 5. D Collins; 8. I Tannian (0-1), 9. J Regan (0-1); 10. D Burke (1-0), 11. C Cooney (0-2), 12. C Donnellan; 13. D Glennon, 14. J Canning (1-7, four points frees), 15. N Burke. Subs: 19. A Smith for Regan (22 mins), 21. D Hayes for Donnellan (half-time), 26. A Harte (0-1) for Tannian (half-time), 22. J Glynn (0-1) for Glennon (45), 23. A Callanan for J Cooney (63). Yellow cards: D Burke (28 mins), N Burke (39 mins).
Referee: Johnny Ryan (Tipperary).