It was an absolutely riveting affair in today’s Bord Gáis Energy U21 Leinster Hurling Final between Galway and Wexford.
Today’s matchup was an incredibly tight and evenly contested Leinster final from the offset as Galway met Wexford in what amounted to an absolutely scintillating affair in Portlaoise this evening.
After exchanging points in the match’s early stages, it was Galway’s Thomas Monaghan who found the net first, putting his side ahead 1-7 to 0-4.
Gradually, Wexford started to creep back into it, levelling the scoreline just after the half-hour mark before going into the break leading Galway 0-13 to 1-8 after scoring seven unanswered points.
Wexford started to pull away in the early part of the second-half but Sarsfields man Kevin Cooney scored what become the first in a pair of game-changing goals before Evan Niland followed suit, putting his side ahead 3-13 to 1-17.
You’d be forgiven for thinking the drama would end with that but after leading by three points just seconds before the game’s ending, Wexford did the unthinkable in evening it up.
Against all odds in the game’s dying embers, Ian Carty managed to level proceedings after six minutes of injury time and with that, the teams went into extra-time.
When things restarted, it was Wexford who began to ride the wave of their late momentum, getting ahead by three points at the half-way mark. Going into the second-half of extra-time they led Galway 2-24 to 3-18.
With a point in it with just seconds to go, Galway managed to outdo Wexford with a stunning last minute goal from Sean Bleahane. You really cannot write this stuff.
Galway came out on top in what was a bonafide classic.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena