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Joyous Scenes As Galway Win First All-Ireland In 29 Years

After nearly three decades, Galway are All-Ireland hurling champions as they edged out a spirited Waterford side in a memorable final in Croke Park.

It was tense, it was nervy and, at times, not the prettiest game, but take nothing away from the Tribesmen – who will be bringing Liam MacCarthy west of the Shannon for the first time since 1988.

After Galway flew out of the blocks with the first four points, Waterford’s Kevin Moran got the final’s first goal.

After a super run into the danger zone, Moran supplied the cool finish to get the Deise on the board.

However, the Tribesmen responded well, hitting the next two points.

Galway had nine points before hitting a wide but, because of Moran’s goal, Waterford didn’t fall too far behind, In fact, when Michael ‘Brick’ Walsh scored a super point from under the Cusack Stand, the deficit was just two points – despite Galway playing all the hurling.

The Deise soon leveled the game, when Kieran Bennett’s long clearance went all the way into the net after a mix-up between the Galway goalkeeper and the defenders.

The Tribesmen led at the break 0-14 to 2-07 at the interval after Joe Canning scored a free with the last puck of the period to edge them in front.

After the sides traded frees at the start of the second half, Pauric Mahony got a fine point after a great run from Jamie Barron to level matters again.

Mahony got his sixth point, this time from a free, to give the men from the south-east their first lead of the final.

Waterford were gaining in confidence but with just over 20 minutes to play, Niall Burke brought the sides level again – 0-18 to 2-12.

Seconds later Burke popped up again to give the men from the west the lead – before a Joe Canning free doubled their lead.

Just as looked like Micheal Donoghue’s men were getting on top, up stepped substitute Tommy Ryan to put the minimum between them once again.

However, Galway then put the foot down, hitting the next three points – 0-25 to 2-15 – with time running out for the Deise.

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Despite a tense final few minutes, Galway held on for a historic win, finishing up 0-26 to 2-17 winners.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.