It was at times a relatively scrappy encounter in wet conditions at Croke Park, but this game burst into life in the second-half with Galway prevailing by 0-22 to 1-18 to become the first team to book their place in the All-Ireland final.
Cork meet Waterford in the second semi-final with the Tribesmen awaiting the winners in the September showdown.
On a fantastic day for Micheál Donoghue’s men, we pick out the star performers from another exhilarating encounter between these two counties.
Gearoid McInerney – Galway
McInerney’s second half performance was simply spectacular.
The Oranmore man gave a world-class display of fielding, catching the opposition puck-outs, and driving forward with the ball setting up opportunities for his team-mates.
McInerney was instrumental in this victory for Galway.
Joe Canning – Galway
If you were told you’d get a scoring opportunity on the sideline in stoppage time in an All-Ireland semi-final, you’d pick Joe Canning to split the posts.
Canning’s spectacular winning point is testament to the incredible ability he possesses. He scored 0-11 today, stepping up and taking the game by the scruff of the neck – proving he is still the main man for Galway.
Pádraic Maher – Tipperary
One of the most consistent performers in the country over the last few years, few would say Maher deserved to go home empty-handed today.
He sat on Johnny Glynn when the forward was introduced by the westerners, but worked tirelessly throughout the game to win the ball and set Tipperary driving forward.
Pádraic Mannion – Galway
Like McInerney, his second-half performance deserves praise to no end.
Excellently denied a number of goal-scoring opportunities, carried the ball out of defence fearlessly and put his body on the line when it mattered most.
A lot of Galway’s success can be put down to the efforts of the Ballinasloe man.
Conor Whelan – Galway
The youngster did his credentials for a Young Hurler of the Year award no harm. Whelan scored 0-04 today, running at the backline at pace, picking out team-mates for scores and taking his own with ease.
Whelan plays with maturity beyond his years and is an incredible prospect for the future of the Tribesmen.
Jordan Norris, Pundit Arena.