Galway secures top flight spot with dominant display against Dublin


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The atmosphere was electrifying at Pearse Stadium as Galway and Dublin battled it out in a highly-charged game of hurling. Despite being reduced to 12 men, Galway displayed an incredible level of skill and grit to secure a hard-fought victory against a resilient Dublin side.

This crucial win not only earned them the admiration of their fans, but also secured their place in the top tier of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1 for the 2025 season.

The game was a tense affair, marked by a flurry of cards. Referee Johnny Murphy showed red cards to Galway’s Conor Whelan and Daithí Burke, while Dublin’s Jack Grealish received two yellows and a subsequent sending off. Dublin’s hopes of promotion were further dashed when Ronan Hayes’ second booking reduced them to ten men.

Despite a closely contested first half that saw six bookings and one black card, Dublin edged ahead thanks to a goal from Diarmuid Ó Dúlaing. However, the tide turned dramatically in the second half.

Galway’s Cooney Takes Charge

In a thrilling match, Galway found themselves trailing by two points during the restart. However, their fortunes changed when they found their hero in the form of the talented sharpshooter, Conor Cooney. Cooney’s masterful performance orchestrated a remarkable comeback, as he scored an impressive ten unanswered points to propel his team towards a well-earned victory.

His accuracy from frees proved invaluable to the team’s success, while Tom Monaghan’s contribution of four points from play and Joseph Cooney’s three points, in his first appearance of the season, added to the team’s winning tally. It was a truly outstanding display of skill and teamwork from the Galway team.

Dublin’s Dónal Burke put on an impressive display, racking up a personal tally of 1-9 in their clash against Galway. The forward’s haul included six successful frees, two ’65s and a well-taken first-half penalty. Despite his efforts, Dublin ultimately fell to a resurgent Galway side in the second half. Cian O’Sullivan also contributed to Dublin’s scoreline, chipping in with three points for the visitors.

A Tale of Two Halves

The first half of the game was an intense and closely contested battle between Galway and Dublin. Galway took an early lead thanks to the impressive teamwork of Conor Whelan and Conor Cooney, resulting in a fantastic goal. However, Dublin didn’t back down and responded with a well-executed penalty, confidently converted by Dónal Burke after a foul on Diarmaid Ó Dúlaing.

Despite the challenging wind conditions, Galway showed great resilience and managed to stay within striking distance, keeping the scoreline close and trailing by just two points (1-10 to 1-8) at halftime.

During the third quarter of the match, the Dublin team made a strong push to establish a lead over their opponents, Galway. However, the Galway team remained steadfast and responded to each score made by Dublin, setting up a tense and nail-biting finale. In the second half, Galway received a boost with the introduction of Brian Concannon and Cathal Mannion who had previously been sidelined with injuries.

The experience and skill brought by these players ultimately played a crucial role in securing Galway’s victory.


The final score saw Galway triumph 1-23 (26 points) to 1-15 (18 points) over Dublin.

Galway’s scorers were: C. Cooney (0-11 points, 10 frees), T. Monaghan (0-4 points), C. Whelan (1-1 point), J. Cooney (0-3 points), F. Burke (0-1 point).

Dublin’s scorers were: D. Burke (1-9 points, penalty, frees, ’65s), C. O’Sullivan (0-3 points), R. Hayes (0-1 point).

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