Galway and Wicklow secure success

Galway and Wicklow secure success

Galway and Wicklow claimed Walsh Cup and Kehoe Shield honours respectively, while Carlow booked a place in the Walsh Shield decider following this afternoon's action in Leinster.

At Parnell Park, Galway became the second team in three years from outside of Leinster to win the Walsh Cup title, courtesy of a 1-22 to 1-15 win over Dublin.

2009 All-Star Alan McCrabbe bagged 11 points for the hosts, including four unanswered points early in the first half to ensure his side led by double scores at the end of the opening quarter.

Galway bounced back thanks to a goal from full-forward Joe Gantley, but Dublin still held the lead at the break on a 1-9 to 0-10 scoreline.

Ger Farragher (0-9) performed exceptionally for the Tribesmen in the second half, with three excellent points, added to scores by David Burke and Niall Hayes, pushing Galway into a 10-point lead in the 47th minute.

Although Dublin edged back thanks to scores from Simon Lambert (0-2) and a late goal from substitute Shane Durkin, Galway held out for a comfortable win.

Elsewhere, Wicklow picked up the Kehoe Shield title thanks to a late rally at Arklow.

Despite being on home soil, the Garden County were forced to dig deep before registering a 3-12 to 1-17 win over Armagh.

The Orchard County were playing their second game in five days, after a semi-final win over Fingal on Wednesday. But they showed no ill-effects and led by 1-7 to 0-7 at half-time.

However Wicklow bounced back on the restart, with three second half goals - including a late effort from Jonathan O'Neill - helping them secure a one-point victory.

Meanwhile, Carlow will face neighbours Laois in the Walsh Shield final next month after the Barrowsiders ran out 2-14 to 1-15 winners over Antrim at Dr. Cullen Park.

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