Galway thrash Dublin in Leinster hurling replay

By John Fogarty

Galway 5-19 Dublin 1-18

Dublin face an uncertain summer after Cathal Mannion's hat-trick of goals in the first 11 minutes effectively sealed this Leinster quarter-final replay.

In an unmerciful period where they up by 10 points after as many minutes, Galway made the most of their wind advantage although their sharpness and Dublin's tactical naivety played their part too.

They lead 3-13 to 0-7 at half-time and when Joe Canning batted in the first of his two second half goals in the 38th minute any remote hope of a Dublin comeback disappeared. So far behind were Dublin, Eamon Dillon's 65th minute goal didn't even seem like consolation.

Galway picked up eight yellow cards to Dublin's two in a game that turned spiteful on occasions and Brian Gavin's refereeing was far too laissez-faire on several occasions.

Mannion took his first goal after just 42 seconds, claiming a ball from his brother Padraig and placing it far beyond Alan Nolan into the corner.

His second was another example of prime finishing, taking an Aidan Harte delivery and striking low and Paul Schutte, deemed unfit to play last week as he recovered from an ankle injury, was struggling on Mannion but so too were the rest of his defence as they struggled to contend the wind which sent every ball their way with interest.

Ger Cunningham didn't help his cause by choosing not to swamp his defence with more players against such an influential wind although the elements put at least another 20 yards on Colm Callanan's puck-out which Mannion touched to the net to complete his hat-trick.

It wasn't until the 20th minute that Dublin managed their second point, a David Treacy free, after he had hit a penalty poorly wide in the seventh minute.

Liam Rushe at that time also switched to centre-back and acted well as firefighter but after 11 unanswered scores, Dublin found themselves 3-10 to 0-1 down after 19 minutes.

For the remainder of the half, Dublin actually outscored Galway six points to three but the damage had been done. Ryan O'Dwyer won a second Dublin penalty in injury-time but Paul Ryan, only on the pitch as a substitute saw his shot saved.

Scorers for Galway: C Mannion (3-3); J Flynn (0-9, 7 frees); J Canning (2-3); A Smith, C Donnellan, A Harte, P Brehony (0-1 each).

Scorers for Dublin: P Ryan (0-7, 3 65s, 3 frees); E Dillon (1-1); D Treacy (free), D O'Connell (0-2 each); D Sutcliffe, S Lambert (free), R O'Dwyer, M Schutte, C Boland, L Rushe (0-1 each).

GALWAY: C Callanan; J Coen, P Mannion, J Hanbury; Daithi Burke, I Tannian, D Collins; J Cooney, A Harte; A Smith, C Donnellan, J Glynn; C Mannion, J Canning, J Flynn.

Subs for Galway: David Burke for J Cooney (45); P Brehony for C Donnellan (46); F Moore for P Mannion (58); G Lally for J Coen (58); D Glennon for A Smith (65).

DUBLIN: A Nolan; C O'Callaghan, M Carton, P Schutte; C Crummy, S Lambert, C Keaney; S Durkin, D O'Connell; R O'Dwyer, L Rushe, D Sutcliffe; D O'Callaghan, M Schutte, D Treacy.

Subs for Dublin: P Ryan for D Treacy (35+5); E Dillon for D O'Callaghan (h-t); C Boland for R O'Dwyer (51); J McCaffrey for M Carton (53); C Dooley for P Ryan (69).

Referee: B Gavin (Offaly)

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