Dubs leave chance at Leinster final behind

by Gazette Reporter
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Galway 1-25

Dublin 2-22


On madcap days like these, hurling doesn’t seem to make a whole lot of sense.

Galway may have qualified for the Leinster SHC final, just about as everyone expected, but the manner of their progression was anything but routine as Henry Shefflin’s Jekyll and Hyde crew remarkably came from 12 points down to rescue a thrilling Croke Park draw.

Trailing by 10 points at half-time and 12 early in the second-half, it looked as if a surprise win for Dublin was on the cards which, potentially, could have sent Micheal Donoghue’s men through to the June 11 final themselves. But, a decade after their last provincial triumph, Dublin couldn’t hold on and were reeled in during a frantic final half hour or so as resurgent Galway, inspired by goalscorer Daithi Burke, did just enough to escape.

28 May 2023; Dublin goalkeeper Seán Brennan saves a penalty from Conor Cooney of Galway during the Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Championship Round 5 match between Dublin and Galway at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Ramsey Cardy/Sportsfile

It all means that Dublin finish third in the table and will advance to an All-Ireland preliminary quarter-final.

They will kick themselves because a memorable first-half when almost everything went Dublin’s way looked as if it had laid the platform for a famous win.

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