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Tuesday 16 October 2018

Dublin to give Tribes a big test

All-Ireland MHC semi

GUNNING FOR GALWAY: Dublin forward Luke Swan. Pic: Sportsfile
GUNNING FOR GALWAY: Dublin forward Luke Swan. Pic: Sportsfile

Dublin will hope to improve on a disappointing semi-final record in recent years when they face a talented Galway in this afternoon's Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship semi-final at Croke Park.

The Dubs have lost in the last-four in three successive years, to Tipperary (2015), Limerick (2016) and Cork 12 months ago.

Champions Galway are in rude health after comfortable victories over Limerick and Kilkenny in their round-robin series.

Dean Reilly looked especially sharp in their 1-21 to 2-11 win over Kilkenny, scoring 1-4, while Donal O'Shea has been lethal from placed balls.

While Galway certainly represent a step up in class, the Dubs have improved as the championship has evolved.

The full-forward line of Liam Dunne, Luke Swan and Dara Purcell combining for 5-12 in the thrilling 6-19 to 7-12 Leinster final victory over Kilkenny.

There is genuine pace in this Dublin team and the wide expanses of Croke Park should suit their running game, although Galway looks to have the edge in physicality

But they can ill afford to repeat some of the basic defensive errors they made against Kilkenny and conceding ten goals in their past two matches cannot be overlooked.

However, the team have matured nicely this campaign and it's not a huge leap of faith to believe that they possess the right ammunition to push Galway all the way.

Verdict: DUBLIN

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