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Monday 18 December 2017

Tribesmen labour to earn Carlow win and final spot

Jonathan Glynn, Galway, in action against Richard Coady, Carlow. Bord na Mona Walsh Cup, Semi-Final, Carlow v Galway. Netwatch Cullen Park, Carlow
Jonathan Glynn, Galway, in action against Richard Coady, Carlow. Bord na Mona Walsh Cup, Semi-Final, Carlow v Galway. Netwatch Cullen Park, Carlow

Padraig Brehony and Jonathan Glynn hit the crucial goals at Cullen Park as Galway secured their place in the Bord na Mona Walsh Cup final with a 2-18 to 0-15 win over Carlow.

But it was far from easy for the hot favourites, who were reduced to 14 early on.

Andy Smith was shown a straight red for an off-the-ball incident five minutes in and Galway struggled for some time to get on top.

But Brehony's goal before half-time and Glynn's 68th minute strike secured the win and a final place at Croke Park next Saturday.

Glynn and Brehony contributed 2-3 between them though manager Anthony Cunningham (left) will expect a general improvement before they face Dublin.

Meanwhile, Limerick claimed the Waterford Crystal Cup for the first time since 2006 on Saturday after an impressive 3-20 to 1-16 win over Cork in Mallow.

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