Tribesmen labour to earn Carlow win and final spot
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.