Minors finish strongly to set-up semi-final against Limerick

Conor Whelan's opportunistic goal after 38 minutes in Semple stadium last Sunday proved decisive as Galway produced a storming finish to overcome Laois in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland minor quarter-final, and set up a date with Limerick on August 18 in the All-Ireland semi-final.

Galway came through on a score line of 1-19 to 0-13.

Laois were a tad unfortunate not to have been awarded a goal in the first half, when their full-forward Joe Campion palmed the sliotar to the Galway net.

However referee Owen Elliott ruled out the goal and Mattie Murphy’s team led by 0-9 to 0-7 at half-time.

Laois stormed back into the game and Pat Crithley's underdogs were leading 0-11 to 0-10 when the impressive Whelan bagged the only goal to put the Tribesmen on the road to victory.

Laois closed the gap to the minimum, but Galway hit eight without reply down the home stretch to pull away. The move of Brian Burke from full forward to centre forward was crucial to that improvement and he hit four second half points.

Galway - C Tuohy, M O Conghaile, D O'Donoghue, M Conneely; S Linnane, S Cooney, R Doyle; E Burke (0-1 ), D Dolan (0-2 ); A Morrissey (0-3 ), R O'Meara (0-2 ), C Whelan (1-2 ); B Molloy (0-4, 3f ), B Burke (0-4 ), C Shaughnessy (0-1 ).

Subs: V Doyle for Linnane (47 ), J Hastings for Morrissey (59 ), R Bellew for Conneely (60 ), K McHugo for Dolan (60+2 ).

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