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Second chances are now a thing of the past as the All-Ireland senior hurling championship ramps up a notch this weekend. Galway and Waterford prepare to lock horns for a coveted quarter-final place on Saturday afternoon in Semple Stadium (2pm).
A highly satisfactory National League campaign concluded for Galway with a 3-25 to 2-22 victory over Cork on Sunday that saw Shane O’Neill’s men top Group A and, for now, claim the joint winners tag with Kilkenny.
Galway 0-26 Limerick 1-17
Galway GAA has announced details of its ‘March for Maroon’ fundraiser which will take place this month.
Galway looked poised to perhaps pull off their most unlikely win of the season when substitute Evan Niland dropped a spectacular long-range shot just over the crossbar to level Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final for only the fifth time with four minutes left.
The odds may well be stacked against them, having to play their third game in 16 days, but Galway are well equipped to take on Munster champions Limerick on Sunday (4pm).
The task facing Galway hurlers when they take on Limerick in next Sunday’s All-Ireland hurling semi-final at Croke Park is a major one, but one which the Tribesmen are looking forward to, manager Shane O’Neill said this afternoon after their nail biting 3-23 to 2-24 victory over Tipperary.
A hugely disappointing ending to last Saturday’s provincial final against Kilkenny saw Galway let slip from their grasp a fourth Leinster title. .
The tag of pre-match favourites used to be something of a burden for Galway hurling teams, but there is a sense the current group will relish the challenge of maintaining the high standards set in demolishing Wexford when they take on old foes Kilkenny in the Leinster final on Saturday evening (6.15pm).
A 21 point second half blitz saw Galway overcome a seven point halftime deficit to defeat Tipperary at Pearse Stadium on Sunday afternoon.