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The Galway Hurling team to play Offaly in the Allianz Hurling League on Sunday is as follows:

James Skehill, Adrian Tuohy, John Hanbury, Padraig Mannion, Shane Cooney, Gearoid McInerney, Aidan Harte, Johnny Coen (Capt), Sean Loftus, Cathal Mannion, Joseph Cooney, Paul Flaherty, Conor Whelan, Conor Cooney, Davey Glennon

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FBD Final – Galway Team 

Ronan Ó Beoláin, Evan Wynne, Seán Andy Ó Ceallaigh, David Wynne, Gary O’Donnell (Captain), Johnny Duane, Johnny Heaney, Ciarán Duggan, Thomas Flynn, Eoin Finnerty, Barry McHugh, Robert Finnerty, Padraic Cunningham, Seán Armstrong, Frankie Burke, 

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Corofin’s Michael Lundy and Moorefield's James Murray are pictured ahead of the AIB GAA All-Ireland Senior Football Club Championship Semi-Final taking place at O’Connor Park on Saturday, 17th of February. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

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Galway 1-13 Mayo 0-11 

Shane Walsh of Galway in action against Jason Doherty of Mayo during the Allianz Football League Division 1 Round 3 match between Galway and Mayo at Pearse Stadium. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile Read More

 

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All-Ireland club hurling champions Cuala are back in the final after Mattie Kenny’s side accounted for Galway’s Liam Mellows in Thurles. CLICK HERE

 

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Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Aogán Ó Fearghail with the Meehan family, from Caltra, after receiving the family award during the GAA President's Awards 2017 at Croke Park. Back row, from left: Noel, Seamus, Michael, Declan, Tomas, and Enda. Front: Ann Meehan, Aogán Ó Feargháil, and Michael Meehan Snr. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

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Galway Hurling Championship Draws 2018
(Senior & Intermediate)

The Groups for the Salthill Hotel Senior A and B Hurling Championships are as follows:
Senior A Hurling Championship 2018
Group 1: St. Thomas', Kilnadeema/Leitrim, Craughwell, Liam Mellows, Castlegar, Tommy Larkins.
Group 2: Mullagh, Loughrea, Cappataggle, Gort, Portumna, Sarsfields.
Senior B Hurling Championship 2018 
Group 1: Turloughmore, Ballindereen, Clarinbridge, Killimordaly, Ahascragh/Fohenagh, Beagh.
Group 2: Ardrahan, Padraig Pearses, Athenry, Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry, Abbeyknockmoy, Moycullen.

The Groups McGettigan Intermediate Hurling Championship are as follows:
Group 1: Killimor, Kilconieron, Kinvara, Kilbeacanty, Castlegar, Kiltormer, Annaghdown. 
Group 2: Carnmore, An Spideal, Rahoon/Newcastle, Meelick/Eyrecourt, Sylane, Oranmore/Maree.

A powerful second-half performance at Croke Park propelled Galway beyond a determined but ultimately outclassed Wexford side to their second Leinster Senior Hurling Championship title.
Conor Cooney's eight-point haul lit up a provincial decider that will be remembered for the physical power and point scoring ability of Micheal Donoghue's Allianz league champions.
Cooney went through three different Wexford defenders on the afternoon while Joe Canning consistently punished slack defending and converted 10 placed balls.
Joseph Cooney was excellent too as Galway, leading by three points at the break, pulled clear with a tremendous third quarter display.
Davy Fitzgerald's Wexford had hoped to crown their breakthrough season with a first Leinster title since 2004 and were neck and neck for half an hour but couldn't live with Galway's greater physical conditioning and attacking power beyond that.
Galway's reward is an All-Ireland semi-final place while Wexford will get to experience the redeveloped Páirc Uí Chaoimh when the quarter-finals take place later this month.
The Model County started well and gave as good as they got in the first 30 minutes or so, retaining a slender 0-11 to 0-10 advantage at that stage.
Captain Lee Chin was a totemic figure for them, winning one hard-fought free before drilling it over from a huge distance out to roars of approval from the large Wexford crowd.
Moments earlier, Jack O'Connor had performed a courageous block on Padraic Mannion that left him with a bloodied hand but summed up Wexford's immense desire.
The league semi-finalists seemed to come out on top in much of the early loose ball and picked off points from some outrageous angles.
Conor McDonald scored two beauties from long range and Diarmuid O'Keeffe cut in between two Galway defenders on the left before splitting the posts from a tight angle.
Matthew O'Hanlon marked Galway centre-forward Canning and outscored him from play.
Galway got most joy out of Cooney who scored four first-half points, the first three of which came off Willie Devereux before Simon Donohoe was moved onto him.
Cooney's fourth of the half in the 30th minute began a burst of four Galway points in a row that nudged them 0-14 to 0-11 clear at the break.
Wexford ultimately lost the game in the 15 minutes after the restart when everything went against them.
A McDonald point that was initially awarded by the umpire was ruled out by Hawk-Eye.
Then McDonald's tame shot from a 40th-minute penalty was turned around the post by Galway 'keeper Colm Callanan.
Galway's response was emphatic; seven unanswered points and an exhibition of high fielding from Niall Burke and Conor and Joseph Cooney who all picked off great scores.
Suddenly, Galway led 0-21 to 0-12 and even a 1-01 blast form Wexford, including a 53rd-minute O'Keeffe goal, only briefly halted their momentum.
Five more Galway points without response from a besieged Wexford put the result beyond doubt.
By now, Niall Burke had emerged as a prominent forward for Galway though Joseph Cooney picked off the best of the late scores, a terrific effort from a tight angle out on the right wing.
Galway: C Callanan; A Tuohy, Daithi Burke, A Harte; P Mannion (0-01), G McInerney, J Hanbury; J Coen, David Burke (0-01); J Cooney (0-05), J Canning (0-10, 0-08f, 0-01 65, 0-1 s/l), J Flynn; C Whelan, C Cooney (0-08, 0-01), N Burke (0-02).
Subs: T Monaghan (0-01) for Flynn 31, S Maloney (0-01) for Canning 67, G Lally for J Cooney 68, S Loftus for P Mannion 72.
Wexford: M Fanning; L Ryan, W Devereux (0-01), J Breen; S Donohoe, M O'Hanlon (0-02), D O'Keeffe (1-01); L Chin (0-04, 0-02f, 0-01 65), J O'Connor (0-01); P Morris (0-02), A Nolan, C McDonald (0-05, 0-03f); S Murphy, J Guiney, H Kehoe.
Subs: D Redmond for O'Connor h/t, E Moore for Donohoe 47, C Dunbar (0-01) for Kehoe 53, S Tomkins for Nolan 63.
Referee: C Lyons (Cork).

Report by Paul Keane

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