Galway captain Brian Molloy inspired his side to a narrow victory over Dublin at Semple Stadium in the Under 21 Semi-Final that took extra time to decide.
The promising Kilnadeema-Leitrim man contributed 10 points for the Tribesmen, who eventually shrugged off Dublin’s challenge.
Backed by the wind in the opening period Dublin began brightly scoring five points inside 10 minutes.
Andrew Jamieson-Murphy and Cian Boland were prominent for the Leinster Champions, who were causing Galway plenty of problems.
As the half wore on, though, Galway improved considerably with Dan Nevin influential at centrefield.
Nevin scored three points before the break including a delightful 25th minute sideline cut that provided Galway with significant encouragement.
One minute before the break Galway senior star Conor Whelan was denied a goal by a brave Jonathan Treacy save.
Dublin, who registered 0-10 from 21 scoring attempts in the first half, were ahead by three at the break and the issue was delicately poised.
Chris Bennett extended Dublin’s advantage by converting a free, but Galway replied clipping four scores in a row to draw level.
Brian Molloy, Darragh Dolan, Thomas Monaghan, and Conor Whelan all found the range for the Tribesmen, who were back on terms six minutes after the restart.
Further points from Molloy and Monaghan edged Galway two ahead before Boland ended a 14 minute search for a score.
It was an interesting tussle as Fionn O’Riain Broin restored parity with an excellent effort for Dublin with nine minutes remaining.
The drama continued with Galway edging in front courtesy of a sweet Thomas Monaghan point, but Dublin forced extra-time when Cian MacGabhann equalised.
Following the first period of extra-time the teams were deadlocked at 0-18 each and then Molloy and Sean Treacy swapped scores.
Molloy rifled over two more frees for Galway, who booked a September 10th final date against a highly regarded Waterford.
Final score: Galway 0-21 Dublin 0-19
Scorers for Galway: B Molloy 0-10 (5fs, 165), T Monaghan 0-3, D Nevin 0-3 (1 sideline), C Whelan 0-2, E Burke 0-2, D Dolan 0-1.
Scorers for Dublin: R McBride 0-3, C Boland 0-3, C Bennett 0-3 (3fs), A Jamieson-Murphy 0-2, S Treacy 0-2 (2fs), S Barrett 0-1, J Madden 0-1, F O’Riain Broin 0-1, E Conroy 0-1, C Mac Gabhann 0-1, E McHugh 0-1.
Galway: C Tuohy; C Jennings, D O’Donoghue, D Cronin; F Burke, S Cooney, S Loftus; D Dolan, D Nevin; K McHugo, B Molloy, E Burke; T Monaghan, C Whelan, C Burke.
Subs: B Concannon for McHugo (40 mins), J Mannion for C Burke (45 mins), E Brannigan for Whelan (49-51 mins), E Brannigan for Dolan (53 mins), S Linnane for Whelan (64 mins), J Grealish for Mannion (71 mins), A Morrissey for Monaghan (76 mins).
Dublin: J Treacy; J Bellew, E O’Donnell, J Madden; F O’Riain Broin, C MacGabhann, S Barrett; R McBride, J Malone; C Boland, A Jamieson-Murphy, E Conroy; S Treacy, S O’Riain, C Bennett.
Subs: P O’Dea for O’Riain (43 mins), C O’Neill for Bennett (46 mins), E McHugh for Conroy (55 mins), B Bolger for O Riain Broin, S O’Riain for Jamieson-Murphy (69 mins), C Bennett for McBride (72 mins).
Referee: D Kirwan (Cork).
Football Quarter-Finals and Relegation Draws
The Draws for the championship Quarter-Finals and Relegation for Senior and Intermediate Football Championships are as follows:
Caherlistrane v Salthill/Knocknacarra
Corofin v Tuam Stars
Michael Breathnach v Cortoon Shamrocks
Mountbellew/Moylough v Milltown
Annaghdown v Kilconly
Caltra v Naomh Anna Leitir Mor
Carna/Cashel v Killannin/St Michaels
Killererin v Bearna
The Games will be played on the weekend of the 10th and 11th of September.
Dunmore MacHales v Headford/Glenamaddy
Menlough v Oileann Arann/Kilkerrin-Clonberne
Claregalway v An Spideal/Athenry
Oughterard v Monivea-Abbey/Williamstown
St Brendans v Ballinasloe
Corofin v Clifden
The remaining Play Offs will be played next weekend
Headford v Glenamaddy
Oileann Arann v Kilkerrin-Clonberne
Monivea-Abbey v Williamstown
An Spideal v Athenry
Draw for a Volkswagon Golf will take place next Wednesday 31st August at the Galway Plaza. Everyone is welcome to attend and your support, by buying a ticket, for Galway Football and Hurling will be very much appreciated. Tickets are available from Clubs and County Committee Officials. Ticket sellers are asked to return by Monday next to Pearse Stadium or Seamus Finnerty.
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