Galway are into the All Ireland senior hurling championship semi-finals.
Henry Shefflin’s side beat Tipperary by 1-20 to 1-18 at the Gaelic Grounds. The Tribesmen will now play champions Limerick in the last four.
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Speaking after the game against the Premier the Kilkenny legend, Henry Shefflin said the hurt of the Leinster final spurred on his side;
We were hoping it was going to be a battle because obviously, we saw Tipperary last weekend and we’ve seen him in the Munster Championship and they’ve been explosive. So we wanted to make it tight and gritty early doors and try and push on from there”
“Obviously we were a little bit shaken after the last performance, wouldn’t say the last performance, the last 30 seconds of that Leinster final so you’re always wondering. I think they turned it into a battle but they were deserving winners I felt and they had the opportunities and it’s a pity we didn’t get a couple more goals.”
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Conor Whelan hit 1-4 and was a man of the match against Tipp. The Kinvera man, who was also named Hurler of the week, doesn’t care much for individual plaudits as long as the team gets the win;
“We are working hard as a team, that is what Henry demands of us. I do not think it is about the scores, its once you get the win.
“I knew the character in this group, our backs were against the wall, and a lot of people did not think we would step up. I have a massive belief in this group. We will dust ourselves down again because Limerick is a huge test.”
Listen back to the commentary of the 2023 Leinster senior hurling championship final, as broadcast live from Croke Park on 11 June 2023, as Kilkenny and Galway went head to head for the Bob O’Keeffe Cup.