Derek Ryan at Semple Stadium
Galway are into the All-Ireland semi finals.
They won their All-Ireland quarter final clash with Cork at Semple Stadium in Thurles this afternoon.
The Westerners were the better side throughout and deserve their place in the last 4, where they will face Tipperary.
They led by 4 points at the break- thanks in no small part to Jonathan Glynn’s goal in the first minute.
An excellent run from the Galway number 13 was complimented by a fine finish from him past Anthony Nash in the Rebels goal.
That set the tone for the rest of the game, as Galway looked the better side.
Cathal Mannion starred for the beaten Leinster finalists in the first half with 5 points- all from play.
But Cork kept in touch, thanks to Pa Horgan.
He hit 6 points- 5 of those coming from placed balls.
Galway started the second half the better side as well, and hit 3 points-in-a-row early in the half to move 6 clear.
Cork did fight back.
But their challenge wasn’t helped in the 50th minute when they were reduced to 14 men.
Damien Cahalane was given a second yellow card for a challenge on Joseph Cooney.
If anything, however, that setback spurred Cork on a little, as they reduced the gap to 4 not long after.
But that was as close as Cork came to Galway, who pulled clear late on to ease to victory.
A second Galway goal in the 65th minute ended any hopes of a Cork revival, as Conor Whelan blasted to the net.
That put the Tribesmen 10 clear and meant it was a comfortable last few minutes for them.
Cathal Mannion hit his 7th point from play late on, as Galway eased into the semi finals on a scoreline of 2-28 to Cork’s 22 points.
They will face Tipperary in the last four next month.