Donegal minors beaten by Galway in All-Ireland semi-final

Donegal's Kieran Gallagher is challenged by Donegal opponent Sean Rafferty in the semi-final
Donegal's Kieran Gallagher is challenged by Donegal opponent Sean Rafferty in the semi-final

Donegal minors missed out on a place in the All-Ireland final after a 2-12 to 1-11 defeat by Galway at Croke Park.

The Ulster champions trailed 1-6 to 0-6 at half-time with Robert Finnerty netting for the young Tribesmen.

Desmond Conneely added a second Galway goal to put them six points ahead while Enda McCormick's late goal was not enough for Donegal as they fell short.

Meanwhile, Mayo are through to the All-Ireland senior final thanks to a 2-13 to 0-14 win over Tipperary.

Jason Doherty and Conor O'Shea scored the decisive goals as Mayo made the final for the third time in five years.

Mayo led 1-10 to 0-7 at the break and edged clear again after Tipperary cut the gap to two points.

The Connacht men will meet the winners of next weekend's semi-final between Dublin and Kerry on 18 September.

It was a deserved win for Galway in the minor semi-final with the impressive Finnerty adding five points to his goal.

Galway go on to play holders Kerry or Kildare with the second semi-final next Sunday.

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