All-Ireland Hurling final: Galway beat Waterford for first triumph in 29 years

Galway captain David Burke lifts the Liam McCarthy Cup after the victory over Waterford
Galway captain David Burke lifts the Liam McCarthy Cup after the victory over Waterford

Galway are the All-Ireland hurling champions for the first time since 1988 thanks to a 0-26 to 2-17 win over Waterford in the Croke Park decider.

Kevin Moran netted early for Waterford but Galway led until Kieran Bennett's goal brought the sides level.

Joe Canning's fourth point gave Galway a 0-14 to 2-7 advantage at the break.

It remained close in the second half but Galway moved four clear late in the game and held on to clinch the Liam McCarthy Cup for the fifth time.

Waterford were aiming to end a 58-year for All-Ireland hurling success but they came up short despite 11 points from Pauric Mahony.

Galway rattled over the opening four points of the game before Moran hit the corner of the net in Waterford's first attack.

Bennett added the second Deisi goal after 22 minutes, his long ball evading the clutches of keeper Colm Callanan and finding the bet.

The goals kept Waterford in touch and they trailed by a single point at the interval.

Waterford led for the first time seven minutes into the second half courtesy of a Mahony free.

Galway slotted over the next three points to secure a lead they would not relinquish and they withstood injury-time pressure as Waterford went in search of the goal which would have levelled the game.

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