Galway are into the All Ireland Hurling Final after epic battle with Tipperary.

A crowd of just under 50,000 were in Croke Park to see Galway reach their third All Ireland Final in a row with a hard fought win over Tipperary.

Within ten seconds of the throw in a Nicky English point gave Tipperary a lead which fifty seconds later was wiped by a Martin Naughton goal. The goal seemed to unnerve Tipperary and Galway added another four points to lead 1-04 to 0-01. Despite Galway dominance for periods Tipperary were only four points down at half time with a Pat Fox goal from a penalty helping to narrow the gap.   

A blistering start to the second half when a quick Danny O'Connell point was followed by two more for Tipperary to leave the gap at one. The teams went toe to toe until twenty minutes into the second half when a Pat Fox solo goal put Tipperary into the lead 2-14 to 1-16.  Even though this was followed up with a Nicky English point Galway came back again.

For those looking for one moment in this match that could be said to have turned the game with the sides level it might have been a disallowed Nicky English point which seconds later became a Galway goal when Eanna Ryan hit the back of the net. Tipperary who might have been a point ahead were now three behind. With time running out a Noel Lane goal sealed the game for Galway.  The Croke Park pitch was still looking a little worse for wear after the U2 concert earlier in the summer.    

The final score was Galway 3-20 Tipperary 2-17.

All Ireland Hurling Semi Final 9 August 1987. The commentator is Ger Canning.