Galway have edged past a determined Armagh side by 0-13 to 0-12 in the round three qualifier at Croke Park this afternoon to remain on course for a second successive All-Ireland final. Galway led 0-12 to 0-5 at one stage, but Armagh came back in a grandstand finish, and a Barry O'Hagan point put them level with two minutes to go. Just as extra time looked inevitable, substitute Paul Clancy put the ball over to hand victory to Galway and deny Armagh the chance of completing an amazing comeback.
John McEntee, Barry O'Hagan and Oisin McConville were all guilty of squandering good goal scoring chances in the first half, as Armagh only managed to score four points, and Galway took a 0-8 to 0-4 lead at half time.
McConville pulled back a point immediately after the break but inevitably Galway responded with points from Clancy (2), Padraig Joyce and Ja Fallon. Marsden sparked the start of the revival when he ended an 18-minute scoreless spell for Armagh. McDonnell, sub Cathal O'Rourke and O'Hagan all pointed to narrow the gap to just three points. Cathal O'Rourke clipped over his second free and followed that score with another one pointer to score Armagh's sixth point without reply, cutting Galway's seven-point lead to just one.
O'Hagan kicked the equaliser with little over a minute to play, but with time running out, Donnellan brilliantly intercepted an Armagh clearance to put Clancy in for his dramatic winner in the third minute of injury-time.
Filed by Greg McKevitt