Pearse Stadium, Saturday 9 June, 7pm.


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Past 5 Championship meetings

2017: Galway 2-28 Dublin 1-17 (Leinster quarter-final)

2015: Galway 5-19 Dublin 1-18 (Leinster quarter-final replay)

2015: Dublin 0-20 Galway 1-17 (Leinster quarter-final)

2013: Dublin 2-25 Galway 2-13 (Leinster Final)

2011: Dublin 0-19 Galway 2-07 (Leinster semi-final)

The fixture at Pearse Stadium is effectively a dead rubber, with Galway already through to a provincial final and Dublin’s comprehensive victory over Offaly last weekend ensuring they remain in Leinster for 2019, but cannot challenge for a top-three place.

The game presents Michael Donoghue with a chance to experiment, while Pat Gilroy will be aiming to cap off an improved campaign with an away win.

History tells us that this game is unlikely to be a close affair. Since the Tribesmen joined Leinster nine seasons ago, the sides have met on five occasions, with two wins apiece along with the 2015 quarter-final draw.

Dublin won the opening two fixtures – including the 2011 Leinster final – by a combined 18 points, while the pendulum has swung in favour of the men from the west in recent years, winning with 14 and 13 points to spare in their two most recent meetings.

A decent crowd is still expected to descend on Salthill as the novelty of home fixtures continues, and there has been little to suggest thus far that Galway won’t retain their Liam MacCarthy title.

James Skehill is back between the sticks behind an imperious spine of the team. From Daithi Burke right through to Conor Cooney on the edge of the square, Galway have few peers. Johnny Glynn is playing more of a part this year, while Brian Concannon has added to the healthy competition in the forward division.

The visitors arrive in good form. Failure to defeat Kilkenny in the opening game could in part be put down to inexperience, while the same accusation could be leveled at Gilroy’s side in the defeat at Innovate Wexford Park, a game they lead going into the final minute.

They proved far too strong against Offaly and the blending of youth, coupled with a return of a number of high-profile players, has hurling supporters in the capital in a much more positive frame of mind.

Their chances of victory will rest largely on how Galway approach the game both in terms of attitude and personnel, but Gilroy at the very least will be expecting his charges to maintain the same level of performance they have shown in all three outings to date.

Player Watch

Galway: Jason Flynn

Galway aren't short of extremely talented hurlers so it makes getting the nod in the starting 15 very difficult. Against Wexford last week Jason Flynn came off the bench and scored a point.

In their round robin opener he was sprung for Conor Cooney on the 58th minute and fired a goal past Eoghan Cahill, against Kilkenny he also scored a point when introduced.

He's earned a starting spot for the clash with Dublin and will be sure to make his mark.

Dublin: Shane Barrett 

Arguably the strongest line of the team at present, Shane Barrett has been in eye-catching form in the Dublin half-back line.

Chris Crummey has played a captain’s role on the other wing, with his aerial prowess and energy up and down the flank vital to the Dubs’ attacking game, while Cuala’s Sean Moran has provided strability in the number six jersey, often playing in a deep-lying role to protect the full-back line.

Even in this company, Na Fianna’s Barrett has been in blistering form. He notched four points against Offaly – as did Crummey – but his speed, stick work and decision making has helped nail down the number seven jersey.

He will face another stern test in Salthill, but will be hoping to get on as much ball as possible to end Dublin’s year with a win.


Pat Gilroy has made three changes in personnel for Dublin’s final Leinster outing of 2018, with experienced duo Conal Keaney and Liam Rushe both dropping out of the starting team.

The injured Fergal Whitely also misses out as Tomas Connolly, Cian Boland and David Treacy all start.

Dublin: Alan Nolan; Paddy Smyth, Cian O'Callaghan, Eoghan O'Donnell; Shane Barrett, Sean Moran, Chris Crummey; Rian McBride, Tomas Connolly; Jake Malone, Fiontan MacGibb, Cian Boland; David Treacy, Danny Sutcliffe, Paul Ryan.

Galway: James Skehill; Paul Killeen, Daithi Burke, Aidan Harte; Padraic Mannion, Gearoid McInerney, John Hanbury; Sean Loftus, David Burke; Joseph Cooney, Niall Burke, Cathal Mannion; Conor Whelan, Conor Cooney, Jason Flynn.


It's expected to reach a high of 21C on Saturday, though there is a possibility of a shower in the evening.

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