Galway booked a place in the All-Ireland semi-final against Tipperary when they accounted for Cork with relative ease at Semple Stadium on Sunday.
The crown prince Joe Canning missed nine of Galway’s 24 wides, the Portumna full-forward simply had an off day and it was surprising that he was not taken off free duties.
For the Cork they finished with 15 men, Damien Cahalane needlessly fouled Galway substitute Joseph Cooney and the referee had little option but show him a second yellow card.
The game started in a blistering pace and with just over 50 seconds played Jonathan Glynn collected the ball and soloed through numerous players before flicking the ball over the head of the advancing Mark Ellis and crashing the ball past a helpless Anthony Nash.
It was a tonic start for Galway and Jason Flynn quickly added a point. However Cork outscored Galway by 0-4 to 0-1 before Galway found their rhythm again with three in a row from Joe Canning and two from Cathal Mannion.
Three on the bounce later from Andy Smith, Conor Whelan and David Burke copper fastened Galway’s grip on the game and with Cathal Mannion on fire scoring five first-half points, Galway had taken complete control of the game and led by 1-15 to 0-14 at the break.
Galway brought in Cooney at half-time for David Burke who sustained a knock just before the break and the Sarsfields’ player was just five minutes on the field when he added to the scoreboard.
Aidan Harte and Cyril Donnellan completed another three-point haul without reply for Galway, their fourth of the game.
The expected Cork backlash never materialised in the second-half as Galway continued to mount up the scores.
After the sending off of Cahalane, Cork upped the tempo of the game briefly, but with five minutes left to play Galway finally killed off the game when teenage prodigy Conor Whelan crashed home Galway’s second goal.
It was the first game for the Kinvara teenager and one that he will remember, he scored 1-2 from open play.
In recent years Galway have been over dependent on Joe Canning and when he had an off day, Galway faltered.
Last Sunday, despite scoring five points, Canning certainly had an off day but Galway now have young talented hurlers many of which are leaders in their own right.
Scorers – Galway: C Mannion 0-7, J Canning 0-5 (0-2f, 0-1sl, 0-1 65), Whelan 1-2, J Glynn 1-2, J Flynn 0-3, A Smith 0-1, David Burke 0-2, C Donnellan 0-2, A Harte 0-2, J Cooney 0-1, Niall Healy 0-1.
Galway: C Callanan; J Coen, J Hanbury, P Mannion; A Harte, I Tannian, Daithi Burke; A Smith, David Burke; C Whelan, C Donnellan, J Glynn; J Flynn, J Canning, C Mannion.
Subs: J Cooney for David Burke (HT), D Collins for Donnellan (57), G Lally for Tannian (61), F Moore for Smith (65), N Healy for Glynn (67).