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'Delighted The Sunday Game Highlighted What Happened Today'

By PJ Browne
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Galway beat Offaly by ten points in Portlaoise to set up a Leinster final meeting with Kilkenny in two weeks' time.

It was a feisty game and one which saw Offaly lead by a point at the half.

Galway would have too much for the team which emerged from the Leinster qualifier group.

Both teams would finish the game with 14 players. Offaly's Colin Egan was shown red by referee Colm Lyons for a challenge on Fergal Moore after 27 minutes. With just over ten minutes remaining, Conor Cooney was also shown red - though the reason why left many Galway fans bemused.

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Galway could have been down to 14 players earlier in the game for a David Burke challenge on Shane Dooley.

The incident - for which Burke received a yellow card - was highlighted on the Sunday Game.

There was no doubt in Cyril Farrell's mind that it should have been a red card for the Galway midfielder.

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David Burke is very lucky, most times he'd just get a red card. You can't do that to a man without the ball. You can't attack him without the ball. He was lucky he didn't get sent off aswell.

You just can't do that. That's a red card.

On Twitter, Shane Dooley expressed his satisfaction that the incident was highlighted while also stating his belief that the referee saying that he didn't see the incident was inexplicable.

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Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

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