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Derry v Galway: Everything You Need To Know Ahead Of Semi-Final Showdown

Derry v Galway: Everything You Need To Know Ahead Of Semi-Final Showdown
By Luke Delaney

The Ulster SFC winners face the Connacht champions in the first semifinal of the weekend, with a place in the All-Ireland final at stake. Here's all the information you need to know, including how to watch Derry v Galway.

When is Derry v Galway?

Throw in at Croke Park is at 5:30pm on Saturday the 9th of July.

How to watch Derry v Galway.

Coverage starts on RTÉ 2 and Sky Sports Arena at 5pm.

Form Guide

It's safe to say that at the start of the championship campaign, very few people would have expected these sides to win their provincial title, nevermind making the final four of the All-Ireland.

Derry sent shockwaves around the country after a fantastic Ulster SFC campaign where they beat Tyrone, Monaghan and Donegal on their way to a first provincial title since 1998.

READ HERE: Analysis: How Donegal Played Right Into Derry's Hands In The Ulster Final

Galway won their first Connacht SFC since 2018 after beating Mayo, Leitrim and Roscommon on their way to their 47th provincial title.

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In the last round, Derry beat Clare in emphatic fashion to seal a place in the semifinal. Shane McGuigan's impressive 1-8 led to a 5-13 to 2-8 over the Banner County.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-D3IDcrPd0

Galway's full forward line of Shane Walsh, Damien Comer and Robert Finnerty have combined for a whopping 1-43 already in the championship and their link up has tormented sides throughout the season.

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This weekend, the inform full forward line take on perhaps their toughest test against a defensively resolute Derry side, led by one of the contenders for Footballer of the Year, Brendan Rogers.

READ HERE: Derry 'Not In The Business Of Entertaining, It's About Winning'

For Derry, their attacking threat comes through their full forward line of Niall Loughlin, Shane McGuigan and Benny Heron who have scored an amazing 6-36 between them since the start of the championship campaign.

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Thankfully for Galway, their captain and full back Sean Kelly has had his one-match ban rescinded after being sent off after the meleé in the game against Armagh a fortnight ago.

The sides last met during the National League campaign with Galway cruising to a 4-11 to 0-12 point win in Owenbeg.

Should Galway win, it will be a first appearance in an All-Ireland SFC final since their win over Meath in 2001, while Derry will look to make their first final since their win over Cork in 1993.

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