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Holders Dublin exit race for Sam after superb Galway second-half showing

Galway have blown the All-Ireland SFC wide open with a remarkable come from behind win at Croke Park to secure a shock semi-final place next month, dumping holders Dublin out.

A week after beating Monaghan in a humdrum preliminary quarter-final encounter, having previously drawn with Armagh, the 2022 finalists burst into life with a massive performance and a landmark win.

Trailing by three points approaching the hour mark, Galway's dreams of an upset were on the verge of collapse but they finished with a flourish to take their place in the 13/14 July semi-finals.

Substitute Tomo Culhane will go down as the unlikely matchwinner, the former underage star kicking what proved to be the clinching point in the 70th minute.

That score actually put Galway two ahead but the margin was reduced to one when Con O'Callaghan curled over a 73rd minute point for Dublin from a free.

O'Callaghan had another point attempt deep into stoppage time but struck it poorly and the ball went wide in front of the Dublin fans at the Hill 16 end, leaving supporters to mull over the county's first quarter-final defeat since 2009.

The list of Galway heroes was endless. Cillian McDaid was crowned Player of the Match for his thrilling second-half display but Dylan McHugh and Shane Walsh can't have been far behind.

The worry for Galway is that Walsh, who hit 0-07 overall, suffered what appeared a hamstring twinge and had to be taken off, leaving him as a doubt for their last four date.

As for Dublin, their season is over - something that will give everyone else left in the championship huge confidence in the All-Ireland race.

Both sides possessed similar pre-match records, winning all but one of their games and collecting provincial titles, but it was all Dublin,

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