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Galway Beat Kerry in Quarter Final Phase One

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Tomas Flynn in Action

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Damien Comer in full flight

All-Ireland SFC Quarter-Final (Phase 1)

GALWAY 1-13 KERRY 1-10

Galway rolled back the clock in Croke Park to defeat Kerry in the Super Eights phase 1 and claim their first win over the kingdom since in championship since 1965, the winners continued on from their League form and showed the same self –belief that brought the final, the game was not a classic by any means but in the end a victory was the goal and now its on to Newbridge next week and a game with Kildare who will be all fired up to gain two points if they are to stay in contention for honours.

The rain came to Croke Park and it was strange to have the lights on the game as the weather conditions made it difficult for the players with the pitch like a skating ring, Kerry opened the scoring when Kevin McCarthy pointed after three minutes, Ian Burke and Paul Conroy had the Galway’s opening points to put them ahead by the 18th minute. It would be Conroy’s only score of the game as he suffered a serious leg injury and we wish him a speedy recovery.

David Clifford had a side’s level two minutes later and they went one up when Shane Murphy popped over a 45 and Damien Comer then shot over the bar, with eight minutes injury added we had three late points Paul Geaney for Kerry and Shane Walsh and Ian Burke for the winners to give their side a one point lead at the break 0-6 to 0-5, in part two both sides upped a gear and after fifteen minutes it was a level ball game at eight points each, Walsh restored Galway’s lead with a well taken point and the Tribesmen began to grow in confidence and an excellent point from Declan Kyne showed that that belief, Adrian Varley not for the first time this year made a huge impact as a sub scoring two points and when another sub Patrick Sweeney scored a goal to give   Galway give a seven point lead but Kerry scored 1-1in the dying minutes to make it a three point win for the Tribesmen.

Galway scorers: Shane Walsh 0-5 (4f), Patrick Sweeney 1-0, Ian Burke 0-2, Adrian Varley 0-2, Damien Comer 0-1, Paul Conroy 0-1, Declan Kyne 0-1, Sean Kelly 0-1.

Kerry scorers: David Clifford 1-5 (1f), Paul Geaney 0-2, Kevin McCarthy 0-1, Stephen O’Brien 0-1, Shane Murphy 0-1 (’45)

GALWAY: Ruairi Lavelle; Declan Kyne, Seán Andy Ó Ceallaigh, Eoghan Kerin; Cathal Sweeney, Gareth Bradshaw, Johnny Heaney; Paul Conroy, Thomas Flynn; Eamonn Brannigan, Michael Daly, Sean Kelly; Ian Burke, Damien comer, Shane Walsh. Subs: Peter Cooke for Paul Conroy (25), Adrian Varley for Michael Daly (55), Gary O’Donnell for Gareth Bradshaw (64), Patrick Sweeney for Damien Comer (65), Johnny Duane for Thomas Flynn (74), Frankie Burke for Ian Burke (76)

KERRY: Shane Murphy; Jason Foley, Peter Crowley, Brian Ó Beaglaoich; Paul Murphy, Killian Young, Gavin White; David Moran, Jack Barry; Kevin McCarthy, Seán Ó Shea, Stephen O’Brien; David Clifford, Paul Geaney, James O’Donoghue. Subs: Tom O’Sullivan for Brian Ó Beaglaoich (ht), Anthony Maher for Jack Barry (47), Micheál Burns for James O’Donoghue (52), Mark Griffin for Jason Foley (65), Donnchadh Walsh for Sean O’Shea (65), Barry John Keane for Kevin McCarthy (65)

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Cathal Sweeney on the ball

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Ultimately a gripping Connacht Under 21 Football Final was decided by Galway’s dynamism and depth.
Sligo contributed richly to a thrilling encounter, but Galway had sufficient stamina to pull clear in extra-time when the issue was delicately poised.
The underdogs snapped into the contest accumulating an eight point advantage in the first half with Galway in severe distress.
Alan McLoughlin’s 25th minute goal was quickly followed by a Kyle Cawley point which gave Sligo what seemed to be a commanding 1-7 to 0-2 cushion.
By the time the interval rolled around Galway had the margin cut to 1-7 to 0-5 as Peter Cooke, Colin Brady, and Robert Finnerty registered points.
Galway manager Gerry Fahy made some brave substitutions which proved critical as maroon replacements scored 2-5.
A blistering burst for 20 minutes after half-time saw Galway power four points ahead with Cein D’arcy influential when introduced at centrefield.
D’arcy rifled over a point within seconds of the restart, while Michael Daly added a goal, and Sean Kelly struck the leveller.
Despite playing into the teeth of the wind Sligo reeled off three points on the spin courtesy of Paddy O’Connor (2) and Alan McLoughlin.
The Galway riposte was stuffed with quality football, though, as the visitors nailed seven points in a row before Sligo came swinging
Kyle Cawley netted a 56th minute penalty to inject Sligo’s revival with hope and momentum.
Still Galway were in front deep into stoppage time when Liam Gaughan kicked an equaliser from a free, 1-16 to 2-13.
But the Tribesmen seized the initiative in impressive fashion with two goals from the pacy Sean Kelly and Sligo just couldn’t respond again. Paddy O'Connor was dismissed in the closing stages for Sligo as Galway confidently closed the deal.
Final score: Galway 3-20 Sligo 2-14
Scorers for Galway: Sean Kelly 2-1, Robert Finnerty 0-6 (4fs), Michael Daly 1-2, Cillian McDaid and Cein D’arcy 0-3 each, Peter Cooke 0-2 (1f), Colin Brady, Eoin Finnerty, Antaine O’Laoi 0-1 each.
Scorers for Sligo: Alan McLoughlin and Kyle Cawley (1-0 pen) 1-2 each, Paddy O’Connor 0-5 (3fs), Liam Gaughan 0-4 (3fs), Jason Perry 0-1.
GALWAY: Ronan O'Beolain; Liam Kelly, Sean Andy O'Ceallaigh, Ruairi Greene; Kieran Molloy, Dylan McHugh, Cillian McDaid; Peter Cooke, Colm O'Braonain; Antaine O'Laoi, Michael Daly, Colin Brady; Robert Finnerty, Paul Mannion, Dessie Conneely.
Subs: Sean Kelly for Antaine O’Laoi (26), Cein D’arcy for Colm O’Braonain (30), Eoin Finnerty for Colin Brady (30), Eric Lee for Paul Mannion (38), Michael Boyle for Dessie Conneely (50), Cormac Haslam for Ronan O’Beolain (55), Colm Mannion for Sean Kelly (75), William Finnerty for Kieran Molloy (77), Padraig O’Curraoin for Cillian McDaid (77)
SLIGO: Daniel Cafferkey; Eddie McGuinness, Luke Nicholson, Michael Gordon; Darragh Cummins, Paul McNamara, Sean Power; Paul Kilcoyne, Paddy O’Connor; Stephen Connolly, Gerard O’Kelly-Lynch, Jodie O’Reilly; Alan McLoughlin, Liam Gaughan, Kyle Cawley.
Subs: Sean Carabine for Stephen Connolly (36), Nathan Mullen for Darragh Cummins (44), Jason Perry for Alan McLoughlin (57), Kevin Banks for Luke Nicholson (60), Darragh Cummins for Paul Kilcoyne (64), Brian Mahon for Eddie McGuinness (64), Dylan Kilgallon for Gerard O’Kelly-Lynch (66)
REFEREE: Paddy Neilan (Roscommon).

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Cillian McDaid of Galway receives the Man of the Match award from Manager access planning at EirGrid Louis Fisher after the EirGrid Connacht GAA Football U21 Championship Final match between Galway and Sligo at Markievicz Park, in Sligo. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

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Micheál Daly of Galway in action against Paul McNamara of Sligo during the EirGrid Connacht GAA Football U21 Championship Final. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

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Micheál Daly of Galway in action against Sligo's Paul McNamara with on the right Séan Kelly celebrates scoring his side's third goal during the EirGrid Connacht GAA Football U21 Championship. Photos by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

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Galway players, from left, Kieran Molloy, Liam Kelly and Dylan McHugh celebrate after the EirGrid Connacht GAA Football U21 Championship Final. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile