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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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Jack Canning – nephew of Ollie and Joe – scored 1-3 as Galway dominated throughout in seeing off Clare in the All-Ireland MHC quarter-final in Páirc Uí Chaoimh .

Canning’s goal in the 23rd minute came with the Tribesmen leading by 0-6 to 0-5, having been ahead all through, and their advantage was never less than three points thereafter.

Galway had eight scorers in all, with Conor Walsh impressing from frees while Seán Bleahane and Donal Mannion impressed too.

Clare endured a difficult day in front of the posts, though they looked to have found their feet when Gary Cooney pointed in the 15th and 16th minutes to bring them to within two, 0-4 to 0-2. Galway were always able to stay in front though and Canning netted on 23 minutes after good work by Martin McManus and Ben Moran.

Aidan McCarthy and Riain Considine replied for Clare but Canning had the last score of the half as Galway led by 1-7 to 0-7 and he extended the lead further on the resumption with a fine score from the right.

Keith White led the Clare second-half challenge but Bleahane, Walsh and Conor Fahey helped Galway to ease clear. White’s third pulled it back to five points, 1-12 to 0-10, but four in a row by Gaway, with Mannion, Canning, substitute Shane Ryan and Ben Moran on target, removed any doubts about the outcome.

When replacement Enda Fahey got their second goal with his first touch on 54, it made it 2-17 to 0-11 and though Cooney did net for Clare late on, it was only a consolation.

Final score GALWAY 2-19 CLARE 1-12

Scorers for Galway: Jack Canning 1-3, Conor Walsh 0-5 (4fs), Seán Bleahane 0-3, Enda Fahey 1-0, Donal Mannion 0-2, John Fleming, Conor Fahey, Ben Moran, Martin McManus, Shane Ryan, Conor Elwood 0-1 each.

Scorers for Clare: Gary Cooney 1-3, Keith White 0-3, Diarmuid Ryan, Aidan McCarthy, Gearóid Cahill, Cathal Darcy, Breffni Horner, Riain Considine 0-1 each.

GALWAY: Darach Fahy; Darren Morrissey, Daniel Loftus, Caimin Killeen; Ronan Glennon, Conor Caulfield, Mark Gill; John Fleming, Conor Fahey; Martin McManus, Conor Walsh, Ben Moran; Jack Canning, Donal Mannion, Seán Bleahane.

Subs: Conor Elwood for Walsh (5-7, blood), Shane Ryan for Fleming (38), Enda Fahey for Bleahane (53), Sam McArdle for Gill (56), Conor Molloy for Mannion (57), Conor Elwood for Canning (59).

CLARE: Eamon Foudy; Cian McInerney, Ross Hayes, Bradley Higgins; Cian Minogue, Diarmuid Ryan, Aidan McCarthy; Cathal Darcy, Killian McDermott; Keith White, Tiarnan Agnew, Gearóid Cahill; Gary Cooney, Breffni Horner, Riain Considine.

Subs: Colin Haugh for McDermott (half-time), Tom O’Rourke for Considine (45), Eoghan Wallace for Cahill (49), Lee Brack for Darcy, Eoin Fitzgerald for White (both 58).

REFEREE: John O’Brien (Laois).