Galway beaten by Roscommon in U-20 Championship

Ryan Forde

Roscommon in Connacht U-20 Final

Galway 0-11 Roscommon 1-11

At Tuam Stadium this afternoon Roscommon made it through to the first Connacht U-20 final against Mayo next Sunday in Hyde Park, in the end they had a goal to spare over Galway who were reduced to 14 men after only seven first half minutes when Finain Ó Laoi was red carded. Despite been a man down the hosts were all square at the break at 0-5 each in low scoring encounter. Robert Finnerty opened the scoring inside the opening minute but it was all square on two minutes when Cian McKeon pointed for the Rossies, Galway then shot three unanswered points with Dessie Conneely shooting two and Finnerty adding the other to leave their side leading by 0-4 to 0-1 after eleven minutes.

Aaron Brady, Paul Carey and McKeown found the target for the visitors to tie the scores as the half entered into eight minutes of injury time, due in part to a collision between Roscommon players Conor Shanagher who was stretchered off and Keith Murphy. Each side added a point each before the break with Connelly for Galway and Damien Duff pointing for the visitors to make 0-5 each at the break.

Roscommon’s Dylan Ruane goal after eight second half minutes was a game changer as Galway never recovered from that score and found it hard to come to terms with the extra man from that on, despite the fact than Conneely had opened the second half scoring and it was still only a two point game, and when Darragh Silke pointed the lead was down to one but it was the visitors who kicked on with three unanswered points from ‘Man of the Match’ McKeon and when Brady added his second of the day to leave Galway trailing by 0-7 to1-9 with fifteen minutes remaining.

Galway will look back on the game and wonder where it all went wrong and despite having the lions share of possession they failed to register it on the scoreboard, and the paid the price in the third quarter of the game when the winners shot 1-5 in a ten minute scoring spree .

The Galway team was: Oran Burke; Sean Fitzgerald, Sean Mulkerrin, Conor Campbell; Jack Glynn, Ryan Forde, Colin Murray; Cein Darcy, John Daly; Darragh Silke, Lorcan Molloy, Finian O’Laoi; Rob Finnerty, Liam Costello, Dessie Conneely. Subs: Barry Goldrick for Molloy, Rory Cunningham for Silke, Jack Kirrane for Costello, Fionan Garvey for Murray, Maitias Bairead for Daly.

Galway scorers: Dessie Conneely 0-6, Rob Finnerty 0-3, Darragh Silke 0-1, Rory Cunningham 0-1

Roscommon team: Aaron Brady; Lorcan Daly, Evan Flynn, Liam Cregg; Aidan Dowd, Luke Mollahan, Darren Nerney; Conor Shanagher, Eddie Nolan; Keith Murphy, David McManus, Dylan Ruane; Brian Derwin, Cian McKeon, Paul Carey. Subs: Ciaran Lawless for Murphy, Damien Duff for Shanagher, Murphy for Lawless, Ciaran Sugrue for Derwin, Gerry Galvin for Nerney, Michael Conroy for Sugrue, Cian Corcoran for McManus

Roscommon scorers: Cian McKeon 0-7, Dylan Ruane 1-0, Aaron Brady 0-2 ), Paul Carey 0-1, Damien Duff 0-1

Galway Hurlers beat the Dubs in Salthill

Padraic Mannion

Padraic Mannion in action on Saturday in Pearse Stadium

MANNION INSPIRES GALWAY

Leinster Senior Hurling Championship

GALWAY 0-26 DUBLIN 2-19

By Cian O'Connell at Pearse Stadium

Though the stakes weren’t piled too high in Salthill Galway and Dublin still summoned a lively second half to entertain 9,957 interested spectators.

Initially the first half hadn’t provide much suspense, but Dublin thundered into the reckoning in the third quarter as the match concluded with plenty of drama.

Jason Flynn’s free in the fifth minute of stoppage time proved to be the decisive blow as Galway secured the spoils, but Dublin left Pearse Stadium heartened too following a gritty display.

While the opening half might have been low on intensity it was still laced with splendid scores from a variety of angles.

A polished Galway outfit converted eight of their first nine shots confirming their skill and by the time the interval rolled around the locals led by seven.

Early on Dublin were busy only trailing 0-5 to 0-4 by the 13th minute, but Galway struck five of the next six points to really seize the initiative.

During that burst of Galway craft Jason Flynn, Joseph Cooney, and Conor Cooney all clipped sweet efforts from play for Micheal Donoghue’s standard bearers.

At the opposite end of the field Dublin weren’t sufficiently clinical nailing nine from 19 opening period attempts.

Another Galway flurry included delightful points from Padraic Mannion and Conor Whelan as the maroon team went in armed with a healthy 0-16 to 0-9 cushion.

The complexion altered dramatically in the 10 minutes immediately after the restart when substitute Paul Winters punished two lapses in concentration with a couple of opportunistic goals.

Winters netted in the 39th minute supplying a flick to the back of the Galway net and added a second following a Jason Flynn free moments later.

Suddenly the gap was trimmed to the minimum and then Dublin custodian Alan Nolan launched a long range free to restore parity.

Nolan subsequently drilled a free in the 48th minute steering the visitors ahead as the tempo increased hugely.

In the remaining minutes Galway were crafty enough to shrug off Dublin’s spirited resistance outscoring Pat Gilroy’s improving team by eight points to six down the home straight.

Flynn’s last gasp free edged Galway in front and fittingly the game concluded with the sliotar being tamed by the immaculate Padraic Mannion, who had struck three points from wing back, while also repeatedly thwarting Dublin with some shrewd defensive interventions.

Kilkenny in the Leinster decider is next on the agenda for Galway. That should be a tasty encounter at GAA headquarters.

Scorers for Galway: Jason Flynn 0-11 (9fs), Conor Whelan, Padraic Mannion, and Joseph Cooney 0-3 each, David Burke and Conor Cooney 0-2 each, Cathal Mannion and Sean Loftus 0-1 each

Scorers for Dublin: Paul Winters 2-1, Rian McBride (1 sideline) and David Treacy (3fs) 0-4 each, Paul Ryan 0-3 (3fs), Alan Nolan 0-2 (2fs), Cian Boland, James Madden, Sean Moran, and Jake Malone 0-1 each.

GALWAY: James Skehill; Paul Killeen, Daithi Burke, Aidan Harte; Padraic Mannion, Gearoid McInerney, John Hanbury; Sean Loftus, David Burke; Joseph Cooney, Niall Burke, Cathal Mannion; Conor Whelan, Conor Cooney, Jason Flynn.

Subs: Eanna Burke for Loftus (44), Shane Cooney for Killeen (50), Davy Glennon for Conor Cooney (68), Padraig Brehony for Joseph Cooney (70+3).

DUBLIN: Alan Nolan; Paddy Smyth, Cian O'Callaghan, Eoghan O'Donnell; Shane Barrett, Sean Moran, Chris Crummey; Rian McBride, Tomas Connolly; Jake Malone, Fiontan McGibb, Cian Boland; David Treacy, Danny Sutcliffe, Paul Ryan.

Subs: Eamon Dillon for Paul Ryan (HT), Paul Winters for Connolly (HT), Cian McBride for Boland (48), James Madden for McGibb (66), John McCaffrey for McBride (70+3).

REFEREE: Diarmuid Kirwan (Cork).

 

 

Kilbeacanty 7s Report

BEAGH AND ST THOMAS TAKE THE SPOILS AT CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS ON 7’s WEEKEND IN KIL-BAKIN-TY!

By Patrick Earley

It was a landmark June bank holiday weekend for Kilbeacanty GAA as they once again played host to the annual Kilbeacanty 7’s tournament which this year celebrated the 100th anniversary of the first playing of the tournament in 1918. This year’s tournament was one of the most eagerly awaited in year’s and with good reason too. Look no further than the line-up of teams to see why. With defending champions Loughrea, the team they defeated last year, and All-Ireland 7’s champions Beagh, current county champions Liam Mellows, as well as former county champions Gort and St Thomas’, among those involved, top-class action and entertainment was a guarantee for the hundreds in attendance. As well as the men’s competition, camogie returned to Kilbeacanty after a hugely successful debut last year as Inagh/Kilnamona returned in the hope of defending the crown they won so dramatically against Ardrahan last year, who themselves were gunning to go one step further. While the hurling and camogie are undeniably the headline attraction of the day, there is so much more that goes on at every 7’s weekend. This year saw Kilbeacanty display the magnificent Audi A3 Sportback S Line, the prize on offer for the club’s development draw which takes place on August 5 th , with tickets available from club members or online at ‘KlubFunder Kilbeacanty’ for €50 to be in with a chance of taking home the car worth €36,000 in early August. And following on from a phenomenal year for the Galway senior hurlers last year, Liam McCarthy was doing the rounds at Páirc Mhuire too. On a scorching hot bank holiday Monday, the entertainment began as early as the very first game as Ardrahan beatTommie Larkins after extra-time in the Joe Gillane Shield Final and Craughwell overcame Michael Cusacks in the Cup Final . Onto the action itself and there was to be heartbreak in the preliminary quarter-final for Kilbeacanty who were beaten by a goal in the last puck of the game by Tubber. After edging by the challenge of Tommie Larkins who were denied a win by the crossbar in the last puck of the game, reigning All-Ireland 7’s champions Beagh advanced to a semi-final meeting with defending Kilbeacanty 7’s champions Loughrea, who had too much for Liam Mellows, in the game everyone wanted to see. Loughrea deservedly claimed the spoils in last year’s decider 3-15 to 6-03 but this year Beagh simply had too much as they exacted revenge to advance to the decider. Immediately after that, Ardrahan, who last claimed the spoils in Kilbeacanty in 2009, edged out near neighbours St Thomas’ in a hard-fought tussle to book a date with Beagh in the final. With both those sides looking to rest and recuperate as much as possible before their clash, the Ardrahan and St Thomas’ camogie teams took centre stage in the camogie final after both teams booked their place in the decider the previous night. Unfortunately for Ardrahan, it was to be heartbreak for the second year in-a-row as they succumbed to an excellent St Thomas’ side captained by Lorraine Coen with Aine Keane being awarded Player of the Tournament. In the hurling final goals by Joe Gantley (two) and Kevin Keehan saw Beagh overcome Ardrahan and reclaim the McCarthy cup and €6,000 prize fund on offer. Florence McCarthy presented the cup to Beagh captain Tommy McKeown, with Kevin Keehan awarded the Player of the Tournament award for the second time, as Beagh confirmed their status as 7’s linchpin’s. The club would like to thank all main and programme sponsors, all teams and clubs for taking part along with all the volunteers who make the day possible. Roll on 2019.

Galway Footballers into the Connacht S.F.C. Final

Galway Footballers into the Connacht S.F.C. Final

Ian Burke Web

Galway in Connacht Final

Galway 4-24 Sligo 1-12

Galway will travel to Hyde Park in two weeks time to play Roscommon in the Connacht Final after defeating Sligo in Pearse Stadium, a goal from Sean Kelly late in the opening half gave the Tribesmen a resounding lead that they never looked like losing.

The visitors had the aid of slight breeze in the opening half but it was Galway who opened the scoring with a Shane Walsh point but Adrian Marron replied with a point shortly afterwards, but by the end of the opening quarter the Maroon and White had built up a seven point lead, Sligo staged a mini come back with points from Pat Hughes and Niall Murphy to cut the lead to five with fifteen minutes remaining, Galway again took control and kicked five points without replay to lead by ten.

Sean Kelly finished the first half with goal following good work from Johnny Heaney and Damien Comer as Galway lead at the break by 1-15 to 0-6. Sligo goaled after two minutes of part two when Kyle Cawley punched to the net but a brace of points from Ian Burke kept the scoreboard ticking over for Galway and with twenty minutes to go Burke scored Galway’s second goal following a pass from Shane Walsh. Damien Comer hit two late majors to see Galway finish on a high and date with the Rossies on June 17th

Galway scorers; D Comer 2-2, S Kelly 1-2, Ian Burke 1-2, S Walsh 0-5, E Brannigan 0-3,B McHugh 0-3,

J Heaney 0-2, P Cooke 0-2, P Sweeney 0-1, F Burke 0-1, G O’Donnell 0-1.

The Galway team: R Lavelle, D Kyne, S A Ó Ceallaigh, D Wynne, C Sweeney, G Bradshaw, S Kelly, T Flynn, P Cooke, J Heaney, S Walsh, E Brannigan, D Comer, I Burke, B McHugh.

Subs: P Sweeney for McHugh, M Daly for Flynn, G O’Donnell for C Sweeney, F Burke for I Burke, J Duane for Bradshaw, D Cummins for Walsh

Photo Ian Burke beats the Sligo keeper  Aidan Devaney in sunny Salthill

Galway Hurlers into the Leinster S.H.C. Final

 

Galway Hurlers into the Leinster S.H.C. Final 

Kevin Foley and David Burke WEB

David Burke and Kevin Foley in action this evening 

Galway 1-23 Wexford 0-17

At Wexford Park Galway qualified for the Leinster final with a well merited win over Davy Fitzgerald’s outfit, the All-Ireland champions got off to a dream start with Conor Cooney pointing in the opening minute followed by Conor Whelan goal when Padraic Mannion goal bound shot was saved by Mark Fanning but Whelan made no mistake from rebound.

Cooney added another point for the tribesmen before Wexford opened their account when Rory O’Connor landed a point, Joe Canning and Paudie Foley exchanged points before a Paul Morris white flag left four points between the sides.

Canning increased the Galway lead to five before O’Connor and Cooney exchanged scores and when Joe Canning landed a sidle line the men in white went in leading at the break by 1-12 to 0-9. In part two Galway added   early points from Whelan and Canning, and when Canning added thee more the game was over as a contest as Galway had built up a ten point lead.

Wexford now have a crunch game with Kilkenny next week with the winners to play Galway in the Leinster final and Dublin have a date in Salthill

Galway scorers : J Canning 0-12, C Whelan 1-2, C Cooney 0-4, N Burke 0-2, D Burke 0-2, J Flynn 0-1

Wexford scorers R O’Connor 0-10, P Morris 0-2, A Nolan 0-2, P Foley 0-1

Galway team; J Skehill, A Tuohy, D Burke, J Hanbury, P Mannion, G McInerney, A Harte, J Coen, D Burke, C Mannion, J Canning, J Cooney, C Whelan, J Glynn, C Cooney.

Subs J Flynn for Glynn, N Burke for Cooney, B Concannon for C Mannion, S Linnane for Hanbury, D Glennon for Canning

 

Club Football League Tables Update

The Club Football League Tables May 28th

Div 1

P

W

D

L

PTS

Corofin

4

4

0

0

10

Tuam Stars

5

3

2

0

9

Mountbellew Moyl

5

3

1

1

9

Milltown

5

3

0

2

7

Salthill-Knockna

4

2

0

2

6

Annaghdown

5

2

2

1

7

St James

5

0

2

3

2

Oughterard

5

1

1

3

3

An Cheathru Rua

3

0

0

3

0

Killannin

3

0

0

3

0

Div 2

P

W

D

L

PTS

Caherlistrane

5

4

0

1

10

An Spideal

4

3

0

1

8

Cortoon-Shamrocks

5

2

1

2

6

Maigh Cuilinn

4

3

0

1

7

St Michaels

4

2

0

2

5

Claregalway

4

2

0

2

5

Menlough

4

2

0

2

4

Kilkerrin-Clonberne

5

1

0

4

3

Bearna

5

2

0

3

4

Ml Breathnach

3

1

0

3

2

Div 3

P

W

D

L

PTS

Headford

5

4

0

1

10

Monivea-Abbey

5

3

0

2

7

Killererin

5

2

1

2

6

Kilconly

5

3

1

1

8

Oileain Arann

4

2

1

1

6

Oranmore-Maree

4

3

0

1

7

Williamstown

4

1

1

2

4

Leitir Mór

5

2

0

3

5

Caltra

4

1

0

3

2

Cárna -Caiseal

5

0

0

5

0

Div 4

P

W

D

L

PTS

Corofin

4

4

0

0

10

Renvyle

4

2

1

1

7

Dunmore MacHale

5

4

0

1

9

An Fhairche

5

2

0

3

6

Glenamaddy

5

2

2

1

7

St Gabriels

3

2

0

1

5

Clifden

3

1

1

1

3

St Brendans

4

0

2

2

2

Athenry

5

0

1

4

1

St James

4

0

1

3

1

Galway Beat The Cats in Salthill

WEb 2 V Cats

GALWAY IMPRESS IN PEARSE STADIUM 


Leinster Senior Hurling Championship

GALWAY 1-22 KILKENNY 2-11

By Cian O’Connell at Pearse Stadium

Ultimately this match was decided by a flurry of late scores from Galway, who were eventually able to shrug off Kilkenny’s spirited resistance.

Having shown a refusal to wilt Kilkenny, who relied on TJ Reid for scores, only trailed by three with 10 minutes remaining and another Cats comeback mission appeared a distinct possibility.

When it truly mattered, though, Galway had that drop of extra punch and poise up front which was exemplified by the next crucial spell when Micheal Donoghue’s team nailed eight points on the spin.

Joe Canning mined a couple of frees before Conor Cooney hit three glorious efforts in a row from play. Canning and substitutes Jason Flynn and Niall Burke decorated Galway’s performance with further points ensuring Walter Walsh’s last gasp goal was merely a consolation. By then sufficient Galwegian damage had been inflicted.

Galway showed flickers of their class in the opening period departing at the break armed with a 1-9 to 1-4 interval advantage.

Donoghue’s charges had edged eight points clear approaching half-time, but Kilkenny responded with a goal and a point in the closing stages to trim the deficit considerably.

Initially the story had been one of Galway’s failure to be sufficiently clinical in attack, but a good burst which yielded 1-5 without reply ensured the locals assumed a healthy advantage.

Level at 0-4 each following a cagey 20 minutes Galway demonstrated their ability as Cathal Mannion, Brian Concannon, and two Joe Canning frees had them 0-8 to 0-4 clear.

A foul by Paddy Deegan on Conor Whelan resulted in a penalty which was expertly converted by Canning in the 29th minute.

Mannion added a point for Galway, who were eight ahead, but a typically defiant Kilkenny outfit came thundering back.

TJ Reid made the Galway net dance from a penalty following a Daithi Burke foul on the promising Luke Scanlon before Walter Walsh rifled over a point. Suddenly the deficit was five and an interesting second half beckoned.

While the action wasn’t wild, it remained keenly contested with Reid’s precision from frees keeping Kilkenny in the hunt despite the fact that they only hit 1-2 from play.

Worryingly Kilkenny’s other forwards, apart from the ever imposing Walsh were being minded carefully by a Galway defence in which Daithi Burke, Padraic Mannion, and Gearoid McInerney remained relevant throughout.

Still Kilkenny’s grit brought them to within three, but Galway had the class and composure to survive. Next Saturday’s tussle at Innovate Wexford Park between Wexford and Galway should be tasty

Scorers for Galway: Joe Canning 1-12 (1-0 pen, 7fs, 165), Conor Cooney 0-4, Cathal Mannion 0-2, Brian Concannon, David Burke, Niall Burke, and Jason Flynn 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kilkenny: TJ Reid 1-9 (1-0 pen, 8fs, 165), Walter Walsh 1-1, Luke Scanlon 0-1.

GALWAY: James Skehill; Aidan Harte, Daithi Burke, Adrian Touhey; Padraic Mannion, Gearoid McInerney, John Hanbury; David Burke, Johnny Coen; Joseph Cooney, Joe Canning, Cathal Mannion; Conor Whelan, Conor Cooney, Brian Concannon.

Subs: Jonathan Glynn for Concannon (51), Jason Flynn for Joseph Cooney (61), Niall Burke for Cathal Mannion (67), Sean Loftus for Canning (70), Paul Killeen for Padraic Mannion (70).

KILKENNY: Eoin Murphy; Enda Morrissey, Padraig Walsh, Paddy Deegan; Conor Delaney, Cillian Buckley, Paul Murphy; Conor Fogarty, James Maher; Martin Keoghan, TJ Reid, Liam Blanchfield; John Donnelly, Walter Walsh, Luke Scanlon.

Subs: Colin Fennelly for Donnelly (HT), Joey Holden for Morrissey (45), Richie Leahy for Keoghan (55), Bill Sheehan for Blanchfield (58).

REFEREE: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary).

Web 1 V Cats

 

Galway Club Senior Football Championship Rd 1

Tuam Stars v Annaghdown WEB

GALWAY SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP - ROUND 1

GROUP 1

Corofin        1-17

Claregalway 0-10

A glance at the ten-point winning margin might suggest a stroll in the park for Corofin, it wasn’t that simple. The All-Ireland champions were comfortable enough in the end but Claregalway’s performance for the first 40 minutes showed they can certainly challenge to get out of Group 1.

Michael Farragher, who top scored with 1-4 from play, ghosted in behind the Claregalway defence before burying the day's only goal to leave Corofin five ahead, 1-4 to 0-2.

Claregalway responded well with Sean Moran, Mark Rohan, Danny Cummins, Barry Goldrick and Conor Kelly all on the mark and just four points separated the sides, 1-10 to 0-9, heading into the final third.

Kevin O’Brien’s side then hit six in a row through Martin and Michael Farragher, Gary Sice, Ronan Steede and Micheál Lundy to ease clear late on.

An Cheathrú Rua    2-6

Cortoon Shamrocks  1-7

Goals from Maitiú Ó Domhnaill and Ian Seoighe helped An Cheathrú Rua get the better of 14-man Cortoon Shamrocks in Sunday's afternoon Group 1 tie played in Clonbur.

Ó Domhnaill goal on 16 minutes saw the Connemara side ahead by 1-5 to 0-3 at the break and a great move down the left was finished by corner-back Ian Seoighe for their second.

Cortoon lost Rory Moloney to a straight red card but kept within touching distance courtesy of Martin Boyle’s excellent free-taking and by the 43rd minute had clawed it back to two points when Shane Garrett netted brilliantly before An Cheathrú Rua hung on in the closing stages.

GROUP 2

Annaghdown     2-15

Tuam Stars      1-6

Annaghdown put their credentials for a challenge in this year’s Senior Football Championship on show last Sunday as they romped to victory over Tuam Stars.

Damien Comer was the star of the show and finished with 1-7, a goal and four points of which came from play. Frankie Burke provided great support with 1-5, his goal coming from a penalty as Michael Geoghegan's team got off to a winning start in Group 2.

Jamie Murphy, Tuam’s standout player, buried a shot past Annaghdown ‘keeper James Healy to leave them 2-5 to 1-3 behind at the break, but with Comer again outstanding at the beginning of the second half, Annaghdown pulled comfortably clear.

Salthill-Knocknacarra 1-10

Killannin 0-13

Ruairí Lavelle didn’t take long endearing himself to Salthill-Knocknacarra supporters as his 50-metre free in the 63rd minute secured a well-earned Group 2 draw with Killannin in his first championship appearance for the club.

The score sealed a fine comeback from Anthony Finnerty and Maurice Sheridan’s side, who were seven points down heading into the closing 20 minutes.

Crucially, Salthill-Knocknacarra did play with a man extra during that period and the sending off of Killannin's Ruairi Greene’s towards the end of the first was the turning point of the game.

David Melia's team had bossed proceedings up to that point but Seán Armstrong’s second half goal sparked Salthill-Knocknacarra into life as they outscored Killannin 1-6 to 0-2 in the final 20 minutes.

Special mention must go to Johnny Heaney who had four points on the board in the opening 15 minutes.

GROUP 3

Mountbellew-Moylough 1-12

Kilconly              0-7

Last year’s finalists Mountbellew-Moylough were overwhelming favourites to emerge victorious in their opening Senior Football Championship Group 3 encounter with Kilconly and with Galway forward Barry McHugh top-scoring with 1-5, Michael Donnellan’s charges came away with an eight-point win.

McHugh was in fine form throughout and himself and fellow Galway senior panellist Michael Daly were buzzing in attack, particularly in the opening stages as they led by 0-10 to 0-4 at the interval.

Paul Mannion and Michael Murphy hit the bulk of Kilconly's scores but the game was put beyond all doubt in the 38th minute, when a swift counter-attack created space for McHugh to finish.

Caherlistrane 0-13

Killererin    2-7

On a weekend when the narrative rarely wandered far away from script, Killererin's draw with Caherlistrane was arguably the standout and most surprising result from the eight opening round ties played.

Second half goals from Daniel Flaherty and a brilliant Mikey Boyle effort had Jimmy Murphy's team two points in front with the finishing line in sight.

After an evening to forget in front of the posts, Caherlistrane were staring a damaging defeat in the face, but held their composure to conjure up the scores they needed, courtesy of Rory Glynn and the superb Oisín O'Brien, who kicked eight points over the hour, to earn a share of the spoils in Group 3.

GROUP 4

Milltown 4-11

Caltra   1-10

Senior Football Championship action returned to Barnaderg for the first time since 1993 on Sunday as the home of Killererin GAA played host to the Group 4 clash between Milltown and Caltra.

The teams provided a game full of commitment and endeavour, with Milltown’s late show, yielding 2-3 without reply, putting a lopsided tally on the scoreboard.

Darryl Finn’s fisted goal in the 38th minute had Caltra back to within two but from there Milltown took over and Michael Martin’s goal from the penalty spot in the 53rd minute proved the decisive score before Mark Hehir also netted in eventually shaking off the Caltra resistance.

Earlier goals from the pacey Liam Costello and Damian Brennan gave Milltown a 2-7 to 1-8 at half-time.

Monivea-Abbey 2-10

St Michael’s   1-5

Attacker Craig Kennedy scored 1-5 to inspire his Monivea-Abbey side to a comfortable victory over city club St Michael’s in the Galway Senior Football Championship Group 4 on Saturday.

Michael’s only went in a point down at half-time, 0-4 to 0-3, but the north Galway side landed the knockout blow on the 41st minute when Kennedy dispatched past Blaine Sheridan. St Michael’s never looked like recovering and were hit for a second when the lively second half substitute Brian Moran pounced.

Eddie Hoare converted a penalty to bring the deficit back to four, but it was Monivea-Abbey who finished the stronger despite shooting 17 wides.

(Photo: Ray Ryan)

Supermac's renews its Sponsorship of Galway Inter-County Teams

Supermacs Sponsorship

Galway GAA is delighted to confirm that Supermac's has renewed its sponsorship of all Galway Inter-County Teams, for the next five years. 
Pictured are L to R: Damien Comer (Senior Football Captain), Una & Pat McDonagh (Supermac's), David Burke (Senior Hurling Captain).

This sponsorship will provide financial stability and resources to ensure that all of our County teams are prepared and equipped to compete at the highest level for Provincial and National honours, up to to 2022. We sincerely thank Pat and Una McDonagh for their continued commitment, support and loyalty to Galway GAA.

 

Galway Footballers shock the Kingdom after hectic finish in Austin Stack Park

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GALWAY 1-14 KERRY 0-14
By Paul Brennan At Austin Stack Park, Tralee
Galway recorded their first National League win over Kerry since 2003 but more importantly they made it four wins from four games to stay second in Division One and hot on the heels of leaders Dublin.
The Tribesmen had a deserved three-point win over League champions Kerry but had to sweat until the last of 77 minutes played at a dry but cold Tralee as Kerry almost snatched an equalising goal at the death. David Clifford and then Stephen O'Brien drew saves from the Galway defence in a final throw of the dice to rescue a draw and a point, but Galway held firm to keep their perfect start to the campaign going.
For Kerry it was their second defeat in a week and it leaves the reigning champions mid-table and with much to consider ahead of next Saturday's trip to Croke Park to face Dublin. Galway host Monaghan in Salthill on Sunday and will be confident of making it five wins from five after this important win in Tralee.
Playing with a strong wind advantage in the first half Galway had a four-point lead at half time, which they fully deserved, but it looked like it mightn't be quite enough against a Kerry team that showed flashes of inspiration without ever really rattling a Galway side that led all the way through.
Brian O Beaglaoich forced a fine save from Galway goalkeeper Ruairi Lavelle in the second minute but Cathal Sweeney should have done better two minutes later at the other end when he was through on goal but was off target with a low shot. Barry McHugh converted the resultant '45' but moments later Sweeney was dismissed for a black card foul, the first of three for Galway.
Galway led 0-5 to 0-1 after 14 minutes before Paul Murphy came forward for a Kerry point, but Eamonn Brannigan's second point from play restored the visitors' four-point lead.
Sean O'Shea and Clifford converted frees but Galway dominated the final ten minutes of the half with Kerry's Brian Kelly having to save well from Shane Walsh in the 29th minute as Galway looked to make their overall dominance pay. A late Walsh free made it 0-9 to 0-5 half time.
McHugh and Clifford traded early second half points, before Galway struck for the game's only goal in the 40th minute. Kerry will be furious at how Brannigan breezed through the Kerry defence to beat Brian Kelly and make it 1-10 to 0-7.
The Kerry response was positive, however, and points from Peter Crowley, Tom O'Sullivan, Clifford and O'Brien made it 0-11 to 1-10 as the hosts wrestled back the momentum, with Galway losing defenders Sean Andy O Ceallaigh and Johnny Heaney to black card dismissals in the 57th minute for what appeared to be dissent.
Two more McHugh frees gave Galway a little more breathing space, 1-13 to 0-11, and they still led 1-14 to 0-13 after 73 minutes. A Daithi Casey point made it a one score game but Kerry couldn't breach the Galway defence for that equalising goal as Galway held on for their first League win over Kerry in 15 years, and a first on Kerry soil since 2000.
Scorers for Kerry: David Clifford 0-6 (3f), S O'Shea 0-3 (2f), Paul Murphy 0-1, Peter Crowley 0-1, Stephen O'Brien 0-1, Tom O'Sullivan 0-1, Daithi Casey 0-1
Scorers for Galway: Barry McHugh 0-9 (5f, 2 '45'), Eamonn Brannigan 1-3, Patrick Sweeney 0-1, Shane Walsh 0-1f
KERRY: Brian Kelly, Shane Enright, Jason Foley, Ronan Shanahan, Paul Murphy, Peter Crowley, Brian Ó Beaglaoich, Jack Barry, Barry O’Sullivan, Micheál Burns, Sean O’Shea, Stephen O’Brien, David Clifford, Paul Geaney, Barry John Keane: Subs: Matthew Flaherty for R Shanahan (41 mins), Tom O’Sullivan for B O Beaglaoich (42 mins), Éanna Ó Conchúir for BJ Keane (48 min), Daithi Casey for M Burns (60), Killian Spillane for P Geaney (67), Brian Ó Seanacháin for B O'Sullivan (71).
GALWAY: Ruairi Lavelle, Declan Kyne, Sean Andy O Ceallaigh, Eoghan Kerin, Cathal Sweeney, Gareth Bradshaw, Johnny Heaney, Paul Conroy, Peter Cooke, Sean Kelly, Shane Walsh, Eamonn Brannigan, Patrick Sweeney, Damien Comer, Barry McHugh. Subs: Gary O’Donnell for C Sweeney (8, black card), Sean Armstrong for P Sweeney (49), David Wynne for SA O Ceallaigh (57, black card), Johnny Duane for J Heaney (57, black card), Ciaran Duggan for P Cooke (64), Thomas Flynn (Athenry) for E Brannigan (71).
Referee: Fergal Kelly (Longford)

Photo: Shane Walsh of Galway in action against Ronan Shanahan of Kerry during the Allianz Football League Division 1 Round 4 match between Kerry and Galway at Austin Stack Park in Kerry. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

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Johnny Heaney of Galway in action against Tom O'Sullivan of Kerry during the Allianz Football League game v Kerry. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

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Paul Conroy of Galway in action against Jack Barry of Kerry during the Allianz Football League game. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Galway Hurlers on course for promotion to Division 1 in clash with Limerick at Pearse Stadium

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GALWAY 1-20 DUBLIN 1-14

By Paul Keane at Parnell Park, Dublin

All-Ireland champions Galway piled on the misery for struggling Dublin at Parnell Park, pulling off an anticipated win to keep their own promotion challenge well on track.

Micheal Donoghue's side rarely hit top gear though still had enough to claim their fourth consecutive win in Division 1B, setting up a winner takes all final round promotion clash with Limerick.

Jason Flynn's 1-9 haul proved decisive in the spring sunshine at the Donnycarney venue where Dublin rallied in the second-half but were were always playing catch up.

Pat Gilroy's side had fought back to within two of the league title holders with 53 minutes on the clock thanks mainly to Paul Winters' free-taking.

But 1-1 from Flynn including a 57th minute goal put the Tribesmen in the clear again and they closed out with four points in a row to win with some to spare.

The result leaves Dublin in a sticky position and they must beat Laois next Sunday in Portlaoise to avoid a relegation play-off and reach a league quarter-final.

In truth, it wasn't a classic contest with Galway registering 15 wides and the quality and intensity is likely to raise a couple of notches when they play Limerick in that promotion decider.

Both sides came into the contest with contrasting records; Galway unsurprisingly defeating Antrim, Laois and Offaly and Dublin claiming their only win in Antrim.

The hosts enjoyed a good record at home against Galway in previous seasons and beat the Tribesmen when they last visited in the league, almost exactly two years ago.

But Dublin have struggled so far under Gilroy and, without the Cuala contingent who are preparing for next month's AIB All-Ireland club final, have lacked a vital cut and thrust.

Bookmakers tipped Galway to win by at least seven points and even without key duo David Burke and Joe Canning they reached that margin by the 24th minute when they led 0-9 to 0-2.

Flynn, one of three late additions to the lineup with Aidan Harte, Joseph Cooney and Davey Glennon making way, scored four of those early points.

Dublin's top scorer Paul Winters converted a couple of frees for them but a four-in-a-row of Galway points left the holders 0-13 to 0-4 clear.

Dublin were in real trouble but grabbed a vital lifeline when they struck 1-1 in first-half injury-time to cut the gap to just 0-13 to 1-5 at the break.

Their goal came from Danny Sutcliffe who fetched superbly in the air and, after a solo run through the middle, shot low to the right corner of Galway's net.

The hosts were better in the second-half and drew a succession of frees that Winters converted though never got closer to Galway than two points.

They were three back with 66 minutes on the clock but Galway finally put the result beyond doubt with points from Flynn, Brian Concannon, Cathal Mannion and Niall Burke.

Scorers for Galway: Jason Flynn 1-9 (0-6f), Cathal Mannion 0-4, Sean Loftus 0-2, Padraig Mannion 0-2, Niall Burke 0-2, Brian Concannon 0-1.

Scorers for Dublin: Paul Winters 0-9 (0-8f, 0-01 65), Danny Sutcliffe 1-1, Fiontan MacGib 0-1, Tomas Connolly 0-1, Ronan Hayes 0-1, Cian Boland 0-1

GALWAY: James Skehill; Adrian Tuohy, John Hanbury, Jack Grealish; Shane Cooney, Gearoid McInerney, Padraig Mannion; Johnny Coen, Sean Loftus; Conor Cooney, Cathal Mannion, Niall Burke; Conor Whelan, Jason Flynn, Brian Concannon. Subs: Davey Glennon for Concannon (12-15), Eanna Burke for Loftus (45), Glennon for Cooney (59).

DUBLIN: Alan Nolan; Paddy Smyth, Bill O'Carroll, Eoghan O'Donnell; Darren Kelly, Chris Crummey, Shane Barrett; Tomas Connolly, Fiontan MacGib; Paul Crummey, Conal Keaney, Danny Sutcliffe; Paul Winters, Ryan O'Dwyer, Ronan Hayes. Subs: Liam Rushe for O'Dwyer (42), Fionn O Riain Broin for P Crummey (47), Cian Boland for Keaney (60), James Madden for Kelly (63), Paul Ryan for Rushe (68).

Referee: John Keenan (Wicklow).

Photo: Gearóid McInerney of Galway in action against Conal Keaney of Dublin during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B Round 4 match at Parnell Park. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

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Conor Whelan of Galway in action against James Madden of Dublin during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B Round 4 game. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

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Shane Cooney of Galway in action against Ryan O'Dwyer of Dublin during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B Round 4 game. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

Galway Senior & Intermediate Football Championship Draws 2018

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Senior Football Championship 2018

Group 1
Round 1 Claregalway v Corofin
Round 1 Cortoon-Shamrocks v An Cheathru Rua
Round 2 Corofin v Cortoon Shamrocks
Round 2 St James v Claregalway
Round 3 Cortoon-Shamrocks v St James
Round 3 An Cheathru Rua v Corofin
Round 4 Claregalway v Cortoon-Shamrocks
Round 4 St James v An Cheathru Rua
Round 5 Corofin v St James
Round 5 An Cheathru Rua v Claregalway

Group 2
Round 1 Tuam Stars v Annaghdown
Round 1 Killannin v Salthill-Knocknacarra
Round 2 Annaghdown v Killannin
Round 2 Bearna v Tuam Stars
Round 3 Killannin v Bearna
Round 3 Salthill-Knocknacarra v Annaghdown
Round 4 Tuam Stars v Killannin
Round 4 Bearna v Salthill-Knocknacarra
Round 5 Annaghdown v Bearna
Round 5 Salthill-Knocknacarra v Tuam Stars

Group 3
Round 1 Kilconly v Mountbellew-Moylough
Round 1 Killererin v Caherlistrane
Round 2 Mountbellew-Moylough v Killererin
Round 2 Leitir Mór v Kilconly
Round 3 Killererin v Leitir Mór
Round 3 Caherlistrane v Mountbellew-Moylough
Round 4 Kilconly v Killererin
Round 4 Leitir Mór v Caherlistrane
Round 5 Mountbellew-Moylough v Leitir Mór
Round 5 Caherlistrane v Kilconly

Group 4
Round 1 St Michaels v Monivea-Abbey
Round 1 Caltra v Milltown
Round 2 Monivea-Abbey v Caltra
Round 2 Maigh Cuilinn v St Michaels
Round 3 Caltra v Maigh Cuilinn
Round 3 Milltown v Monivea-Abbey
Round 4 St Michaels v Caltra
Round 4 Maigh Cuilinn v Milltown
Round 5 Monivea-Abbey v Maigh Cuilinn
Round 5 Milltown v St Michaels

Intermediate Football Championship 2018

Group 1
Round 1 Williamstown v Oranmore-Maree
Round 1 Glenamaddy v Menlough
Round 2 Menlough v Williamstown
Round 2 Oranmore-Maree v Glenamaddy
Round 3 Williamstown v Glenamaddy
Round 3 Menlough v Oranmore Maree

Group 2
Round 1 Micheál Breathnach v An Spidéal
Round 1 Oughterard v St Brendan
Round 2 St Brendan v Micheál Breathnach
Round 2 An Spidéal v Oughterard
Round 3 Micheál Breathnach v Oughterard
Round 3 St Brendans v An Spidéal

Group 3
Round 1 Kilkerrin-Clonberne v Clifden
Round 1 Athenry v Dunmore MacHales
Round 2 Dunmore MacHales v Kilkerrin-Clonberne
Round 2 Clifden v Athenry
Round 3 Kilkerrin-Clonberne v Athenry
Round 3 Dunmore MacHales v Clifden

Group 4
Round 1 Oileáin Árann v Headford
Round 1 St Gabriels v Carna/Caiseal
Round 2 Carna/Caiseal v Oileáin Árann
Round 2 Headford v St Gabriels
Round 3 Oileáin Árann v St Gabriels
Round 3 Carna/Caiseal v Headford

Celebrating NUIG'S great victory over Limerick IT in the Purcell Cup Final

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Galway girls Christina Hanley (Carnmore), Sorcha Ní Fhrighil (Cois Farraige), Evie Hayes (Salthill) and Sinead Treacy (Kilconieron) celebrating NUIG'S great victory over Limerick IT in the Purcell Cup Final at  Duggan Park Ballinasloe. Photo: Mike O'Hehir

An inexperienced Galway line-up claimed their first triumph of the season

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Camogie - An inexperienced Galway line-up claimed their first triumph of the season under new manager Tony O’Donovan, building on being level at the break 0-6 apiece to pull clear after the resumption and overcome Tipperary on a 2-14 to 1-10 scoreline.

Roscommon win their fourth Connacht FBD Football League title by a single point at the expense of the Tribesmen

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ROSCOMMON 2-16 GALWAY 3-12

By Kevin Egan at Dr. Hyde Park

The frugal defensive play that has seen Galway move to the top of the table in the Allianz League with an average score conceded of just 0-11 was nowhere to be seen this afternoon at Dr. Hyde Park, as Roscommon won their fourth FBD league title by a single point at the expense of the Tribesmen.

A late free from Diarmuid Murtagh settled the tie in favour of the home side, but it was a contest that could easily have gone either way as the play ebbed and flowed throughout the 70 minutes, with both sets of attackers enjoying uncharacteristic levels of space and freedom.

The home side burst out of the blocks with four excellent points from play in the early stages, their attack spearheaded by man of the match Cathal Cregg. The Western Gaels man was one of several Roscommon men that opted out of the county scene in 2017 and he had struggled to re-establish himself so far this season, but a 1-4 tally here will surely put him right in the mix for selection when Roscommon travel to Drogheda next Sunday.

Donie Smith and Ciaráin Murtagh also enjoyed profitable outings close to goal, but Galway looked sharp going forward too and soon undid the early damage with points from Seán Armstrong and Pádraic Cunningham.

An untimely slip from James Featherstone as he took a kickout allowed Frankie Burke to sneak in and give Galway their first lead of the game from a tap in goal, but the home side quickly regrouped to draw level, with Cregg again prominent, kicking one and earning a Ciaráin Murtagh free.

A series of poor wides from Barry McHugh might have represented black marks in Kevin Walsh’s book, but the Mountbellew/Moylough player redeemed himself after 25 minutes, playing a sumptuous pass into the path of Frankie Burke for the second goal of the tie.

Enda Smith and Cregg combined for the latter to palm in a reply for Roscommon to leave the tie finely poised at the interval, and within a minute of the restart Roscommon were level again, 2-4 to 1-7.

Points continued to flow at either end of the field as these Connacht rivals threw off the shackles and entertained the crowd with a fast, open attacking display, but there were also moments of tension too.

But Enda Smith duly glided down the wing and cut in towards goal, placing the ball into the roof of the net from close range.

As with every other meaningful lead in this game, it didn’t last long. Robert Finnerty set up Dessie Conneely for the last goal of the game and Galway should have wrapped up the tie when Johnny Heaney drove through the heart of the goal and blasted the ball over the bar with two minutes to play, shooting from 10 metres out with just James Featherston to beat.

The error was costly. Niall Daly and Diarmuid Murtagh levelled the game and with four minutes of injury played, a Galway defender was smothered by tacklers and duly gave up the overcarrying free that settled the 24th running of the FBD League.

Scorers for Roscommon: Cathal Cregg 1-4, Ciaráin Murtagh 0-4 (2fs), Enda Smith 1-1, Donie Smith 0-3 (1f), Diarmuid Murtagh 0-2 (1f), Ross Timothy and Niall Daly 0-1 each.

Scorers for Galway: Frankie Burke 2-0, Barry McHugh 0-4 (2fs), Dessie Conneely 1-0, Sean Armstrong 0-2, Padraic Cunningham, Adrian Varley, Robert Finnerty (f), Eoin Finnerty, Tomás Flynn and Johnny Heaney 0-1 each.

ROSCOMMON: James Featherston; Seán McDermott, Peter Domican, Philip Neilan; Tadhg McKenna, Ross Timothy, Ronan Daly; Enda Smith, Conor Daly; Fintan Cregg, Niall Kilroy, Henry Walsh; Ciaráin Murtagh, Cathal Cregg, Donie Smith.

Subs: Cathal Compton for F Cregg (HT), Conor Devaney for Walsh (HT), Niall Daly for McKenna (54), Ciarán Lennon for C Daly (58), Diarmuid Murtagh for D Smith (66), McKenna for Neilan (66).

GALWAY: Ronan Ó’Beoláin; Evan Wynne, Seán Mulkerrin, David Wynne; Gary O’Donnell; Johnny Duane, Johnny Heaney; Ciarán Duggan, Tomás Flynn; Robert Finnerty, Barry McHugh, Eoin Finnerty; Pádraic Cunningham, Seán Armstrong, Frankie Burke.

Subs: Dessie Conneely for Burke (42), Adrian Varley for Cunningham (49), Cein Darcy for McHugh (66), Gareth Bradshaw for Heaney (70).

REFEREE: Eamon O’Grady (Leitrim).

Galway secure Allianz Hurling League Quarter-Final place with ease at Pearse Stadium

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GALWAY 2-19 OFFALY 0-14

By John Fallon at Pearse Stadium

Two goals from Joseph Cooney sent Galway on their way to a third win of the Allianz League and secured a place in the quarter-finals of the competition for the reigning champions.

Offaly never gave up, but their hopes suffered a big blow when they were reduced to 14 men seven minutes into the second-half.

Galway had the breeze behind them in the opening half and led by four points at the interval.

But their interval advantage would have been much greater had they taken their goal chances, with Offaly goalkeeper Eoghan Cahill producing superb saves to deny Paul Flaherty and Joseph Cooney.

Offaly led by 0-4 to 0-2 after seven minutes with Damien Egan, Dan Currams, David King and Shane Kinsella hitting the target.

Cathal Mannion picked off two points for Galway and then Joseph Cooney scored the opening goal when he finished a good move involving Conor Cooney and Davy Glennon after eight minutes.

That lifted the home supporters in the crowd of 5,355, but the sides were level at the end of the opening quarter at 1-4 to 0-7 after Kinsella, Egan and Currams found the range for Offaly.

Both sides were guilty of some bad wides but Galway hit four points in a row from Sean Loftus, Paul Flaherty, Cathal Mannion and Conor Cooney.

Damien Egan pulled back a point for Offaly but a second point from former minor captain Loftus left Galway ahead by four at the interval.

Offaly suffered a double blow early in the second-half when Cooney got his second goal of the match and then Shane Kinsella was issued with a red card.

That left Offaly with a huge uphill battle as Galway opened up a 2-11 to 0-8 lead.

Substitute Tommy Geraghty landed a couple of points for Offaly, but Galway kept pulling away as they picked off points from all angles.

Cahill produced another good save to deny Glennon and while Shane Dooley added a few frees for Offaly when he came on but they never looked like staging a big comeback.

Galway goalkeeper James Skehill saved a penalty from Dooley in the closing stages after Conor Mahon was adjudged to have been fouled as the Tribesmen made it three wins in a row in the campaign and Offaly fell to a second loss.

Scorers for Galway: Joseph Cooney 2-1, Conor Cooney 0-7 (4fs), Cathal Mannion 0-5, Seán Loftus 0-3, Paul Flaherty 0-2, Niall Burke 0-1.

Scorers for Offaly: Damien Egan 0-3 (3fs), Dan Currams 0-3, Tommy Geraghty 0-3, Shane Kinsella 0-2, Shane Dooley 0-2 (2fs), David King 0-1.

GALWAY: James Skehill; Adrian Tuohy, Pádraic Mannion, Shane Bannon; Shane Cooney, Gearóid McInerney, Aidan Harte; Johnny Coen, Seán Loftus; Joseph Cooney, Cathal Mannion, Paul Flaherty; Conor Whelan, Conor Cooney, Davy Glennon.

Subs: Niall Burke for Joseph Cooney (39), Brian Concannon for Whelan (52), Brian Flaherty for Harte (59), Jack Coyne for Glennon (69).

OFFALY: Eoghan Cahill; Ben Conneely, Seán Gardiner, Tom Spain; David O’Toole, Pat Camon, Jordan Quinn; David King, Paddy Delaney; Colm Gath, Shane Kinsella, Oisín Kelly; Damien Egan, Conor Mahon, Dan Currams.

Subs: Dermot Shortt for Quinn (36), Tommy Geraghty for Delaney (36), Colin Egan for Gath (48), Shane Dooley for King (52), Joe Bergin for Kelly (65).

REFEREE: Cathal McAllister (Cork).

Corofin into AIB All-Ireland Senior Football Club Championship Final

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Corofin (Galway) 1-06 Moorefield (Kildare) 0-06
Liam Silke, who missed out on playing for UCD in the Sigerson Cup final, was the hero for Corofin when he struck the decisive goal a minute from time to secure a deserved 1-06 to 0-06 in their All-Ireland club SFC semi-final victory at O’Connor Park.
Corofin had to play almost the entire game with 14 men but they used all their experience to wear down the Kildare champions.
The sides were deadlocked at 0-02 each at the end of a poor opening half which exploded in the opening minute when Corofin full-forward Martin Farragher was sent off.
Referee Derek O’Mahoney dished out a red card after Farragher had fouled Liam Healy as the Moorefield full-back fielded a high ball.
Corofin were incensed by the decision as the 2015 All-Ireland champions were forced to play almost the entire game without the influential Farragher.
It took 14 minutes for the opening score of the game when Corofin’s Jason Leonard pointed from the left.
That score was cancelled out a minute later when David Whyte replied for the Kildare champions, but both teams were guilty of some bad misses.
A free from Gary Sice edged Corofin back in front nine minutes from the break before Eanna O’Connor responded for Moorefield with a close-range free.
Corofin had a golden opportunity just before the break but Michael Lundy’s low effort went just wide of the right post after he was set up by Ian Burke.
Corofin made a great start to the second-half with Sice adding a free before a superb run by Dylan Wall set up Ian Burke for a fine point.
And they pushed 0-05 to 0-02 clear in the 36th minute when midfielder Ronan Steede got forward to score.
Moorefield lost Adam Tyrrell to a black card after 45 minutes but they closed the gap when O’Connor landed a free three minutes later.
Points from Aaron Mullins and the impressive James Murray levelled the game going into the final ten minutes, before another Sice free edged Corofin 0-6 to 0-05 in front.
Cian O’Connor then tied the match four minutes from time but the decisive score came when Liam Silke found the net to send Corofin into the All-Ireland final.
Corofin: Bernard Power; Liam Silke (1-00), Kieran Fitzgerald, Cathal Silke; Michael Farragher, Dylan Wall, Kieran Molloy; Daithi Burke, Ronan Steede (0-01); Michael Lundy, Gary Sice (0-03, 0-03f), Jason Leonard (0-01); Ian Burke (0-01), Martin Farragher, Colin Brady.
Subs: Barry O’Donovan for Brady (51), Conor Cunningham for Michael Farragher (59), Dylan McHugh for Wall (59), Darragh Silke for Leonard (60).
Moorefield: Tom Kinsella; Liam Callaghan, Liam Healy, Mark Dempsey; James Murray (0-01), Kevin Murnaghan, Sean Healy; David Whyte (0-01), Aaron Masterson; Cian O’Connor (0-01), Eddie Heavey, Anthony Durney; Niall Hurley Lynch, Ronan Sweeney, Eanna O’Connor (0-02, 0-02f).
Subs: Adam Tyrrell for Durney (36), Ian Meehan for Heavey (41), Mark Murray for Hurley Lynch (45), Aaron Mullins (0-01) for Tyrell (BC 45), Adam Sweeney for Whyte (59).
Referee: Derek O’Mahoney (Tipperary)

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Corofin players celebrate after the AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Semi-Final match between Corofin and Moorefield at O'Connor Park in Tullamore. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

First Photo: Kieran Fitzgerald of Corofin in action against Niall Hurley Lynch of Moorefield during the game at Tullamore. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Meehan Family receive the 'GAA President's Award' from Aogán Ó Feargháil

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Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael Aogán Ó Fearghail with the Meehan family, from Caltra, after receiving the family award during the GAA President's Awards 2017 at Croke Park. Back row, from left: Noel, Seamus, Michael, Declan, Tomas, and Enda. Front: Ann Meehan, Aogán Ó Feargháil, and Michael Meehan Snr. Photo by Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Galway stay ahead of Mayo in fiery Allianz League game at Pearse Stadium Mayo (2)


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Galway 1-13 Mayo 0-11 

Galway maintained their perfect start to the league with a five-point win over arch rivals Mayo in a fiery contest at Pearse Stadium.
Mayo finished with 13 men after the O’Connor brothers Cillian and Diarmuid were sent off, while Galway also had midfielder Paul Conroy dismissed.
The final quarter was interspersed with several brawls throughout the pitch as referee Anthony Nolan from Wicklow struggled to keep control.
Galway did not score for the closing 15 minutes of the opening half but still led by 1-04 to 0-05 at the break.
They made a perfect start when captain Damien Comer delivered two good points in the opening nine minutes before Mayo finally got moving.
It took Stephen Rochford’s men 13 minutes to register their first score when Cillian O’Connor pointed a free from 20 metres. Shane Walsh responded for Galway and raced through to score a good point.
Kevin McLoughlin cut the gap to the minimum with a free after 18 minutes but from the restart Paul Conroy set up Barry McHugh and he raced through to fire home a good goal into the left corner of the net.
Walsh followed up with a free to push Galway into a 1-04 to 0-02 lead after 19 minutes. However, the Tribesmen failed to add to their tally for the remainder of the half.
Mayo reduced the margin when Paddy Durcan scored their first point from play after 20 minutes.
Diarmuid O’Connor found the range and then younger brother Cllian cut the margin to two in stoppage time with a free to leave them 1-04 to 0-05 adrift at the interval.
The crowd of 9,850 at the Salthill venue had a lot more to shout about in the second-half.
McHugh and Johnny Heaney extended Galway’s lead before Cillian O’Connor hit back for Mayo.
Paul Conroy and Colm Boyle then exchanged points but another Conroy effort for Galway, and one from McHugh pushed them five clear going into the final quarter.
Mayo struggled to get scores from play but another O’Connor free reduced the margin.
But it was Galway who responded with efforts from McHugh and Eamon Brannigan to lead by 1-11 to 0-08 with ten minutes of regular time left.
But the game disintegrated from there with several rows breaking out all over the field and red cards for both sides.
Cilian O’Connor was first to be dismissed when he got a straight red for a tackle on Eoghan Kerin, then Conroy got a second yellow for Galway to leave both teams down to 14 in the closing stages.
But it didn’t end there and Mayo lost Diarmuid O’Connor to a second yellow in the dying moments.

Galway: Ruairi Lavelle; Declan Kyne, Sean Andy O Ceallaigh , Eoghan Kerin; Cathal Sweeney, Gareth Bradshaw, Sean Kelly; Paul Conroy (0-02), Peter Cooke; Johnny Heaney (0-01), Shane Walsh (0-02, 0-01f), Eamon Brannigan (0-03); Barry McHugh (1-03, 0-02f), Damien Comer (0-02), Barry McHugh.
Subs: Sean Armstrong for P Sweeney (36), Tom Flynn for Cooke (60), A Varley for McHugh (70), G O’Donnell for Kelly (76), C D’Arcy for Comer (77), Johnny Duane for Bradshaw (77).
Mayo: David Clarke; Ger Cafferkey, Caolan Crowe, Eoin O’Donoghue (0-01); Colm Boyle (0-01), Paddy Durcan (0-01), Stephen Coen; Jason Gibbons, Aidan O’Shea; Jason Doherty (0-01, 0-01f), Michael Hall, Diarmuid O’Connor (0-01); Conor Loftus, Cillian O’Connor (0-05, 0-05f), Kevin McLoughlin (0-01).
Subs: Ger McDonagh for Crowe (38-52), Donal Newcombe for Cafferkey (39-52), Adam Gallagher for Loftus (57), Fergal Boland for McLoughlin (59), James Stretton for Boyle (63), Shane Nally for Durcan (77).
Referee: Anthony Nolan (Wicklow).

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Shane Walsh of Galway in action against Jason Doherty of Mayo during the Allianz Football League Division 1 Round 3 match between Galway and Mayo at Pearse Stadium. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

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Eoghan Kerin of Galway reacts towards Cillian O'Connor of Mayo after he missed a scoring opportunity during the Allianz Football League Division 1 Round 3 match between Galway and Mayo at Pearse Stadium. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

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Eamon Branigan of Galway in action against Michael Hall of Mayo during the Allianz Football League Division 1 Round 3 match between Galway and Mayo at Pearse Stadium. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

 

All-Ireland Club Champions Cuala on course for second title after win over Liam Mellows

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Cuala (Dublin) 1-17 Liam Mellows (Galway) 0-11

All-Ireland club hurling champions Cuala are back in the final after Mattie Kenny’s side easily accounted for Galway’s Liam Mellows in Thurles.

Con O’Callaghan hit four points from play for Cuala, while David Treacy helped his side pull clear in the second-half with seven points, while substitute Brian Fitzgerald fired a late goal for the Leinster champions.

Cuala will meet 2016 winners Na Piarsaigh of Limerick in the final on St Patrick’s Day, but on this form they will be hard stopped as they bid for back-to-back titles.

Lining up with two in their full-forward line, Cuala managed to create great space for O’Cllaghan and Nicky Kenny to work with, and even with spare man David Collins sweeping in front of his full-back, the Leinster champions still frequently put the ball in O’Callaghan’s hand.

Captain for the day David Treacy – Paul Schutte was replaced by brother Mark before the game – opened the scoring after three minutes from the left, while Mark Schutte doubled that lead from the same side a minute later.

Adrian Morrissey’s eight points were key to Liam Mellows first county final win in 47 years, and he got off the mark in the fifth minute from a placed ball on the right.

O’Callaghan got up and running in the sixth minute when he snuck off his marker Michael Conneely and made a yard to score, but a Morrissey free from halfway made it 0-3 to 0-2 after ten minutes.

It was at that point that Cuala’s game went up a level and they began to make the most of O’Callaghan’s pace and power. A ball into space from Jake Malone saw him score after David Collins lost possession at halfway, while Sean Treacy was afforded too much time to pick the pass into the full-forward after 17 minutes for his third.

And moments later O’Callaghan made the most of an ugly ball in, which he won above Conneely, to draw a foul that David Treacy converted.

It was hard to see Mellows recovering at that point as they failed to gain a foothold around the middle, but with Morrissey in superb free-taking form from distance, they bypassed much of that mass of bodies.

Either side of two huge frees from Morrissey, Mellows’s Conor Kavanagh struck the point of the half when he picked, turned and fired a score from wide on the left.

Kenny and Collum Sheanon added points for Cuala before the interval – all but one of their points came from open play – as the three-in-a-row Dublin winners led 0-8 to 0-6 at the interval.

Straight from the throw in, Cuala could have taken a massive step towards victory when Darragh O’Connell gathered the break at midfield and took off towards goal. A goal looked a certainty, but his batted effort off the stick lobbed over Kenneth Walsh’s crossbar.

Nevertheless, the All-Ireland champions soon pulled further clear. Two frees from David Treacy sandwiched a simple O’Callaghan point, while Treacy’s third free of the half made it 0-13 to 0-6 by the 37th minute.

Another Morrissey free kept Mellows in touch, although Sean Treacy’s point from play at the other end chalked out that effort after 43 minutes.

Morrissey again found his range and Aonghus Callanan tagged on a point for Mellows, but Treacy’s accuracy from placed balls meant Cuala had an easy canter to the finish line.

Cuala (Dublin) 1-17 Liam Mellows (Galway) 0-11

All-Ireland club hurling champions Cuala are back in the final after Mattie Kenny’s side easily accounted for Galway’s Liam Mellows in Thurles.

Con O’Callaghan hit four points from play for Cuala, while David Treacy helped his side pull clear in the second-half with seven points, while substitute Brian Fitzgerald fired a late goal for the Leinster champions.

Cuala will meet 2016 winners Na Piarsaigh of Limerick in the final on St Patrick’s Day, but on this form they will be hard stopped as they bid for back-to-back titles.

Lining up with two in their full-forward line, Cuala managed to create great space for O’Cllaghan and Nicky Kenny to work with, and even with spare man David Collins sweeping in front of his full-back, the Leinster champions still frequently put the ball in O’Callaghan’s hand.

Captain for the day David Treacy – Paul Schutte was replaced by brother Mark before the game – opened the scoring after three minutes from the left, while Mark Schutte doubled that lead from the same side a minute later.

Adrian Morrissey’s eight points were key to Liam Mellows first county final win in 47 years, and he got off the mark in the fifth minute from a placed ball on the right.

O’Callaghan got up and running in the sixth minute when he snuck off his marker Michael Conneely and made a yard to score, but a Morrissey free from halfway made it 0-3 to 0-2 after ten minutes.

It was at that point that Cuala’s game went up a level and they began to make the most of O’Callaghan’s pace and power. A ball into space from Jake Malone saw him score after David Collins lost possession at halfway, while Sean Treacy was afforded too much time to pick the pass into the full-forward after 17 minutes for his third.

And moments later O’Callaghan made the most of an ugly ball in, which he won above Conneely, to draw a foul that David Treacy converted.

It was hard to see Mellows recovering at that point as they failed to gain a foothold around the middle, but with Morrissey in superb free-taking form from distance, they bypassed much of that mass of bodies.

Either side of two huge frees from Morrissey, Mellows’s Conor Kavanagh struck the point of the half when he picked, turned and fired a score from wide on the left.

Kenny and Collum Sheanon added points for Cuala before the interval – all but one of their points came from open play – as the three-in-a-row Dublin winners led 0-8 to 0-6 at the interval.

Straight from the throw in, Cuala could have taken a massive step towards victory when Darragh O’Connell gathered the break at midfield and took off towards goal. A goal looked a certainty, but his batted effort off the stick lobbed over Kenneth Walsh’s crossbar.

Nevertheless, the All-Ireland champions soon pulled further clear. Two frees from David Treacy sandwiched a simple O’Callaghan point, while Treacy’s third free of the half made it 0-13 to 0-6 by the 37th minute.

Another Morrissey free kept Mellows in touch, although Sean Treacy’s point from play at the other end chalked out that effort after 43 minutes.

Morrissey again found his range and Aonghus Callanan tagged on a point for Mellows, but Treacy’s accuracy from placed balls meant Cuala had an easy canter to the finish line.

Scorers for Cuala: David Treacy 0-7 (0-4f, 0-1 65), Con O’Callaghan 0-4, Brian Fitzgerald 1-0, Mark Schutte 0-1, Colum Sheanon 0-1, Nicky Kenny 0-1, Darragh O’Connell 0-1, Sean Treacy 0-1, Diarmuid O’Flynn 0-1.

Scorers for Liam Mellows: Adrian Morrissey 0-7 (0-7f), Aonghus Callanan 0-2, Tadhg Haran 0-1 (0-1f), Conor Kavanagh 0-1.

CUALA: Sean Brennan; Oisin Gough, Cian O’Callaghan, Simon Timlin; John Sheanon, Sean Moran, Mark Schutte; Jake Malone, Darragh O’Connell; Sean Treacy, Colm Cronin, David Treacy; Colum Sheanon, Con O’Callaghan, Nicky Kenny. Subs: Cian Waldron for Colm Sheanon (44), Diarmuid O’Flynn for Simon Timlin (44), Niall Carty for Nicky Kenny (52), Brian Fitzgerald for Mark Schutte (57), Ross Tierney for Cian O’Callaghan (65).

LIAM MELLOWS: Kenneth Walsh; Cathal Reilly, Michael Conneely, Sean Morrissey; Mark Hughes, David Collins (jc), Stephen Barrett; Jack Hastings, Kevin Lee; Conor Hynes, Tadhg Haran, Ronan Elwood; Adrian Morrissey, Aonghus Callanan (jc), Conor Kavanagh. Subs: Jack Forde for Conor Hynes (41), David Fahy for Ronan Elwood (44), Stephen Killeen for Conor Kavanagh (58), Brian Leen for Michael Conneely (61), Conor Elwood for Tadhg Haran (63).

Referee: Paud O’Dwyer (Carlow).