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).

Photo:
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.

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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).

 

Glenamaddy-Glinsk win Under 21 B Football Final at Pearse Stadium

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Fr. Joe Keogh, on the left, presenting the Ned Keogh Cup to Mark Dolan captain of the Glenamaddy-Glinsk team which defeated An Cheathru Rua in the County Under-21(B) Football Championship Final at Pearse Stadium. On the right Paddy Keogh Accountancy Group, (Sponsors), presenting the Man of the Match Award for the County Final, to Glenamaddy-Glinsk’s Michael Heneghan.

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It may have taken until February of the new year but the wait will have been worth it for the footballers of Glenamaddy-Glinsk as they were crowned 2017 County U-21 B champions in Pearse Stadium.
In what was an excellent contest, the North Galway side got their goals at crucial stages to see off a physically strong An Cheathrú Rua challenge. Having been second best around the middle third for longs spells of the first half, Glenamaddy-Glinsk rectified matters after the break, with the introduction of Sean Raftery early in the second period proving crucial.
Raftery won a huge amount of possession around centrefield but it was a thorough team effort from the victors with Micheal Heneghan, awarded Man of the Match for the second game running, MacDara Geraghty, Dara Gunning and Padraig Geraghty all among those who contributed strongly.
GLENAMADDY-GLINSK: C. Haslam; N. Conneally, C. Fallon, A. Keaveney; M. Dolan, M. Geraghty (0-1), C. Connelly; P. Geraghty (0-2, 0-1 free), M. Heneghan (1-4, 1-0 pen, 0-4 frees); C. Hynes, L. Glynn, P.T. Keaveney; D. Gunning (0-1), J. Divilly (1-0), S. Glynn. Subs: J. Burke, for Conneally (black card), 30 mins; S. Raftery, for L. Glynn, 35 mins; R. McHugh (0-1), for P.T. Keaveney, 40 mins; M. Geary, for S. Glynn, 45 mins; S. Comer, for Burke, 48 mins.
AN CHEATHRÚ RUA: J. Ó Flatharta; S. Ó Dugáin, M. Mac Donnacha, C. Ó Conghaile; J. Ó Tiarnaigh, É. Ó Gionnáin, D. Seoighe; C. Ó Domhnaill, M. Ó Tuathail (0-2); F. Ó Sé (0-8, all frees), C. Ó Sé (0-1), M. Ó Gríofa; C. Ó Cualáin (0-1); P. Mac Cormaic, M. Ó Sé. Subs: P. Ó Flatharta, for Ó Conghaile, 23 mins; E. Ó Cualáin, for Ó Gríofa, 44 mins; C. Breathnach, for M. Ó Sé, 50 mins; A. Ó Domhnaill, for S. Dúgáin, 52 mins.
REFEREE: Frank Kinneen.


MAN OF THE MATCH: Micheal Heneghan (Glenamaddy-Glinsk).

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Glenamaddy-Glinsk County Under-21 B Football Champions
Back: (left to right)Padraig Geraghty, David Ryan, Sean Raftery, Jack Divilly, Niall Conneally, Shea Connolly, James Burke, Dara Gunning, Aidan Keaveney, Alan Coyne, Seamus Comer, Liam Glynn, Aidan Geraghty, Liam Conneally, Aaron Hynes. Front: (left to right) Micheal Heneghan, Stephen Glynn, Jason Connelly, Peter Thomas Keaveney, Colum Fallon, Mark Dolan, Cormac Haslam, Ryan McHugh, Micheal Geary, Cathal Hynes, MacDara Geraghty and Micheal Curtin.

Galway take two valuable Allianz League points home from Donegal

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Galway made it two wins out of two in Allianz Football League Division 1 with a one-point win over Donegal at O'Donnell Park.
The Tribesmen have a 100 per cent record following their return to the top flight, while Donegal are also two-for-two - except Declan Bonner's men have lost both of their games.
The dynamic Damien Comer and the accuracy of Shane Walsh was the difference between the teams. Patrick McBrearty just didn't have enough help up front for the home team.
Comer was on the scoreboard on 21 seconds. He got a goal early on last week against Tyrone, but this time it was a point.
Paul Conroy added a second before McBrearty continued where he left off in Kerry with a point from a 35-metre free. By half-time McBrearty had hit six points, four from frees and two from play and largely kept Donegal in the contest.
Galway took a grip on the game on 15 minutes when Declan Kyne came forward to release Eamonn Brannigan to fire to the Donegal net and Damien Comer burst through from midfield and almost had a second, his shot going just over.
McBrearty kept Donegal in touch with two frees but Galway were four to the good on 29 minutes after two quick points from Shane Walsh, one from play.
McBrearty and Walsh traded points before Donegal finished the half well with two points in the final minute from Paul Brennan and Stephen McBrearty, the last point coming after a great pass from Ryan McHugh to Patrick McBrearty, who released his brother.
Galway led by two at the break - 1-07 to 0-08.
There was a lively start to the second half with Stephen McBrearty pointing inside a minute and Peter Boyle denying Comer a goal at the other end a the expense of a point, while Patrick McBrearty cut the lead to one inside three minutes.
By the 42nd minute Donegal were ahead thanks to a magnificent effort from Odhrán Mac Niallais and another McBrearty free.
Shane Walsh levelled with a magnificent effort and he was then wide from close range when going for goal.
Walsh put Galway back in front but there was ten minute lull before McHugh hit a magnificent equaliser.
Within a minute Walsh edged Galway back in front from a free with seven minutes left. Ciaran McGinley fisted Donegal level but Sean Armstrong lofted Galway ahead again as Donegal were punished for mistakes.
Paul Conroy and Shane Walsh had great chances to add to the lead as Donegal were just not able to get an equaliser.
Scorers for Donegal: Patrick McBrearty 0-9,6f; Stephen McBrearty 0-2; Ryan McHugh, Paul Brennan, Odhran MacNiallais, Ciaran McGinley 0-1 each
Scorers for Galway: Shane Walsh 0-6,4f; Damien Comer 0-3; Eamonn Brannigan 1-0; Johnny Heaney, Paul Conroy, Sean Armstrong 0-1 each.
Donegal: Peter Boyle; Stephen McMenamin, Caolan Ward, Eoghan Bán Gallagher; Ryan McHugh, Paul Brennan, Tony McClenaghan; Leo McLoone, Hugh McFadden; Martin O'Reilly, Stephen McBrearty, Caolan McGonagle; Patrick McBrearty, Darach O'Connor, Odhrán Mac Niallais.
Subs: Eamonn Doherty for McClenaghan 24; Niall O'Donnell for McGonagle; Ciaran Thompson O'Reilly, both ht; Mark McHugh for E Doherty 53; Ciaran McGinley for S McBrearty 61; Kevin McBrearty for Thompson bcard 72
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, Adrian Varley.
Subs: Padraic Cunningham for Varley 50; Thomas Flynn for P Sweeney; Gary O'Donnell for C Sweeney, both 60; Sean Armstrong for Cooke 63; Johnny Duane for O Ceallaigh 64
Referee: Padraig Hughes (Armagh)

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Johnny Heaney of Galway in action against Leo McLoone of Donegal during the Allianz Football League Division 1 Round 2 match between Donegal and Galway at O'Donnell Park, in Letterkenny, Donegal. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/SportsfileJohnny Heaney of Galway in action against Leo McLoone of Donegal during the Allianz Football League Division 1 Round 2 match between Donegal and Galway at O'Donnell Park, in Letterkenny. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

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Peter Cooke of Galway in action against Ryan McHugh of Donegal during the Allianz Football League Division 1 Round 2 match between Donegal and Galway. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Galway see off battling Loais in Allianz Hurling League at Portlaoise

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Conor Whelan's brace of first-half goals helped Galway to a 2-18 to 0-17 victory over battling Laois at O'Moore Park.

Eamonn Kelly's charges really put it up to the all-conquering league and championship holders and the final scoreline is probably harsh on the hosts, but in the end Michael Donoghue's men just about got over the line for the second weekend running.

The Tribe made a flying start when Whelan netted in the third minute following a Davey Glennon offload but the midlanders hit back with points from Eric Killeen and captain Ross King (3). It was nip and tuck until the short whistle but Whelan's second major deep into added time had the winners ahead by 2-6 to 0-10 at the turnaround.

Both side were reduced to 14 men before the interval as a scuffle resulted in a straight red for Galway's Greg Lally and a second yellow for Laois midfielder James Ryan.

Playing into the wind and with King (0-13) leading the way, the underdogs were brilliant in the second half but scores from Padraig Mannion, Aidan Harte and Conor Cooney kept Galway's noses in front.

Galway - J Skehill; A Tuohy, J Hanbury, S Bannon; G Lally, P Mannion (0-3, 2f), A Harte (0-4, 1f); J Coen (0-1), P Breheny (0-1); S Linnane (0-1), J Cooney (0-3), C Mannion; C Whelan (2-1), C Cooney (0-3, 1f), D Glennon (0-1). Subs: B Concannon for C Mannion, N Burke for C Cooney, S Cooney for S Linnane.

Laois - E Rowland (0-1f); D Hartnett, L Bergin, L Cleere; P Lawlor, M Whelan, E Killeen (0-1); P Purcell, J Ryan; A Corby, B Conroy, C Taylor; R King (0-12, 7f, 1'65), N Foyle, W Dunphy (0-2). Subs: J Keyes for A Corby, S Downey for C Taylor, M Kavanagh (0-1) for B Conroy, P McCane for N Foyle, J Phelan for L Cleere.

Referee - P Murphy.

 

New Galway captain Damian Comer leads by example as his side shock Tyrone

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New Galway captain Damien Comer admits that it is a great honour to lead the side in 2018. The Tribesmen got their NFL Division 1 campaign off to a good start when they defeated Tyrone at Tuam Stadium. Having been promoted last year, Galway are keen to make their mark on the top flight early on and led by the impressive Comer who scored a goal in the opening minute, they got their wish.
The Annaghdown man was a member of the Galway team that won the All-Ireland Under 21 Championship in 2013. He made his senior Championship debut in 2014, and was part of the Galway team that won the 2016 Connacht Championshp. He started all of the team's games as the county won its first Connacht title since 2008.

David Burke to lead champions Galway as they bid to retain League & Championship Titles

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David Burke will bid to play himself into the annals of Galway GAA after it was confirmed he will continue as captain of the hurlers as they try to retain the All-Ireland title.
Johnny Coen skippered the Tribesmen for their opening league game against Antrim at the weekend, but manager Micheal Donoghue has confirmed Burke will resume the captaincy when he returns from a knee injury in the coming weeks.
“Davy is still captain, but he’s probably a few weeks away. There are a few lads carrying knocks, but we’ve stressed to the squad that lads will be getting opportunities and hopefully lads will put up their hands,” said Donoghue.
Burke will hope to join two Galway legends this year by leading them to All-Ireland glory for the second year in a row.
Enda Colleran was the first to do it when he captained the Galway footballers in 1965 and ’66 when they completed a three-in-a-row, while Conor Hayes led the Tribesmen to the MacCarthy Cup in 1987 and ’87.
Prior to Hayes, only Christy Ring, who led Cork to the 1953 and ’54 All-Irelands, has managed to achieve the distinction in hurling, since the early years of the GAA.
First up for Donoghue is the search for new talent to bolster the defence of their league and All-Ireland titles, with more of their emerging talent set to feature when they travel to play Laois on Saturday.
Donoghue said he knows Galway “have a target on our backs” this year and they were pushed all the way by Antrim last weekend in Pearse Stadium, before they won by 1-19 to 1-16.
“The learning curve for us is that we know now that that is going to happen every week and we have to be ready. Over the course of the next few weeks, we’ll get some more of the established guys back, but there is an opportunity there for others.
“I think, because of starting early, Division 1A and 1B, with the weather and the pitches, everything is a leveller. We clearly understand that we were lucky to get out with the two points (from the Antrim game).
"But the main thing is that we continue to work during the week and we can look forward to next weekend,” said Donoghue.

Article by: John Fallon (irish Examiner)

Galway camogie clubs Sarsfields and Athenry advance to the All-Ireland Club Finals in Croke Park on March 4th.

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For the second year in a row Sarsfields have qualified for the finals, and once again they will meet Derry’s Slaughtneil in a repeat of last season's senior decider. On that occasion the Ulster champions edged Michael McGrath's outfit by 1-10 to 0-11, and they will be more determined to claim this year's trophy.
In flying form, Sarfields saw off Burgess-Duharra last Sunday in a tight encounter. Level at the break with 0-5 each, Sarsfields edged the contest, finishing 0-10 to 0-9 ahead of the Tipperary side.
Galway's first-half points came from sharpshooter Niamh McGrath and sister Siobhan, who scored all of the Galway side's points after the break. It also took a super save from Laura Ward to deny Burgess a goal, that proved crucial in the end.


At intermediate level Galway's Athenry prevailed over Lismore and now face former junior champions Johnstownbridge. Athenry's experienced trio of Therese Maher, Jessica Gill and Rebecca Glynn helped Athenry to a 0-5 to 0-2 lead at half time, with points from Niamh Hannon (two) and Noreen Coen ensuring Athenry advanced.

The 2017 Medtronic Galway Sports Stars of the Year were honoured at a Presentation Banquet

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The 2017 Medtronic Galway Sports Stars of the Year were honoured at a presentation banquet in the Galway Bay Hotel. Back row, left to right: Micheál Donoghue (Manager of the Year), Aidan O'Halloran, who accepted the Rugby award on behalf of his son, Tiernan, Liam Power and Liam Nolan (Galway GC Senior Cup team, Golf) Michael O'Connor (Corrib Water Polo, Club of the Year), David Burke (Galway senior hurlers, Team of the Year), Pat Kelly (Horse Racing). Middle row: Joe Canning (Hurling), Dave Mannion (Rowing), Brian Keville (Liam Mellows, Special Achievement), Mena Folan, who accepted the Soccer award on behalf of her son Stephen, Jessica Burke (Showjumping), Olivia Molloy (Volleyball), Claire Rockall (Basketball), Diarmuid Mulkerrins (Handball), Kieran Molloy (Boxing), Kieran Fitzgerald (Gaelic Football). Front row: Tara Kenny (Camo- gie), Sarah Kelly (Swimming), Alanna Lally (Athletics), PJ Molloy (Hall of Fame), Henry Shefflin (Special Guest), Tony Neary (Medtronic, sponsors), Sinead Keon (Para Sports), Olivia Divilly (Ladies Football) and John McIntyre (Chairman Galway Sports Stars selectors).

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David and Sarah Collins, Gordon Crowley, Mairead and Brian Keville, Kevin Glynn, Geoffrey Lynskey and Francis O'Brien, all from Liam Mellowes GAA Club, which received the Special Achievement award at the Galway Sports Stars of the Year presentation banquet in the Galway Bay Hotel.

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Galway Sports Stars Micheál Donoghue - Manager of the Year, David Burke Captain of Galway - Team of the Year, P J Molloy - Hall of Fame, and Joe Canning - Hurling with the Liam McCarthy and Allianz League Cups.

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John McIntyre, Chairman Galway Sports Stars Selectors, Joe Canning, Hurling award winner, Deirdre and Henry Shefflin, Special Guest, and David Burke, Galway Senior Hurlers, Team of the Year, at the Galway Sports Stars of the Year awards banquet in the Galway Bay Hotel. PHOTOS: IAIN MCDONALD.

Champions Galway survive Antrim scare to get league points at Pearse Stadium

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Galway 1-19 Antrim 1-16
Conor McCann’s goal almost saw Antrim to a shock Allianz League win at Pearse Stadium but Galway’s maiden outing as All-Ireland champions was rescued by a late rally in Salthill.
It was a three-point win in the end for Galway, but there was a real nervousness around the Salthill venue at the final whistle approached.
However, Micheal Donoghue’s side found their form in the last ten minutes and five points in the space of three minutes settled the champions.
John Hanbury, Davy Glennon and Cathal Mannion all made an impact for Galway off the bench, while Antrim were unable to deliver in the closing minutes after a powerful showing from Neal Peden’s side.
After winning the toss and electing to play with the aid of the strong Salthill breeze, Antrim caused huge problems for Galway before the break and only for a goal one minute from the break form debutant Brian Concannon they would have led at half-time.
Seven points from Neil McManus, including two excellent efforts from play, and another two from Nigel Elliott saw Antrim impose themselves on their hosts, although a couple of the five wides they hit in that opening 35 minutes could have been avoided too.
Galway, in their first outing as Liam MacCarthy winners, were applauded onto the pitch by the sizeable Pearse Stadium crowd and a guard of honour from Antrim, but without any Walsh Cup games to warm up for the Division 1B campaign, Galway looked short of game-time and, understandably, a long way short of their September prime.
Despite this lack of accuracy in their play they still opened up a 0-06 to 0-02 lead by the 12th minute.
Concannon’s work could have led to a goal from Paul Flaherty in the first minute, but a great save from Chris O’Connell denied Flaherty, although Conor Cooney landed the 65 for the opening score.
McManus points levelled matters in the second and sixth minutes, but Joseph Cooney’s point and three Conor Cooney frees put Galway in control.
But with Conor Johnston and Donal McKinley performing well around midfield, where Antrim crowded matters, the Ulster men landed three in a row as McManus and Gerard Walsh scored from play in the 15th and 16th minutes.
Aidan Harte was handed a sweeping role around Daithi Burke, and while he gathered a lot of possession, his distribution let him down on a couple of key times before half-time as McManus and Elliott punished him with scores as Antrim took a 0-10 to 0-09 lead in the 31st minute.
But a big hit from Conor Cooney on Paddy Burke forced a turnover in the 34th minute and after the St Thomas’ attacker carried well, he fed Concannon who hit the net from a tight angle to give Galway a 1-09 to 0-11 lad at the break.
Despite that setback and a good Joseph Cooney point to start the second-half, Antrim retook the lead in the 40th minute when Conor McCann’s low shot found its way past James Skehill – perhaps with the aid of a deflection off Daithi Burke.
Another McManus free put Antrim two points clear in the 44th minute, and although Eanna Burke replied, Conor Johnston and Elliott a hit points from play to stretch that advantage to three points.
But Galway came charging back as the prospect of defeat became a reality.
Substitutes Cathal Mannion, John Hanbury and Davy Glennon all hit good scores to go with Joseph Cooney’s effort, while Conor Cooney sealed the win in added-time for the Tribesmen.
Galway: J Skehill; M Donoghue; D Burke, J Grealish; A Tuohey, M Dolphin (0-01), A Harte; J Coen, E Burke (0-03); N Burke (0-01), J Cooney (0-03), P Flaherty (0-01); B Concannon (1-01), C Cooney (0-06, 0-04f, 0-01 ‘65), J Flynn.
Subs used: C Mannion for Concannon (30-32 Blood), S Loftus for A Harte (HT), G McInerney for Grealish (41, Inj), C Mannion (0-01) for Flaherty (47), J Hanbury (0-01) for Donoghue (50), D Glennon (0-01) for Flynn (60),
Antrim: C O’Connell; A Graffin, J Dillon, D Kearney (0-01); J Maskey, M Donnelly, P Burke; C McKinley, G Walsh (0-01); M Connolly, N McManus (0-10, 0-07f, 0-01 ‘65), N Elliott (0-03); C Johnston (0-01), C McCann (1-00), D McKinley.
Subs used: J Connelly for Connolly (27), J McNaughton for Elliot (65), E O’Neill for McKinley (67)
Referee: J O’Brien (Laois)

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Brian Concannon, Galway, and Gerald Walsh, Antrim, in action at Pearse Stadium, Galway.

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Conor Cooney of Galway takes a sideline cut during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B Round 1 match between Galway and Antrim at Pearse Stadium. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

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Galway captain Johnny Coen leads his side out through a guard of honour from the Antrim players ahead of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B Round 1 match between Galway and Antrim at Pearse Stadium. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

Galway shock Tyrone at Tuam Stadium and take valuable Division 1 Football League points

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GALWAY 1-9 TYRONE 0-8
Galway never trailed as they crowned their return to the top flight of the Allianz League with a deserved win over Tyrone.
Hopes that Mickey Harte’s 16th league campaign in charge of Tyrone would kick off with a victory never looked like materialising and while they staged a good second-half rally, they could only manage three points from play against a Galway side who were back in the top flight for the first time since 2011.
The Tribesmen laid the foundation for a deserved success when they opened up a 1-3 to 0-3 at the interval despite playing against the breeze in an action-packed opening half.
New Galway captain Damien Comer gave them a dream start when he soloed through to drill a low ball to the net after just 16 seconds.
And he followed it up with an excellent point from play to give the Tribesmen the perfect platform.
Tyrone struggled to get into the game and found themselves 1-2 to 0-0 adrift after seven minutes when Shane Walsh pointed a free.
Tiernan McCann finally got Tyrone off the mark with a point after 15 minutes, but by the interval they shot eight wides to Galway’s two.
Conor McAliskey reduced the margin after 24 minutes, but then Tyrone lost their other corner-forward Darren McCurry after an off the ball incident with Galway defender Eoghan Kerin.
Cathal McShane cut the gap to a goal at the break when he scored an excellent point from the left on the half hour.
McAliskey gave Tyrone a good start to the second-half when he pointed three minutes after the restart.
Galway refused to panic and took control again with Eamon Branigan shooting two points to lead by double scores, 1-5 to 0-4, after 46 minuts.
Patrick Sweeney and Walsh extended Galway’s lead with good points before Matthew Donnelly gave Tyrone hope when he pointed after 55 minutes to cut the gap to 1-7 to 0-5.
A free from Peter Harte left four between them nine minutes from time as Tyrone rallied.
And a tight finish was on the cards when Harte cut the gap to a goal with a pointed free after he himself was fouled going through two minutes later.
A pointed free from Ronan O’Neill had Galway fans worried five minutes from time, but Galway finished strongly with points from Comer and Walsh sealing a deserved win.
Scorers for Galway: Damien Comer 1-2, Shane Walsh 0-4 (3fs), Eamon Brannigan 0-2, Patrick Sweeney 0-1
Scorers for Tyrone: Connor McAliskey 0-2 (1f), Peter Harte 0-2 (2fs), Tiarnan McCann 0-1, Cathal McShane 0-1, Matthew Donnelly 0-1, Ronan O’Neill 0-1 (f).
GALWAY: Ruairi Lavelle; Declan Kyne, Sean Andy O Ceallaigh, Eoghan Kerin; Sean Kelly, Gareth Bradshaw, Cathal Sweeney; Paul Conroy, Peter Cooke; Johnny Heaney, Adrian Varley, Eamon Brannigan; Shane Walsh, Damien Comer, Patrick Sweeney.
Subs: Padraic Cunningham for Varley (52), Tom Flynn for P Sweeney (60), Johnny Duane for Kelly (66), Gary O’Donnell for Brannigan (70+3), Sean Armstrong for Walsh (70+6).
TYRONE: Niall Morgan; Michael McKernan, Ronan McNamee, Hugh Pat McGeary; Tiarnan McCann, Padraig Hampsey, Kieran McGeary; Padraig McNulty, Matthew Donnelly; Conal McCann, Niall Sludden, Peter Harte; Connor McAliskey, Cathal McShane, Darren McCurry.
Subs: Mark Bradley for McNamee (20), Ronan O’Neill for McAliskey (46), Declan McClure for McNulty (46), Ronan McNabb for K McGeary (51), Richard Donnelly for C McCann (57), Lee Brennan for Sludden (68).
REFEREE: Ciaran Brannigan (Down).

2018A0582

Peter Harte of Tyrone in a tussle with Eamon Branigan, centre, and Seán Andy Ó Ceallaigh of Galway during the Allianz Football League Division 1 Round 1 match between Galway and Tyrone at St Jarlath's Park in Tuam. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

2018A0580

Grounds staff Tony Melia, from Tuam, puts the pitch flags in place before the Allianz Football League Division 1 Round 1 match between Galway and Tyrone. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile