AIB All Ireland Club SFC Final


By Cian O'Connell at Croke Park

Corofin, the ice cool standard bearers in Galway and Connacht, never forget. What makes them so great is the fact that some sort of response will always be summoned. That is just the way it is for a proud Corofin outfit and their flag remains planted on the summit of the club game.

Every defeat is scrutinised - one loss hurt more deeply than many when Dr Crokes administered a sound All Ireland semi-final beating at the Gaelic Grounds two years ago.

It is why Corofin were accompanied by such a burning desire in GAA headquarters with Kevin O’Brien’s charges producing a daring and dynamic first half display.

When the teams departed at the break Corofin were armed with a commanding 2-7 to 0-6 advantage which was an accurate reflection of their utter superiority.

Primed for this contest Corofin’s organisation meant they adequately dealt with Crokes’ much vaunted forward line, while also negating the threat of a willing half back line.

While Dr Crokes were efficient initially Corofin were prompted by a fine eighth minute Jason Leonard goal following a sharp Kieran Molloy assist.

Tony Brosnan’s frees kept Crokes in the hunt and they only trailed by 1-3 to 0-5 in the 18th minute before Corofin seized control.

A gorgeous 21st minute move featuring Martin Farragher, Daithi Burke, and Ian Burke culminated with Gary Sice palming the ball to the back of the Crokes net.

Corofin’s class was evident and Crokes were under pressure, especially when captain John Payne was red carded in the 26th minute.

Eager to make their numerical superiority count Sice mined two points and Leonard added a tidy effort ensuring they led by seven at the turnaround.

When the action recommenced Corofin struck four of the first six scores with Leonard and Martin Farragher prominent edging the holders 2-11 to 0-8 in the ascendancy.

Crokes introduced Colm Cooper, but Corofin were dictating the agenda with impressive authority as the Farragher brothers thumped over splendid scores.

In the dying embers the decorated Corofin full back Kieran Fitzgerald was sent off for a second yellow card offence, but it didn’t matter.

Retaining the All Ireland title was a mission Corofin always wanted to achieve. Accomplishing that feat with such a mixture of substance and style merely added to the sense of satisfaction.

Scorers for Corofin: Gary Sice 1-5 (3fs), Jason Leonard 1-3, Martin Farragher 0-4, Daithi Burke 0-2, Kieran Molloy and Mike Farragher 0-1 each.

Scorers for Dr Crokes: Tony Brosnan 0-5 (4fs), Daithi Casey 0-3 (2fs), Micheal Burns and Colm Cooper (f) 0-1 each.

COROFIN: Bernard Power; Liam Silke, Kieran Fitzgerald, Cathal Silke; Dylan McHugh, Dylan Wall, Kieran Molloy; Daithi Burke, Ronan Steede; Micheal Lundy, Jason Leonard, Mike Farragher; Martin Farragher, Gary Sice, Ian Burke.

Subs: Colin Brady for L Silke (HT), Conor Cunningham for McHugh (48), Gavin Burke for Lundy (53), Ciaran McGrath for Wall (55), Dylan Canney for Sice (57), Ciaran Brady for D Burke (57).

DR CROKES: Shane Murphy; John Payne, Fionn Fitzgerald, Michael Moloney; Gavin White, David O’Leary, Shane Doolan; Johnny Buckley, Daithi Casey; Micheal Burns, Gavin O’Shea, Brian Looney; Tony Brosnan, Kieran O’Leary, David Shaw.

Subs: Michael Potts for Doolan (HT), Colm Cooper for O’Shea (37), Jordan Kiely for O’Leary (41), Alan O’Sullivan for D O’Leary (46), Eoin Brosnan for Casey (53), Jason Lyne for Looney (57).

REFEREE: Barry Cassidy (Derry).

Allianz Football League Division One


By Cian O'Connell at Pearse Stadium

Considering the lengthy absentee list due to injuries and club commitments it has been a satisfying spring for Galway, who gleaned a fourth League win in Salthill.

That this victory was achieved in such convincing fashion was a surprise as Roscommon required a positive outcome to ease their relegation worries.

It means that Roscommon must now beat Kerry next weekend and hope for favourable results elsewhere to avoid the drop.

While Galway manufactured chances throughout the opening period it wasn’t until near the interval that they made their superiority truly count.

Two minutes before the interval Galway’s advantage was 0-9 to 0-7, but Kevin Walsh’s charges finished the opening period strongly.

An opportunistic Danny Cummins goal following a clever move involving Antaine O’Laoi, Gary O’Donnell, Tom Flynn, and John Daly edged Galway five clear.

Further points from two Shane Walsh frees ensured Galway, who had been backed by the breeze, departed with a 1-11 to 0-7 cushion.

Galway’s 1-11 came from 22 shots during a first half in which O’Laoi’s promise was evident as the An Spideal clubman clipped two splendid points from play.

Another Galway footballer flaring to prominence during the spring is John Daly, who thundered forward to nail a fine effort seconds after the restart.

Walsh rifled over a free for Galway, who were nine points ahead, but a Roscommon rally trimmed the deficit.

A Colm Lavin free was followed by a goal from a Conor Cox penalty meaning the gap was down to five in the 46th minute.

Galway, though, refused to be perturbed as points from O’Laoi (two frees) and O’Donnell pushed the maroon outfit into comfortable territory. There was no sign of any panic late on as Galway prevailed.

Scorers for Galway: Danny Cummins 1-2, Antaine O’Laoi (2fs) and Shane Walsh (3fs) 0-4 each, Gary O’Donnell 0-2, John Daly, Gareth Bradshaw, Ciaran Duggan, Cein D’Arcy, and Michael Daly 0-1 each.

Scorers for Roscommon: Conor Cox 1-4 (1-0 pen, 1f, 1m), Conor Daly, Enda Smith, Cathal Cregg, Tadhg O’Rourke, Colm Lavin (45), and Donie Smith (f) 0-1 each.

GALWAY: Ruairi Lavelle; Eoghan Kerin, Sean Andy O’Ceallaigh, David Wynne; Gary O’Donnell, John Daly, Gareth Bradshaw; Tom Flynn, Ciaran Duggan; Johnny Heaney, Michael Daly, Peter Cooke; Antaine O’Laoi, Shane Walsh, Danny Cummins.

Subs: Sean Kelly for O’Donnell (58), Finnian O’Laoi for Cummins (68), Padraic Cunningham for Walsh (70), Cein D’Arcy for Flynn (70+2).

ROSCOMMON: Colm Lavin; David Murray, Conor Daly, Gary Patterson; Ronan Daly, Niall Daly, Conor Devaney; Tadhg O’Rourke, Shane Killoran; Niall Kilroy, Cathal Cregg, Enda Smith; Donie Smith, Ciaran Lennon, Conor Cox.

Subs: Ultan Harney for E Smith (HT), Sean Mullolly for R Daly (HT), Aonghus Lyons for D Smith (50), Colin Compton for Cregg (56), Hubert Darcy for Kilroy (63).

REFEREE: Conor Lane (Cork).




The Galway Senior Football team to face Mayo in the Allianz Football League game in Castlebar on Saturday evening is as follows:

  1. Ruairi Lavelle
  2. Eoghan Kerin
  3. Sean Andy Ó Ceallaigh
  4. David Wynne
  5. Gary O'Donnell
  6. Gareth Bradshaw
  7. Johnny Heaney
  8. Thomas Flynn
  9. Ciarán Duggan
  10. Michael Daly
  11. Johnathan Duane
  12. Eamon Brannigan
  13. Barry McHugh
  14. Padraig Cunningham
  15. Antaine Ó Laoí

Allianz Football League Division One

KERRY 0-14 GALWAY 1-10

By Cian O'Connell at Tuam Stadium

A Kerry footballing year is never going to be defined in February, but the spring signs are favourable for Peter Keane’s developing outfit.

Four Allianz Leagues wins on the spin have been chalked up by Kerry, who ultimately prevailed after a splendid late cameo from substitute Tomas O’Se edged them over the line in the west.

Galway had come thundering back from five behind to lead when Danny Cummins fisted an opportunistic goal.

Kerry, though, remained ice cool in the dying embers as Sean O’Shea levelled from a free with Tom Flynn black carded for a foul on Stephen O'Brien before the delightful, dancing feet of O’Se nudged the visitors ahead.

O’Se subsequently supplied an assist for Tom O’Sullivan to steer Kerry two clear meaning Johnny Heaney’s last gasp point was merely a consolation.

Tommy Walsh was an influential figure in the second half dropping deep to gather a couple of important marks in the middle when Kerry needed some inspiration adding to the Kingdom feel good factor.

Backed by a passionate travelling support Kerry enjoyed a productive opening period departing at the interval armed with a 0-8 to 0-3 advantage.

That was chiefly due to a burst in the closing seven minutes of the half while Barry McHugh was in the sin bin as Kerry pulled five clear.

There was plenty to admire during that Kerry burst as Peter Keane’s hard working forced turnovers and were keen to break at speed.

While Kerry demonstrated fire and fury poise was evident too with Sean O’Shea landing four first half points as Galway were put under severe pressure.

Initially Galway were efficient and when Michael Daly rifled over a sweet 26th minute effort the teams were trading at parity, 0-3 each.

Stephen O’Brien, who had been black carded returned to the action as McHugh left for 10 minutes and Kerry made the numerical superiority count.

Dara Moynihan, O’Shea (free), Gavin O’Brien, Shane Enright, and Stephen O’Brien all found the range from varying angles ensuring Peter Keane’s outfit trotted off to the new Tuam Stadium dressing rooms encouraged.

Galway, though, were much improved with McHugh prominent as Kevin Walsh’s outfit clipped six of the next nine scores narrowing the deficit to two.

In the 65th minute a Heaney delivery caused panic and Cummins grabbed a goal for Galway, who took a surprise lead.

Then O’Se assumed centre stage and while Stephen O’Brien was sent off for a yellow card after picking up an earlier black it didn’t matter. Kerry took the spoils and the massive visiting contingent left Tuam content.

Scorers for Kerry: Sean O’Shea 0-5 (3fs, 145), Gavin O’Brien and Stephen O’Brien 0-2 each, Dara Moynihan, Shane Enright, Tomas O Se, Tom O’Sullivan, and Michael Geaney (m) 0-1 each.

Scorers for Galway: Barry McHugh 0-5 (3fs), Danny Cummins 1-0, Shane Walsh, Padraic Cunningham, Antaine O’Laoi, Johnny Heaney and Michael Daly 0-1 each.

KERRY: Shane Ryan; Tom O’Sullivan, Jack Sherwood, Peter Crowley; Shane Enright, Paul Murphy, Gavin Crowley; Jack Barry, Mark Griffin; Diarmuid O’Connor, Sean O’Shea, Gavin O’Brien; Dara Moynihan, Tommy Walsh, Stephen O’Brien.

Subs: Michael Geaney for O’Connor (HT), Jonathan Lyne for O’Brien (59), Tadhg Morley for Walsh (67), Tomas O’Se for Enright (69).

GALWAY: Ruairi Lavelle; Eoghan Kerin, Sean Andy O’Ceallaigh, David Wynne; Gary O’Donnell, Gareth Bradshaw, Johnny Heaney; Tom Flynn, Ciaran Duggan; Michael Daly, Johnny Duane, Sean Kelly; Antaine O’Laoi, Barry McHugh, Shane Walsh.

Subs: Liam Silke for Daly (46), John Daly for Bradshaw (47), Padraic Cunningham for Duane (51), Danny Cummins for Walsh (58), Finian O’Laoi for Kelly (62).

REFEREE: Joe McQuillan (Cavan).

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