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Galway Senior Footballers defeat Kildare in the Super 8's Round 2

 

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Sean Armstrong against Kildare

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Eoghan Kerin defending against Kildare

All Ireland SFC Quarter-Final Group 1

GALWAY 0-19 KILDARE 0-16

By Cian O'Connell at St Conleth’s Park, Newbridge

This was another afternoon providing deep satisfaction for Galway, who carved out another encouraging Championship win in Newbridge.

Kildare contributed handsomely to a gripping game, but Galway just had a bit more punch to earn a valuable victory.

During a thrilling encounter 13 different Galway players delivered scores for Kevin Walsh’s charges, who shaded an intriguing battle.

A splendid opening period packed with dynamic counter attacking football blazed with Galway eventually departing at the break armed with a slender 0-11 to 0-10 advantage.

It was chiefly due to a decent three point on the spin burst as the interval approached following some excellent Kildare play.

Though Galway, prompted by the promising Michael Daly, who was unfortunately forced off injured, accumulated a 0-5 to 0-3 lead by the 14th minute,Kildare came thundering back clipping seven of the next 10 scores.

Most of those could be classed as delightful with Neil Flynn, Paul Cribbin, Daniel Flynn, and Fergal Conway all rifling over gorgeous efforts. Unsurprisingly a passionate crowd approved as Kildare converted 0-10 from their first 12 attempts.

Galway were encountering some duress, but Tom Flynn remained relevant at centrefield and Galway concluded the half strongly.

Galway's Michael Daly was forced off with a leg injury.

Shane Walsh landed a routine free and then nailed one from play, while Tom Flynn thumped over a long distance kick to ensure the visitors were narrowly in front at the turnaround.

After the restart the white flags weren’t being waved with the same frequency, but it was still absorbing as Walsh and Gareth Bradshaw mined points either side of a Paddy Brophy score.

Then Kildare were rocked by the 45th minute dismissal of Daniel Flynn, who was red carded for an off the ball incident.

Further Galway points from Eamonn Brannigan and Ian Burke guided the maroon outfit 0-15 to 0-12 ahead with 15 minutes left to play.

Gary O’Donnell edged Galway four clear, but Kildare, defiant until the bitter end, narrowed the gap as Paddy Brophy and two Neil Flynn points brought them back into contention.

Serious questions were being posed of Galway’s resolve, but the Tribesmen located the necessary answers as late Sean Kelly and Comer points sealed the deal.

Scorers for Galway: Shane Walsh 0-4 (3fs), Damien Comer 0-3, Michael Daly 0-2, Cathal Sweeney, Gareth Bradshaw, Johnny Heaney, Peter Cooke, Tom Flynn, Sean Kelly, Ian Burke, Eamonn Brannigan, Gary O’Donnell, and Sean Armstrong 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kildare: Neil Flynn 0-5 (3fs), Paul Cribbin 0-3, Daniel Flynn, Fergal Conway, and Paddy Brophy 0-2 each, Kevin Flynn and Chris Healy 0-1 each.

GALWAY: Ruairi Lavelle; Declan Kyne, Sean Andy O’Ceallaigh, Eoghan Kerin; Cathal Sweeney, Gareth Bradshaw, Sean Kelly; Peter Cooke, Tom Flynn; Johnny Heaney, Michael Daly, Eamonn Brannigan; Ian Burke, Damien Comer, Shane Walsh.

Subs: Patrick Sweeney for Daly (11), Sean Armstrong for P Sweeney (51), Gary O’Donnell for Heaney (54), Adrian Varley for Brannigan (58, BC), Johnny Duane for O’Ceallaigh (67), Fiontan O’Curraoin for Flynn (70).

KILDARE: Mark Donnellan; Peter Kelly, Mick O’Grady, David Hyland; Johnny Byrne, Eoin Doyle, Kevin Flynn; Kevin Feely, Tommy Moolick; Fergal Conway, Paul Cribbin, Keith Cribbin; Neil Flynn, Daniel Flynn, Paddy Brophy.

Subs: Niall Kelly for Moolick (50), Chris Healy for K Cribbin (54), James Murray for Kelly (58), David Slattery for P Cribbin (62), Eamonn Callaghan for Brophy (67, BC), Fionn Dowling for Conway (70+4).

REFEREE: Sean Hurson (Tyrone).

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Gareth Bradshaw against Kildare

The Galway team that last won the All-Ireland Junior Title in 1985

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Back row: Seamus Burke, Peter Greaney, Tom McHugh, Padraic Coyne, Gerry Dolan, Hugh Bleahen, Ger Burke.

Front row: Francis Stockwell, Padraic O’Dea, Gerry Daly, Conor O’Dea, Tom Heavey, Michael Melia, Seamus Glynn, Kieran Flaherty.

This Saturday at 2.00 p.m in Cusack Park Ennis Galway play Kerry in the All-Ireland Junior Football Final, the team is managed by Matt Duggan from Annaghdown with Padraic Coyne (Milltown),Pádraig Mac Donnacha (An Cheathrú Rua), and Gerry Keane (An Fhairche) his selectors.

Kerry have won the last three finals beating Mayo twice and Meath last year while Galway last tasted victory in 1985

Galway Beat Kerry in Quarter Final Phase One

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Tomas Flynn in Action

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Damien Comer in full flight

All-Ireland SFC Quarter-Final (Phase 1)

GALWAY 1-13 KERRY 1-10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Cathal Sweeney on the ball

The Galway team that beat Roscommon in the U-17 Minor  Connacht Final

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Conor Raftery Galway captain with the Tom Kilcoyne Cup

Minor Cup Pres

Man of the Match Matthew Cooley

Man of the Match

Galway first Connacht u-17 Champions

Galway 2-13 Roscommon 2-9

Galway collected their forth crown in a row when they beat the Roscommon in the Minor final in Hyde Park this evening, it was the first ever minor title at U-17, the winners goals came from Eoghan Tinney and Conor Raftery while Man of the Match Matthew Cooley shot five points .

 Galway scorers: Matthew Cooley 0-5, Ryan Monaghan 0-4 (4fs), Eoghan Tinney 1-1, Conor Raftery 1-0, Paul Kelly, Daniel Cox and Aidan Halloran 0-1 each.

 Roscommon scorers: Adam McDermott 0-5 (3fs), Shane Cunnane 1-1 (1-0 pen), Fearghus Lennon 1-0, Enda Crawley, Darragh Murray and Ruaidhri Fallon 0-1 each.

GALWAY team: Donie Halloran; Cian Deane, Seán Black, Ethan Walsh; Ryan Monaghan, Tony Gill, Cathal Sweeney; Paul Kelly, Conor Raftery ; Liam Judge, Aidan Halloran, Oisín McCormack; Eoghan Tinney, Daniel Cox, Matthew Cooley.

Subs: Conor Halbard for Gill, Sean Horkan for McCormack, Oisin Gormally for Judge

ROSCOMMON team : Daniel Connolly; Robbie Dolan, Kealan Gunning, Cathal Brogan; Jonathan Hester, Darragh Murray, Jack Lohan; Enda Crawley, Shane Cunnane; Ruaidhri Fallon, Eoghan Derwin, Richard Walsh; Fearghus Lennon, Adam McDermott, James Fitzpatrick.

Subs: Liam Ormsby for Derwin, Aaron McDermott for Walsh, Charlie Carthy for Crawley, Colin Walsh for Lennon.

GALWAY RETAIN LEINSTER TITLE

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David Burke lifts the Bob O'Keeffe Cup

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THE PARADE IN THURLES

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THE CELEBRATIONS 

Galway retain Bob O’Keefe Cup

Galway 1-28 Kilkenny 3-15

Galway will go down in history to-day as the first Connacht team to win the Leinster final at a Munster venue in a game that produced 47 scores at Thurles. The winners lead by eleven points after twenty first half minutes 1-9 to 0-1 and by the break Kilkenny had the lead cut to eight 1-8 to 1-16 thanks to a Ger Aylward goal just before the break. The intensity of the replay was much higher that last week as Galway had Kilkenny out played and out scored in the opening twenty minutes and one wondered was there any back for the Cats but there was as the lead was down to a single point 1-20 to 3-13 in the final quarter but this Galway did not panic and hit back with points from Joe Canning and a brace from Cathal Mannion

Scorers for Galway: Joe Canning 0-10 (6f) Cathal Mannion 0-6, Conor Whelan 0-4, Jonathan Glynn 1-1, Niall Burke 0-2, Aidan Harte 0-2, Joseph Cooney 0-1, Conor Cooney 0-1, J Flynn 0-1

Scorers for Kilkenny: TJ Reid 0-9 (6f, 1 ’65) Colin Fennelly 1-1, Richie Hogan 1-1, Ger Aylward 1-0, Joey Holden 0-1, Conor Fogarty 0-1, James Maher 0-1, John Donnelly 0-1,

GALWAY: James Skehill; Adrian Tuohey, Daithi Burke, John Hanbury; Padraig Mannion, Gearoid McInerney, Aidan Harte; Johnny Coen, David Bourke; Joseph Cooney, Joe Canning, Niall Burke; Conor Whelan, Jonathan Glynn, Cathal Mannion. Subs: Conor Cooney for Niall Burke, Jason Flynn for Joseph Cooney, Sean Loftus for David Burke

KILKENNY: Eoin Murphy; Paul Murphy, Padraig Walsh; Paddy Deegan, Joey Holden, Cillian Buckley, Enda Morrissey; Conor Fogarty, James Maher; John Donnelly, TJ Reid, Richie Leahy; Billy Ryan, Walter Walsh, Ger Aylward. Subs: Liam Blanchfield for Walter Walsh, Richie Hogan for Billy Ryan), Colin Fennelly for Richie Leahy, Robert Lennon for Enda Morrissey, Luke Scanlon for John Donnelly

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