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Kerry retain Junior Title

KERRY 3-14 GALWAY 0-13

The Kingdom reached the magic 20 in junior titles after beating Galway for the second year in a row in the All-Ireland final at Portlaois on Saturday, the Tribes started in flying form with Gary Kelly scoring three on the bounce a couple of which could have been green flags, Kerry were slow to get into their stride in that opening quarter but as the half went on they pegged back Galway on five different times and went in leading by two at the break 0-8 to 0-6.

In part two Galway opened brighter with early points from Kelly and Sean Ó Currin but a fisted goal from Barry O’ Dwyer after thirty four minutes and when Stephen O’Sullivan repeated the dose six minutes later the game was over as a contest and Kerry had done the five in a row.

GALWAY: Cormac Haslam; Eddie O’Sullivan, Dara Ó Ruairc, Thomas Rabbitte; MacDara Geraghty, Conor Costello, Patrick O’Donnell; Alan Molloy, Enda Tierney; Sean Denvir, Jonathan Ryan, Thomas Gleeson; Padraig Éoin Ó Curraoin, Colm Brennan, Garry Kelly.

Subs: Seán Ó Currin for Tierney black card Lorcan Molloy for Gleeson ,Enda Concannon for Ó Ruairc, Connor Brady for Padraic Éoin Ó Curraoin Aongus Ó hIarnáin for Ó Currin Ger Gibbons for Ryan (

Galway scorers: Garry Kelly 0-8 Lorcan Molloy 0-2, Patrick O’Donnell, Seán Ó Currin and Sean Denvir 0-1 each

KERRY: Eoghan O’Brien; Cian Ó Murchú, Padraig O’Connor, Padraig Jackie O’Sullivan; Jack Brosnan, Mike Breen, Michael Foley; John Mark Foley, Nathan Breen; Phillip O’Connor, Chris Farley, Brandon Barrett; Stephen O’Sullivan, Daniel Daly, Barry O’ Dwyer.

Subs: Caolim Teahan for Farley James Crean for O ‘Dwyer Thomas Lynch for Barrett Gerald O’Sullivan for Daly Fionán Clifford for Ó Murchú John Spillane for Brosnan.

Scorers for Kerry: Stephen O’Sullivan 1-4, Barry O’ Dwyer and James Crean 1-0 each, Eoghan O’Brien 0-3) Daniel Daly 0-2, Jack Brosnan, Michael Foley, Caolim Teahan, Mike Breen and Thomas Lynch 0-1 each.

The Galway Junior football team to play Kerry tomorrow in the All-Ireland Final in Portlaoise at 5.00pm  is as follows

  1. Cormac Haslam Glenamaddy
  2. Eddie O’Sullivan Oughterard
  3. Dara O’Ruairc Tuam Stars
  4. Thomas Rabbitte Kilkerrin-Clonberne
  5. Sean Ó Currin Carna Caiseál
  6. Adrian Ward Kilkerrin-Clonberne
  7. Padraic O’Donnell Oileain Árann
  8. Alan Molloy Corofin
  9. Conor Brady Corofin
  10. Seán Denvir Micheál Breathnach
  11. Micheal Day Headford
  12. Thomas Gleeson Dunmore Mac Hales
  13. Padraic Éoin Ó Currin An Spideál
  14. Colm Brennan Oileáin Árann
  15. Gary Kelly Williamstown

Galway Minor Hurling team to face Clare

Saturday July 20th at 3 p.m. in O'Moore Park, Portlaoise.

1. Michael Egan (Cappataggle)

2. Eanna Davern (Moycullen)

3. Eoin Lawless (Athenry)

4. Adam Nolan (Kilnadeema-Leitrim)

5. Enda Collins (Carnmore)

6. Ian McGlynn, Captain, (Kilconieron)

7. Christy Brennan (Clarinbridge)

8. Liam Leen (Clarinbridge)

9. Oisin Slevin (Ardrahan)

10. Colm Cunningham (Moycullen)

11. Sean McDonagh (Mountbellew Moylough)

12. Tiernan Killeen (Loughrea)

13. Gavin Lee (Clarinbridge)

14. Shane Morgan (Loughrea)

15. Greg Thomas (Ballygar)

Galway GAA is pleased to confirm the appointment of Mark Gottsche as the county’s new Finance Operations Manager.

The former Oranmore Maree clubman currently a member of Tir Chonaill Gaels has served as London GAA Secretary and Treasurer since 2013 and played for that County this year in the Connacht SFC.

Holding a B.Comms from NUIG and a MSc from UUJ he will commence his role in the coming weeks.

Galway GAA look forward to Mark’s commencement and wish him well in his new role.

Padraig Cearnaigh

Cathaoirleach

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 Mark in action against Galway in this years Connacht Championship

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The Galway Junior panel prior to days semi-final win over Meath

GALWAY 7-17 MEATH 5-22 (aet)

By Daragh Small at Dr. Hyde Park

Gary Kelly scored 2-7 as last year’s beaten All-Ireland finalists, Galway, reached another JFC decider with a 7-17 to 5-22 epic victory over Meath in one of the games of the year at Dr Hyde Park.

Matt Duggan’s men trailed by 3-9 to 2-5 at half-time in normal time. There were perfect conditions for football and Meath took full advantage in that first half.

The scores went back and forth but Galway were miraculously back in the game when Jonathan Ryan found the net. Meath looked set to hold on but Enda Tierney scored for Galway in the 66th minute.

Meath didn’t trail until 22 seconds into extra-time and Colm Brennan’s goal was the difference in the end.

Meath scored the first six points, but only led by three points coming up to the end of the first quarter. When Meath corner-forward Oran Meehan scored in the fifth minute they were 0-6 to 0-0 in front. 

But Galway grabbed a goal in the sixth minute, Kelly’s speculative ball was claimed by Colm Brennan, and he finished past Adam McDermott.

Kevin Ross (two), Danny Quinn, Stephen Coogan, Morgan Callaghan and Meehan had all scored for Meath, but Galway were right in the game.

Coogan scored a 45 and Kelly cancelled that out. But Meath scored three goals between the 14th and 21st minutes to pull clear.

Jason Scully was influential in all three. He scored the first, after a one-two with Ross. Three minutes later he set up Seán Reilly and then Scully turned provider for Ross to blast past Cormac Haslam.

It was 3-7 to 1-2 with nine minutes of normal time remaining in the first half. Galway hung on in there again, and they scored 1-3 before the break.

Coogan scored another fine effort from a free, but Seán Denvir, Kelly and Thomas Gleeson provided the response. 

On the half-hour mark Galway captain Michael Day passed to Brennan and he set up Padraic O’Donnell, to side-foot a second Galway goal.

Galway had scored 2-5 in the first half, but they still trailed by seven at half-time after Coogan scored a second free.

Quinn pointed for Meath right after half-time but McDermott fumbled Kelly’s high ball, and that ended in the Meath net. 

There were just five points separating the sides before Quinn set up Ross and he blasted low to bring his tally to 2-2 in the 34th minute. But there was no let up.

Kelly was inspirational and he kept them ticking and in the 44th minute he slotted a Galway penalty, after Conor Costello was fouled by Kieran Slavin.

The gap was down to 4-13 to 4-7, and Ryan’s long ball evaded the defence, and substitute goalkeeper Johnny Lynch for Galway’s fifth goal with 11 minutes of normal time left.

When Day scored in the 56th minute the gap was down to the minimum but Scully and Slavin looked to have sealed the win.

However, in the sixth minute of added-time Ryan’s delivery was tapped down by Day, and Tierney scored another goal.

It went to extra-time and Ryan scored two fabulous points within three minutes of the restart. Ross halved the deficit.

The 11th goal of the game arrived in the 65th minute when Meath full-back Michael Flood got forward to score. Galway went back up the other end and Brennan scored his second goal, Ryan and Ross traded points at the end of the half. 

It was 7-14 to 5-20 starting the second half with Ryan, Conor Brady and Kelly on target for Galway. Barry O’Connell and Reilly hit back.

Ryan got a black card for Galway and they finished with 14 men but held on at the death.

Scorers for Galway: Gary Kelly 2-7 (1-0pen, 0-3f), Jonathan Ryan 1-5, Colm Brennan 2-0, Enda Tierney 1-1 (0-1 45), Padraic O’Donnell 1-0, Thomas Gleeson 0-1, Seán Denvir 0-1, Michael Day 0-1, Conor Brady 0-1.

Scorers for Meath: Kevin Ross 2-6 (0-3f), Stephen Coogan 0-6 (0-3f, 0-1 45), Seán Reilly 1-2, Jason Scully 1-1, Michael Flood 1-0, Danny Quinn 0-3, Oran Meehan 0-1, Morgan Callaghan 0-1, Kieran Slavin 0-1, Barry O’Connell 0-1.

GALWAY: Cormac Haslam; Eddie O’Sullivan, Dara O’Ruairc, Thomas Rabbitte; Padraic O’Donnell, Adrian Ward, Seán Ó Currin; Alan Molloy, Conor Brady; Thomas Gleeson, Michael Day, Seán Denvir; Gary Kelly, Colm Brennan, Padraic Éoin Ó Currin. Subs: Enda Tierney for Brady (16), McDara Geraghty for Ward (23), Jonathan Ryan for Ó Currin (31), Conor Costello for Ó Currin (35), Enda Concannon for Rabbitte (40, black card), Lorcan Molloy for Denvir (47), Denvir for O’Donnell (65), Brady for Molloy (69), Aongus Ó hIarnáin for Gleeson (70).

MEATH: Adam McDermott; Cathal McConnell, Michael Flood, Gerard Duane; Kieran Slavin, Morgan Callaghan, James Cassidy; Danny Quinn, Robin Clarke; Robbie Farrelly, Jason Scully, Seán Reilly; Oran Meehan, Kevin Ross, Stephen Coogan. Subs: Johnny Lynch for McDermott (39), Seán Claire for Farrelly (48), Darren Gibney for Duane (51), Tommy O’Reilly for Quinn (58), Barry O’Connell for Coogan (63), Quinn for O’Reilly (60), Kevin McKeon for Callaghan (70), Darragh Finney for Gibney (70), Daire Rowe for Meehan (76).

Ref: Seán Laverty (Antrim).

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Midfield action in the semi-final

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