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All Ireland Senior Camogie Final

GALWAY 3-14 KILKENNY 0-17

By Daragh O Conchuir at Croke Park

Three first-half goals, and particularly two just before half-time from Niamh Hanniffy and Ailish O’Reilly, and a player-of-the-match performance from Niamh Kilkenny were key as Galway held off a determined Kilkenny in front of a record attendance for a standalone Final of 24,730, to bag a third Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship.

The attendance figure was notable, maintaining a trend of increase that is emphasised by the fact that it was almost double the 12,476 that saw the 2014 deciders.

The game matched the auspicious occasion, providing a welter of excitement, wonderful skill, some stunning scores and relentless effort.

Galway’s preparations were hindered significantly by a knee injury suffered by ace defender Tara Kenny on Thursday night.

That brought Catherine Finnerty into the fray and though Kenny was a resounding loss, her replacement would go on to be hugely influential.

Another notable point from the throw-in was the deployment of Caitriona Cormican, the player who gave up ladies football to concentrate on Camogie this year and was the side’s vice-captain, being deployed to mark the very dangerous Anne Dalton and she too would perform magnificently.

As you would have expected, Kilkenny threw everything at Galway in the second half, having trailed by seven points after Carrie Dolan’s point soon after the restart and they were back within two by the 50th minute.

But just as they had done when the sides met in the League Final at the end of March, Galway showed the mental strength that has epitomised them all season and pulled away once more to inflict a third consecutive September defeat on the Cats.

Michelle Quilty hit the first of eight points from a free in the first minute but the Galway crowd were lifted off their seats within seconds, O’Reilly hitting the roof of the net after Niamh Kilkenny’s stunning swivel of the hips had gotten her away.

Kilkenny followed with a fantastic point from 50m but the Noresiders gradually settled into the fray well, firing over six of the next eight points to move two clear.

Denise Gaule, Davina Tobin and Marian Walsh all split the posts from play while Quilty was unerring from placed balls as the increasingly-overworked Galway defence began to give away frees

Quilty and Carrie Dolan added a brace of points each before Cathal Murray’s charges hit the purple patch that ultimately proved decisive.

Finnerty had a point before Hanniffy slid a ground shot to the net in the 26th minute, after O’Reilly and Sarah Spellman had threatened.

O’Reilly did the business two minutes later for her second, Finnerty supplying Kilkenny, whose delivery made its way through to O’Reilly, who made no mistake with only Emma Kavanagh to beat.

Kavanagh denied O’Reilly a hat-trick just before the short whistle and Grace Walsh cleared Spellman’s follow-up out for a 45, which Dolan slotted to make it 3-7 to 0-10 at the change of ends.

Dolan made it seven early in the second half but Kilkenny gradually reeled their opponents in. Quilty, Aoife Doyle, Miriam Walsh, Anna Farrell, Denise Gaule and an unusually quiet Anne Dalton were among the points and it was a two-point affair with 10 minutes of regulation time, and four minutes of injury time remaining.

Ann Downey’s crew wouldn’t score again however, while Galway found another gear, finishing with four consecutive points, one from a free in the middle of the field by goalkeeper Sarah Healy and two from their own on-fire Kilkenny to end a six-year wait to get their hands on the O’Duffy Cup.

Scorers for Galway: C Dolan 0-6 (4fs, 2 45s), A O’Reilly 2-0, N Kilkenny 0-4, N Hanniffy 1-0, N Coen, S Spellman, C Finnerty, and Sarah Healy (f) 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kilkenny: M Quilty 0-8 (7fs), M Walsh, D Gaule (1f), A Dalton (1f) 0-2 each, D Tobin, A Farrell, and A Doyle 0-1 each.

GALWAY: Sarah Healy, Shauna Healy, S Dervan, H Cooney, L Ryan, C Cormican, E Helebert, A Donohue, N Kilkenny, S Spellman, N Coen, C Finnerty, N Hanniffy, A O’Reilly

Subs: A M Starr for Coen (42).

KILKENNY: E Kavanagh, C Dormer, C Foley, E Keane, K Doyle, C Phelan, G Walsh, M Farrell, D Tobin, A Farrell, K Power, A Dalton, M Quilty, M Walsh, D Gaule.

Subs: A Doyle for Keane (29), D Morrissey for A Doyle (56).

REFEREE: Ray Kelly (Kildare).

Intermediate Championship Semi-Final Draws:

Dunmore McHales      V                      Oughterard

Micheal Breathnach   V                      Cortoon Shamrocks

Senior Championship Qtr Final Draws:

Corofin                        V                      Mountbellew/Moylough

Tuam Stars                  V                      An Spidéal

Salthill/Knocknacarra V                     Claregalway

Maigh Cuilinn             V                      St Michael’s

Senior Relegation Draws:

Killererin                     V                      Caherlistrane

An Cheathrú Rua       V                      Naomh Anna, Leitir Mór

St James                      V                      CLG Bhearna

Please Note:  All games to be played on weekend 21st/22nd September, 2019

Intermediate Football Championship Quarter Finals

Its down to the last eight in the championship this weekend starting on Saturday in Tuam Stadium where Dunmore MacHales meet Oranmore-Maree in Tuam Stadium at 5.00, the MacHales were undefeated in the  group beating Menlough 1-16 to 1-10, Cortoon-Shamrocks 3-12 to 1-12 and Oilean Árann by two points 2-15 to 2-13.Matthew Reddington  is their leading scorer on 1-23.

Oranmore –Maree beat St Gabriels by 1-19 to 1-11 and Corofin by 1-12 to 10 and drew with Kilconly on a scoreline of 1-14 to 2-11 with Mark Ronaldson their top marksman with 1-17.

The other three games are on Sunday with two in Pearse Stadium, Oughterard against Caltra at 3.00 and Kilconly against Micheál Breathnach at 4.45. Oughterard were joint leaders of group ‘A’ having one win and drawn two, they beat Breathnach’s by 1-14 to 3-6 and drew with Clifden 0-9 each and with Kilkerrin-Clonberne 0-16 each. Matthew Tierney on 1-12 is their leading scorer.                        Caltra despite a slow start have made the last eight  with wins over Williamstown 1-9 to 0-10 and Carna Caiseal 4-13 to 1-11 after  having lost their opening against Headford by 0-4 to 3-13 and their top marksmen are Cathal Mannion 3-4 and Shaun Keane on 1-10.

Kilconly were joint leaders in group 3 with wins over Corofin 2-11 to 2-5 and St Gabriels 5-17 to 1-11 and draw against Oranmore –Maree 2-11 to 1-14, Michael Murphy with 1-11 is their top scorer to date.

Micheál Breathnach defeated Kilkerrin-Clonberne 2-11 to 0-10 and Clifden 2-17 to 1-14 and lost to Oughterard on a scoreline of 3-6 to 1-14 with Rónán Mac Donnacha having scored 1-9

The other quarter final is on in Tuam Stadium at 2.45 with Headford and Cortoon-Shamrocks fighting for a semi-final spot, Headford have full points with wins over Caltra 3-13 to 0-4,Carna Caiseal 1-13 to 0-10 and Williamstown 1-16 to 2-6, Niall Meenaghan has scored 1-15 to date

Cortoon Shamrocks beat Menlough by 3-14 to 2-7 drew with Oileán Árann 1-7 to 0-10 and lost to Dunmore MacHales 1-12 to 3-12, Joe Donnellan with 0-11 tops their scoring charts

CUMANN LÚTHCHLEAS GAEL

Coiste Chontae na Gaillimhe

Príomh Oifig Stáid an Phiarsaigh, Bóthar na Trá, Gaillimh

 

PRESS RELEASE

3rd September 2019

 

Subject:        Galway Senior Football Management

 

Kevin Walsh (Galway Senior Football Manager), has confirmed to the Chairman of the Galway County Board, Pat Kearney and the Chairman of the Galway Football Committee , Kevin Clancy, that he is stepping down as the Galway Senior Football Manager, after 5 years.

Galway GAA wish to acknowledge Kevin’s tremendous dedication and contribution to Galway Football, and his achievements over the past 5 years.
Galway, under Kevin’s management, achieved promotion to Division 1 and consolidated our position there.
Galway GAA would like to acknowledge the professional structures Kevin put in place and Galway GAA were happy to support Kevin achieve these goals, and provide the necessary resources, and Galway GAA will continue to do this.

Galway GAA have been engaged in the review process with Kevin, over the past week, and following consideration, and Kevin has decided not to continue as Galway Senior Football Manager.

STATEMENT FROM KEVIN WALSH

 

"On behalf of the Galway Senior Management Team, I have informed the Galway County Board that after 5 years in charge of the Galway Senior Football Team we will not be seeking ratification for a 6th year. It was both an honour and a privilege to manage our county to 2 Connacht titles, promotion to Division 1 and maintaining that status. 

When we took over in 2015, we sought to introduce structures to achieve the 2 core objectives of making Galway football more competitive and leaving Galway football in a better position. Over 25 players have made their senior championship debuts for Galway since then and the commitment of the players over the years has been one of the key factors in achieving those objectives. We would like to thank them for their dedication and friendship. 

We wish to acknowledge the substantial contribution of the backroom team in putting in place the systems and processes that have been the foundation of what was built over the past few years. 

In many ways, the forgotten heroes of the modern game are our families. Without their understanding, support and commitment none of this would be possible. 

We would like to thank our sponsors and, in particular, Pat and Una McDonagh of Supermac’s, whose contribution to Galway GAA in general is the envy of counties throughout the country. The media is playing an increasing role in the game and we would like to thank the local media in Galway who were supportive of our efforts with a special word of thanks to Galway Bay FM’s, Kevin O Dwyer. 

We would like to thank the Galway County Board for their support and giving us the opportunity to manage our county. 

Finally, we would like to thank the genuine Galway football supporters. Your passion for the maroon and white never went unnoticed. 

I emphatically believe that there are great things to come for Galway football. Having had the opportunity to work with professionals at the top of their field over the last number of years, I would like to see the recommendations in our reports to the County Board which included facilities and equipment, operations, alignment and development of underage teams through to senior level, finance, competition structures, player development and welfare, medical screening and deep level coaching  implemented in the interests of Galway football going forward. 

I am honoured to have been given my chance to leave Galway football in a better place and I wish the players and new management team every success in the future."

Kevin Walsh

 

Le meas,

Padraig Ó Cearnaigh   (Chairperson)     

Séamus Ó Gráda  (Secretary)      

Micheál de Búrca (Treasurer)

 

on behalf of Coiste Chontae na Gaillimhe, CLG

 

Electric Ireland Minor Football Championship Final

CORK 3-20 GALWAY 3-14

By Cian O'Connell at Croke Park

These are encouraging times for Cork football with the Electric Ireland Minor title added to the collection at GAA headquarters.

A compelling encounter was decided by the remarkable resilience demonstrated by a Conor Corbett inspired Cork, who delivered with substance and style to secure a memorable extra-time success.

Having already tasted EirGrid Under 20 glory in 2019 this was another pleasant afternoon for Cork.

Ultimately Galway left reflecting on what might have been. Seconds away from triumphing Galway were beaten by a determined Cork, who were cool and calculated under duress.

Tight, tense, and tactical the opening period was satisfactory for Galway, who departed at the break armed with a 0-8 to 0-5 advantage.

That was chiefly due to the damage inflicted by a smart full forward line which glimmered with potential throughout.

The splendid Tomo Culhane was surrounded by two lively attackers in Nathan Grainger and Daniel Cox, who were motoring smoothly as Donal O’Fatharta’s outfit set the agenda.

At the opposite end Cork captain Conor Corbett did mine three first half points causing Galway problems with his considerable ability.

While neither team register a score until the eighth minute Galway went on to enjoy a productive burst prompted by Culhane.

Cork were struggling to contain the Salthill-Knocknacarra clubman, who clipped four points to edge Galway 0-4 to 0-2 ahead by the 16th minute.

When the interval rolled around the gap was extended to three with Culhane briskly adding two frees either side of a Patrick Campbell effort.

Nathan Grainger, Galway, and Joseph O'Shea, Cork, during the Electric Ireland Minor Football Final at Croke Park.

Galway had moved 0-10 to 0-6 in the ascendancy, but were then rocked by a Cork spell of supremacy which yielded 1-2 without reply.

Cork’s goal arrived in the 37th minute when Jack Cahalane rattled the Galway net following a Michael O’Neill pass.

Suddenly Cork only trailed by one and they were back trading on parity when Darragh Cashman thumped over a point.

A subsequent Corbett score had Cork 1-8 to 0-10 in front, but Nathan Grainger levelled in the 43rd minute ensuring the issue was delicately poised entering the last quarter.

It remained gripping until the end of normal time as the lead switched hands on numerous occasions.

Daniel Cox’s thunderbolt goal in the 57th minute had Galway 1-12 to 1-11 ahead but Michael O’Neill equalised from a free.

Culhane steered Galway in front. Cork’s response was a Luke Murphy point. The drama continued when Galway substitute Niall Cunningham slammed a goal in the third minute of additional time.

Once more Cork came swinging with Corbett replying with the major required; 2-13 each. Culhane had a last gasp opportunity with a free from an awkward angle. It was waved wide. Extra-time was required.

Cork started with energy and intent as a Ryan O’Donovan goal was quickly followed by a point from the crafty Corbett and when O’Neill added two more Bobby O’Dwyer’s side were six to the good.

Even though the bustling Cunningham blasted a goal in the dying embers, Galway couldn’t recover.

Scorers for Cork: Conor Corbett 1-7, Michael O’Neill 0-6 (3fs), Jack Cahalane 1-1, Ryan O’Donovan 1-2, Darragh Cashman 0-2, Patrick Campbell and Luke Murphy 0-1 each.

Scorers for Galway: Tomo Culhane 0-10 (7fs), Niall Cunningham 2-0, Daniel Cox 1-2, Nathan Grainger 0-2.

CORK: Cian O’Leary; Daniel Peet, Neil Lordan, Joseph O’Shea; Adam Walsh Murphy, Daniel Linehan, Darragh Cashman; Eoghan Nash, Jack Lawton; Hugh Murphy, Patrick Campbell, Kelan Scannell; Michael O’Neill, Jack Cahalane, Conor Corbett.

Subs: Sean Andrews for Peet (35), Nathan Gough for O’Shea (46), Luke Murphy for Nash (51), Ryan O’Donovan for Cahalane (60), Tadhg O’Donoghue for Walsh Murphy (69), Jack Cahalane for Campbell (76), Eoghan Nash for Lawton (76).

GALWAY: Donie Halleran; Jonathan McGrath, Ruairí King, Liam Tevnan; Cian Hernon, Ethan Fiorentini, Kyle O’Neill; James McLaughlin, Daniel O’Flaherty; Evan Nolan, Warren Seoige, Dylan Brady; Nathan Grainger, Tomo Culhane, Daniel Cox.

Subs: Conal Gallagher for O’Flaherty (52), Niall Cunningham for Grainger (56), Darragh Kennedy for Nolan (56), James Webb for Hernon (57), Mark Colleran for Brady (65), Daniel McNulty for O’Neill (76), Alan Naughton for Cox (76).

REFEREE: Noel Mooney (Cavan).

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