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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 0-17

Roscommon 1-7

By Brían Mangan

In beautiful July sunshine in Kiltoom tonight, Galway had too much class and firepower for a Roscommon side who came with a game plan to frustrate this talented Galway outfit, which while working for periods of the first half was unable to keep them out for the whole game. The Rossies battled courageously for the 60 minutes and gave a very good account of themselves, but it will be Galway who will contest the Connacht Under 20Final against Mayo in Tuam next Wednesday night after a 7point victory which they richly deserved.

Roscommon started with two sweepers in Niall Higgins and captain Dylan Ruane deep in their own half trying to plug the holes in their defence which led to them conceding a lot of goals in their games up to now. Ruane is better known as a marksman (he scored 1-7 last week against Leitrim) and he handled lots of ball around the middle for the Rossies, but they certainly missed his cutting edge upfront as they didn’t score a point from play until the 31st minute. Galway led three nil in the tenth minute with a point each from their lethal full forward line of Darragh Silke, Padraig Costello and Rory Cunningham before goalkeeper Aaron Brady opened the Roscommon account with the sweetest of 45s. Roscommon spurned a golden opportunity for a goal after 7 minutes however when a brilliant Padraig Halpin pass from the half way line found Paul Carey on the penalty spot. The Padraig Pearses man didn’t realise how much time he had however and his rushed attempt was well saved by Oran Burke. Roscommon then received a welcome present in the 14th minute when Oran Burke lost Gerry Galvins mis- hit attempt at a point in the sun, resulting in a freak goal and putting Roscommon a point up out of nowhere. Matthew Tierney was the outstanding player on view, fetching spectacularly and kicking 3 beautiful first half points, including 2 monster frees off the deck. The Tribesmen had 7 different scorers in the first half including a fine fisted effort from Ross Mahon and a great score by the speedy Liam Costello who made a big impact when he was introduced midway through the first half. Galway had a five point cushion at the half time break, leading 0-11 to 1-3 after being thoroughly dominant.

It felt at half time like Padraic Joyce’s men would come out and blow Roscommon out of the water in the second half, but only had one class Rory Cunningham effort scored in the twentieth minute of the half, as Roscommon had narrowed the gap to 3 through sheer grit and determination. The move of Ruane in near the goals to support Paul Carey in there was a big improvement as he won lots of ball and provided more of a threat, as two nice Ronan Dowd frees and  abrilliant James Fitzpatrick effort where he showed massive strength and balance to shrug off his marker gave the home crowd hope that they could cause a shock. Galway woke from their slumber however and rattled off 4 fast points to put the result beyond doubt with Cunningham and Darragh Silke kicking fine scores in this period. There was one more moment of drama when Roscommon were awarded a penalty as the clock ticked into injury time. Any brief hope they held of staging a comeback was quickly extinguished however when Brian Derwin blazed the penalty over, and Galway were never troubled thereafter. Matthias Barrett at midfield and Liam Boyle at wing back were other Galway players who impressed in the immaculate conditions for football on the evening for the Tribesmen. Roscommon although defeated can be proud of their efforts as they fought ferociously all through against a fancied Galway and with 10 minutes to go were well in the game.

Referee: Jerome Henry

ROSCOMMON: A Brady (0-1, 0-1 45’), E Killoran, E Flynn, R Dolan, M Conroy, N Higgins, G Galvin (1-0), D Sumner, P Halpin, D Keenan, R Dowd (0-3, 0-2fs), J Fitzpatrick, P Carey (0-1f), D Ruane SUBS C Lawless, S Hanly, T Lambe, B Derwin (0-1 pen), C Corcoran, T O’Rourke

GALWAY: O Burke, R Mahon (0-1), S Mulkerrin, E McFadden, L Boyle (0-1), C Potter, J Kirrane, M Barrett, M Collins, M Tierney (0-2fs), G Burke, B O’Connell, D Silke (0-3fs), P Costello (0-2, 0-1f)), R Cunningham (0-4) SUB L Costello (0-2), J Glynn, T Gill, E Mannion (0-1), C Newell, J Reilly

Galway U20 football manager Padraig Joyce and his selectors have named their starting team for tomorrow night’s Connacht U20 football championship meeting with Roscommon in Kiltoom (7.30pm).

  1. Oran Burke (Corofin)
  2. Ross Mahon (Corofin)
  3. Sean Mulkerrins (Capt – Oileáin Arann )
  4. Eoin McFadden (Salthill/Knocknacarra)
  5. Liam Boyle (Kilkerrin Clonberne)
  6. Ciaran Potter (Annaghdown)         
  7. Jack Kirrane (Milltown)
  8. Mathias Barrett (Leitir Mor)
  9. Michael Collins (Tuam Stars)
  10. Matthew Tierney (Oughterard)
  11. Gavin Burke (Corofin)
  12. Ben O’Connell (Tuam Stars)
  13. Darragh Silke (Corofin)
  14. Padraig Costello (Dunmore MacHales)
  15. Rory Cunningham St Brendan’s


The L.I.T Gaelic Grounds in Limerick will host the qualifier clash of Mayo and Galway in Round 4 of the All-Ireland qualifiers.


Tickets are now on sale


The first meeting of the Connacht rivals in a qualifier will take place in Limerick on Saturday evening at 7pm, with the CCCC stating a Connacht venue was "not feasible" and there was no agreement between the counties to toss for home advantage. Galway GAA officials contacted Mayo this morning however Mayo GAA declined the offer to do the toss.

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