By Cian O'Connell at Tuam Stadium

For the second Galway SFC Final on the spin Corofin registered a last gasp levelling score to force a replay.

Tuam Stars were on the verge of securing a first county title since 1994, but Corofin stayed the distance with Gary Sice supplying the critical scores in the dying embers of a gripping game.

The Stars had frustrated Corofin, who weren’t their usual fluent selves in attack which was perfectly illustrated by their conversion rate of 0-15 from 34.

Still Corofin found a way to avoid defeat and a gritty Tuam Stars outfit were left reflecting on what might have been as 6,400 spectators witnessed a compelling encounter.

Underdogs Tuam Stars snapped into the contest against Corofin with Tommy Carton’s charges departing at the interval armed with a 1-5 to 0-7 interval advantage.

That was chiefly due to Paul Collins’ 26th minute goal following a sharp exchange with Gary O’Donnell as the Stars edged 1-5 to 0-4 ahead.

Still in the remaining minutes of the first half Jason Leonard, Liam Silke, and Michael Farragher nailed points ensuring only the minimum divided the teams at the turnaround.

Eager to press Corofin high up the field there was plenty to admire about Tuam’s approach with two thoughtful Jamie Murphy pass enabling Brian Mannion score two splendid points.

Delicately poised when the action recommenced Kieran Molloy restored parity before Mannion returned to centre stage with another brace of points.

Suddenly the challengers were 1-7 to 0-8 in front, but unsurprisingly Corofin came thundering back again once more.

A foul on Jason Leonard resulted in a penalty for Corofin, but Liam Silke’s effort struck the woodwork as Tuam survived a scare.

Corofin, though, remained cool with Leonard clipping two points to level and then Gary Sice nudged the All Ireland champions 0-11 to 1-7 ahead in the 44th minute.

The drama continued to unfold as Tuam substitute Gavan Connell and Michael Farragher swapped points.

Then Tuam were awarded a penalty in the 53rd minute when Brian Mannion was fouled and Murphy’s finish was crisp making the Corofin net dance.

Requiring a response Gary Sice drilled a delightful point under duress to trim the deficit to one in the last minute.

Murphy rifled over a gorgeous effort for Tuam, but Sice stayed ice cool converting two injury time frees to deny Tuam a famous win.

Scorers for Corofin: Jason Leonard (2fs) and Gary Sice (3fs) 0-4 each, Michael Farragher, Liam Silke, and Kieran Molloy 0-2 each, Martin Farragher 0-1.

Scorers for Tuam Stars: Brian Mannion 0-5 (2fs), Jamie Murphy 1-1 (1-0 pen), Paul Collins 1-0, Noel Henry, Ben O’Connell, and Gavan Connell 0-1 each.

COROFIN: Bernard Power; Conor Cunningham, Cathal Silke, Ciaran McGrath; Ross Mahon, Liam Silke, Dylan McHugh; Kieran Molloy, Ronan Steede; Gary Sice, Dylan Wall, Jason Leonard; Martin Farragher, Michael Farragher, Ian Burke.

Subs: Micheal Lundy for Mahon (HT), Daithi Burke for Cunningham (53), Gavin Burke for Wall (59).

TUAM STARS: Johnny Trayers; Rory O’Connor, Aonghus Tierney, Brian O’Donnell; Gary O’Donnell, Daragh O’Rourke, Brendan Mashengele; Conor Rhatigan, Paul Collins; Noel Henry, Jamie Murphy, Seamus Kelly; Brian Mannion, Mikey Mannion, Ben O’Connell.

Subs: Gavan Connell for Henry (48), Cormac McWalter for Kelly (56).

REFEREE: Gearoid O’Conamha.

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Coiste Chontae na Gaillimhe

Príomh Oifig Stáid an Phiarsaigh, Bóthar na Trá, Gaillimh

11th October 2019

Following interviews for the position of Galway Senior Football Manager, the interview Committee will be recommending Padraic Joyce and his selectors John Divilly, Michéal Ó Domhnaill and John Concannon for ratification to the Management and County Committee at their meeting next week.

Galway G.A.A would like to thank Liam Kearns for his interest in the fortunes of Galway and wish him well in the future.


Seamus Ó Gráda,

Secretary, Galway G.A.A.


The #GAAyouth Forum 2019 will take place on Saturday 26th October 2019. The application process will be open from Friday 4th October to Sunday 13th October at

The event is organised by the GAA YouthReps for other young players. The Forum, run in partnership with Sky Sports, is free and will be a fun and informative with a mix of interactive exhibitions, workshops, a youth congress, high profile speakers and a Q&A session.

With workshops designed for three specific age-grades (12 – 13; 14 – 15; 16 – 21 years), players will leave the Forum having learned invaluable tips and tools that will help them to develop as a player and as a person.

There will be a number of activities at the Forum including:

· Exhibition Zone – interactive demos about everything from preparing healthy lunches to hurley care and repair!

· Behind the Scenes Tours – get to see places in Croke Park that you never see on match days.

· Workshops and Talks – speakers will address a range of issues that are important to young players.

· Youth Congress – the oldest age group will have an opportunity to discuss and debate a range of issues of importance in Gaelic games today.

· Q&A – we will put your questions to a range of experts and high-profile players on a number of topics.

· Lunch Hub – Keep the energy levels high and enjoy the best grub Croke Park has to offer… all for free!

Registration is from 9.30am, the Forum commences at 11am and concludes at 4.30pm.

This FREE event will fill up fast so make sure to apply online as soon as applications open!

How to Apply:

500 delegate places are up for grabs for male and female players in three age groups: 12 – 13; 14 – 15 and 16 - 21. The online application process will be LIVE from Friday 4th October to Sunday 13th October at and there are two ways to apply:

· Online Application by an Individual

A young player can complete an individual application form online and identify an adult in their Club who endorses their application.

 · Online Application by a Club

A Club can complete an application form to nominate a young player/s from the Club to attend the Forum (max. 4 players, ages 12 - 21).

The closing date for applications is Sunday 13th October and successful applicants will be informed by Friday 18th October.


Coiste Chontae na Gaillimhe

Príomh Oifig Stáid an Phiarsaigh, Bóthar na Trá, Gaillimh

2nd October 2019

Galway GAA is disappointed with the statement, released by long-serving county sponsor, Supermacs, last night, relating to the sponsorship of our county teams.

The Galway County Committee acknowledges the long-standing, generous support of Pat McDonagh and Supermacs to Galway GAA, which has been beneficial to both parties.

Galway GAA are happy to confirm that sponsorship, contributed by Supermacs, went towards the preparation of all our inter-county teams in both codes.   For purposes of clarity, the board would like to point out that in excess of €7.4m has been spent by Galway GAA in the preparation of the football and hurling teams, to the highest standards, over the course of the last five seasons, Supermacs Sponsorship has made a valued contribution to this overall cost.

Our teams have been involved in All-Ireland semi-finals and finals in that period, ensuring long and high-profile campaigns, over the course of the summers in question.

In addition to team preparation costs, there has also been significant capital expenditure on training facilities.

Galway GAA has overseen a review of its financial operation in recent months, with the assistance of the GAA at Central Level.  We are currently implementing the findings of the 2018 Mazars Report, which highlighted previous governance deficiencies in Galway GAA.  This has been overseen by a representative from Croke Park, and ensures that the highest standards of financial and accounting practices are now in place.   As a consequence, we have appointed a new Finance and Operations Manager, who commenced employment last month.   In addition to this, an Audit Committee with Galway, Connacht and Croke Park representation is in place to independently monitor corporate governance practices in Galway GAA. 

We look forward to having the opportunity to discuss these matters with Pat McDonagh directly.

Galway GAA will be making no further comment.

Le dea-ghuí,
Pat Kearney
County Chairperson, Galway GAA

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