Allianz Hurling League Semi-Final


By Cian O'Connell at Nowlan Park

When demanding questions were posed Waterford summoned the necessary answers to set up an intriguing Allianz Hurling League decider against Limerick.

Paraic Fanning’s developing team delivered when it truly counted in the closing stages reeling off seven points without reply at a crucial stage.

That five of those scores arrived following the 54th minute dismissal of Mikey Kearney merely added to the feel good factor.

It was that sort of defiant display Waterford craved and the Deise will head for GAA headquarters heartened by this win.

Initially Waterford were in a bit of bother as Galway stitched some nice attacking patterns together accumulating an 0-8 to 0-3 advantage by the 18th minute.

Joe Canning was knitting the play together smartly while Cathal Mannion and Davey Glennon contributed some fine scores.

Still Waterford ploughed on and while they trailed by five again as the interval approached a fortuitous goal altered the complexion dramatically.

Stephen Bennett’s delivery caused panic and the sliotar eventually rattled the Galway net and the lead was trimmed to two.

The prolific Bennett narrowed the gap, but a Canning free ensured Galway went in at the interval 0-12 to 1-7 ahead.

After the restart it was tight and tense as Galway nudged themselves three in front, 0-17 to 1-11 when Canning rifled over a 49th minute free.

Galway didn’t score again until the seventh minute of stoppage time as Waterford seized the initiative in impressive fashion.

Substitute Jack Prendergast made an impact, but Waterford could have been disturbed when a second yellow card ensured Kearney was sent off.

Admirably Waterford kept thundering into the contest - Stephen Bennett levelled in the 56th minute before Calum Lyons clipped a sweet point from distance.

Suddenly Waterford were armed with belief, confidence, and momentum as Pauric Mahony clipped two splendid efforts guiding them 1-18 to 0-17 clear.

Galway’s cause wasn’t aided when Canning was stretchered off in injury time and while Glennon and Jason Flynn (free) pinched points it wasn’t enough. Waterford weren’t going to be denied.

Scorers for Waterford: Stephen Bennett 1-7 (1-6fs), Pauric Mahony 0-3, Jamie Barron and  Jack Prendergast 0-2 each, Calum Lyons, Tommy Ryan, Mikey Kearney, and Austin Gleeson 0-1 each.

Scorers for Galway: Joe Canning 0-7 (5fs), Cathal Mannion 0-4, Davy Glennon 0-3, Johnny Coen, Conor Whelan, Brian Concannon,  Kevin Hussey, and Jason Flynn (f) 0-1 each.

WATERFORD: Stephen O’Keeffe; Shane McNulty, Calum Lyons, Noel Connors; Tadhg de Burca, Philip Mahony, Kevin Moran; Jamie Barron, Colin Dunford; Austin Gleeson, Mikey Kearney, Pauric Mahony; Tommy Ryan, Stephen Bennett, Shane Bennett.

Subs: Jack Prendergast for Dunford (HT), Peter Hogan for Ryan (51), Colm Roche for de Burca (63), DJ Foran for Gleeson (70).

GALWAY: Fergal Flannery; Ronan Burke, Gearoid McInerney, Darren Morrissey; Paul Killeen, Padraic Mannion, Aidan Harte; Cathal Mannion, Johnny Coen; Conor Whelan, Joe Canning, Kevin Hussey; Davey Glennon, Brian Concannon, Niall Burke.

Subs: Jason Flynn for N Burke (56), Tadhg Haran for Coen (69), Jarlath Mannion for Canning (70+2), John Hanbury for Killeen (70+8).

REFEREE: Paud O’Dwyer (Carlow).

Allianz Football League Division One


By Michael Devlin at Healy Park

Tyrone turned it around in spectacular fashion in Omagh finishing off their Allianz Football League campaign with a win.

Three goals in the second half completed a 14-point swing against a Galway team who appeared to be in the mood until the halfway point.

Both teams were out for the win to earn a place in the final, in the hope that relegation battling Monaghan would get a result against Mayo in Castlebar. Dispatches from proceedings in McHale Park were coming through minute by minute, but it looked like the that score was only going to be of interest to Galway as Tyrone played the first half well below par.

Galway were far and away the better side in the first 35 minutes and thoroughly deserved their 1-11 to 0-7 lead at the break. Shane Walsh was unerring from frees as well as from play, at his 0-5 haul in the first half embodied a very clinical Galway side in front of the posts.

Tyrone got off the mark first with a Peter Harte free, but the visitors soon set out their stall Johnny Heaney, Michael Daly and Walsh all pointing in quick succession.

Harte followed up with another from play before Michael Cassidy brilliantly rounded his opponent to make three each after 15 minutes, but the direct ball into the Cathal McShane-Mattie Donnelly partnership that served Tyrone so well in Croke Park last Saturday night wasn’t quite functioning as efficiently today.

At the other end, Galway’s movement was much more impressive as Walsh, Heaney and Michael Daly were transferring possession with ease. Their goal in the 18th minute however came by much more direct means as a long ball into Niall Morgan’s area was tipped in by Danny Cummins.

McShane and Walsh traded frees thereafter before Niall Sludden had a plea for a penalty turned down by referee Cormac O’Reilly. Another Walsh free was followed up by two swift Tyrone points in succession from Mattie Donnelly and Kieran McGeary.

Galway’s response was immediate though as Walsh raced through to split the posts moments later before two more scores were added by Heaney and Daly.

Mattie Donnelly had to work hard for a score that brought the deficit back to four points, but Galway finished the half in a flourish with Walsh, Gareth Bradshaw and Heaney all hitting the target.

By the twelfth minute of the second half though, that commanding Galway lead had been obliterated. McShane and Harte tagged on frees before the former collected a route one pass in the penalty area before being hauled down. Harte made no mistake with the spot kick.

A few minutes later, Tyrone were in the lead. Galway goalie Ruairi Lavelle found himself in no mans land and coughed up possession 30 yards from goal, and Mattie Donnelly was there to capitalise on the error, keeping his cool to roll the ball soccer-style into the empty night. The Tyrone supporters had found their voice again.

Another Walsh free registered Galway’s first score of the second half in the 53rd minute, but Tyrone’s tails were up and Donnelly and McShane (2) extended their lead to a three points moments later. Galway’s fortunes were hindered further when Eoghan Kerin received a black card and was sent to the sin bin.

There was drama again as Lavelle was caught with the goal vacant for a second time, this time though Peter Harte couldn’t float a distance kick into the empty net. A tremendous score from the impressive Michael Cassidy from the right wing kept Tyrone in command.

Galway did have a sniff of goal as the game entered stoppage time, but Heaney’s drive at goal was several inches over the cross bar. Substitute Darren McCurry kept the Tyrone cushion at four with a neat point soon after.

It was all hands to the pump in Tyrone defence in the closing stages as Galway pushed hard for a goal to get back in the game. Antaine O Laoi pointed a free but the goal they craved came at the other end for Tyrone, another high ball into McShane breaking to the path for Kyle Coney to simply tap home.

Mattie Donnelly’s point moments later brought up a big roar around Healy Park and capped a satisfying win for Harte’s men.

Scorers for Tyrone: Mattie Donnelly 1-4, Peter Harte 1-3 (1-0 pen, 2fs) Cathal McShane 0-3 (2fs), Kyle Coney 1-0, Michael Cassidy 0-2, Kieran McGeary 0-1, Darren McCurry 0-1.

Scorers for Galway: Shane Walsh 0-6 (4fs), Johnny Heaney 0-4, Danny Cummins 1-0, Michael Daly 0-2, Gareth Bradshaw 0-1, Antaine O Laoi 0-1.

TYRONE: Niall Morgan, Padraig Hampsey, Ronan McNamee, Hugh Pat McGeary; Michael Cassidy, Colm Cavanagh, Ben McDonnell; Brian Kennedy, Richard Donnelly; Matthew Donnelly, Niall Sludden, Conor Meyler; Cathal McShane, Peter Harte, Kieran McGeary.

Subs: Michael McKernan for B. McDonnell (42), Kyle Coney for Hugh Pat McGeary (42), Darren McCurry for N. Sludden (65), Conal McCann for R. Donnelly (68).

GALWAY: Ruairi Lavelle; Eoghan Kerin, Sean Andy O Ceallaigh, David Wynne; Gary O’Donnell, John Daly, Gareth Bradshaw; Tom Flynn, Ciaran Duggan; Finnian O Laoi, Shane Walsh, Johnny Heaney; Danny Cummins, Michael Daly, Antaine O Laoi.

Subs: Cein D’Arcy for C. Duggan (HT), Sean Kelly for A. O Laoi (42), Peter Cooke for D. Cummins (57), Kieran Molloy for G. Bradshaw (66).

REFEREE: Cormac Reilly (Meath).

Drug and Alcohol talk 

Galway GAA Health and Wellbeing committee are hosting an information session in conjunction with the Western Region Drugs and Alcohol Task force on Monday 1st April at 7.30 p.m. in Loughgeorge. This event is open to club officers and Healthy Club Officer from each club.

To book a place please email Iggy at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Allianz Hurling League Semi-Finals Galway v Waterford


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AIB All Ireland Club SFC Final


By Cian O'Connell at Croke Park

Corofin, the ice cool standard bearers in Galway and Connacht, never forget. What makes them so great is the fact that some sort of response will always be summoned. That is just the way it is for a proud Corofin outfit and their flag remains planted on the summit of the club game.

Every defeat is scrutinised - one loss hurt more deeply than many when Dr Crokes administered a sound All Ireland semi-final beating at the Gaelic Grounds two years ago.

It is why Corofin were accompanied by such a burning desire in GAA headquarters with Kevin O’Brien’s charges producing a daring and dynamic first half display.

When the teams departed at the break Corofin were armed with a commanding 2-7 to 0-6 advantage which was an accurate reflection of their utter superiority.

Primed for this contest Corofin’s organisation meant they adequately dealt with Crokes’ much vaunted forward line, while also negating the threat of a willing half back line.

While Dr Crokes were efficient initially Corofin were prompted by a fine eighth minute Jason Leonard goal following a sharp Kieran Molloy assist.

Tony Brosnan’s frees kept Crokes in the hunt and they only trailed by 1-3 to 0-5 in the 18th minute before Corofin seized control.

A gorgeous 21st minute move featuring Martin Farragher, Daithi Burke, and Ian Burke culminated with Gary Sice palming the ball to the back of the Crokes net.

Corofin’s class was evident and Crokes were under pressure, especially when captain John Payne was red carded in the 26th minute.

Eager to make their numerical superiority count Sice mined two points and Leonard added a tidy effort ensuring they led by seven at the turnaround.

When the action recommenced Corofin struck four of the first six scores with Leonard and Martin Farragher prominent edging the holders 2-11 to 0-8 in the ascendancy.

Crokes introduced Colm Cooper, but Corofin were dictating the agenda with impressive authority as the Farragher brothers thumped over splendid scores.

In the dying embers the decorated Corofin full back Kieran Fitzgerald was sent off for a second yellow card offence, but it didn’t matter.

Retaining the All Ireland title was a mission Corofin always wanted to achieve. Accomplishing that feat with such a mixture of substance and style merely added to the sense of satisfaction.

Scorers for Corofin: Gary Sice 1-5 (3fs), Jason Leonard 1-3, Martin Farragher 0-4, Daithi Burke 0-2, Kieran Molloy and Mike Farragher 0-1 each.

Scorers for Dr Crokes: Tony Brosnan 0-5 (4fs), Daithi Casey 0-3 (2fs), Micheal Burns and Colm Cooper (f) 0-1 each.

COROFIN: Bernard Power; Liam Silke, Kieran Fitzgerald, Cathal Silke; Dylan McHugh, Dylan Wall, Kieran Molloy; Daithi Burke, Ronan Steede; Micheal Lundy, Jason Leonard, Mike Farragher; Martin Farragher, Gary Sice, Ian Burke.

Subs: Colin Brady for L Silke (HT), Conor Cunningham for McHugh (48), Gavin Burke for Lundy (53), Ciaran McGrath for Wall (55), Dylan Canney for Sice (57), Ciaran Brady for D Burke (57).

DR CROKES: Shane Murphy; John Payne, Fionn Fitzgerald, Michael Moloney; Gavin White, David O’Leary, Shane Doolan; Johnny Buckley, Daithi Casey; Micheal Burns, Gavin O’Shea, Brian Looney; Tony Brosnan, Kieran O’Leary, David Shaw.

Subs: Michael Potts for Doolan (HT), Colm Cooper for O’Shea (37), Jordan Kiely for O’Leary (41), Alan O’Sullivan for D O’Leary (46), Eoin Brosnan for Casey (53), Jason Lyne for Looney (57).

REFEREE: Barry Cassidy (Derry).

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