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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

The Galway team to play Meath in the Junior championship at Hyde Park to day at 1.00 pm 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 Kilkenny

Sunday July 14th at 12:00 p.m. in Croke Park

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 0-16

MAYO  0-10

By Brían Mangan

Galway had 6 points to spare as they dethroned champions Mayo with a strong performance in the Connacht Under -20 Final in Tuam this evening. Galway were far more efficient than their great rivals, with some of the interplay between their forward line a joy to watch. Mayo had no answer to the unselfishness, cohesion and the overall speed of the ball movement used by the Tribesmen throughout the game.

Playing with a slight breeze into the town goals, Galway had a healthy 6 point lead at half time. On a damp humid evening, both teams were guilty of turning over possession on too many occasions as the greasy ball was fumbled under intense pressure. Mayo had a good start, the dangerous Tommy Conroy skinning his marker twice in quick succession to create the first two scores of the evening, one he kicked himself and another free he was hauled down for. Liam Costello then showed his speed for two of his three fine first half points, added to by a classy Rory Cunningham strike to put the Tribesmen in front with a 3-2 lead after the first quarter. Mayo had a lot of bodies back, with Paddy Goldrick spending a lot of time in defence and this frustrated Galway’s dangerous forwards, who struggled for quality ball in the opening exchanges. The visitors also missed three very kickable frees in the first half, which would have annoyed Michael Solan as they were hard won. Substitute Conor Newell kicked a point a minute after being introduced to put Galway 3 up, before Padraig Costello found the range with a sweet kick from the right wing after 28 minutes. Paul Towey then kicked a nice score for Mayo with a minute left with only a minute of normal time remaining, leaving them only three-points in arrears, a situation they would have been relatively pleased with having played against a significant breeze. However Darragh Silke then kicked three fast points just before the break to put Galway 6 up and in an extremely commanding position at the half time whistle.

Galway were able to hold this 6 point advantage until full time and were full value for the winning margin. Rory Cunningham kicked two good scores early in the second half to put them 8 up, and they never looked in danger if being caught after this. Mayo were more than competitive at midfield, wth Evan O’Brien and Gavin Durcan winning a massive amount of primary ball over the hour. Man of the Match Liam Costello was a late inclusion to the Galway starting line up and he kicked his 4th in the 5th minute of the half to extend the advantage to 9, which was the most they led by all day. Tommy Conroy threatened all day for the visitors despite living off scraps, and him and centre forward Paul Towey sparked a mini revival with good scores for Mayo as they got back to 6 with 5 to go, although this was as close as they got. Outstanding captain Seán Mulkerrin was presented with the cup by President of the Connacht Council Gerry McGovern, and on this showing Padraic Joyce’s charges will fancy a real crack at an All Ireland. Next up for them is the Leinster Champions on the weekend of the 27th of July.

Referee: Paddy Neilan

GALWAY: O Burke, R Mahon, S Mulkerrin, E McFadden, L Boyle, C Potter, J Kirrane, M Barrett, L Costello (0-4), M Tierney (0-1f), G Burke, B O’Connell, D Silke (0-5, 0-4fs), P Costello (0-3), R Cunningham (0-3, 0-1f) SUBS: J Glynn, C Newell (0-1), M O’Connell, E Mannion, B Harlowe

MAYO: J McNicholas, J Coyne, R Brickenden, O Mullin, A McDonnell, C Beirne, E McLaughlin, E O’Brien (0-3fs), G Durcan, J Gallagher, P Towey (0-3), P Goldrick, A Orme, S McGreal, T Conroy (0-3) SUBS: N Moran, D McBrien, K Callaghan, D Gannon, C Gavin, K King

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