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Kerry 1-15 Galway 2-11

Geaney Goal sinks Galway

A late Paul Geaney goal followed by Killian Spillane point gave the Kerry their first win in the 2020 Allianz League over a Galway side who at least deserved a share of the spoils at Austin Park Tralee on Saturday night, a crowd of over 11,000 witnessed a game of entertaining football served up by both sides.

A first goal from Johnny Heaney followed a Shane Walsh green flag after 58th looked to given the visitors full points from their opening two games but they failed to seal deal as the Kingdom pressure paid off

Kerry line out: Shane Ryan, Jason Foley, Gavin Crowley, Graham O'Sullivan, Paul Murphy, Shane Enright, Gavin White, Liam Kearney, Jack Barry, Gavin O'Brien, Micheal Burns 0-02, Stephen O’Brien 0-01, James O’Donoghue 0-02, David Clifford 0-06 (0-03f), Paul Geaney 1-02 (0-01f).

SubsDiarmuid O'Connor for G O'Brien (32), Tommy Walsh 0-01 for J Donoghue (ht), Dara Moynihan for M Burns (55), Killian Spillane 0-01 for Kearney (61)

Galway line outConnor Gleeson, Johnny Duane, Sean Mulkerrin, Johnny Heaney 1-00, Gary O’Donnell, John Daly, Cillian McDaid 0-01, Ronan Steede, Cein D’Arcy, Eamonn Brannigan 0-03, Damien Comer 0-02 (0-01m), Finnian Ó Laoi, Robert Finnerty, Shane Walsh 1-04 (0-02f), Michael Daly 0-01.

Subs: Sean Kelly for J Duane (22), Matthew Tierney for R Finnerty (ht), Tom Flynn for R Steede (42), Liam Costello for Finian Ó Laoí (48), Adrian Varley for M Daly (52)

Referee: Anthony Nolan (Wicklow)

V Limerick Web

Allianz Hurling League Division 1 Group A


By John Fallon at LIT Gaelic Grounds

Allianz League champions Limerick made it two wins from two when they defeated Galway in front of a crowd of 14,151 at LIT Gaelic Grounds.

Hopes by Galway manager Shane O’Neill for victory on return to his native county never looked materialising as Limerick held an edge throughout.

The sides were deadlocked four times in the opening half but Limerick, playing against the breeze, finished the opening half strongly to lead by 0-12 to 0-9 at the break.

They were the sharper side in the opening half and should have been much further ahead, but a failure to finish a couple of goal chances and seven wides to Galway’s three curtailed them.

All six Limerick forwards scored from play in the opening half with David Reidy leading the way, shooting 0-6, half of them from frees.

They led by 0-4 to 0-2 after nine minutes, but Galway rallied and a point from wing-back Aidan Harte and two from Joe Canning, one of them a free, edged the Tribesmen 0-5 to 0-4 in front.

Two more efforts from Reidy were responded to by Conor Whelan and a brace from Canning to lead by 0-8 to 0-6 ten minutes from the break.

Limerick then took over and landed the next six scores, with Seamus Flanagan’s effort flying over the bar after pressure by TJ Brennan to leave it 0-12 to 0-8 approaching the break but Canning gave Galway hope with his sixth point and second from play.

Limerick struck a telling blow a minute after the restart when a cross from Flanagan was fielded by Dempsey over Sean Loftus and he dispatched the ball into the bottom left corner of the net.

Galway responded with three points in a row from Canning, Shane Cooney and Whelan to cut the gap to a goal again after 45 minutes.

But Galway then suffered a big blow when Canning had to go off with a hand injury before Reidy and Conor Cooney swapped points.

The next three points came from Limerick as Gearoid Hegarty, sub Aaron Gillane and a superb effort from William O’Donoghue to lead by 1-16 to 0-13 with 12 minutes left.

Subs Sean Bleahane and Darren O’Connell then exchanged points but Galway couldn’t get the goal needed to stage a comeback and Limerick ran out convincing eight point winners.

Scorers for Limerick: David Reidy 0-7 (4fs), David Dempsey 1-1, Gearoid Hegarty 0-2, Tom Morrissey 0-2, Aaron Gillane 0-2 (1f),Declan Hannon 0-1, Seamus Flanagan 0-1, Graeme Mulcahy 0-1, William O’Donoghue 0-1, Darren O’Connell 0-1.

Scorers for Galway: Joe Canning 0-7 (5fs), Conor Whelan 0-2, Conor Cooney 0-1 (f), Shane Cooney 0-1, Aidan Harte 0-1, Sean Bleahane 0-1, Cathal Mannion 0-1.

LIMERICK: Nicky Quaid; Aaron Costello, Sean Finn, Richie English; Dan Morrissey, Declan Hannon, Barry Nash; Darragh O’Donovan, William O’Donoghue; David Reidy, Tom Morrissey, Gearoid Hegarty; David Dempsey, Seamus Flanagan, Graeme Mulcahy.

Subs: Cian Lynch for O’Donovan (blood 4-6), Tom Condon for English (half-time), Diarmaid Byrnes for Hannon (40), Aaron Gillane for Flanagan (54), Darren O’Connell for Dempsey (60), Brian Ryan for Reidy (65).

GALWAY: Eanna Murphy; Sean Loftus, Gearoid Morrissey, TJ Brennan; Padraic Mannion, Shane Cooney, Aidan Harte; Adrian Tuohey, Sean Linnane; Diarmuid Kilcommins, Cathal Mannion, Joe Canning; Jason Flynn, Conor Whelan, Brian Concannon.

Subs: Conor Cooney for Concannon (half-time), Sean Bleahane for Canning (47), Darragh Burke for Kilcommins (52), Paul Killeen for Loftus (54), Jack Grealish for Linnane (65).

REFEREE: Colm Lyons (Cork).

The following is the  Galway team to play Limerick on Sunday  in the Allianz Hurling League in Limerick

1. Eanna Murphy
2. Sean Loftus
3. Gearoid McInerney
4. TJ Brennan
5. Pádraic Mannion
6. Shane Cooney
7. Aidan Harte
8. Adrian Touhy
9. Sean Linnane
10. Diarmuid Kilcommins
11. Cathal Mannion
12. Joe Canning
13. Jason Flynn
14. Conor Whelan
15. Sean Bleahane

Hurling WEB Limerick



Firstly, a big thank you to the many thousand who turned out to support us last Sunday for our opening Allianz League match against Monaghan.

Every game in Division 1 is difficult so I’m delighted to have two points on the board. Monaghan are never easily beaten and they certainly provided a tough test for us as they always do. It was a very important victory for us but nothing is won in January. We still have plenty of work to do with two huge games coming up against Kerry in Tralee and Donegal in Letterkenny.

The beauty of Division 1 is your playing good teams every week. Later in February we will face Tyrone in Tuam and then away to Meath in Navan before two mouth-watering games at home to neighbours Mayo and All-Ireland Champions Dublin.

Over the past few months we’ve looked at a multitude of players from the four corners of the county. We now have a strong panel of footballers who are working tirelessly week in, week out and are hugely committed to the Galway jersey.

This of course is a hugely exciting time for everybody in Galway football and I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate Corofin in winning the 3-in-a-row and Oughterard in capturing the All-Ireland Intermediate title last Saturday. They are both wonderful achievements.

Next stop Tralee and another huge game for us against Kerry this Saturday. We look forward to seeing you there.


‘Our Journey, Your Journey’ 

Padraic Joyce


The following is the Galway team to play Kerry on Satuday evening in Tralee in round 2 of the Allianz League

1 Connor Gleeson
2 Johnny Duane
3 Sean Mulkerrin
4 Johnny Heaney
5 Gary O'Donnell
6 John Daly
7 Cillian McDaid
8 Ronan Steede
9 Cein D'Arcy
10 Eamon Brannigan
11 Damien Comer
12 Finnian Ó Laoi
13 Robert Finnerty
14 Shane Walsh
15 Michael Daly


Johnny Heaney and Tom O'Sullivan in action


Tom Morrissey Limerick and Conor Whelan  Galway at the Media Event this morning prior the meeting in the Allianz League next Sunday

Conor Whelan remains eager to impress

By Cian O'Connell

It turned into one of those manic and memorable evenings. Joy, despair, and disbelief surrounded the last couple of Leinster Championship group games.

Ultimately it ended with Galway’s summer finishing as Dublin celebrated furiously at Parnell Park. When all the sums and equations were completed Wexford, Kilkenny, and Dublin advanced; Galway went reflecting on what might have been.

For the first year since Conor Whelan made his Championship debut Galway wouldn’t contest at least an All- Ireland semi-final. Whelan had become accustomed to those critical Croke Park contests between 2015 and 2018.

Seven months on under new manager Shane O’Neill a different dynamic exists. “If you combine it with the fact that we were knocked out on June 15 it has been a long winter,” Whelan admits.

“You are eager to get up to perform really. Settling in with a new management team is always going to take a period. I think it will probably take a while for Shane and his management team to get to know all of the players.

“The best way to get to know players is games. Ultimately that is what the goal is at the moment. Everyone is in the shop window, you have to perform.”

Whelan acknowledges not being involved in the latter stages of the All Ireland Championship was challenging in 2019. “It was strange,” Whelan replies instantly.

“From our perspective it was a very disappointing way to go. A mixture of injuries and loss of form, we just didn't perform on the day, we ended up losing.

Galway's Conor Whelan in Allianz League Hurling action against Westmeath's Tommy Doyle at Pearse Stadium.

“We lost one game and still ended up being out of the Championship. That was a very bitter pill to swallow, but it just shows the fine margins. We are just eager to get back playing and performing.”

At the Donnycarney venue following a few hours of high drama and mixed emotions Galway eventually exited. “That is the way it goes when it is on a round robin basis,” Whelan says. “So you never get too high after you win and you're hoping that there is always going to be a game down the line if you end up losing, to move on from the defeat, and if you win to keep it going.

“It was just the fact we didn't get a chance to perform again, that was our bow for the summer. It was very disappointing, it definitely took a few days to sink in that you were out of the Championship. That is just the way it goes.”

During the remainder of 2019, Whelan and Colm Callanan were integral contributors as Kinvara won a competitive Galway Intermediate Championship. It brought pleasure.

“There was a bit of a silver lining, we went on a run with the club and ended up coming back up senior for the first time in six or seven years,” Whelan admits. “That was nice too, to be able to cap it off with that.

“We definitely got more time to spend with the club boys than we would previously. We were able to gel together, Colm and myself and the club guys. We went on a run and got a massive run of form. We built week on week, we were lucky enough in the final, but we got there in the end.”

Such a determined attitude is one of the reasons why Whelan remains an integral part of the Galway set-up, graduating to the role of vice captain for the current campaign.

On Sunday Galway proved too strong for a spirited Westmeath outfit, who were unable to cope following the dismissal of Aonghus Clarke.

New Galway hurling manager Shane O'Neill.

“It was the first day out in the League, you obviously are going to have lots of work ons afterwards,” Whelan remarks.

“Probably we struggled to get going for a while at the start and the sending off ultimately paved the way for a fairly substantial win in the end. I don't think the scoreline really reflected the performance, there is lots of areas to work on.”

O’Neill will continue to carry out experiments during the coming weeks ahead of the summer and that policy is important. Adding to the depth of the panel is one of the chief missions.

“I think every lad will get a chance at some stage,” Whelan replies. “All the lads who are getting a chance are full value for it. He isn't just going to hand out chances to people not performing in training.

“I think the League is about finding players and giving lads a chance. If lads can get a run of games and perform and if you perform throughout the League, that is going to reflect on the teamsheet in the Championship.”

The time watching the hurling summer unfold brought opportunity for reflection. Next weekend Galway travel to the LIT Gaelic Grounds for an interesting tussle against Limerick.

An appetite and willingness to work exists in the west according to Whelan. “You are eager to get back, like anything the longer you are out from something the more hungry you are to get back,” Whelan comments.

“Mid June is a very long time ago, especially in hurling terms. Obviously you train so much you are eager to play games and eager to test yourself against other teams to see where you are at. That is what the League is about really.”

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