The Galway Minor team to play Kerry in the All-Ireland football semi-final on Sunday is as follows

1-Donie Halleran

2-Jonathan McGrath

3-Ruairí King

4-Liam Tevnan

5-Cian Hernon

6-Ethan Fiorentini

7-Kyle O’Neill

8-James McLaughlin

9-Daniel O’Flaherty

10-Evan Nolan

11-Warren Seoige

12-Dylan Brady

13-Nathan Grainger

14-Tomo Culhane

15-Daniel Cox

Congratulations to Cappataggle who won the Kevin Burke Tyres Division 1 Hurling League beating Loughrea 2-14 to 0-19




Congratulations to Oranmore/Maree who won the Kevin Burke Tyres Division Two Hurling League Title beating Ballindereen 4-14 to 3-7.






Congratulations to Meelick Eyrecourt who won the Kevin Burke Tyres Division 3 Hurling League defeating Kilconerion1 on a scoreline of 0-25 to 1-19


Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor hurling championship semi-final


By Paul Keane at Croke Park

Sean McDonagh helped himself to a dozen points as Galway moved within an hour of their third consecutive Electric Ireland All-Ireland minor hurling title success.

The holders led from the first minute until full-time and were full value for the nine-point semi-final win which propels them through to an August 18 final against Kilkenny.

That'll be a repeat of the quarter-final group stage game which Galway won by three points at Croke Park earlier this month.

Ian McGlynn was sent off in the 38th minute so, as things stand, would be ruled out of the final.

The game stretched to almost 80 minutes in total due to an injury to Galway full-forward Shane Morgan.

He suffered the injury during a stoppage time fracas and referee Colm Cunning showed straight red cards to Wexford defenders Kyle Scallan and Cian Molloy following the flash-point.

It was a tough day for Wexford who returned to Croke Park following last month's Leinster final triumph, their first provincial title since 1985.

AJ Redmond fired 1-11 on that occasion but, mirroring the team as a whole, was unable to influence the game in the same way this time, striking four early wides.

In truth, it was a tense and tight encounter that reflected the huge prize on offer. Galway led 0-10 to 0-3 at half-time with six of the westerners' scores coming from placed balls.

Man of the Match McDonagh converted all of those and finished the half with seven points in total after an impressive display.

Alex Connaire was also on the mark with two first-half points for Galway as they put themselves in a winning position with 30 minutes to play.

Galway stretched their lead to nine before McGlynn's dismissal and, to their credit, retained that advantage at full-time.

Redmond drilled four second-half points from frees for Wexford but they needed a goal and it never arrived despite opportunities for David Cantwell and Molloy while Richie Lawlor fired a point just over the bar.

Wexford did reduce the gap to seven points in the 58th minute but Galway finished stronger with scores from McDonagh and substitute Paddy Cummins.

Galway scorers: Sean McDonagh 0-12 (0-9f), Alex Connaire 0-2, Tiernan Killeen 0-2, Colm Cunningham 0-1, Gavin Lee 0-1, Greg Thomas 0-1, Paddy Cummins 0-1.

Wexford scorers: AJ Redmond 0-5 (0-5f), David Cantwell 0-2, Cian Byrne 0-1 (0-1f), Josh Shiel 0-1, Luke Kavanagh 0-1, Richie Lawlor 0-1.

GALWAY: Michael Egan; Adam Nolan, Eoin Lawless, Christy Brennan; Enda Collins, Ian McGlynn, John Cooney; Liam Leen, Alex Connaire; Tiernan Killeen, Sean McDonagh, Colm Cunningham; Greg Thomas, Shane Morgan, Ruben Davitt. Subs: Gavin Lee for Davitt (40), Diarmuid O'Leary for Kirwan (48), Paddy Cummins for Leen (51), Eanna Davoren for Collins (55), Oisin Slevin for Killeen (63).

WEXFORD: Cian Byrne; Joe Conroy, Kyle Scallan, Dylan Whelan; Justin Moran, Cian Molloy, David Codd; Jack Kirwan, Luke Kavanagh; Josh Shiel, Paddy Whitty, Dylan O'Neill; AJ Redmond, David Cantwell, Richie Lawlor. Subs: Cian Byrne for O'Neill (h/t), Cian Browne for Whitty (h/t), Conor Foley for Shiel (46), Sean O'Hanlon for Cunninhgam (48), Oisin Pepper for Redmond (56).

Referee: Colm Cunning (Antrim).

All-Ireland Minor Football semi-final

GALWAY 2-17 Kildare 0-15

By Declan Rooney at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park

Galway will play Kerry in the Electric Ireland All-Ireland minor football semi-final as goals in each half from James McLaughlin and Nathan Grainger saw them claim a 2-17 to 0-15 victory over Kildare at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park.

Kildare’s Aaron Browne scored five points from play and Eoin Bagnell also added a handful for the Leinster champions, but with Tomo Culhane leading the line brilliantly, Galway ran out impressive winners in the end.

Only ten seconds had elapsed when Galway hit the key score of the first-half. Midfielder McLaughlin won the throw-in and carried powerfully through the centre of Kildare’s defence before he blasted past Cian Burke.

Kildare showed no panic after that early goal though and instead Bagnell got them up and running with a point in the second minute.

A one-point loss to Mayo after extra-time in the Connacht final was a cruel defeat for the Tribesmen, but they showed they were ready for knock-out football when Grainger and Daniel Cox kicked points from tight angles in the third minute as the frantic start continued.

With Aedan Boyle dropping deep behind the Kildare midfield he was a threat throughout and after an Adam Conneely point on the turn, a foul on Boyle allowed Bagnel make it 1-2 to 0-3.

Conneely looked to have scored a goal for his side following a driving run, but his low shot trickled inches past Donie Halleran’s post, while Culhane restored Galway’s three-point cushion with a fine score for his side after nine minutes.

At the other end Aaron Browne drilled over a great point from distance when he arrived on the loop, but Galway responded well with two in a row: the first an excellent free from Culhane from the right; the second from Evan Nolan after Galway forced the turnover from the resultant kick-out.

The loss of Ciarán O’Brien was a big blow for Kildare before half-time, but he had contributed a great score as three in a row from Kildare saw them pull to within one point of Galway at half-time, 1-7 to 0-8.

Galway’s two-point interval lead was soon out to six as the Tribesmen hit the second period with real vigour. Warren Seoige kicked two points in a minute to start the roll of Galway scores, while Cox and Nolan kept the pressure on Kildare.

That was the biggest lead of the game at that stage, but it didn’t last long. Browne scored twice in consecutive Kildare attacks, while a free from Bagnell was converted from 50 metres.

Two in a row from Galway was bettered when Browne and Boyle helped Kildare to three without reply, but nine minutes from time the Kildare challenge disappeared when Seoige’s break was finished to the net by Grainger.

Scorers for Galway: Tomo Culhan 0-6 (5f), Nathan Grainger 1-2, James McLaughlin 1-1, Daniel Cox 0-3, Evan Nolan 0-2, Warren Seoige 0-2, Niall Cunninghan 0-1.

Scorers for Kildare: Eoin Bagnell 0-5 (4f), Aaron Browne 0-5, Adam Conneely 0-2, Ciarán O’Brien 0-1, Aedan Boyle 0-1, PJCullen 0-1.

GALWAY: Donie Halleran; Jonathan McGrath, Ruairí King, Liam Tevnan; Cian Hernon, Ethan Fiorentini, Kyle O’Neill; James McLaughlin, Daniel O’Flaherty; Evan Nolan, Warren Seoige, Dylan Brady; Nathan Grainger, Tomo Culhane, Daniel Cox. Subs: Conall Gallagher for Brady (40), Mark Colleran for O’Flaherty (51), Niall Cunningham for Grainger (54), Alan Naughton for Nolan (61), James Webb for O’Neill (61).

KILDARE: Cian Burke; Mark Maguire, Conan Boran, Tommy Gill; PJ Cullen, Oisín O’Rourke, Jack Quinn; Shane Flynn, Kevin Eustace; Eoin Bagnell, Ciarán O’Brien, Aaron Browne; Eoin Meehan, Aedan Boyle, Adam Conneely. Subs:Daniel Woulfe for O’Brien (29), Mickey Delahunty for Meehan (36), Ryan Comeou for O’Rourke (40), Oisín Milmoe for Boyle (53), Matthew Whelan for Quinn (53), Joel Kavanagh for Maguire (59). 

Referee: Seán Lonergan (Tipperary).

EirGrid All-Ireland U-20 Football Semi-Final  


By Declan Rooney at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park

Ciarán Archer hit two crucial early goals as Dublin qualified for the Eirgrid All-Ireland U-20 football final following a powerful 2-14 to 1-10 victory over Galway at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park.

Despite getting off to the worst possible start Galway recovered well and kept in touch thanks to Brian Harlowe’s goal. Five unanswered points at the start of the second-half saw Galway draw level, but they would never lead in this game as Dublin qualified for the final where they will face either Cork or Tyrone.

Galway won the toss in Longford and elected to play with the stiff breeze, but they didn’t get the brisk start they required and after six minutes play they were 2-1 to 0-0 behind.

It was Archer who did all the damage in those early minutes with a third-minute free getting the Leinster champions off the mark, before Karl Lynch Bissett’s long diagonal ball was passed on to Archer by Brian O’Leary and the St Maur’s man blasted past Oran Burke into the top corner.

Archer was instrumental in Dublin’s provincial final success over Laois with a 3-8 tally for his side, and he added his second goal in as many minutes to put them seven points clear. Once again it was a long delivery from the left by Lynch Bissett that caused panic in the Galway defence, and after a gentle nudge on Seán Mulkerrin, Archer forced his way along the endline and tucked the ball past Burke once more.

Padraic Joyce’s side had started with an orthodox line-up in defence and he declined the opportunity to reinforce the back-line with a sweeper, and his choice paid off as his side began to find their feet. Wing back Liam Boyle was on song for the Tribesmen, while Harlowe laid on Galway’s first score for Tony Gill in the 13th minute. It was a vital score for Galway who quickly began to play their high intensity game and the chances began to flow.

But they were a little wasteful too in that tricky wind and tallied seven first-half wides, although Harlowe was bang on target in the 18th minute to close the gap to two points. The midfielder was involved in the move on three occasions, the final one being a cool side-foot finish to the top corner.

But the scores came easier to Dublin. Archer kicked a free and Ross McGarry kicked a couple of quick points for the Leinster side to restore their five-point lead in the 26thminute, but Galway stayed in touch with points from Matthew Tierney and Gill to leave it 2-6 to 1-4 at half-time.

Liam Costello was Galway’s inspiration in their Connacht final win over Mayo and from the start of the second-half he began to have a growing influence. A free from Padraig Costello was quickly added to by Gill – his third point from play – while Rory Cunningham and Padraig Costello added scores in the 35th and 40th minutes to close the gap to one point.

Cunningham drilled over a super point from the right, which drew Galway level in the 12th minute of the half, but after six straight score from the Tribesmen, an Archer free and a David Lacey point with his first touch gave Dublin a two-point lead at the end of the third quarter.

This time there was to be no Galway revival. Archer kicked his fifth point following a foul on James Doran, while Brian O’Leary kicked an excellent point on the turn to make it 2-10 to 1-9 with 11 minutes remaining.

Boyle got the point his performance deserved seven minutes from the end, but once David O’Hanlon denied Tierney with a brilliant reaction save a minute later Dublin had a straightforward canter to the win.

Scorers for Dublin: *Ciarán Archer 2-6 (4f), Ross McGarry 0-3, Brian O’Leary 0-2, David Lacey 0-1, Niall O’Leary 0-1, James Doran 0-1.

Scorers for Galway: Tony Gill 0-3, Padraig Costello 0-3 (2f), Brian Harlowe 1-0, Rory Cunningham 0-2, Matthew Tierney 0-1, Liam Boyle 0-1.

DUBLIN: David O’Hanlon; Darren Maher, Daire Newcombe, Neil Matthews; Kieran Kennedy, Eoin O’Dea, Seán Lambe; Peadar Ó Cofaigh Byrne, Donal Ryan; Niall O’Leary, Karl Lynch Bissett, James Doran; Brian O’Leary, Ciarán Archer, Ross McGarry. Subs: Aaron Lynch for Maher (44), David Lacey for Ryan (44), Harry Ladd for B O’Leary (63).

GALWAY: Oran Burke; Ross Mahon, Seán Mulkerrin, Eoghan McFadden; Liam Boyle, Ciarán Potter, Jack Kirrane; Matthias Barrett, Matthew Tierney; Brian Harlowe, Liam Costello, Tony Gill; Darragh Silke, Pádraig Costello, Rory Cunningham. Subs: Jack Glynn for Kirrane (7), Conor Newell for Harlowe (28), Conor Campbell for Potter (40), Mikey O’Brien for Glynn (48), Eoin Mannion for Gill (50), Ben O’Connell for L Costello (58).

Referee: Pádraig Hughes (Armagh)

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