Galway beaten by  Monaghan in  Pearse Stadium

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All Ireland SFC Quarter-Final Group 1


By Cian O’Connell at Pearse Stadium

Unsurprisingly this Monaghan win was celebrated furiously in the west as Malachy O’Rourke’s team secured a first All Ireland semi-final appearance since 1988.

Monaghan were primed for this tussle in the west and Galway just couldn’t cope with the grit and determination summoned by the visitors.

Many wondered whether David Clifford’s splendid last gasp goal for Kerry in Clones a fortnight ago would derail Monaghan’s hopes of progression, but the response at Pearse Stadium was emphatic.

The opening period went according to plan for Monaghan, who were roared on by a passionate travelling support in Salthill.

Galway were frustrated for vast chunks of the first half by Monaghan, who thundered into the physical exchanges departing at the break armed with a 0-7 to 0-5 advantage.

Monaghan ran the ball smartly with Ryan McAnespie clipping two fine points, while Darren Hughes worked diligently throughout the pitch.

Vinny Corey and Colin Walshe also ventured forward to nail fine scores for Malachy O’Rourke’s outfit, who settled smartly to accumulate a 0-5 to 0-2 lead by the 25th minute.

Fintan Kelly, Corey, Hughes, McAnespie, and Walshe all contributed scores, but Galway did improve as the interval approached.

Peter Cooke lofted a nice point from distance which drew a response from McManus (free) and McAnespie as Monaghan edged four clear,

Gary O’Donnell and Shane Walsh (free) narrowed the gap, but Monaghan, primed to force turnovers, deservedly led by two at the turnaround.

After the restart, though, Monaghan continued to inflict damage clipping four of the next five points with McManus and Hughes prominent.

Suddenly Monaghan’s cushion was five and Galway were in significant bother when Eamonn Brannigan mined a point.

Dermot Malone, who was hugely industrious for Monaghan, and Ian Burke traded scores, but O’Rourke’s team were dominant.

Malone stitched the play effectively as a McAnespie point was followed by frees from McManus and Rory Beggan. Drew Wylie, Colin Walshe, and Damien Comer were all sent off for second yellow cards offences in the dying embers of the game, but it scarcely bothered Monaghan.

Fittingly McAnespie iced the Monaghan cake deep into stoppage time and they will head for Croke Park next weekend heartened.

Scorers for Monaghan: Conor McManus 0-5 (4fs), Ryan McAnespie 0-4, Darren Hughes 0-2, Colin Walshe, Vinny Corey, Dermot Malone, Fintan Kelly, Rory Beggan (f) 0-1 each.

Scorers for Galway: Eamonn Brannigan and Shane Walsh (2fs) 0-2 each, Peter Cooke, Ian Burke, Gary O’Donnell, and Damien Comer 0-1 each.

MONAGHAN: Rory Beggan; Ryan Wylie, Drew Wylie, Kieran Duffy; Karl O’Connell, Colin Walshe, Vinny Corey; Niall Kearns, Darren Hughes; Fintan Kelly, Dermot Malone, Shane Carey; Conor McCarthy, Ryan McAnespie, Conor McManus.Subs: Jack McCarron for McCarthy (58), Neil McAdam for Kearns (63), Paudie McKenna for Carey (66), Dessie Mone for O’Connell (68).

GALWAY: Ruairi Lavelle; Declan Kyne, Sean Andy O’Ceallaigh, Eoghan Kerin; Cathal Sweeney, Gareth Bradshaw, Gary O’Donnell; Peter Cooke, Tom Flynn; Sean Kelly, Shane Walsh, Eamonn Brannigan; Adrian Varley, Damien Comer, Ian Burke.Subs: Patrick Sweeney for Varley (43), Ciaran Duggan for Cooke (52), Johnny Heaney for O’Ceallaigh (57), Padraic Cunningham for Brannigan (60), David Wynne for Kerin (63), Danny Cummins for Burke (68)

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Galway Minor Footballers in All-Ireland Semi-Final 

Galway Minor Panel that beat clare

The Minor panel prior to the game against Clare

James McLoughlin

James McLoughlin reaches high

Galway finish strong in Minor Football Q/Final

Galway 0-18 Clare 0-11

Galway will meet Meath in two weeks time in the All-Ireland Minor football semi-final after they beat beat Clare in Tullamore by seven points, the winners started slowly and failed to register a score in the opening twenty five minutes as the Banner with aid of the breeze went into a seven point lead, the winners scored three pointed frees in the last four minutes from Ryan Monaghan to trail at the break by 0-3 to 0-8, Clare fully deserved the lead as Galway struggled all over the field to come to grips with the free flowing play of the Clare men.

Galway were a different outfit after the break and out scored Clare by ten points to three over the thirty minutes, the sides were level with fifteen minutes to go at 0-9 each when Tony Gill pointed and the winners went on the to dominate final quarter .

Galway’s scorers: Ryan Monahan 0-6 ,Oisin Gormally 0-3, Conor Raftery 0-2, Eoghan Tinney 0-2, Aidan Halloran 0-1, Tomo Culhane 0-1, Daniel Cox 0-1, Niall Cunningham 0-1, Tony Gill 0-1

Galway team: D Halloran; E Walsh, S Black, C Deane; R Monaghan ,T Gill ,C Sweeney; C Raftery, J McLoughlin; L Judge, A Halloran, É McCormack; E Tinney ,D Cox, M Cooley.

Subs: C Halbard for Black, O Gormley for McCormack, T Culhane for Cooley, N Cunningham A Halloran, S Horkan for McLoughlin

Liam Judge

Liam Judge on the ball






Conor Cooney Goals

Conor Cooney goals for Galway

Conor Whelan

Conor Whelan in action

Galway and Clare stalemate at Croke Park

Galway and Clare must do it all again next Sunday in Thurles at 2.00 after they finished 1-30 each in the All- Semi-Final after extra time in Croke Park on Saturday

Scorers for Galway: Joe Canning 0-12 (6f, 2 sidelines), Conor Cooney 1-1, Cathal Mannion 0-4, David Burke 0-3, Conor Whelan 0-3, Jason Flynn 0-3 (1f), Johnny Coen 0-2, Jonathan Glynn 0-1, Niall Burke 0-1

Scorers for Clare: Peter Duggan 0-14 (11f), John Conlon 0-4, Arron Shanagher 1-0, Shane O’Donnell 0-3, Tony Kelly 0-3 (1 sideline), Ian Galvin 0-2, David Fitzgerald 0-1, David Reidy 0-1, Jason McCarthy 0-1, Colm Galvin 0-1.

GALWAY: James Skehill; Adrian Tuohey, Daithi Burke, John Hanbury; Padraig Mannion, Gearoid McInerney, Aidan Harte; Johnny Coen, David Burke; Cathal Mannion, Joe Canning, Joseph Cooney; Conor Whelan, Conor Cooney, Jonathan Glynn. Subs: Niall Burke for Joseph Cooney (52), Paul Killeen for Gearoid McInerney (54), Jason Flynn for Conor Cooney (63), Sean Loftus for Adrian Tuohey (70), Joseph Cooney for David Burke (82), Conor Cooney for Conor Whelan (82), Davy Glennon for Joe Canning (83).

CLARE: Donal Tuohy; David McInerney, Patrick O’Connor, Jack Browne; Séadna Morey, Conor Cleary, Jamie Shanahan; Colm Galvin, Cathal Malone; Peter Duggan, Tony Kelly, David Reidy; Padraic Collins, John Conlon, Shane O’Donnell. Subs: David Fitzgerald for Cathal Malone (47), Conor McGrath for Padraic Collins (59), Ian Galvin for David Reidy (60), Arron Shanagher for Shane O’Donnell (67), Shane O’Donnell for Conor McGrath (82), Jason McCarthy for Jamie Shanahan (82).


Aidan Harte battles hard


Galway’s poor shooting let Kerry off the Hook

All-Ireland Junior Final

Kerry 2-13 Galway 2-11

In Ennis Kerry continued their dominance of the competition with a two point win over a Galway team who shot 15 wides and were still in the game as it ticked into injury before a crowd of over 700, the kingdom got the better start and lead by 1-2 to 0-1 after eight minutes thanks to goal from Paudie Clifford and three minutes later Padraic Cunningham was denied a goal by Kerry’s keeper Darragh O’ Shea but Cunningham did find the net with nine minutes to the break and hid side in trailing by just one points at the whistle 1-6 to 1-7.

In part two Kerry rattled off three early points to lead by to lead by four but the Maroon and White hit a purple patch scoring 1-2 without reply with Jonathan Ryan finding the net and Galway lead by one point 2-8 to 1-10 after forty five minutes, but Kerry finished strong and when Clifford was fouled in the square Niall O’Sé converted the spot kick to give the ‘Kingdom’ a four in a row success at Junior.

Galway scorers were:: Jonathon Ryan (1-2, 1f), Padraic Cunningham (1-1), Shane Gaffney (0-4, 4f), Alan Molloy, Michael Day, Antaine Ó Laói and Martin Coady (0-1 each).

Maghnus Breathnach (An Spideal), Eddie O’Sullivan (Oughterard), Stephen Cunniffe (Claregalway), Cathal Reilly (Corofin),Aidan Ward (Kilkerrin/Clonberne), Seán Ó Currin (Carna/Caiseal), Damien O’Reilly (Oughterard), Alan Molloy (Corofin), Michael Day (Headford), Padraig Éoin Ó Curraoin (An Spideal), Antaine Ó Laói (An Spideal), Thomas Gleeson (Dunmore MacHales), Jonathon Ryan (Kilkerrin/Clonberne), Pádraic Cunningham (Headford), Martin Coady (Oughterard).
Subs :D Hennessy for Day, Day for Hennessy, M Reddington for Gleeson, T Rabbitte for Ward, S Gaffney for Coady, D Hennessy for Ó Curraoin, A Ó hIarnáin for Ryan, J Kirrane for O’Reilly

Junior All Ireland final web

The Galway Junior panel in Ennis


Galway Senior Footballers defeat Kildare in the Super 8's Round 2


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Sean Armstrong against Kildare

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Eoghan Kerin defending against Kildare

All Ireland SFC Quarter-Final Group 1


By Cian O'Connell at St Conleth’s Park, Newbridge

This was another afternoon providing deep satisfaction for Galway, who carved out another encouraging Championship win in Newbridge.

Kildare contributed handsomely to a gripping game, but Galway just had a bit more punch to earn a valuable victory.

During a thrilling encounter 13 different Galway players delivered scores for Kevin Walsh’s charges, who shaded an intriguing battle.

A splendid opening period packed with dynamic counter attacking football blazed with Galway eventually departing at the break armed with a slender 0-11 to 0-10 advantage.

It was chiefly due to a decent three point on the spin burst as the interval approached following some excellent Kildare play.

Though Galway, prompted by the promising Michael Daly, who was unfortunately forced off injured, accumulated a 0-5 to 0-3 lead by the 14th minute,Kildare came thundering back clipping seven of the next 10 scores.

Most of those could be classed as delightful with Neil Flynn, Paul Cribbin, Daniel Flynn, and Fergal Conway all rifling over gorgeous efforts. Unsurprisingly a passionate crowd approved as Kildare converted 0-10 from their first 12 attempts.

Galway were encountering some duress, but Tom Flynn remained relevant at centrefield and Galway concluded the half strongly.

Galway's Michael Daly was forced off with a leg injury.

Shane Walsh landed a routine free and then nailed one from play, while Tom Flynn thumped over a long distance kick to ensure the visitors were narrowly in front at the turnaround.

After the restart the white flags weren’t being waved with the same frequency, but it was still absorbing as Walsh and Gareth Bradshaw mined points either side of a Paddy Brophy score.

Then Kildare were rocked by the 45th minute dismissal of Daniel Flynn, who was red carded for an off the ball incident.

Further Galway points from Eamonn Brannigan and Ian Burke guided the maroon outfit 0-15 to 0-12 ahead with 15 minutes left to play.

Gary O’Donnell edged Galway four clear, but Kildare, defiant until the bitter end, narrowed the gap as Paddy Brophy and two Neil Flynn points brought them back into contention.

Serious questions were being posed of Galway’s resolve, but the Tribesmen located the necessary answers as late Sean Kelly and Comer points sealed the deal.

Scorers for Galway: Shane Walsh 0-4 (3fs), Damien Comer 0-3, Michael Daly 0-2, Cathal Sweeney, Gareth Bradshaw, Johnny Heaney, Peter Cooke, Tom Flynn, Sean Kelly, Ian Burke, Eamonn Brannigan, Gary O’Donnell, and Sean Armstrong 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kildare: Neil Flynn 0-5 (3fs), Paul Cribbin 0-3, Daniel Flynn, Fergal Conway, and Paddy Brophy 0-2 each, Kevin Flynn and Chris Healy 0-1 each.

GALWAY: Ruairi Lavelle; Declan Kyne, Sean Andy O’Ceallaigh, Eoghan Kerin; Cathal Sweeney, Gareth Bradshaw, Sean Kelly; Peter Cooke, Tom Flynn; Johnny Heaney, Michael Daly, Eamonn Brannigan; Ian Burke, Damien Comer, Shane Walsh.

Subs: Patrick Sweeney for Daly (11), Sean Armstrong for P Sweeney (51), Gary O’Donnell for Heaney (54), Adrian Varley for Brannigan (58, BC), Johnny Duane for O’Ceallaigh (67), Fiontan O’Curraoin for Flynn (70).

KILDARE: Mark Donnellan; Peter Kelly, Mick O’Grady, David Hyland; Johnny Byrne, Eoin Doyle, Kevin Flynn; Kevin Feely, Tommy Moolick; Fergal Conway, Paul Cribbin, Keith Cribbin; Neil Flynn, Daniel Flynn, Paddy Brophy.

Subs: Niall Kelly for Moolick (50), Chris Healy for K Cribbin (54), James Murray for Kelly (58), David Slattery for P Cribbin (62), Eamonn Callaghan for Brophy (67, BC), Fionn Dowling for Conway (70+4).

REFEREE: Sean Hurson (Tyrone).

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Gareth Bradshaw against Kildare

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