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Corofin (Galway) 1-06 Moorefield (Kildare) 0-06
Liam Silke, who missed out on playing for UCD in the Sigerson Cup final, was the hero for Corofin when he struck the decisive goal a minute from time to secure a deserved 1-06 to 0-06 in their All-Ireland club SFC semi-final victory at O’Connor Park.
Corofin had to play almost the entire game with 14 men but they used all their experience to wear down the Kildare champions.
The sides were deadlocked at 0-02 each at the end of a poor opening half which exploded in the opening minute when Corofin full-forward Martin Farragher was sent off.
Referee Derek O’Mahoney dished out a red card after Farragher had fouled Liam Healy as the Moorefield full-back fielded a high ball.
Corofin were incensed by the decision as the 2015 All-Ireland champions were forced to play almost the entire game without the influential Farragher.
It took 14 minutes for the opening score of the game when Corofin’s Jason Leonard pointed from the left.
That score was cancelled out a minute later when David Whyte replied for the Kildare champions, but both teams were guilty of some bad misses.
A free from Gary Sice edged Corofin back in front nine minutes from the break before Eanna O’Connor responded for Moorefield with a close-range free.
Corofin had a golden opportunity just before the break but Michael Lundy’s low effort went just wide of the right post after he was set up by Ian Burke.
Corofin made a great start to the second-half with Sice adding a free before a superb run by Dylan Wall set up Ian Burke for a fine point.
And they pushed 0-05 to 0-02 clear in the 36th minute when midfielder Ronan Steede got forward to score.
Moorefield lost Adam Tyrrell to a black card after 45 minutes but they closed the gap when O’Connor landed a free three minutes later.
Points from Aaron Mullins and the impressive James Murray levelled the game going into the final ten minutes, before another Sice free edged Corofin 0-6 to 0-05 in front.
Cian O’Connor then tied the match four minutes from time but the decisive score came when Liam Silke found the net to send Corofin into the All-Ireland final.
Corofin: Bernard Power; Liam Silke (1-00), Kieran Fitzgerald, Cathal Silke; Michael Farragher, Dylan Wall, Kieran Molloy; Daithi Burke, Ronan Steede (0-01); Michael Lundy, Gary Sice (0-03, 0-03f), Jason Leonard (0-01); Ian Burke (0-01), Martin Farragher, Colin Brady.
Subs: Barry O’Donovan for Brady (51), Conor Cunningham for Michael Farragher (59), Dylan McHugh for Wall (59), Darragh Silke for Leonard (60).
Moorefield: Tom Kinsella; Liam Callaghan, Liam Healy, Mark Dempsey; James Murray (0-01), Kevin Murnaghan, Sean Healy; David Whyte (0-01), Aaron Masterson; Cian O’Connor (0-01), Eddie Heavey, Anthony Durney; Niall Hurley Lynch, Ronan Sweeney, Eanna O’Connor (0-02, 0-02f).
Subs: Adam Tyrrell for Durney (36), Ian Meehan for Heavey (41), Mark Murray for Hurley Lynch (45), Aaron Mullins (0-01) for Tyrell (BC 45), Adam Sweeney for Whyte (59).
Referee: Derek O’Mahoney (Tipperary)

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Corofin players celebrate after the AIB GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Semi-Final match between Corofin and Moorefield at O'Connor Park in Tullamore. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

First Photo: Kieran Fitzgerald of Corofin in action against Niall Hurley Lynch of Moorefield during the game at Tullamore. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

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Cuala (Dublin) 1-17 Liam Mellows (Galway) 0-11

All-Ireland club hurling champions Cuala are back in the final after Mattie Kenny’s side easily accounted for Galway’s Liam Mellows in Thurles.

Con O’Callaghan hit four points from play for Cuala, while David Treacy helped his side pull clear in the second-half with seven points, while substitute Brian Fitzgerald fired a late goal for the Leinster champions.

Cuala will meet 2016 winners Na Piarsaigh of Limerick in the final on St Patrick’s Day, but on this form they will be hard stopped as they bid for back-to-back titles.

Lining up with two in their full-forward line, Cuala managed to create great space for O’Cllaghan and Nicky Kenny to work with, and even with spare man David Collins sweeping in front of his full-back, the Leinster champions still frequently put the ball in O’Callaghan’s hand.

Captain for the day David Treacy – Paul Schutte was replaced by brother Mark before the game – opened the scoring after three minutes from the left, while Mark Schutte doubled that lead from the same side a minute later.

Adrian Morrissey’s eight points were key to Liam Mellows first county final win in 47 years, and he got off the mark in the fifth minute from a placed ball on the right.

O’Callaghan got up and running in the sixth minute when he snuck off his marker Michael Conneely and made a yard to score, but a Morrissey free from halfway made it 0-3 to 0-2 after ten minutes.

It was at that point that Cuala’s game went up a level and they began to make the most of O’Callaghan’s pace and power. A ball into space from Jake Malone saw him score after David Collins lost possession at halfway, while Sean Treacy was afforded too much time to pick the pass into the full-forward after 17 minutes for his third.

And moments later O’Callaghan made the most of an ugly ball in, which he won above Conneely, to draw a foul that David Treacy converted.

It was hard to see Mellows recovering at that point as they failed to gain a foothold around the middle, but with Morrissey in superb free-taking form from distance, they bypassed much of that mass of bodies.

Either side of two huge frees from Morrissey, Mellows’s Conor Kavanagh struck the point of the half when he picked, turned and fired a score from wide on the left.

Kenny and Collum Sheanon added points for Cuala before the interval – all but one of their points came from open play – as the three-in-a-row Dublin winners led 0-8 to 0-6 at the interval.

Straight from the throw in, Cuala could have taken a massive step towards victory when Darragh O’Connell gathered the break at midfield and took off towards goal. A goal looked a certainty, but his batted effort off the stick lobbed over Kenneth Walsh’s crossbar.

Nevertheless, the All-Ireland champions soon pulled further clear. Two frees from David Treacy sandwiched a simple O’Callaghan point, while Treacy’s third free of the half made it 0-13 to 0-6 by the 37th minute.

Another Morrissey free kept Mellows in touch, although Sean Treacy’s point from play at the other end chalked out that effort after 43 minutes.

Morrissey again found his range and Aonghus Callanan tagged on a point for Mellows, but Treacy’s accuracy from placed balls meant Cuala had an easy canter to the finish line.

Cuala (Dublin) 1-17 Liam Mellows (Galway) 0-11

All-Ireland club hurling champions Cuala are back in the final after Mattie Kenny’s side easily accounted for Galway’s Liam Mellows in Thurles.

Con O’Callaghan hit four points from play for Cuala, while David Treacy helped his side pull clear in the second-half with seven points, while substitute Brian Fitzgerald fired a late goal for the Leinster champions.

Cuala will meet 2016 winners Na Piarsaigh of Limerick in the final on St Patrick’s Day, but on this form they will be hard stopped as they bid for back-to-back titles.

Lining up with two in their full-forward line, Cuala managed to create great space for O’Cllaghan and Nicky Kenny to work with, and even with spare man David Collins sweeping in front of his full-back, the Leinster champions still frequently put the ball in O’Callaghan’s hand.

Captain for the day David Treacy – Paul Schutte was replaced by brother Mark before the game – opened the scoring after three minutes from the left, while Mark Schutte doubled that lead from the same side a minute later.

Adrian Morrissey’s eight points were key to Liam Mellows first county final win in 47 years, and he got off the mark in the fifth minute from a placed ball on the right.

O’Callaghan got up and running in the sixth minute when he snuck off his marker Michael Conneely and made a yard to score, but a Morrissey free from halfway made it 0-3 to 0-2 after ten minutes.

It was at that point that Cuala’s game went up a level and they began to make the most of O’Callaghan’s pace and power. A ball into space from Jake Malone saw him score after David Collins lost possession at halfway, while Sean Treacy was afforded too much time to pick the pass into the full-forward after 17 minutes for his third.

And moments later O’Callaghan made the most of an ugly ball in, which he won above Conneely, to draw a foul that David Treacy converted.

It was hard to see Mellows recovering at that point as they failed to gain a foothold around the middle, but with Morrissey in superb free-taking form from distance, they bypassed much of that mass of bodies.

Either side of two huge frees from Morrissey, Mellows’s Conor Kavanagh struck the point of the half when he picked, turned and fired a score from wide on the left.

Kenny and Collum Sheanon added points for Cuala before the interval – all but one of their points came from open play – as the three-in-a-row Dublin winners led 0-8 to 0-6 at the interval.

Straight from the throw in, Cuala could have taken a massive step towards victory when Darragh O’Connell gathered the break at midfield and took off towards goal. A goal looked a certainty, but his batted effort off the stick lobbed over Kenneth Walsh’s crossbar.

Nevertheless, the All-Ireland champions soon pulled further clear. Two frees from David Treacy sandwiched a simple O’Callaghan point, while Treacy’s third free of the half made it 0-13 to 0-6 by the 37th minute.

Another Morrissey free kept Mellows in touch, although Sean Treacy’s point from play at the other end chalked out that effort after 43 minutes.

Morrissey again found his range and Aonghus Callanan tagged on a point for Mellows, but Treacy’s accuracy from placed balls meant Cuala had an easy canter to the finish line.

Scorers for Cuala: David Treacy 0-7 (0-4f, 0-1 65), Con O’Callaghan 0-4, Brian Fitzgerald 1-0, Mark Schutte 0-1, Colum Sheanon 0-1, Nicky Kenny 0-1, Darragh O’Connell 0-1, Sean Treacy 0-1, Diarmuid O’Flynn 0-1.

Scorers for Liam Mellows: Adrian Morrissey 0-7 (0-7f), Aonghus Callanan 0-2, Tadhg Haran 0-1 (0-1f), Conor Kavanagh 0-1.

CUALA: Sean Brennan; Oisin Gough, Cian O’Callaghan, Simon Timlin; John Sheanon, Sean Moran, Mark Schutte; Jake Malone, Darragh O’Connell; Sean Treacy, Colm Cronin, David Treacy; Colum Sheanon, Con O’Callaghan, Nicky Kenny. Subs: Cian Waldron for Colm Sheanon (44), Diarmuid O’Flynn for Simon Timlin (44), Niall Carty for Nicky Kenny (52), Brian Fitzgerald for Mark Schutte (57), Ross Tierney for Cian O’Callaghan (65).

LIAM MELLOWS: Kenneth Walsh; Cathal Reilly, Michael Conneely, Sean Morrissey; Mark Hughes, David Collins (jc), Stephen Barrett; Jack Hastings, Kevin Lee; Conor Hynes, Tadhg Haran, Ronan Elwood; Adrian Morrissey, Aonghus Callanan (jc), Conor Kavanagh. Subs: Jack Forde for Conor Hynes (41), David Fahy for Ronan Elwood (44), Stephen Killeen for Conor Kavanagh (58), Brian Leen for Michael Conneely (61), Conor Elwood for Tadhg Haran (63).

Referee: Paud O’Dwyer (Carlow).

 

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Conor Whelan's brace of first-half goals helped Galway to a 2-18 to 0-17 victory over battling Laois at O'Moore Park.

Eamonn Kelly's charges really put it up to the all-conquering league and championship holders and the final scoreline is probably harsh on the hosts, but in the end Michael Donoghue's men just about got over the line for the second weekend running.

The Tribe made a flying start when Whelan netted in the third minute following a Davey Glennon offload but the midlanders hit back with points from Eric Killeen and captain Ross King (3). It was nip and tuck until the short whistle but Whelan's second major deep into added time had the winners ahead by 2-6 to 0-10 at the turnaround.

Both side were reduced to 14 men before the interval as a scuffle resulted in a straight red for Galway's Greg Lally and a second yellow for Laois midfielder James Ryan.

Playing into the wind and with King (0-13) leading the way, the underdogs were brilliant in the second half but scores from Padraig Mannion, Aidan Harte and Conor Cooney kept Galway's noses in front.

Galway - J Skehill; A Tuohy, J Hanbury, S Bannon; G Lally, P Mannion (0-3, 2f), A Harte (0-4, 1f); J Coen (0-1), P Breheny (0-1); S Linnane (0-1), J Cooney (0-3), C Mannion; C Whelan (2-1), C Cooney (0-3, 1f), D Glennon (0-1). Subs: B Concannon for C Mannion, N Burke for C Cooney, S Cooney for S Linnane.

Laois - E Rowland (0-1f); D Hartnett, L Bergin, L Cleere; P Lawlor, M Whelan, E Killeen (0-1); P Purcell, J Ryan; A Corby, B Conroy, C Taylor; R King (0-12, 7f, 1'65), N Foyle, W Dunphy (0-2). Subs: J Keyes for A Corby, S Downey for C Taylor, M Kavanagh (0-1) for B Conroy, P McCane for N Foyle, J Phelan for L Cleere.

Referee - P Murphy.

 

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New Galway captain Damien Comer admits that it is a great honour to lead the side in 2018. The Tribesmen got their NFL Division 1 campaign off to a good start when they defeated Tyrone at Tuam Stadium. Having been promoted last year, Galway are keen to make their mark on the top flight early on and led by the impressive Comer who scored a goal in the opening minute, they got their wish.
The Annaghdown man was a member of the Galway team that won the All-Ireland Under 21 Championship in 2013. He made his senior Championship debut in 2014, and was part of the Galway team that won the 2016 Connacht Championshp. He started all of the team's games as the county won its first Connacht title since 2008.

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