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AIB All Ireland Club Senior Football Championship Final

COROFIN (GALWAY) 1-12 KILCOO (DOWN) 0-7

By Cian O'Connell at Croke Park

It went the distance, but in the end Corofin found a way to claim a third AIB All Ireland Club title on the spin.

Though Kilcoo’s rugged determination forced extra-time Corofin took charge late on clipping 1-5 without reply.

That was when the chief damage was done with substitute Conor Cunningham’s goal in the ninth minute of the first period of extra-time proving to be a critical moment.

The excellent Ronan Steede, replacement Dylan Canney, Liam Silke, and Gary Sice had notched points, but the major carried deep meaning. Corofin were seven in front and weren’t going to let Kilcoo back into the reckoning.

Tense and tactical Kilcoo were keen to avoid shipping early scores so the underdogs were content to depart at the interval armed with a slender 0-3 to 0-2 advantage.

Corofin hadn’t been allowed to attain any fluidity whatsoever in the opening period illustrated by the fact that the holders didn’t register a score until the 23rd minute.

Ronan Steede’s point was only Corofin’s third attempt of the game such was the clustered nature of Kilcoo’s defence.

At the opposite end Kilcoo squandered a string of opportunities nailing only three from 11 attempts, but it was still enough to hold a lead at the turnaround.

Paul Devlin’s stoppage time score into the Davin End was a flash of class as Mickey Moran’s outfit took plenty of encouragement from the manner in which Corofin were restricted.

When the action recommenced, though, the complexion altered significantly as Corofin seized the initiative.

Steede and Devlin (free) traded points prior to a gorgeous Wall effort, but suddenly Corofin were beginning to find small pockets of space. It was all they needed.

Liam Silke, Corofin, surrounded by Kilcoo's Conor Laverty, Eugene Branagan, and Jerome Johnston during the AIB All Ireland Club Senior Football Championship Final at Croke Park.

Kilcoo were dealt a blow in the 35th minute when a second Dylan Ward yellow card for a foul on Wall resulted in his dismissal.

Subsequent frees from Gary Sice (2) and Jason Leonard guided Corofin 0-7 to 0-4 in the ascendancy which was a healthy cushion considering the manner in which the match was unfolding.

Conor Laverty terminated a 20 minute search for a Kilcoo score ensuring it remained keenly contested and packed with incident.

Daryl Branagan briskly added another Kilcoo point to leave only the minimum between the teams with six minutes left on the clock.

Subsequently Kilcoo squandered a raft of chances and Corofin had Mike Farragher sent off for a second booking, but the Down and Ulster outfit continued to perspire.

The leveller eventually followed as Devlin stayed cool to drill a free in the 11th minute of additional time. Extra-time was necessary, but Corofin had the guile to survive and thrive.

Cunningham’s goal was the decisive play. Unfortunate not to start, Cunningham reacted promptly when Micheal Lundy’s initial shot rebounded off the woodwork.

Kilcoo couldn’t recover. The Andy Merrigan Cup returns west again.

Scorers for Corofin: Ronan Steede and Gary Sice (3fs) 0-3 each, Conor Cunningham 1-0, Jason Leonard 0-2 (1f), Cathal Silke, Liam Silke, Dylan Canney, and Dylan Wall 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kilcoo: Paul Devlin 0-5 (3fs), Conor Laverty and Darryl Branagan 0-1 each.

COROFIN: Bernard Power; Cathal Silke, Kieran Fitzgerald, Liam Silke; Colin Brady, Kieran Molloy, Dylan Wall; Daithi Burke, Ronan Steede; Micheal Lundy, Mike Farragher, Jason Leonard; Gary Sice, Martin Farragher, Ian Burke.

Subs: Conor Cunningham for Wall (35), Dylan McHugh for Molloy (48), Gavin Burke for Brady (58), Ciaran McGrath for C Silke (58), Darragh Silke for Martin Farragher (60+5), Dylan Canney for I Burke (60+7), Martin Farragher for Silke (60+9), Conor Newell for Lundy (74), Kieran Molloy for Martin Farragher (76), Ross Mahon for L Silke (77).

**Ian Burke returned as 15th player for extra-time

KILCOO: Martin McCourt; Aaron Branagan, Niall Branagan, Darryl Branagan; Aidan Branagan, Ryan McEvoy, Niall McEvoy; Dylan Ward, Aaron Morgan; Ryan Johnston, Paul Devlin, Eugene Branagan; Shealan Johnston, Jerome Johnston, Conor Laverty.

Subs: Justin Clarke for R Johnston (50), Anthony Morgan for A Branagan (58), Ryan Johnston for N McEvoy (71), Felim McGreevy for Aaron Morgan (71), Paul Greenan for D Branagan (77, BC).

**Aidan Brangan returned as 15th player for extra-time

REFEREE: Conor Lane (Cork).

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FBD Insurance Connacht GAA Senior Football League Final

GALWAY 1-14 ROSCOMMON 0-11

By Daragh Small at Dr. Hyde Park

New captain Shane Walsh was immense as Galway claimed the FBD Insurance Connacht GAA Senior Football League with a 1-14 to 0-11 victory over Roscommon at Dr Hyde Park.

It is Padraic Joyce’s first piece of silverware as senior manager. Walsh finished with 1-8 while Galway cruised to an impressive early-season win despite Eamonn Brannigan’s red card in the 62nd minute.

Galway looked in real trouble coming up to half-time but they regrouped once they fell 0-5 to 0-2 behind. Robert Finnerty scored twice before Walsh turned it on and earned a 0-7 to 0-5 half-time advantage for his side.

Walsh finished a penalty after the break and that finished off Roscommon too.

With star forward Conor Cox missing out through injury, Donie Smith was drafted into the Roscommon starting 15, and he shot the first of their four early wides.

But they did score first when his brother, Enda Smith, set up Niall Kilroy in the ninth minute. Moments later Johnny Heaney blazed Galway’s first real chance wide.

Galway were showing plenty of invention in their play, and with Adrian Varley the ideal link man up front, captain Walsh scored following a nicely worked move in the 12th minute.

Andrew Glennon and Ciaran Lennon scored two points in a minute to push Roscommon clear only for Michael Boyle to step up and land another wonderful effort from distance.

It was only 0-3 to 0-2 after the opening 15 minutes but there were some flashes of brilliance from both sides, considering the chilly Saturday afternoon in January setting.

Roscommon’s latest attacking foray saw Richard Hughes get through on goal only to see his shot finish just above Ronan Ó Beoláin’s Galway crossbar.

Donie Smith negotiated a tricky angle to score his first free and leave a goal between the sides before Finnerty fisted a point for Galway.

The game threatened to boil over at times with five yellow cards flashed before Enda Smith was sent to the sin-bin when he dragged Walsh down, right in front of the referee in the 34th minute.

David Murray was the next Roscommon player to go in Jerome Henry’s book while Walsh scored three frees in a row to give Galway a 0-7 to 0-5 half-time lead.

Less than two minutes into the second half Galway had their goal, and it was Walsh who slotted home the penalty after he was fouled by David Murray.

He quickly added a free and Galway’s lead was put to 1-8 to 0-5 and after an uncharacteristic miss, Walsh brought his tally to 1-6.

And after Lennon broke Roscommon’s 20-minute wait for a score, he doubled up on that and the deficit was back to five with Galway wing-back Cillian McDaid in the sin-bin.

Cathal Cregg got in on the act and when Lennon scored his third point of the half it was 1-9 to 0-9 in the 53rd minute. But Seán Mulkerrin advanced from full-back to score a crucial point in response.

Brannigan was sent-off on a straight red card with eight minutes remaining but Galway held on with Paul Conroy sealing it.

Scorers for Galway: Shane Walsh 1-8 (1-0 pen, 6f), Robert Finnerty 0-2, Paul Conroy 0-2, Michael Boyle 0-1, Seán Mulkerrin 0-1.

Scorers for Roscommon: Ciaran Lennon 0-5 (3f), Donie Smith 0-2 (1f), Niall Kilroy 0-1, Andrew Glennon 0-1, Richard Hughes 0-1, Cathal Cregg 0-1.

GALWAY: Ronan Ó Beoláin; Colin Murray, Seán Mulkerrin, Johnny Duane; Eamonn Brannigan, John Daly, Cillian McDaid; Tom Flynn, Cein D’Arcy; Seán Kelly, Finian Ó Laoí, Michael Boyle; Robert Finnerty, Shane Walsh, Adrian Varley. Subs: Johnny Heaney for Murray (6, inj), Paul Conroy for Kelly (29), Gary O’Donnell for Boyle (50), Damien Comer for Finnerty (51), Dessie Conneely for Ó Laoí (62).

ROSCOMMON: Patrick O’Malley; David Murray, Mark Richardson, David Neary; Ronan Daly, Niall Daly, Richard Hughes; Luke Mollahan, Shane Killoran; Niall Kilroy, Enda Smith, Finbar Cregg; Andrew Glennon, Ciaran Lennon, Donie Smith. Subs: Cathal Cregg for Mollahan (40), Hubert Darcy for F Cregg (44), Gary Patterson for Neary (45), Cian McKeon for Glennon (50, inj), Dylan Ruane (Michael Glavey’s) for Killoran (67).

Referee: Jerome Henry (Mayo).

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Galway captain  Shane Walsh with the FBD Cup

Galway GAA are delighted to announce that Padraic Mannion (Ahascragh Fohenagh GAA) will captain the Galway Senior Hurlers in 2020.

Conor Whelan (Kinvara GAA) is appointed as Vice Captain for the season ahead.

We wish Padraic and Conor every success in their roles.

 

 

EXTRA DATES ANNOUNCED FOR MATCHDAY EXPERIENCE WITH GALWAY SENIOR FOOTBALLERS

Manager Padraic Joyce and the Galway Senior Football Team have announced three extra dates to their ultimate match day experience competition.

The prize for two adults and two children includes breakfast with the team, travel on the team bus, VIP seats at the game and access to the dressing-room post-match where they will be presented with a signed Galway jersey.

To enter all you have to do is purchase a season ticket by logging onto www.seasonticket.gaa.ie and enter your details.

The draw for the first of four incredible prizes took place last Sunday morning before Galway travelled to play Mayo in Castlebar.

Dave Coen from Tuam who runs the well-known ‘Bridge Bar’ in the town and family will be joining the Galway Senior Football Team for their opening Allianz League match on Sunday, January 26th against Monaghan in Pearse Stadium. “I’m a huge supporter of Galway football and this is the dream ticket to their opening league match on Sunday week. We’re all really looking forward to it.”

Galway play Roscommon this Saturday in Hyde Park at 2pm in the FBD Connacht League Final.

For more information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. [Galway Senior Football Team Media Manager].

Paul Byrnes Event Management & Media

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Dave Coen

Dave Coen from Tuam receiving his matchday experience prize in Loughgeorge last Tuesday evening from John Concannon [Galway selector], Padraic Joyce [Galway manager], Shane Walsh [Galway captain] and John Divilly [Galway selector]

The team to play Roscommon in the Final on Saturday is as follows 

1-Ronan Ó Beolain

2-Conor Campbell

3-Sean Mulkerrin

4-Johnny Duane

5-Eamon Brannigan

6-John Daly

7-Cillian McDaid

8-Tom Flynn

9-Cein D'Arcy

10-Sean Kelly

11-Michael Daly

12-Mikey Boyle

13-Robert Finnerty

14-Shane Walsh (Capt)

15-Adrian Varley

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