Allianz Football League Division One

KERRY 0-14 GALWAY 1-10

By Cian O'Connell at Tuam Stadium

A Kerry footballing year is never going to be defined in February, but the spring signs are favourable for Peter Keane’s developing outfit.

Four Allianz Leagues wins on the spin have been chalked up by Kerry, who ultimately prevailed after a splendid late cameo from substitute Tomas O’Se edged them over the line in the west.

Galway had come thundering back from five behind to lead when Danny Cummins fisted an opportunistic goal.

Kerry, though, remained ice cool in the dying embers as Sean O’Shea levelled from a free with Tom Flynn black carded for a foul on Stephen O'Brien before the delightful, dancing feet of O’Se nudged the visitors ahead.

O’Se subsequently supplied an assist for Tom O’Sullivan to steer Kerry two clear meaning Johnny Heaney’s last gasp point was merely a consolation.

Tommy Walsh was an influential figure in the second half dropping deep to gather a couple of important marks in the middle when Kerry needed some inspiration adding to the Kingdom feel good factor.

Backed by a passionate travelling support Kerry enjoyed a productive opening period departing at the interval armed with a 0-8 to 0-3 advantage.

That was chiefly due to a burst in the closing seven minutes of the half while Barry McHugh was in the sin bin as Kerry pulled five clear.

There was plenty to admire during that Kerry burst as Peter Keane’s hard working forced turnovers and were keen to break at speed.

While Kerry demonstrated fire and fury poise was evident too with Sean O’Shea landing four first half points as Galway were put under severe pressure.

Initially Galway were efficient and when Michael Daly rifled over a sweet 26th minute effort the teams were trading at parity, 0-3 each.

Stephen O’Brien, who had been black carded returned to the action as McHugh left for 10 minutes and Kerry made the numerical superiority count.

Dara Moynihan, O’Shea (free), Gavin O’Brien, Shane Enright, and Stephen O’Brien all found the range from varying angles ensuring Peter Keane’s outfit trotted off to the new Tuam Stadium dressing rooms encouraged.

Galway, though, were much improved with McHugh prominent as Kevin Walsh’s outfit clipped six of the next nine scores narrowing the deficit to two.

In the 65th minute a Heaney delivery caused panic and Cummins grabbed a goal for Galway, who took a surprise lead.

Then O’Se assumed centre stage and while Stephen O’Brien was sent off for a yellow card after picking up an earlier black it didn’t matter. Kerry took the spoils and the massive visiting contingent left Tuam content.

Scorers for Kerry: Sean O’Shea 0-5 (3fs, 145), Gavin O’Brien and Stephen O’Brien 0-2 each, Dara Moynihan, Shane Enright, Tomas O Se, Tom O’Sullivan, and Michael Geaney (m) 0-1 each.

Scorers for Galway: Barry McHugh 0-5 (3fs), Danny Cummins 1-0, Shane Walsh, Padraic Cunningham, Antaine O’Laoi, Johnny Heaney and Michael Daly 0-1 each.

KERRY: Shane Ryan; Tom O’Sullivan, Jack Sherwood, Peter Crowley; Shane Enright, Paul Murphy, Gavin Crowley; Jack Barry, Mark Griffin; Diarmuid O’Connor, Sean O’Shea, Gavin O’Brien; Dara Moynihan, Tommy Walsh, Stephen O’Brien.

Subs: Michael Geaney for O’Connor (HT), Jonathan Lyne for O’Brien (59), Tadhg Morley for Walsh (67), Tomas O’Se for Enright (69).

GALWAY: Ruairi Lavelle; Eoghan Kerin, Sean Andy O’Ceallaigh, David Wynne; Gary O’Donnell, Gareth Bradshaw, Johnny Heaney; Tom Flynn, Ciaran Duggan; Michael Daly, Johnny Duane, Sean Kelly; Antaine O’Laoi, Barry McHugh, Shane Walsh.

Subs: Liam Silke for Daly (46), John Daly for Bradshaw (47), Padraic Cunningham for Duane (51), Danny Cummins for Walsh (58), Finian O’Laoi for Kelly (62).

REFEREE: Joe McQuillan (Cavan).

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Allianz Hurling Division 1B


By Cian O'Connell at Pearse Stadium

This was a satisfactory spring afternoon in Salthill for Galway, who gleaned a comfortable victory.

Dublin hit the west hopeful to build on a solid start to the competition under Mattie Kenny, but this offered a reminder of Galway’s strength and durability.

Moments of class were also supplied by Galway with Aidan Harte’s diligence and Cathal Mannion’s sweet striking key factors in this particular triumph.

Fielding their most experienced team of the campaign so far Galway settled impressively delivering an assured opening period display in front of 6,893 spectators.

Micheal Donoghue’s charges trotted off 0-13 to 1-4 ahead at the break and plenty of encouragement was available for the healthy home crowd.

From 15 attempts Galway struck 0-13 and didn’t miss a chance until the 34th minute which illustrated how enterprising and efficient the maroon outfit were initially.

Joe Canning was sharp from frees, Davy Glennon and Jason Flynn buzzed about craving involvement in attack, while the promising Sean Bleahene was also prominent.

Trailing by 0-5 to 0-1 Dublin did pounce for an opportunistic goal in the 15th minute when Oisin O’Rorke supplied a splendid assist for Danny Sutcliffe, who batted the sliotar to the back of the Galway net.

Unperturbed Galway reeled off the next five points including some gorgeous efforts from Sean Loftus, Niall Burke, Aidan Harte, and Conor Whelan.

When the interval eventually rolled around Galway went in protecting a six point advantage ensuring significant Dublin improvement was necessary.

Substitute Donal Burke announced his arrival with a tidy point, but Galway kept finding answers as a Glennon effort was followed by two Canning frees.

Though there was little wrong with Dublin’s attitude or application Galway were that little bit slicker meaning the spoils were secured with the minimum of fuss.

Scorers for Galway: Joe Canning 0-8 (8fs), Cathal Mannion 0-4, Sean Bleahene 0-2, Sean Loftus, Niall Burke, Jason Flynn, Conor Whelan, Davey Glennon, and Aidan Harte 0-1 each.

Scorers for Dublin: Danny Sutcliffe 1-0, Riain McBride (1 sideline) and David Treacy (2fs, 165) 0-3 each, Eamonn Dillon 0-2, Donal Burke, Sean Moran (f), and John Hetherton (f) 0-1 each.

GALWAY: Fergal Flannery; Jack Grealish, Ronan Burke, Aidan Harte; Kevin Hussey, Padraic Mannion, Gearoid McInerney; Cathal Mannion, Sean Loftus; Niall Burke, Joe Canning, Conor Whelan; Davy Glennon, Sean Bleahene, Jason Flynn.

Subs: Tom Monaghan for Glennon (55), Paul Killeen for Hussey (67), Kevin Cooney for Flynn (69), Sean Kilduff for Loftus (70+3), Jarlath Mannion for Bleahene (70+3).

DUBLIN: Alan Nolan; Paddy Smyth, Eoghan O’Donnell, Cian O’Callaghan; Chris Crummey, Sean Moran, Shane Barrett; Darragh O’Connell, Riain McBride; Jake Malone, John Hetherton, Fergal Whitely; Oisin O’Rorke, Eamonn Dillon, Eamonn Dillon, Danny Sutcliffe.

Subs: David Treacy for Whitely (21), Liam Rushe for Hetherton (26), Donal Burke for O’Connell (HT), Daire Gray for O’Callaghan (38), Sean Treacy for O’Rorke (48).

REFEREE: James Owens (Wexford).


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