Connacht Senior Football Championship Final


By John Fallon at Pearse Stadium

Roscommon staged a remarkable comeback to capture their 23rd Connacht SFC title at Pearse Stadium.

Roscommon trailed by five points at half-back, but Galway only managed to score two points when they had the breeze in the second-half.

It completed a miserable weekend for the Tribesmen, with their hurlers having lost to a Dublin team managed by Galway native Mattie Kenny on Saturday.

Now former Galway player and manager Anthony Cunningham has created history by managing a team to provincial glory in two codes after masterminding a superb comeback.

The sides were level three times in the opening 21 minutes but Galway pulled away from there to score five points without reply and lead by double scores — 0-10 to 0-5 — at the interval.

The heavy rain made it extremely difficult and they twice exchanged points in a lively opening with Conor Devaney and Ronan Daly hitting the target for Roscommon, while Michael Daly and Antaine Ó Laoí responded for Galway.

Shane Walsh, with two efforts, and Fionán Ó Curraoin pushed Galway in front with a point from Conor Cox leaving it 0-5 to 0-3 after 12 minutes.

Roscommon drew level at 0-5 apiece after 21 minutes but Galway’s ability to win a lot of possession around the middle of the field saw them open up a five points lead by the break.

Ó Laoí got his second point, Walsh added another free with Eamonn Brannigan, on the for injured Ó Curraoin, also finding the range before the champions extended the lead to five before the interval thanks to Michael Daly and centre-back Gareth Bradshaw.

Roscommon made a superb start to the second-half, with Niall Kilroy giving them a boost with a good point before Cathal Cregg put Diarmuid Murtagh through and the St Faithleachs’ clubman finished in excellent fashion.

That goal lifted Roscommon and they drew level after 42 minutes with another fine point from Cox before Murtagh edged them in front with a free after 50 minutes.

Galway, now with the wind, only got their first score of the second-half after 22 minutes when Michael Daly levelled the match, but almost immediately Niall Daly went forward and restored Roscommon’s lead and then Shane Killoran doubled it when he burst through the Galway defence.

Another free from Murtagh pushed Roscommon a goal in front with five minutes remaining.

Walsh cut the gap to two but Roscommon sealed the win thanks to a couple of points from Cox, prompting a pitch invasion by the delighted Rossies.

Scorers for Roscommon: Diarmuid Murtagh 1-3 (2fs), Conor Cox 0-5 (2f), Niall Daly 0-1, Ronan Daly 0-1, Shane Killoran 0-1, Conor Devaney 0-1, Niall Kilroy 0-1

Scorers for Galway: Shane Walsh 0-4 (2fs), Michael Daly 0-3 (1f), Antaine Ó Laoí 0-2, Gareth Bradshaw 0-1, Fiontán Ó Curraoin 0-1, Eamonn Brannigan 0-1.

ROSCOMMON: Darren O’Malley; Conor Daly, Seán Mullooly, David Murray; Niall Daly, Conor Hussey, Ronan Daly; Tadhg O’Rourke, Shane Killoran; Conor Devaney, Cathal Cregg, Niall Kilroy; Diarmuid Murtagh, Conor Cox, Enda Smith.

Subs: Hubert Darcy for Devaney (26), Colin Compton for Smith (57), Cian McKeon for Cregg (62), Andrew Glennon for Murtagh (68), Brian Stack for Killoran (70+5).

GALWAY: Ruairi Lavelle; Liam Silke, Seán Andy Ó Ceallaigh, Eoghan Kerin; Gary O’Donnell, Gareth Bradshaw, John Daly; Thomas Flynn, Fionán Ó Curraoin; Peter Cooke, Michael Daly, Johnny Heaney; Antaine Ó Laoí, Ian Burke, Shane Walsh.

Subs: Eamonn Brannigan for Ó Curraoin (21), Sean Kelly for Cooke (54), Cillian McDaid for Heaney (62), Adrian Varley for M Daly (62), Martin Farragher for Burke (68), Kieran Molloy for O’Donnell (70+6).

REFEREE: Barry Cassidy (Derry).

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Leinster SHC Round 5


By Paul Keane at Parnell Park, Dublin

Parnell Park proved to be Dublin's fortress yet again as Mattie Kenny's men staged a thrilling late scoring siege to secure their biggest Championship win in several seasons.

Trailing with 66 minutes on the clock, the 2013 Leinster champions looked in real danger of slipping to their second defeat in four games.

But from there they outscored the 2017 All-Ireland winners by five points with captain Chris Crummey blasting the crucial 68th minute goal to extend their summer.

Dublin will now advance to an All-Ireland preliminary round quarter-final tie against the Joe McDonagh Cup winners as the third placed team in Leinster.

Galway's summer, however, is over after a draw between Kilkenny and Wexford elsewhere which ultimately nudged the 2018 Leinster winners into fourth position in the table.

Their supporters at a packed out Parnell Park looked shell-shocked when they heard the news having put themselves in a strong position to win just minutes earlier.

The venue has been kind to Dublin all year with Kenny's side undefeated so far in the league and Championship, beating Waterford there during the league and drawing with Wexford more recently.

It was thrill-a-minute stuff at the north-Dublin ground throughout with the sides level a whopping 17 times and eight times in the first-half alone.

The hits were huge in an ultra intense affair and two key players picked up early injuries that forced them off.

Dublin full-back Eoghan O'Donnell made way after just 15 minutes and Conor Whelan trudged off for Galway 11 minutes later.

That left Galway without arguably their two best forwards in Whelan and long-term injury victim Joe Canning, though Canning would eventually come on and strike two points.

Galway's top scorer Cathal Mannion picked up the scoring slack for the westerners and drilled six first-half points, five of those coming from frees.

Whelan grabbed one before making way too while Jason Flynn and Brian Concannon were also on the mark.

But it was virtually score for score as Dublin asked plenty of questions at the other end with Cian Boland on form initially.

O'Rorke and Danny Sutcliffe also pointed and the scores were tied at 0-8 to 0-8 when Dublin grabbed their opening goal in the 29th minute.

It was a trademark poacher's strike from Dillon who sped clear and slotted home with an improvised finish.

But Galway responded with four points in a row from Mannion, Colm Callanan and David Burke to lead narrowly at half-time, 0-12 to 1-08.

It remained just as tight for the majority of the second-half with the game continuing in that score-for-score pattern.

Sean Moran struck Dublin's second goal from a penalty just after the restart but Galway were boosted by Canning's introduction after long-term injury and he scored from his first play, adding another.

Galway were in the driving seat approaching the finish line but just couldn't finish it off and were powerless to prevent that brilliant late Dublin charge.

Dublin scorers: Oisin O'Rorke 0-9 (0-5f, 0-01 65), Eamon Dillon 1-1, Sean Moran 1-0 (1-0 pen), Chris Crummey 1-0, Conal Keaney 0-3, Danny Sutcliffe 0-2, Cian Boland 0-2, Liam Rushe 0-1, Alan Nolan 0-1.

Galway scorers: Cathal Mannion 0-9 (0-7f), David Burke 0-3, Jason Flynn 0-3, Joe Canning 0-2, Colm Callanan 0-1 (0-1f), Johnny Coen 0-1, David Glennon 0-1, Conor Whelan 0-1, Brian Concannon 0-1, Joseph Cooney 0-1, Padraic Mannion 0-1.

DUBLIN: Alan Nolan; Paddy Smyth, Eoghan O'Donnell, Shane Barrett; Sean Moran, Cian Hendricken, Chris Crummey; Sean Treacy, Tom Connolly; Conal Keaney, Cian Boland, Danny Sutcliffe; Liam Rushe, Oisin O'Rorke, Eamon Dillon. Subs: James Madden for O'Donnell (15), Fergal Whitely for Boland (47), Daire Grey for Hendricken (51), Darragh O'Connell for Treacy (57), Ronan Hayes for Rushe (65).

GALWAY: Colm Callanan; Darren Morrissey, Daithi Burke, Aidan Harte; Padraic Mannion, Joseph Cooney, Gearoid McInerney; Johnny Coen, David Burke; Jonathan Glynn, Cathal Mannion, Adrian Tuohey; Brian Concannon, Jason Flynn, Conor Whelan. Subs: David Glennon for Whelan (26), Joe Canning for Tuohey (47), Niall Burke for Concannon (54), Thomas Monaghan for Niall Burke (61), Sean Linnane for Coen (70).

Referee: Cathal McAllister (Cork).

Kevin Walsh: 'It wasn’t a consistent performance'

By Cian O'Connell

Galway manager Kevin Walsh acknowledged it was a deeply disappointing Connacht SFC Final for his team on Sunday.

A pumped up Roscommon outfit dominated the second period to claim silverware at Pearse Stadium.

An inability to win possession after the restart was critical according to the Galway manager. “In the second half we just didn’t seem to get our hands on the ball," Walsh reflected.

Having accumulated a 0-10 to 0-5 interval lead Galway only managed to land two further scores in the second period.

"We overturned the ball maybe two or three times at the start of the second half, when we were attacking, and the next 20 minutes we didn’t seem to get our hands on the ball," Walsh added.

“I could be reading it wrong, obviously ye probably had more time to watch it, but we’ll have to evaluate it during the week. One thing for sure is it wasn’t a consistent performance.

"I think we probably didn’t get our hands on the ball enough. They seemed to be winning all the breaking ball and running at us. We certainly weren’t as good defensively in the second half.”

Fiontan O'Curraoin, who was prominent early on for Galway, suffered an injury which hurt the locals. With Paul Conroy and Ciaran Duggan already sidelined it was another setback for Galway.

"I've never blamed injuries during the year," Walsh remarked. "He had a very good first 15 minutes when he was there, kicked a huge point and caught a ball in the square. He was very good, but in fairness to Eamonn Brannigan he kicked a point in the first half and maybe fouled for one.

"So he did well, but maybe as the game wore on that midfield area where we had all the big guys like Conroy and Duggan and Fiontan, they just weren't there at that point and maybe it had a bearing on getting their hands on the ball."


Galway 1-7   Mayo 0-9

By Brían Mangan

Galway Juniors narrowly edged out Mayo in the Connacht Final today after a low scoring game played in greasy conditions in Salthill. They led from pillar to post after Thomas Gleeson opened the scoring in the eight minute, leading by as much as seven in the second half before a spirited Mayo comeback brought the gap to just a point in the closing stages. Galway were able to cling on however, after a match that never really caught fire in the drizzle.

It took Mayo until the 25th minute to hit the scoreboard, by which time Galway had 1-2 notched. Their goal came after the best bit of play of the game, full forward Jonathon Ryan showing great vision to loft a pass over the defence to Thomas Gleeson who drifted into the danger area and buried low past Schlingerman in the Mayo goal. 1-3 to 0-2 was the half time score, Galway well on top with sub Alan Molloy having a big influence at midfield after being introduced.

Man of the match Padraic Ó’Donnell opened the second half scoring with a brilliant point off the outside of his boot from long range in the 4th minute. Galway’s other wing back Damien Morrin then popped up for a nice point minutes later and it looked like Galway were going to kick on to win with ease. Mayo got going however, with Ronan Conlon driving on well firm defence and sub Pádraig Prendergast improving the forward line after being introduced in the 45th minute. Adrian Leonard kicked a fine point off his left from the left wing on the run to reduce the deficit to the minimum, but they were unable to force extra time despite their best efforts.

GALWAY: C Haslam, E O’Sullivan. D O’Ruairc, T Rabbitte, D Morrin (0-1), A Ward, P O’Donnell (0-1), M Day (0-1), C Brennan (0-1), C Brady, S Denvir, T Gleeson (1-2), P E Ó Currin, J Ryan, E Tierney (0-1f) SUBS A Molloy, C Rabbitte, M Ó’Goill, G Gibbons, S Ó Currin

MAYO: M Schlingerman, R Conlon, D Lydon, B Leonard, B Duffy, C Bourke, C Igoe, S Walsh, T Fahey, L Moran (0-1), A Leonard (0-1), B Carr (0-2fs), M McGarry, K Hopkins, D Keavney (0-1) SUBS E McGrath  , C Boylan, P Prendergast (0-1f), P Kelly, S Lally, J Healy (0-1

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Mayo 0-11   Galway 2-12

by Brían Mangan

Two goals in the last five minutes gave Galway a seven point victory in the finish over Mayo in Castlebar this evening in Round 4 of the Connacht Minor Championship, but this was a much tighter affair than the final scoreline suggests. Tomo Culhane rifled home a penalty with 5 minutes to go to finally shake off a spirited Mayo outfit who matched Galway stride for stride until the final stages, before substitute Niall Cunningham emphatically finished via the post in injury time to put some gloss on it for the Tribesmen.

There was absolutely nothing between the teams at half time after a tight half, the teams going in 0-4 each at the break. Mayo had goalie Luke Jennings to thank for going in all square after his brilliant save from a close-range Warren Seoige effort in stoppage time following a spectacular catch from the Leitir Móir man 13 yards out. Galway struggled to adjust to the breeze blowing into their faces in the early stages as a number of their shots dropped badly short. Frank Irwin capitalised on slack marking for the opening two scores of the game for Mayo, stroking over two identical points in the 3rd and 4th minutes. Galway fullback Ruairí King tightened up after this shaky start and himself and Irwin went on to have a great tussle for the remainder of the half, with King getting a fist in on numerous occasions to halt dangerous attacks. Galway got to grips and rattled off three rapid points in a row to take the lead midway through the half, with Daniel Cox, Evan Nolan and Tomo Culhane all finding the target, before a fine Eoin Gilraine point for Mayo from long range having won a Galway kickout himself levelling the score again 21 minutes in. The fact both teams tended to go long with their kickouts led to a very entertaining contest in the middle third, Ethan Henry and James McLoughlin taking some outstanding marks throughout the game, with neither team conceding an inch. Ciaran Mylett nailed a tricky free from a difficult angle to nudge Mayo in front before Cox fed Culhane unselfishly to equalise for Galway before the half time whistle.

The second half burst into life with 5 points in the first 5 minutes, 3 for Galway and 2 for Mayo. First of all Nathan Grainger kicked a beauty of a 45 before Ruairí Keane burst 50 metres from centre back for the score of the game a minute later to level the game 5 all. Led by the increasingly dominant James McLoughlin at midfield, Galway started to edge in front and courtesy of fine scores from Cian Hernon, Evan Nolan and Culhane, they managed to get three points ahead twenty minutes in, 0-11 to 0-8. Mayo were giving as good as they got, and with Liam Tevnan thundering into the game from the half back line, the game was very much in the melting pot before Culhanes clinically dispatched penalty. Ciaran Mylett kicked his frees well throughout (as did Culhane at the other end), and Conor Reid was a threat when he was introduced, but in the end Galway deserved their hard fought victory, mainly due to their cuter, more clinical forwards.

Galway have now two wins having beaten Mayo and Sligo and lost to Roscommon. Mayo have won two and lost two, having beaten Leitrim and Roscommon and lost to Galway and Sligo. In the other game tonight Sligo had a 1-20 to 1-9 win over Leitrim in Carrick-on-Shannon. The final round of games takes place next Friday night with Sligo hosting Roscommon in Markievicz Park and Leitrim travelling to play Galway in Tuam.

Mayo: L Jennings, A Morrison, O Tunney, A Cosgrove, E Murphy, R Keane (0-1), E Gilraine (0-1), D Thornton, E Henry, P Heneghan, P Walsh, C Boland, C Mylett (0-5, 0-4fs), F Irwin (0-2), R Morrin SUBS S Dempsey C Reid (0-1), R Hughes, C O’Connell

Galway: D Halleran, J McGrath, R King, L Tevnan, C Hernon (0-1), E Fiorentini, D McNulty, J McLoughlin (0-1), D O’Flaherty, E Nolan (0-2), D Cox (0-1), D Brady, N Grainger (0-4, 0-1 ’45), T Culhane (1-4, 1-2fs), W Seoige SUBS C Gallagher, N Cunningham (1-0), R Burke

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