Electric Ireland Connacht Minor Football semi-final


From GAA.Ie

Roscommon's remarkable underage year continued at Tuam Stadium tonight, where it was the turn of their minors to produce heroics at Galway’s expense. Despite falling 11 points behind in the first half, Enda Nugent’s side delivered an incredible comeback to set up a Connacht final tilt against Sligo next Friday night.

After making a bright start with early points from Ryan Conlon and Shane McGinley, Galway completely took control of affairs and quickly marched into an 11-point lead. Sean Bermingham and Eanna Monaghan registered goals and a series of points, wing backs Jack Folan and Cormac Greaney got into the act with some sublime points, and at midfield the towering duo of Daithi Kilcommins and Hugh Gavin were controlling possession and loading the gun for their attacking colleagues to fire the bullets.

Roscommon made a brief rally just before half-time to give themselves some cause for optimism, with Bobby Nugent scoring from a free and a mark either side of another Conlon point. At 2-8 to 0-6 adrift at half time with a deceptively strong breeze set to favour them for the second half hour, there was still plenty of hope shared among the vocal Roscommon support in the ground.

Galway got the second half underway with an excellent free off the ground from Jack Nolan, but Roscommon quickly rediscovered their rhythm and struck the next five points on the spin up to the water break, continuing their dominance even after James McGreal was black-carded, leaving them one player short.

Their challenge really burst into life with the next score after the restart, a powerful drive from Robert Heneghan that rattled the roof of the Galway net after he exchanged passes with Rory Hester. By now the Rossies had all the momentum and while Galway replied with two points from Sean Bermingham, the tide turned when Luc O'Connor was black-carded for a tackle on Nugent, just as McGreal was due to come back on. Nugent pointed the free to cut the gap to one and Roscommon went on another surge, moving two ahead in stoppage time through Nugent and Shane Walsh before Galway mounted one last attack.

It all boiled down to a 13-metre free that was blasted towards a packed Roscommon goal by Eanna Monaghan, but fizzed inches above the crossbar as opposed to below it, meaning that Roscommon and Sligo will meet in the Connacht minor final for the second year in a row next weekend

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Scorers for Roscommon: Bobby Nugent 0-8 (0-5f, 0-1m), Shane Walsh 0-3, Robert Heneghan 1-0, Shane McGinley (0-1 45, 0-1f) & Ryan Conlon 0-2 each, DJ Hession 0-1.

Scorers for Galway: Sean Bermingham (0-2f) and Eanna Monaghan (0-3f) 1-4 each, Jack Nolan 0-2 (0-1f), Jack Folan & Cormac Greaney 0-1 each.

Roscommon: Seán Kelly; Daniel Casey, James Brady, Eden Kerins; James McGreal, Ethan O’Reilly, Colm Neary; Shane Walsh, DJ Hession; Oisín O’Flaherty, Senan Lambe, Ryan Conlon; Robert Heneghan, Shane McGinley, Bobby Nugent.

Subs: Rory Hester for McGinley (43), Niall O’Donnell for O’Flaherty (60+3).

Galway: Eamon McGrath; Luc O’Connor, Jack Connolly, Daragh Jennings; Jack Folan, Jack Ramsey, Cormac Greaney; Daithí Kilcommins, Hugh Gavin; Jack Lonergan, Seán Bermingham, Glenn Kelly; Eanna Monaghan, Jack Nolan, Niall Mannion.

Subs: Colm Costello for Kelly (36), Ryan Kavanagh for Kilcommins (49), Darragh Lyons for Mannion (49), Eoin Brady for Jennings (54), Niall McGauran for Greaney (57).

Referee: Michael McGirl (Leitrim).

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Joe Canning has announced his retirement from inter-county hurling.

The 32-year old made his debut back in 2008 and in his final match for the Tribesmen on Saturday against Waterford overtook Kilkenny legend Henry Shefflin at the top of the all-time championship scorers list with what's now a career tally of 27-485 from 62 matches.

"I knew it was going to happen this year, I just didn’t think it was going to be Saturday evening," said Canning at the Bord Gáis Energy 2021 #HurlingToTheCore Media Day.

"If you go into a championship game expecting not to win, you might as well not tog out in the first place. “I don't want to be there as a token gesture

"I had nothing prepared. Everyone dreams about a lovely way to go out, and in my own head it was going to be 22 August, winning an All-Ireland.”

An All-Ireland winner in 2017 when he was also crowned Hurler of the Year, Canning says the toll a number of injuries took on his body in recent years convinced him it was time to call it a day as an inter-county hurler.

“Just my body, physically, I don’t think I’m able to give as much as I probably should have," he said. "Just niggly little injuries this year alone, and obviously the serious injuries I’ve had over the last number of years.

“I don’t want to go out on somebody else’s terms. I want to go out on my own terms. I had it in my head all year that this would probably be my last year. Obviously I didn’t think it would be Saturday but that’s just the way the cookie crumbles. That’s life and that’s sport. You just have to get on with things and wish the boys the best of luck in the future.”

In total, Canning won four All-Ireland titles at inter-county level – one senior, one U-21, and two minors - and five All-Stars as well as his Hurler of the Year Award in 2017.

He's also a four-time All-Ireland winner with his club Portumna and intends to continue his playing career at club-level.


Sean Neary with the Leinster U-20 Cup

Galway defeat Dublin in BGE Leinster U-20 Hurling Final


By John Fallon at MW Hire O’Moore Park in Portlaoise

Galway captured the Leinster U-20 hurling title with an impressive display just five weeks after losing the 2020 decider to the same opposition.

It’s Galway’s second Leinster title in the U-20/21 grade and goals in either half proved the difference as Jeffrey Lyndsey’s charges, with seven starters from the side which lost the provincial final last month, could afford 14 wides and still survive.

Dublin goalkeeper Ben Hynes also produced several good saves in the second-half to keep the holders in contention but Galway finished strongly to secure their first crown in the grade since 2018.

The sides went in level at the break thanks to a superb point from the right wing by Dara Purcell for Dublin when he landed his second of the match to leave it 1-7 to 0-10 at the interval.

The only goal of the half fell to Galway after eight minutes when Oisin Flannery pounced to flick the ball to the net after goalkeeper Hynes failed to hold an effort from distance from Christy Brennan.

That pushed Galway 1-2 to 0-4 in front after Dublin, backed by the slight breeze, had started well with Ciaran Foley hitting a couple of points and Purcell and Kevin Lahiff also finding the range.

Sean McDonagh and a second free from Donal O’Shea extended Galway’s lead to 1-4 to 0-4 at the end of the opening quarter.

But three frees in a row from Foley tied the sides for the second time in the match before Patrick Dunleavy edged them in front with a fine shot from the right after 24 minutes.

Flannery followed up his goal with a point to level and two more from O’Shea, one of them from play, saw Galway lead by two but Dublin finished the half well and both Lahiff and Purcell got their second points of the contest to tie the game at the break.

Donal Leavy edged Dublin in front just after the restart but then John Cooney, son of former All Star Joe, soloed through for Galway to dispatch a superb shot to the top left corner of the net.

Galway never relinquished the lead after that even though they didn’t make the game save until the closing moments, with ten second-half wides and a string of good saves from Dublin goalkeeper Hynes ensuring it went down to the wire.

But a couple of late points from Sean McDonagh, who picked up a second yellow card in the dying moments, and a seventh of the evening from O’Shea secured the title.

Scorers for Galway: Donal O’Shea 0-7 (4f), Oisin Flannery 1-2, Sean McDonagh 0-3 (1 sideline), John Cooney 1-0, Jason O’Donoghue 0-1, Niall Collins 0-1, Sean Neary 0-1.

Scorers for Dublin: Ciaran Foley 0-8 (6f, 1 ’65), Dara Purcell 0-2, Kevin Lahiff 0-2, Patrick Dunleavy 0-2, Donal Leavy 0-1.

GALWAY: Paddy Rabbitte; Eoin Lawless, Eoghan Geraghty, Christy Brennan; Shane Quirke, Sean Neary, Evan Duggan; Ian McGlynn, Jason O’Donoghue; Diarmuid Kilcommins, Sean McDonagh, John Cooney; Niall Collins, Donal O’Shea, Oisin Flannery Subs used: Alex Connaire for Jason O’Donoghue (45), Greg Thomas for Diarmuid Kilcommins (46), Conor Flaherty for Evan Duggan (51), Liam Collins for Niall Collins (56), Colm Cunningham for Ian McGlynn (59)

DUBLIN: Ben Hynes; Davy Crowe, Brian Sheehy, Iain Ó Heither; Paddy Doyle, Cian Ó Cathasaigh, Patrick Dunleavy; Darragh Power, Donal Leavy; Darach McBride, Kevin Lahiff, Pádhraic Linehan; Ciaran Foley, Seamus Fenton, Dara Purcell. Subs used: Cian Boyle for Darach McBride (41), Liam Dunne for Kevin Lahiff (50), Joe Flanagan for Pádhraic Linehan (55).

Referee: Richie Fitzsimons (Offaly).


Celebrating the Win


John Cooney on the ball

Colleran Seamus 2nd from left Copy

Death of former Galway and Tuam Stars footballer

The GAA in Galway are mourning the death of Séamus Colleran, Ballygaddy Road, Tuam, on Friday July 23. He was a native of Moylough.

Séamus was a member of the Galway panel in the All-Ireland winning year, 1956, and the successful National League campaign of '56-57. He played at left half-back for Galway in the 1959 All-Ireland final against Kerry, the winners.

His brother Enda captained Galway to Sam Maguire Cup glory in 1965 and '66, and an older brother, Gerry, played for the county team in the early 1950s. Their first cousins Noel and Brendan Colleran also played senior championship football for Galway.

Séamus won seven county senior championship medals with Tuam Stars in the 1950s and early '60s, and four county senior league medals.

With Galway, he also played at the Polo Grounds, New York in 1957, and he played in the Wembley tournament, an annual event which drew large numbers of Irish exiles to the famous London venue in the late 1950s.

Séamus Colleran is survived by his wife Helen; daughters Denise and Elaine; sons Jim, Brian, Liam and Alan; his sister Moira, the extended family, relatives and a wide circle of friends.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

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