Galway team to play Mayo in the Allianz League in Pearse Stadium on Sunday at 2.00

1 Connor Gleeson
2 Seán Kelly
3 Séan Mulkerrin
4 Johnny Heaney
5 Gary O’Donnell
6 John Daly
7 Cillian McDaid
8 Ronan Steede
9 Tom Flynn
10 Eamon Brannigan
11 Damien Comer
12 Michael Daly
13 Robert Finnerty
14 Shane Walsh (Capt)
15 Adrian Varley


Allianz Hurling League Division One Group A


By Cian O'Connell at Pearse Stadium

As the wind howled furiously and rain spilled from a grim grey sky, the Galway roar became louder in Salthill.

A match on March 8 will never define a hurling year, but the locals sensed and saluted the passion that was being exhibited on the field.

Trailing by eight points on the cusp of half-time, Galway came thundering back after the restart to emerge convincing victors.

The opening period supplied glimpses of Tipperary’s abundant attacking talent as Liam Sheedy’s accomplished outfit ruthlessly exposed Galway initially.

Despite squandering a string of opportunities, illustrated by Tipp’s conversion rate of 3-7 from 17 shots, the Galway net was still rattled on three occasions.

That ultimately ensured the All Ireland champions departed at the break armed with a reasonable 3-7 to 0-9 advantage.

Playing into the teeth of a strong wind Galway were caught out badly in the third minute when John McGrath pounced to goal following an Alan Flynn delivery.

Galway’s response was gutsy with Evan Niland sharp from frees as the Tribesmen narrowed the deficit to 1-2 to 0-4 by the 17th minute.

Then Tipp struck again a sweet Jason Forde point was briskly followed by a McGrath major in the 21st minute.

There was little wrong with Galway’s attitude or application and once more they replied narrowing the gap, 2-4 to 0-8 six minutes before the break.

Unperturbed Tipperary reeled off 1-3 on the spin with a delicious 35th minute goal offering the 5, 750 attendance a reminder of the Blue and Gold flair.

Seamus Callanan’s crafty flick and Cian Darcy’s subsequent pass enabled Forde to drill a crisp shot into the back of the Galway net as Tipp went in seven ahead at the turnaround.

When the action recommenced the complexion of the match altered dramatically. Conor Whelan, who started in the half forward line, brought trademark honesty and enjoyed the switch inside.

Brian Concannon was also in splendid form, and Galway struck for a 42nd minute goal when Whelan supplied the comeback mission with an injection of hope.

Concannon remained a threat alongside Whelan’s nuisance value with Galway reducing the margin to the minimum, 3-9 to 1-14 by the 49th minute.

Tipperary registered three of the next four scores before Galway truly seized the initiative in impressive fashion.

That industrious Galway burst yielded 2-4 on the spin with Whelan’s 57th minute goal putting Galway in front for the first time.

Cathal Mannion’s subsequent goal five minutes from the end following a Niland pass sealed the deal as Shane O’Neill’s charges advanced to the knockout stages.

Next weekend’s quarter-final encounter against Wexford promises to be similarly interesting.

Scorers for Galway: Evan Niland 0-14 (13fs), Conor Whelan 2-0, Brian Concannon 0-4, Cathal Mannion 1-0, Conor Cooney, Johnny Coen, and Jason Flynn (sideline) 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tipperary: Jason Forde 1-5 (2fs, 265s), John McGrath 2-1, Cian Darcy 0-2, Dillon Quirke, Michael Breen, Padraic Maher, Seamus Callanan, and Ronan Maher 0-1 each.

GALWAY: James Skehill; Darren Morrissey, Gearoid McInerney, Paul Killeen; Aidan Harte, Shane Cooney, Fintan Burke; Johnny Coen, Padraic Mannion; Cathal Mannion, Conor Whelan, Evan Niland; Jason Flynn, Conor Cooney, Brian Concannon.

Subs: Sean Loftus for Killeen (25), Adrian Tuohey for S Cooney (46), David Burke for P Mannion (56), Niall Burke for Flynn (56), Kevin Cooney for Concannon (67).

TIPPERARY: Brian Hogan; Paul Maher, Barry Heffernan, Alan Flynn; Seamus Kennedy, Ronan Maher, Padraic Maher; Noel McGrath, Ger Browne; Jason Forde, Seamus Callanan, Dillon Quirke; John McGrath, John O’Dwyer, Cian Darcy.

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EirGrid Connacht U20 Football Final


By Declan Rooney at Tuam Stadium

Galway and Kerry will do battle in the Eirgrid All-Ireland U-20 football semi-final after the Tribesmen ran out convincing winners against Roscommon in the Connacht final at Tuam Stadium.

Goals from Tomo Culhane and Cian Monahan in the first half were added to by Jonathan McGrath and Ryan Monahan strikes in the second half

The defending champions pulled away in the final quarter as Matthew Tierney and Cathal Sweeney kicked further points despite the shocking conditions.

With a vicious wind blowing straight down the pitch it seemed as if Roscommon’s win of the toss and decision to play with the wind was a significant moment, and when Ciaran Lawless pointed from outside the 45 in the opening minute it looked like we were set for one-way traffic, but they didn’t build on that early lead.

At the other end Galway’s tactics were perfect: they carried the ball well out of defence, kept their deliveries low to the ground, and they moved the ball quickly through the hands and the chances soon arrived.

Matthew Tierney levelled matters with a very tough free into the wind, and midway through the first half the key score of the game arrived. Cathal Sweeney’s long solo run launched the attack for Galway, while an exchange of passes involving Culhane and Alan Greene resulted in a cracking goal from Culhane.

Three minutes later they repeated the dose when Culhane battled hard to force a turnover. Again the pass was crisp from Ryan Monahan, before Culhane laid on the final pass for Cian Monahan’s goal and a 2-1 to 0-1 lead.

After neglecting the chance to shoot from distance for 20 minutes Roscommon began to play with conditions again. Paul McManus clipped over a lovely point from 50 metres, while Darragh Walsh and McManus found the target before the interval.

There was time for a Culhane free and a super score from Tony Gill as Galway led 2-3 to 0-4 at the break, and shortly after the restart Matthew Tierney stretched that lead with a 45.

Any doubts as to the winners were extinguished in the third minute of the half when Matthew Cooley’s shot hit the post, and quickest to the rebound, Ryan Monahan, hit the net with a low shot.

A fourth goal came Galway’s way in the 37th minute when McGrath’s shot from long range slipped under the crossbar.

There was no stopping Galway with that cushion and the impressive Ryan Monahan, sub Eoin Mannion and Cathal Sweeney added to the runaway victory in the closing stages.

Scorers for Galway: Ryan Monahan 1-2, Tomo Culhane 1-1 (1f), Cian Monahan 1-0, Jonathan McGrath 1-0, Matthew Tierney 0-4 (2f, 1’45), Cathal Sweeney 0-3, Tony Gill 0-1, Alan Greene 0-1, Eoin Mannion 0-1

GALWAY: Conor Flaherty; Jonathan McGrath, Seán Fitzgerald, Jack Glynn; Cian Monahan, Tony Gill, Cathal Sweeney; Paul Kelly, James McLaughlin; Conor Raftery, Matthew Tierney, Ryan Monahan; Alan Greene, Tomo Culhane, Matthew Cooley. Subs: Eoin Mannion for Cooley (42), MacDara Geraghty for Raftery (49), Daniel Cox for Greene (51), Dara Whelan for McGrath (51), Brian Mannion for Culhane (56)

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Steede Footballer of the Year WEB

Ronan Steede Club Player of the Year

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The Corofin Winners:

Back row: Martin Farragher, Kevin O'Brien for Daithi Burke,Ronan Steede and Kieran Fitzgerald,

Front row: Gary Sice, Liam Silke and Bernard Power

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