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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

Galway Senior Hurling team to face Dublin in Leinster S.H.C. Round Robin

1. Colm Callanan (Kinvara)

2. Darren Morrissey (Sarsfields)

3. Daithí Burke (Turloughmore)

4. Aidan Harte (Gort)

5. Padraic Mannion (Ahascragh Fohenagh)

6. Gearoid McInerney (Oranmore Maree)

7. Joseph Cooney (Sarsfields)

8. Johnny Coen (Loughrea)

9. David Burke (Capt.) (St. Thomas')

10. Cathal Mannion (Ahascragh Fohenagh)

11. Jonathan Glynn (Ardrahan)

12. Adrian Tuohy (Beagh)

13. Conor Whelan (Kinvara)

14. Jason Flynn (Tommy Larkins)

15. Brian Concannon (Killimordaly)

 

 

Galway Senior Football team to face Roscommon in the Connacht S.F.C Final on Sunday

  1. Bernard Power (Corofin)
  2. Eoghan Kerin (Annaghdown)
  3. Seán Andy Ó Ceallaigh (Naomh Ánna, LeitirMór)
  4. Liam Silke (Corofin)
  5. Gary O’Donnell (Tuam Stars)
  6. Gareth Bradshaw (Moycullen)
  7. John Daly (Mountbellew Moylough)
  8. Thomas Flynn (Athenry)
  9. Fiontán Ó Curraoin (Michéal Breathnach)
  10. Shane Walsh (Kilkerrin Clonberne)
  11. Michael Daly (Mountbellew Moylough)
  12. Johnny Heaney (Killanin)
  13. Antaine Ó Laoí (An Spidéal)
  14. Ian Burke (Corofin)
  15. Danny Cummins (Claregalway)

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TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT INFORMATION

Connacht Football Final in Pearse Stadium, Sunday 16th June 2019.

Galway V Mayo Connacht Junior Final at 1.00pm

Galway V Roscommon Senior Football Connacht Final at 4.00pm

A Chairde,

On behalf of Galway GAA and the Pearse Stadium Committee we welcome all GAA Supporters to Salthill on Sunday next, 16th of June for the Connacht Football Final.

The Junior Final between Galway and Mayo, will throw-in at 1.00pm and the Senior Final between Galway and Roscommon, will throw-in at 4.00pm.

These games on Sunday will result in increased traffic in the Galway City, Salthill and Pearse

Stadium areas and we urge all Supporters to arrive early, in order to avoid traffic congestion and potential delays entering the Stadium.

An Garda Síochana will implement a local area Traffic Management Plan and this will result in a number of access roads in the residential areas adjacent to Pearse Stadium being closed. It is important to note that only residents with Car Pass Permits and those with Official Car Park Passes will be allowed access to those Residential areas.

There are ample Car Parks in Galway City and Salthill and we encourage patrons to use these car parks and walk or take public transport to/from Salthill. The 401 Bus from Eyre Square to Salthill will operate every 20 minutes throughout the day. There will be extra service to and from Salthill as it serves a location less than 10 minutes’ walk from Pearse Stadium. Only buses that depart Salthill at or before 18:00 will guarantee connection with the 19:25 train to Oranmore, Athenry, Attymon, Woodlawn, Ballinasloe, Athlone, Roscommon and Castlerea. Normal Bus Eireann city service fares will apply on the route. Outside of 13:00 to 19:00, the normal scheduled route will operate on 401.

Car parking available at St. Mary’s College on St. Mary’s Road and at St. Enda’s College on Threadneedle Road.

Garda Traffic Cordon

Pearse Stadium will open to patrons at 12pm and a Garda Traffic Cordon will be in place restricting vehicular access to residents and permit holders only from 12pm until 7.00pm. Barriers will be in place on either end of Dr Mannix Road, at Rockbarton Road, at Dalysfort Road and on Rosary Lane. There will be no through traffic on any of these routes between the times indicated. We ask all Supporters to arrive early, to park in the designated Car Parks and to park legally and responsibly, at all times. Designated Car Parks will be signposted.

Recommended Traffic Access Route

It is expected that the majority of both visiting supporters will approach the city via the M6 and it is recommended that they continue on M6/N6 route across Quincentenary Bridge and continue along Bishop O’Donnell Road. Progress through the city (unless intending to park and walk/bus to Salthill) is not recommended as the pedestrian crossing at Spanish Arch will be particularly busy on Sunday as will the retail parks and supermarkets on city part of Headford Road.

Finally, we appeal to all Supporters to be conscious, mindful and respectful to the needs of our neighbours and local residents.

Please distribute and communicate this important notice to all your Clubs, Supporters and your Local Media.

In Summary:

1. Please ensure that you buy your ticket in advance!

2. Please travel with care and arrive early!

2. Please use designated Car Parks and park legally and responsibly.

3. Please be respectful and mindful of the needs of Local Residents

4. Enjoy the game

Thank your co-operation and your support.

Séamus O Gráda, Runaí, Coiste Chontae na Gaillimhe

 

 

 

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