Allianz League Div 1 Round 6

MAYO 3-23 GALWAY 0-17

By Cian O'Connell at Tuam Stadium

In a year like no other Mayo still relish an emphatic victory over their long time foes.

While the green and thousands weren’t at the fabled old ground to witness this, a brilliant first half display nailed Galway.

It was a truly remarkable exhibition from James Horan’s outfit, who chalked up 2-17 from 22 shots, which compared very favourably to Galway’s 0-7 from 12.

The chief damage was done with the nifty Mark Moran and Paddy Durcan decorating a dynamic start by clipping fine goals.

Problems were cropping up everywhere for the locals, who lost Damien Comer and Johnny Duane to injury inside 10 minutes.

Nonetheless Mayo had already accumulated a 0-5 to 0-1 advantage by then before Moran mined a 12th minute goal.

Aidan O’Shea’s power was causing Galway real bother and Mayo poured forward at every available opportunity.

The signs were encouraging for Mayo with Conroy, O’Shea, and Cillian O’Connor providing a potent threat and Galway were under duress.

Paul Conroy clipped a couple of points as Galway trimmed the gap down to 1-5 to 0-4, but it was merely a brief interruption.

Mayo were dictating the agenda and edged 1-10 to 0-7 in front prior to another smashing burst which yielded 1-7 on the spin.

Oisin Mullin and O’Shea crafted space for the advancing Durcan, who lashed a 28th minute goal that was followed by a flurry of points.

Ultimately it meant Mayo went in 16 points ahead at the break with Galway’s mission simply focusing on restricting damage when the action recommenced.

Trying to win the second half is the traditional term when an outfit encountered initially difficulty and Galway did improve somewhat after the restart.

Cillian McDaid, Robert Finnerty (2), and substitute Adrian Varley all landed points as Galway hit four of the first six scores in the third quarter, but Mayo were far from perturbed.

A third Mayo goal was eventually planted when Conor Loftus, revelling in the centre field exchanges, rattled the Galway net in the 53rd minute.

Conroy did pose some questions, but Mayo closed out the deal with the minimum of fuss. In these deeply uncertain times, even when the N17 was quiet, this was still a sweet and satisfactory afternoon for the green and red.

Scorers for Mayo: Cillian O’Connor 0-10 (8s), Mark Moran, Paddy Durcan, and Conor Loftus (1m) 1-2 each, Tommy Conroy and Aidan O’Shea 0-3 each, Stephen Coen 0-1 (m).

Scorers for Galway: Robert Finnerty 0-7 (5fs), Paul Conroy 0-3, Liam Silke 0-2, Cillian McDaid, Gary O’Donnell, Matthias O Baireid, Adrian Varley, and Cein D’Arcy 0-1 each.

MAYO: David Clarke; Oisin Mullin, David McBrien, Lee Keegan; Paddy Durcan, Stephen Coen, Eoghan McLaughlin; Mattie Ruane, Conor Loftus; Fionn McDonagh, Mark Moran, Diarmuid O’Connor; Cillian O’Connor, Aidan O’Shea, Tommy Conroy.

Subs: Bryan Walsh for McDonagh (43), Padraig O’Hora for McBrien (50), Darren Coen for C O’Connor (54), Ryan O’Donoghue for D O’Connor (54), Jordan Flynn for Ruane (62).

GALWAY: Connor Gleeson; Conor Campbell, Sean Andy O Ceallaigh, Johnny Heaney; Liam Silke, Johnny Duane, Cillian McDaid; Cein D’Arcy, John Maher; Eamonn Brannigan, Damien Comer, Jason Leonard; Robert Finnerty, Paul Conroy, Ian Burke.

Subs: Michael Daly for Comer (5), Gary O’Donnell for Duane (10), Adrian Varley for Brannigan (31), Tom Flynn for Maher (HT), Matthias O Baireid for D’Arcy (56).

REFEREE: Maurice Deegan (Laois).

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GALWAY 1-15 KERRY 1-10

By John Fallon at LIT Gaelic Grounds

Galway senior Matthew Tierney and late midfield replacement Cian Hernon inspired the Tribesmen into the EirGrid All-Ireland U20 final after their second-half comeback denied Kerry at LIT Gaelic Grounds.

Galway trailed by four points as half time approached after goals from Cian Monahan and Ruaidhrí Ó Beaglaoich for each side, but crucial points from Tierney and Matthew Cooley cut that deficit before the interval.

A sterling defensive display restricted Kerry to three points in the second half as Tierney’s four scores after the break hauled his side back into a dominant position.

Kerry’s Lithuanian-born goalkeeper Deividas Uosis, who is about to join the Brisbane Lions, scored three long range points for his side, but Galway hit six of the last seven scores in a convincing finale to set up a final against Dublin.

Covid-19 caused havoc in both squads and forced changes, nevertheless both teams impressed at stages in the first half at the Gaelic Grounds.

One of the late switches in the Kerry forward line saw Eddie Horan starting, and he showed his class with the first two points of the game in the first and sixth minutes as the Munster champions got off to the brighter start.

Galway have been impressive at this grade of the last couple of seasons, and they struck for the lead after seven minutes when Cian Monahan exchanged passes with Tierney and fired past Uosis in the Kerry goal.

At the other end the Kerry forwards looked very dangerous though, and Paul Walsh kicked his first of the half before Seán Keane levelled matters at 0-4 to 1-1 after 15 minutes.

Galway should have pulled clear just before the water break though, but Cooley was denied by a smart save from Uosis. And after two sweet Walsh points, the Kerry keeper drilled over a 45 to give his side the lead again in the 26th minute.

And three minutes from the interval Kerry took charge when Ó Beaglaoich ran on to Horan’s flicked pass to goal, although Cooley and Tierney frees following a black card for Seán Keane kept Galway in touch at half time with Kerry 1-7 to 1-5 ahead.

It didn’t take Galway long to trim that lead when Tierney kicked a point from an offensive mark, and when Kerry lost centre back Dylan Casey following a collision with one of his teammates they had another setback to deal with.

Tierney showed a cool head to kick his fourth point from a long range free following a foul on Cian Hernon, which levelled matters at 1-7 apiece nine minutes into the second period.

Dylan Geaney wasn’t long on the field when he kicked Kerry level in the 43rd minute, but another substitute Eoin Mannion also made an immediate impact when he won the free that allowed Tierney to kick his fourth point of the second half to give Galway the lead again.

Kerry looked to their goalkeeper again 13 minutes from time and Uosis’ long range free drew them level at 1-9 to 1-9, and despite a rare Tierney missed free, Galway took the lead again when Cian Monahan added to his first-half goal with a great 50th minute point.

A late tackle from Luka Brosnan on Jack Kirrane meant Kerry finished with 14 players after he got a black card, and when Cooley kicked the free that followed and his side had the comfort of a two-point cushion.

And they closed out the win as Hernon, Nathan Grainger and Patrick Kelly hit points in the closing stages.

Scorers for Galway: Matthew Tierney 0-6 (5f, 1mark), Matthew Cooley 0-4 (3f), Cian Monahan 1-1, Cian Hernon 0-1, Oisin Gormley 0-1, Nathan Grainger 0-1, Patrick Kelly 0-1 (1f).

Scorers for Kerry: Deividas Uosis 0-3 (2f, 1 ’45), Eddie Horan 0-3, Ruaidhri O Beaglaoich 1-0, Paul Walsh 0-2, Sean Keane 0-1, Dylan Geaney 0-1.

GALWAY: Conor Flaherty, Jonathan McGrath, Seán Fitzgerald, Jack Glynn, Cian Monahan, Tony Gill, Jack Kirranne, Conor Raftery, Cian Hernon, Alan Greene, Matthew Tierney, Ryan Monahan, Patrick Kelly, Oisín Gormley, Matthew Cooley. Subs: Eoin Mannion for Gormley (45), Jason Reilly for Greene (54), Nathan Grainger for Tierney (58), Macdara Geraghty for Cooley (62).

KERRY: Deividas Uosis, Owen Fitzgerald, Alan Dineen, James McCarthy, Luka Brosnan, Dylan Casey, Seán O’Brien, Seán O’Connell, Michael O’Gara, Seán Keane, Eddie Horan, Killian Falvey, Paul Walsh, Seán Horan, Ruaidhri Ó Beaglaoich Subs: Dylan Geaney for Walsh (h-t), Jack Kennelly for Casey (35), Conor Hayes for Keane (49), David Mangan for Falvey (54), Darragh Lynch for S Horan (57).

Referee: Barry Tiernan (Dublin).

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The Galway Senior Football team to play Mayo in the Allianz League this Sunday, October 18th is as follows:

1. Connor Gleeson

2. Conor Campbell

3. Sean Andy Ó Ceallaigh

4. Johnny Heaney (Capt.)

5. Liam Silke

6. Johnny Duane

7. Cillian McDaid

8. John Maher

9. Cein D'Arcy

10. Eamonn Brannigan

11. Michael Daly

12. Jason Leonard

13. Robert Finnerty

14. Ian Burke

15. Paul Conroy

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The GAA’s Management Committee has today endorsed a decision to suspend all GAA Club games ​at all levels with immediate effect ​and until further notice.  

The decision has been taken in the interest of public safety following a number of incidents that have been brought to our attention in recent days. ​In particular, post-match celebrations and a lack of social distancing at certain events have proved disappointing and problematic. 

This directive applies to all ages and all grades across the island.  

Club Social Centres / bars are also to close. 

​Training will continue to be permitted as per the guidelines outlined for the relevant levels in the Government's National Framework for Living with Covid 19 and relevant guidelines in the Six Counties. 

The GAA will continue to monitor the situation in the ​coming days and weeks, regarding changes in government guidelines, before liaising with our units accordingly.  

The Association would also like to acknowledge all of those units who have worked diligently in complying with the public health advice around the staging of our games and training sessions since activity resumed.  

More than ever, we ask that you continue with this approach where training sessions for your players is continuing


By Cian O'Connell at Pearse Stadium

Ultimately an absorbing Galway Senior Football Championship was decided by the class of Dessie Conneely.

When Maigh Cuilinn's need was greatest, Conneely, the captain, supplied the scores finishing a gripping game with a 1-9 haul.

That mattered deeply as Maigh Cuilinn shaded another thriller in the west.

A week ago Maigh Cuilinn overcame Tuam Stars following a similarly exciting encounter and then watched Mountbellew-Moylough take the prized Corofin scalp.

It meant that the novel decider carried all sorts of intrigue, but Maigh Cuilinn had sufficient craft to claim their first ever county title.

Delicately poised at the interval when the teams retreated deadlocked, 0-7 each, Maigh Cuilinn enjoyed a productive third quarter plundering two goals courtesy of a Conneely rocket and one from Conor Bohan.

Mountbellew-Moylough struck a major of their own in that blistering spell of action, but Maigh Cuilinn were just creating more chances.

The losers were clinical converting opportunities as illustrated by 1-11 from 18 shots, but Maigh Cuilinn were pouring forward throughout.

Managed by former Roscommon footballer Don Connellan, Maigh Cuilinn's approach was rewarded posting 2-12 from 24.

In such a tight match the fact that Maigh Cuilinn kept Conneely relevant by delivering quality ball inside was critical.

At the outset it commenced at a decent clip with Mountbellew-Moylough nailing their first five attempts to edge them 0-5 to 0-3 ahead by the 11th minute.

Maigh Cuilinn, though, remained defiant with Conneely outstanding and as the interval edged closer the gap remained at two, 0-7 to 0-5.

Then Connellan's charges finished the half strongly as Conneely clipped a point before Owen Gallagher restored parity.

When the action recommenced Barry McHugh fired over a free for Mountbellew-Moylough, but Conneely responded with a thunderbolt goal

Aidan Claffey made the hard yards and Conneely's effort injected Maigh Cuilinn's challenge with a vital goal.

Conneely added a free, but Mountbellew-Moylough then replied as Finnerty netted a penalty following a Sean Kelly foul on Gary Sweeney.

McHugh suddenly slotted a free as Mountbellew-Moylough took the lead in the 42nd minute.

Gareth Bradshaw, prominent for the winners, landed a leveller prior to a Gallagher dart which enabled Bohan to smash a 45th minute goal.

Gallagher thumped over another point to edge Maigh Cuilinn four clear and while Mountbellew-Moylough narrowed the deficit to two, Connellan's crew didn't panic.

Two late frees from the delightful Conneely sealed the deal as Maigh Cuilinn prevailed.

Scorers for Maigh Cuilinn: Dessie Conneely 1-9 (5fs, 145), Conor Bohan 1-0, Owen Gallagher 0-2, Gareth Bradshaw 0-1.

Scorers for Mountbellew-Moylough: Barry McHugh 0-6 (4fs), Eoin Finnerty 1-2 (1-0 pen, 1m), Michael Daly, Paul Donnellan, and Colin Ryan 0-1 each.

MAIGH CUILINN: Seamus Friel; Sean Kelly, Aidan Claffey, Neil Mulcahy; Gareth Bradshaw, David Wynne, Greg Bohan; Tom Clarke, Mark Lydon; Paul Kelly, Conor Bohan, James McLoughlin; Dessie Conneely, Niall Walsh, Owen Gallagher.

Subs: Eoin Kelly for G Bohan (44), Daniel Cox for Walsh (48).

MOUNTBELLEW-MOYLOUGH: Damien Boyle; Mark Mannion, James Foley, Gary Sweeney; Colin Ryan, Colin Murray, Shane Moran, Michael Daly, Matthew Barrett; Gerard Donoghue, Paul Donnellan, Leo Donnellan; Barry McHugh. Patrick Kelly, Eoin Finnerty.

Subs: Sean Miland for L Donnellan (48), Billy Mannion for Donoghue (59).

REFEREE: Austin O'Connell.



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