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Galway Minor footballers booked a place the Connacht final in Tuam Stadium last evening by beating Leitrim where they will meet Sligo or Mayo on July 7th, Sligo beat Roscommon last evening by 2-15 to 4-7. Galway had a facile victory over Leitrim 5-26 to 1-6 and the visitors opening score did not arrive until the 29th minute of the opening half, The hosts lead at the break by 1-12 to 0-2 with Walthan Grainger scoring the goal on the 23rd minute, the second half  followed the same pattern as the first and Grainger, McGrath and Ó Seoighe were amomg the goal scorers.Tomo Culhane scored 1-9 including six frees 

 

 

 

Senior Football Club Championship Round 2

Round two  of the Claregalway Hotel sponsored Football championship starts this (Friday) evening in Corofin at 8.00 when Annaghdown and Tuam Stars will battle it out to try and recover from round one defeats, Annaghdown went down to neighbours Claregalway by 3-11 to 0-12 while the ‘Stars’ lost by four to Corofin 0-13 to 1-14. Also in Group 2 this weekend   Tuam Stadium is the venue  on Saturday when Corofin and St James’ clash at 6.45 both winners from the opening round when the city side had a 3-14 to 0-8 win over Leitir Móir and Claregalway play in Pearse Stadium on Sunday at 2.45 against Leitir Móir.

Group 1- The opening round was keenly contested with Salthill-Knocknacarra and Bearna sharing the spoils on a scores on a scoreline of 0-11 to 1-8 while St Michaels had two points to spare over An Spidéal 1-9 to 0-10 while in the game  Milltown edged out Killererin by a point 4-10 to 3-13.

Pearse Stadium is the venue on Saturday at 5.30 for Bearna and St Michaels and on Sunday in Tuam Stadium at 3.30 Salthill-Knocknacarra meet Killererin while Milltown and An Spideal meet at the Salthill venue 4.30.

Group 3- The opening round saw Maigh Cuilinn win by a point against Killannin 4-6 to 1-14 while Mountbellew-Moylough have seven points to spare against Monivea-Abbey 1-12 to 1-5, An Cheathrú Rua  were also the winning mood beat Caherlistrane by a goal 2-7 to 1-7.

This weekend Maigh Cuilinn and Monivea-Abbey play in Tuam Stadium on Saturday at 5.00 and the same venue hosts the clash of Mountbellew-Moylough and Caherlistrane on Sunday at 3.30, Killannin play Cheathrú Rua also Saturday on Pearse Stadium at 7.15

Tom Dillon (pictured above with fellow clubmen Padraig and Cathal Mannion with the Liam McCarthy Cup in 2017) was left cornerback on the Galway team who won the 1956 All-Ireland Senior football final when they beat Cork by 2-13 to 3-7 and was at the time of his passing president of Ahascragh/Fohenagh GAA Club.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

 

In an interview with Galway Bay FM Ollie Turner in 2015, Tom spoke about the importance of Galway’s victory in 1956

https://youtu.be/SB50MdgdzgI

 

Galway Senior Football Team All Ireland Champions 1956

Tom is in the back row, 8th from L to R.

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The Galway Under -20 winning  panel pictured prior the  the game against Dublin in Ballinasloe on Saturday

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Kevin Clancy Football Secretary presents the John Kerins Cup to  Conor Campbell and Sean Mulkerrins 

Connacht Senior Football Championship Final

ROSCOMMON 1-13 GALWAY 0-12

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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