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Galway Ladies Connacht Final win over Mayo

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Tracey Leonard and team mates celebrate the Connacht final vicotry over Mayo in McHale Park

 

 

TG4 Connacht Ladies Senior Football Final

Galway 0-17

Mayo 1-12

By DECLAN ROONEY

At MacHale Park

Tracey Leonard played a captain’s role as her six points fired Galway to a sixth TG4 Connacht senior title in the last seven years and to victory over arch rivals Mayo at MacHale Park.

A Fiona Doherty goal and six points on a bright return to action from Cora Staunton kept Mayo in touch, but despite having Charlotte Cooney sin-binned during the second-half, Tracey Leonard and Mairead Seoighe kicked the winning points late on as Galway claimed back-to-back victories.

After winning the toss Mayo captain Sarah Tierney elected to play against the strong breeze in a scorching Castlebar venue, and it was the Tribesgirls that made that most of that advantage early on.

Roisin Leonard got them off the mark after 29 seconds before Nicola Ward and Tracey Leonard made the most of gaping holes in the heart of the Mayo defence to kick scores.

Following her late introduction to the team before throw-in Staunton’s first involvement was to balloon a fifth-minute free high across goal, but she soon found her target on the heels of a Niamh Kelly point to cut Galway’s lead to 0-3 to 0-2.

Galway continued to exploit the space in front of the Mayo full-back line and Aine McDonagh stretched their lead after nine minutes. That lead was four points by the 18th minute as Tracey and Roisin Leonard landed good scores, but a sweet Staunton point from distance kept Mayo in touch and they only trailed 0-9 to 0-7 at half-time.

Grace Kelly could have put a point between the sides straight after the restart but her free came back off the post, and it was Galway who then kicked on through Roisin Leonard.

Staunton then took on the free taking duties from the right and got Mayo back in the game, and after Seoighe worked hard to score for Galway, Staunton gathered a break to score for Peter Leahy’s troops.

Niamh Kelly’s direct running saw Mayo close to within a point, and when Charlotte Cooney was sin binned in the 45th minute Galway faced a real test.

Galway responded with points from Sarah Conneally and Emer Faherty, but a stunning goal from Fiona Doherty pulled Mayo back to within a point with ten minutes remaining. Sinead Cafferky levelled matters with a great score four minutes from time, but Tracey Leonard and Seoighe hit two quick scores to put Galway out of sight.

Galway now go on to face Waterford and the losing Leinster finalists in the group stages, while Mayo take on the Leinster champions and Cavan.

Scorers – Galway: T Leonard 0-6 (2f), R Leonard 0-3 (1f), M Seoighe 0-3, E Faherty 0-1, N Ward 0-1, O Divilly 0-1, A McDonagh 0-1, S Conneally 0-1.

Mayo: C Staunton 0-6 (4f), F Doherty 1-0, N Kelly 0-2, G Kelly 0-2 (1f), S Cafferky 0-2

Galway: L Murphy; S Burke, S Lynch, F Cooney; C Cooney, N Ward, E Faherty; A McDonagh, C Cormican; O Divilly, T Leonard (c), A Davoren; M Seoighe, R Leonard, L Coen.

Subs: S Conneally for Coen (39), N Connolly for Lynch (39), L Ward for R Leonard (54), D Brennan for Davoren (60).

Mayo: A Tarpey; E Lowther, S Tierney (c), D Caldwell; K Sullivan, R Kearns, D Hughes; F McHale, C McManamon; N Kelly, F Doherty, S Cafferky; G Kelly, S Rowe, C Staunton.

Subs: O Cannon for McManamon (55), M Corbett for Hughes (56), S Howley for G Kelly (57).

Referee: G Carmody (Roscommon).

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The Galway senior ladies football team prior to their Connacht final win over Mayo

Back row: Olivia Divilly, Áine McDonagh, Sarah Conneally, Noelle Connolly, Niamh Daly, Bronagh Quinn, Lisa Murphy, Laura Hession, Siobhan Divilly, Louise Ward, Caitriona Cormican, Emma Reaney, Sarah Lynch, Leanne Coen, Emer Flaherty.

Front row: Fabienne Cooney, Charlotte Cooney, Tracey Leonard, Leanne Walsh, Nicola Ward, Mairéad Seoighe, Ailbhe Davoren, Róisin Leonard, Deirdre Brennan, Shauna Molloy, Eimear O’Kane, Sinead Burke.

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Galway 3-13 Kilkenny 1-17
Goals win games was again true this evening in Tullamore when Galway beat the ‘Cats’ by two points to qualify for the Leinster final, Evan Niland who scored 1-6 was the ‘man of the Match’ while Ciarian Fahy and Sean Bleahene also raised green flags for the winners . The early exchanges saw both sides finding it difficult to score as the shot eleven wides inside the first quarter at that stage the winners had built a one point lead 0-2 to 0-1.

Galway had the assistance of the breeze in the opening half and had a slight two point lead at the break 1-8 to 0-9, but in the opening minutes of part two a Kevin Cooney point and a Bleheane goal give the winners a six point advantage, and Galway continued to dominate the game as Fahy and Cooney added further points and with twelve minutes remaining the winners had built up a 3-12 to 0-12 lead. Four points in a row for Kilkenny cut the margin to five; Kevin Cooney then added a point for the Tribesmen and in added time John Donnelly finally breached the goal for Kilkenny to finish the scoring and leave Galway with two points to spare at the finish.

Galway scorers: E Niland 1-6, C Fahy 1-2,K Cooney 0-4, S Bleahene 1-0, B Concannon 0-1

Galway team : E Murphy, I O’Shea, J Fitzpatrick, S Bannon, F Burke, M Hughes, J Grealish, S Loftus, T Monaghan, S Bleheane, K Cooney, C Fahy, J Canning, B Concannon, E Niland .Subs used: C Salmon, C Caulfield, P Foley, R Murphy, A Greaney

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Galway Captain Damien Comer with the Nestor Cup

Galway Supreme in Connacht showdown

GALWAY 0-16 ROSCOMMON 2-6

By Cian O'Connell at Dr Hyde Park

Prompted by the splendid Shane Walsh, who married substance with style, Galway returned to the western summit.
Kevin Walsh’s charges produced a dominant second half display to overpower Roscommon, who had set the agenda early on.
Roscommon, who motored smoothly initially, endured severe issues after the restart as Galway outwitted the holders by 0-11 to 1-1 after the restart.
That Roscommon failed to register a score from play in the last 35 minutes confirmed how gritty and resourceful Galway were.

The opening period showcased Roscommon’s ability in attack with the majestic Murtagh brothers inflicting plenty of damage.
Diarmuid contributed four points, including three sweet efforts from play, while Ciarain supplied a gorgeous 22nd minute goal.

That major was all about a blend of speed and skill as the St Faithleach’s clubman manufactured just enough space to make the Galway net dance.
It was a moment of sheer daring and class, while at the opposite end Galway relied on Shane Walsh and Ian Burke for scores and inspiration.
Walsh mined three first half points, kicking two fine efforts from play, while the Kilkerrin-Clonberne forward crafted two further scores for Burke.

Still despite Walsh’s craft Roscommon were content to be departing armed with a 1-5 to 0-5 advantage at the interval.
Galway’s response, though, was loaded with character and following a Diarmuid Murtagh free Galway reeled off six points without reply to seize the initiative.
Walsh struck five of those before Sean Kelly landed an important point, but Roscommon did manage to pose one more serious question.
A foul on Diarmuid Murtagh resulted in a penalty which was converted by Roscommon captain Conor Devaney with six minutes remaining.
Suddenly Ross led by 2-6 to 0-11, but Galway came thundering back once more. Substitute Sean Armstrong restored parity and two Damien Comer points edged the Tribesmen ahead.

Another replacement Adrian Varley and Burke sealed the deal with late points for Galway, who advance to the All Ireland Quarter Final round robin series.

Scorers for Galway: Shane Walsh 0-8 (6fs), Ian Burke 0-3, Damien Comer 0-2, Sean Kelly, Sean Armstrong, Adrian Varley 0-1 each.

Scorers for Roscommon: Diarmuid Murtagh 0-5 (2fs), Ciarain Murtagh and Conor Devaney (pen) 1-0 each, Donie Smith 0-1.

GALWAY: Ruairi Lavelle; Declan Kyne, Sean Andy O’Ceallaigh, David Wynne; Cathal Sweeney, Gareth Bradshaw, Johnny Heaney; Paul Conroy, Tom Flynn; Eamonn Brannigan, Shane Walsh, Sean Kelly; Ian Burke, Damien Comer, Barry McHugh.
Subs: Ciaran Duggan for Conroy (45), Sean Armstrong for McHugh (48), Eoghan Kerin for Wynne (49), Peter Cooke for Heaney (65), Adrian Varley for Brannigan (69), Gary O’Donnell for O’Ceallaigh (70)

ROSCOMMON: Colm Lavin; David Murray, Niall McInerney, Peter Domican; John McManus, Fintan Cregg, Conor Devaney; Cathal Compton, Tadhg O’Rourke; Enda Smith, Niall Kilroy, Brian Stack; Donie Smith, Diarmuid Murtagh, Ciarain Murtagh.
Subs: Ultan Harney for Compton (31), Fergal Lennon for Murray (53, BC), Cathal Cregg for Stack (56), Finbar Cregg for C Murtagh (60), Conor Delaney for O’Rourke (63), Ronan Stack for Kilroy (70)

REFEREE: David Coldrick (Meath).

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Shane Walsh in action in the Hyde Park today

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