AIB All Ireland Club SFC Final


By Cian O'Connell at Croke Park

Corofin, the ice cool standard bearers in Galway and Connacht, never forget. What makes them so great is the fact that some sort of response will always be summoned. That is just the way it is for a proud Corofin outfit and their flag remains planted on the summit of the club game.

Every defeat is scrutinised - one loss hurt more deeply than many when Dr Crokes administered a sound All Ireland semi-final beating at the Gaelic Grounds two years ago.

It is why Corofin were accompanied by such a burning desire in GAA headquarters with Kevin O’Brien’s charges producing a daring and dynamic first half display.

When the teams departed at the break Corofin were armed with a commanding 2-7 to 0-6 advantage which was an accurate reflection of their utter superiority.

Primed for this contest Corofin’s organisation meant they adequately dealt with Crokes’ much vaunted forward line, while also negating the threat of a willing half back line.

While Dr Crokes were efficient initially Corofin were prompted by a fine eighth minute Jason Leonard goal following a sharp Kieran Molloy assist.

Tony Brosnan’s frees kept Crokes in the hunt and they only trailed by 1-3 to 0-5 in the 18th minute before Corofin seized control.

A gorgeous 21st minute move featuring Martin Farragher, Daithi Burke, and Ian Burke culminated with Gary Sice palming the ball to the back of the Crokes net.

Corofin’s class was evident and Crokes were under pressure, especially when captain John Payne was red carded in the 26th minute.

Eager to make their numerical superiority count Sice mined two points and Leonard added a tidy effort ensuring they led by seven at the turnaround.

When the action recommenced Corofin struck four of the first six scores with Leonard and Martin Farragher prominent edging the holders 2-11 to 0-8 in the ascendancy.

Crokes introduced Colm Cooper, but Corofin were dictating the agenda with impressive authority as the Farragher brothers thumped over splendid scores.

In the dying embers the decorated Corofin full back Kieran Fitzgerald was sent off for a second yellow card offence, but it didn’t matter.

Retaining the All Ireland title was a mission Corofin always wanted to achieve. Accomplishing that feat with such a mixture of substance and style merely added to the sense of satisfaction.

Scorers for Corofin: Gary Sice 1-5 (3fs), Jason Leonard 1-3, Martin Farragher 0-4, Daithi Burke 0-2, Kieran Molloy and Mike Farragher 0-1 each.

Scorers for Dr Crokes: Tony Brosnan 0-5 (4fs), Daithi Casey 0-3 (2fs), Micheal Burns and Colm Cooper (f) 0-1 each.

COROFIN: Bernard Power; Liam Silke, Kieran Fitzgerald, Cathal Silke; Dylan McHugh, Dylan Wall, Kieran Molloy; Daithi Burke, Ronan Steede; Micheal Lundy, Jason Leonard, Mike Farragher; Martin Farragher, Gary Sice, Ian Burke.

Subs: Colin Brady for L Silke (HT), Conor Cunningham for McHugh (48), Gavin Burke for Lundy (53), Ciaran McGrath for Wall (55), Dylan Canney for Sice (57), Ciaran Brady for D Burke (57).

DR CROKES: Shane Murphy; John Payne, Fionn Fitzgerald, Michael Moloney; Gavin White, David O’Leary, Shane Doolan; Johnny Buckley, Daithi Casey; Micheal Burns, Gavin O’Shea, Brian Looney; Tony Brosnan, Kieran O’Leary, David Shaw.

Subs: Michael Potts for Doolan (HT), Colm Cooper for O’Shea (37), Jordan Kiely for O’Leary (41), Alan O’Sullivan for D O’Leary (46), Eoin Brosnan for Casey (53), Jason Lyne for Looney (57).

REFEREE: Barry Cassidy (Derry).

Allianz Football League Division One


By Cian O'Connell at Pearse Stadium

Considering the lengthy absentee list due to injuries and club commitments it has been a satisfying spring for Galway, who gleaned a fourth League win in Salthill.

That this victory was achieved in such convincing fashion was a surprise as Roscommon required a positive outcome to ease their relegation worries.

It means that Roscommon must now beat Kerry next weekend and hope for favourable results elsewhere to avoid the drop.

While Galway manufactured chances throughout the opening period it wasn’t until near the interval that they made their superiority truly count.

Two minutes before the interval Galway’s advantage was 0-9 to 0-7, but Kevin Walsh’s charges finished the opening period strongly.

An opportunistic Danny Cummins goal following a clever move involving Antaine O’Laoi, Gary O’Donnell, Tom Flynn, and John Daly edged Galway five clear.

Further points from two Shane Walsh frees ensured Galway, who had been backed by the breeze, departed with a 1-11 to 0-7 cushion.

Galway’s 1-11 came from 22 shots during a first half in which O’Laoi’s promise was evident as the An Spideal clubman clipped two splendid points from play.

Another Galway footballer flaring to prominence during the spring is John Daly, who thundered forward to nail a fine effort seconds after the restart.

Walsh rifled over a free for Galway, who were nine points ahead, but a Roscommon rally trimmed the deficit.

A Colm Lavin free was followed by a goal from a Conor Cox penalty meaning the gap was down to five in the 46th minute.

Galway, though, refused to be perturbed as points from O’Laoi (two frees) and O’Donnell pushed the maroon outfit into comfortable territory. There was no sign of any panic late on as Galway prevailed.

Scorers for Galway: Danny Cummins 1-2, Antaine O’Laoi (2fs) and Shane Walsh (3fs) 0-4 each, Gary O’Donnell 0-2, John Daly, Gareth Bradshaw, Ciaran Duggan, Cein D’Arcy, and Michael Daly 0-1 each.

Scorers for Roscommon: Conor Cox 1-4 (1-0 pen, 1f, 1m), Conor Daly, Enda Smith, Cathal Cregg, Tadhg O’Rourke, Colm Lavin (45), and Donie Smith (f) 0-1 each.

GALWAY: Ruairi Lavelle; Eoghan Kerin, Sean Andy O’Ceallaigh, David Wynne; Gary O’Donnell, John Daly, Gareth Bradshaw; Tom Flynn, Ciaran Duggan; Johnny Heaney, Michael Daly, Peter Cooke; Antaine O’Laoi, Shane Walsh, Danny Cummins.

Subs: Sean Kelly for O’Donnell (58), Finnian O’Laoi for Cummins (68), Padraic Cunningham for Walsh (70), Cein D’Arcy for Flynn (70+2).

ROSCOMMON: Colm Lavin; David Murray, Conor Daly, Gary Patterson; Ronan Daly, Niall Daly, Conor Devaney; Tadhg O’Rourke, Shane Killoran; Niall Kilroy, Cathal Cregg, Enda Smith; Donie Smith, Ciaran Lennon, Conor Cox.

Subs: Ultan Harney for E Smith (HT), Sean Mullolly for R Daly (HT), Aonghus Lyons for D Smith (50), Colin Compton for Cregg (56), Hubert Darcy for Kilroy (63).

REFEREE: Conor Lane (Cork).





Allianz Hurling League Quarter-Final


By Cian O'Connell at Pearse Stadium

Ultimately a wild encounter was decided by a blistering Galway burst in the third quarter.

It was a satisfying afternoon in the west for Galway, who endured some anxious moments early on, before winning with a dash of style.

Joe Canning’s crafty performance included a 0-15 haul, but his display wasn’t solely about scores as the Portumna clubman was relevant throughout creating chances.

A strange opening period included a splendid Canning cameo, who mined a dozen points, but Galway, despite initially being backed by a reasonable breeze, still trailed by 3-5 to 0-13 at the break.

That was chiefly due to Wexford’s ability to pounce for goals with Conor McDonald and Lee Chin’s power disturbing the locals.

Davy Fitzgerald’s sharp outfit nailed 3-5 from 12 shots, while Galway converted 0-13 from 18 attempts during a lively start.

Galway had edged 0-3 to 0-2 ahead when Wexford struck for a goal as a McDonald effort trickled over the line.

With Canning drilling frees from a variety of angles and distances Galway responded hitting five of the next six scores, but once more Wexford grabbed a goal.

It was all about McDonald’s aerial ability as the Naomh Eanna clubman gathered Matthew O’Hanlon’s delivery before making the Galway net dance.

Two further Canning frees and a Cathal Mannion effort had Galway 0-11 to 2-4 in the ascendancy, but Chin blasted a third Wexford goal in the 31st minute.

The passionate visiting support were enthused and while parity was restored following two Canning points Wexford led at the turnaround as Paul Morris clipped a free in stoppage time.

Gearoid McInerney went back into the Galway full back line and that proved to be a significant switch.

When the action recommenced, though, Galway were primed for a battle and plundered two goals inside eight minutes.

Three minutes after the restart Davy Glennon’s pass released Cathal Mannion, who had the skill to blast a brilliant goal from an acute angle.

Buoyed up by Mannion’s major Galway quickly added a second in the 43rd minute as Niall Burke reacted promptly to steer the sliotar over the line following a Mark Fanning save from Glennon.

Brian Concannon and Mannion clipped points for Galway growing in confidence and gathering momentum suddenly were 2-18 to 3-6 clear.

Wexford, so forceful at the outset, couldn’t recover as Galway, inspired by Canning, remained in control for the rest of the game.

In the dying embers Galway decorated the victory when substitute Tadhg Haran announced his arrival by poking a goal after Canning had been thwarted by a Fanning save. Galway closed the deal with the minimum of fuss.

Scorers for Galway: Joe Canning 0-15 (13fs, 165), Cathal Mannion 1-2, Niall Burke 1-1, Tadhg Haran 1-0, Brian Concannon 0-2, Conor Whelan 0-1.

Scorers for Wexford: Conor McDonald 2-2 (1f), Lee Chin 1-2, Paul Morris 0-4 (3fs, 165), Aidan Nolan, Diarmuid O’Keeffe, Matthew O’Hanlon 0-1 each.

GALWAY: Fergal Flannery; Jack Grealish, Paul Killeen, Sean Loftus; Darren Morrissey, Padraic Mannion, Gearoid McInerney; Aidan Harte, Cathal Mannion; Niall Burke, Joe Canning, Thomas Monaghan; Conor Whelan, Sean Bleahene, Brian Concannon.

Subs: Kevin Hussey for P Mannion (22), Davy Glennon for Monaghan (34), Johnny Coen for Morrissey (HT), Sean Kilduff for Harte (63), Tadhg Haran for Bleahene (68).

WEXFORD: Mark Fanning; Simon Donohoe, Liam Ryan, Damien Reck; Shaun Murphy, Matthew O’Hanlon, Paudie Foley; Jack O’Connor, Diarmuid O’Keeffe; Aidan Nolan, Lee Chin, Cathal Dunbar; Kevin Foley, Conor McDonald, Paul Morris.

Subs: Darren Byrne for Ryan (38), Liam Og McGovern for J O’Connor (46), Shane Reck for Byrne (52), Ian Byrne for Chin (58), Harry Kehoe for Morris (68).

REFEREE: Cathal McAllister (Cork).

The GAA have confirmed a double header of Allianz League Fixtures will take place next Saturday, 16th March in Pearse Stadium.

Allianz Hurling League Quarter-Finals

Galway v Wexford, 1.30 pm

Allianz Football League Round 5

Galway v Roscommon, 3.30 pm


Important Information for Supporters travelling to Pearse Stadium

A Chairde,

On behalf of Galway GAA and the Pearse Stadium Committee we welcome all GAA Supporters to Salthill on Saturday next, 16th of March for the Allianz Hurling League Quarter Final between Galway and Wexford, which will  throw-in at 1.30pm and the Allianz Football League Round 6 between Galway and Roscommon which will throw-in at 3.30pm.

These games on Saturday, will result in increased traffic in the Galway, 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.

Garda Traffic Cordon

Ground 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 5.00pm. 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. Again, 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 Saturday 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 You for your co-operation and your support.

 Séamus Ó Gráda,

Runaí, Coiste Chontae na Gaillimhe


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