Corofin win All-Ireland Sevens

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Corofin winning panel

Back row:Dylan Canny,Bernard Power, Jason Leonard, Ciaran Brady, Kieran Molloy, Ross Mahon, Darragh Silke.

Front row: Martin Farragher, Dylan McHugh, Dylan Wall


Galway all ireland finalists


Joe Canning goal


All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final


By John Harrington at Croke Park

Limerick’s long wait is finally over.

45 years of hurt were washed away when Declan Hannon became the first Treaty County captain since 1973 to lift the Liam McCarthy Cup to the skies after a heart-stopping All-Ireland Final.

It looked like the Shannonsiders were coasting towards a comfortable win when Shane Dowling’s 68th minute goal gave them an eight-point lead, but the hurling gods simply refused to let arguably the greatest hurling championship of all time end with anything other than a cymbal crashing crescendo, in the ten minutes of injury-time played Galway summoned an almighty late charge that saw them score 2-2 and win a last-gasp free that gave Joe Canning a chance to level it at the death.

It was just outside his range though, and when the ball dropped into a forest of hurleys and hands it was Limerick’s Tom Condon who won it, He managed to wriggle clear from the pack and hand-passed it out to Tom Morrissey on the wing as James Owens blew the final whistle to send every Limerick person in the stadium to seventh heaven, maybe doing it the hard way will have made it feel all the more special for Limerick, but for a long time it looked like they were going to win this match with surprising ease.

Galway have made a habit of starting quickly in matches this year, but right from the start they were very much on the back-foot in this match, Limerick’s industry without the ball was hugely impressive, and it meant Galway men had barely a second to get their head up before being engulfed in green.

The Limerick forwards were setting the tone in this regard, harrying and hassling for all their worth, and the sight of a Galway ball-carrier being set upon by packs of hungry tacklers was quickly becoming commonplace. Limerick betrayed their nerves with some poor shooting, but overall the way they settled into the match was hugely impressive as they quickly raced into a three-point lead.

Aaron Gillane, who was being picked up by Daithi Burke, opened the scoring, and then Kyle Hayes and Graeme Mulcahy followed up with two more points, the Hayes point summed up Limerick’s attitude in the opening exchanges, and he burst a gut to intercept an Adrian Tuohey short pass from defence, and then lanced the ball confidently over the bar

Tom Morrissey celebrates after scoring Limerick's second goal of the match. 

There was more method to Limerick’s attacking play than Galway’s. The Tribesmen were lumping the ball long into Jonathan Glynn and hoping for the best, but Limerick full-back Mike Casey was sticking doggedly to his task despite a big disadvantage in height and weight

A Joe Canning ’65 and a nice point from David Burke got Galway off the mark, and by the 15th minute they had drawn level on five points apiece, they briefly moved into the lead when Joe Cooney pointed, but then Limerick landed the heaviest blow of the match yet when they scored a scrappy goal. Hayes did brilliantly to pick out Mulcahy with a cross-field ball but as the corner-forward bore down on goal he was stripped of possession. He managed to scuff the ball on the ground in front of him and then got a lucky break when James Skehill’s attempt to smother it seemed to ricochet of McInerney and back into Mulcahy’s path which allowed him to scuff it over the line from close range.

By the 28th minute Limerick were 1-8 to 0-6 ahead thanks to a Tom Morrissey point and two inspirational long-rangers from their increasingly influential captain Declan Hannon. They really should have been even more than five points ahead by now though, because they’d also hit 10 wides, many of them of the poor variety. Galway were just about hanging in there, and three points in a row from Burke, Canning (f) and Joseph Cooney had the gap down to three as the first-half bled into injury-time. There was one last Limerick flourish before half-time though, as a Gillane free and a classy Seamus Flanagan gave them a four point lead going to the dressing-room that probably didn’t fully reflect how dominant they had been, they weren’t as profligate in the second-half though, and before long their dominance was being reflected in a more substantial manner on the score-board,

Centre-forward Kyle Hayes was starting it lord it over Galway centre-back Gearoid McInerney, and three points from him had helped Limerick into a 1-15 to 0-10 lead by the 44th minute Galway were looking like a tired team now as they struggle to cope with the pace a faster, hungrier Limerick side were setting. The greatest hurler of his generation further gilded that status by playing some incredible hurling in the final 30 minutes of the match, his initial surge saw him score two classy points from play, but Galway were back on life-support when Tom Morrissey then struck for Limerick’s second goal he did brilliantly to dispossess McInerney and go around Adrian Tuohey before controlling the ball with great skill one-handed on his hurley and then lashing it to the back of the net. Back came Canning with three more points for Galway to reduce the gap to a manageable five before Dowling floored the Tribesmen again with Limerick’s third goal

Once more, the work ethic of the Limerick forwards played a crucial part in the score as Peter Casey blocked Tuohey’s attempted clearance and then played in Dowling who finished emphatically to the right-corner. You figured that had to be that, but Galway were resuscitated when Conor Whelan escaped Richie English for the first time in the match to score a life-line of a goal.

Five minutes later Canning lashed a 21 yard free to the back of the net, and suddenly there were only two points between the teams, Limerick leading by 3-15 to 2-16. Limerick supporters must surely have been thinking this could be ’94 all over again, especially when Niall Burke intercepted a miscued Graeme Mulcahy pass and pointed to reduce the gap to just one.

But Mulcahy atoned for that sin by then scoring a brilliant point to edge Limerick two ahead once more, there was time for even more late drama though as Canning nervelessly nailed a ’65 in the eight minute of injury-time, presumably after being told there would be time for one more passage of play after the resulting puck-out. He couldn’t produce any more heroics though as his last-gasp free from around 90 yards fell short, and Limerick cleared their lines to send their supporters delirious

Scorers for Galway: Joe Canning 1-10 (1-5f), Conor Whelan 1-0, Joseph Cooney 0-3, David Burke 0-3, Padraic Mannion 0-1, Niall Burke 0-1.

GALWAY: James Skehill; Adrian Tuohey, Daithi Burke, John Hanbury; Padraic Mannion, Gearoid McInerney, Aidan Harte; Johnny Coen, David Burke; Joseph Cooney, Joe Canning, Jonathan Glynn; Conor Whelan, Conor Cooney, Cathal Mannion. Subs: Niall Burke for Cathal Mannion (46), Paul Killeen for John Hanbury (57), Jason Flynn for Conor Cooney (58), Sean Loftus for Johnny Coen (60), Fearghal Flannery for James Skehill (61)



Galway beaten by Dublin in All-Ireland Semi-Final


Sean Armstrong on the Ball

Dublin now aim for Four in a Row

Dublin 1-24 Galway 2-12

The Leinster champions had a comfortable win over Galway in the All-Ireland semi-final played in Croke Park today, the first half was very competitive and when Damien Comer punched a goal from a Ciaran Duggan long delivery against two defenders and it also caught Cluxton off his line, but the goalie made amends later when he got down to flick a Eamonn Branigan penalty out for a 45, Dublin hit back with three points from Ciaran Kilkenny, Brian Fenton and Dean Rock.

Ian Burke was in top form in that opening half scoring a point and also setting up a number of other scores, Shane Walsh pointed two late frees as Galway went in at the break two points down 1-7 to 1-9. In part two the winners bagged a brace of early points before Tom Flynn kicked a fine Galway point as Galway now trailed by three after 49 minutes 1-11 to 1-8. In the final quarter Dublin took control scoring six points without reply as Galway could not reproduce their first form and a late Shane Walsh goal took the bad look of the scoreboard as the Dubs march on and for Galway it was a disappointing end to a year that promised so much.

Dublin scorers: Con O’Callaghan 1-3, Dean Rock 0-5 (4f), Paul Mannion 0-4, Ciaran Kilkenny 0-3, Cormac Costello 0-3 (1f), Brian Fenton 0-2, Kevin McManamon 0-2, Brian Howard 0-1, Paul Flynn 0-1.

Galway scorers: Shane Walsh 1-5 (3f), Damien Comer 1-1, Ian Burke 0-2, Thomas Flynn 0-1, Johnny Heaney 0-1, Gary O’Donnell 0-1, Michael Daly 0-1.

DUBLIN team: Stephen Cluxton; Jonny Cooper, Philly McMahon, Eoin Murchan; John Small, Cian O’Sullivan, Jack McCaffrey; Brian Fenton, James McCarthy; Brian Howard, Ciaran Kilkenny, Niall Scully; Paul Mannion, Dean Rock, Con O’Callaghan. Subs: Michael Fitzsimons for Cian O’Sullivan (28), Cormac Costello for Niall Scully (44), Kevin McManamon for Dean Rock (56), Michael Darragh MacAuley for Eoin Murchan (58), Darren Daly for John Small (56), Paul Flynn for Jack McCaffrey (68)

GALWAY team: Ruairi Lavelle; Declan Kyne, Seán Andy Ó Ceallaigh, Eoghan Kerin; Cathal Sweeney, Gareth Bradshaw, Johnny Heaney; Ciaran Duggan, Thomas Flynn; Shane Walsh, Sean Armstrong, Sean Kelly; Ian Burke, Damien Comer, Eamonn Brannigan. Subs: Michael Daly for Sean Armstrong (46), Peter Cooke for Eamonn Brannigan (50), Gary O’Donnell for Cathal Sweeney (56), Adrian Varley for Johnny Heaney (59), Kieran Molloy for Eoghan Kerin (66), Johnny Duane for Gareth Bradshaw (68)


Ian Burke in action

Galway in All- Ireland Minor Footbal Final


Minors celebrate win Sean Black, Tony Gill, Conor Halbard and Tomo Culhane


Eoghan Tinney Scores his Goal


Aidan Halloran 'Man of the Match'


Galway Minor Footballers in All-Ireland Final

Galway 3-13 Meath 2-9

Galway qualified for the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor final with a second half goal scoring spree but overall it was a great performance from the ‘Maroon and White’ as Eoghan Tinney, Oisin McCormack and Tony Gill found the net to guarantee a final slot in early September.

The winners trailed at the break by four points 0-6 to 2-4 with Cathal Sweeney scoring three early points but goals from Luke Mitchell and Luke Kelly gave the Royals that half time advantage but it was in part two that Donal Ó Fátharta charges hit top gear outscoring Meath by 3-7 to 0-5 in that period, Tinney got the winners opening goal nine minutes after the break and by the 45th minute McCormack and Gill had added two more to give Galway a six point advantage that they would never loose.

In the final Galway will face the winners of tomorrows Kerry and Monaghan game

Galway scorers: Aidan Halloran 0-4, Tony Gill 1-0, Oisin McCormack 1-0, Eoghan Tinney 1-0, Cathal Sweeney 0-3, Ryan Monahan 0-2 (2f), Tom Culhane 0-1, Conor Raftery 0-1, Daniel Cox 0-1, Paul Kelly 0-1. Meath scorers: Luke Mitchell 1-4 (2f), Luke Kelly 1-0, David Bell 0-2 (2f), Matthew Costello 0-1, Bryan McCormack 0-1, Sean Coffey 0-1

GALWAY team: Donie Halloran; Ethan Walsh, Sean Black, Cian Deane; Ryan Monaghan, Tony Gill, Cathal Sweeney; Liam Judge, Aidan Halloran, Oisin Gormally; Eoghan Tinney, Daniel Cox, Matthew Cooley. Subs used: Oisin McCormack for Daniel Cox (ht), Cian Hernon for Liam Judge (33, black-card), Eanna McCormack for Oisin Gormally (40), Tomo Culhane for Matthew Cooley (52), Conor Halbard for Eoghan Tinney (56)

MEATH team: Sean Brennan; James O’Hare, Harry O’Higgins, Cathal Hickey; Conor Farrelly, Conor Harford, Sean Coffey; Adam Reilly, Cian McBride; Darragh Swaine, Matthew Costello, Bryan McCormack; David Bell, Luke Kelly, Luke Mitchell. Subs used Colin Hawdon for Bryan McCormack (41), Niall Bennett for Adam Reilly, Brian O’Hanlon for Darragh Swaine, Oisin McCloskey for Conor Farrelly (all 50), Luke Newe for Oisin McCloskey (52), Joseph Moore for Luke Kelly 955)





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