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2018A0616

GALWAY 1-14 KERRY 0-14
By Paul Brennan At Austin Stack Park, Tralee
Galway recorded their first National League win over Kerry since 2003 but more importantly they made it four wins from four games to stay second in Division One and hot on the heels of leaders Dublin.
The Tribesmen had a deserved three-point win over League champions Kerry but had to sweat until the last of 77 minutes played at a dry but cold Tralee as Kerry almost snatched an equalising goal at the death. David Clifford and then Stephen O'Brien drew saves from the Galway defence in a final throw of the dice to rescue a draw and a point, but Galway held firm to keep their perfect start to the campaign going.
For Kerry it was their second defeat in a week and it leaves the reigning champions mid-table and with much to consider ahead of next Saturday's trip to Croke Park to face Dublin. Galway host Monaghan in Salthill on Sunday and will be confident of making it five wins from five after this important win in Tralee.
Playing with a strong wind advantage in the first half Galway had a four-point lead at half time, which they fully deserved, but it looked like it mightn't be quite enough against a Kerry team that showed flashes of inspiration without ever really rattling a Galway side that led all the way through.
Brian O Beaglaoich forced a fine save from Galway goalkeeper Ruairi Lavelle in the second minute but Cathal Sweeney should have done better two minutes later at the other end when he was through on goal but was off target with a low shot. Barry McHugh converted the resultant '45' but moments later Sweeney was dismissed for a black card foul, the first of three for Galway.
Galway led 0-5 to 0-1 after 14 minutes before Paul Murphy came forward for a Kerry point, but Eamonn Brannigan's second point from play restored the visitors' four-point lead.
Sean O'Shea and Clifford converted frees but Galway dominated the final ten minutes of the half with Kerry's Brian Kelly having to save well from Shane Walsh in the 29th minute as Galway looked to make their overall dominance pay. A late Walsh free made it 0-9 to 0-5 half time.
McHugh and Clifford traded early second half points, before Galway struck for the game's only goal in the 40th minute. Kerry will be furious at how Brannigan breezed through the Kerry defence to beat Brian Kelly and make it 1-10 to 0-7.
The Kerry response was positive, however, and points from Peter Crowley, Tom O'Sullivan, Clifford and O'Brien made it 0-11 to 1-10 as the hosts wrestled back the momentum, with Galway losing defenders Sean Andy O Ceallaigh and Johnny Heaney to black card dismissals in the 57th minute for what appeared to be dissent.
Two more McHugh frees gave Galway a little more breathing space, 1-13 to 0-11, and they still led 1-14 to 0-13 after 73 minutes. A Daithi Casey point made it a one score game but Kerry couldn't breach the Galway defence for that equalising goal as Galway held on for their first League win over Kerry in 15 years, and a first on Kerry soil since 2000.
Scorers for Kerry: David Clifford 0-6 (3f), S O'Shea 0-3 (2f), Paul Murphy 0-1, Peter Crowley 0-1, Stephen O'Brien 0-1, Tom O'Sullivan 0-1, Daithi Casey 0-1
Scorers for Galway: Barry McHugh 0-9 (5f, 2 '45'), Eamonn Brannigan 1-3, Patrick Sweeney 0-1, Shane Walsh 0-1f
KERRY: Brian Kelly, Shane Enright, Jason Foley, Ronan Shanahan, Paul Murphy, Peter Crowley, Brian Ó Beaglaoich, Jack Barry, Barry O’Sullivan, Micheál Burns, Sean O’Shea, Stephen O’Brien, David Clifford, Paul Geaney, Barry John Keane: Subs: Matthew Flaherty for R Shanahan (41 mins), Tom O’Sullivan for B O Beaglaoich (42 mins), Éanna Ó Conchúir for BJ Keane (48 min), Daithi Casey for M Burns (60), Killian Spillane for P Geaney (67), Brian Ó Seanacháin for B O'Sullivan (71).
GALWAY: Ruairi Lavelle, Declan Kyne, Sean Andy O Ceallaigh, Eoghan Kerin, Cathal Sweeney, Gareth Bradshaw, Johnny Heaney, Paul Conroy, Peter Cooke, Sean Kelly, Shane Walsh, Eamonn Brannigan, Patrick Sweeney, Damien Comer, Barry McHugh. Subs: Gary O’Donnell for C Sweeney (8, black card), Sean Armstrong for P Sweeney (49), David Wynne for SA O Ceallaigh (57, black card), Johnny Duane for J Heaney (57, black card), Ciaran Duggan for P Cooke (64), Thomas Flynn (Athenry) for E Brannigan (71).
Referee: Fergal Kelly (Longford)

Photo: Shane Walsh of Galway in action against Ronan Shanahan of Kerry during the Allianz Football League Division 1 Round 4 match between Kerry and Galway at Austin Stack Park in Kerry. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

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Johnny Heaney of Galway in action against Tom O'Sullivan of Kerry during the Allianz Football League game v Kerry. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

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Paul Conroy of Galway in action against Jack Barry of Kerry during the Allianz Football League game. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

2018A0614

GALWAY 1-20 DUBLIN 1-14

By Paul Keane at Parnell Park, Dublin

All-Ireland champions Galway piled on the misery for struggling Dublin at Parnell Park, pulling off an anticipated win to keep their own promotion challenge well on track.

Micheal Donoghue's side rarely hit top gear though still had enough to claim their fourth consecutive win in Division 1B, setting up a winner takes all final round promotion clash with Limerick.

Jason Flynn's 1-9 haul proved decisive in the spring sunshine at the Donnycarney venue where Dublin rallied in the second-half but were were always playing catch up.

Pat Gilroy's side had fought back to within two of the league title holders with 53 minutes on the clock thanks mainly to Paul Winters' free-taking.

But 1-1 from Flynn including a 57th minute goal put the Tribesmen in the clear again and they closed out with four points in a row to win with some to spare.

The result leaves Dublin in a sticky position and they must beat Laois next Sunday in Portlaoise to avoid a relegation play-off and reach a league quarter-final.

In truth, it wasn't a classic contest with Galway registering 15 wides and the quality and intensity is likely to raise a couple of notches when they play Limerick in that promotion decider.

Both sides came into the contest with contrasting records; Galway unsurprisingly defeating Antrim, Laois and Offaly and Dublin claiming their only win in Antrim.

The hosts enjoyed a good record at home against Galway in previous seasons and beat the Tribesmen when they last visited in the league, almost exactly two years ago.

But Dublin have struggled so far under Gilroy and, without the Cuala contingent who are preparing for next month's AIB All-Ireland club final, have lacked a vital cut and thrust.

Bookmakers tipped Galway to win by at least seven points and even without key duo David Burke and Joe Canning they reached that margin by the 24th minute when they led 0-9 to 0-2.

Flynn, one of three late additions to the lineup with Aidan Harte, Joseph Cooney and Davey Glennon making way, scored four of those early points.

Dublin's top scorer Paul Winters converted a couple of frees for them but a four-in-a-row of Galway points left the holders 0-13 to 0-4 clear.

Dublin were in real trouble but grabbed a vital lifeline when they struck 1-1 in first-half injury-time to cut the gap to just 0-13 to 1-5 at the break.

Their goal came from Danny Sutcliffe who fetched superbly in the air and, after a solo run through the middle, shot low to the right corner of Galway's net.

The hosts were better in the second-half and drew a succession of frees that Winters converted though never got closer to Galway than two points.

They were three back with 66 minutes on the clock but Galway finally put the result beyond doubt with points from Flynn, Brian Concannon, Cathal Mannion and Niall Burke.

Scorers for Galway: Jason Flynn 1-9 (0-6f), Cathal Mannion 0-4, Sean Loftus 0-2, Padraig Mannion 0-2, Niall Burke 0-2, Brian Concannon 0-1.

Scorers for Dublin: Paul Winters 0-9 (0-8f, 0-01 65), Danny Sutcliffe 1-1, Fiontan MacGib 0-1, Tomas Connolly 0-1, Ronan Hayes 0-1, Cian Boland 0-1

GALWAY: James Skehill; Adrian Tuohy, John Hanbury, Jack Grealish; Shane Cooney, Gearoid McInerney, Padraig Mannion; Johnny Coen, Sean Loftus; Conor Cooney, Cathal Mannion, Niall Burke; Conor Whelan, Jason Flynn, Brian Concannon. Subs: Davey Glennon for Concannon (12-15), Eanna Burke for Loftus (45), Glennon for Cooney (59).

DUBLIN: Alan Nolan; Paddy Smyth, Bill O'Carroll, Eoghan O'Donnell; Darren Kelly, Chris Crummey, Shane Barrett; Tomas Connolly, Fiontan MacGib; Paul Crummey, Conal Keaney, Danny Sutcliffe; Paul Winters, Ryan O'Dwyer, Ronan Hayes. Subs: Liam Rushe for O'Dwyer (42), Fionn O Riain Broin for P Crummey (47), Cian Boland for Keaney (60), James Madden for Kelly (63), Paul Ryan for Rushe (68).

Referee: John Keenan (Wicklow).

Photo: Gearóid McInerney of Galway in action against Conal Keaney of Dublin during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B Round 4 match at Parnell Park. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

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Conor Whelan of Galway in action against James Madden of Dublin during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B Round 4 game. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

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Shane Cooney of Galway in action against Ryan O'Dwyer of Dublin during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B Round 4 game. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

2018A0609
ROSCOMMON 2-16 GALWAY 3-12

By Kevin Egan at Dr. Hyde Park

The frugal defensive play that has seen Galway move to the top of the table in the Allianz League with an average score conceded of just 0-11 was nowhere to be seen this afternoon at Dr. Hyde Park, as Roscommon won their fourth FBD league title by a single point at the expense of the Tribesmen.

A late free from Diarmuid Murtagh settled the tie in favour of the home side, but it was a contest that could easily have gone either way as the play ebbed and flowed throughout the 70 minutes, with both sets of attackers enjoying uncharacteristic levels of space and freedom.

The home side burst out of the blocks with four excellent points from play in the early stages, their attack spearheaded by man of the match Cathal Cregg. The Western Gaels man was one of several Roscommon men that opted out of the county scene in 2017 and he had struggled to re-establish himself so far this season, but a 1-4 tally here will surely put him right in the mix for selection when Roscommon travel to Drogheda next Sunday.

Donie Smith and Ciaráin Murtagh also enjoyed profitable outings close to goal, but Galway looked sharp going forward too and soon undid the early damage with points from Seán Armstrong and Pádraic Cunningham.

An untimely slip from James Featherstone as he took a kickout allowed Frankie Burke to sneak in and give Galway their first lead of the game from a tap in goal, but the home side quickly regrouped to draw level, with Cregg again prominent, kicking one and earning a Ciaráin Murtagh free.

A series of poor wides from Barry McHugh might have represented black marks in Kevin Walsh’s book, but the Mountbellew/Moylough player redeemed himself after 25 minutes, playing a sumptuous pass into the path of Frankie Burke for the second goal of the tie.

Enda Smith and Cregg combined for the latter to palm in a reply for Roscommon to leave the tie finely poised at the interval, and within a minute of the restart Roscommon were level again, 2-4 to 1-7.

Points continued to flow at either end of the field as these Connacht rivals threw off the shackles and entertained the crowd with a fast, open attacking display, but there were also moments of tension too.

But Enda Smith duly glided down the wing and cut in towards goal, placing the ball into the roof of the net from close range.

As with every other meaningful lead in this game, it didn’t last long. Robert Finnerty set up Dessie Conneely for the last goal of the game and Galway should have wrapped up the tie when Johnny Heaney drove through the heart of the goal and blasted the ball over the bar with two minutes to play, shooting from 10 metres out with just James Featherston to beat.

The error was costly. Niall Daly and Diarmuid Murtagh levelled the game and with four minutes of injury played, a Galway defender was smothered by tacklers and duly gave up the overcarrying free that settled the 24th running of the FBD League.

Scorers for Roscommon: Cathal Cregg 1-4, Ciaráin Murtagh 0-4 (2fs), Enda Smith 1-1, Donie Smith 0-3 (1f), Diarmuid Murtagh 0-2 (1f), Ross Timothy and Niall Daly 0-1 each.

Scorers for Galway: Frankie Burke 2-0, Barry McHugh 0-4 (2fs), Dessie Conneely 1-0, Sean Armstrong 0-2, Padraic Cunningham, Adrian Varley, Robert Finnerty (f), Eoin Finnerty, Tomás Flynn and Johnny Heaney 0-1 each.

ROSCOMMON: James Featherston; Seán McDermott, Peter Domican, Philip Neilan; Tadhg McKenna, Ross Timothy, Ronan Daly; Enda Smith, Conor Daly; Fintan Cregg, Niall Kilroy, Henry Walsh; Ciaráin Murtagh, Cathal Cregg, Donie Smith.

Subs: Cathal Compton for F Cregg (HT), Conor Devaney for Walsh (HT), Niall Daly for McKenna (54), Ciarán Lennon for C Daly (58), Diarmuid Murtagh for D Smith (66), McKenna for Neilan (66).

GALWAY: Ronan Ó’Beoláin; Evan Wynne, Seán Mulkerrin, David Wynne; Gary O’Donnell; Johnny Duane, Johnny Heaney; Ciarán Duggan, Tomás Flynn; Robert Finnerty, Barry McHugh, Eoin Finnerty; Pádraic Cunningham, Seán Armstrong, Frankie Burke.

Subs: Dessie Conneely for Burke (42), Adrian Varley for Cunningham (49), Cein Darcy for McHugh (66), Gareth Bradshaw for Heaney (70).

REFEREE: Eamon O’Grady (Leitrim).

2018A0608

GALWAY 2-19 OFFALY 0-14

By John Fallon at Pearse Stadium

Two goals from Joseph Cooney sent Galway on their way to a third win of the Allianz League and secured a place in the quarter-finals of the competition for the reigning champions.

Offaly never gave up, but their hopes suffered a big blow when they were reduced to 14 men seven minutes into the second-half.

Galway had the breeze behind them in the opening half and led by four points at the interval.

But their interval advantage would have been much greater had they taken their goal chances, with Offaly goalkeeper Eoghan Cahill producing superb saves to deny Paul Flaherty and Joseph Cooney.

Offaly led by 0-4 to 0-2 after seven minutes with Damien Egan, Dan Currams, David King and Shane Kinsella hitting the target.

Cathal Mannion picked off two points for Galway and then Joseph Cooney scored the opening goal when he finished a good move involving Conor Cooney and Davy Glennon after eight minutes.

That lifted the home supporters in the crowd of 5,355, but the sides were level at the end of the opening quarter at 1-4 to 0-7 after Kinsella, Egan and Currams found the range for Offaly.

Both sides were guilty of some bad wides but Galway hit four points in a row from Sean Loftus, Paul Flaherty, Cathal Mannion and Conor Cooney.

Damien Egan pulled back a point for Offaly but a second point from former minor captain Loftus left Galway ahead by four at the interval.

Offaly suffered a double blow early in the second-half when Cooney got his second goal of the match and then Shane Kinsella was issued with a red card.

That left Offaly with a huge uphill battle as Galway opened up a 2-11 to 0-8 lead.

Substitute Tommy Geraghty landed a couple of points for Offaly, but Galway kept pulling away as they picked off points from all angles.

Cahill produced another good save to deny Glennon and while Shane Dooley added a few frees for Offaly when he came on but they never looked like staging a big comeback.

Galway goalkeeper James Skehill saved a penalty from Dooley in the closing stages after Conor Mahon was adjudged to have been fouled as the Tribesmen made it three wins in a row in the campaign and Offaly fell to a second loss.

Scorers for Galway: Joseph Cooney 2-1, Conor Cooney 0-7 (4fs), Cathal Mannion 0-5, Seán Loftus 0-3, Paul Flaherty 0-2, Niall Burke 0-1.

Scorers for Offaly: Damien Egan 0-3 (3fs), Dan Currams 0-3, Tommy Geraghty 0-3, Shane Kinsella 0-2, Shane Dooley 0-2 (2fs), David King 0-1.

GALWAY: James Skehill; Adrian Tuohy, Pádraic Mannion, Shane Bannon; Shane Cooney, Gearóid McInerney, Aidan Harte; Johnny Coen, Seán Loftus; Joseph Cooney, Cathal Mannion, Paul Flaherty; Conor Whelan, Conor Cooney, Davy Glennon.

Subs: Niall Burke for Joseph Cooney (39), Brian Concannon for Whelan (52), Brian Flaherty for Harte (59), Jack Coyne for Glennon (69).

OFFALY: Eoghan Cahill; Ben Conneely, Seán Gardiner, Tom Spain; David O’Toole, Pat Camon, Jordan Quinn; David King, Paddy Delaney; Colm Gath, Shane Kinsella, Oisín Kelly; Damien Egan, Conor Mahon, Dan Currams.

Subs: Dermot Shortt for Quinn (36), Tommy Geraghty for Delaney (36), Colin Egan for Gath (48), Shane Dooley for King (52), Joe Bergin for Kelly (65).

REFEREE: Cathal McAllister (Cork).

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