WEb 2 V Cats


Leinster Senior Hurling Championship


By Cian O’Connell at Pearse Stadium

Ultimately this match was decided by a flurry of late scores from Galway, who were eventually able to shrug off Kilkenny’s spirited resistance.

Having shown a refusal to wilt Kilkenny, who relied on TJ Reid for scores, only trailed by three with 10 minutes remaining and another Cats comeback mission appeared a distinct possibility.

When it truly mattered, though, Galway had that drop of extra punch and poise up front which was exemplified by the next crucial spell when Micheal Donoghue’s team nailed eight points on the spin.

Joe Canning mined a couple of frees before Conor Cooney hit three glorious efforts in a row from play. Canning and substitutes Jason Flynn and Niall Burke decorated Galway’s performance with further points ensuring Walter Walsh’s last gasp goal was merely a consolation. By then sufficient Galwegian damage had been inflicted.

Galway showed flickers of their class in the opening period departing at the break armed with a 1-9 to 1-4 interval advantage.

Donoghue’s charges had edged eight points clear approaching half-time, but Kilkenny responded with a goal and a point in the closing stages to trim the deficit considerably.

Initially the story had been one of Galway’s failure to be sufficiently clinical in attack, but a good burst which yielded 1-5 without reply ensured the locals assumed a healthy advantage.

Level at 0-4 each following a cagey 20 minutes Galway demonstrated their ability as Cathal Mannion, Brian Concannon, and two Joe Canning frees had them 0-8 to 0-4 clear.

A foul by Paddy Deegan on Conor Whelan resulted in a penalty which was expertly converted by Canning in the 29th minute.

Mannion added a point for Galway, who were eight ahead, but a typically defiant Kilkenny outfit came thundering back.

TJ Reid made the Galway net dance from a penalty following a Daithi Burke foul on the promising Luke Scanlon before Walter Walsh rifled over a point. Suddenly the deficit was five and an interesting second half beckoned.

While the action wasn’t wild, it remained keenly contested with Reid’s precision from frees keeping Kilkenny in the hunt despite the fact that they only hit 1-2 from play.

Worryingly Kilkenny’s other forwards, apart from the ever imposing Walsh were being minded carefully by a Galway defence in which Daithi Burke, Padraic Mannion, and Gearoid McInerney remained relevant throughout.

Still Kilkenny’s grit brought them to within three, but Galway had the class and composure to survive. Next Saturday’s tussle at Innovate Wexford Park between Wexford and Galway should be tasty

Scorers for Galway: Joe Canning 1-12 (1-0 pen, 7fs, 165), Conor Cooney 0-4, Cathal Mannion 0-2, Brian Concannon, David Burke, Niall Burke, and Jason Flynn 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kilkenny: TJ Reid 1-9 (1-0 pen, 8fs, 165), Walter Walsh 1-1, Luke Scanlon 0-1.

GALWAY: James Skehill; Aidan Harte, Daithi Burke, Adrian Touhey; Padraic Mannion, Gearoid McInerney, John Hanbury; David Burke, Johnny Coen; Joseph Cooney, Joe Canning, Cathal Mannion; Conor Whelan, Conor Cooney, Brian Concannon.

Subs: Jonathan Glynn for Concannon (51), Jason Flynn for Joseph Cooney (61), Niall Burke for Cathal Mannion (67), Sean Loftus for Canning (70), Paul Killeen for Padraic Mannion (70).

KILKENNY: Eoin Murphy; Enda Morrissey, Padraig Walsh, Paddy Deegan; Conor Delaney, Cillian Buckley, Paul Murphy; Conor Fogarty, James Maher; Martin Keoghan, TJ Reid, Liam Blanchfield; John Donnelly, Walter Walsh, Luke Scanlon.

Subs: Colin Fennelly for Donnelly (HT), Joey Holden for Morrissey (45), Richie Leahy for Keoghan (55), Bill Sheehan for Blanchfield (58).

REFEREE: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary).

Web 1 V Cats


Tuam Stars v Annaghdown WEB



Corofin        1-17

Claregalway 0-10

A glance at the ten-point winning margin might suggest a stroll in the park for Corofin, it wasn’t that simple. The All-Ireland champions were comfortable enough in the end but Claregalway’s performance for the first 40 minutes showed they can certainly challenge to get out of Group 1.

Michael Farragher, who top scored with 1-4 from play, ghosted in behind the Claregalway defence before burying the day's only goal to leave Corofin five ahead, 1-4 to 0-2.

Claregalway responded well with Sean Moran, Mark Rohan, Danny Cummins, Barry Goldrick and Conor Kelly all on the mark and just four points separated the sides, 1-10 to 0-9, heading into the final third.

Kevin O’Brien’s side then hit six in a row through Martin and Michael Farragher, Gary Sice, Ronan Steede and Micheál Lundy to ease clear late on.

An Cheathrú Rua    2-6

Cortoon Shamrocks  1-7

Goals from Maitiú Ó Domhnaill and Ian Seoighe helped An Cheathrú Rua get the better of 14-man Cortoon Shamrocks in Sunday's afternoon Group 1 tie played in Clonbur.

Ó Domhnaill goal on 16 minutes saw the Connemara side ahead by 1-5 to 0-3 at the break and a great move down the left was finished by corner-back Ian Seoighe for their second.

Cortoon lost Rory Moloney to a straight red card but kept within touching distance courtesy of Martin Boyle’s excellent free-taking and by the 43rd minute had clawed it back to two points when Shane Garrett netted brilliantly before An Cheathrú Rua hung on in the closing stages.


Annaghdown     2-15

Tuam Stars      1-6

Annaghdown put their credentials for a challenge in this year’s Senior Football Championship on show last Sunday as they romped to victory over Tuam Stars.

Damien Comer was the star of the show and finished with 1-7, a goal and four points of which came from play. Frankie Burke provided great support with 1-5, his goal coming from a penalty as Michael Geoghegan's team got off to a winning start in Group 2.

Jamie Murphy, Tuam’s standout player, buried a shot past Annaghdown ‘keeper James Healy to leave them 2-5 to 1-3 behind at the break, but with Comer again outstanding at the beginning of the second half, Annaghdown pulled comfortably clear.

Salthill-Knocknacarra 1-10

Killannin 0-13

Ruairí Lavelle didn’t take long endearing himself to Salthill-Knocknacarra supporters as his 50-metre free in the 63rd minute secured a well-earned Group 2 draw with Killannin in his first championship appearance for the club.

The score sealed a fine comeback from Anthony Finnerty and Maurice Sheridan’s side, who were seven points down heading into the closing 20 minutes.

Crucially, Salthill-Knocknacarra did play with a man extra during that period and the sending off of Killannin's Ruairi Greene’s towards the end of the first was the turning point of the game.

David Melia's team had bossed proceedings up to that point but Seán Armstrong’s second half goal sparked Salthill-Knocknacarra into life as they outscored Killannin 1-6 to 0-2 in the final 20 minutes.

Special mention must go to Johnny Heaney who had four points on the board in the opening 15 minutes.


Mountbellew-Moylough 1-12

Kilconly              0-7

Last year’s finalists Mountbellew-Moylough were overwhelming favourites to emerge victorious in their opening Senior Football Championship Group 3 encounter with Kilconly and with Galway forward Barry McHugh top-scoring with 1-5, Michael Donnellan’s charges came away with an eight-point win.

McHugh was in fine form throughout and himself and fellow Galway senior panellist Michael Daly were buzzing in attack, particularly in the opening stages as they led by 0-10 to 0-4 at the interval.

Paul Mannion and Michael Murphy hit the bulk of Kilconly's scores but the game was put beyond all doubt in the 38th minute, when a swift counter-attack created space for McHugh to finish.

Caherlistrane 0-13

Killererin    2-7

On a weekend when the narrative rarely wandered far away from script, Killererin's draw with Caherlistrane was arguably the standout and most surprising result from the eight opening round ties played.

Second half goals from Daniel Flaherty and a brilliant Mikey Boyle effort had Jimmy Murphy's team two points in front with the finishing line in sight.

After an evening to forget in front of the posts, Caherlistrane were staring a damaging defeat in the face, but held their composure to conjure up the scores they needed, courtesy of Rory Glynn and the superb Oisín O'Brien, who kicked eight points over the hour, to earn a share of the spoils in Group 3.


Milltown 4-11

Caltra   1-10

Senior Football Championship action returned to Barnaderg for the first time since 1993 on Sunday as the home of Killererin GAA played host to the Group 4 clash between Milltown and Caltra.

The teams provided a game full of commitment and endeavour, with Milltown’s late show, yielding 2-3 without reply, putting a lopsided tally on the scoreboard.

Darryl Finn’s fisted goal in the 38th minute had Caltra back to within two but from there Milltown took over and Michael Martin’s goal from the penalty spot in the 53rd minute proved the decisive score before Mark Hehir also netted in eventually shaking off the Caltra resistance.

Earlier goals from the pacey Liam Costello and Damian Brennan gave Milltown a 2-7 to 1-8 at half-time.

Monivea-Abbey 2-10

St Michael’s   1-5

Attacker Craig Kennedy scored 1-5 to inspire his Monivea-Abbey side to a comfortable victory over city club St Michael’s in the Galway Senior Football Championship Group 4 on Saturday.

Michael’s only went in a point down at half-time, 0-4 to 0-3, but the north Galway side landed the knockout blow on the 41st minute when Kennedy dispatched past Blaine Sheridan. St Michael’s never looked like recovering and were hit for a second when the lively second half substitute Brian Moran pounced.

Eddie Hoare converted a penalty to bring the deficit back to four, but it was Monivea-Abbey who finished the stronger despite shooting 17 wides.

(Photo: Ray Ryan)

Supermacs Sponsorship

Galway GAA is delighted to confirm that Supermac's has renewed its sponsorship of all Galway Inter-County Teams, for the next five years. 
Pictured are L to R: Damien Comer (Senior Football Captain), Una & Pat McDonagh (Supermac's), David Burke (Senior Hurling Captain).

This sponsorship will provide financial stability and resources to ensure that all of our County teams are prepared and equipped to compete at the highest level for Provincial and National honours, up to to 2022. We sincerely thank Pat and Una McDonagh for their continued commitment, support and loyalty to Galway GAA.



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


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


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

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