Galway 0-15  Sligo 1-10

By Brían Mangan

Galway edged out Sligo by two points after a cracking game tonight in Tuam, despite playing nearly all of the second half with 14 players. A huge crowd roared on the home team towards the finish as the Yeats County men threw everything at them looking for an equaliser, before Nathan Grainger struck for his third point of the second half to give his team the two-point cushion, which they held until the final whistle.

Sligo started with tremendous intensity and owned the ball for the first ten minutes. They will be disappointed to not have hit the scoreboard more during this purple patch, as they just had two Eoghan Smith frees on the board, leading 0-2 to 0-1 after Ethan Fiorentini scored a lovely effort on the overlap to get Galway off the mark. Indeed had Gavin Duffy seen his fourth minute effort slide inside Donie Hallerans post rather than an inch outside, it could have been a different result. Galway woke up as the half wore on, with Grainger, Culhane and Seoige a constant threat and always on the move and available in the full forward line. There was a mighty battle at midfield, with the laser like kick outs of Jack Teape giving Sligo the edge as he found Canice Mulligan and Joseph Keaney with great consistency. McLaughlin and Flaherty are a formidable partnership also for Galway and they both showed flashes, linking play well with accurate kick passes and carrying possession effectively from deep. At half time the home team led by 2, 0-7 to 0-5 after an entertaining, open game where both sides looked to kick as their first option.

Salthill Knocknacarra man O’Flaherty rampaged forward for a brilliant score directly after the throw in to put his side a goal up. A minute later a high ball into the square from Connor Finn of Sligo was won brilliantly against the odds by Gavin Duffy, who swivelled and slid his left footed shot low underneath Halleran to level the contest. Things went form bad to worse for Galway moments later when centre back Darragh Kennedy then received a straight red directly after the goal for an off the ball incident. As is often the case after having a player dismissed, this galvanised Galway and they began to dominate. A key intervention from Sligo full back Jack Lavin saw him deflect Warren Seoiges goal bound effort over the bar, for Warrens 4th point from play. Two Culhane frees and a nice Nathan Grainger effort extended the Galway advantage to 4 with 10 minutes to go, before Sligo roared back into the game started chipping away at the Galway lead which, they had reduced to one in the 30th minute, Conor Matthews and Eoghan Smith kicking important scores in this period and Canice Mulligan, Connor Finn and Luke Casserly hugely influential. Sligo will be very disappointed they weren’t able to force at least a draw having pushed the Tribesmen so hard, but they will take huge heart going onto the rest of the competition after this impressive display.

In the other match taking place this evening in the Connacht Minor Championship, Mayo defeated Roscommon comprehensively in Ballina, 4-14 to 0-5. Round 3 is next Friday night, with Leitrim heading to the Hyde to play Roscommon and Sligo hosting Mayo in Markievicz Park.

Referee: Brendan Healy

GALWAY: D Halloran, J McGrath, R King, L Tevnan, E Fiorentini (0-1), D Kennedy, D McNulty, J McLaughlin, D O’Flaherty (0-1), A Naughton (0-1f), D Cox, D Brady (0-1), N Grainger (0-3), T Culhane (0-3, 0-2fs), W Seoige (0-4) SUBS: E Nolan (0-1), C Hernon, R Burke, S McGrath

SLIGO: J Teape, M Connolly-McGowan, J Lavin, O Hynes, C Mulligan, C McKeon, C Finn, O McDonagh, J Keaney (0-1), D Walsh, E Smith (0-4, 0-2fs), L Casserly, L Deignan, O Gorman (0-3), G Duffy (1-1) SUBS: J Davis, C Matthews (0-1)

Leinster SHC – Galway v Wexford – Pearse Stadium, Galway – 26.5.2019

Galway v Wexford – Pearse Stadium, Galway – 26.5.2019 @ 4.00pm

Stand: – Adult: Pre Purchase Price: €20.00 Purchase on the Day: €25.00 – Juveniles (U-16): €5.00
Terrace: – Adult: Pre Purchase Price: €15.00 Purchase on the Day: €20.00 – Juveniles (U-16): €5.00
Note: Juveniles (U-16) must be accompanied by an Adult

Tickets can be purchased from the following locations:-
(a) the participating County Boards
(b) GAA Ticketline 1890 92 46 48
(e) Centra & Supervalu Shops

Senior Citizens/Students (Stand & Terrace)
Purchase full price tickets and on the day of the match they can claim a rebate of €5 when they produce appropriate I.D. at Stiles No: 60 (Stand) and Stiles No 20 & 34 (Terrace) PRIOR TO ENTRY INTO THE STADIUM.

Wheelchair Tickets:-
The Wheelchair Ticket is free of charge and the Assistant’s ticket is €20


Important information for supporters Travelling to Pearse Stadium next Sunday

Re: Game in Pearse Stadium, Sunday 26th May 2019

Galway V Wexford Leinster Senior Hurling Championship Round 3 at 4.00pm

A Chairde,

On behalf of Galway GAA and the Pearse Stadium Committee we welcome all GAA Supporters to Salthill on Sunday next, 26th May for the Leinster Senior Hurling Championship Round 3 game between Galway and Wexford, which will throw-in at 4.00pm.

This game on Sunday 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. The most direct route for coming and leaving Salthill is to utilize the Quincentenial Bridge and not to use the City Centre.

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.

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.

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




Galway who lost to Roscommon last weekend in the Connacht Minor Championship name a unchanged team for the round two clash against Sligo in Tuam Stadium on Friday evening

1- Donnie Halloran (Cortoon-Shamrocks)

2-Jonathan McGrath (Caherlistrane)

3-Ruairi King (Clifden)

4-Liam Tevnan (Northern Gaels)

5-Ethan Fiorentini (St Michaels)

6-Darragh Kennedy (Clifden)

7-Daniel McNulty (St James’)

8-James McLoughlin (Maigh Cuilinn)

9-Daniel O’Flaherty (Salthill-Knocknacarra)

10-Alan Naughton (Caltra)

11- Daniel Cox (Maigh Cuilinn)

12-Dylan Brady (Corofin)

13-Nathan Grainger (Claregalway)

14-Tonm Culhane (Salthill-Knocknacarra)

15- Warren Seoige (Leitir Mór)

The  Senior and Intermediate Football Club Championships kicks off this weekend

Full details of fixtures schedule below

25-05-2019 (Sat)

Claregalway Hotel Senior Football Championship - Group 1



Bóthar na Trá-Cnoc na Cathrach






Referee:  Martin Flaherty



Naomh Mícheál




An Spidéal


Referee:  Anthony Coyne

Tuam Stadium


Baile an Mhuilinn




Cill Fhir Iarainn


Referee:  Richard Mc Nicholas

Claregalway Hotel Senior Football Championship - Group 2

Kenny Park


Anach Cuain




Baile Clár na Gaillimhe


Referee:  Ronan McNulty



Naomh Anna, Leitir Móir 




Naomh Séamus


Referee:  Austin O Connell

Kenny Park






Réalta Thuama


Referee:  Kieran Quinn

Claregalway Hotel Senior Football Championship - Group 3



An Cheathrú Rua




Cathair Lóistreáin


Referee:  Frank Kinneen

Duggan Park


An Creagán/Maigh Locha




Muine an Mheá-Mainistir


Referee:  Gearoid O Conamha

26-05-2019 (Sun)

Claregalway Hotel Senior Football Championship - Group 3



Maigh Cuilinn




Cill Ainnín


Referee:  James Molloy



25-05-2019 (Sat)

Claregalway Hotel Intermediate Football Championship - Group A



Mícheál Breathnach




Cill Chiorín-Cluain Bhiorain


Referee:  Thomas Murphy

Ros Muc


Naomh Feichín, An Clochán 




Uachtar Ard


Referee:  Brenadan Kinneavy

Claregalway Hotel Intermediate Football Championship - Group B

Tuam Stadium






Áth Cinn


Referee:  Tony Keating







Baile Liam


Referee:  Ger  Lohan

Claregalway Hotel Intermediate Football Championship - Group C

Tuam Stadium


Cill Chonla




Uarán Mór-Mearaí


Referee:  Christopher Ryan

Claregalway Hotel Intermediate Football Championship - Group D

Duggan Park






Dún Mhór Mhic Éil


Referee:  Noel Dempsey

26-05-2019 (Sun)

Claregalway Hotel Intermediate Football Championship - Group C

Round 1

Tuam Stadium


Naomh Gaibréil






Referee:  Noel Cummins

Claregalway Hotel Intermediate Football Championship - Group D

Round 1

An Spidéal


Seamróga Chortúin




Oileáin Árann


Referee:  Muiris Mac Gearailt



 GALWAY 3-11 SLIGO 0-7

By Daragh Small (Media West Ireland) at Markievicz Park

Reigning champions Galway are back in the Connacht final after a 13-point victory over Sligo at Markievicz Park.

Kevin Walsh’s men haven’t won provincial titles back-to-back since 2003 but Liam Silke scored 1-2 from corner back and they are just 70 minutes away from ruling Connacht again. Galway held a narrow 0-5 to 0-3 lead at half-time after they played against the breeze and dominated.

But both sides were mostly erratic when they got their few chances in front of goal. Galway did convert their first two goal chances after half time with Silke and Johnny Heaney on target.

Seán Andy Ó Ceallaigh was sent-off and then Martin Farragher rounded things off with a 1-1 haul on his first inter-county appearance for Galway. It was a hectic opening salvo with Sligo captain Niall Murphy and Galway corner back Liam Silke on target inside three minutes, but there wouldn’t be another score for a quarter of an hour.

Corofin’s AIB Club Footballer of the year Kieran Molloy departed with a serious looking injury in the 15th minute when he collided with a combination of Shane Walsh and Sligo’s Paul Kilcoyne.

That was a huge blow for Galway, but the players responded well on the field after the introduction of Gary O’Donnell. Galway scored three points in a row between the 18th and 24th minutes.

Fiontán Ó Curraoin sent over a nice point from the right, Walsh added a free and Michael Daly scored a brilliant effort from another tight angle to put Galway a goal in front.Walsh could have scored the first goal of the game shortly afterwards, but he blazed his shot right and wide of Eamonn Kilgannon’s goal.

Sligo were still in the game despite being dominated and a couple of points from Gerard O’Kelly-Lynch and Kilcoyne reduced the arrears to the minimum on the half-hour mark.Silke doubled his tally with two minutes of normal time remaining and a poor first half finished on a desperate whimper.The second half started as the first had ended and Michael Daly drove two Galway chances wide.

Sligo opened the scoring through Murphy’s second free. Galway’s first point of half arrived through Walsh and he tapped over a free for a 0-7 to 0-4 advantage with seven minutes gone.

Galway ripped Sligo to shreds in the 44th and 45th minute when first Heaney fisted across and Silke tapped into the net. And then Michael Daly’s shot came back off the post and Heaney was there to finish the killer second goal.Murphy continued to take the fight to Galway, and he landed an exquisite score with the outside of his boot in the 50th minute, adding a similar effort two minutes later.

Then Seán Carrabine squeezed in a point from the left and all of a sudden there was just two goals between the teams. But those scores were consolations as Walsh tagged on his third free.Michael Daly scored and substitutes Eamonn Brannigan and Farragher (goal) were on target either side Ó Ceallaigh’s second yellow card.

Scorers for Galway: Liam Silke 1-2, Shane Walsh 0-4 (3fs), Martin Farragher 1-1, Johnny Heaney 1-0, Michael Daly 0-2, Fiontán Ó Curraoin 0-1, Eamonn Brannigan 0-1.

Scorers for Sligo: Niall Murphy 0-4 (2fs), Gerard O’Kelly-Lynch 0-1, Paul Kilcoyne 0-1, Seán Carrabine 0-1.

GALWAY: Bernard Power; Eoghan Kerin, Seán Andy Ó Ceallaigh, Liam Silke; Kieran Molloy, Gareth Bradshaw, John Daly; Thomas Flynn, Fiontán Ó Curraoin; Shane Walsh, Michael Daly, Johnny Heaney; Antaine Ó Laoi, Ian Burke, Danny Cummins.

Subs: Gary O’Donnell for Molloy (16), Eamonn Brannigan for Cummins (55), Robert Finnerty for Ó Laoi (61), Cillian McDaid for Heaney (64), Martin Farragher for Burke (66), Johnny Duane for Bradshaw (68).

SLIGO: Eamonn Kilgannon; Peter Laffey, Michael Gordon, Paul McNamara; Adrain McIntyre, Darragh Cummins, Nathan Mullen; Gerard O’Kelly-Lynch, Paul Kilcoyne; Keelan Cawley, Paddy O’Connor, Mikey Gordon; Sean Carrabine, Pat Hughes, Niall Murphy.

Subs: Adrian Marren for Hughes (53), Neil Ewing for Gordon (53), Karl McKenna for Cawley (61), Luke Nicholson for McNamara (66), David Quinn for O’Connor (68).

REFEREE: Ciaran Branagan (Down).

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