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


Your Tickets are now on Sale, buy them online here

Galway v Wexford & Galway v Roscommon prices:
Adult Pre-purchase - €15
Adult Match Day - €20
U16s – Free

Galway Senior Hurling Team to face Waterford on Sunday

1. Fergal Flannery
2. Jack Grealish
3. Ronan Burke
4. Aidan Harte
5. Kevin Hussey
6. Padraig Mannion
7. Gearoid McInerney
8. Cathal Mannion
9. Sean Loftus
10. Niall Burke
11. Joe Canning
12. Brian Concannon
13. Conor Whelan
14. Jason Flynn
15. Davy Glennon


Important Match Day Information for those travelling to Walsh Park on Sunday


Stiles will open at 12:30pm. 

Season Ticket stiles will be located at Main Roundabout and Keane’s Road entrances and will be clearly marked. (Stiles 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 22 and 23).

All other stiles will be general admission by ticket only.

 Tickets are unreserved and will be available to purchase on the day at the 3 ticket booths situated at the Main Roundabout, Slievekeale and at the Dressing Room Entrances. Tickets are priced at €20 for adults and €15 for OAPs and Students with valid ID. 

Under 16s are free of charge. 

In order to save 25% on adult tickets and beat the queues please purchase tickets before midnight on Saturday. 

Please plan your journey in advance and arrive early as the stand is expected to fill  rapidly.

A traffic plan will be in place around Walsh Park for the game on Sunday.

Vincent White Road (the back of the Convent) will be closed from the roundabout at the Veterinary Surgery and all traffic will be diverted down Cannon Street.

Access through Manor Lawn will be for residents only and parking will not be permitted on the greens.

Keane's Road will be closed in the vicinity of Walsh Park.

 Please ask your members and supporters to park sensibly, refrain from parking on greens, avoid causing obstructions to entrances or footpaths and allow wheelchairs the ease of access in the area.

Parking will be available in the following locations:

  • Mount Sion GAA Grounds (5 minute walk)
  • Rear Car Park at the Waterford Shopping Centre, Lisduggan (10 minute walk)
  • Crystal Car-Park (Old Waterford Crystal Factory) (15 minute walk) - Pay Parking
  • City Centre Car Parks - Pay Parking

 Media/Photographers/Wheelchair Users must access the venue from the main roundabout gate.

 Thank you for your cooperation.

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