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GALWAY SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP - ROUND 1

GROUP 1

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.

GROUP 2

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.

GROUP 3

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.

GROUP 4

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.

 

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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

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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

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