Galway Juniors overcome Sligo to reach Connacht Final

Galway 2-15

Sligo 0-8

 by Bríán Mangan

Last years All Ireland Finalists Galway had a comprehensive victory in to-days Connacht Junior Football Semi Final against Sligo, comfortably cruising to a 2-15 to 0-9 win in Markievicz Park.

The Tribesmen were utterly dominant from the throw in, with Alan Molloy from Corofin a strong solid presence at midfield throughout. When outstanding Galway captain Michael Day raised the green flag in the opening minutes the result looked to be a formality, and so it proved. They led 2-9 to 0-3 at half time, after speedy wing back Padraic O’Donnell from the Aran Islands added to his earlier point with a well taken daisy cutter of a goal coming towards the half time whistle. O’Donnell formed a part of a very strong half back line with Damien Moran and Adrian Ward for Galway who were excellent throughout, defending when needed but also joining the attack all day. The second half was largely bloodless, due to the obvious gap in quality between the teams. Man of the match Sean Denvir kicked 4 for Galway, who will have strong ambitions of going far in this competition on this showing. Sligo to their credit battled hard for the hour, with full forward Darragh Hailstones catching the eye, as well as Stephen Connolly and James Carroll.

Sligo: Lorcan Callaghan, Andy Flynn, Stephen Barrett, John McDonnell, Tony O’Kelly, Lynch, Cathal Mullaney, Eoin Kent, James Carroll, Dillon McDermott, Stephen Connolly, Ciaran O’Connor, Darragh Kilcoyne (0-3, 0-2fs, 0-1 ‘45), Brian Coleman, Darragh Hailstones (0-3, 0-2fs), Ross Taheny. Subs Adrian Cummins, B Tuohy, N Canning (0-1), C McDonagh, B Morahan, D Kilcoyne

Galway: Cormac Haslem, Eddie O’Sullivan, Daniel O’Ruairc, Thomas Rabbitte, Damian Moran (0-1), Adrian Ward, Padraic O’Donnell (1-1), Alan Molloy, Conor Brady, Seán Denvir (0-4), Michael Day (1-3), Thomas Gleeson (0-2), Padraic Éoin Ó Currin, Jonathan Ryan (0-3, 0-1f), Tyler Ó Flaithearta. Subs: C Brennan, G Gibbons (0-1f), McDara Geraghty, K Murphy, M Ó’Conaola, B Rafferty

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The Galway Junior panel prior to the Connacht semi-final win over Sligo

Back row: Padraic Éoin Ó Curraoin, Jonathan Ryan, Enda Concannon, Daniel O’Ruairc, Damian Morrin, Conor Brady, Peter Feeney, Cormac Haslam, Enda Tierney, Thomas Rabbitte, Alan Molloy, Adrian Ward, Ruadhan Ó Currin.

Front row: Thomas Gleeson, McDara Geraghty, Kevin Murphy, Sean Denvir, Gerard Gibbons, Michael Day, Tyler Ó Flaithearta, Eddie O’Sullivan, Padraic O’Donnell, Mike Ó Conaola, Brian Raftery.

Galway Team to Play Sligo in the Connacht Senior Championship on Sunday next

1-Bernard Power (Corofin)

2-Eoghan Kerin (Annaghdown)

3-Seán Andy Ó Ceallaigh (Leitir Mór)

4- Liam Silke (Corofin)

5-Kieran Molloy (Corofin)

6- Gareth Bradshaw (Maigh Cuilinn)

7- John Daly (Mountbellew-Moylough)

8- Thomas Flynn (Athenry)

9-Fiontán Ó Curraoin (Michéal Breathnach)

10-Shane Walsh (Kilkerrin-Clonberne)

11- Michael Daly (Mountbellew-Moylough)

12-Johnny Heaney (Killannin)

13- Antaine Ó Laoi (An Spidéal)

14 –Ian Burke (Corofin)

15- Danny Cummins (Claregalway)


Galway Junior Team to play Sligo in the Connacht Championship on Sunday

1-Cormac Haslam


2-Eddie O’Sullivan


3-Daniel O’Ruairc

Tuam Stars

4-Thomas Rabbitte


5-Damian Morrin

An Fhairche

6-Adrian Ward


7-Padraic O’Donnell

Oileáin Árann

8-Alan Molloy


9-Conor Brady


10-Seán Denvir

Micheál Breathnach

11-Micheal Day


12-Thomas Gleeson

Dunmore MacHales

13-Padraic Éoin Ó Currin

An Spideal

14-Jonathan Ryan


15- Tyler Ó Flaithearta

Oileáin Árann

Galway face Sligo in the Connacht Senior Football Championship on Sunday 19th May at 3.30pm in Markievicz Park.

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Connacht GAA Junior Football Championship

Sligo V Galway

Throw in: 1pm

Connacht GAA Senior Football Championship

Sligo V Galway

Throw in: 3.30pm

Galway Minor Team to play Roscommon in Dr. Hyde Park on Friday evening in the Connacht Championship, 7.30 pm

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)

Leinster Senior Hurling Championship


By Cian O’Connell at Pearse Stadium

The worry was genuine, the Carlow threat real, but Galway did enough to survive in Salthill. Just about.

Carlow contributed handsomely to a match that was always interesting because Colm Bonnar’s outfit were primed for a battle.

Triumphs in the Christy Ring and Joe McDonagh Cups hinted at Carlow’s promise, but they delivered a most defiant display to frighten Galway in the west.

With eight minutes remaining Carlow, so spirited throughout, only trailed by a goal ensuring the locals, minus several key injured players, were under real pressure.

Critical points from Conor Whelan,  Niall Burke (free), and Jason Flynn eased the nerves as Galway eventually closed out the deal to take the full complement of spoils.

It was a first half featuring plenty of positives for Carlow, but the underdogs still trailed at the interval by 0-14 to 0-8.

Galway, eager to move the sliotar quickly between the lines with a sharp stick passing approach, showed glimpses of their ability.

From 21 opening period shots Galway mined 14 scores and it was sufficient to ensure they departed at the break armed with a reasonable advantage.

Carlow had settled impressively edging 0-4 to 0-3 ahead in the 12th minute when Marty Kavanagh rifled over a free.

That represented a satisfactory start for Carlow, but Galway’s response was critical with Micheal Donoghue’s outfit landing seven of the next eight points to seize the initiative.

Some of the Galway efforts were splendid with Conor Whelan, Conor Cooney, and Jack Grealish nailing important efforts from distance for the 2017 All Ireland champions.

Kavanagh, though, continued to dash about craving involvement, but a neat Brian Concannon score meant Galway moved six ahead at the turnaround.

Within 17 seconds of the restart Conor Cooney mined an opportunistic goal steering Galway nine clear and into a seemingly commanding position.

Admirably Carlow refused to wilt with the delightful Marty Kavanagh clipping a free before crating space for Chris Nolan, who made the Galway net dance in the 38th minute.

A subsequent Jack Kavanagh point had the gap reduced down to four and Carlow were gaining in belief and momentum.

Until the end it stayed hard fought and competitive with Kavanagh spearheading the Carlow revival mission.

In the 62th minute Nolan rifled over a point with the margin at 1-21 to 1-18 prior to late insurance scores from Whelan, Niall Burke, and Flynn.

Kilkenny are next on the agenda for Carlow at Netwatch Cullen Park. Galway host Wexford at Pearse Stadium on May 26. The summer has well and truly commenced.

Scorers for Galway: Niall Burke 0-6 (6fs), Conor Cooney 1-3, Conor Whelan 0-4, Cathal Mannion and Jason Flynn 0-3 each, Jack Grealish, Padraic Mannion, Brian Concannon, David Burke and Davy Glennon 0-1 each.

Scorers for Carlow: Marty Kavanagh 0-11 (6fs), Chris Nolan 1-2, Seamus Murphy 0-2, Jack Kavanagh, James Doyle, and John Michael Nolan 0-1 each.

GALWAY: Colm Callanan; Jack Grealish, Ronan Burke, Aidan Harte; Padraig Mannion, Gearoid McInerney, Kevin Hussey; David Burke, Cathal Mannion; Niall Burke, Jason Flynn, Brian Concannon; Conor Whelan, Conor Cooney, Davy Glennon.

Subs: Johnny Coen for Glennon (50), Paul Killeen for R Burke (54), John Hanbury for Hussey (54), Sean Loftus for Grealish (68).

CARLOW: Brian Tracey; Kevin McDonald, Paul Doyle, Michael Doyle; Eoin Nolan, David English, Richard Coady; Jack Kavanagh, Sean Whelan; John M Nolan, James Doyle, Edward Byrne; Marty Kavanagh, Seamus Murphy, Chris Nolan.

Subs: Diarmuid Byrne for Whelan (50), Ted Joyce for JM Nolan (63), Ross Smithers for J Kavanagh (65), John Nolan for E Byrne (68).

REFEREE: Colm Lyons (Cork).

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