By Brían Mangan

Galway Intermediate Champions Oughterard looked in serious trouble after 10 minutes of the second half of the Connacht Intermediate Semi Final in Dr Hyde Park, but finished brilliantly to blow Tulsk Lord Edwards away in the final quarter and set up a Final with the Neale next weekend. They led by a point at that stage playing against a strong wind, but led by the brilliant Cian Monaghan and the Tierney’s Enda and Matthew they proved far too strong in the closing stages for the Roscommon champions.

At half time Oughterard led by 1-7 to 1-4, having played with the stiff breeze. The outstanding Matthew Tierney opened the scoring direct from the throw in, landing a beauty on the turn with his left. The next ten minutes were scrappy with both teams struggling to impose themselves, until a superb Oughterard goal lit up the contest in the 15th minute. Ronan Molloy made huge ground up the left wing beating several defenders before delivering a perfectly weighted handpass to his half back colleague Man of the Match Cian Monaghan who smashed home to the top corner. Oughterard threatened to pull away and led by 1-6 to 0-3 after 25 mins, when Callum Fahy skinned his marker to blast past Jordan Waller for a class individual goal for Tulsk and reduce the gap to three. A gutsy Ryan Galvin score  after good work from Cathal O’Rourke on the half time whistle ensured this would be the gap at half time, with Tulsk surely fancying their chances with the gale at their backs for the second 30 minutes.

Callum Fahy and Tadgh O’Rourke kicked the first two points after the restart as Tulsk reduced the gap to one, all the momentum now with the Roscommon team 5 minutes into the half. An Enda Tierney free into the teeth of the breeze steadied the ship for Oughterard, followed by one by Niall Lee, who kicked four altogether and was a constant threat for them throughout. The point of the game then came fror Tulsk after two superb kick passes from county man O’Rourke and sub Dave Carleton gave Callum Fahey a tap over before Carleton added a point of his own to again reduce the gap to the minimum, 1-9 1-8 in favour of Oughterard. A sweetly struck Matthew Tierney free wrestled back control for Oughterard before two in a row by marauding wing back Monaghan and an opportunist goal from Patrick Walsh settled the game as a contest after 23 minutes. Oughterard drove on and had further scores from Monaghan and Lee to finish out impressive 11 point winners in the end in front of a large crowd in Dr Hyde Park.

Tulsk Lord Edwards: R Fahy, E Flynn, D O’Rourke, S Lennon, F Moylan, G Galvin, R Galvin (0-1), T O’Rourke (0-1), D Coyne, L Cribbin, C O’Rourke (0-2, 0-1f), C Fahey (1-2), J Conlon, P Scott (0-1), T Fitzmaurice SUBS: D Carleton (0-1), D Connolly, I Jones, R Feeney

Oughterard: J Waller, C Hanley, Paul Walsh (0-1), L Moran, C Monaghan (1-3), R Molloy (0-1), E O’Sullivan, E Tierney (0-2, 0-1f), PJ McGauley, P Walsh (0-1), M Tierney (0-4, 0-2fs), E Lee, B Lambert, N Lee (0-4, 0-1f), R Monaghan SUBS: C Harte, N McNamara, C Clancy, P Gibbons, D Gibbons, T Finnerty, J Fox

AIB Connacht Club SFC Semi-Finals



By Daragh Small at Tuam Stadium

Corofin are just 60 minutes away from a fourth-straight Connacht SFC title after victory over Ballintubber.

The reigning All-Ireland champions will face Padraig Pearses in the decider on 24 November, after they beat Tír Chonaill Gaels.

Kevin O’Brien’s men will be hard to beat in the final after Liam Silke’s goal was crucial at Tuam Stadium. It prevented a comeback from a resilient Ballintubber.

Corofin were 0-5 to 0-4 in front at half-time after Jason Leonard landed a late free to give them the lead.

The seven-in-a-row Galway champions hit their stride early with points from Michael Farragher and Kieran Molloy. Diarmuid O’Connor finally landed Ballintubber’s opening point in the 12th minute.

Martin Farragher scored Corofin’s first point in 12 minutes but Ballintubber were level as Stephen O’Malley and Michael Plunkett answered that.

Corofin got their noses in front again through Liam Silke, and they should have had a goal in the 22nd minute. Liam Silke had time and space to get a shot off but Brendan Walsh saved brilliantly before Molloy missed with the rebound.

Cillian O’Connor knocked over his first point from a free with three minutes of normal time left in the first half.

Corofin took a one-point lead into half-time after Leonard’s last ditch free.

Corofin had the breeze in the second half and it took them three minutes to score their goal.

Liam Silke was completely unmarked, caught the delivery from Michael Farragher and finished low to the net. It was a huge score. Leonard sent over a free and Corofin were out in the clear.

However, Cillian O’Connor scored his third free in the 47th minute and that was followed by points from full-back Brian Murphy and Alan Plunkett.

Only a goal separated the sides and Cillian O’Connor closed the gap further with his fourth free, and then his fifth in the 61st minute.

There were five minutes added and substitute Darragh Silke scored the vital free to send Corofin through.

It was a lot more comfortable for Roscommon champions Padraig Pearses in their double-scores victory over Tír Chonaill Gaels at McGovern Park in Ruislip.

Padraig Pearses were already in control at half-time when they took a big 1-6 to 0-2 lead into the break. Hubert Darcy had found the net shortly before the interval.

Paul Carey scored in the opening minute to give the visitors the lead. David Murray, Lorcan Daly and Niall Daly built on that and Padraig Pearses were 0-4 to 0-0 in front after a quarter-of-an-hour.

Darcy fisted a point and then he finished to the net to put his team clear before half-time.

Tír Chonaill Gaels tried to launch an unlikely comeback on the restart but that was thwarted when Conor Payne scored the second Padraig Pearses goal in the 42nd minute.

Scorers for Corofin: Jason Leonard 0-4 (4fs), Liam Silke 1-0, Martin Farragher 0-2, Michael Farragher 0-1, Kieran Molloy 0-1, Liam Silke 0-1, Darragh Silke 0-1 (f).

Scorers for Ballintubber: Cillian O’Connor 0-5 (5fs), Brian Murphy 0-1, Diarmuid O’Connor 0-1, Stephen O’Malley 0-1, Michael Plunkett 0-1, Ciaran Gavin 0-1 (f), Alan Plunkett 0-1.

COROFIN: Bernard Power; Cathal Silke, Kieran Fitzgerald, Liam Silke; Dylan McHugh, Dylan Wall, Daithí Burke; Kieran Molloy, Ronan Steede; Gary Sice, Michael Farragher, Jason Leonard; Micheal Lundy, Martin Farragher, Ian Burke.

Subs: Colin Brady for McHugh (46), Darragh Silke for Lundy (52), Gavin Burke for Sice (59), Conor Cunningham for Wall (60), Ciaran McGrath for Fitzgerald (60+5).

BALLINTUBBER: Brendan Walsh; Brian Murphy, Gary Loftus, Myles Kelly; Damien Coleman, Michael Plunkett, Ruaidhri O’Connor; Jason Gibbons, Diarmuid O’Connor; Ciaran Gavin, Alan Dillon, Bryan Walsh; Alan Plunkett, Cillian O’Connor, Stephen O’Malley.

Subs: Keelan McDonnell for Bryan Walsh (52), Padraig O’Connor for Gavin (52), Joe Geraghty for Kelly (55).

REFEREE: Eamonn O’Grady (Leitrim).


Coiste Chontae na Gaillimhe


8th November 2019


Subject:        Galway Senior Hurling Manager Appointed


Having engaged in a robust and comprehensive recruitment process, the Galway Management Committee are delighted to announce the appointment of Shane O'Neill as Manager of the Galway Senior Hurling Team for 2020 & 2021.

The composition of the Management Team is being finalised.

On behalf of all associated with Galway GAA we would like to wish Shane and all involved every success.


Mise le meas,


Séamus Ó Gráda

Runai, Coiste Chontae na Gaillimhe, CLG





Intermediate Hurling Champions 

 The Kinvara Intermediate Hurling team who defeated Kilconieron on a scoreline of 1-10 to 0-12 to win the Galway Intermediate Hurling Championship.

Man of the Match - Conor Whelan is presented with his award by Edel Sylver



By Cian O'Connell at Tuam Stadium

For the past fortnight everyone associated with Tuam Stars waited and wondered whether a real opportunity to end a 25 year wait for a Galway title had been squandered.

Leading by two points in stoppage time Tuam nursed plenty of regrets following that gripping game and Corofin just had sufficient guile to survive another awkward examination in the west.

Tuam were hearty and resilient until the bitter end, but Corofin made it seven Galway Championships in a row.

In dreadful conditions with rain spilling from a grim grey sky Corofin, who only struck 0-11 from 31 shots, still did enough to retain the Frank Fox Cup.

Ultimately, what truly mattered for Corofin was to collect silverware and that is precisely what Kevin O’Brien’s charges did.

Tuam, who kicked five points from their first six attempts, just managed to add three more scores out of their remaining 11 efforts.

The opening period was all about Tuam Stars’ passion as the underdogs once again snapped into the contest against an accomplished Corofin outfit.

Reigning AIB All Ireland club champions Corofin were encountering significant bother against the Stars, who battled with admirable grit and determination.

Before the break Corofin only registered 0-4 from 13 attempts illustrating their surprisingly poor shot selection and just how hard the Tuam defence was working.

At the opposite end of the field Tuam were a bit slicker converting nailing 0-5 from nine attempts enabling Tommy Carton’s charges to skip off at the interval armed with a slender lead.

That was chiefly due to the spirit and stamina Tuam demonstrated with Brian Mannion, Gary O’Donnell, and Darragh O’Rourke landing fine efforts from play.

Still the issue was most certainly delicately poised when the teams returned after the restart and Tuam led by 0-7 to 0-6 following a 41st minute Ben O’Connell point.

Then the decisive burst arrived with Corofin mining the next five scores courtesy of Gary Sice (two frees), Ronan Steede, Martin Farragher, and Kieran Molloy.

Suddenly Corofin were 0-11 to 0-7 ahead, and though Jamie Murphy responded with a last gasp free for Tuam, terminating a 23 minute search for a score, it wasn’t enough.

Corofin, who haven’t been defeated in Galway since 2012, remain the standard bearers Corribside.

Scorers for Corofin: Jason Leonard (2fs) and Gary Sice (3fs) 0-3 each, Martin Farragher 0-2, Ronan Steede, Michael Farragher, and Kieran Molloy 0-1 each.

Scorers for Tuam Stars: Jamie Murphy 0-3 (2fs), Brian Mannion 0-2 (1f), Darragh O’Rourke, Ben O’Connell, and Gary O’Donnell 0-1 each.

COROFIN: Bernard Power; Dylan Wall, Kieran Fitzgerald, Ross Mahon; Daithi Burke, Liam Silke, Dylan McHugh; Kieran Molloy, Ronan Steede; Micheal Lundy, Michael Farragher, Jason Leonard; Gary Sice, Martin Farragher, Ian Burke.

Subs: Colin Brady for McHugh (40), Darragh Silke for Lundy (42), Gavin Burke for Mahon (54), Conor Cunningham for D Burke (60), Dylan Canney for Martin Farragher (60).

TUAM STARS: Johnny Trayers; Rory O’Connor, Brian O’Donnell, Brendan Mashengele; Gary O’Donnell, Aonghus Tierney, Darragh O’Rourke; Conor Rhatigan, Paul Collins; Noel Henry, Jamie Murphy, Seamus Kelly; Brian Mannion, Mikey Mannion, Ben O’Connell.

Subs: Gavan Connell for M Mannion (45), Cormac McWalter for Henry (54), Alan O’Connell for Mashengele (60).

REFEREE: Noel Dempsey.                          

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Kevin Clancy presents the Frank Fox Cup to Corofin captain Michéal Lundy                                 

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