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Galway Beat Kerry in Quarter Final Phase One

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Tomas Flynn in Action

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Damien Comer in full flight

All-Ireland SFC Quarter-Final (Phase 1)

GALWAY 1-13 KERRY 1-10

Galway rolled back the clock in Croke Park to defeat Kerry in the Super Eights phase 1 and claim their first win over the kingdom since in championship since 1965, the winners continued on from their League form and showed the same self –belief that brought the final, the game was not a classic by any means but in the end a victory was the goal and now its on to Newbridge next week and a game with Kildare who will be all fired up to gain two points if they are to stay in contention for honours.

The rain came to Croke Park and it was strange to have the lights on the game as the weather conditions made it difficult for the players with the pitch like a skating ring, Kerry opened the scoring when Kevin McCarthy pointed after three minutes, Ian Burke and Paul Conroy had the Galway’s opening points to put them ahead by the 18th minute. It would be Conroy’s only score of the game as he suffered a serious leg injury and we wish him a speedy recovery.

David Clifford had a side’s level two minutes later and they went one up when Shane Murphy popped over a 45 and Damien Comer then shot over the bar, with eight minutes injury added we had three late points Paul Geaney for Kerry and Shane Walsh and Ian Burke for the winners to give their side a one point lead at the break 0-6 to 0-5, in part two both sides upped a gear and after fifteen minutes it was a level ball game at eight points each, Walsh restored Galway’s lead with a well taken point and the Tribesmen began to grow in confidence and an excellent point from Declan Kyne showed that that belief, Adrian Varley not for the first time this year made a huge impact as a sub scoring two points and when another sub Patrick Sweeney scored a goal to give   Galway give a seven point lead but Kerry scored 1-1in the dying minutes to make it a three point win for the Tribesmen.

Galway scorers: Shane Walsh 0-5 (4f), Patrick Sweeney 1-0, Ian Burke 0-2, Adrian Varley 0-2, Damien Comer 0-1, Paul Conroy 0-1, Declan Kyne 0-1, Sean Kelly 0-1.

Kerry scorers: David Clifford 1-5 (1f), Paul Geaney 0-2, Kevin McCarthy 0-1, Stephen O’Brien 0-1, Shane Murphy 0-1 (’45)

GALWAY: Ruairi Lavelle; Declan Kyne, Seán Andy Ó Ceallaigh, Eoghan Kerin; Cathal Sweeney, Gareth Bradshaw, Johnny Heaney; Paul Conroy, Thomas Flynn; Eamonn Brannigan, Michael Daly, Sean Kelly; Ian Burke, Damien comer, Shane Walsh. Subs: Peter Cooke for Paul Conroy (25), Adrian Varley for Michael Daly (55), Gary O’Donnell for Gareth Bradshaw (64), Patrick Sweeney for Damien Comer (65), Johnny Duane for Thomas Flynn (74), Frankie Burke for Ian Burke (76)

KERRY: Shane Murphy; Jason Foley, Peter Crowley, Brian Ó Beaglaoich; Paul Murphy, Killian Young, Gavin White; David Moran, Jack Barry; Kevin McCarthy, Seán Ó Shea, Stephen O’Brien; David Clifford, Paul Geaney, James O’Donoghue. Subs: Tom O’Sullivan for Brian Ó Beaglaoich (ht), Anthony Maher for Jack Barry (47), Micheál Burns for James O’Donoghue (52), Mark Griffin for Jason Foley (65), Donnchadh Walsh for Sean O’Shea (65), Barry John Keane for Kevin McCarthy (65)

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Cathal Sweeney on the ball

Cul Camps 2018

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Cork blasted out an ominous statement of intent as they demolished Galway by 24 points to book a place in the last four of the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Football Championship.
The defending champions, even without injured 2016 Player of the Year Bríd Stack, were hugely impressive as they notched six goals at TEG Cusack Park in Mullingar to set up a clash with Donegal or Mayo on September 2.
A devastating scoring blitz approaching half-time in this All-Ireland quarter-final put paid to the challenge of the Connacht champions – as Cork went from three points behind midway through the first half to 12 clear at the break.
Ephie Fitzgerald’s in-form charges produced arguably their best display under his stewardship, scoring 3-11 without reply in a scintillating spell before and after the break.
Cork were 1-01 to 0-07 adrift before they opened up with both barrels to crush the challenge of Galway, who were without a competitive fixture since beating Mayo on July 2.

Cork, playing against the breeze, were sitting deep and pulling plenty of bodies behind the ball but Galway’s long-range shooting was impressive.
The floodgates would soon open, however, as Cork an unanswered 2-09 approaching half-time to lead by 3-10 to 0-07 at the break.
Galway suffered a blow when midfielder Catriona Cormican went off injured in the after 18 minutes and that seemed to affect the Tribeswomen, who were attempting to manage a seven-week layoff.
Cormican was the scorer of Galway’s seventh point but they sunk without trace as Cork, who improved significantly on their qualifier victory over Monaghan, upped the ante.
Three quick points brought them level at 1-04 to 0-07 before Cork bagged their second goal eight minutes before the break.
Emma Spillane and brilliant player of the match Orla Finn created the opening, before midfielder Niamh Cotter found the net with a classy finish.
Three minutes later, Finn’s quick free found Eimear Scally and she turned inside Galway captain Emer Flaherty before slotting home brilliantly.
With the O’Sullivan sisters, Doireann and captain Ciara, pulling the strings, Cork added four more points before the break and another 1-02 early in the second half to move 17 points clear, 4-12 to 1-07.
Galway’s long wait for a score, which dated back to the quarter-hour, finally ended after more than 20 minutes when Mairéad Seoighe popped over a free.
Tracey Leonard added another free but it was brief respite as Bríd O’Sullivan came off the bench to make a big impact.
Deirdre Brennan registered a consolation goal for Galway in the 41st minute but O’Sullivan netted twice before the finish to add further gloss to the scoreboard from a Cork perspective.
Galway suffered another massive blow with nine minutes left when Flaherty was yellow-carded, leaving the Westerners to finish the game with 14 players.
Bríd O’Sullivan was on target with goals in the 45th and 54th minutes – and Cork’s quest for the seven-in-a-row remains very much course Scorers for Cork: O Finn 0-10 (4f), B O’Sullivan 2-01, E Scally 1-03, Á O’Sullivan & D O’Sullivan (0-01f) 1-2 each, N Cotter 1-00, C O’Sullivan 0-01.
Scorers for Galway: D Brennan 1-00, M Seoighe (1f) & T Leonard (2f) 0-03 each, S Hynes, C Cormican, O Divilly & M Glynn 0-01 each.
Cork: M O’Brien; E Meaney, R Phelan, E Spillane; M Duggan, A Hutchings, S Kelly; N Cotter, O Farmer; C O’Sullivan, D O’Sullivan, A Walsh; E Scally, Á O’Sullivan, O Finn.
Subs: B O’Sullivan for Á O’Sullivan (40), J O’Shea for Farmer (40), M O’Callaghan for Walsh (40), L Colohan for Scally (47), Á Hayes for C O’Sullivan (52).
Galway: D Gower; F Cooney, E Flaherty, S Hynes; Á Seoighe, B Hannon, S Burke; L Gannon, C Cormican; O Divilly, M Seoighe, Á McDonagh; T Leonard, S Conneally, M Glynn.
Subs: D Brennan for Cormican (inj., 19), S Molloy for Á Seoighe (h.t.), D Gorman for Cooney (37), A Davoren for Conneally (47), N Duggan for T Leonard (54).
Referee: N McCormack (Laois).