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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

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Ultimately, a tense Tuam Stadium thriller was decided by the intervention of three time Hurling All Star Daithi Burke’s goal.

An absorbing encounter dripping with drama certainly went the distance, but Burke supplied the decisive blow in extra-time.

While St Brigid’s contributed handsomely in an action packed tussle, Corofin just had a bit of extra guile to set-up an intriguing Connacht Final against Castlebar Mitchels.

So disappointed with how last year’s provincial decider unfolded, St Brigid’s thundered into the contest posing several questions early on.

Frankie Dolan’s charges were primed for a battle with two points from Senan Kilbride (free) and the busy Padraig Kelly signaling their intent.

Corofin, who squandered several decent scoring chances throughout the first half, did response with Ian Burke and Gary Sice nailing scores, but Brigid’s continued to probe.

Cathal McHugh, Kilbride (free), and Kelly all landed points for the Roscommon outfit, who accumulated a 0-2 to 0-5 advantage by the 19th minute.

Brigid’s even survived a couple of scares as Martin Farragher’s goal effort was denied by the post, while Ian Burke also had an effort taken from the line.

Corofin, though, persisted and drew level in the 24th minute when Ian Burke planted a goal following a sharp move involving Michael Farragher and Micheal Lundy.

That captured Corofin at their direct best, utilising a sweet kick pass from Lundy and two further points from Jason Leonard ensured the Galway standard bearers left armed with a 1-5 to 0-6 advantage at the interval.

After the restart Corofin struck four of the first five points to move five clear, but Brigid’s remained gritty.

By the 47th minute Corofin’s cushion was 1-11 to 0-9 when Brigid’s netted an opportunistic goal courtesy of Cathal McHugh.

Suddenly Brigid’s gained belief even though they missed three very scorable frees with the issue delicately poised.

Michael Farragher nudged Corofin 1-12 to 1-10 in front with only seconds remaining, but Kilbride converted two late frees to force extra-time.

It was similarly exciting in extra-time as Brigid’s edged ahead twice, but Corofin replied with a splendid Ronan Steede effort ensuring Corofin led 1-15 to 1-14.

Seconds later Burke applied the vital touch to make the Brigid’s net dance and Corofin subsequently closed the deal. Another gripping game with Mitchels beckons in a fortnight.

Scorers for Corofin: Ian Burke 1-2, Gary Sice and Jason Leonard (1f) 0-4 each, Daithi Burke 1-0, Michael Farragher 0-2, Ronan Steede, Kieran Molloy, and Colin Brady 0-1 each.

Scorers for St Brigid’s: Senan Kilbride 0-7 (6fs), Cathal McHugh 1-3 (2fs), Padraig Kelly 0-3, Shane Mannion 0-1 (45).

Final Score: Corofin 2-15 St. Brigids 1-14

COROFIN: Bernard Power; Liam Silke, Kieran Fitzgerald, Ciaran McGrath; Micheal Lundy, Conor Cunningham, Kieran Molloy; Michael Farragher, Ronan Steede; Colin Brady, Gary Sice, Jason Leonard; Dylan Wall, Martin Farragher, Ian Burke.

Subs: Dylan McHugh for Micheal Lundy (49), Daithi Burke for Conor Cunningham (50), Justin Burke for Martin Farragher (58), Ciaran Brady for Colin Brady (60), Barry O’Donovan for Kieran Molloy (70), Colin Brady for Dylan Wall (78), Kevin Murphy for Ronan Steede (80).

ST BRIGID’S: Shane Mannion; Darragh Sheehy, Peter Domican, Niall McInerney; Ronan Stack, Ian Kilbride, Johnny Murray; Garvan Dolan, Eddie Nolan; Conor Murray, Darren Dolan, Padraig Kelly; Cathal McHugh, Senan Kilbride, Brian Stack.

Subs: Darragh Donnelly for Conor Murray (37), David Cunniffe for Darren Dolan (41), Eoin Sheehy for Eddie Nolan (50), Jack McDonnell for Cathal McHugh (58), Cathal McHugh for Jack McDonnell (70), Eddie Nolan for Padraig Kelly (75).

REFEREE: Eamonn O’Grady (Leitrim).