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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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Emma Reaney bagged an incredible individual haul of 5-2 as Galway were crowned Aisling McGing All-Ireland U21 ladies football champions for the very first time.
The rampant Tribeswomen saw off the challenge of neighbours and Connacht rivals Mayo by a whopping 35 points at St Croan’s GAA club in Roscommon.
This was third time lucky for Galway, who lost previous finals in 2016 and 2013.
There was no stopping Galway as they confidently overcame the challenge of Mayo. Rejuvenated by the return to the panel of the strong contingent of Kilkerrin/Clonberne players, they went about dispatching their opponents quickly and efficiently.
Galway were led by brilliant performances from full forward Reaney and Louise Ward, who was a constant threat to the Mayo defence from corner forward.
Mayo started the game brightly despite a gale force breeze and Fiona Doherty put them into an early lead with two frees.
However, that would be as good as it got for Mayo as Galway began to impose their dominance on the scoreboard from the fifth minute onwards.
Scores from Olivia Divilly and player-of-the-match Shauna Hynes preceded the first goal of the tie for Louise Ward on 13 minutes, to give Galway a 1-4 to 0-2 lead.
Nicola Ward and Hynes added further points before Reaney drove a low shot into the net for her first goal.
As half-time approached, Galway put the game to bed as a contest with a furry of scores, just when Mayo needed to hang on and hold their heads at the break.
Divilly and Hynes scored from distance before three goals in three minutes sealed Mayo’s fate, two coming from powerful finishes from Reaney and another from Nicola Ward, to making it 5-9 to 0-3 at the break.
Despite the advantage of the breeze in the second half, Mayo struggled to make any headway on the scoreboard.
Senior star Fiona Doherty led their charge as best she could and her four points early in the half kept Mayo ticking over.Shauna Hynes collected the player of the match award.
However, Galway were ruthless and continued to rack up the scores as the game progressed.
Olivia Divilly, Louise Ward and Reaney all kicked points before Reaney grabbed her fourth goal of the game with 35 minutes played.
Captain Megan Glynn and Shauna Hynes furthered the advantage midway through the half before Reaney again found the back of the net following some good work from Glynn.
A goal from Louise Ward on 48 minutes made it 8-14 to 0-8, with Reaney adding her final score from play a minute later.
Mayo had a couple of late goal chances to close the gap but found Dearbhla Gower in fine form in the Galway goal.
Instead, all they could muster was points from Natasha Gaughan and Roisin Durkin in their attempt to add respectability to the scoreline.
With time ticking down to the inevitable Galway victory, Ciara Lynagh and Eimear O’Kane added two goals to their sizeable tally, as Stephen Glennon’s Galway lifted the silverware.
Final Score: Galway 10-5 Mayo 0-10
Scorers for Galway – E Reaney 5-2, L Ward 2-1, O Divilly 0-5 (0-3f), N Ward 1-2, S Hynes 0-4, C Lynagh 1-0, E O’Kane 1-0, M Glynn 0-1.
Scorers for Mayo – F Doherty 0-6 (0-4f), N Gaughan 0-2, R Kearns 0-1, R Durkin 0-1.
Galway – D Gower; J Burke, E Gavin, M Joyce; S Molloy, K Dowd, O Murphy; S Hynes, C Crowe; O Divilly, M Kelly, M Glynn; N Ward, E Reaney, L Ward.
Subs – S Gormally for Burke (30), A O’Regan for Kelly (HT), C Lynagh for Divilly (50), E O’Kane for Reaney (50), D Keane for L Ward (57)
Mayo – S Murphy; C Flatley, D Kelly, E Needham; R Kearns, R O’Malley, K Crean; F Doherty, A Duffy; S Ludden, F McManaman, D Caldwell; N Gaughan, E Needham, L Needham.
Subs – R Durkin for Crean (25), M McHale for Kelly (HT), T Phillips for McManamon (HT), L Burke for Caldwell (36).
Ref – N McCormack (Laois).