Dublin beat Galway in All-Ireland semi-final

Galway beaten by Dublin in All-Ireland Semi-Final

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Sean Armstrong on the Ball

Dublin now aim for Four in a Row

Dublin 1-24 Galway 2-12

The Leinster champions had a comfortable win over Galway in the All-Ireland semi-final played in Croke Park today, the first half was very competitive and when Damien Comer punched a goal from a Ciaran Duggan long delivery against two defenders and it also caught Cluxton off his line, but the goalie made amends later when he got down to flick a Eamonn Branigan penalty out for a 45, Dublin hit back with three points from Ciaran Kilkenny, Brian Fenton and Dean Rock.

Ian Burke was in top form in that opening half scoring a point and also setting up a number of other scores, Shane Walsh pointed two late frees as Galway went in at the break two points down 1-7 to 1-9. In part two the winners bagged a brace of early points before Tom Flynn kicked a fine Galway point as Galway now trailed by three after 49 minutes 1-11 to 1-8. In the final quarter Dublin took control scoring six points without reply as Galway could not reproduce their first form and a late Shane Walsh goal took the bad look of the scoreboard as the Dubs march on and for Galway it was a disappointing end to a year that promised so much.

Dublin scorers: Con O’Callaghan 1-3, Dean Rock 0-5 (4f), Paul Mannion 0-4, Ciaran Kilkenny 0-3, Cormac Costello 0-3 (1f), Brian Fenton 0-2, Kevin McManamon 0-2, Brian Howard 0-1, Paul Flynn 0-1.

Galway scorers: Shane Walsh 1-5 (3f), Damien Comer 1-1, Ian Burke 0-2, Thomas Flynn 0-1, Johnny Heaney 0-1, Gary O’Donnell 0-1, Michael Daly 0-1.

DUBLIN team: Stephen Cluxton; Jonny Cooper, Philly McMahon, Eoin Murchan; John Small, Cian O’Sullivan, Jack McCaffrey; Brian Fenton, James McCarthy; Brian Howard, Ciaran Kilkenny, Niall Scully; Paul Mannion, Dean Rock, Con O’Callaghan. Subs: Michael Fitzsimons for Cian O’Sullivan (28), Cormac Costello for Niall Scully (44), Kevin McManamon for Dean Rock (56), Michael Darragh MacAuley for Eoin Murchan (58), Darren Daly for John Small (56), Paul Flynn for Jack McCaffrey (68)

GALWAY team: Ruairi Lavelle; Declan Kyne, Seán Andy Ó Ceallaigh, Eoghan Kerin; Cathal Sweeney, Gareth Bradshaw, Johnny Heaney; Ciaran Duggan, Thomas Flynn; Shane Walsh, Sean Armstrong, Sean Kelly; Ian Burke, Damien Comer, Eamonn Brannigan. Subs: Michael Daly for Sean Armstrong (46), Peter Cooke for Eamonn Brannigan (50), Gary O’Donnell for Cathal Sweeney (56), Adrian Varley for Johnny Heaney (59), Kieran Molloy for Eoghan Kerin (66), Johnny Duane for Gareth Bradshaw (68)

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Ian Burke in action

Galway Minor Footballers in All-ireland Final

Galway in All- Ireland Minor Footbal Final

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Minors celebrate win Sean Black, Tony Gill, Conor Halbard and Tomo Culhane

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Eoghan Tinney Scores his Goal

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Aidan Halloran 'Man of the Match'

 

Galway Minor Footballers in All-Ireland Final

Galway 3-13 Meath 2-9

Galway qualified for the Electric Ireland All-Ireland Minor final with a second half goal scoring spree but overall it was a great performance from the ‘Maroon and White’ as Eoghan Tinney, Oisin McCormack and Tony Gill found the net to guarantee a final slot in early September.

The winners trailed at the break by four points 0-6 to 2-4 with Cathal Sweeney scoring three early points but goals from Luke Mitchell and Luke Kelly gave the Royals that half time advantage but it was in part two that Donal Ó Fátharta charges hit top gear outscoring Meath by 3-7 to 0-5 in that period, Tinney got the winners opening goal nine minutes after the break and by the 45th minute McCormack and Gill had added two more to give Galway a six point advantage that they would never loose.

In the final Galway will face the winners of tomorrows Kerry and Monaghan game

Galway scorers: Aidan Halloran 0-4, Tony Gill 1-0, Oisin McCormack 1-0, Eoghan Tinney 1-0, Cathal Sweeney 0-3, Ryan Monahan 0-2 (2f), Tom Culhane 0-1, Conor Raftery 0-1, Daniel Cox 0-1, Paul Kelly 0-1. Meath scorers: Luke Mitchell 1-4 (2f), Luke Kelly 1-0, David Bell 0-2 (2f), Matthew Costello 0-1, Bryan McCormack 0-1, Sean Coffey 0-1

GALWAY team: Donie Halloran; Ethan Walsh, Sean Black, Cian Deane; Ryan Monaghan, Tony Gill, Cathal Sweeney; Liam Judge, Aidan Halloran, Oisin Gormally; Eoghan Tinney, Daniel Cox, Matthew Cooley. Subs used: Oisin McCormack for Daniel Cox (ht), Cian Hernon for Liam Judge (33, black-card), Eanna McCormack for Oisin Gormally (40), Tomo Culhane for Matthew Cooley (52), Conor Halbard for Eoghan Tinney (56)

MEATH team: Sean Brennan; James O’Hare, Harry O’Higgins, Cathal Hickey; Conor Farrelly, Conor Harford, Sean Coffey; Adam Reilly, Cian McBride; Darragh Swaine, Matthew Costello, Bryan McCormack; David Bell, Luke Kelly, Luke Mitchell. Subs used Colin Hawdon for Bryan McCormack (41), Niall Bennett for Adam Reilly, Brian O’Hanlon for Darragh Swaine, Oisin McCloskey for Conor Farrelly (all 50), Luke Newe for Oisin McCloskey (52), Joseph Moore for Luke Kelly 955)

 

 

 

 

Galway going for Two In A Row

Galway Beat Clare in All-Ireland Semi-Final Replay

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The Galway panel  prior to the replay against Clare

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Jonathan Glynn scores Galway's Goal

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Joe Canning on the ball

 

Galway Head for Two- In- a Row

All-Ireland SHC semi-final replay

Galway 1-17 Clare 2-13

Galway are on track to retain the McCarthy Cup after beating Clare by the bare minimum in Semple Stadium Thurles this afternoon after the Banner who trailed by nine points at one stage came close to ending the Tribesmen run in the championship.

The winners made a brighter start and lead by lead by nine points to two after nineteen minutes and when Jonathan Glynn goaled the champions went in at the break leading by 1-9 to 0-6 , Joe Canning increased their lead to seven early in the second half but then Clare began to up their performance by a gear or two when Shane O’Donnell hit their opening goal and then Peter Duggan scored two pointed frees it was a two point ball game.

Niall Burke and Canning responded with a point a each but when Peter Duggan scored Clare’s second goal the lead was cut to a single point after 55 minutes but Clare could never go ahead and shot 19 wides on the day as the ‘Maroon and White’ just got to the winning post and a date in Croke Park with Limerick on All-Ireland final day.

Galway Scorers : Joe Canning 0-8 ,Jonathan Glynn 1-0, Conor Whelan 0-3, David Burke 0-2, Niall Burke 0-2, Cathal Mannion 0-1, Conor Cooney 0-1

Clare Scorers : Peter Duggan 1-6, Shane O’Donnell 1-1, Ian Galvin 0-2, Podge Collins 0-1, Tony Kelly 0-1, John Conlon 0-1, Arron Shanagher 0-1

GALWAY: James Skehill; Adrian Tuohey, Daithi Burke, John Hanbury; Aidan Harte, Padraig Mannion, Joseph Cooney; Johnny Coen, David Burke; Niall Burke, Joe Canning, Jonathan Glynn, Conor Whelan, Conor Cooney, Cathal Mannion. Subs used: Sean Loftus for John Hanbury ,Jason Flynn for Conor Cooney ,Davey Glennon for Jonathan Glynn

CLARE: Donal Tuohy; Patrick O’Connor, David McInerney, Jack Browne; Séadna Morey, Conor Cleary, Jamie Shanahan; Colm Galvin, David Fitzgerald; Peter Duggan, Tony Kelly, David Reidy; Padraic Collins, John Conlon, Shane O’Donnell. Subs used : Ian Galvin for David Reidy , Cathal Malone for David Fitzgerald, Rory Hayes for Patrick O’Connor ,Michael O’Malley for Jamie Shanahan ,Arron Shanagher for Podge Collins

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Coror Cooney in action

Monaghan beat Galway in Super Eight

Galway beaten by  Monaghan in  Pearse Stadium

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All Ireland SFC Quarter-Final Group 1

MONAGHAN 0-16 GALWAY 0-8

By Cian O’Connell at Pearse Stadium

Unsurprisingly this Monaghan win was celebrated furiously in the west as Malachy O’Rourke’s team secured a first All Ireland semi-final appearance since 1988.

Monaghan were primed for this tussle in the west and Galway just couldn’t cope with the grit and determination summoned by the visitors.

Many wondered whether David Clifford’s splendid last gasp goal for Kerry in Clones a fortnight ago would derail Monaghan’s hopes of progression, but the response at Pearse Stadium was emphatic.

The opening period went according to plan for Monaghan, who were roared on by a passionate travelling support in Salthill.

Galway were frustrated for vast chunks of the first half by Monaghan, who thundered into the physical exchanges departing at the break armed with a 0-7 to 0-5 advantage.

Monaghan ran the ball smartly with Ryan McAnespie clipping two fine points, while Darren Hughes worked diligently throughout the pitch.

Vinny Corey and Colin Walshe also ventured forward to nail fine scores for Malachy O’Rourke’s outfit, who settled smartly to accumulate a 0-5 to 0-2 lead by the 25th minute.

Fintan Kelly, Corey, Hughes, McAnespie, and Walshe all contributed scores, but Galway did improve as the interval approached.

Peter Cooke lofted a nice point from distance which drew a response from McManus (free) and McAnespie as Monaghan edged four clear,

Gary O’Donnell and Shane Walsh (free) narrowed the gap, but Monaghan, primed to force turnovers, deservedly led by two at the turnaround.

After the restart, though, Monaghan continued to inflict damage clipping four of the next five points with McManus and Hughes prominent.

Suddenly Monaghan’s cushion was five and Galway were in significant bother when Eamonn Brannigan mined a point.

Dermot Malone, who was hugely industrious for Monaghan, and Ian Burke traded scores, but O’Rourke’s team were dominant.

Malone stitched the play effectively as a McAnespie point was followed by frees from McManus and Rory Beggan. Drew Wylie, Colin Walshe, and Damien Comer were all sent off for second yellow cards offences in the dying embers of the game, but it scarcely bothered Monaghan.

Fittingly McAnespie iced the Monaghan cake deep into stoppage time and they will head for Croke Park next weekend heartened.

Scorers for Monaghan: Conor McManus 0-5 (4fs), Ryan McAnespie 0-4, Darren Hughes 0-2, Colin Walshe, Vinny Corey, Dermot Malone, Fintan Kelly, Rory Beggan (f) 0-1 each.

Scorers for Galway: Eamonn Brannigan and Shane Walsh (2fs) 0-2 each, Peter Cooke, Ian Burke, Gary O’Donnell, and Damien Comer 0-1 each.

MONAGHAN: Rory Beggan; Ryan Wylie, Drew Wylie, Kieran Duffy; Karl O’Connell, Colin Walshe, Vinny Corey; Niall Kearns, Darren Hughes; Fintan Kelly, Dermot Malone, Shane Carey; Conor McCarthy, Ryan McAnespie, Conor McManus.Subs: Jack McCarron for McCarthy (58), Neil McAdam for Kearns (63), Paudie McKenna for Carey (66), Dessie Mone for O’Connell (68).

GALWAY: Ruairi Lavelle; Declan Kyne, Sean Andy O’Ceallaigh, Eoghan Kerin; Cathal Sweeney, Gareth Bradshaw, Gary O’Donnell; Peter Cooke, Tom Flynn; Sean Kelly, Shane Walsh, Eamonn Brannigan; Adrian Varley, Damien Comer, Ian Burke.Subs: Patrick Sweeney for Varley (43), Ciaran Duggan for Cooke (52), Johnny Heaney for O’Ceallaigh (57), Padraic Cunningham for Brannigan (60), David Wynne for Kerin (63), Danny Cummins for Burke (68)

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Galway Minor footballers beat Clare in Q/Final

Galway Minor Footballers in All-Ireland Semi-Final 

Galway Minor Panel that beat clare

The Minor panel prior to the game against Clare

James McLoughlin

James McLoughlin reaches high

Galway finish strong in Minor Football Q/Final

Galway 0-18 Clare 0-11

Galway will meet Meath in two weeks time in the All-Ireland Minor football semi-final after they beat beat Clare in Tullamore by seven points, the winners started slowly and failed to register a score in the opening twenty five minutes as the Banner with aid of the breeze went into a seven point lead, the winners scored three pointed frees in the last four minutes from Ryan Monaghan to trail at the break by 0-3 to 0-8, Clare fully deserved the lead as Galway struggled all over the field to come to grips with the free flowing play of the Clare men.

Galway were a different outfit after the break and out scored Clare by ten points to three over the thirty minutes, the sides were level with fifteen minutes to go at 0-9 each when Tony Gill pointed and the winners went on the to dominate final quarter .

Galway’s scorers: Ryan Monahan 0-6 ,Oisin Gormally 0-3, Conor Raftery 0-2, Eoghan Tinney 0-2, Aidan Halloran 0-1, Tomo Culhane 0-1, Daniel Cox 0-1, Niall Cunningham 0-1, Tony Gill 0-1

Galway team: D Halloran; E Walsh, S Black, C Deane; R Monaghan ,T Gill ,C Sweeney; C Raftery, J McLoughlin; L Judge, A Halloran, É McCormack; E Tinney ,D Cox, M Cooley.

Subs: C Halbard for Black, O Gormley for McCormack, T Culhane for Cooley, N Cunningham A Halloran, S Horkan for McLoughlin

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Liam Judge on the ball

 

 

 

 

 

Galway and Clare all square in Semi-Final

Conor Cooney Goals

Conor Cooney goals for Galway

Conor Whelan

Conor Whelan in action

Galway and Clare stalemate at Croke Park

Galway and Clare must do it all again next Sunday in Thurles at 2.00 after they finished 1-30 each in the All- Semi-Final after extra time in Croke Park on Saturday

Scorers for Galway: Joe Canning 0-12 (6f, 2 sidelines), Conor Cooney 1-1, Cathal Mannion 0-4, David Burke 0-3, Conor Whelan 0-3, Jason Flynn 0-3 (1f), Johnny Coen 0-2, Jonathan Glynn 0-1, Niall Burke 0-1

Scorers for Clare: Peter Duggan 0-14 (11f), John Conlon 0-4, Arron Shanagher 1-0, Shane O’Donnell 0-3, Tony Kelly 0-3 (1 sideline), Ian Galvin 0-2, David Fitzgerald 0-1, David Reidy 0-1, Jason McCarthy 0-1, Colm Galvin 0-1.

GALWAY: James Skehill; Adrian Tuohey, Daithi Burke, John Hanbury; Padraig Mannion, Gearoid McInerney, Aidan Harte; Johnny Coen, David Burke; Cathal Mannion, Joe Canning, Joseph Cooney; Conor Whelan, Conor Cooney, Jonathan Glynn. Subs: Niall Burke for Joseph Cooney (52), Paul Killeen for Gearoid McInerney (54), Jason Flynn for Conor Cooney (63), Sean Loftus for Adrian Tuohey (70), Joseph Cooney for David Burke (82), Conor Cooney for Conor Whelan (82), Davy Glennon for Joe Canning (83).

CLARE: Donal Tuohy; David McInerney, Patrick O’Connor, Jack Browne; Séadna Morey, Conor Cleary, Jamie Shanahan; Colm Galvin, Cathal Malone; Peter Duggan, Tony Kelly, David Reidy; Padraic Collins, John Conlon, Shane O’Donnell. Subs: David Fitzgerald for Cathal Malone (47), Conor McGrath for Padraic Collins (59), Ian Galvin for David Reidy (60), Arron Shanagher for Shane O’Donnell (67), Shane O’Donnell for Conor McGrath (82), Jason McCarthy for Jamie Shanahan (82).

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Aidan Harte battles hard

 

Galway beaten in All Ireland Junior Final

Galway’s poor shooting let Kerry off the Hook

All-Ireland Junior Final

Kerry 2-13 Galway 2-11

In Ennis Kerry continued their dominance of the competition with a two point win over a Galway team who shot 15 wides and were still in the game as it ticked into injury before a crowd of over 700, the kingdom got the better start and lead by 1-2 to 0-1 after eight minutes thanks to goal from Paudie Clifford and three minutes later Padraic Cunningham was denied a goal by Kerry’s keeper Darragh O’ Shea but Cunningham did find the net with nine minutes to the break and hid side in trailing by just one points at the whistle 1-6 to 1-7.

In part two Kerry rattled off three early points to lead by to lead by four but the Maroon and White hit a purple patch scoring 1-2 without reply with Jonathan Ryan finding the net and Galway lead by one point 2-8 to 1-10 after forty five minutes, but Kerry finished strong and when Clifford was fouled in the square Niall O’Sé converted the spot kick to give the ‘Kingdom’ a four in a row success at Junior.

Galway scorers were:: Jonathon Ryan (1-2, 1f), Padraic Cunningham (1-1), Shane Gaffney (0-4, 4f), Alan Molloy, Michael Day, Antaine Ó Laói and Martin Coady (0-1 each).

Maghnus Breathnach (An Spideal), Eddie O’Sullivan (Oughterard), Stephen Cunniffe (Claregalway), Cathal Reilly (Corofin),Aidan Ward (Kilkerrin/Clonberne), Seán Ó Currin (Carna/Caiseal), Damien O’Reilly (Oughterard), Alan Molloy (Corofin), Michael Day (Headford), Padraig Éoin Ó Curraoin (An Spideal), Antaine Ó Laói (An Spideal), Thomas Gleeson (Dunmore MacHales), Jonathon Ryan (Kilkerrin/Clonberne), Pádraic Cunningham (Headford), Martin Coady (Oughterard).
Subs :D Hennessy for Day, Day for Hennessy, M Reddington for Gleeson, T Rabbitte for Ward, S Gaffney for Coady, D Hennessy for Ó Curraoin, A Ó hIarnáin for Ryan, J Kirrane for O’Reilly

Junior All Ireland final web

The Galway Junior panel in Ennis

Galway beat Kildare in Newbridge

 

Galway Senior Footballers defeat Kildare in the Super 8's Round 2

 

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Sean Armstrong against Kildare

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Eoghan Kerin defending against Kildare

All Ireland SFC Quarter-Final Group 1

GALWAY 0-19 KILDARE 0-16

By Cian O'Connell at St Conleth’s Park, Newbridge

This was another afternoon providing deep satisfaction for Galway, who carved out another encouraging Championship win in Newbridge.

Kildare contributed handsomely to a gripping game, but Galway just had a bit more punch to earn a valuable victory.

During a thrilling encounter 13 different Galway players delivered scores for Kevin Walsh’s charges, who shaded an intriguing battle.

A splendid opening period packed with dynamic counter attacking football blazed with Galway eventually departing at the break armed with a slender 0-11 to 0-10 advantage.

It was chiefly due to a decent three point on the spin burst as the interval approached following some excellent Kildare play.

Though Galway, prompted by the promising Michael Daly, who was unfortunately forced off injured, accumulated a 0-5 to 0-3 lead by the 14th minute,Kildare came thundering back clipping seven of the next 10 scores.

Most of those could be classed as delightful with Neil Flynn, Paul Cribbin, Daniel Flynn, and Fergal Conway all rifling over gorgeous efforts. Unsurprisingly a passionate crowd approved as Kildare converted 0-10 from their first 12 attempts.

Galway were encountering some duress, but Tom Flynn remained relevant at centrefield and Galway concluded the half strongly.

Galway's Michael Daly was forced off with a leg injury.

Shane Walsh landed a routine free and then nailed one from play, while Tom Flynn thumped over a long distance kick to ensure the visitors were narrowly in front at the turnaround.

After the restart the white flags weren’t being waved with the same frequency, but it was still absorbing as Walsh and Gareth Bradshaw mined points either side of a Paddy Brophy score.

Then Kildare were rocked by the 45th minute dismissal of Daniel Flynn, who was red carded for an off the ball incident.

Further Galway points from Eamonn Brannigan and Ian Burke guided the maroon outfit 0-15 to 0-12 ahead with 15 minutes left to play.

Gary O’Donnell edged Galway four clear, but Kildare, defiant until the bitter end, narrowed the gap as Paddy Brophy and two Neil Flynn points brought them back into contention.

Serious questions were being posed of Galway’s resolve, but the Tribesmen located the necessary answers as late Sean Kelly and Comer points sealed the deal.

Scorers for Galway: Shane Walsh 0-4 (3fs), Damien Comer 0-3, Michael Daly 0-2, Cathal Sweeney, Gareth Bradshaw, Johnny Heaney, Peter Cooke, Tom Flynn, Sean Kelly, Ian Burke, Eamonn Brannigan, Gary O’Donnell, and Sean Armstrong 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kildare: Neil Flynn 0-5 (3fs), Paul Cribbin 0-3, Daniel Flynn, Fergal Conway, and Paddy Brophy 0-2 each, Kevin Flynn and Chris Healy 0-1 each.

GALWAY: Ruairi Lavelle; Declan Kyne, Sean Andy O’Ceallaigh, Eoghan Kerin; Cathal Sweeney, Gareth Bradshaw, Sean Kelly; Peter Cooke, Tom Flynn; Johnny Heaney, Michael Daly, Eamonn Brannigan; Ian Burke, Damien Comer, Shane Walsh.

Subs: Patrick Sweeney for Daly (11), Sean Armstrong for P Sweeney (51), Gary O’Donnell for Heaney (54), Adrian Varley for Brannigan (58, BC), Johnny Duane for O’Ceallaigh (67), Fiontan O’Curraoin for Flynn (70).

KILDARE: Mark Donnellan; Peter Kelly, Mick O’Grady, David Hyland; Johnny Byrne, Eoin Doyle, Kevin Flynn; Kevin Feely, Tommy Moolick; Fergal Conway, Paul Cribbin, Keith Cribbin; Neil Flynn, Daniel Flynn, Paddy Brophy.

Subs: Niall Kelly for Moolick (50), Chris Healy for K Cribbin (54), James Murray for Kelly (58), David Slattery for P Cribbin (62), Eamonn Callaghan for Brophy (67, BC), Fionn Dowling for Conway (70+4).

REFEREE: Sean Hurson (Tyrone).

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Gareth Bradshaw against Kildare

Galway v Kerry All-Ireland Junior Final

The Galway team that last won the All-Ireland Junior Title in 1985

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Back row: Seamus Burke, Peter Greaney, Tom McHugh, Padraic Coyne, Gerry Dolan, Hugh Bleahen, Ger Burke.

Front row: Francis Stockwell, Padraic O’Dea, Gerry Daly, Conor O’Dea, Tom Heavey, Michael Melia, Seamus Glynn, Kieran Flaherty.

This Saturday at 2.00 p.m in Cusack Park Ennis Galway play Kerry in the All-Ireland Junior Football Final, the team is managed by Matt Duggan from Annaghdown with Padraic Coyne (Milltown),Pádraig Mac Donnacha (An Cheathrú Rua), and Gerry Keane (An Fhairche) his selectors.

Kerry have won the last three finals beating Mayo twice and Meath last year while Galway last tasted victory in 1985

Galway Beat Kerry in Super Eights

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

Galway win first ever Connacht U-17 Minor Final

The Galway team that beat Roscommon in the U-17 Minor  Connacht Final

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Conor Raftery Galway captain with the Tom Kilcoyne Cup

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Man of the Match Matthew Cooley

Man of the Match

Galway first Connacht u-17 Champions

Galway 2-13 Roscommon 2-9

Galway collected their forth crown in a row when they beat the Roscommon in the Minor final in Hyde Park this evening, it was the first ever minor title at U-17, the winners goals came from Eoghan Tinney and Conor Raftery while Man of the Match Matthew Cooley shot five points .

 Galway scorers: Matthew Cooley 0-5, Ryan Monaghan 0-4 (4fs), Eoghan Tinney 1-1, Conor Raftery 1-0, Paul Kelly, Daniel Cox and Aidan Halloran 0-1 each.

 Roscommon scorers: Adam McDermott 0-5 (3fs), Shane Cunnane 1-1 (1-0 pen), Fearghus Lennon 1-0, Enda Crawley, Darragh Murray and Ruaidhri Fallon 0-1 each.

GALWAY team: Donie Halloran; Cian Deane, Seán Black, Ethan Walsh; Ryan Monaghan, Tony Gill, Cathal Sweeney; Paul Kelly, Conor Raftery ; Liam Judge, Aidan Halloran, Oisín McCormack; Eoghan Tinney, Daniel Cox, Matthew Cooley.

Subs: Conor Halbard for Gill, Sean Horkan for McCormack, Oisin Gormally for Judge

ROSCOMMON team : Daniel Connolly; Robbie Dolan, Kealan Gunning, Cathal Brogan; Jonathan Hester, Darragh Murray, Jack Lohan; Enda Crawley, Shane Cunnane; Ruaidhri Fallon, Eoghan Derwin, Richard Walsh; Fearghus Lennon, Adam McDermott, James Fitzpatrick.

Subs: Liam Ormsby for Derwin, Aaron McDermott for Walsh, Charlie Carthy for Crawley, Colin Walsh for Lennon.

Galway win Leinster Replay

GALWAY RETAIN LEINSTER TITLE

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David Burke lifts the Bob O'Keeffe Cup

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THE PARADE IN THURLES

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THE CELEBRATIONS 

Galway retain Bob O’Keefe Cup

Galway 1-28 Kilkenny 3-15

Galway will go down in history to-day as the first Connacht team to win the Leinster final at a Munster venue in a game that produced 47 scores at Thurles. The winners lead by eleven points after twenty first half minutes 1-9 to 0-1 and by the break Kilkenny had the lead cut to eight 1-8 to 1-16 thanks to a Ger Aylward goal just before the break. The intensity of the replay was much higher that last week as Galway had Kilkenny out played and out scored in the opening twenty minutes and one wondered was there any back for the Cats but there was as the lead was down to a single point 1-20 to 3-13 in the final quarter but this Galway did not panic and hit back with points from Joe Canning and a brace from Cathal Mannion

Scorers for Galway: Joe Canning 0-10 (6f) Cathal Mannion 0-6, Conor Whelan 0-4, Jonathan Glynn 1-1, Niall Burke 0-2, Aidan Harte 0-2, Joseph Cooney 0-1, Conor Cooney 0-1, J Flynn 0-1

Scorers for Kilkenny: TJ Reid 0-9 (6f, 1 ’65) Colin Fennelly 1-1, Richie Hogan 1-1, Ger Aylward 1-0, Joey Holden 0-1, Conor Fogarty 0-1, James Maher 0-1, John Donnelly 0-1,

GALWAY: James Skehill; Adrian Tuohey, Daithi Burke, John Hanbury; Padraig Mannion, Gearoid McInerney, Aidan Harte; Johnny Coen, David Bourke; Joseph Cooney, Joe Canning, Niall Burke; Conor Whelan, Jonathan Glynn, Cathal Mannion. Subs: Conor Cooney for Niall Burke, Jason Flynn for Joseph Cooney, Sean Loftus for David Burke

KILKENNY: Eoin Murphy; Paul Murphy, Padraig Walsh; Paddy Deegan, Joey Holden, Cillian Buckley, Enda Morrissey; Conor Fogarty, James Maher; John Donnelly, TJ Reid, Richie Leahy; Billy Ryan, Walter Walsh, Ger Aylward. Subs: Liam Blanchfield for Walter Walsh, Richie Hogan for Billy Ryan), Colin Fennelly for Richie Leahy, Robert Lennon for Enda Morrissey, Luke Scanlon for John Donnelly

Galway in Junior Football Final

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Galway Junior Panel in Nowlan Park stand for Amhrán na Bhfiann 

Galway Junior Footballers in All-Ireland Final

Galway 2-22 Kilkenny 2-08

Galway qualified for the All-Ireland Junior final with a well merited win over Kilkenny in Nowlan Park and will now face Kerry in the final, the winners lead at the break by 2-12 to 1-3 and in truth is was done and dusted by then, and the Tribesmen will face a tougher challenge in the final against the ‘Kingdom ‘who have won the last three All-Irelands beating Mayo twice and Meath while Galway will have to go back to 1985 when they overcame Warwickshire in the final after beating Kerry after a replay in the home final.

Padraic Cunningham gave a ‘Man of the Match’ display for the winners at full foward scoring 0-6 and was also involver in setting up a number of scores for the team, Jonathan Ryan with 1-3 and Gary Kelly 0-6 were the other top marksmen. Alan Molloy and Michael Day were in top form and controlled the midfield sector while in defence all six backs performed well in front of captain Maghnus Breathnach who turned in another sound performance.

Galway scorers were: J Ryan 1-3, G Kelly 0-6, P Cunningham 0-6, M Reddington 1-1, M Day 0-3, A Ward 0-1, A Ó Laoi 0-1, S Gaffney 0-1.

Kilkenny scorers were: J Walsh 1-1, M Jones 1-0, I Duggan 0-2, S Stapleton 0-1, J Culleton 0-1,M Malone 0-1, C O’Carroll 0-1, M Jones 0-1,

Galway team-Maghnus Breathnach (An Spideal), Eddie O’Sullivan (Oughterard), Stephen Cunniffe (Claregalway),Cathal Reilly (Corofin), Adrian Ward (Kilkerrin Clonberne),Sean Ó Currin(Carna –Caiseal),Damien O’Reilly (Oughterard),Alan Molloy (Corofin),Michael Day (Headford), Padraig Éoin Ó Curraoin (An Spideal), Antaine Ó Laoi (An Spideal), Thomas Gleeson (Dunmore MacHales), Jonathan Ryan (Kilkerrin-Clonberne), Pádraig Cunningham (Headford), Gary Kelly(Williamstown).

Subs: Matthew Reddington for Gleeson, Aongus Ó hIarnáin for O’Curraoin, Darren Hennessy for Molloy, Oisin Canney for Currin, Shane Gaffney for Cunningham, Thomas Rabbitte for Kelly

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Eddie O'Sullivan keeps his eye on the ball

Galway Win Leinster U-21 Title

The Galway U-21  Panel pictured   this evening prior to the Leinster Final

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Galway Captain Fintan Burke with the Leinster Cup

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Sean Bleahene Celebrates after scoring the Winning Goal  in extra time

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Tomas Monaghan in Action Final Score GALWAY  4-21 WEXFORD 2-26

 

 

 

 

 

Galway Minors in Connacht Final

Galway Minor beat Mayo

The Galway Minor panel pictured in Tuam Stadium before the Mayo Game 

Galway advance to Connacht Minor Final

Galway 0-15 Mayo 1-9

At a sun drenched Tuam Stadium Galway had three points to spare over Mayo in the Electric Ireland Minor Football Championship on Friday evening, it’s the Tribesmen third win in the group and as a rest they have advanced to the provincial final in two weeks time. The winners had a narrow two points lead at the break 0-11 to 1-6 despite conceding    a goal from Jack Mahon, Donal O’ Fathartha’s side had will be happy to reach the first ever Connacht U-17 final following on from the U-18 finals wins in recent years.

Matthew Cooley was again Galway’s top marksman as he shot 0-4 points having scored three in the first quarter, points followed from Ryan Monaghan and Cathal Sweeney; the visitors had early points from Ultan O’Reilly and Frank Irwin, in the second quarter the visitors hit a purple scoring 1-2 without reply with points from Martin Bell and Enda Hession before Mahon scored the only goal of the evening with ten minutes to go to the break to push his side a point a head 1-4 to 0-6.

The winners hit four more points to go in at break two points in front, and in part two Sweeney and Liam Judge added early points to push the hosts four in front, but Mayo responded with a brace of points from Ultan O’Reilly before Tony Gill restored Galway’s lead to three points 0-14 to 1-8, Mayo were guilty of wasteful shooting in that second half but the winners kept their cool in the sweltering heat to advance to the decider.

Galway had scores from Matthew Cooley 0-4, Cathal Sweeney 0-3, Daniel Cox 0-3, Ryan Monahan 0-1, Conor Raftery 0-1, Éanna McCormack 0-1, Liam Judge 0-1 and Tony Gill 0-1

The Galway team was : Donie Halloran; Ethan Walsh, Seán Black, Cian Deane; Ryan Monahan, Tony Gill, Cathal Sweeney; Paul Kelly, Conor Raftery; Liam Judge, Éanna McCormack, Oisín McCormack; Oisín Gormally, Daniel Cox, Matthew Cooley. Subs used Aidan Halloran, Eoghan Tinney, Sean Horkan, and Conor Halbard

Leinster Hurling Final Media Morning

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Micheál Donoghue expects significant Kilkenny challenge

By Cian O'Connell

Galway chalked up four impressive Leinster Hurling Championship wins during the round robin series, but manager Micheal Donoghue expects a demanding Kilkenny challenge at Croke Park on Sunday. It promises to be an interesting provincial decider at GAA headquarters, but Donoghue feels Kilkenny are primed to pose serious questions of the All Ireland champions' resolve.
Galway overcame Kilkenny at Pearse Stadium last month and the Clarinbridge native is adamant that another fascinating encounter looms. "It was a big game for us in terms of it was the first one for us at home," Donoghue remarks about the Kilkenny triumph.

"As I said, we always put huge emphasis on our home games. No two games are the same anyway, that's definitely in the memory bank. "Look, we have huge respect for them. They've been the standard bearers for so many years. We know that it's going to be a totally different game again on the first of July. .

"In terms of ourselves it's just about preparing well over the next couple of weeks and being ready for a big challenge again." Donoghue believes that Kilkenny will benefit hugely from the gritty manner of their dramatic triumph over Wexford. "Yeah, I think so," Donoghue admits. "They came in as League champions; they have huge form behind them.

"Obviously the Wexford game was going to be massive down there and they put in a massive performance. Nine points down, they showed huge team spirit and just the desire to go on. So we know it's going to be a hard game." During his tenure Donoghue has shown a real willingness to give emerging players an opportunity to shine, especially during the Allianz Hurling League.
That is vital for Galway going forward, but there is also an acceptance that the Tribesmen need to maintain the form currently being displayed. "Yeah, I think so, but you've seen the last couple of weeks," Donoghue adds.

"You want to keep momentum, you want to keep going. With the league this year, reflecting back on it, when we had the team holiday we had to pull out of the Walsh Cup whereas last year it gave us an opportunity to look at more lads and earlier, we probably missed a bit of that early on.

"I know we still looked at a lot of lads, but maybe for some of the newer lads they would have gotten games earlier. It's something we'll definitely look at again for next year. "I think you have to use that opportunity to give them the chance to get in with the group and just in terms of our own game-plans and whatever we want to - whatever we're trying to do - to get them in as quick as you can."

Galway Ladies win Connacht final

Galway Ladies Connacht Final win over Mayo

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Tracey Leonard and team mates celebrate the Connacht final vicotry over Mayo in McHale Park

 

 

TG4 Connacht Ladies Senior Football Final

Galway 0-17

Mayo 1-12

By DECLAN ROONEY

At MacHale Park

Tracey Leonard played a captain’s role as her six points fired Galway to a sixth TG4 Connacht senior title in the last seven years and to victory over arch rivals Mayo at MacHale Park.

A Fiona Doherty goal and six points on a bright return to action from Cora Staunton kept Mayo in touch, but despite having Charlotte Cooney sin-binned during the second-half, Tracey Leonard and Mairead Seoighe kicked the winning points late on as Galway claimed back-to-back victories.

After winning the toss Mayo captain Sarah Tierney elected to play against the strong breeze in a scorching Castlebar venue, and it was the Tribesgirls that made that most of that advantage early on.

Roisin Leonard got them off the mark after 29 seconds before Nicola Ward and Tracey Leonard made the most of gaping holes in the heart of the Mayo defence to kick scores.

Following her late introduction to the team before throw-in Staunton’s first involvement was to balloon a fifth-minute free high across goal, but she soon found her target on the heels of a Niamh Kelly point to cut Galway’s lead to 0-3 to 0-2.

Galway continued to exploit the space in front of the Mayo full-back line and Aine McDonagh stretched their lead after nine minutes. That lead was four points by the 18th minute as Tracey and Roisin Leonard landed good scores, but a sweet Staunton point from distance kept Mayo in touch and they only trailed 0-9 to 0-7 at half-time.

Grace Kelly could have put a point between the sides straight after the restart but her free came back off the post, and it was Galway who then kicked on through Roisin Leonard.

Staunton then took on the free taking duties from the right and got Mayo back in the game, and after Seoighe worked hard to score for Galway, Staunton gathered a break to score for Peter Leahy’s troops.

Niamh Kelly’s direct running saw Mayo close to within a point, and when Charlotte Cooney was sin binned in the 45th minute Galway faced a real test.

Galway responded with points from Sarah Conneally and Emer Faherty, but a stunning goal from Fiona Doherty pulled Mayo back to within a point with ten minutes remaining. Sinead Cafferky levelled matters with a great score four minutes from time, but Tracey Leonard and Seoighe hit two quick scores to put Galway out of sight.

Galway now go on to face Waterford and the losing Leinster finalists in the group stages, while Mayo take on the Leinster champions and Cavan.

Scorers – Galway: T Leonard 0-6 (2f), R Leonard 0-3 (1f), M Seoighe 0-3, E Faherty 0-1, N Ward 0-1, O Divilly 0-1, A McDonagh 0-1, S Conneally 0-1.

Mayo: C Staunton 0-6 (4f), F Doherty 1-0, N Kelly 0-2, G Kelly 0-2 (1f), S Cafferky 0-2

Galway: L Murphy; S Burke, S Lynch, F Cooney; C Cooney, N Ward, E Faherty; A McDonagh, C Cormican; O Divilly, T Leonard (c), A Davoren; M Seoighe, R Leonard, L Coen.

Subs: S Conneally for Coen (39), N Connolly for Lynch (39), L Ward for R Leonard (54), D Brennan for Davoren (60).

Mayo: A Tarpey; E Lowther, S Tierney (c), D Caldwell; K Sullivan, R Kearns, D Hughes; F McHale, C McManamon; N Kelly, F Doherty, S Cafferky; G Kelly, S Rowe, C Staunton.

Subs: O Cannon for McManamon (55), M Corbett for Hughes (56), S Howley for G Kelly (57).

Referee: G Carmody (Roscommon).

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The Galway senior ladies football team prior to their Connacht final win over Mayo

Back row: Olivia Divilly, Áine McDonagh, Sarah Conneally, Noelle Connolly, Niamh Daly, Bronagh Quinn, Lisa Murphy, Laura Hession, Siobhan Divilly, Louise Ward, Caitriona Cormican, Emma Reaney, Sarah Lynch, Leanne Coen, Emer Flaherty.

Front row: Fabienne Cooney, Charlotte Cooney, Tracey Leonard, Leanne Walsh, Nicola Ward, Mairéad Seoighe, Ailbhe Davoren, Róisin Leonard, Deirdre Brennan, Shauna Molloy, Eimear O’Kane, Sinead Burke.

Galway and Wexford in Leinster U-21 Final

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Brian Concannon in action against Kilkenny in U-21Semi-Final

Galway into Leinster U-21 Final against Wexford

Galway 3-13 Kilkenny 1-17
Goals win games was again true this evening in Tullamore when Galway beat the ‘Cats’ by two points to qualify for the Leinster final, Evan Niland who scored 1-6 was the ‘man of the Match’ while Ciarian Fahy and Sean Bleahene also raised green flags for the winners . The early exchanges saw both sides finding it difficult to score as the shot eleven wides inside the first quarter at that stage the winners had built a one point lead 0-2 to 0-1.

Galway had the assistance of the breeze in the opening half and had a slight two point lead at the break 1-8 to 0-9, but in the opening minutes of part two a Kevin Cooney point and a Bleheane goal give the winners a six point advantage, and Galway continued to dominate the game as Fahy and Cooney added further points and with twelve minutes remaining the winners had built up a 3-12 to 0-12 lead. Four points in a row for Kilkenny cut the margin to five; Kevin Cooney then added a point for the Tribesmen and in added time John Donnelly finally breached the goal for Kilkenny to finish the scoring and leave Galway with two points to spare at the finish.

Galway scorers: E Niland 1-6, C Fahy 1-2,K Cooney 0-4, S Bleahene 1-0, B Concannon 0-1

Galway team : E Murphy, I O’Shea, J Fitzpatrick, S Bannon, F Burke, M Hughes, J Grealish, S Loftus, T Monaghan, S Bleheane, K Cooney, C Fahy, J Canning, B Concannon, E Niland .Subs used: C Salmon, C Caulfield, P Foley, R Murphy, A Greaney

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Galway Connacht Champions

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Galway Captain Damien Comer with the Nestor Cup

Galway Supreme in Connacht showdown

GALWAY 0-16 ROSCOMMON 2-6

By Cian O'Connell at Dr Hyde Park

Prompted by the splendid Shane Walsh, who married substance with style, Galway returned to the western summit.
Kevin Walsh’s charges produced a dominant second half display to overpower Roscommon, who had set the agenda early on.
Roscommon, who motored smoothly initially, endured severe issues after the restart as Galway outwitted the holders by 0-11 to 1-1 after the restart.
That Roscommon failed to register a score from play in the last 35 minutes confirmed how gritty and resourceful Galway were.

The opening period showcased Roscommon’s ability in attack with the majestic Murtagh brothers inflicting plenty of damage.
Diarmuid contributed four points, including three sweet efforts from play, while Ciarain supplied a gorgeous 22nd minute goal.

That major was all about a blend of speed and skill as the St Faithleach’s clubman manufactured just enough space to make the Galway net dance.
It was a moment of sheer daring and class, while at the opposite end Galway relied on Shane Walsh and Ian Burke for scores and inspiration.
Walsh mined three first half points, kicking two fine efforts from play, while the Kilkerrin-Clonberne forward crafted two further scores for Burke.

Still despite Walsh’s craft Roscommon were content to be departing armed with a 1-5 to 0-5 advantage at the interval.
Galway’s response, though, was loaded with character and following a Diarmuid Murtagh free Galway reeled off six points without reply to seize the initiative.
Walsh struck five of those before Sean Kelly landed an important point, but Roscommon did manage to pose one more serious question.
A foul on Diarmuid Murtagh resulted in a penalty which was converted by Roscommon captain Conor Devaney with six minutes remaining.
Suddenly Ross led by 2-6 to 0-11, but Galway came thundering back once more. Substitute Sean Armstrong restored parity and two Damien Comer points edged the Tribesmen ahead.

Another replacement Adrian Varley and Burke sealed the deal with late points for Galway, who advance to the All Ireland Quarter Final round robin series.

Scorers for Galway: Shane Walsh 0-8 (6fs), Ian Burke 0-3, Damien Comer 0-2, Sean Kelly, Sean Armstrong, Adrian Varley 0-1 each.

Scorers for Roscommon: Diarmuid Murtagh 0-5 (2fs), Ciarain Murtagh and Conor Devaney (pen) 1-0 each, Donie Smith 0-1.

GALWAY: Ruairi Lavelle; Declan Kyne, Sean Andy O’Ceallaigh, David Wynne; Cathal Sweeney, Gareth Bradshaw, Johnny Heaney; Paul Conroy, Tom Flynn; Eamonn Brannigan, Shane Walsh, Sean Kelly; Ian Burke, Damien Comer, Barry McHugh.
Subs: Ciaran Duggan for Conroy (45), Sean Armstrong for McHugh (48), Eoghan Kerin for Wynne (49), Peter Cooke for Heaney (65), Adrian Varley for Brannigan (69), Gary O’Donnell for O’Ceallaigh (70)

ROSCOMMON: Colm Lavin; David Murray, Niall McInerney, Peter Domican; John McManus, Fintan Cregg, Conor Devaney; Cathal Compton, Tadhg O’Rourke; Enda Smith, Niall Kilroy, Brian Stack; Donie Smith, Diarmuid Murtagh, Ciarain Murtagh.
Subs: Ultan Harney for Compton (31), Fergal Lennon for Murray (53, BC), Cathal Cregg for Stack (56), Finbar Cregg for C Murtagh (60), Conor Delaney for O’Rourke (63), Ronan Stack for Kilroy (70)

REFEREE: David Coldrick (Meath).

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Shane Walsh in action in the Hyde Park today

Galway beaten by Roscommon in U-20 Championship

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Roscommon in Connacht U-20 Final

Galway 0-11 Roscommon 1-11

At Tuam Stadium this afternoon Roscommon made it through to the first Connacht U-20 final against Mayo next Sunday in Hyde Park, in the end they had a goal to spare over Galway who were reduced to 14 men after only seven first half minutes when Finain Ó Laoi was red carded. Despite been a man down the hosts were all square at the break at 0-5 each in low scoring encounter. Robert Finnerty opened the scoring inside the opening minute but it was all square on two minutes when Cian McKeon pointed for the Rossies, Galway then shot three unanswered points with Dessie Conneely shooting two and Finnerty adding the other to leave their side leading by 0-4 to 0-1 after eleven minutes.

Aaron Brady, Paul Carey and McKeown found the target for the visitors to tie the scores as the half entered into eight minutes of injury time, due in part to a collision between Roscommon players Conor Shanagher who was stretchered off and Keith Murphy. Each side added a point each before the break with Connelly for Galway and Damien Duff pointing for the visitors to make 0-5 each at the break.

Roscommon’s Dylan Ruane goal after eight second half minutes was a game changer as Galway never recovered from that score and found it hard to come to terms with the extra man from that on, despite the fact than Conneely had opened the second half scoring and it was still only a two point game, and when Darragh Silke pointed the lead was down to one but it was the visitors who kicked on with three unanswered points from ‘Man of the Match’ McKeon and when Brady added his second of the day to leave Galway trailing by 0-7 to1-9 with fifteen minutes remaining.

Galway will look back on the game and wonder where it all went wrong and despite having the lions share of possession they failed to register it on the scoreboard, and the paid the price in the third quarter of the game when the winners shot 1-5 in a ten minute scoring spree .

The Galway team was: Oran Burke; Sean Fitzgerald, Sean Mulkerrin, Conor Campbell; Jack Glynn, Ryan Forde, Colin Murray; Cein Darcy, John Daly; Darragh Silke, Lorcan Molloy, Finian O’Laoi; Rob Finnerty, Liam Costello, Dessie Conneely. Subs: Barry Goldrick for Molloy, Rory Cunningham for Silke, Jack Kirrane for Costello, Fionan Garvey for Murray, Maitias Bairead for Daly.

Galway scorers: Dessie Conneely 0-6, Rob Finnerty 0-3, Darragh Silke 0-1, Rory Cunningham 0-1

Roscommon team: Aaron Brady; Lorcan Daly, Evan Flynn, Liam Cregg; Aidan Dowd, Luke Mollahan, Darren Nerney; Conor Shanagher, Eddie Nolan; Keith Murphy, David McManus, Dylan Ruane; Brian Derwin, Cian McKeon, Paul Carey. Subs: Ciaran Lawless for Murphy, Damien Duff for Shanagher, Murphy for Lawless, Ciaran Sugrue for Derwin, Gerry Galvin for Nerney, Michael Conroy for Sugrue, Cian Corcoran for McManus

Roscommon scorers: Cian McKeon 0-7, Dylan Ruane 1-0, Aaron Brady 0-2 ), Paul Carey 0-1, Damien Duff 0-1