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

Galway Hurlers beat the Dubs in Salthill

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Padraic Mannion in action on Saturday in Pearse Stadium

MANNION INSPIRES GALWAY

Leinster Senior Hurling Championship

GALWAY 0-26 DUBLIN 2-19

By Cian O'Connell at Pearse Stadium

Though the stakes weren’t piled too high in Salthill Galway and Dublin still summoned a lively second half to entertain 9,957 interested spectators.

Initially the first half hadn’t provide much suspense, but Dublin thundered into the reckoning in the third quarter as the match concluded with plenty of drama.

Jason Flynn’s free in the fifth minute of stoppage time proved to be the decisive blow as Galway secured the spoils, but Dublin left Pearse Stadium heartened too following a gritty display.

While the opening half might have been low on intensity it was still laced with splendid scores from a variety of angles.

A polished Galway outfit converted eight of their first nine shots confirming their skill and by the time the interval rolled around the locals led by seven.

Early on Dublin were busy only trailing 0-5 to 0-4 by the 13th minute, but Galway struck five of the next six points to really seize the initiative.

During that burst of Galway craft Jason Flynn, Joseph Cooney, and Conor Cooney all clipped sweet efforts from play for Micheal Donoghue’s standard bearers.

At the opposite end of the field Dublin weren’t sufficiently clinical nailing nine from 19 opening period attempts.

Another Galway flurry included delightful points from Padraic Mannion and Conor Whelan as the maroon team went in armed with a healthy 0-16 to 0-9 cushion.

The complexion altered dramatically in the 10 minutes immediately after the restart when substitute Paul Winters punished two lapses in concentration with a couple of opportunistic goals.

Winters netted in the 39th minute supplying a flick to the back of the Galway net and added a second following a Jason Flynn free moments later.

Suddenly the gap was trimmed to the minimum and then Dublin custodian Alan Nolan launched a long range free to restore parity.

Nolan subsequently drilled a free in the 48th minute steering the visitors ahead as the tempo increased hugely.

In the remaining minutes Galway were crafty enough to shrug off Dublin’s spirited resistance outscoring Pat Gilroy’s improving team by eight points to six down the home straight.

Flynn’s last gasp free edged Galway in front and fittingly the game concluded with the sliotar being tamed by the immaculate Padraic Mannion, who had struck three points from wing back, while also repeatedly thwarting Dublin with some shrewd defensive interventions.

Kilkenny in the Leinster decider is next on the agenda for Galway. That should be a tasty encounter at GAA headquarters.

Scorers for Galway: Jason Flynn 0-11 (9fs), Conor Whelan, Padraic Mannion, and Joseph Cooney 0-3 each, David Burke and Conor Cooney 0-2 each, Cathal Mannion and Sean Loftus 0-1 each

Scorers for Dublin: Paul Winters 2-1, Rian McBride (1 sideline) and David Treacy (3fs) 0-4 each, Paul Ryan 0-3 (3fs), Alan Nolan 0-2 (2fs), Cian Boland, James Madden, Sean Moran, and Jake Malone 0-1 each.

GALWAY: James Skehill; Paul Killeen, Daithi Burke, Aidan Harte; Padraic Mannion, Gearoid McInerney, John Hanbury; Sean Loftus, David Burke; Joseph Cooney, Niall Burke, Cathal Mannion; Conor Whelan, Conor Cooney, Jason Flynn.

Subs: Eanna Burke for Loftus (44), Shane Cooney for Killeen (50), Davy Glennon for Conor Cooney (68), Padraig Brehony for Joseph Cooney (70+3).

DUBLIN: Alan Nolan; Paddy Smyth, Cian O'Callaghan, Eoghan O'Donnell; Shane Barrett, Sean Moran, Chris Crummey; Rian McBride, Tomas Connolly; Jake Malone, Fiontan McGibb, Cian Boland; David Treacy, Danny Sutcliffe, Paul Ryan.

Subs: Eamon Dillon for Paul Ryan (HT), Paul Winters for Connolly (HT), Cian McBride for Boland (48), James Madden for McGibb (66), John McCaffrey for McBride (70+3).

REFEREE: Diarmuid Kirwan (Cork).

 

 

Kilbeacanty 7s Report

BEAGH AND ST THOMAS TAKE THE SPOILS AT CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS ON 7’s WEEKEND IN KIL-BAKIN-TY!

By Patrick Earley

It was a landmark June bank holiday weekend for Kilbeacanty GAA as they once again played host to the annual Kilbeacanty 7’s tournament which this year celebrated the 100th anniversary of the first playing of the tournament in 1918. This year’s tournament was one of the most eagerly awaited in year’s and with good reason too. Look no further than the line-up of teams to see why. With defending champions Loughrea, the team they defeated last year, and All-Ireland 7’s champions Beagh, current county champions Liam Mellows, as well as former county champions Gort and St Thomas’, among those involved, top-class action and entertainment was a guarantee for the hundreds in attendance. As well as the men’s competition, camogie returned to Kilbeacanty after a hugely successful debut last year as Inagh/Kilnamona returned in the hope of defending the crown they won so dramatically against Ardrahan last year, who themselves were gunning to go one step further. While the hurling and camogie are undeniably the headline attraction of the day, there is so much more that goes on at every 7’s weekend. This year saw Kilbeacanty display the magnificent Audi A3 Sportback S Line, the prize on offer for the club’s development draw which takes place on August 5 th , with tickets available from club members or online at ‘KlubFunder Kilbeacanty’ for €50 to be in with a chance of taking home the car worth €36,000 in early August. And following on from a phenomenal year for the Galway senior hurlers last year, Liam McCarthy was doing the rounds at Páirc Mhuire too. On a scorching hot bank holiday Monday, the entertainment began as early as the very first game as Ardrahan beatTommie Larkins after extra-time in the Joe Gillane Shield Final and Craughwell overcame Michael Cusacks in the Cup Final . Onto the action itself and there was to be heartbreak in the preliminary quarter-final for Kilbeacanty who were beaten by a goal in the last puck of the game by Tubber. After edging by the challenge of Tommie Larkins who were denied a win by the crossbar in the last puck of the game, reigning All-Ireland 7’s champions Beagh advanced to a semi-final meeting with defending Kilbeacanty 7’s champions Loughrea, who had too much for Liam Mellows, in the game everyone wanted to see. Loughrea deservedly claimed the spoils in last year’s decider 3-15 to 6-03 but this year Beagh simply had too much as they exacted revenge to advance to the decider. Immediately after that, Ardrahan, who last claimed the spoils in Kilbeacanty in 2009, edged out near neighbours St Thomas’ in a hard-fought tussle to book a date with Beagh in the final. With both those sides looking to rest and recuperate as much as possible before their clash, the Ardrahan and St Thomas’ camogie teams took centre stage in the camogie final after both teams booked their place in the decider the previous night. Unfortunately for Ardrahan, it was to be heartbreak for the second year in-a-row as they succumbed to an excellent St Thomas’ side captained by Lorraine Coen with Aine Keane being awarded Player of the Tournament. In the hurling final goals by Joe Gantley (two) and Kevin Keehan saw Beagh overcome Ardrahan and reclaim the McCarthy cup and €6,000 prize fund on offer. Florence McCarthy presented the cup to Beagh captain Tommy McKeown, with Kevin Keehan awarded the Player of the Tournament award for the second time, as Beagh confirmed their status as 7’s linchpin’s. The club would like to thank all main and programme sponsors, all teams and clubs for taking part along with all the volunteers who make the day possible. Roll on 2019.

Galway Footballers into the Connacht S.F.C. Final

Galway Footballers into the Connacht S.F.C. Final

Ian Burke Web

Galway in Connacht Final

Galway 4-24 Sligo 1-12

Galway will travel to Hyde Park in two weeks time to play Roscommon in the Connacht Final after defeating Sligo in Pearse Stadium, a goal from Sean Kelly late in the opening half gave the Tribesmen a resounding lead that they never looked like losing.

The visitors had the aid of slight breeze in the opening half but it was Galway who opened the scoring with a Shane Walsh point but Adrian Marron replied with a point shortly afterwards, but by the end of the opening quarter the Maroon and White had built up a seven point lead, Sligo staged a mini come back with points from Pat Hughes and Niall Murphy to cut the lead to five with fifteen minutes remaining, Galway again took control and kicked five points without replay to lead by ten.

Sean Kelly finished the first half with goal following good work from Johnny Heaney and Damien Comer as Galway lead at the break by 1-15 to 0-6. Sligo goaled after two minutes of part two when Kyle Cawley punched to the net but a brace of points from Ian Burke kept the scoreboard ticking over for Galway and with twenty minutes to go Burke scored Galway’s second goal following a pass from Shane Walsh. Damien Comer hit two late majors to see Galway finish on a high and date with the Rossies on June 17th

Galway scorers; D Comer 2-2, S Kelly 1-2, Ian Burke 1-2, S Walsh 0-5, E Brannigan 0-3,B McHugh 0-3,

J Heaney 0-2, P Cooke 0-2, P Sweeney 0-1, F Burke 0-1, G O’Donnell 0-1.

The Galway team: R Lavelle, D Kyne, S A Ó Ceallaigh, D Wynne, C Sweeney, G Bradshaw, S Kelly, T Flynn, P Cooke, J Heaney, S Walsh, E Brannigan, D Comer, I Burke, B McHugh.

Subs: P Sweeney for McHugh, M Daly for Flynn, G O’Donnell for C Sweeney, F Burke for I Burke, J Duane for Bradshaw, D Cummins for Walsh

Photo Ian Burke beats the Sligo keeper  Aidan Devaney in sunny Salthill

Galway Hurlers into the Leinster S.H.C. Final

 

Galway Hurlers into the Leinster S.H.C. Final 

Kevin Foley and David Burke WEB

David Burke and Kevin Foley in action this evening 

Galway 1-23 Wexford 0-17

At Wexford Park Galway qualified for the Leinster final with a well merited win over Davy Fitzgerald’s outfit, the All-Ireland champions got off to a dream start with Conor Cooney pointing in the opening minute followed by Conor Whelan goal when Padraic Mannion goal bound shot was saved by Mark Fanning but Whelan made no mistake from rebound.

Cooney added another point for the tribesmen before Wexford opened their account when Rory O’Connor landed a point, Joe Canning and Paudie Foley exchanged points before a Paul Morris white flag left four points between the sides.

Canning increased the Galway lead to five before O’Connor and Cooney exchanged scores and when Joe Canning landed a sidle line the men in white went in leading at the break by 1-12 to 0-9. In part two Galway added   early points from Whelan and Canning, and when Canning added thee more the game was over as a contest as Galway had built up a ten point lead.

Wexford now have a crunch game with Kilkenny next week with the winners to play Galway in the Leinster final and Dublin have a date in Salthill

Galway scorers : J Canning 0-12, C Whelan 1-2, C Cooney 0-4, N Burke 0-2, D Burke 0-2, J Flynn 0-1

Wexford scorers R O’Connor 0-10, P Morris 0-2, A Nolan 0-2, P Foley 0-1

Galway team; J Skehill, A Tuohy, D Burke, J Hanbury, P Mannion, G McInerney, A Harte, J Coen, D Burke, C Mannion, J Canning, J Cooney, C Whelan, J Glynn, C Cooney.

Subs J Flynn for Glynn, N Burke for Cooney, B Concannon for C Mannion, S Linnane for Hanbury, D Glennon for Canning

 

Club Football League Tables Update

The Club Football League Tables May 28th

Div 1

P

W

D

L

PTS

Corofin

4

4

0

0

10

Tuam Stars

5

3

2

0

9

Mountbellew Moyl

5

3

1

1

9

Milltown

5

3

0

2

7

Salthill-Knockna

4

2

0

2

6

Annaghdown

5

2

2

1

7

St James

5

0

2

3

2

Oughterard

5

1

1

3

3

An Cheathru Rua

3

0

0

3

0

Killannin

3

0

0

3

0

Div 2

P

W

D

L

PTS

Caherlistrane

5

4

0

1

10

An Spideal

4

3

0

1

8

Cortoon-Shamrocks

5

2

1

2

6

Maigh Cuilinn

4

3

0

1

7

St Michaels

4

2

0

2

5

Claregalway

4

2

0

2

5

Menlough

4

2

0

2

4

Kilkerrin-Clonberne

5

1

0

4

3

Bearna

5

2

0

3

4

Ml Breathnach

3

1

0

3

2

Div 3

P

W

D

L

PTS

Headford

5

4

0

1

10

Monivea-Abbey

5

3

0

2

7

Killererin

5

2

1

2

6

Kilconly

5

3

1

1

8

Oileain Arann

4

2

1

1

6

Oranmore-Maree

4

3

0

1

7

Williamstown

4

1

1

2

4

Leitir Mór

5

2

0

3

5

Caltra

4

1

0

3

2

Cárna -Caiseal

5

0

0

5

0

Div 4

P

W

D

L

PTS

Corofin

4

4

0

0

10

Renvyle

4

2

1

1

7

Dunmore MacHale

5

4

0

1

9

An Fhairche

5

2

0

3

6

Glenamaddy

5

2

2

1

7

St Gabriels

3

2

0

1

5

Clifden

3

1

1

1

3

St Brendans

4

0

2

2

2

Athenry

5

0

1

4

1

St James

4

0

1

3

1

Galway Beat The Cats in Salthill

WEb 2 V Cats

GALWAY IMPRESS IN PEARSE STADIUM 


Leinster Senior Hurling Championship

GALWAY 1-22 KILKENNY 2-11

By Cian O’Connell at Pearse Stadium

Ultimately this match was decided by a flurry of late scores from Galway, who were eventually able to shrug off Kilkenny’s spirited resistance.

Having shown a refusal to wilt Kilkenny, who relied on TJ Reid for scores, only trailed by three with 10 minutes remaining and another Cats comeback mission appeared a distinct possibility.

When it truly mattered, though, Galway had that drop of extra punch and poise up front which was exemplified by the next crucial spell when Micheal Donoghue’s team nailed eight points on the spin.

Joe Canning mined a couple of frees before Conor Cooney hit three glorious efforts in a row from play. Canning and substitutes Jason Flynn and Niall Burke decorated Galway’s performance with further points ensuring Walter Walsh’s last gasp goal was merely a consolation. By then sufficient Galwegian damage had been inflicted.

Galway showed flickers of their class in the opening period departing at the break armed with a 1-9 to 1-4 interval advantage.

Donoghue’s charges had edged eight points clear approaching half-time, but Kilkenny responded with a goal and a point in the closing stages to trim the deficit considerably.

Initially the story had been one of Galway’s failure to be sufficiently clinical in attack, but a good burst which yielded 1-5 without reply ensured the locals assumed a healthy advantage.

Level at 0-4 each following a cagey 20 minutes Galway demonstrated their ability as Cathal Mannion, Brian Concannon, and two Joe Canning frees had them 0-8 to 0-4 clear.

A foul by Paddy Deegan on Conor Whelan resulted in a penalty which was expertly converted by Canning in the 29th minute.

Mannion added a point for Galway, who were eight ahead, but a typically defiant Kilkenny outfit came thundering back.

TJ Reid made the Galway net dance from a penalty following a Daithi Burke foul on the promising Luke Scanlon before Walter Walsh rifled over a point. Suddenly the deficit was five and an interesting second half beckoned.

While the action wasn’t wild, it remained keenly contested with Reid’s precision from frees keeping Kilkenny in the hunt despite the fact that they only hit 1-2 from play.

Worryingly Kilkenny’s other forwards, apart from the ever imposing Walsh were being minded carefully by a Galway defence in which Daithi Burke, Padraic Mannion, and Gearoid McInerney remained relevant throughout.

Still Kilkenny’s grit brought them to within three, but Galway had the class and composure to survive. Next Saturday’s tussle at Innovate Wexford Park between Wexford and Galway should be tasty

Scorers for Galway: Joe Canning 1-12 (1-0 pen, 7fs, 165), Conor Cooney 0-4, Cathal Mannion 0-2, Brian Concannon, David Burke, Niall Burke, and Jason Flynn 0-1 each.

Scorers for Kilkenny: TJ Reid 1-9 (1-0 pen, 8fs, 165), Walter Walsh 1-1, Luke Scanlon 0-1.

GALWAY: James Skehill; Aidan Harte, Daithi Burke, Adrian Touhey; Padraic Mannion, Gearoid McInerney, John Hanbury; David Burke, Johnny Coen; Joseph Cooney, Joe Canning, Cathal Mannion; Conor Whelan, Conor Cooney, Brian Concannon.

Subs: Jonathan Glynn for Concannon (51), Jason Flynn for Joseph Cooney (61), Niall Burke for Cathal Mannion (67), Sean Loftus for Canning (70), Paul Killeen for Padraic Mannion (70).

KILKENNY: Eoin Murphy; Enda Morrissey, Padraig Walsh, Paddy Deegan; Conor Delaney, Cillian Buckley, Paul Murphy; Conor Fogarty, James Maher; Martin Keoghan, TJ Reid, Liam Blanchfield; John Donnelly, Walter Walsh, Luke Scanlon.

Subs: Colin Fennelly for Donnelly (HT), Joey Holden for Morrissey (45), Richie Leahy for Keoghan (55), Bill Sheehan for Blanchfield (58).

REFEREE: Fergal Horgan (Tipperary).

Web 1 V Cats

 

Galway Club Senior Football Championship Rd 1

Tuam Stars v Annaghdown WEB

GALWAY SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP - ROUND 1

GROUP 1

Corofin        1-17

Claregalway 0-10

A glance at the ten-point winning margin might suggest a stroll in the park for Corofin, it wasn’t that simple. The All-Ireland champions were comfortable enough in the end but Claregalway’s performance for the first 40 minutes showed they can certainly challenge to get out of Group 1.

Michael Farragher, who top scored with 1-4 from play, ghosted in behind the Claregalway defence before burying the day's only goal to leave Corofin five ahead, 1-4 to 0-2.

Claregalway responded well with Sean Moran, Mark Rohan, Danny Cummins, Barry Goldrick and Conor Kelly all on the mark and just four points separated the sides, 1-10 to 0-9, heading into the final third.

Kevin O’Brien’s side then hit six in a row through Martin and Michael Farragher, Gary Sice, Ronan Steede and Micheál Lundy to ease clear late on.

An Cheathrú Rua    2-6

Cortoon Shamrocks  1-7

Goals from Maitiú Ó Domhnaill and Ian Seoighe helped An Cheathrú Rua get the better of 14-man Cortoon Shamrocks in Sunday's afternoon Group 1 tie played in Clonbur.

Ó Domhnaill goal on 16 minutes saw the Connemara side ahead by 1-5 to 0-3 at the break and a great move down the left was finished by corner-back Ian Seoighe for their second.

Cortoon lost Rory Moloney to a straight red card but kept within touching distance courtesy of Martin Boyle’s excellent free-taking and by the 43rd minute had clawed it back to two points when Shane Garrett netted brilliantly before An Cheathrú Rua hung on in the closing stages.

GROUP 2

Annaghdown     2-15

Tuam Stars      1-6

Annaghdown put their credentials for a challenge in this year’s Senior Football Championship on show last Sunday as they romped to victory over Tuam Stars.

Damien Comer was the star of the show and finished with 1-7, a goal and four points of which came from play. Frankie Burke provided great support with 1-5, his goal coming from a penalty as Michael Geoghegan's team got off to a winning start in Group 2.

Jamie Murphy, Tuam’s standout player, buried a shot past Annaghdown ‘keeper James Healy to leave them 2-5 to 1-3 behind at the break, but with Comer again outstanding at the beginning of the second half, Annaghdown pulled comfortably clear.

Salthill-Knocknacarra 1-10

Killannin 0-13

Ruairí Lavelle didn’t take long endearing himself to Salthill-Knocknacarra supporters as his 50-metre free in the 63rd minute secured a well-earned Group 2 draw with Killannin in his first championship appearance for the club.

The score sealed a fine comeback from Anthony Finnerty and Maurice Sheridan’s side, who were seven points down heading into the closing 20 minutes.

Crucially, Salthill-Knocknacarra did play with a man extra during that period and the sending off of Killannin's Ruairi Greene’s towards the end of the first was the turning point of the game.

David Melia's team had bossed proceedings up to that point but Seán Armstrong’s second half goal sparked Salthill-Knocknacarra into life as they outscored Killannin 1-6 to 0-2 in the final 20 minutes.

Special mention must go to Johnny Heaney who had four points on the board in the opening 15 minutes.

GROUP 3

Mountbellew-Moylough 1-12

Kilconly              0-7

Last year’s finalists Mountbellew-Moylough were overwhelming favourites to emerge victorious in their opening Senior Football Championship Group 3 encounter with Kilconly and with Galway forward Barry McHugh top-scoring with 1-5, Michael Donnellan’s charges came away with an eight-point win.

McHugh was in fine form throughout and himself and fellow Galway senior panellist Michael Daly were buzzing in attack, particularly in the opening stages as they led by 0-10 to 0-4 at the interval.

Paul Mannion and Michael Murphy hit the bulk of Kilconly's scores but the game was put beyond all doubt in the 38th minute, when a swift counter-attack created space for McHugh to finish.

Caherlistrane 0-13

Killererin    2-7

On a weekend when the narrative rarely wandered far away from script, Killererin's draw with Caherlistrane was arguably the standout and most surprising result from the eight opening round ties played.

Second half goals from Daniel Flaherty and a brilliant Mikey Boyle effort had Jimmy Murphy's team two points in front with the finishing line in sight.

After an evening to forget in front of the posts, Caherlistrane were staring a damaging defeat in the face, but held their composure to conjure up the scores they needed, courtesy of Rory Glynn and the superb Oisín O'Brien, who kicked eight points over the hour, to earn a share of the spoils in Group 3.

GROUP 4

Milltown 4-11

Caltra   1-10

Senior Football Championship action returned to Barnaderg for the first time since 1993 on Sunday as the home of Killererin GAA played host to the Group 4 clash between Milltown and Caltra.

The teams provided a game full of commitment and endeavour, with Milltown’s late show, yielding 2-3 without reply, putting a lopsided tally on the scoreboard.

Darryl Finn’s fisted goal in the 38th minute had Caltra back to within two but from there Milltown took over and Michael Martin’s goal from the penalty spot in the 53rd minute proved the decisive score before Mark Hehir also netted in eventually shaking off the Caltra resistance.

Earlier goals from the pacey Liam Costello and Damian Brennan gave Milltown a 2-7 to 1-8 at half-time.

Monivea-Abbey 2-10

St Michael’s   1-5

Attacker Craig Kennedy scored 1-5 to inspire his Monivea-Abbey side to a comfortable victory over city club St Michael’s in the Galway Senior Football Championship Group 4 on Saturday.

Michael’s only went in a point down at half-time, 0-4 to 0-3, but the north Galway side landed the knockout blow on the 41st minute when Kennedy dispatched past Blaine Sheridan. St Michael’s never looked like recovering and were hit for a second when the lively second half substitute Brian Moran pounced.

Eddie Hoare converted a penalty to bring the deficit back to four, but it was Monivea-Abbey who finished the stronger despite shooting 17 wides.

(Photo: Ray Ryan)

Supermac's renews its Sponsorship of Galway Inter-County Teams

Supermacs Sponsorship

Galway GAA is delighted to confirm that Supermac's has renewed its sponsorship of all Galway Inter-County Teams, for the next five years. 
Pictured are L to R: Damien Comer (Senior Football Captain), Una & Pat McDonagh (Supermac's), David Burke (Senior Hurling Captain).

This sponsorship will provide financial stability and resources to ensure that all of our County teams are prepared and equipped to compete at the highest level for Provincial and National honours, up to to 2022. We sincerely thank Pat and Una McDonagh for their continued commitment, support and loyalty to Galway GAA.

 

Galway Footballers shock the Kingdom after hectic finish in Austin Stack Park

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GALWAY 1-14 KERRY 0-14
By Paul Brennan At Austin Stack Park, Tralee
Galway recorded their first National League win over Kerry since 2003 but more importantly they made it four wins from four games to stay second in Division One and hot on the heels of leaders Dublin.
The Tribesmen had a deserved three-point win over League champions Kerry but had to sweat until the last of 77 minutes played at a dry but cold Tralee as Kerry almost snatched an equalising goal at the death. David Clifford and then Stephen O'Brien drew saves from the Galway defence in a final throw of the dice to rescue a draw and a point, but Galway held firm to keep their perfect start to the campaign going.
For Kerry it was their second defeat in a week and it leaves the reigning champions mid-table and with much to consider ahead of next Saturday's trip to Croke Park to face Dublin. Galway host Monaghan in Salthill on Sunday and will be confident of making it five wins from five after this important win in Tralee.
Playing with a strong wind advantage in the first half Galway had a four-point lead at half time, which they fully deserved, but it looked like it mightn't be quite enough against a Kerry team that showed flashes of inspiration without ever really rattling a Galway side that led all the way through.
Brian O Beaglaoich forced a fine save from Galway goalkeeper Ruairi Lavelle in the second minute but Cathal Sweeney should have done better two minutes later at the other end when he was through on goal but was off target with a low shot. Barry McHugh converted the resultant '45' but moments later Sweeney was dismissed for a black card foul, the first of three for Galway.
Galway led 0-5 to 0-1 after 14 minutes before Paul Murphy came forward for a Kerry point, but Eamonn Brannigan's second point from play restored the visitors' four-point lead.
Sean O'Shea and Clifford converted frees but Galway dominated the final ten minutes of the half with Kerry's Brian Kelly having to save well from Shane Walsh in the 29th minute as Galway looked to make their overall dominance pay. A late Walsh free made it 0-9 to 0-5 half time.
McHugh and Clifford traded early second half points, before Galway struck for the game's only goal in the 40th minute. Kerry will be furious at how Brannigan breezed through the Kerry defence to beat Brian Kelly and make it 1-10 to 0-7.
The Kerry response was positive, however, and points from Peter Crowley, Tom O'Sullivan, Clifford and O'Brien made it 0-11 to 1-10 as the hosts wrestled back the momentum, with Galway losing defenders Sean Andy O Ceallaigh and Johnny Heaney to black card dismissals in the 57th minute for what appeared to be dissent.
Two more McHugh frees gave Galway a little more breathing space, 1-13 to 0-11, and they still led 1-14 to 0-13 after 73 minutes. A Daithi Casey point made it a one score game but Kerry couldn't breach the Galway defence for that equalising goal as Galway held on for their first League win over Kerry in 15 years, and a first on Kerry soil since 2000.
Scorers for Kerry: David Clifford 0-6 (3f), S O'Shea 0-3 (2f), Paul Murphy 0-1, Peter Crowley 0-1, Stephen O'Brien 0-1, Tom O'Sullivan 0-1, Daithi Casey 0-1
Scorers for Galway: Barry McHugh 0-9 (5f, 2 '45'), Eamonn Brannigan 1-3, Patrick Sweeney 0-1, Shane Walsh 0-1f
KERRY: Brian Kelly, Shane Enright, Jason Foley, Ronan Shanahan, Paul Murphy, Peter Crowley, Brian Ó Beaglaoich, Jack Barry, Barry O’Sullivan, Micheál Burns, Sean O’Shea, Stephen O’Brien, David Clifford, Paul Geaney, Barry John Keane: Subs: Matthew Flaherty for R Shanahan (41 mins), Tom O’Sullivan for B O Beaglaoich (42 mins), Éanna Ó Conchúir for BJ Keane (48 min), Daithi Casey for M Burns (60), Killian Spillane for P Geaney (67), Brian Ó Seanacháin for B O'Sullivan (71).
GALWAY: Ruairi Lavelle, Declan Kyne, Sean Andy O Ceallaigh, Eoghan Kerin, Cathal Sweeney, Gareth Bradshaw, Johnny Heaney, Paul Conroy, Peter Cooke, Sean Kelly, Shane Walsh, Eamonn Brannigan, Patrick Sweeney, Damien Comer, Barry McHugh. Subs: Gary O’Donnell for C Sweeney (8, black card), Sean Armstrong for P Sweeney (49), David Wynne for SA O Ceallaigh (57, black card), Johnny Duane for J Heaney (57, black card), Ciaran Duggan for P Cooke (64), Thomas Flynn (Athenry) for E Brannigan (71).
Referee: Fergal Kelly (Longford)

Photo: Shane Walsh of Galway in action against Ronan Shanahan of Kerry during the Allianz Football League Division 1 Round 4 match between Kerry and Galway at Austin Stack Park in Kerry. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

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Johnny Heaney of Galway in action against Tom O'Sullivan of Kerry during the Allianz Football League game v Kerry. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

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Paul Conroy of Galway in action against Jack Barry of Kerry during the Allianz Football League game. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Galway Hurlers on course for promotion to Division 1 in clash with Limerick at Pearse Stadium

2018A0614

GALWAY 1-20 DUBLIN 1-14

By Paul Keane at Parnell Park, Dublin

All-Ireland champions Galway piled on the misery for struggling Dublin at Parnell Park, pulling off an anticipated win to keep their own promotion challenge well on track.

Micheal Donoghue's side rarely hit top gear though still had enough to claim their fourth consecutive win in Division 1B, setting up a winner takes all final round promotion clash with Limerick.

Jason Flynn's 1-9 haul proved decisive in the spring sunshine at the Donnycarney venue where Dublin rallied in the second-half but were were always playing catch up.

Pat Gilroy's side had fought back to within two of the league title holders with 53 minutes on the clock thanks mainly to Paul Winters' free-taking.

But 1-1 from Flynn including a 57th minute goal put the Tribesmen in the clear again and they closed out with four points in a row to win with some to spare.

The result leaves Dublin in a sticky position and they must beat Laois next Sunday in Portlaoise to avoid a relegation play-off and reach a league quarter-final.

In truth, it wasn't a classic contest with Galway registering 15 wides and the quality and intensity is likely to raise a couple of notches when they play Limerick in that promotion decider.

Both sides came into the contest with contrasting records; Galway unsurprisingly defeating Antrim, Laois and Offaly and Dublin claiming their only win in Antrim.

The hosts enjoyed a good record at home against Galway in previous seasons and beat the Tribesmen when they last visited in the league, almost exactly two years ago.

But Dublin have struggled so far under Gilroy and, without the Cuala contingent who are preparing for next month's AIB All-Ireland club final, have lacked a vital cut and thrust.

Bookmakers tipped Galway to win by at least seven points and even without key duo David Burke and Joe Canning they reached that margin by the 24th minute when they led 0-9 to 0-2.

Flynn, one of three late additions to the lineup with Aidan Harte, Joseph Cooney and Davey Glennon making way, scored four of those early points.

Dublin's top scorer Paul Winters converted a couple of frees for them but a four-in-a-row of Galway points left the holders 0-13 to 0-4 clear.

Dublin were in real trouble but grabbed a vital lifeline when they struck 1-1 in first-half injury-time to cut the gap to just 0-13 to 1-5 at the break.

Their goal came from Danny Sutcliffe who fetched superbly in the air and, after a solo run through the middle, shot low to the right corner of Galway's net.

The hosts were better in the second-half and drew a succession of frees that Winters converted though never got closer to Galway than two points.

They were three back with 66 minutes on the clock but Galway finally put the result beyond doubt with points from Flynn, Brian Concannon, Cathal Mannion and Niall Burke.

Scorers for Galway: Jason Flynn 1-9 (0-6f), Cathal Mannion 0-4, Sean Loftus 0-2, Padraig Mannion 0-2, Niall Burke 0-2, Brian Concannon 0-1.

Scorers for Dublin: Paul Winters 0-9 (0-8f, 0-01 65), Danny Sutcliffe 1-1, Fiontan MacGib 0-1, Tomas Connolly 0-1, Ronan Hayes 0-1, Cian Boland 0-1

GALWAY: James Skehill; Adrian Tuohy, John Hanbury, Jack Grealish; Shane Cooney, Gearoid McInerney, Padraig Mannion; Johnny Coen, Sean Loftus; Conor Cooney, Cathal Mannion, Niall Burke; Conor Whelan, Jason Flynn, Brian Concannon. Subs: Davey Glennon for Concannon (12-15), Eanna Burke for Loftus (45), Glennon for Cooney (59).

DUBLIN: Alan Nolan; Paddy Smyth, Bill O'Carroll, Eoghan O'Donnell; Darren Kelly, Chris Crummey, Shane Barrett; Tomas Connolly, Fiontan MacGib; Paul Crummey, Conal Keaney, Danny Sutcliffe; Paul Winters, Ryan O'Dwyer, Ronan Hayes. Subs: Liam Rushe for O'Dwyer (42), Fionn O Riain Broin for P Crummey (47), Cian Boland for Keaney (60), James Madden for Kelly (63), Paul Ryan for Rushe (68).

Referee: John Keenan (Wicklow).

Photo: Gearóid McInerney of Galway in action against Conal Keaney of Dublin during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B Round 4 match at Parnell Park. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

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Conor Whelan of Galway in action against James Madden of Dublin during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B Round 4 game. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

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Shane Cooney of Galway in action against Ryan O'Dwyer of Dublin during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B Round 4 game. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

Galway Senior & Intermediate Football Championship Draws 2018

GALWAY CREST

Senior Football Championship 2018

Group 1
Round 1 Claregalway v Corofin
Round 1 Cortoon-Shamrocks v An Cheathru Rua
Round 2 Corofin v Cortoon Shamrocks
Round 2 St James v Claregalway
Round 3 Cortoon-Shamrocks v St James
Round 3 An Cheathru Rua v Corofin
Round 4 Claregalway v Cortoon-Shamrocks
Round 4 St James v An Cheathru Rua
Round 5 Corofin v St James
Round 5 An Cheathru Rua v Claregalway

Group 2
Round 1 Tuam Stars v Annaghdown
Round 1 Killannin v Salthill-Knocknacarra
Round 2 Annaghdown v Killannin
Round 2 Bearna v Tuam Stars
Round 3 Killannin v Bearna
Round 3 Salthill-Knocknacarra v Annaghdown
Round 4 Tuam Stars v Killannin
Round 4 Bearna v Salthill-Knocknacarra
Round 5 Annaghdown v Bearna
Round 5 Salthill-Knocknacarra v Tuam Stars

Group 3
Round 1 Kilconly v Mountbellew-Moylough
Round 1 Killererin v Caherlistrane
Round 2 Mountbellew-Moylough v Killererin
Round 2 Leitir Mór v Kilconly
Round 3 Killererin v Leitir Mór
Round 3 Caherlistrane v Mountbellew-Moylough
Round 4 Kilconly v Killererin
Round 4 Leitir Mór v Caherlistrane
Round 5 Mountbellew-Moylough v Leitir Mór
Round 5 Caherlistrane v Kilconly

Group 4
Round 1 St Michaels v Monivea-Abbey
Round 1 Caltra v Milltown
Round 2 Monivea-Abbey v Caltra
Round 2 Maigh Cuilinn v St Michaels
Round 3 Caltra v Maigh Cuilinn
Round 3 Milltown v Monivea-Abbey
Round 4 St Michaels v Caltra
Round 4 Maigh Cuilinn v Milltown
Round 5 Monivea-Abbey v Maigh Cuilinn
Round 5 Milltown v St Michaels

Intermediate Football Championship 2018

Group 1
Round 1 Williamstown v Oranmore-Maree
Round 1 Glenamaddy v Menlough
Round 2 Menlough v Williamstown
Round 2 Oranmore-Maree v Glenamaddy
Round 3 Williamstown v Glenamaddy
Round 3 Menlough v Oranmore Maree

Group 2
Round 1 Micheál Breathnach v An Spidéal
Round 1 Oughterard v St Brendan
Round 2 St Brendan v Micheál Breathnach
Round 2 An Spidéal v Oughterard
Round 3 Micheál Breathnach v Oughterard
Round 3 St Brendans v An Spidéal

Group 3
Round 1 Kilkerrin-Clonberne v Clifden
Round 1 Athenry v Dunmore MacHales
Round 2 Dunmore MacHales v Kilkerrin-Clonberne
Round 2 Clifden v Athenry
Round 3 Kilkerrin-Clonberne v Athenry
Round 3 Dunmore MacHales v Clifden

Group 4
Round 1 Oileáin Árann v Headford
Round 1 St Gabriels v Carna/Caiseal
Round 2 Carna/Caiseal v Oileáin Árann
Round 2 Headford v St Gabriels
Round 3 Oileáin Árann v St Gabriels
Round 3 Carna/Caiseal v Headford