The Galway Motion regarding the counties participation of all their county hurling teams in the Leinster Hurling Championships was withdrawn at the GAA Congress. Uachtarán Chumann Luthchleas Gael Aogán Ó Fearghail has commended Pat Kearney for withdrawing the motion and assured him the situation facing Galway and Ulster hurling counties will be addressed going forward.
When referee Cathal McAllister blasted the full-time whistle Conor McDonald sped towards Davy Fitzgerald on the sideline.
This was a statement Wexford win worth celebrating as the Model County are generating belief and momentum.
Most importantly of all, though, they are acquiring a winning habit too with a resilient display provided in demanding conditions in Salthill.
Galway, who had introduced Joe Canning to much acclaim, led by six when the Portumna attacker rifled a goal from a penalty two minutes after his entrance to the game.
That major guided Galway 3-12 to 0-15 in front, but Galway were only able to muster one further score in the closing 17 minutes.
During that stint Wexford struck 1-6 including a 57th minute penalty from Mark Fanning which altered the complexion of the game considerably.
McDonald assumed centre stage for the last act rifling over four points as Wexford hit five without reply to earn the spoils.
A physical opening period included two splendid Galway goals which ensured the locals led by 2-7 to 0-11 at the interval.
Wexford led by 0-5 to 0-4 following an interesting opening quarter before Galway pounced for a Joseph Cooney goal in the 16th minute.
David Burke and Niall Morris traded points prior to another productive Galway burst which included points points from Brian Molloy and Conor Cooney.
Then Joseph Cooney turned provider with a delicious assist for Johnny Coen, who rattled the Wexford net with a precise finish.
Davy Fitzgerald’s Wexford, though, came thundering back as the interval approached reeling off five points on the spin from Lee Chin, Simon Donohoe, Diarmuid O’Keefe, Aidan Nolan, and McDonald.
Wexford continued to battle after the restart, but they were rocked when Canning struck a powerful penalty to give Galway a healthy cushion.
Fitzgerald’s team are a real work in progress with a McDonald free followed by a goal from Fanning and suddenly Wexford only trailed by two.
Colm Callanan’s pointed free proved to be Galway’s final score as Wexford finished with a flourish. Podge Doran narrowed the gap and then McDonald levelled.
Galway were unable to respond and two McDonald frees in stoppage time earned the visitors a precious away win in the west.
Final score Wexford 1-21 Galway 3-13.
Scorers for Wexford: Conor McDonald 0-7 (5fs), Mark Fanning 1-0 (1-0 pen), Paul Morris 0-3, Lee Chin 0-3 (2fs), Aidan Nolan 0-2, Barry Carton, David Redmond, Matthew O’Hanlon, Simon Donohoe, Diarmuid O’Keefe, Podge Doran 0-1 each.
Scorers for Galway: Jason Flynn 0-5 (2fs, 165), Joseph Cooney 1-1, Johnny Coen 1-0, Joe Canning 1-0 (1-0 pen) Conor Cooney 0-3, David Burke, Conor Whelan, Brian Moloy 0-1, Colm Callanan (f) 0-1 each.
WEXFORD: Mark Fanning; Eoin Moore, Liam Ryan, James Breen; Simon Donohoe, Matthew O'Hanlon, Diarmuid O'Keefe; Shaun Murphy, Jack O'Connor; Aidan Nolan, David Redmond, Barry Carton; Conor McDonald, Lee Chin, Paul Morris.
Subs: Harry Kehoe for Jack O’Connor (39 mins), Podge Doran for David Redmond (50 mins), Aaron Maddock for Barry Carton (54 mins), Richie Kehoe for Eoin Moore (60 mins), David Dunne for Aidan Nolan (62 mins).
GALWAY: Colm Callanan; Matt Donoghue, Daithi Burke, John Hanbury; Gearoid McInerney, Adrian Tuohy, Aidan Harte; Johnny Coen, David Burke; Jason Flynn, Davy Glennon, Conor Whelan; Conor Cooney, Joseph Cooney, Brian Molloy.
Subs: Joe Canning for Brian Molloy (50 mins), Ronan Burke for Gearoid McInerney (54 mins), Niall Burke for Conor Whelan (70 mins).
Galway’s push for immediate promotion back to the top flight is up and running after easing their way to a 26 points win over Offaly in Tullamore. Kevin Ryan’s men needed a good start with the strong wind behind them, but Jason Flynn hit 1-2 for the Tribesmen in the first six minutes. That helped Galway pulled away and by half-time they led by 4-9 to 1-8 with wind advantage to come. Offaly did not manage to score from play in the second-half against the wind and Shane Dooley was their only scorer after the restart, landing four frees. Galway were able to pick off scores from all angles and by the end nine of them were on the scoresheet as they got their campaign off to a great start. Sean Cleary got Offaly moving after seven minutes and Sean Ryan, Shane Dooley and Cillian Kiely also found the range to give them hope. But Micheal Donoghue’s men looked threatening every time they went forward, constantly opening up the home rearguard. Conor Whelan soloed in from the right for a goal after 18 minutes, before Cleary responded with a good strike to the net for Offaly. But Flynn, who amassed a tally of 2-7 by half-time, burst through for his second goal of the match as Galway pulled away.
A couple of frees from Dooley gave them some hope, but Galway stepped up a few gears again and captain David Burke blasted home their fourth goal to lead by ten points at the interval.
It was all one way traffic after the restart with Offaly’s cause suffering a further blow when interval substitute Dermott Shortt picked up two yellow cards in less than 10 minutes.
Galway outscored Offaly by six points to two in the opening 13 minutes of the second-half before Whelan blasted home his second goal of the match after being set up by Conor Cooney. Cooney himself scored 0-5 in the second-half, four of them from play to add to an effort in the opening half as the St Thomas clubman enjoyed his first run of the year with the county team. Brian Molloy got Galway’s sixth goal after 54 minutes and continued to pull further ahead with a succession of points as they got their campaign up and running. Scorers for Galway: J Flynn 2-10 (0-8fs), C Whelan 2-0, C Cooney 0-6 (0-1f), D Burke 1-1, B Molloy 1-0, J Cooney 0-3, A Tuohy 0-1, N Burke 0-1, J Coen 0-1. Scorers for Offaly: S Dooley 0-8 (0-8f), S Cleary 1-1, C Kiely 0-2, S Ryan 0-1. GALWAY 6-23 OFFALY 1-12 GALWAY: Colm Callanan; Matthew Donohoe; John Hanbury, Paul Killeen; Aidan Harte, Adrian Tuohy, Gerry McInerney; Johnny Coen, David Burke; Davy Glennon, Joseph Cooney, Paul Flaherty; Conor Whelan, Jason Flynn, Conor Cooney. Subs: Brian Molloy for Flaherty (28), Shane Maloney for Whelan (51), Michael Conneely for Harte (51), Niall Burke for Glennon (51), Tomas Monaghan for Flynn (60). OFFALY: James Dempsey; Paddy Rigney, Michael Cleary, Danny Maloney; Aidan Treacy, Conor Doughan, Ben Conneely; Paddy Murphy, Cillian Kiely; Shane Dooley, Sean Gardiner, Emmett Nolan; Sean Ryan, Oisin Kelly, Sean Cleary. Subs: Pat Camon for Maloney (36), Dermot Shortt for Rigney (36), James Mulrooney for Nolan (36), Peter Geraghty for Kelly (54), Tom Carroll for Cleary (59). Referee: C Lyons (Cork).
Damien Comer hit 1-2 in the second half as Galway produced a strong second half to overpower Fermanagh at Brewster Park.
The visitors trailed by 0-7 to 0-3 at half time, Fermanagh worthy leaders despite the early loss of skipper Eoin Donnelly to a black card.
The bitterly cold wind probably should have favoured Fermanagh in the second half, but was all Galway after Comer gave the perfect start with a goal 10 seconds after the throw-in.
After a quiet first half, himself and Paul Conroy were the influential figures in the comeback in what was a valuable away win for the promotion hopefuls in Division Two of the Allianz Football League.
Despite the loss of their leader Donnelly, Eddie Courtney showed well inside and clipped over the first of his two first-half points.
Galway won several Femanagh kickouts in a row in a good little spell and drew level through Michael Daly and a long-range effort from Conroy.
From three points all, Fermanagh took over in the 10 minutes before half time with four points in a row, three from Sean Quigley. His '45', a long-range and a point to leave Fermanagh in a good place heading into the second half.
But Galway manager Kevin Walsh's half-time team-talk stirred his players and they were a different side after the throw-in.
Comer had the ball in the back of the net after just 10 seconds to undo most of Fermanagh's good first-half work.
Galway won the throw-in and in a flash, Comer's shot across goal planted into the far corner.
Fermanagh tried to keep their noses in front as long as possible and Barry Mulrone scored a neat point from the wing, and Corrigan again edged them ahead after Galway drew level, but the tide was turning.
Two successive points from Michael Daly put them ahead for the first time, at 1-7 to 0-9 in the 54th minute.
They kicked strongly for home, with Barry McHugh nailing three frees into a tricky wind and Conroy winning a kickout, running through and clipping it over the bar.
Galway outscoring the home side by 1-10 to 0-3 in a one-sided second half.
Erne cornerback Cian McManus was sent off following a foul on Gareth Bradshaw near the end, but it was irrelevant to the result.
Scorers for Fermanagh: Sean Quigley 0-3 (1f, 145), Tomas Corrigan 0-2 (1f), Eddie Courtney 0-2, Barry Mulrone, Lee Cullen, Aidan Breen 0-1 each.
Scorers for Galway: Damien Comer 1-2, Barry McHugh 0-4 (4fs), Michael Daly 0-3, Paul Conroy 0-2, Thomas Flynn, Eamonn Brannigan 0-1 each.
FERMANAGH: Chris Snow; Patrick Rehill, Che Cullen, Cian McManus; Declan McCusker, Ryan McCluskey, Barry Mulrone; Eoin Donnelly, Lee Cullen; Aidan Breen, Cathal Beacom, Paul McCusker; Eddie Courtney, Sean Quigley, Tomas Corrigan.
Subs: Ryan Lyons for Donnelly (BC, 9), Ciaran Corrigan for Beacom (HT).
GALWAY: Rory Lavelle; Declan Kyne, David Walsh, Luke Burke; Gary O'Donnell, Gareth Bradshaw, Johnny Heaney; Paul Conroy, Fiontan O Curraoin; Thomas Flynn, Damien Comer, Michael Daly; Cillian McDaid, Barry McHugh, Sean Armstrong.
Subs: Eamonn Brannigan for Armstrong (41), Sean Kelly for McDaid (42), Enda Tierney for McDaid (70), Cathal Sweeney for McHugh (70).
Damien Comer hit 1-2 in the second half as Galway produced a strong second half to overpower Fermanagh at Brewster Park.
The visitors trailed by 0-7 to 0-3 at half time, Fermanagh worthy leaders desp
Dublin's John Horan has been elected as the new GAA President-elect at the 2017 GAA Annual Congress in Croke Park. Horan, who recently stepped down as Leinster Council Chairman after his three-year term elapsed, will become the first Dublin GAA President to hold the office since Joseph Stuart who served from 1958 to 1961, and the first native Dubliner since Daniel McCarthy (1921 to 1924). He was elected on the first-count after polling 144 of the 278 votes cast. Result: John Horan 144, Frank Burke 46, Sean Walsh 46, Martin Skelly 22 and Robert Frost 20.
Moycullen's Diarmuid Mulkerirns, Connacht Minor Handball Champion.
Galway footballers Damien Comer, Seán Denvir, Danny Cummins, Declan Kyne and David Wynne with Supermac's Úna McDonagh at the launch of the Supermac's Sponsorship of Galway GAA for 2017. Supermac's sponsors Galway football, hurling, camogie and ladies football at all inter-county levels.
Model Roisin Nolan takes the field with Loughrea hurlers Brian Mahony, Emmet Mahony and Caimin Killeen to launch the club's upcoming fashion show, which takes place on March 2 in the Lough Rea Hotel.
Tickets are available from any committee member or call/text Lillian on 087 2776221. PHOTO: LARRY MORGAN
Pieta House Fundraiser at Galway Hurling Games The ‘Charity Chariot’ – the maroon and white clad BMW that will attend every one of Galway hurlers’ competitive fixtures throughout 2017 to raise money for Pieta House. Charioteers with main car sponsors Padraic and Breda Cawley. The Charity Chariot will be officially launched at Cawley's Bar this Saturday evening. Back row: Breda Cawley, Damien Ryan, Rory Moynihan, Eamon Gilligan, Noel Kelly, Cian Larkin, Padraic Cawley. Front row: Caoimhe Moynihan, Daniel Harty, Aoibhinn Moynihan, Keelan Harty and Keeva Ryan.
The Allianz Football League meeting between Tyrone and Cavan has been postponed and several games survived pitch inspection after Storm Ewan brought strong winds and heavy rain to parts of the country.
After ending their long losing sequence with a win over Meath on Saturday evening, Down defender Caolan Mooney is hoping that the victory can act as a springboard for the side to push for promotion from Division 2.