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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

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Aaron Byrne scored the decisive goal as Dublin became the last ever All-Ireland Under-21 football champions with a thrilling 2-13 to 2-07 victory over Galway at O'Connor Park in Tullamore.
Dessie Farrell’s side were 0-05 to 0-04 up at the end of the first-half and the game took off after the interval.
A Con O’Callaghan goal looked to have put them on their way, but a goal by Galway wing-back Cillian McDaid set up a grand-stand finish.
Byrne pounced late on and his goal sealed Dublin’s fifth Under-21 crown and fourth since 2010, with a late Colm Brennan green flag for the Tribesmen making no difference in the end.
Dublin held a slim single-point lead at half-time after a tense opening half where both sides had plenty of chances but failed to convert in front of goal.
Nerves played a massive part too but Dublin took an early 0-02 to 0-00 lead with points from Glenn O’Reilly and O’Callaghan, who notched a free.
O’Callaghan was Dublin’s danger man on the edge of the square but Galway full-back Sean Andy Ó Ceallaigh negated his threat for much of the opening half.
Football in Galway has been resurgent lately and on the back of their senior side claiming Allianz Football League Division 2 glory, the Tribesmen claimed the scalp of heavy favourites Kerry, scoring 1-7 from their first nine shots in the semi-final.
Dublin have dominated at senior level in recent years, having won four Sam Maguires since 2011. And this U-21 team qualified for the decider at the third time of asking, after back-to-back semi-final defeats against Tipperary and Mayo.
But despite O’Callaghan’s early black card they came up trumps against a fancied Donegal, and against Galway they attacked at will early on.
But Michael Daly got a crucial score for Galway in the seventh minute and that settled them. Colm Basquel hit back with two points in-a-row and Dublin held a strong 0-04 to 0-01 lead after 18 minutes.

Daly went close with a shot at goal for Galway, but that was foiled and at the other end Ronan Ó Beoláin was performing heroics in the Galway goal.
McDaid roamed forward to narrow the gap further after Eoin Finnerty scored for Galway and O’Reilly, and Galway’s Peter Cooke traded scores before the break.
Dublin were just one point ahead at half-time but they launched out of the blocks at the start of the second-half and held Galway scoreless for 14 minutes.
Dublin assumed a 1-10 to 0-05 lead with O’Callaghan’s goal five minutes after half-time putting them in command. McDaid was Galway’s star and he scored a tonic goal with ten minutes to go which was followed a Kieran Molloy point.
But Dublin scored next and it was Byrne’s goal three minutes from time that put the game beyond Galway. Brennan did find the net late on for the Tribesmen, while O’Callaghan settled for a point from the penalty spot for the Dubs with the last kick of the game.
Final Score: Dublin 2-13 Galway 2-7
Dublin: E Comerford; D Byrne, C O’Shea, E Murchan; D Monaghan, S McMahon, C Murphy; A Foley, B Howard (0-01); T Fox, A Byrne (1-00), G O’Reilly (0-03); C Basquel (0-02), C O’Callaghan (1-03, 0-02f), D O’Brien (0-02).
Subs: D Gavin (0-01) for Foley (13), D Spillane for Fox (39), C Sallier for O’Reilly (45), A McGowan for McMahon (60), P Small for Basquel (60), S Smith (0-01) for A Byrne (62).
Galway: R Ó Beoláin; L Kelly, S A Ó Ceallaigh, R Greene; K Molloy (0-01), D McHugh, C McDaid (1-01); P Cooke (0-01, 0-01f), C D’Arcy; S Kelly, M Daly (0-01), P Mannion (0-01); R Finnerty, E Finnerty (0-01), D Conneely.
Subs: C Brady (0-01) for R Finnerty (30), C Brennan (1-00) for D’Arcy (37), M Boyle for Conneely (39), E Lee for S Kelly (44), A O Laoi for Mannion (54), P O’Curraoin for Molloy (60).
Referee: Ciaran Branagan (Down)