Galway stay ahead of Mayo in fiery Allianz League game at Pearse Stadium Mayo (2)


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Galway 1-13 Mayo 0-11 

Galway maintained their perfect start to the league with a five-point win over arch rivals Mayo in a fiery contest at Pearse Stadium.
Mayo finished with 13 men after the O’Connor brothers Cillian and Diarmuid were sent off, while Galway also had midfielder Paul Conroy dismissed.
The final quarter was interspersed with several brawls throughout the pitch as referee Anthony Nolan from Wicklow struggled to keep control.
Galway did not score for the closing 15 minutes of the opening half but still led by 1-04 to 0-05 at the break.
They made a perfect start when captain Damien Comer delivered two good points in the opening nine minutes before Mayo finally got moving.
It took Stephen Rochford’s men 13 minutes to register their first score when Cillian O’Connor pointed a free from 20 metres. Shane Walsh responded for Galway and raced through to score a good point.
Kevin McLoughlin cut the gap to the minimum with a free after 18 minutes but from the restart Paul Conroy set up Barry McHugh and he raced through to fire home a good goal into the left corner of the net.
Walsh followed up with a free to push Galway into a 1-04 to 0-02 lead after 19 minutes. However, the Tribesmen failed to add to their tally for the remainder of the half.
Mayo reduced the margin when Paddy Durcan scored their first point from play after 20 minutes.
Diarmuid O’Connor found the range and then younger brother Cllian cut the margin to two in stoppage time with a free to leave them 1-04 to 0-05 adrift at the interval.
The crowd of 9,850 at the Salthill venue had a lot more to shout about in the second-half.
McHugh and Johnny Heaney extended Galway’s lead before Cillian O’Connor hit back for Mayo.
Paul Conroy and Colm Boyle then exchanged points but another Conroy effort for Galway, and one from McHugh pushed them five clear going into the final quarter.
Mayo struggled to get scores from play but another O’Connor free reduced the margin.
But it was Galway who responded with efforts from McHugh and Eamon Brannigan to lead by 1-11 to 0-08 with ten minutes of regular time left.
But the game disintegrated from there with several rows breaking out all over the field and red cards for both sides.
Cilian O’Connor was first to be dismissed when he got a straight red for a tackle on Eoghan Kerin, then Conroy got a second yellow for Galway to leave both teams down to 14 in the closing stages.
But it didn’t end there and Mayo lost Diarmuid O’Connor to a second yellow in the dying moments.

Galway: Ruairi Lavelle; Declan Kyne, Sean Andy O Ceallaigh , Eoghan Kerin; Cathal Sweeney, Gareth Bradshaw, Sean Kelly; Paul Conroy (0-02), Peter Cooke; Johnny Heaney (0-01), Shane Walsh (0-02, 0-01f), Eamon Brannigan (0-03); Barry McHugh (1-03, 0-02f), Damien Comer (0-02), Barry McHugh.
Subs: Sean Armstrong for P Sweeney (36), Tom Flynn for Cooke (60), A Varley for McHugh (70), G O’Donnell for Kelly (76), C D’Arcy for Comer (77), Johnny Duane for Bradshaw (77).
Mayo: David Clarke; Ger Cafferkey, Caolan Crowe, Eoin O’Donoghue (0-01); Colm Boyle (0-01), Paddy Durcan (0-01), Stephen Coen; Jason Gibbons, Aidan O’Shea; Jason Doherty (0-01, 0-01f), Michael Hall, Diarmuid O’Connor (0-01); Conor Loftus, Cillian O’Connor (0-05, 0-05f), Kevin McLoughlin (0-01).
Subs: Ger McDonagh for Crowe (38-52), Donal Newcombe for Cafferkey (39-52), Adam Gallagher for Loftus (57), Fergal Boland for McLoughlin (59), James Stretton for Boyle (63), Shane Nally for Durcan (77).
Referee: Anthony Nolan (Wicklow).

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Shane Walsh of Galway in action against Jason Doherty of Mayo during the Allianz Football League Division 1 Round 3 match between Galway and Mayo at Pearse Stadium. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

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Eoghan Kerin of Galway reacts towards Cillian O'Connor of Mayo after he missed a scoring opportunity during the Allianz Football League Division 1 Round 3 match between Galway and Mayo at Pearse Stadium. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

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Eamon Branigan of Galway in action against Michael Hall of Mayo during the Allianz Football League Division 1 Round 3 match between Galway and Mayo at Pearse Stadium. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

 

All-Ireland Club Champions Cuala on course for second title after win over Liam Mellows

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All-Ireland club hurling champions Cuala are back in the final after Mattie Kenny’s side easily accounted for Galway’s Liam Mellows in Thurles.

Con O’Callaghan hit four points from play for Cuala, while David Treacy helped his side pull clear in the second-half with seven points, while substitute Brian Fitzgerald fired a late goal for the Leinster champions.

Cuala will meet 2016 winners Na Piarsaigh of Limerick in the final on St Patrick’s Day, but on this form they will be hard stopped as they bid for back-to-back titles.

Lining up with two in their full-forward line, Cuala managed to create great space for O’Cllaghan and Nicky Kenny to work with, and even with spare man David Collins sweeping in front of his full-back, the Leinster champions still frequently put the ball in O’Callaghan’s hand.

Captain for the day David Treacy – Paul Schutte was replaced by brother Mark before the game – opened the scoring after three minutes from the left, while Mark Schutte doubled that lead from the same side a minute later.

Adrian Morrissey’s eight points were key to Liam Mellows first county final win in 47 years, and he got off the mark in the fifth minute from a placed ball on the right.

O’Callaghan got up and running in the sixth minute when he snuck off his marker Michael Conneely and made a yard to score, but a Morrissey free from halfway made it 0-3 to 0-2 after ten minutes.

It was at that point that Cuala’s game went up a level and they began to make the most of O’Callaghan’s pace and power. A ball into space from Jake Malone saw him score after David Collins lost possession at halfway, while Sean Treacy was afforded too much time to pick the pass into the full-forward after 17 minutes for his third.

And moments later O’Callaghan made the most of an ugly ball in, which he won above Conneely, to draw a foul that David Treacy converted.

It was hard to see Mellows recovering at that point as they failed to gain a foothold around the middle, but with Morrissey in superb free-taking form from distance, they bypassed much of that mass of bodies.

Either side of two huge frees from Morrissey, Mellows’s Conor Kavanagh struck the point of the half when he picked, turned and fired a score from wide on the left.

Kenny and Collum Sheanon added points for Cuala before the interval – all but one of their points came from open play – as the three-in-a-row Dublin winners led 0-8 to 0-6 at the interval.

Straight from the throw in, Cuala could have taken a massive step towards victory when Darragh O’Connell gathered the break at midfield and took off towards goal. A goal looked a certainty, but his batted effort off the stick lobbed over Kenneth Walsh’s crossbar.

Nevertheless, the All-Ireland champions soon pulled further clear. Two frees from David Treacy sandwiched a simple O’Callaghan point, while Treacy’s third free of the half made it 0-13 to 0-6 by the 37th minute.

Another Morrissey free kept Mellows in touch, although Sean Treacy’s point from play at the other end chalked out that effort after 43 minutes.

Morrissey again found his range and Aonghus Callanan tagged on a point for Mellows, but Treacy’s accuracy from placed balls meant Cuala had an easy canter to the finish line.

Cuala (Dublin) 1-17 Liam Mellows (Galway) 0-11

All-Ireland club hurling champions Cuala are back in the final after Mattie Kenny’s side easily accounted for Galway’s Liam Mellows in Thurles.

Con O’Callaghan hit four points from play for Cuala, while David Treacy helped his side pull clear in the second-half with seven points, while substitute Brian Fitzgerald fired a late goal for the Leinster champions.

Cuala will meet 2016 winners Na Piarsaigh of Limerick in the final on St Patrick’s Day, but on this form they will be hard stopped as they bid for back-to-back titles.

Lining up with two in their full-forward line, Cuala managed to create great space for O’Cllaghan and Nicky Kenny to work with, and even with spare man David Collins sweeping in front of his full-back, the Leinster champions still frequently put the ball in O’Callaghan’s hand.

Captain for the day David Treacy – Paul Schutte was replaced by brother Mark before the game – opened the scoring after three minutes from the left, while Mark Schutte doubled that lead from the same side a minute later.

Adrian Morrissey’s eight points were key to Liam Mellows first county final win in 47 years, and he got off the mark in the fifth minute from a placed ball on the right.

O’Callaghan got up and running in the sixth minute when he snuck off his marker Michael Conneely and made a yard to score, but a Morrissey free from halfway made it 0-3 to 0-2 after ten minutes.

It was at that point that Cuala’s game went up a level and they began to make the most of O’Callaghan’s pace and power. A ball into space from Jake Malone saw him score after David Collins lost possession at halfway, while Sean Treacy was afforded too much time to pick the pass into the full-forward after 17 minutes for his third.

And moments later O’Callaghan made the most of an ugly ball in, which he won above Conneely, to draw a foul that David Treacy converted.

It was hard to see Mellows recovering at that point as they failed to gain a foothold around the middle, but with Morrissey in superb free-taking form from distance, they bypassed much of that mass of bodies.

Either side of two huge frees from Morrissey, Mellows’s Conor Kavanagh struck the point of the half when he picked, turned and fired a score from wide on the left.

Kenny and Collum Sheanon added points for Cuala before the interval – all but one of their points came from open play – as the three-in-a-row Dublin winners led 0-8 to 0-6 at the interval.

Straight from the throw in, Cuala could have taken a massive step towards victory when Darragh O’Connell gathered the break at midfield and took off towards goal. A goal looked a certainty, but his batted effort off the stick lobbed over Kenneth Walsh’s crossbar.

Nevertheless, the All-Ireland champions soon pulled further clear. Two frees from David Treacy sandwiched a simple O’Callaghan point, while Treacy’s third free of the half made it 0-13 to 0-6 by the 37th minute.

Another Morrissey free kept Mellows in touch, although Sean Treacy’s point from play at the other end chalked out that effort after 43 minutes.

Morrissey again found his range and Aonghus Callanan tagged on a point for Mellows, but Treacy’s accuracy from placed balls meant Cuala had an easy canter to the finish line.

Scorers for Cuala: David Treacy 0-7 (0-4f, 0-1 65), Con O’Callaghan 0-4, Brian Fitzgerald 1-0, Mark Schutte 0-1, Colum Sheanon 0-1, Nicky Kenny 0-1, Darragh O’Connell 0-1, Sean Treacy 0-1, Diarmuid O’Flynn 0-1.

Scorers for Liam Mellows: Adrian Morrissey 0-7 (0-7f), Aonghus Callanan 0-2, Tadhg Haran 0-1 (0-1f), Conor Kavanagh 0-1.

CUALA: Sean Brennan; Oisin Gough, Cian O’Callaghan, Simon Timlin; John Sheanon, Sean Moran, Mark Schutte; Jake Malone, Darragh O’Connell; Sean Treacy, Colm Cronin, David Treacy; Colum Sheanon, Con O’Callaghan, Nicky Kenny. Subs: Cian Waldron for Colm Sheanon (44), Diarmuid O’Flynn for Simon Timlin (44), Niall Carty for Nicky Kenny (52), Brian Fitzgerald for Mark Schutte (57), Ross Tierney for Cian O’Callaghan (65).

LIAM MELLOWS: Kenneth Walsh; Cathal Reilly, Michael Conneely, Sean Morrissey; Mark Hughes, David Collins (jc), Stephen Barrett; Jack Hastings, Kevin Lee; Conor Hynes, Tadhg Haran, Ronan Elwood; Adrian Morrissey, Aonghus Callanan (jc), Conor Kavanagh. Subs: Jack Forde for Conor Hynes (41), David Fahy for Ronan Elwood (44), Stephen Killeen for Conor Kavanagh (58), Brian Leen for Michael Conneely (61), Conor Elwood for Tadhg Haran (63).

Referee: Paud O’Dwyer (Carlow).

 

Glenamaddy-Glinsk win Under 21 B Football Final at Pearse Stadium

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Fr. Joe Keogh, on the left, presenting the Ned Keogh Cup to Mark Dolan captain of the Glenamaddy-Glinsk team which defeated An Cheathru Rua in the County Under-21(B) Football Championship Final at Pearse Stadium. On the right Paddy Keogh Accountancy Group, (Sponsors), presenting the Man of the Match Award for the County Final, to Glenamaddy-Glinsk’s Michael Heneghan.

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It may have taken until February of the new year but the wait will have been worth it for the footballers of Glenamaddy-Glinsk as they were crowned 2017 County U-21 B champions in Pearse Stadium.
In what was an excellent contest, the North Galway side got their goals at crucial stages to see off a physically strong An Cheathrú Rua challenge. Having been second best around the middle third for longs spells of the first half, Glenamaddy-Glinsk rectified matters after the break, with the introduction of Sean Raftery early in the second period proving crucial.
Raftery won a huge amount of possession around centrefield but it was a thorough team effort from the victors with Micheal Heneghan, awarded Man of the Match for the second game running, MacDara Geraghty, Dara Gunning and Padraig Geraghty all among those who contributed strongly.
GLENAMADDY-GLINSK: C. Haslam; N. Conneally, C. Fallon, A. Keaveney; M. Dolan, M. Geraghty (0-1), C. Connelly; P. Geraghty (0-2, 0-1 free), M. Heneghan (1-4, 1-0 pen, 0-4 frees); C. Hynes, L. Glynn, P.T. Keaveney; D. Gunning (0-1), J. Divilly (1-0), S. Glynn. Subs: J. Burke, for Conneally (black card), 30 mins; S. Raftery, for L. Glynn, 35 mins; R. McHugh (0-1), for P.T. Keaveney, 40 mins; M. Geary, for S. Glynn, 45 mins; S. Comer, for Burke, 48 mins.
AN CHEATHRÚ RUA: J. Ó Flatharta; S. Ó Dugáin, M. Mac Donnacha, C. Ó Conghaile; J. Ó Tiarnaigh, É. Ó Gionnáin, D. Seoighe; C. Ó Domhnaill, M. Ó Tuathail (0-2); F. Ó Sé (0-8, all frees), C. Ó Sé (0-1), M. Ó Gríofa; C. Ó Cualáin (0-1); P. Mac Cormaic, M. Ó Sé. Subs: P. Ó Flatharta, for Ó Conghaile, 23 mins; E. Ó Cualáin, for Ó Gríofa, 44 mins; C. Breathnach, for M. Ó Sé, 50 mins; A. Ó Domhnaill, for S. Dúgáin, 52 mins.
REFEREE: Frank Kinneen.


MAN OF THE MATCH: Micheal Heneghan (Glenamaddy-Glinsk).

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Glenamaddy-Glinsk County Under-21 B Football Champions
Back: (left to right)Padraig Geraghty, David Ryan, Sean Raftery, Jack Divilly, Niall Conneally, Shea Connolly, James Burke, Dara Gunning, Aidan Keaveney, Alan Coyne, Seamus Comer, Liam Glynn, Aidan Geraghty, Liam Conneally, Aaron Hynes. Front: (left to right) Micheal Heneghan, Stephen Glynn, Jason Connelly, Peter Thomas Keaveney, Colum Fallon, Mark Dolan, Cormac Haslam, Ryan McHugh, Micheal Geary, Cathal Hynes, MacDara Geraghty and Micheal Curtin.

Galway take two valuable Allianz League points home from Donegal

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Donegal 0-14 Galway 1-12
Galway made it two wins out of two in Allianz Football League Division 1 with a one-point win over Donegal at O'Donnell Park.
The Tribesmen have a 100 per cent record following their return to the top flight, while Donegal are also two-for-two - except Declan Bonner's men have lost both of their games.
The dynamic Damien Comer and the accuracy of Shane Walsh was the difference between the teams. Patrick McBrearty just didn't have enough help up front for the home team.
Comer was on the scoreboard on 21 seconds. He got a goal early on last week against Tyrone, but this time it was a point.
Paul Conroy added a second before McBrearty continued where he left off in Kerry with a point from a 35-metre free. By half-time McBrearty had hit six points, four from frees and two from play and largely kept Donegal in the contest.
Galway took a grip on the game on 15 minutes when Declan Kyne came forward to release Eamonn Brannigan to fire to the Donegal net and Damien Comer burst through from midfield and almost had a second, his shot going just over.
McBrearty kept Donegal in touch with two frees but Galway were four to the good on 29 minutes after two quick points from Shane Walsh, one from play.
McBrearty and Walsh traded points before Donegal finished the half well with two points in the final minute from Paul Brennan and Stephen McBrearty, the last point coming after a great pass from Ryan McHugh to Patrick McBrearty, who released his brother.
Galway led by two at the break - 1-07 to 0-08.
There was a lively start to the second half with Stephen McBrearty pointing inside a minute and Peter Boyle denying Comer a goal at the other end a the expense of a point, while Patrick McBrearty cut the lead to one inside three minutes.
By the 42nd minute Donegal were ahead thanks to a magnificent effort from Odhrán Mac Niallais and another McBrearty free.
Shane Walsh levelled with a magnificent effort and he was then wide from close range when going for goal.
Walsh put Galway back in front but there was ten minute lull before McHugh hit a magnificent equaliser.
Within a minute Walsh edged Galway back in front from a free with seven minutes left. Ciaran McGinley fisted Donegal level but Sean Armstrong lofted Galway ahead again as Donegal were punished for mistakes.
Paul Conroy and Shane Walsh had great chances to add to the lead as Donegal were just not able to get an equaliser.
Scorers for Donegal: Patrick McBrearty 0-9,6f; Stephen McBrearty 0-2; Ryan McHugh, Paul Brennan, Odhran MacNiallais, Ciaran McGinley 0-1 each
Scorers for Galway: Shane Walsh 0-6,4f; Damien Comer 0-3; Eamonn Brannigan 1-0; Johnny Heaney, Paul Conroy, Sean Armstrong 0-1 each.
Donegal: Peter Boyle; Stephen McMenamin, Caolan Ward, Eoghan Bán Gallagher; Ryan McHugh, Paul Brennan, Tony McClenaghan; Leo McLoone, Hugh McFadden; Martin O'Reilly, Stephen McBrearty, Caolan McGonagle; Patrick McBrearty, Darach O'Connor, Odhrán Mac Niallais.
Subs: Eamonn Doherty for McClenaghan 24; Niall O'Donnell for McGonagle; Ciaran Thompson O'Reilly, both ht; Mark McHugh for E Doherty 53; Ciaran McGinley for S McBrearty 61; Kevin McBrearty for Thompson bcard 72
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, Adrian Varley.
Subs: Padraic Cunningham for Varley 50; Thomas Flynn for P Sweeney; Gary O'Donnell for C Sweeney, both 60; Sean Armstrong for Cooke 63; Johnny Duane for O Ceallaigh 64
Referee: Padraig Hughes (Armagh)

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Johnny Heaney of Galway in action against Leo McLoone of Donegal during the Allianz Football League Division 1 Round 2 match between Donegal and Galway at O'Donnell Park, in Letterkenny, Donegal. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/SportsfileJohnny Heaney of Galway in action against Leo McLoone of Donegal during the Allianz Football League Division 1 Round 2 match between Donegal and Galway at O'Donnell Park, in Letterkenny. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

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Peter Cooke of Galway in action against Ryan McHugh of Donegal during the Allianz Football League Division 1 Round 2 match between Donegal and Galway. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Galway see off battling Loais in Allianz Hurling League at Portlaoise

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Conor Whelan's brace of first-half goals helped Galway to a 2-18 to 0-17 victory over battling Laois at O'Moore Park.

Eamonn Kelly's charges really put it up to the all-conquering league and championship holders and the final scoreline is probably harsh on the hosts, but in the end Michael Donoghue's men just about got over the line for the second weekend running.

The Tribe made a flying start when Whelan netted in the third minute following a Davey Glennon offload but the midlanders hit back with points from Eric Killeen and captain Ross King (3). It was nip and tuck until the short whistle but Whelan's second major deep into added time had the winners ahead by 2-6 to 0-10 at the turnaround.

Both side were reduced to 14 men before the interval as a scuffle resulted in a straight red for Galway's Greg Lally and a second yellow for Laois midfielder James Ryan.

Playing into the wind and with King (0-13) leading the way, the underdogs were brilliant in the second half but scores from Padraig Mannion, Aidan Harte and Conor Cooney kept Galway's noses in front.

Galway - J Skehill; A Tuohy, J Hanbury, S Bannon; G Lally, P Mannion (0-3, 2f), A Harte (0-4, 1f); J Coen (0-1), P Breheny (0-1); S Linnane (0-1), J Cooney (0-3), C Mannion; C Whelan (2-1), C Cooney (0-3, 1f), D Glennon (0-1). Subs: B Concannon for C Mannion, N Burke for C Cooney, S Cooney for S Linnane.

Laois - E Rowland (0-1f); D Hartnett, L Bergin, L Cleere; P Lawlor, M Whelan, E Killeen (0-1); P Purcell, J Ryan; A Corby, B Conroy, C Taylor; R King (0-12, 7f, 1'65), N Foyle, W Dunphy (0-2). Subs: J Keyes for A Corby, S Downey for C Taylor, M Kavanagh (0-1) for B Conroy, P McCane for N Foyle, J Phelan for L Cleere.

Referee - P Murphy.

 

New Galway captain Damian Comer leads by example as his side shock Tyrone

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New Galway captain Damien Comer admits that it is a great honour to lead the side in 2018. The Tribesmen got their NFL Division 1 campaign off to a good start when they defeated Tyrone at Tuam Stadium. Having been promoted last year, Galway are keen to make their mark on the top flight early on and led by the impressive Comer who scored a goal in the opening minute, they got their wish.
The Annaghdown man was a member of the Galway team that won the All-Ireland Under 21 Championship in 2013. He made his senior Championship debut in 2014, and was part of the Galway team that won the 2016 Connacht Championshp. He started all of the team's games as the county won its first Connacht title since 2008.

David Burke to lead champions Galway as they bid to retain League & Championship Titles

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David Burke will bid to play himself into the annals of Galway GAA after it was confirmed he will continue as captain of the hurlers as they try to retain the All-Ireland title.
Johnny Coen skippered the Tribesmen for their opening league game against Antrim at the weekend, but manager Micheal Donoghue has confirmed Burke will resume the captaincy when he returns from a knee injury in the coming weeks.
“Davy is still captain, but he’s probably a few weeks away. There are a few lads carrying knocks, but we’ve stressed to the squad that lads will be getting opportunities and hopefully lads will put up their hands,” said Donoghue.
Burke will hope to join two Galway legends this year by leading them to All-Ireland glory for the second year in a row.
Enda Colleran was the first to do it when he captained the Galway footballers in 1965 and ’66 when they completed a three-in-a-row, while Conor Hayes led the Tribesmen to the MacCarthy Cup in 1987 and ’87.
Prior to Hayes, only Christy Ring, who led Cork to the 1953 and ’54 All-Irelands, has managed to achieve the distinction in hurling, since the early years of the GAA.
First up for Donoghue is the search for new talent to bolster the defence of their league and All-Ireland titles, with more of their emerging talent set to feature when they travel to play Laois on Saturday.
Donoghue said he knows Galway “have a target on our backs” this year and they were pushed all the way by Antrim last weekend in Pearse Stadium, before they won by 1-19 to 1-16.
“The learning curve for us is that we know now that that is going to happen every week and we have to be ready. Over the course of the next few weeks, we’ll get some more of the established guys back, but there is an opportunity there for others.
“I think, because of starting early, Division 1A and 1B, with the weather and the pitches, everything is a leveller. We clearly understand that we were lucky to get out with the two points (from the Antrim game).
"But the main thing is that we continue to work during the week and we can look forward to next weekend,” said Donoghue.

Article by: John Fallon (irish Examiner)

Galway camogie clubs Sarsfields and Athenry advance to the All-Ireland Club Finals in Croke Park on March 4th.

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For the second year in a row Sarsfields have qualified for the finals, and once again they will meet Derry’s Slaughtneil in a repeat of last season's senior decider. On that occasion the Ulster champions edged Michael McGrath's outfit by 1-10 to 0-11, and they will be more determined to claim this year's trophy.
In flying form, Sarfields saw off Burgess-Duharra last Sunday in a tight encounter. Level at the break with 0-5 each, Sarsfields edged the contest, finishing 0-10 to 0-9 ahead of the Tipperary side.
Galway's first-half points came from sharpshooter Niamh McGrath and sister Siobhan, who scored all of the Galway side's points after the break. It also took a super save from Laura Ward to deny Burgess a goal, that proved crucial in the end.


At intermediate level Galway's Athenry prevailed over Lismore and now face former junior champions Johnstownbridge. Athenry's experienced trio of Therese Maher, Jessica Gill and Rebecca Glynn helped Athenry to a 0-5 to 0-2 lead at half time, with points from Niamh Hannon (two) and Noreen Coen ensuring Athenry advanced.

The 2017 Medtronic Galway Sports Stars of the Year were honoured at a Presentation Banquet

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The 2017 Medtronic Galway Sports Stars of the Year were honoured at a presentation banquet in the Galway Bay Hotel. Back row, left to right: Micheál Donoghue (Manager of the Year), Aidan O'Halloran, who accepted the Rugby award on behalf of his son, Tiernan, Liam Power and Liam Nolan (Galway GC Senior Cup team, Golf) Michael O'Connor (Corrib Water Polo, Club of the Year), David Burke (Galway senior hurlers, Team of the Year), Pat Kelly (Horse Racing). Middle row: Joe Canning (Hurling), Dave Mannion (Rowing), Brian Keville (Liam Mellows, Special Achievement), Mena Folan, who accepted the Soccer award on behalf of her son Stephen, Jessica Burke (Showjumping), Olivia Molloy (Volleyball), Claire Rockall (Basketball), Diarmuid Mulkerrins (Handball), Kieran Molloy (Boxing), Kieran Fitzgerald (Gaelic Football). Front row: Tara Kenny (Camo- gie), Sarah Kelly (Swimming), Alanna Lally (Athletics), PJ Molloy (Hall of Fame), Henry Shefflin (Special Guest), Tony Neary (Medtronic, sponsors), Sinead Keon (Para Sports), Olivia Divilly (Ladies Football) and John McIntyre (Chairman Galway Sports Stars selectors).

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David and Sarah Collins, Gordon Crowley, Mairead and Brian Keville, Kevin Glynn, Geoffrey Lynskey and Francis O'Brien, all from Liam Mellowes GAA Club, which received the Special Achievement award at the Galway Sports Stars of the Year presentation banquet in the Galway Bay Hotel.

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Galway Sports Stars Micheál Donoghue - Manager of the Year, David Burke Captain of Galway - Team of the Year, P J Molloy - Hall of Fame, and Joe Canning - Hurling with the Liam McCarthy and Allianz League Cups.

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John McIntyre, Chairman Galway Sports Stars Selectors, Joe Canning, Hurling award winner, Deirdre and Henry Shefflin, Special Guest, and David Burke, Galway Senior Hurlers, Team of the Year, at the Galway Sports Stars of the Year awards banquet in the Galway Bay Hotel. PHOTOS: IAIN MCDONALD.

Champions Galway survive Antrim scare to get league points at Pearse Stadium

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Galway 1-19 Antrim 1-16
Conor McCann’s goal almost saw Antrim to a shock Allianz League win at Pearse Stadium but Galway’s maiden outing as All-Ireland champions was rescued by a late rally in Salthill.
It was a three-point win in the end for Galway, but there was a real nervousness around the Salthill venue at the final whistle approached.
However, Micheal Donoghue’s side found their form in the last ten minutes and five points in the space of three minutes settled the champions.
John Hanbury, Davy Glennon and Cathal Mannion all made an impact for Galway off the bench, while Antrim were unable to deliver in the closing minutes after a powerful showing from Neal Peden’s side.
After winning the toss and electing to play with the aid of the strong Salthill breeze, Antrim caused huge problems for Galway before the break and only for a goal one minute from the break form debutant Brian Concannon they would have led at half-time.
Seven points from Neil McManus, including two excellent efforts from play, and another two from Nigel Elliott saw Antrim impose themselves on their hosts, although a couple of the five wides they hit in that opening 35 minutes could have been avoided too.
Galway, in their first outing as Liam MacCarthy winners, were applauded onto the pitch by the sizeable Pearse Stadium crowd and a guard of honour from Antrim, but without any Walsh Cup games to warm up for the Division 1B campaign, Galway looked short of game-time and, understandably, a long way short of their September prime.
Despite this lack of accuracy in their play they still opened up a 0-06 to 0-02 lead by the 12th minute.
Concannon’s work could have led to a goal from Paul Flaherty in the first minute, but a great save from Chris O’Connell denied Flaherty, although Conor Cooney landed the 65 for the opening score.
McManus points levelled matters in the second and sixth minutes, but Joseph Cooney’s point and three Conor Cooney frees put Galway in control.
But with Conor Johnston and Donal McKinley performing well around midfield, where Antrim crowded matters, the Ulster men landed three in a row as McManus and Gerard Walsh scored from play in the 15th and 16th minutes.
Aidan Harte was handed a sweeping role around Daithi Burke, and while he gathered a lot of possession, his distribution let him down on a couple of key times before half-time as McManus and Elliott punished him with scores as Antrim took a 0-10 to 0-09 lead in the 31st minute.
But a big hit from Conor Cooney on Paddy Burke forced a turnover in the 34th minute and after the St Thomas’ attacker carried well, he fed Concannon who hit the net from a tight angle to give Galway a 1-09 to 0-11 lad at the break.
Despite that setback and a good Joseph Cooney point to start the second-half, Antrim retook the lead in the 40th minute when Conor McCann’s low shot found its way past James Skehill – perhaps with the aid of a deflection off Daithi Burke.
Another McManus free put Antrim two points clear in the 44th minute, and although Eanna Burke replied, Conor Johnston and Elliott a hit points from play to stretch that advantage to three points.
But Galway came charging back as the prospect of defeat became a reality.
Substitutes Cathal Mannion, John Hanbury and Davy Glennon all hit good scores to go with Joseph Cooney’s effort, while Conor Cooney sealed the win in added-time for the Tribesmen.
Galway: J Skehill; M Donoghue; D Burke, J Grealish; A Tuohey, M Dolphin (0-01), A Harte; J Coen, E Burke (0-03); N Burke (0-01), J Cooney (0-03), P Flaherty (0-01); B Concannon (1-01), C Cooney (0-06, 0-04f, 0-01 ‘65), J Flynn.
Subs used: C Mannion for Concannon (30-32 Blood), S Loftus for A Harte (HT), G McInerney for Grealish (41, Inj), C Mannion (0-01) for Flaherty (47), J Hanbury (0-01) for Donoghue (50), D Glennon (0-01) for Flynn (60),
Antrim: C O’Connell; A Graffin, J Dillon, D Kearney (0-01); J Maskey, M Donnelly, P Burke; C McKinley, G Walsh (0-01); M Connolly, N McManus (0-10, 0-07f, 0-01 ‘65), N Elliott (0-03); C Johnston (0-01), C McCann (1-00), D McKinley.
Subs used: J Connelly for Connolly (27), J McNaughton for Elliot (65), E O’Neill for McKinley (67)
Referee: J O’Brien (Laois)

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Brian Concannon, Galway, and Gerald Walsh, Antrim, in action at Pearse Stadium, Galway.

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Conor Cooney of Galway takes a sideline cut during the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B Round 1 match between Galway and Antrim at Pearse Stadium. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

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Galway captain Johnny Coen leads his side out through a guard of honour from the Antrim players ahead of the Allianz Hurling League Division 1B Round 1 match between Galway and Antrim at Pearse Stadium. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

Galway shock Tyrone at Tuam Stadium and take valuable Division 1 Football League points

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GALWAY 1-9 TYRONE 0-8
Galway never trailed as they crowned their return to the top flight of the Allianz League with a deserved win over Tyrone.
Hopes that Mickey Harte’s 16th league campaign in charge of Tyrone would kick off with a victory never looked like materialising and while they staged a good second-half rally, they could only manage three points from play against a Galway side who were back in the top flight for the first time since 2011.
The Tribesmen laid the foundation for a deserved success when they opened up a 1-3 to 0-3 at the interval despite playing against the breeze in an action-packed opening half.
New Galway captain Damien Comer gave them a dream start when he soloed through to drill a low ball to the net after just 16 seconds.
And he followed it up with an excellent point from play to give the Tribesmen the perfect platform.
Tyrone struggled to get into the game and found themselves 1-2 to 0-0 adrift after seven minutes when Shane Walsh pointed a free.
Tiernan McCann finally got Tyrone off the mark with a point after 15 minutes, but by the interval they shot eight wides to Galway’s two.
Conor McAliskey reduced the margin after 24 minutes, but then Tyrone lost their other corner-forward Darren McCurry after an off the ball incident with Galway defender Eoghan Kerin.
Cathal McShane cut the gap to a goal at the break when he scored an excellent point from the left on the half hour.
McAliskey gave Tyrone a good start to the second-half when he pointed three minutes after the restart.
Galway refused to panic and took control again with Eamon Branigan shooting two points to lead by double scores, 1-5 to 0-4, after 46 minuts.
Patrick Sweeney and Walsh extended Galway’s lead with good points before Matthew Donnelly gave Tyrone hope when he pointed after 55 minutes to cut the gap to 1-7 to 0-5.
A free from Peter Harte left four between them nine minutes from time as Tyrone rallied.
And a tight finish was on the cards when Harte cut the gap to a goal with a pointed free after he himself was fouled going through two minutes later.
A pointed free from Ronan O’Neill had Galway fans worried five minutes from time, but Galway finished strongly with points from Comer and Walsh sealing a deserved win.
Scorers for Galway: Damien Comer 1-2, Shane Walsh 0-4 (3fs), Eamon Brannigan 0-2, Patrick Sweeney 0-1
Scorers for Tyrone: Connor McAliskey 0-2 (1f), Peter Harte 0-2 (2fs), Tiarnan McCann 0-1, Cathal McShane 0-1, Matthew Donnelly 0-1, Ronan O’Neill 0-1 (f).
GALWAY: Ruairi Lavelle; Declan Kyne, Sean Andy O Ceallaigh, Eoghan Kerin; Sean Kelly, Gareth Bradshaw, Cathal Sweeney; Paul Conroy, Peter Cooke; Johnny Heaney, Adrian Varley, Eamon Brannigan; Shane Walsh, Damien Comer, Patrick Sweeney.
Subs: Padraic Cunningham for Varley (52), Tom Flynn for P Sweeney (60), Johnny Duane for Kelly (66), Gary O’Donnell for Brannigan (70+3), Sean Armstrong for Walsh (70+6).
TYRONE: Niall Morgan; Michael McKernan, Ronan McNamee, Hugh Pat McGeary; Tiarnan McCann, Padraig Hampsey, Kieran McGeary; Padraig McNulty, Matthew Donnelly; Conal McCann, Niall Sludden, Peter Harte; Connor McAliskey, Cathal McShane, Darren McCurry.
Subs: Mark Bradley for McNamee (20), Ronan O’Neill for McAliskey (46), Declan McClure for McNulty (46), Ronan McNabb for K McGeary (51), Richard Donnelly for C McCann (57), Lee Brennan for Sludden (68).
REFEREE: Ciaran Brannigan (Down).

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Peter Harte of Tyrone in a tussle with Eamon Branigan, centre, and Seán Andy Ó Ceallaigh of Galway during the Allianz Football League Division 1 Round 1 match between Galway and Tyrone at St Jarlath's Park in Tuam. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

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Grounds staff Tony Melia, from Tuam, puts the pitch flags in place before the Allianz Football League Division 1 Round 1 match between Galway and Tyrone. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Mountbellew/Moylough retain County Under 21 Title in dramatic finish

Mountbellew/Moylough 1-7 Salthill/ Knocknacarra 1-6
Fixed only 48 hours earlier and the match wasn’t even played in Galway, but that won’t bother the Mountbellew-Moylough Under 21 footballers after they edged out Salthill/Knocknacarra in the County A Final (2017) at Bekan.
A game worthy of the occasion was expected and supporters weren’t disappointed. The reigning champions Mountbellew-Moylough replicated last year’s feat of winning the title when they came out on top in dramatic circumstances at the Connacht GAA Centre.
The Galway Under 21 final created history when it was the first time it was played at a Mayo venue. This was necessitated due to the torrential rain that has fallen over the past number of weeks.
The standard of play suffered at times due to the soft conditions, but it produced a game of intensity, honest endeavour, and some fine passages of football.
The final minutes of the game were filled with drama and near misses. All eyes were on referee Tommy Ó Fátharta as extra-time beckoned. Then the old adage ‘cometh the hour, cometh the man’ got an airing as Eoin Finnerty won the game for Mountbellew-Moylough with a magnificent point from distance.

Mountbellew-Moylough: M. Foley; M. Mannion, P. Keaveney, C. Murray; C. Mannion, J. Foley, G. Donoghue; S. Moran, E. Finnerty (0-5, 0-1 free); L. Donnellan, B. Mannion, O. O’Reilly; E. McCormack, C. Ryan (1-1), S. Miland (0- 1). Subs: R. Griffin, for Miland; N. Sweeney, for O’Reilly.
Salthill/Knocknacarra: J Hill; R Hunt, E McFadden, F Ó Griofa; E Deeley, W Finnerty, E Kelly; J Maher, E Conroy; T Morris, M Mac Donnacha (1-0), E Murphy (0-2,1f); R Finnerty (0-3fs), C Hughes, D Knight (0-1); Subs: S O’Reilly for Ó Gríofa; P Killeen for E Kelly; D Connaughton for T Morris.
Referee: Tommy Ó Fátharta (An Spidéal).

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Mountbellew–Moylough County Under 21 Football Champions
Front Row: (left to right) John Connolly, James Fahy, Paul Donnellan, Mark Mannion, David Gavin, Colm Mannion, Colin Ryan, Eric McCormack, Ciaran Mannion, Gerard Donoghue, James Foley, Neil Conway, Calum McInerney, Leo Donnellan. Back row: Sean Miland, Michael Foley, Finbar Hughes, Aidan McInerney, Jack Hynes, Michael Daly, Patrick Keaveney, Eoin O’ Loughlin, Shane Moran, Noel McDonagh, Eoin Finnerty (Capt), Michael Kelly and Ronan Griffin.

2018A0561Galway Football Committee chairman Kevin Clancy presenting Mountbellew/Moylough captain Eoin Finnerty with the County Under 21 Cup and on the right Eoin receiving the 'man of the match award' from Liam Challenor (Sponsor). Photos: Mike Hehir

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The Mountbellew/Moylough team celebrating their victory in the County Under 21 A Final

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Mountbellew/Moylough players (left photo) Front: Mark Mannion, Ger Donoghue Back: James Foley and Leo Donnellan. (right photo) Leo Donnellan and Mark Mannion with Cup.

Allianz Hurling Leagues longest sponsorship in Irish sport

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2018 marks the 26th season that Allianz has sponsored the Allianz Hurling Leagues, making it one of the longest sponsorships in Irish sport. Allianz and the GAA announced the renewal of Allianz's partnership with GAAGO which will make over 50 live Allianz League matches available to global audiences. In attendance at the Allianz Hurling League 2018 launch at Croke Park is Galway goalkeeper Colm Callanan. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile