AHL R3: Team News Galway v Antrim

The Galway Senior Hurling team to face Antrim in Round 3 of #AllianzLeagues Hurling on Sunday is announced

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Allianz HL D1: Tipperary overcome Galway after great tussle

 

Allianz Hurling League Division 1B

TIPPERARY 1-26 GALWAY 0-24

By Noel Dundon at FBD Semple Stadium

A goal and thirteen points from ace marksman Gearoid O’Connor helped Tipperary to a stirring victory over Galway in the Allianz National Hurling League at FBD Semple Stadium this afternoon.

The goal came from a penalty right at the very death after sub Conor Stakelum had been fouled and it was a much needed score from a Tipperary perspective as they found Galway to be a very resilient lot, coming from behind time and again and bringing the game to a two point one prior to O’Connor’s penalty strike.

Both sides came into the game with a win under their belts – Tipperary having seen off Dublin in Parnell Park, while Galway had a big win over Westmeath. So, this clash was being billed as a real test of the sides and especially for the newcomers dotted in the starting fifteens.

It was also a big occasion for Galway selector Eamon O’Shea who was facing his native county and a side he guided to All-Ireland success for the second time only five years ago – his son Donal lined up at midfield for Galway and had a big impact on the game.

Though the day was good and dry, the going was heavy enough with persistent rain throughout the weekend leading to energy sapping underfoot conditions – use of the bench would prove vital as the match proceeded.

There would be 29 scores on the board by the half way mark with the hosts enjoying a 0-16 to 0-13 lead in what had been a very entertaining contest. But crucially Tipperary had lost both Jake Morris and Bryan O’Mara by the 20 minute mark at a time when they were leading by six points. And thereafter Galway hit eight of the next 12 scores to bring themselves right back into the match.

Tipp had raced into a 0-6 to 0-2 lead with Gearoid O’Connor as their chief protagonist – he finished the half with 0-8 to his name ( 7 frees) but they also had Willie Connors (2) Jake Morris, Alan Tynan propping up with points, whereas Galway’s Conor Cooney, Tom Monaghan (2) and Donal O’Shea were on target.

O’Connor and Connors traded scores with Cianan Fanhy and Evan Niland, while Sean Kenneally had another for a Tipp side which threatened a goal on a number of occasions but did not deliver – Galway keeper Darach Fany saving well from Sean Ryan.

Galway were finding their feet though and they pointed through Niland (3), Conor Whelan, Gavin Lee and Conor Cooney to cut the deficit to two as half time approached. Tipp hit back though with Craig Morgan – their eighth scorer in the half – and O’Connor helping them to that three point interval margin – Conor Whelan producing a beautiful point from out near the sideline to complete the Tribesmen’s tally.

The game was still very much in the melting pot at the break – all to play for.

Tipperary started the second half in a whirlwind and had five points from play without reply on the board inside seven minutes – Mark Kehoe getting three of those with Gearoid O’Connor getting the other two. Galway hit back and had five in a row themselves with Conor Cooney (2) and Evan Niland (3) points as the last quarter approached.

Gavin Lee had it down to two points and a grandstand finish was in the offing before Niland had the bare minimum between the sides with his 8th pont of the game.

Tipp needed a score and Conor Bowe provided it – their first in 19 minutes – but Galway had the game tied when Conor Cooney grabbed his fifth point from play and saw Sean Linnane add to it to make it 0-22 apiece.

O’Connor and Niland traded points but Tipp had three in succession from Seamus Kennedy and O’Connor, only to see Niland reduce the lead again.

The penalty was the deciding factor in what had been a rip roaring game and Tipp claimed their second set of points of the campaign much to the delight of their very sizeable support in the attendance.

Scorers for Tipperary: Gearoid O’Connor 1-13 ( 0-9 frees); Mark Kehoe 0-3; Conor Bowe, Willie Connors 0-2 each; Seamus Kennedy, Craig Morgan, John McGrath, Alan Tynan, Sean Kenneally and Jake Morris 0-1 each.

Scorers for Galway: Evan Niland 0-10 (0-9 frees); Conor Cooney 0-5, Gavin Lee, Tom Monaghan, Conor Whelan 0-2 each; Cianan Fahy, Donal O’Shea, Sean Linnane 0-1 each.

Tipperary: Barry Hogan, Craig Morgan, Ronan Maher, Michael Breen, Bryan O’Mara, Robert Byrne, Conor Bowe, Willie Connors, Seamus Kennedy, Gearoid O’Connor, John McGrath, Alan Tynan, Sean Kenneally, Jake Morris, Sean Ryan. Subs: Johnny Ryan for Bryan O’Mara; Mark Kehoe for Jake Morris; Billy Seymour for Sean Ryan; Darragh Stakelum for Alan Tynan; Conor Stakelum for Sean Kenneally.

Galway: Darach Fahy, Jack Grealish, TJ Brennan, Shane Cooney, Cianan Fahy, Padraic Mannion, Ronan Glennon, Donal O’Shea, Conor Cooney,Gavin Lee, Jason Flynn, John Cooney, Tom Monaghan, Conor Whelan, Evan Niland. Subs: Darren Morrissey for TJ Brennan; Daithi Burke for Sean Linnane; Sean Linnane for Shane Cooney; Jamie Ryan for John Cooney.

Referee: Colm Lyons (Cork)

 

AHL R2: Team News Galway v Tipperary

The Galway Senior Hurling team to face Tipperary in Round 2 of #AllianzLeagues Hurling on Sunday is announced

 

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Allianz HL D1: Galway cruise to victory

Allianz Hurling League Division One Group B

Galway 4-31 Westmeath 0-12

By Gerry Buckley at Pearse Stadium

Galway cruised to an emphatic win over an understrength Westmeath in Salthill.

Henry Shefflin’s charges had the aid of a strong wind in the first half, but Westmeath battled well all through the opening 35 minutes, with their goalkeeper Noel Conaty in splendid form throughout the half.

Niall Mitchell was very effective as sweeper and lively corner back Darragh Egerton picked up a lot of loose ball beside him.

The visitors’ started quite brightly, but Galway began to settle, and their first seven points by the 13th minute were shared between seven different players.

Evan Niland was deadly accurate from placed balls. Westeath goalkeeper Conaty impressed, saving twice in great style from MacLoughlin (the second resulted in a point), and doing even better in the 35th minute to keep out a Jason Flynn penalty. Galway were already home and hosed when leading by 0-15 to 0-6 at the interval.

Joe Fortune’s rank outsiders failed to make use of the wind in the second half and they only had a David Williams free to their name by the 55th minute, at which stage Galway had found the net twice via Flynn and Cianan Fahy.

The third goal arrived on the hour mark when substitute Conor Whelan teed up Flynn for his second three-pointer.

Whelan scored the fourth himself in the 69th minute from a tight angle. Westmeath sub David O’Reilly caught the eye several times and was the only losing player to score twice from open play.

However, Galway were able to score points at will in what was a facile victory.

Scorers for Galway: E Niland 0-11 (6fs, 1’65), J Flynn 2-2, G Lee 0-5, T Monaghan 0-4, C Fahy 1-1, C Whelan 1-0, D MacLoughlin, D O’Shea 0-2 each, J Cooney, D Morrisey, J Ryan, R Glennon 0-1 each.

Scorers for Westmeath: D Williams 0-7 (6f), D O’Reilly 0-2, M Cunningham, D Clinton, N Mitchell 0-1 each.

Galway: Darach Fahy; Jack Grealish, TJ Brennan, Eoin Lawless; Cianan Fahy, Daithí Burke, Padraic Mannion; Donal O’Shea, Seán Linnane; Gavin Lee, Tom Monaghan, John Cooney; Evan Niland, Jason Flynn, Declan MacLoughlin.

Subs: Jamie Ryan for MacLoughlin (HT), Ronan Glennon for Linnane (49), Darren Morrisey for Burke (50), Conor Whelan for Cooney (54), Ian McGlynn for Niland (inj., 59), Dan Loftus for Lawless (64).

Westmeath: Noel Conaty; Connor Gaffney, Johnny Bermingham, Darragh Egerton; Jack Gillen, Kevin Regan, Cormac Boyle; Shane McGovern, Michael Daly; Owen McCabe, Darragh Clinton, Niall Mitchell; David Williams, Eoin Keyes, Peter Clarke.

Subs: David O’Reilly for Keyes (46), Mark Cunningham for Daly (53), Joey Boyle for Bermingham (inj., 60), Ciaran Doyle for Clarke (66), Oisín Loughlin for McGovern (66).

Referee: Sean Stack (Dublin).

AHL Round 1 Team News: Galway v Westmeath

The Galway Senior Hurling team to face Westmeath in the Round1 opener is announced

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Wexford win Dioralyte Walsh cup final

Dioralyte Walsh Cup final

WEXFORD 1-21 GALWAY 0-16 By Paul Keane at Netwatch Cullen Park, Carlow

Three games into the Keith Rossiter era and Wexford already have a piece of silverware tucked away, the Dioralyte Walsh Cup title.

A terrific individual display from Lee Chin, who struck 0-9, helped the Model County to claim an 18th pre-season title while half-forward colleagues Jack O’Connor and James Byrne stood out too.

In their sixth consecutive pre-season final, Wexford led virtually from pillar to post in Carlow and will head into next weekend’s National League opener against Kilkenny in a confident frame of mind.

Their defence was solid throughout and restricted Henry Shefflin’s Galway to just nine points from open play.

Galway were chasing back to back titles though Shefflin won’t lose too much sleep over the defeat as he was without a host of regulars including his All-Ireland club title winning St Thomas’ players.

The Tribesmen will hope to bounce back with a win in their opening league game against Westmeath next Saturday in Salthill.

Both sides were experimental again with Wexford including only three starters – Jack O’Connor, Kevin Foley and Chin – from last year’s final Leinster championship game against Kilkenny.

Key men like Matthew O’Hanlon, Diarmuid O’Keeffe, Conor McDonald, Rory O’Connor and Liam Og McGovern were notable absentees.

As for Galway, they were still missing the St Thomas’ players, including David Burke, Conor Cooney and Fintan Burke, and there was no Daithi Burke, Joseph Cooney, Conor Whelan, Brian Concannon nor the Mannion brothers either.

It amounted to just five players – Eanna Murphy, Jack Grealish, Ronan Glennon, Gearoid McInerney and Kevin Cooney – that lined out for Galway in last year’s All-Ireland semi-final defeat to Limerick.

They played second fiddle initially to a Wexfor side boosted by the late addition of Chin, wearing number 17, in attack.

He stroked over five first-half points as the Slaneysiders hit the interval with a 0-11 to 0-8 advantage.

Cian Byrne, returning to the venue where he struck 0-14 for Wexford in the 2023 Leinster U-20 final, oozed quality and struck two cracking points from play.

There were a couple of eye-catching scores from Corey Byrne Dunbar as well, another who played in that underage decider last May.

The crossfield wind appeared to favour Galway in the first-half though Wexford made light of it and Jack O’Connor won three frees that Chin converted.

They would have been further ahead only for a couple of Chin point attempts that struck the woodwork.

Kevin Cooney pulled off two terrific fetches in the air for Galway which led to back-to-back points in the 17th and 18th minutes but the Tribesmen never led.

The third quarter played out upon similar lines with Wexford keeping the throttle down and they extended their lead to six points by the 50th minute.

Chin pulled one puck-out from the air and slotted it over for the pick of the Wexford points. Both wing forwards for Wexford, O’Connor and James Byrne were on song and the team as a whole showed terrific levels of conditioning for January.

Galway needed at least a goal to rescue a result but it never looked like arriving and it was Wexford that finished strongly with Casey grabbing their goal in the 63rd minute. The Oylegate-Glenbrien man shrugged off Eoin Lawless and bore down on goal before finding the net.

Wexford scorers: Lee Chin 0-9 (0-5f), James Byrne 0-3, Seamus Casey 1-0, Corey Byrne Dunbar 0-3, Cian Byrne 0-2, Jack O’Connor 0-2, Richie Lawlor 0-1, Conor Hearne 0-1.

Galway scorers: Kevin Cooney 0-5 (0-4f), Tom Monaghan 0-3, Alex Connaire 0-2, Evan Niland 0-2 (0-2f), Sean O’Hanlon 0-1, Greg Thomas 0-1, Martin McManus 0-1, Donal O’Shea 0-1 (0-1 65).

Wexford: Aaron Duggan; Niall Murphy, Conor Foley, Eoin Ryan; Charlie McGuckin, Damien Reck, Cian Molloy; Conor Hearne, Corey Byrne Dunbar; Jack O’Connor, Lee Chin, James Byrne; Richie Lawlor, Cian Byrne, Kevin Foley.

Subs: Seamus Casey for Cian Byrne 56, Cathal Dunbar for Hearne 58, Simon Donohoe for Molloy 65, Jack Doran for Chin 67-69 blood, Doran for Lawlor 69, Darragh Carley for Kevin Foley 71.

Galway: Eanna Murphy; Jack Grealish, Eoin Lawless, Daniel Loftus; Ronan Glennon, Gearoid McInerney, David Concannon; Tiernan Killeen, Ian McGlynn; John Cooney, Tom Monaghan, Sean O’Hanlon; Alex Connaire, Kevin Cooney, Greg Thomas.

Subs: Gavin Lee for Killeen h/t, Cianan Fahy for Concannon h/t, Evan Niland for Kevin Cooney 46, Sean Linnane for O’Hanlon 49, Darren Morrissey for McGlynn 51, Martin McManus for Thomas 56, Donal O’Shea for Connaire 61,

Referee: Owen Beehan (Kilkenny).

Team News: Walsh Cup Hurling Final

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Damien Finnerty of St Thomas', centre, and teammates celebrate with the Tommy Moore Cup after their side's victory in the AIB GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Final match between O’Loughlin Gaels of Kilkenny and St Thomas’ of Galway at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile.

AIB All-Ireland Club SHC Finals: St Thomas’ win thriller

2024 AIB All-Ireland Club SHC Final

ST THOMAS’ (Galway) 0-18 O’LOUGLIN GAELS (Kilkenny) 0-17 By John Harrington at Croke Park

If you’re going to win an All-Ireland Final, then this is the way to do it.

Éanna Burke scored one of the most spectacular points ever seen in Croke Park to edge what was an almighty battle in favour of an oh so courageous St. Thomas’ team. Winning possession on the left sideline line and hemmed in by a posse of O’Loughlin Gaels defenders, in one fluid movement the full-forward somehow spun on the spot and hit an outrageous point off his left side while in the process of falling. It was a scarcely believable score and a fitting way to bring the curtain down on a dramatic game of hurling that smouldered throughout despite the miserable playing conditions. St Thomas’ win was all the more impressive considering they were reduced to 14-men for most of the second half after the dismissal of James Regan, a set-back that only seemed to heap coal on their fire.

For much of the first half they’d come off second-best in the hooking, blocking, and 50-50 challenge metrics, but they dominated that warzone in the second-half which was ultimately the winning of the game. O’Loughlin Gaels, who take plenty of honour in defeat, may reflect that in the second half they erred by going too direct and attacking St. Thomas’ down the centre instead of spreading it to the wings.

This game was ferociously contested from the off, and despite the wind and the rain both teams hurled with skill as well as grit and endeavoured to play patient, passing hurling. O’Loughlin Gaels had the elements at their backs, but it didn’t seem to give them a discernible difference in the first quarter as defences on both sides dominated. The Kilkenny side looked that bit sharper – their high-pressure tackling and blocking was especially impressive – but a very experienced St. Thomas’ team were able to stay in the fight despite having less quality possession. They needed a heroic intervention from Fintan Burke to prevent the concession of an eight minute goal though as he somehow stopped a shot from Owen Wall on the goal-line. David Burke and James Regan also had impressive moments for the Galway side, with Regan’s second point from play drawing the teams level at 0-4 apiece.

As the half progressed though, O’Loughlin’s started to dominate thanks to the excellence of their defence. Huw Lawlor and Mikey Butler locked things down in the full-back line, and their half-back trio of David Fogarty, Paddy Deegan, and Jordan Molloy didn’t just carry out their defensives duties well, but also posed a huge offensive threat. They hit five points in the first half, with Deegan and Molloy nabbing a brace each. Deegan’s were trademark boomers from distance, while Molloy’s ability to move into attacking positions and create space to shoot with clever movement was highly impressive. Deegan’s second of the day put O’Loughlin Gaels 0-8 to 0-5 ahead by the 25th minute, and at that stage it looked like they’d kick on and maybe take charge of the contest.

Credit to St. Thomas’, though, they gritted their teeth, caught O’Loughlins on the break a couple of times, and when the half-time whistle blew had reduced the deficit to two points, 0-10 to 0-8. And with the wind and rain at their backs for the second-half, they must have believed they were in a great position.

They were given further encouragement when David Burke landed a monster of a point at the start of the second-half, but shortly afterwards Regan was given his marching orders when he caught Jack Nolan with a high elbow. In the face of that adversity, St Thomas’ found boundless courage, and despite having a man less caught the game by the scruff of the neck as players like Fintan Burke, Shane Cooney, and David Burke spread their shoulders and the team as a whole played with a voracious work-ethic with and without the ball. Conor Cooney clipped a nice point from play and then followed up with a free to bring the teams level, and then a Victor Manso point was followed by a monster of a free by St. Thomas’ goalkeeper Gerald Kelly that put his team 0-13 to 0-11 ahead. A couple of minutes earlier Kelly had made a great save from an Owen Wall shot, so two big moments in quick succession for the St. Thomas’ custodian.

St. Thomas’ were now winning most battles for possession in the middle third and that gave them a platform to hurl despite their numerical disadvantage. Every time O’Loughlin Gaels rose a white flag, St. Thomas’ went straight down the field and did the same themselves as Cathal Burke and Manso cancelled out scores by Seán Bolger and Conor Heary. And when Mark Bergin landed a free to reduce the gap to one again, Éanna Burke gave us a taster of what was to come when he pivoted on the spot to somehow score when it looked like he would surely be bottled up. t was only when the game ticked into injury-time that St. Thomas’ tired, and it looked like O’Loughlin Gaels would take advantage when Bergin, Conor Kelly, and David Fogarty hit three fine points to draw the teams level. But in the fourth and final minute of extra-time up stepped Burke to produce that moment of magic that will never be forgotten by anyone associated with St. Thomas’ hurling club. Mark Bergin had a late chance to bring the game to extra-time with a long-range free, but the gusting wind and rain he shot into made it tough ask, and his effort drifted left and wide.

The final whistle blew moments later, and a St. Thomas’ panel that included 10 players who won the club’s first All-Ireland title in 2013 and finally reached the promised land again.

Scorers for St. Thomas’: Conor Cooney 0-6 (4f), David Burke 0-3, Eanna Burke 0-3, Victor Manso 0-2, James Regan 0-2, Gerald Kelly 0-1 (f), Cathal Burke 0-1

Scorers for O’Loughlin Gaels: Mark Bergi 0-4 (2f), David Fogarty, Paddy Deegan, Jordan Molloy, Sean Bolger all 0-2, Mikey Butler, Luke Hogan, Conor Kelly, Conor Heary, Stephen Murphy (f) all 0-1

ST THOMAS’: Gerald Kelly; Cian Mahony, Fintan Burke, David Sherry; John Headd, Shane Cooney, Cathal Burke; Damien Finnerty, David Burke; Darragh Burke, Conor Cooney, Victor Manso; James Regan, Éanna Burke, Oisín Flannery. Subs: Evan Duggan for David Sherry (20), Bernard Burke for Victor Manso (50), Damien McGlynn for Oisin Flannery (59)

O’LOUGHLIN GAELS: Stephen Murphy; Tony Forristal, Huw Lawlor, Mikey Butler; David Fogarty, Paddy Deegan, Jordan Molloy; Jack Nolan, Cian Loy; Mark Bergin, Eoin O’Shea, Conor Heary; Owen Wall, Luke Hogan, Seán Bolger. Subs: Conor Kelly for Eoin O’Shea (47), Jamie Ryan for Jack Nolan (50), Paddy Butler for Cian Loy (59)

Ref: Seán Stack (Dublin)

Galway and Wexford through to Dioralyte Walsh Cup Final

Wexford and Galway will contest the 2024 Walsh Cup Final after respective semi-final victories over Kilkenny and Dublin on Saturday afternoon.

Evan Niland was the main man for Galway as they defeated Dublin comfortably enough in Parnell Park. He struck 17 points, five of them from play, in what was a tour de force of beautiful ball striking.

A Jason Flynn goal helped Galway into a 1-11 to 0-7 half-time lead, and even at that stage you couldn’t see a way back for Dublin because they posed no real goal threat in attack.

They did have a brief period of dominance at the start of the second-half, but Niland’s unerring accuracy meant Galway were always able to stay out of arm’s reach.

GALWAY 1-24 DUBLIN 0-17

Team News Walsh Cup Galway v Laois

Galway 🆚 Laois
📆Sunday 14th January
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The Galway Senior Hurling Team to face Laois is announced:

1 Darach Fahy Ardrahan
2 Shane Morgan Loughrea
3 T. J. Brennan Clarinbridge
4 Dan Loftus Turloughmore
5 Cianan Fahy Ardrahan
6 Padraic Mannion Ahascragh Fohenagh
7 Tiernan Killeen Loughrea
8 Donal O’Shea Salthill Knocknacarra
9 Gavin Lee Clarinbridge
10 Tom Monaghan Craughwell
11 Jason Flynn Tommy Larkins
12 John Cooney Sarsfields
13 Jamie Ryan Loughrea
14 Martin Mac Manus Loughrea
15 Declan Mac Loughlin Portumna
16 Eanna Murphy Tommy Larkins
17 Jack Grealish Gort
18 Michael Walsh Ardrahan
19 David Concannon Killimordaly
20 Ronan Glennon Mullagh
21 Ian McGlynn Kilconieron
22 Seán O’Hanlon Turloughmore
23 Alex Connaire Sarsfields
24 Evan Niland Clarinbridge

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