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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.

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).

 

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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)

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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.

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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

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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

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