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Elwood holds his nerve to force a replay in U-21 A final

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Liam Mellows 0-15

Turloughmore 0-15

TURLOUGHMORE and Liam Mellows will have to do it all again as a last gasp free from Ronan Elwood was enough to seal a well deserved draw for the city side in an entertaining U-21 A hurling final in Pearse Stadium on Saturday.

Mellows were six points down heading into the final quarter but battled back gallantly to earn a replay, the third time this has happened, with the sides already having gone to replays when they met in the 2013 Minor final, along with their meeting in the U16 decider two years earlier.

It was Mellows who opened the scoring through a Ronan Elwood free, and Stephen Barrett doubled the lead almost immediately after winning the puck out before splitting the posts with a delightful strike from the left wing. Subsequently, Sean Linnane registered Turloughmore’s first score, but that was quickly cancelled out by another Elwood free as the city side settled the quicker.

Turloughmore needed a lift and that came in the form of a super score from left half back Daniel Burke, who brilliantly stopped the menacing run of Barrett with a superb block and without hesitation, the young defender then turned and blasted over a superb score from well inside his own half.

Joe Hession’s side were nearly gifted an early goal when county U21 star Sean Loftus tried his luck with a free from long range. His delivery almost landed in the Mellows net as keeper Jack Forde missed the ball, allowing Padraig Kearney to try but ultimately fail to sweep it into the net.

The game was tight at this stage, both teams struggling to take a foothold in what was an evenly matched contest across the field, although Mellows were relying heavily on the free taking of sharpshooter Ronan Elwood, while Turloughmore had five different scorers in the opening half, rising to eight by the final whistle.

The sides traded scores in a tight ten minute period to leave it level at five points apiece when Turloughmore hit a purple patch which saw them land four points without reply. Frees from Jamie Holland added to the lead secured by points from play through Loftus and Linnane as they went in ahead by 0-9 to 0-6 at the break.

Throughout the final, the midfield exchanges proved the key to the success of any attack as the game saw very few short puck outs. With Richard Doyle and Shane Burke commanding this area, Turloughmore looked to kill off the Mellows challenge with a flurry of scores to put them seven points clear.

Full coverage in this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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City sides will fancy chances of advancing as champions face Corofin

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Bearna's James Kennedy hits the deck in Ballinasloe on Tuesday as Annaghdown's Frankie Burke and Darragh Meehan try to chase down possession. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

The battle for this year’s county Senior Gaelic football club title looks to be wide open after the quarter-final draw was made this week following the delayed conclusion of the group stages on Tuesday night.

Salthill/Knocknacarra, who finished second in group 2, have been handed a last eight tie with a Tuam Stars side that finished third in group 1; while St Michael’s, who topped Group 3, will face an Annaghdown side that nabbed the final quarter-final spot in dramatic fashion on Tuesday night.

They went into their game with Bearna knowing they needed to win by a minimum of 12points to pip Milltown to the final qualifying spot as the second best of the teams that finished third in the group stages.

They looked to be coming up just short until they were awarded a late free, which goalkeeper James Healy converted, to snatch that remaining quarter-final slot on socring difference form Milltown.

The 2020 champions, Moycullen, will take on Claregalway in the last eight; while the pick of the ties is undoubtedly the clash of defending champions, Mountbellew/Moylough, with a Corofin side that was denied the five-in-a-row by Moycullen two years ago.

At the other end of the equation, St James’ are in a relegation battle, and face a clash with An Spidéal in the preliminary play-offs. A win will secure their senior status for another year, but a defeat will see them join Oughterard, An Cheathru Rua, and the losers of the other preliminary play-off between Caherlistrane and Monivea/Abbey in a round robin league, with the bottom two sides in those play-offs dropping to the intermediate ranks next year.

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Play-offs dress rehearsal facing Utd against Treaty

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Former Galway United player Enda Curran celebrates his recent hat-trick for Treaty United in their FAI Cup quarter-final win over UCD. The in-form Mervue native will be facing the Tribesmen in a First Division clash on Friday.

GALWAY United head to Limerick this Friday evening for what is looking like a dress rehearsal for the end-of-season play-offs as they take on Treaty United in the Markets Field (7.45pm).

This is United’s game-in-hand over league leaders, Cork City, and a win will see them close the gap on the Leesiders to four points with three games remaining, and while a win would give the slightest of hopes of a late challenge for league honours, it is more likely to serve as a further boost to confidence ahead of the protracted play-off series that kicks-off at the end of next month.

United need to win their final four games to have any hope of snatching the title, and given the goal difference between the sides, they also need to hope that City don’t pick up more than four points from their last three games, if they are to finish top of the pile.

United’s last three games after this weekend are at home to Athlone, away to Wexford, and home to Longford Town; while City are home to Wexford, away to Athlone, and home to Bray, the easier of the two run-ins, so for United it is all about building momentum ahead of the play-offs.

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Late points from Burke and Wall grab draw for Corofin

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Tuam Stars' Paul Collins tries to halt Ronan Steede of Corofin in his tracks during Sunday's Senior Football Group 1 encounter at Tuam Stadium. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Corofin 0-16

Tuam Stars 0-16

Eanna O’Reilly at Tuam Stadium

A late point from Corofin’s Ian Burke denied Tuam Stars a notable win over their close neighbours in an entertaining contest at Tuam Stadium on Sunday afternoon. In a closely fought contest, the Stars appeared to have done enough with two late points from Brian Mannion putting them ahead by 0-16 to 0-14 in the dying minutes of the second half.

In typically composed fashion however, Corofin refused to panic and used all of their experience to engineer two late scores, the first from Dylan Wall, before Burke held his nerve to convert a mark to give Corofin a share of the spoils.

The result means that both sides qualified for the quarter finals, after both finished the group stages with eight points. Corofin were drawn against defending champions Mountbellew/Moylough in a mouth-watering tie, while Tuam Stars will face Salthill/Knocknacara in another intriguing clash.

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