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A priceless win for 14-man St Thomas’ in hectic finish

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Castlegar's John O'Brien gives chase to St. Thomas' Cathal Burke during the clubs' Senior A championship clash at Kenny Park on Saturday evening. Photos: Enda Noone.

St Thomas’ 1-19

Castlegar 4-9

A red card, two injury time goals, a penalty in the 64th minute and a one point winning margin. On the face of it, this clash between St Thomas’ and Castlegar had it all. In reality, however, a frenetic finale merely glossed over the fairly tame 60 minutes that had preceded it.

A horrible, wet evening in Kenny Park made playing conditions far from ideal and though both sides served up some nice scores, the game went through several lulls, particularly in the second half. It was as if both teams were waiting for those final moments and it came close to being worth it as they served up quite a show in those five minutes of injury time.

St Thomas’ ended normal time six points to the good and moments away from a vital first win in Group B of this year’s Senior A Championship. Castlegar had failed to get going in the second half up to this point but when their first defeat in the group loomed large, they sprang into action.

Understandably, as the game passed the 60 minute mark, the city side had resorted to pumping long balls into the St Thomas’ goalmouth and Castlegar’s third goal of the contest came from one such delivery. In the scramble, the ball broke out to Donal Barry and though the midfielder’s strike was blocked initially, Enda Concannon was on and to finish to the net.

That left Castlegar a goal behind, 1-18 to 3-9, but in their search for the equalising score, St Thomas’ exploited the gaps they left at the back. Substitute Brendan Farrell won the ball 45m from the Castlegar posts and after a strong run, he played in Eanna Burke, who was dragged down in front of goal. Burke opted to put the resulting penalty over the bar, giving his side a four point cushion but Castlegar still hadn’t given up.

65 minutes in, another long ball, another goalmouth scramble and this time it appeared to be Padraig O’Flynn who got the final touch, sending it past Patrick Skehill in the St Thomas’ goal. Unfortunately for Castlegar, it proved to be the last play of the game.

The game started fairly brightly, David Burke opening the scoring in the 4th minute with Ger Farragher and Conor Cooney converting placed balls in the following couple of minutes. Enda Concannon levelled matters with a good score from the right wing before Castlegar struck in the 10th minute for the game’s first goal.

John Connor’s puck out was flicked forward by John O’Brien and when St Thomas’ Fintan Burke misread the hop, it allowed Jack Coyne to steal in and direct the ball past Patrick Skehill and into the net. St Thomas’ responded well to the concession, however, as they struck the next four points through Conor Cooney, Bernard Burke, David Burke and Eanna Burke.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

 

 

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Galway minors continue to turn season around with latest win over Derry

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Galway players Seán Dunne, Fionn O'Connor and Adam Colleran celebrating their All-Ireland Minor Football semi-final win over Derry at Parnell Park on Saturday. Photo: Ray McManus /Sportsfile.

THE results may not have gone Galway’s way in the Connacht minor football championship, but team manager Alan Glynn never lost faith in his young squad.

And his belief in them has certainly been justified following deserved victories over Dublin and Derry in the All-Ireland series, setting Galway up for a unique third championship collision with Mayo in the one year.

The more games Galway are playing, the better they are getting, and Glynn is in no doubt that their extended championship run will do wonders for the development of his players.

But after losing three times in Connacht – twice to Mayo – how did Glynn, and his backroom team of Tim Rabbitt and Michéal Antaine Ó Loidéain, manage to turn their season around?

“We did speak in the dressing-room after that game [Connacht final] and we said, ‘look that’s the Connacht championship done with, that’s one competition finished and we’re now into a new All-Ireland competition.’

“There were eight teams left and we took that look to things. At the end of the day, we had lost three games in Connacht, and I suppose if you were to dwell on that, we could get bogged down and we could get negative. We just said, ‘We’ve finished second in Connacht. Not what we wanted but it’s where we were and we’re now into the last eight.’

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Aki captains Ireland, scores a try but tourists’ first match ends in heavy defeat

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Ireland captain Bundee Aki touches down for a first-half try against the Maori All Blacks on Wednesday, but the game ended in a disappointing loss for the tourists.

IT should have been a night to savour for Bundee Aki who was honoured with the Irish captaincy for the first game of their daunting tour to New Zealand.

Leading an inexperienced tourist selection, Aki could hardly have wished for a better start after powering over for Ireland’s first try against the Maori All Blacks.

But it was nearly all downhill for the men in green subsequently on Wednesday. Ireland were repeatedly carved open and trailed by 32-10 at the break.

On a night when fellow Connacht player, flanker Cian Prendergast, also started and prop Finlay Bealham was a second-half substitute, Ireland never really fired despite not conceding another score on the resumption.

But all the tourists could add to their tally was a converted Gavin Coombes’ try in a disappointing opening to their five-match tour.

Ahead of the game, Aki said it was a “huge privilege” to captain Ireland against the Maori All Blacks after initially suspecting head coach Andy Farrell was joking about giving him the responsibility.

New Zealand-born Aki led a youthful side containing five uncapped players on Wednesday night as the Irish kicked-off their summer tour of his homeland.

For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Galway have more than a prayer of toppling Limerick

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Galway’s Tom Monaghan breaking away from Limerick’s Kyle Hayes during their National League encounter at the Gaelic Grounds last February The teams clash again in Sunday's All-Ireland semi-final.

THEY are unbeaten in the championship since the All-Ireland semi-final of 2019; are chasing a fourth Liam McCarthy Cup in five years; and when it comes to brute force and physicality, they have no peers in the game.

This is the Limerick team that Galway must upset the odds against in Sunday’s All-Ireland hurling semi-final at Croke Park (3.30pm). And though few give them a realistic chance of doing so, the Tribesmen are at least capable of giving the champions a searching test.

Galway will also draw encouragement from their last semi-final battle with Limerick in 2020 at an empty Croke Park. The teams were level in injury time only for the Shannonsiders to salvage a result with Tom Morrissey catching fire late on.

It was a contest with no goals (0-27 to 0-24) and benefiting from a flying start, Galway really carried the fight to Limerick despite suffering the loss of Cathal Mannion through injury in the opening-half. It was an occasion which also stood out for Joe Canning’s remarkable feat of converting four sideline cuts – a record number for one championship game.

The team’s long-time ace marksman is no longer involved, but apart from the also retired Aidan Harte and long-term injury victim Shane Cooney, Galway will again be relying on the bulk of those players from that semi-final of two years in their quest to turn the tables.

Naturally, it will be one less if, as anticipated, Gearóid McInerney fails to recover from the knee injury which forced him to hobble off before half-time in their quarter-final victory over Cork in Thurles last Saturday week.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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