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Abbey men spring big surprise in reaching showdown

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Abbeyknockmoy's Fionnan Garvey tries to halt the progress of Kinvara's Alan Leech during Saturday's intermediate hurlinbg semi-final at Kenny Park. Photos: Enda Noone.

Abbeyknockmoy 1-13

Kinvara  1-10

Pádraic Ó Ciardha At Kenny Park

ABBEYKNOCKMOY will be playing Senior B hurling in 2016 after they overcame the pre-game favourites Kinvara in last weekend’s Intermediate semi-final. In a fairly low-scoring game, a quick burst of 1-2 ten minutes from time proved to be enough for the winners as the advanced to the county final on a scoreline of 1-13 to 1-10.

Neither side seemed to come close to hitting top gear in a contest that will be quickly forgotten, but it was Abbeyknockmoy’s greater spread of scorers that proved decisive in the end. The eventual victors’ tally was actually shared between just four players, Paul Flaherty, Damien Rooney, Coleman Maher and Fionnán Garvey, but with Conor Whelan and Alan Leech being the only outfield players to score for Kinvara, even that marginal difference was enough.

The game’s first free came after barely ten seconds when Kinvara’s Brian Carroll was yellow-carded for a foul on Coleman Maher and it was a sign of things to come in what was a very stop-start contest. Paul Flaherty converted the resulting free to put Abbeyknockmoy into the lead and the same man doubled his side’s score two minutes later, also from a placed ball.

A foul on James O’Hara after a decent run allowed Conor Whelan to get Kinvara off the mark and the inter-county player had his side level in the seventh minute. Switching between the full-forward and half-forward lines, Whelan got the sliotar off Shane Byrne before splitting the posts from 45m out.

Good pressure from Coleman Maher then set-up Damien Rooney to put Abbeyknockmoy back in front. Three frees, two from Whelan and one from Paul Flaherty, soon followed, leaving the sides level, 0-4 apiece, with a quarter of an hour played.

Abbeyknockmoy’s Fionnán Garvey produced the game’s first memorable score from play in the 18th minute when, having done well to catch a long pass out of his defence, the corner-forward burst past his man on the outside before firing over close to the right-hand touchline. Kinvara were back level inside a minute, however, when Alan Leech produced his own moment of quality, raising a white flag from inside his own half.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Tuam men put late gloss on a hard earned win in Clonbur

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Tuam Stars' Cormac McWalter whose haul of 1-2 was vital in their Senior Football Championship win over Naomh Anna Leitir Móir in Clonbur on Saturday.

Tuam Stars 2-14

 Naomh Anna Leitir Móir 0-12 

Mike Rafferty in Clonbur

The outcome of this senior football championship contest in Clonbur looks decisive, but reality tells a different story as it was only in the latter stages that Tuam Stars pulled away to win with a shade of comfort.

For the majority of the opening half, it was the Connemara side who were the real drivers of the game, but despite that they still found themselves two points in arrears at the break. A Cormac McWalter goal on 29 minutes was to change the course of proceedings and, in reality, put Tuam in the driving seat for the rest of the match.

For a side that dominated the second half,  it was only in the closing quarter that Tuam Stars pulled away as a 1-5 tally without reply in a seven-minute spell turned what had been a close contest into a comfortable victory by the end. However, once they went ahead, the Stars stuck to their task and never gave Leitir Móir an opportunity to get back into it.

The performance of Naomh Anna saw contrasting productions. An impressve opening half when they were full of running and support play turned in the opposite direction on the resumption. It was almost as if they did not believe in themselves.

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Kelly and McHugh land the key scores for title holders

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Colm Mannion of Mountbellew-Moylough comes under pressure from Annghdown's Ryan Ford and Jonathon Creaven during Sunday's Senior Football Championship tie at Tuam Stadium. Photos: Hany Marzouk.

Mountbellew/Moylough 2-13

Annaghdown 0-13

BARRY McHugh fired over seven points as Mountbellew/Moylough started the defence of their senior football championship title off with a deserved win.

Patrick Kelly’s goals in either half also proved decisive as Mountbellew/Moylogh overcame a stiff Annaghdown challenge to emerge with a six point triumph. Despite Michael Daly not featuring for last year’s champions, this was an ideal start to Mountbellew/Moylough’s campaign as they came through some rocky periods before their greater quality up front and ‘know how’ got the job done.

Annaghdown gave their opponent’s plenty to worry about in the first and third quarters but they went off the boil before half time, failing to score from play for the final 15 minutes of the opening period. They then went 13 minutes without a score in the concluding quarter as Mountbellew/Moylough were able to kick three of the final four points to seal an opening round triumph.

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Caherlistrane show plenty of grit to reel in Monivea-Abbey

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Jamie Burke of Monivea-Abbey secures possession ahead of Caherlistrane's Rory Glynn during Sunday's Senior Football Championship clash at Tuam Stadium. Photos: Hany Marzouk.

Caherlistrane 1-10

Monivea-Abbey 0-10

ALAN Morris’ 37th minute proved vital as Caherlistrane started their campaign with a gritty win over Monivea-Abbey at Tuam Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Although all goals are valuable, this one proved to be a game changer with Monivea-Abbey enjoying their largest lead of the contest, four points, before Morris struck. Garvan McDaid’s side led 0-8 to 0-4 and looked to be in control against an off-colour Caherlistrane outfit.

Despite enjoying a numerical advantage when Monivea-Abbey’s Jamie Burke was black carded as he hauled down Oisín O’Brien after a short kickout malfunctioned, Caherlistrane could not shake free of their stubborn opponents as they only outscored Monivea-Abbey 0-3 to 0-2 while playing against 14 men.

This meant the sides were deadlocked at 1-7 to 0-10, but Caherlistrane kicked the final three points of the contest as Ronan Conneely’s 57th minute effort was followed by scores from substitute Joe Monaghan and Morris. Although Caherlistrane manager Frank Doherty will certainly be looking for improvements this weekend as they face Claregalway, this was a huge win for Caherlistrane as they have flirted with relegation in recent years.

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