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Athenry go to town in dismissing city rivals’ challenge

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Galway Bohs Mike Carr is challenged by Athenry FC's Anthony Connolly during Sunday's Connacht Junior Cup Semi-Final at Millars Lane. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

ATHENRY and Ballinasloe Town will meet in the Connacht Junior Cup final following semi finals wins in contrasting fashion on Sunday.

At Millar’s Lane, Athenry were always in command against Bohemians, while it required penalties at the Curragh Grounds where Ballinasloe emerged victorious over a Mervue side who just cannot win a penalty shootout.

Bohemians 0

Athenry FC 5

Last season’s beaten finalists have given themselves another bite at the Connacht Junior Cup cherry as they set up a repeat of the 2012 decider when a last minute goal on that occasion gave them a dramatic victory.

This semi final at a cold but sunny Millar’s Lane certainly produced the expected outcome as the visitors weathered an early storm, before pulling away for the expected victory. However, their win was marred by the late red card dismissal of substitute Colm O’Donovan and the striker will now miss the final.

Though the most memorable moments of the game were highlighted by two terrific Declan Cullen headers, the early minutes also produced a contentious moment when the central defender escaped with just a yellow card for a challenge outside the box on Sean Guinan.

The resulting free kick by John Sange was driven over and indeed the same player had an earlier opportunity of giving the home side a shock lead, but he just could not get a touch to a Mike Carr cross.

Now it took as while for the early frantic action to settle down before Athenry had the first direct hit on goal after 12 minutes when Jamie O’Driscoll brought a save from Jimmy McDaid. They made the breakthrough on 19 minutes when Gary Forde was upended in the box and the winger picked himself up to drive a low effort past McDaid.

The city side were finding it difficult to get within shooting range of Dara Murphy’s goal as Cullen and Paddy Quinn dominated in central defence, while in front of them Gary Delaney and Jamie O’Driscoll displayed a calm authority as they edged the midfield battle.

Bohemians just threatened twice before the break, but Mike Carr could not get a touch to a Keith Fitzgerald free kick on 26 minutes before Carr fired a shot directly at Murphy in a half chance.

Athenry put some distance between the sides on 36 minutes when Cullen rose majestically to power home a header from an Alan Harty corner to make it 2-0.

Any chance of a real contest in the second half was ended on 51 minutes when the visitors were awarded a second penalty after Forde again was upended in the box and with the winger getting treatment, Alan O’Donovan directed the resulting spot kick home for a 3-0 advantage. In a replica of his opener, Declan Cullen notched his second of the day on 56 minutes with another header, following an O’Donovan corner on this occasion.

Will the result a given at this stage, Athenry appeared to drop their intensity and became somewhat lethargic. That outcome allowed the home side some more latitude and in fairness, they stepped up their performance and only for lacking some finesse in the finishing department should have broken their duck.

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

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United make short work of Wexford FC in mis-match

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Galway United’s top scorer Stephen Walsh who twice hit the target in Friday's First Division win over Wexford FC.

Wexford FC 0

Galway United 4

WE’RE not yet at the half-way point in the season, but Galway United are playing like a side that will lift the First Division title come October. John Caulfield’s team made it six wins on the spin in Ferrycarrig Park last Friday.

Such was United’s dominance from the first whistle, the only thing Wexford were in with a shout of winning was the half-time raffle, and even then, the winner had Galway loyalties with the prize being won by the grandmother of Wexford native but United midfielder, Mikie Rowe.

United made one change to the side which trounced Cobh Ramblers the previous week, Gary Boylan coming in to start in a new formation which saw him play in the hole just between frontman, Stephen Walsh, and the attacking midfield trio of Wilson Waweru, Dave Hurley, and Ed McCarthy.

It was United’s second successive away game, and just like that trip to Cobh, this game was as good as over by half-time with the Tribesmen once again taking a 3-0 lead into the dressing room.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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O’Brien and McGowan make para-rowing history

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Steven McGowan and Katie O'Brien pictured in Italy with club coaches, Mike Gaffney and Conor Moloney.

Two members of Galway Rowing Club made history last weekend when they formed Ireland’s first competitive para-rowing crew as they attended a training camp in Italy, before competing in a para-rowing regatta.

Katie O’Brien from Clarinbridge was joined by clubmate, Roscommon native Steven McGowan, as they took what they hope is another step towards qualifying for the 2024 Paralympics in Paris.

The pair competed in the PR2 (back and arms) category in their first international para-rowing regatta in Gavirate in northern Italy, which was made possible by Galway Rowing Club’s move to actively support Rowing Ireland’s Paralympic rowing programme for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

O’Brien is a renowned oarswoman, and has competed on her own in the 1X in para-rowing, but there are no single seat boats in the Paralympics, so she and McGowan have joined forces in a new partnership.

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

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United seeking seventh win on the trot in home tie with Athlone Town

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Galway United’s Conor McCormack in action against Kurtis Byrne of Athlone Town last season. The teams clash in the First Division at Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday evening.

JOHN Caulfield is preaching a message of patience ahead of his side’s home game with Athlone Town on Friday (7.45pm), a game which could see his side match the club record of seven consecutive wins.

That run was set in 2006, when United finished third in the First Division under Tony Cousins, and this Friday they ‘only’ need to beat the division’s basement side, and a side without a win this season, to match that run of a magnificent seven wins.

It is that kind of talk, however, that Caulfield is keen to stamp out, pointing out that, under new interim manager Dermot Lennon, the Midlands side have improved in recent weeks, and have only been beaten by a single goal in their last three games.

Longford Town edged the Midlands El Classico last weekend by the odd goal in three; Cork City won on a matching 2-1 score in the previous week, their winner coming with the last kick of the game; while Waterford scraped to a 1-0 win at home to De Town the week before that again.

“We have to show patience, we have to be strong from the start and impose our game, but we have to be patient,” the United manager told Tribune Sport this week.

“We need to keep our composure, keep to our game plan, keep our patience, and I would say that to the crowd as well, they need to be patient as Athlone will come and sit in and look to hit us on the counter-attack, and it will be up to us to break them down,” he said.

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

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