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Bad day at the office as Galway hurlers and footballers lose crunch league games

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Galway's Niall Burke breaking away from Cork's Brian Lawton during Sunday's National Hurling League Division 1A relegation play-off at Pearse Stadium. Photo: Enda Noone.

Dara Bradley and  Francis Farragher

GALWAY’S flagship GAA teams will ply their trade in the second tier of their respective leagues next season after a disappointing Sunday for the county.

The hurlers dropped out of the top-flight for the first time in two and a half decades by losing to Cork in the relegation play-off at Pearse Stadium.

Cork were poor when they were beaten by six points in round one of the league in Salthill on St Valentine’s Day; but as Galway has discovered, it is hard beat the same team twice. A frustratingly slow start and the concession of two scrappy goals late in the game proved Galway’s downfall as Cork recorded their first league win of the campaign to avoid the drop. The final score was 2-22 to 0-25.

Meanwhile, the footballers remain in Division Two after their push for promotion fell short against Cavan at Kingspan/Breffni Park earlier in the day.

Galway started brightly to lead 1-4 to 1-1 after the first quarter, and held a three-point advantage at the break (1-8 to 1-5). However, the home side soon took control and dominated proceedings. Kevin Walsh’s charges had a goal opportunity late on to snatch victory but Cavan held on to triumph, 1-16 to 1-12, in this winner-takes-all clash. The Ulstermen are promoted to the top flight and will now contest the Division Two final with Tyrone at Croke Park in a fortnight’s time.

At Salthill, Galway senior hurling manager, Micheál Donoghue conceded he was disappointed to be relegated but said it won’t affect championship preparations. “This result isn’t going to define our year,” insisted the Clarinbridge man.

“We’re going to push on from this and history has shown that teams who have contested the relegation battle have still gone on and done well in the championship . . . obviously we’re bitterly disappointed going down to Division 1B, and we’re not going to hide that fact, but we just push on now for the championship and obviously when the league comes around again we try and get back to 1A.”

Donoghue said Galway recovered from a poor start and were in a “decent enough” position, three points up with eight minutes or so remaining before they were hit by killer goals. “That’s probably what hurt us most,” he said.

“We came back into it but before the game we didn’t want it to turn into a shoot-out and ultimately it did. When you play that way you’re going to live by the sword or die by the sword. They finished strong with the two goals.”

Galway was missing eight players through injury, and the defence on Sunday was lacking a few key heavyweights. “The game, of the magnitude it was, we probably could have done with players with more experience,” he conceded.

One of the positives Donoghue is taking from the campaign is he had a chance to look at 32 players since February, and that will strengthen options for the championship. On the downside, Donoghue confirmed afterwards that Jonathan Glynn will not be returning from America this summer. “We are bitterly disappointed but we just have to push on. Other teams have been here before and ended up having a good championship and hopefully that will happen,” added Donoghue.

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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