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Big blow to St. Thomas’ as key man Cooney suffers recurrence of foot injury

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St Thomas' Conor Cooney who faces another lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering a recurrence of a foot injury.

AFTER an interesting, if not topsy-turvy opening round of the senior hurling championship – which generated its fair share of upsets – the formbook for the second series of games would appear to have been well and truly torn to shreds.

Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry, Padraig Pearses, Tommy Larkins, Sarsfields and Ardrahan all secured favourable results in the first round despite the pundits – and the bookmakers – indicating they would struggle to harvest any point from their respective ties.

It means they can all strengthen their stranglehold on a top two finish in their groups should they build on those results this weekend although for Padraig Pearses and Ardrahan, who face each other on Saturday, their meeting could well make or break their season given the quality of opposition in their section.

Of course, the result that raised the most eyebrows in the opening round was Portumna’s demolition of Turloughmore on a 2-18 to 0-6 scoreline, Damien Hayes and Andy Smith netting the four-time All-Ireland club champions goals. They face an improving Killimordaly outfit this Saturday.

The second round also signals the return to action of former All-Ireland club winners St. Thomas’, who had a bye in the first round, as they face Turloughmore, stung by their opening day defeat, in a tricky opener for them.

The last remaining side to enter the championship race is 2014 intermediate champions Cappataggle. They face neighbours Sarsfields, who were impressive 13-point winners over 2014 semi-finalists Beagh first day out.

Elsewhere, there are a number of intermediate games down for decision, with last year’s junior A winners Annaghdown commencing their campaign with a tie against Kilbeacanty. (See fixtures).

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Tommy Larkins v Carnmore

(Kenny Park, Athenry 5pm)

Corner forward Stephen Page (hamstring), forced to withdraw in Tommy Larkins’ victory over Craughwell, is expected to be fit and back in contention for selection this weekend. The set-up will also be buoyed by their U-21s excellent quarter-final win over Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry last weekend. Peter English, Kevin McHugo and Jason Flynn are among their form players at the moment.

Carnmore were competitive in their opening round clash against Castlegar but, ultimately, suffered a 1-18 to 0-13 defeat. Out of that, defenders Anthony Daveron and Ciaran Murray and forward Barry Hanley are all nursing knocks but should be fit to play. Midfielder Donie Fox, though, is unavailable for this one.

Verdict: Tommy Larkins.

Last meeting: 2013 (Second Round) Tommy Larkins 0-15, Carnmore 0-10.

Match odds: Tommy Larkins 1/8; draw 12/1; Carnmore 5/1.

Ardrahan v Padraig Pearses

(Kenny Park, Athenry 6:30pm)

Inspired by the returning Cyril Donnellan, Padraig Pearses caused an upset when dispatching Clarinbridge in the first round. A number of players picked up knocks and strains in that game but manager Martin Tierney is hoping they will have cleared up by the weekend. Corner forward Conor O’Grady is struggling though to shake off a bug. Shane Raftery, Cormac Ward, Sean Hardiman and Keith Donnellan continue to be long term concerns.

Ardrahan, already without Pat Holland (hip) and John Greene (shoulder), have now corner forward Stephen Whelan added to the list after he broke his hand in their opening day draw against champions Gort. While initially disappointed with that result, having led for most of the game, it could still prove an invaluable point for Tom Helebert’s charges.

Verdict: Ardrahan.

Last meeting: 2014 (First Round) Ardrahan 2-10, Padraig Pearses 0-9.

Match odds: Ardrahan 4/6; draw 15/2; Padraig Pearses 11/8.

For more, read this week’s Galway City 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.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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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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