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Big chance for Cappataggle hurlers

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FOR one of the rare occasions in the past half decade, Galway intermediate hurling champions Cappataggle will enter a competitive fixture as underdogs when they take on London’s Kilburn Gaels in an intriguing All-Ireland Club semi-final clash at the Gaelic Grounds, Limerick on Sunday (1pm).

Since winning the county intermediate title in 2008 – only to somewhat unluckily lose their senior status the following year – Cappataggle have year in, year out been hotly tipped at the outset of every intermediate championship to return to top flight hurling.

The favourites tag has often benefitted them but it has also at times been their undoing as they lost to Padraig Pearses (2010 quarter-final replay), Moycullen (2011 semi-final), Killimordaly (2012 semi-final) and Kilnadeema/Leitrim (2013 final) in the ensuing years. They finally came good with their county final replay win over Ahascragh/Fohenagh last November.

They face a Kilburn Gaels outfit that has already put Kilkenny intermediate champions Mullinavat to the sword in the All-Ireland quarter-final. That 1-10 to 1-8 victory, in which Kilbeacanty’s Stephen Lambert shot 1-8 (0-6 frees) for the Exiles, has installed the Londoners as 5/4 title favourites. Cappy are 3/1 and only 11/8 to win this Sunday.

“We are delighted with that,” laughs Healy, “because over the last five years in the Galway championship, we seem to be favourites for everything and you almost get tired of it after a while. So, we are delighted we are the underdogs, even though we don’t pay don’t much heed into those things. At the same time, it is something new.”

In truth, it’s difficult to know. Cappataggle have an abundance of talent in goalkeeper James Skehill, defenders Declan Cronin, the Brodericks – Michael and Thomas – and captain Stephen Creaven, the versatile Damien Joyce and forwards Daniel Nevin, the Dolans – Alan and Darragh – and Patrick Egan, to mention but a few.

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Annaghdown pull it off in a gripping finale to group tie

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Bearna's Cathal Folan tries to shake off the attentions of Annaghdown's Conor Moloney during Tuesday's Senior Football Group 2 tie at Duggan Park. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Annaghdown 1-17

Bearna 0-8

Ivan Smyth at Duggan Park

Well, that was dramatic. Annaghdown squeezed through to the quarter finals of the seniotrchampionship in the most nailbiting 12 point win one will witness at Duggan Park on Tuesday night.

Annaghdown entered this game needing to win by 12 points or more if they were to reach the quarter finals at the expense of Milltown. With Annaghdown leading by 11 points and the clock ticking into the second and final minute of injury time, the winners engineered a free which goalkeeper James Healy fired over from 50m out to break Milltown hearts.

The men in maroon and white can now look forward to a quarter final with St. Michael’s, one which both sides will feel is winnable. Realistically their fate shouldn’t have been decided with the final kick of the game. Annaghdown led by the required margin at half time, 1-12 to 0-3, as a hammering appeared much more of a realistic option than a tense finale. However, Bearna certainly played the role of spoilers to a tee in the final half as they retained possession far better than in the opening half.

Annaghdown’s level also dropped but despite Frankie Burke seeing a penalty saved by James Keane, Galway’s sub goalkeeper in this year’s championship, they had managed to move 14 points in front after 55 minutes. Bearna’s resistance appeared to have broken but in a campaign which has seen them take successive heavy defeats, the city side hit back with points from Donal and Ryan Folan.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Stalemate as Sarsfields and Turlough serve up final epic

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Leon Connaire of Sarsfields secures possession against Turloughmore's Matthew Tarpey during the County U20 A Hurling Final at Duggan Park last Wednesday. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Sarsfields 0-23

Turloughmore 2-17

Eanna O’Reilly at Duggan Park

THE Under 20 hurlers of Sarsfields and Turloughmore couldn’t be separated in Ballinasloe last Wednesday evening after a titanic contest saw the sides finish level. Those in attendance certainly got their money’s worth from this final, as a high scoring thriller played out between two outstanding teams.

With 40 minutes played, Sarsfields were certainly the team in the driving seat as they held a six point lead after largely dominating the game. During the next five minutes however, Turlough hit 1-3 to come roaring back into the contest. The final quarter played out as a cliff hanger, with both sides edging ahead at different stages.

When Cillian Whelan sent over an injury time point for Turlough, it looked as though they had snatched the victory. However, there was one more twist in the story, with Sarsfields sub Jordan McMahon popping up to take a point at the death to force the final to a replay.

Any neutrals in the crowd at Duggan Park would hardly be objecting to another 60 minutes of fare between these teams, such was the quality on display. That replay is down for decision on Wednesday, October 5 (Duggan Park, 7:30pm) and will be eagerly anticipated.

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Monivea-Abbey in trouble after latest narrow defeat

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St Michael's Gavin Summerville breaking away from Philip Muldowney of Monivea-Abbey during Saturday's Senior Football Group 3 contest at Tuam Stadium. Photos: David Cunniffe.

St. Michael’s 0-11

Monivea/Abbey 0-9

Ivan Smyth at Tuam Stadium

ST. Michael’s outscored Monivea/Abbey seven points to two in the second half at Tuam Stadium on Saturday as they secured top spot n Group 3.

This defeat ensures Monivea/ Abbey finished bottom as they now face a battle to avoid relegation. The second half summed up Monivea/Abbey’s championship campaign to date with no shortage of battling spirit or physicality, but they struggled to engineer chances as St. Michael’s were able to play on the counter attack once they took the lead in the third quarter.

This defeat meant Monivea/Abbey lost their fourth game of the championship, with each of those defeats coming by a single score. After a first half in which Monivea/Abbey appeared to rattle Colm Tummon’s side with their front-foot pressure, Garvan McDaid’s charges kicked just two second half points, both from frees.

With Cillian McDaid looking sharp in the opening half, the GAA/GPA All Star nominee was starved of possession in the final period. His marker Shane Connaughton was the game’s outstanding player as the centre back enjoyed an absorbing duel with McDaid while he was central to much of St. Michael’s’ positive attacking play.

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