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Big chance for Galway ladies sides to secure final places

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Clonbur's Lorna Joyce and Monaghan's Yvonne Connel, in action in this year's All-Ireland ladies football quarter-final, will renew rivalry in Sunday's All-Ireland Club intermediate semi-final.

CONNACHT senior and intermediate ladies football champions – Kilkerrin/Clonberne and Clonbur – will look to keep the Galway flag flying high when they face Termon of Donegal and Monaghan Harps in their respective All-Ireland semi-finals on Sunday.

Kilkerrin/Clonberne will host Ulster champions Termon in their All-Ireland senior club semi-final in Clonberne (2pm) and they will no doubt be buoyed by their 0-12 to 2-5 victory over reigning national champions Carnacon of Mayo in the Connacht decider.

“The reaction has been positive, from everyone,” says manager Michael Divilly. “We have parked that now though and we are looking forward to the game this Sunday. There is no point looking back.”

That said, there will be a lot of elements of their play from the Connacht final that Kilkerrin/Clonberne will draw strength from, most notably their second half performance when, despite playing against a gale, they held Cora Staunton and Carnacon to just two points.

“We couldn’t have asked for more,” admits Divilly. “At half-time, it didn’t look good for us only being a point ahead having to play into the wind in the second half. It was a magnificent performance.”

Indeed it was, sprinkled with some fine individual displays from the likes of defenders Nicola Ward, Aoife McStay and Caoimhe Boyle, midfielders Louise Ward and captain Annette Clarke and forwards Lisa Gannon and Olivia Divilly, with the latter accounting for seven points (five frees) of her side’s total.

A similar showing – both from the team and their key players – could go a long way to seeing off Termon on Sunday. “That is the question,” says the Kilkerrin/Clonberne mentor. “You hope you could. Certainly, as I said, it has all been positive from the girls and they are looking forward to it.”

As for Termon, their marquee player is Donegal sharpshooter Geraldine McLaughlin – the ace forward tallying 4-4 in their 4-7 to 3-8 Ulster senior club final victory over 2012 All-Ireland champions Donaghmoyne of Monaghan.

Two goal in the opening period from the all-action full-forward saw Termon take a 2-6 to 1-5 half-time lead in that game and while the reigning Ulster champions did respond in the third quarter, two further goals from McLaughlin was enough to secure her side the victory.

McLaughlin, though, is just one of a plethora of Termon players to feature for Donegal – who lost to Kerry in a thrilling All-Ireland quarter-final – this year, including Laura Gallagher, Roisin McCaffrey, Shannon McGroddy, Nicole McLaughlin and NUI Galway student Emer Gallagher.

Indeed, Gallagher’s presence provides an interesting sub-plot to this tie as her manager at NUIG is none other than Kilkerrin/Clonberne midfielder Clarke while Olivia Divilly is one of her O’Connor Cup team-mates. Termon panellist Niamh Friel is also a NUIG squad member.

After securing the Donegal title, Termon began their Ulster campaign with a 10-9 to 1-2 victory over Newtownbutler (Fermanagh) before accounting for Down champions’ Castlewellian on a scoreline of 5-11 to 2-15 in the Ulster semi-final.

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

 

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Referee shortage sees local games called off

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The Salthill Devon side that beat Corrib Celtic 4-1 in Drom last Friday night. Back row from left: Jackson Da Silva, Andrew Connolly, Cillian Doyle, Shane O’Rourke, Calum Crowe, and Arek Mamala. Front: Matthew Barrett, Darren Darcy, Matthew Murray, Michael Gallagher and Vinny Faherty. Photos: Iain McDonald.

Soccer Wrap with Mike Rafferty

It is not often that Mervue United have to wait until the third series of games in the Premier Division to get their first win, but after earlier losses to Maree/Oranmore and Athenry they finally secured their first success on the all-weather at Fahy’s Field on Sunday morning.

A 2-1 win over St Bernard’s moved them off the foot of the table, but in a close contest it was an outcome that could have gone either way. Mayo native Eoin Prendergast took both his goals well, although they were of the simple variety as deliveries over the top exposed the visitors cover and the former Conn Rangers striker was left with simple tap-in’s as they led by two at the break.

In contrast the St Bernard’s reply was a cracking effort as Matty Finn crossed from the right and the inrushing Paddy Mullins headed powerfully past Rob Carr to pull one back.

The visitors had plenty of opportunities to get back on level terms, but it was an occasion when their finishing let them down. Twice Dillon Murphy threatened a breakthrough, but his opening effort few across the face of goal; before failing to connect with a Keith Forde delivery.

Brian Moran had an effort that was easily gathered by Rob Carr, before Matty Finn was well off target with a late chance. All the opportunities were not at the one end, as Mervue threatened when Robert Carroll headed over following a Eli Sheedy corner; while Prendergast missed a great chance to complete his hat-trick, but fired over from in front of goal after a neat knockdown by Stephen Larkin set him up.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Lyons’ spectacular bicycle kick carries day for United

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Mikie Rowe of Galway United and Cork City's Cian Coleman in a race for possession during Friday night's First Division tie at Eamonn Deacy Park.

Galway United  2

Cork City 1

By Mike Rafferty at Eamonn Deacy Park

THERE is no doubt that the Galway United players will have had more of a pep in their step at training this week as their come-from-behind victory over Cork City at Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday night finally ended their five match winless streak and. hopefully, in the process installed a bit of confidence in their own ability.

No doubt the fact that the visitors would have clinched the Airtricity First Division title if they were to win was a further incentive for the home side to raise their game to a level that had gone missing in recent outings.

However, United did fall behind for the fourth game in succession, before two goals in a three minute spell by Wilson Waweru and Charlie Lyons rescued the situation and moved them to within seven points of the league leaders. United do enjoy a game in hand and while they are free this weekend, their next outing away against Treaty United will bring them level on games played with Cork City.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Connacht thrashed by Ulster but internationals return for tough South African trip

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Connacht's Caolin Blade who scored their only try in Saturday's heavy URC defeat to Ulster at the Kingspan Stadium.

By JOHN FALLON

ANDY Friend says Connacht need to pick up the pieces quickly from an opening night hammering (36-10) to Ulster after going down by five tries to one in Belfast.

Ulster dominated the opening half and were good value for their 14-3 lead as Connacht had to defend for long periods of a half littered with mistakes by both sides.

Centres Luke Marshall and Stuart McCloskey were dominant and the two combined for the opening score after 27 minutes, before 21-year old hooker Tom Stewart crowned his first start by punishing poor defending when he looped around a lineout to score three minutes from the break.

Connacht finished the half with a boost when Conor Fitzgerald landed a penalty from 35 metres to cut the gap to 11 points but they fell apart after the restart, coughing up six penalties in ten minutes.

Scrum-half Nathan Doak extended the lead with a 45th minute penalty and then he touched down for a try six minutes later when Stewart was stopped just short.

Doak’s third conversion made it 24-3 as both sides emptied their benches and Ulster secured the bonus point when full-back Stewart Moore got over after Connacht No.8 Paul Boyle was binned for offiside.

Replacement scrum-half Caolin Blade got over for a consolation try ten minutes from time after former Leinster out-half David Hawkshaw also impressed after coming on, but other than the performance of another ex-Leinster player, flanker Josh Murphy, there were few other consolations as Ulster finished on a high with replacement prop Callum Reid getting the touchdown and Doak converting from the right.

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

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