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Bish boys advance

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The St. Joseph's College, the Bish, soccer squad which has qualified for the All-Ireland final. Back row, left to right: Conor Melody (Capt) Cian O'Connell, Ross Murphy, Chris Scally, Conor Moloney, Keelan Eyers, James Grealis, Michael Costello, Josh Marvesley, Bobby Keane, Gary Kinneen. Front row: Jack Coyne, Diarmuid McGee, John Kennedy, Brian Lally, Eoin Higgins, Tommy McClean, Adam Fitzgerald, David Carter, Ben Brennan.

St. Joseph’s College        1

Deele College, Raphoe 1

(AET, St. Joseph’s won 5-4 on pens)

Joseph’s College, Galway (the Bish) booked their place in the Dr. Tony O’Neill Senior Cup Final after coming out on top following a pulsating penalty shootout with Deele College, Raphoe in the Showgrounds, Sligo on Tuesday.

The Galway boys were without Diarmuid McNee going into the game as he failed a late fitness test so Tommy McClean was drafted in as a replacement.

Neither side could break down some hardy defensive work as both keepers had an uneventful opening quarter, but Raphoe came close to breaking the deadlock on the half hour mark when Oliver Quinn saw his free kick sail over the woodwork

Ross Murphy then had a fine chance to put St. Joseph’s ahead going into the break after he ran through on goal, but his shot from close range went just wide of the mark. It was scoreless at the interval.

Within seconds of the restart Deele took the lead. The ball was played down the wing straight from tip off and crossed perfectly into the box for Simon McGlynn to knock home.

St. Joseph’s almost pulled a goal back five minutes later when Ross Murphy’s free kick from the right hand side skimmed across the face of the goal before it was knocked out for a corner.

The Galway lads continued their attack with the resulting corner. The ball was whipped in and met with determination by Bobby Keane who headed just wide of the near post.

Deele almost doubled their lead on 61 minutes when Philip Doran picked up the ball from 20 yards and shot inches wide of the St. Joseph’s goal.

St. Joseph’s thought they had gotten their equaliser when Josh Marvesley’s effort which was destined for the back of the net was cleared off the line at the last second by the in-form Shane Mahon.

Deele College then suffered a body blow as St. Joseph’s were awarded a penalty following an infringement on Conor Melody inside the box. The talented Ross Murphy converted with confidence with 14 minutes left in normal time.

James Grealish pulled off the save of the game two minutes later following an Oliver Quinn header from a set piece. The ball was destined for goal but Grealish reacted quickly to tip the ball over the bar with a one handed save for yet another corner for Deele

Neither team could find a winner as the minutes ticked by. Both teams were tired going into the additional 20 minutes of play.

After a lively 90 minutes that produced plenty of chances, there were only two clear cut opportunities in injury time, both of which were from the Galway side.

Ben Brennan had a rocket of a shot that just sailed over the bar on 97 minutes, while Murphy had one more attempt on goal before the final whistle from a free kick. The shot was hit low and the goalkeeper got down well to save.

And so the fate of the two teams was to be decided on spot kicks. The sides were level on four aiece heading into sudden death penalties before substitute David Cater converted to take his side through

Robert Grealish and his players will be anxiously awaiting the result of the other semi-final which will be played on Monday next in the RSC, Waterford between Coláiste Éanna CBS, Rathfarnham and Presentation Brothers College, Cork. The All Ireland Final is scheduled for Wednesday, March 11.

The School also have a Tom Ticher Connacht Final to schedule in between now and March 11 with Presentation College, Athenry. If they’re successful there, they could be in contention for possibly two All-Ireland titles this season.

St. Joseph’s College: J Grealish, T McClean, E Higgins (D Carter, 58), B Keane, B Lally, M Costello, B Brennan, J Coyne, J Marvesley, C Melody, R Murphy. Subs: J Kennedy, A Fitzgerald, C Scully, Mark Walsh (GK), C O’Connell, C Maloney

Deele College, Raphoe: S Friel, M Ayton, S Mahon, B McGinty, B McNamee, Z Brolly (M Devine, 59), O Higgins, O Quinn (Capt), S McGlynn, D Sharkey, P Doran. Subs: S Lawrence, S McDaid, C O’Kane, A Bogle, D Keys

Referee: R Barry (Sligo).

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Young Mystics cast their spell over Limerick visitors

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The NUIG Mystics squad that defeated Limerick Sport Husklies in the Women's Divison 1 last Saturday. Back row, from left: Kyle Walsh (assistant coach), Courtney Cecere, Laoise Walsh, Ava McCleane, Olivia Sasse, Sara Messler, Maggie Byrne, and Paul O'Brien (head coach). Front: Meadhbh O'Brien, Hazel Finn, Kara McCleane, Laura Lopez Morera, Caoimhe O'Sullivan, and Aoife Ryan. Missing from photo: Aine McDonagh.

NUIG Mystics made it two wins from two with a five-point win over Limerick Sport Huskies on Saturday in the Women’s Division 1, but there was disappointment for Galway’s other three sides.

Moycullen ran Tralee Warriors close on Sunday in the Men’s Super League but suffered another narrow defeat, having lost on the opening day to NUIG Maree. Maree’s hopes of making it back-to-back wins were ended with a poor fourth-quarter performance away to Neptune on Saturday, the Cork side running out convincing winners; while Titans also suffered a second defeat, going down at home to Dublin Lions.

WOMEN’S DIVISION 1

 NUIG Mystics 65

 Limerick Sport

 Huskies 60

A strong final quarter which saw Irish underage international Hazel Finn rattle in nine points helped Mystics make it two wins from two against a visiting side that was overly reliant on Yuleska Ramirez Tejeda.

The US import returned a stunning 31-point haul for her side, to add to the 27 points she hit on the opening weekend’s 79-76 win over Portlaoise Panthers, but a better spread of a scoring threat for Mystics saw Paul O’Brien’s claim what was at time a scrappy win.

It is a very young Mystics squad this year – there were three 18-year-olds in their starting five on Saturday – but they are mature as players, none more so than Kara McCleane, who finished the game with 23 points.

She drained a three in the first quarter to help Mystics take a 16-11 lead, with McCleane hitting 10 of those points, but the visitors rallied in the second quarter, with Ramirez Tejeda (8) and Taylor Herd (6) helping them draw level at 29-apiece at the break.

Maggie Byrne began to dominate under the defensive boards for Mystics, and when she threw in a big 3-pointer, which was soon followed by one from Finn, Mystics moved into a 41-31 lead early in the third quarter, with the visitors’ first points of the quarter coming just before four of the 120 minutes had elapsed.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Shefflin named as surprise new Galway senior hurling manager for first intercounty role

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Henry Shefflin

Galway GAA are pinning their hopes on one of the greatest hurlers of all time proving that he’s fairly handy at management as well after unveiling Henry Shefflin as the new Galway senior hurling manager.

The shock appointment of Shefflin (42) was confirmed on Wednesday night, catching many people on the hop, including our sister paper, the Connacht Tribune, as it had been widely expected that Davy Fitzgerald was getting the job.

“Galway GAA is delighted to announce Henry Shefflin as the new Galway senior hurling manager,” read a statement posted on the Galway GAA website on Wednesday night.

“Henry’s achievements as a player are unrivalled. As a manager he has guided Ballyhale Shamrocks to All Ireland Club titles in 2019 and 2020. Henry will be joined by fellow Kilkenny man Richie O’Neill as a coach and his management team will be finalised in the coming weeks,” the statement read.

The appointment ends a seven-week period of speculation as to who would replace Limerick native Shane O’Neill who held the position for two years, before announcing at the start of September that he would not be seeking a third year in charge.

He had led Galway to the All-Ireland semi-final in 2020, only to lose to Limerick; before a nightmare 2021 in which Galway failed to win a game in the championship, losing lost to Dublin in the Leinster semi-final, and Waterford in the All-Ireland qualifiers.

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Connacht need the win for two very different reasons

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Abraham Papali’i will be hoping to start against Ulster this Saturday, having come off the bench in last weekend's defeat to Munster. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

By JOHN FALLON

The switch of Connacht’s game against Ulster from the Sportsground to Aviva Stadium was, from the outset, met with not insignificant negativity by some fans and the business community, and with the anticipated attendance expected to be in the region of a disappointing 8,000 or so, some must be wondering if was worth moving the fixture at all.

Two things can alter that. There could still be a decent run on tickets which would make the venture financially worthwhile; and the other is a Connacht victory. A Connacht loss and the forfeiture of home advantage will come into the equation.

It could, equally, be argued that no matter where this game is a played, form so far in the URC suggests an Ulster victory. They are the only side with maximum points, four straight bonus point wins, and Connacht go into it with just one win in four.

Connacht coach Andy Friend says the players and management are not under any extra pressure to win Saturday’s clash.

“No, I don’t think so. I think we’ve got a lot of Connacht supporters who are going to be there. Family and friends are going to be there, so there’s always pressure to try and impress in front of them and to make sure you’re playing the best brand of rugby.

“But I don’t think moving the game to the Aviva has added pressure to us. Certainly, I don’t feel that, and I don’t think any of the players feel that.”

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