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Micheal Breathnach's Fiontáin Ó Curraoin, pictured in action against Salthill Knocknacarra's David Tierney and John Boylan, impressed in their weekend championship win over Carna-Caiseal.

Micheal Breathnach 3-14

Carna-Caiseal  1-6

AN unfortunate collection of injuries ensured a spirited Carna-Caiseal just couldn’t do enough to seriously threaten Micheal Breathnachs at Pearse Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

There was plenty to admire about the rugged and resourceful way Carna-Caiseal competed, but they lacked the overall craft and legs of the vibrant victors. Kevin Walsh’s team possesses sufficient talent to cause a surprise or two over the coming months and they took care of business in a diligent manner.

With Fiontán O Curraoin supplying the midfield expertise, Breathnach’s eventually wore Carna-Caiseal down. Early in the second half, it was apparent all that needed to be determined would be the winning margin as Carna-Caiseal simply hadn’t the depth to cope.

Initially, Carna-Caiseal’s efficiency and application kept Breathnach’s honest especially in the first quarter when the match commenced in a welter of excitement. That is when Carna-Caiseal were at their best as they made every meaningful foray into Breathnach territory count.

The main problem, though, was that Breathnach’s had already assumed control at centrefield where O Curraoin was the dominant force. It meant that a decent Breathnach’s forward line were being provided with plenty of possession and while their shot selection was poor initially, Carna-Caiseal couldn’t stop runners peeling through repeatedly.

Not alone were Breathnach’s able to pour forward in numbers it also enabled them to get their strike forwards Peadar O Gríofa and Peadar O Cionnaith ball in the scoring zone. Seosamh O Conaire is a vital cog for Breathnachs moving between the lines, while Sean Denvir’s role is similarly critical .

With their casualty list, Carna-Caiseal couldn’t hang on to Breathnach’s coat tails when the warm favourites quickened the pace midway through the first half. That was chiefly when the damage was done as Breathnach’s struck 2-4 on the spin and there was no way back for Carna-Caiseal which was a pity as the early evidence had been favourable.

Marc MacFlannchadha expertly punished a Micheal Breathnach defensive lapse to roll a second minute Carna-Caiseal goal. Seán O Cualain’s side were plucky and purposeful thundering into the physical exchanges and they were wonderfully economic as their 1-5 first half total came from only seven opportunities.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway youths come up short against Cork again

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The Galway League team which was defeated by the Cork League in the FAI Youth Inter-League Cup Final at Eamonn Deacy Park on Sunday. Front row, from left, Ethan McCauley, Scott Dillon, Ben Costelloe, Khumalo Gusi and Conor Daly. Back row, Brian Tolan, Conor Keady, Max Hawksley, Charlie Quinn, Piotrik Szymanski and Eddie Silke. Photos: Iain MacDonald.

Galway League 1

 Cork League 3

Mike Rafferty at Eamonn Deacy Park

THE Galway League’s ambition to follow in the footsteps of the 2010 and 2014 FAI Youth Inter-League winning sides ended in disappointment at Eamonn Deacy Park on Sunday – two late goals sealed their fate as the visitors claimed the title in impressive fashion.

It was the second year in succession that the teams met in the final at the Dyke Road venue and, unfortunatley, the outcome was the same on both occasions. Matters looked good from a home point of view when a cultured Ethan McCauley shot gave them an interval advantage, but Cork responded with the equaliser just two minutes after the restart.

And for the majority of the second half, the Rebels were the better side. With home custodian Max Hawksley continuing to excel with a number of smart saves, the contest remained alive before Harvey Skeiters converted two close range opportunities in the closing minutes to complete his hat trick and, in the process, picked up the Man of the Match reward as well as his winners’ medal.

The pace of the game was pedestrian from the outset, but both sides displayed an ability to get forward with the rival wingers certainly making an impression. Ben Costello did his bit down the left and delivered a number of crosses into the box, while Ethan McCauley had more liberty in his role as he displayed a skill set that matched his impressive talent. On the right, Khumalo Gusi was always willing to take on his man and made a number of insertions through the Cork defence. However, despite all that, chances were few and far between.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Superb Slevin stars again as Galway stay unbeaten

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Galway's Lynsey Noone on the attack against Mary Kate Lynch of Meath during Monday's Ladies National Football League Division 1 tie at Páirc Tailteann in Navan. Photos: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile.

Galway 0-9

Meath 0-9

Ivan Smyth at Páirc Tailteann

AOIFE O’Rourke’s 59th minute free helped Galway earn a share of the spoils in a thrilling NFL Division 1 encounter at Pairc Tailteann on Monday.

In truth, this was a game Galway were edging for the most part but when Meath kicked three scores in a row to push themselves 0-9 to 0-8 as the clock ticked towards the 57th minute, the Tribeswomen appeared to be heading for their first defeat of the year.

Although Meath are trying to build after a turnover of players from last year, Galway went toe to toe with the reigning All-Ireland champions without the Leonard cousins – Tracey and Roisin, who were not part of the matchday panel.

That sense was only magnified when Galway initially tried to carve out an opportunity for the equaliser but with Meath placing all 15 players behind the ball, the otherwise impressive Aoife Molloy was overturned by Aoife Minogue. The Meath midfielder strode forward and with Eimile Gavin the last line of defence, the corner back needed to halt Minogue.

Gavin did just that and managed to force the turnover which proved vital to the end result. Galway countered quickly and with Meath’s cohort out of position as they sought to provide support for Minogue, Louise Ward gathered possession before embarking on a trademark surge from deep as she won the free which O’Rourke converted.

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Galway gear up for visit of Cork in an attractive National League fixture

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Galway's Daithí Burke and Jack Grealish give chase to Shane Kingston of Cork during last year's All-Ireland Championship quarter-final in Thurles. The teams renew rivalry in the National League at Pearse Stadium on Sunday.

GALWAY manager Henry Shefflin is braced for a steep rise in class when the Tribesmen host Cork in the second round of the National Hurling League at Pearse Stadium on Sunday (2pm).

Both teams made a winning start to the competition last weekend, but it was the Rebels’ fightback from an eight-point interval deficit against All-Ireland champions Limerick which grabbed the headlines.

Without an All-Ireland title since 2005 – the longest famine in the county’s history – Cork are desperate to end their championship agony, with last Saturday’s 2-17 to 0-22 victory over Limerick at Páirc Ui Chaoimh providing renewed optimism under new manager Par Ryan in front of a big crowd of nearly 20,000.

Second-half goals from Ronan O’Flynn – a superb effort – and Declan Dalton helped turned the game around, with Ciarán Joyce an inspirational figure at centre-back. Unfortunately for Cork, the impressive O’Flynn dislocated an ankle and will miss the rest of the league, joining a casualty list which also includes Mark Coleman, Alan Connolly and Darragh Fitzgibbon.

Galway were quite poor in the opening quarter against Wexford, with the ease in which opposition goalkeeper Mark Fanning could pick out his teammates from puck-outs. highlighting an initial laboured effort from the Tribesmen, who can thank the home team for leaving their shooting boots at home.

Against that backdrop, Wexford were unable to inflict the necessary damage on Galway, retiring only on level terms at half-time. With wind advantage to come, together with the introduction of three subs, it was always likely that the Tribesmen would pick up the pace.

Evan Niland’s free-taking was again important – a reality underlined by Wexford’s woes in the same department – while Brian Concannon’s introduction added penetration and aggression to the attack.

Shefflin knows, however, that Cork constitute a far more exacting challenge and will also have a score to settle after spurning a heap of first-half goal chances against Galway in last year’s All-Ireland quarter-final defeat in Thurles.

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