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Cappataggle make no mistake in final replay

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Cappataggle 0-19

Ahascragh/Fohenagh 1-8

A commanding second half display – in which Cappataggle out-played, out-fought and outscored Ahascragh/Fohenagh by 11 points to one – secured Gerry Healy’s charges the county intermediate title following what a disappointing final replay at Duggan Park, Ballinasloe last Saturday.

Quite simply, once Cappataggle took control of proceedings in the second quarter of the contest, Ahascragh/Fohenagh, who had started the tie in explosive fashion by hitting their opponents for 1-4 in the opening nine minutes, had nothing left to give. Ultimately, they seemed to just run out of ideas.

In contrast, Cappataggle, after surviving the early onslaught, threw off the shackles to play with a great deal of abandon thereafter. Crucial to this process were two positional switches from the drawn game, with Damien Joyce redeployed to midfield and Darragh Dolan nudged into the centre-forward berth.

While Cappy had struggled to get a foothold in the centre of the park against Ahascragh/Fohenagh first day out, they had no such trouble on this occasion as the tenacious Joyce, looking far more comfortable in the middle third, gobbled up primary possession time and again.

For Dolan’s part, he gave the Cappy forward unit direction. Throughout their campaign, the victors had no problems creating a high volume of scoring chances but, too often, their woes stemmed from their inability to convert them. On Saturday, Dolan was the tip on the arrow, scoring four points from play and securing the Man of the Match award.

That said, this accolade could have gone to a number of players, including Joyce. Daniel Nevin was once again a bundle of energy up front while Patrick Egan’s influence on the proceedings, in terms of picking up breaking ball and tallying two points of his own, was also significant.

Alan Dolan, too, delivered on his potential and this came down to the simple fact that he upped his work-rate from previous outings. Plundering a handful of Ahascragh/Fohenagh puck-outs, he handled more ball in the opposition half of the field than any other Cappy player. A fine contribution.

Indeed, once those five – Joyce, the two Dolans, Nevin and Egan – shifted up through the gears in the second quarter, the rest of their Cappy team-mates began to follow suit and, consequently, Ahascragh/Fohenagh were methodically squeezed out of the game.

Full match report in this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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City sides will fancy chances of advancing as champions face Corofin

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Bearna's James Kennedy hits the deck in Ballinasloe on Tuesday as Annaghdown's Frankie Burke and Darragh Meehan try to chase down possession. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

The battle for this year’s county Senior Gaelic football club title looks to be wide open after the quarter-final draw was made this week following the delayed conclusion of the group stages on Tuesday night.

Salthill/Knocknacarra, who finished second in group 2, have been handed a last eight tie with a Tuam Stars side that finished third in group 1; while St Michael’s, who topped Group 3, will face an Annaghdown side that nabbed the final quarter-final spot in dramatic fashion on Tuesday night.

They went into their game with Bearna knowing they needed to win by a minimum of 12points to pip Milltown to the final qualifying spot as the second best of the teams that finished third in the group stages.

They looked to be coming up just short until they were awarded a late free, which goalkeeper James Healy converted, to snatch that remaining quarter-final slot on socring difference form Milltown.

The 2020 champions, Moycullen, will take on Claregalway in the last eight; while the pick of the ties is undoubtedly the clash of defending champions, Mountbellew/Moylough, with a Corofin side that was denied the five-in-a-row by Moycullen two years ago.

At the other end of the equation, St James’ are in a relegation battle, and face a clash with An Spidéal in the preliminary play-offs. A win will secure their senior status for another year, but a defeat will see them join Oughterard, An Cheathru Rua, and the losers of the other preliminary play-off between Caherlistrane and Monivea/Abbey in a round robin league, with the bottom two sides in those play-offs dropping to the intermediate ranks next year.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Play-offs dress rehearsal facing Utd against Treaty

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Former Galway United player Enda Curran celebrates his recent hat-trick for Treaty United in their FAI Cup quarter-final win over UCD. The in-form Mervue native will be facing the Tribesmen in a First Division clash on Friday.

GALWAY United head to Limerick this Friday evening for what is looking like a dress rehearsal for the end-of-season play-offs as they take on Treaty United in the Markets Field (7.45pm).

This is United’s game-in-hand over league leaders, Cork City, and a win will see them close the gap on the Leesiders to four points with three games remaining, and while a win would give the slightest of hopes of a late challenge for league honours, it is more likely to serve as a further boost to confidence ahead of the protracted play-off series that kicks-off at the end of next month.

United need to win their final four games to have any hope of snatching the title, and given the goal difference between the sides, they also need to hope that City don’t pick up more than four points from their last three games, if they are to finish top of the pile.

United’s last three games after this weekend are at home to Athlone, away to Wexford, and home to Longford Town; while City are home to Wexford, away to Athlone, and home to Bray, the easier of the two run-ins, so for United it is all about building momentum ahead of the play-offs.

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Late points from Burke and Wall grab draw for Corofin

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Tuam Stars' Paul Collins tries to halt Ronan Steede of Corofin in his tracks during Sunday's Senior Football Group 1 encounter at Tuam Stadium. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Corofin 0-16

Tuam Stars 0-16

Eanna O’Reilly at Tuam Stadium

A late point from Corofin’s Ian Burke denied Tuam Stars a notable win over their close neighbours in an entertaining contest at Tuam Stadium on Sunday afternoon. In a closely fought contest, the Stars appeared to have done enough with two late points from Brian Mannion putting them ahead by 0-16 to 0-14 in the dying minutes of the second half.

In typically composed fashion however, Corofin refused to panic and used all of their experience to engineer two late scores, the first from Dylan Wall, before Burke held his nerve to convert a mark to give Corofin a share of the spoils.

The result means that both sides qualified for the quarter finals, after both finished the group stages with eight points. Corofin were drawn against defending champions Mountbellew/Moylough in a mouth-watering tie, while Tuam Stars will face Salthill/Knocknacara in another intriguing clash.

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