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Carnmore blow big lead but both sides miss quarter-finals

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Carnmore goalkeeper Sean Nugent tries to clear his lines despite the challenge of Tony Molloy of Kilnadeema-Leitrim. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Kilnadeema/Leitrim 1-23

Carnmore 1-15

A goal from half-time substitute Shane Lawless early in the second period proved to be the crucial score in Kilnadeema/Leitrim finally breaking the challenge of a plucky Carnmore outfit who, early on, had led this Group A contest by six points at Kenny Park, Athenry on Saturday.

For 24-hours, this Kilnadeema/Leitrim victory gave them a mathematical chance of still making the knockout stages. However, with Liam Mellows defeating Tommy Larkins and Craughwell accounting for Castlegar, it meant Des Roche’s charges must now shift their focus to retaining their senior A status.

That next phase will be crucial for what is a young up-and-coming team, underlined by the fact many of Saturday’s players at Kenny Park were either still minor or U-21. Regardless, they still played with a great deal of maturity when, on occasions, it looked like a result might get away from them.

No more so than in the opening 10 minutes. Despite being without some influential players, including Paul Fox and Ciaran Murray, Carnmore sprinted out of the blocks and hit the opening six points through Kevin Killilea (four, three frees), Barry Hanley and George Hanley.

Thereafter though, Kilnadeema/Leitrim began to get a handle on the game. Galway forward Brian Molloy was a guiding light, tallying 14 points over the ensuing 50 minutes, six from play. Seven of those were tallied in the first half and they were enough to cut the deficit to just one by the interval.

Kilnadeema/Leitrim’s only other contributor during this time was recent All-Ireland minor medal winner Jack Kenny, who finished off a move involving Tom Tierney and Molloy, and, overall, Des Roche and his management would not have been entirely happy with their side’s first half showing.

At any rate, the victors responded in the second period, outscoring Carnmore by 1-10 to 0-2 in the opening 18 minutes. Along with Molloy, two other players to the fore in this impressive epoch were substitutes David Tierney and Lawless, both of whom would finish with 0-3 and 1-2 respectively.

Lawless, his first touch, Dara Herlihy (2) and Molloy all struck points immediately after the break and, while Barry Hanley replied for Carnmore to leave two points between them (0-12 to 0-10), Kilnadeema/ Leitrim were now relentless. It was only a matter of time before they cracked Carnmore.

That moment arrived on 36 minutes when a short puck-out to Stephen Molloy enabled him a free delivery downfield. Getting on the end of it, speedy substitute Lawless raced on and steered the sliotar to the Carnmore net. For Seamus Qualter’s charges, yet another game had slipped unceremoniously away.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Devon edge closer to title ahead of defence of cup

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The NUIG squad that won the Joe Ryan Cup Final in Eamonn Deacy Park on Tuesday. Back row, from left: Prof Liam Spillane, Dr Eric Mortimer, Colm Tummon, Cain O’Hara, Cathal Sweeney, Seán Gibbons, Gabriel Darcy, Adam Finn-Campbell, Keillan Clancy, James Nolan, and Stephen Gilmore. Front: Brian Carroll, Keith Corcoran, James Lawrence, Ger Bane, Darren Sinton, David Tierney, Paddy McTigue, and Fergus Browne.

Soccer Wrap with Mike Rafferty

After almost matching one another stride for stride throughout the Premier Division campaign, the title chase is all but over as two wins in succession for Salthill Devon and two defeats for Athenry leaves the city side very much in command of their own destiny.

On Wednesday night in Loughrea, Devon made the perfect start with two goals in the opening 10 minutes as they ran out 3-1 winners over the home side. A Timmy Molloy corner set up Calym Crowe for a rare goal for the left full, before Darren Creaven got in on the act with a goal against his former side after being set up by an Alberto Cabanyes cross. The Spaniard notched the third on the resumption after getting on the end of a Molloy through ball.

The win has moved them a point ahead of Athenry and they still have three games left to play; and Seamie Crowe’s side lost for the second game in succession in midweek with a 1-0 defeat against Mervue United, to leave their title challenge out of their hands as they have just one game remaining. Jason Molloy got the second-half winner for the home side in Fahy’s Field.

PREMIER DIVISION

 Athenry FC 1

 Salthill Devon 2

When you beat Athenry three times in a season you know you have achieved something and such is the scenario for Salthill Devon as they took a huge step towards winning the Premier Division title with an away success on Sunday morning.

It was a must win game for the home side who led the table by five points, but the city side enjoyed two games in hand. A win for either side would send them on a clear path to the title and courtesy of a Vinny Faherty goal on the hour mark it is Devon who have the title within their grasp.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Past time for Galway to get it right in their home venue

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Galway's John Daly tries to halt the progress of Roscommon's Cathal Heneghan during the Division 2 League final at Croke Park last April. The teams clash again in Sunday's Connacht decider at Pearse Stadium.

HOME rule. Are you having a laugh? It simply doesn’t cut the mustard when the footballers of Galway and Roscommon clash in provincial finals. At least, that has been the unusual scenario in the counties’ last four Connacht deciders.

Between 2016 and ’19, the Tribesmen and the Rossies dominated the provincial football landscape, but neither team managed to record a title triumph on home soil. It makes one think that Galway are at a disadvantage at Pearse Stadium on Sunday (1.45pm) for the sides’ latest big championship collision.

Galway were at home in Salthill for the 2016 decider, but an Enda Smith goal helped Roscommon force a draw (0-13 to 1-10) before Kevin Walsh’s charges came out convincingly on top in the replay at MacHale Park, Castlebar (3-16 to 0-14) with Danny Cummins raising two of the winners’ green flags.

The 2017 showdown was also held at Pearse Stadium and the Rossies gained revenge on a 2-15 to 0-12 scoreline. Cian Connolly and Brian Stack were their goalscorers on a day the home team were a big disappointment.

Twelve months later Galway were turning the tables, this time at Dr Hyde Park. Again, they didn’t find the net in a 0-16 to 2-6 triumph, but eight points from Shane Walsh and three from Ian Burke more than compensated.

In 2019, the counties met in the Connacht Final for the fourth consecutive season. It was back to Salthill and Galway ought to have been braced for another mighty battle having failed to beat Roscommon in the deciders of 2016 and ’17 at the same venue.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Connacht unable to master rivals at O55 men’s interpros

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The Connacht Men’s Over 55’s Masters Team at the Interpros in Lisnagarvey Hockey Club. Back row, from left: Victor O’Shea, Pat Boylan, John Folan, Jarlath Tierney, Brian Rasmussen, Sean O’Fiachain, and Ian Walshe. Front: Alan Stephens, Hugh St Leger (captain), Martin Hughes, Dermot Nolan, Mike Swan, and Richie Paul; with goalkeeper, Martin White, in front.

Connacht men’s Masters hockey team had a challenging weekend in Lisnagarvey Hockey Club at the Over-55 Men’s Masters Interprovincial Hockey tournament. Travelling north without their midfield general, Neil Kearns, they always knew that they would be up against it – Kearns, from Circular Road in the city, saw action with the Ireland Masters Over 55s in Italy recently, and his absence was a big blow to the westerners.

First up on Saturday morning was a tough battle with Ulster, who ran out convincing winners, despite a superb display in goals from Martin White and tough defending by Sean O’Fiachain.

Connacht lost Pat Boylan to injury and were down to just two substitutes for the two remaining matches. With very warm, energy-sapping weather, this shortage of fresh legs on the bench was to prove costly for the men of the west.

Next up was a highly competitive Leinster team, featuring Rob Johnson of Roundstone, currently training with Galway Hockey Club, but whose home club is Three Rock Rovers in Dublin.

Glencorrib’s Alan Stephens gave a tremendous performance in midfield; while his brother-in-law, Mike Swan, opened Connacht’s account in the second quarter with a skillful tap from a nearly impossible angle, despite intense pressure from the Leinster keeper.

Leinster, however, managed to reach the interval 2-1 ahead. Another super strike from Mike Swan gave Connacht some hope, but the boys in blue closed out a 5-2 victory.

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