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Champs show no mercy in pursuit of the four-in-a-row

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Corofin's Ian Burke comes under pressure from Mountbellew-Moylough's Aaron McHugh during Sunday's senior football championship semi-final at Tuam Stadium. Photos: Enda Noone.

COROFIN 3-12

MOUNTBELLEW-MOYLOUGH 1-11

THE worrying aspect of this county senior football semi-final for all zones outside of Corofin was that Mountbellew played quite well for extended periods and yet found themselves decisively beaten in the end.

Corofin continue to be the slickest operation in town by a fair distance. For a good chunk of the first half on Sunday, Mountbellew matched them point for point and yet by the interval, they were four behind while 10 minutes into the second half, the game was virtually over as a contest.

Pace in two guises is at the heart of the Corofin success story. There’s a mobility right through the team that’s hugely difficult to stymie and secondly they move the ball at rapid pace – more often than not, the opposition just don’t get the chance to deliver any physical hits.

While the match might have been drained of its competitive sap going into the last quarter, it still provided many quality passages of football, with some exceptional scores from play delivered by both sides.

The flow of the match was also helped by the fact that referee Gearóid Ó Conámha didn’t blow for every trivial physical contact – a little bit of reasonable restraint on the whistle can add immeasurably to the entertainment rating of a footballing contest.

There was a marked similarity in both the content and the scoreline of this match to last year’s county final meeting between the sides that ended in a 3-13 to 0-12 victory for Corofin.

This time around, Mountbellew-Moylough again adopted a sensibly cautious first half approach with Colm Colleran dropping back into defence as the extra man but in the third quarter, when the losers had to chase the game, Corofin destroyed them.

Seven minutes into the second half, Mike Farragher and Ian Burke had the most seamless of build-ups to set up Gary Sice for a close range goal that effectively sealed the outcome of the match, putting the county champions into a 1-10 to 0-7 lead.

Another razor sharp Corofin attacking move just after the midway point of the half ended with Sice hand-passing the ball into the path of Ian Burke who had the simplest of palmed finishes to administer.

Just over a minute later, when Justin Leonard fired home Corofin’s third goal, to put them 3-11 to 0-7 ahead, one feared that Mountbellew-Moylough could be about to endure a serious beating.

However full credit to the side managed by James Foran and Martin Boyle, as against all the odds, they put in the most spirited of finishes highlighted by a classic goal strike from Stephen Boyle in the 49th minute.

Barry McHugh – a constant threat at full forward over the hour – kicked a few good points while full back David Hogan also stormed upfield to find the target, ensuring that the club lost no pride or honour in the defeat.

Along the way though – like so many other teams across the county – they had fallen victim to the slickness of a Corofin footballing machine that shows no signs of losing power.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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United make short work of Wexford FC in mis-match

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Galway United’s top scorer Stephen Walsh who twice hit the target in Friday's First Division win over Wexford FC.

Wexford FC 0

Galway United 4

WE’RE not yet at the half-way point in the season, but Galway United are playing like a side that will lift the First Division title come October. John Caulfield’s team made it six wins on the spin in Ferrycarrig Park last Friday.

Such was United’s dominance from the first whistle, the only thing Wexford were in with a shout of winning was the half-time raffle, and even then, the winner had Galway loyalties with the prize being won by the grandmother of Wexford native but United midfielder, Mikie Rowe.

United made one change to the side which trounced Cobh Ramblers the previous week, Gary Boylan coming in to start in a new formation which saw him play in the hole just between frontman, Stephen Walsh, and the attacking midfield trio of Wilson Waweru, Dave Hurley, and Ed McCarthy.

It was United’s second successive away game, and just like that trip to Cobh, this game was as good as over by half-time with the Tribesmen once again taking a 3-0 lead into the dressing room.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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O’Brien and McGowan make para-rowing history

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Steven McGowan and Katie O'Brien pictured in Italy with club coaches, Mike Gaffney and Conor Moloney.

Two members of Galway Rowing Club made history last weekend when they formed Ireland’s first competitive para-rowing crew as they attended a training camp in Italy, before competing in a para-rowing regatta.

Katie O’Brien from Clarinbridge was joined by clubmate, Roscommon native Steven McGowan, as they took what they hope is another step towards qualifying for the 2024 Paralympics in Paris.

The pair competed in the PR2 (back and arms) category in their first international para-rowing regatta in Gavirate in northern Italy, which was made possible by Galway Rowing Club’s move to actively support Rowing Ireland’s Paralympic rowing programme for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

O’Brien is a renowned oarswoman, and has competed on her own in the 1X in para-rowing, but there are no single seat boats in the Paralympics, so she and McGowan have joined forces in a new partnership.

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

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United seeking seventh win on the trot in home tie with Athlone Town

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Galway United’s Conor McCormack in action against Kurtis Byrne of Athlone Town last season. The teams clash in the First Division at Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday evening.

JOHN Caulfield is preaching a message of patience ahead of his side’s home game with Athlone Town on Friday (7.45pm), a game which could see his side match the club record of seven consecutive wins.

That run was set in 2006, when United finished third in the First Division under Tony Cousins, and this Friday they ‘only’ need to beat the division’s basement side, and a side without a win this season, to match that run of a magnificent seven wins.

It is that kind of talk, however, that Caulfield is keen to stamp out, pointing out that, under new interim manager Dermot Lennon, the Midlands side have improved in recent weeks, and have only been beaten by a single goal in their last three games.

Longford Town edged the Midlands El Classico last weekend by the odd goal in three; Cork City won on a matching 2-1 score in the previous week, their winner coming with the last kick of the game; while Waterford scraped to a 1-0 win at home to De Town the week before that again.

“We have to show patience, we have to be strong from the start and impose our game, but we have to be patient,” the United manager told Tribune Sport this week.

“We need to keep our composure, keep to our game plan, keep our patience, and I would say that to the crowd as well, they need to be patient as Athlone will come and sit in and look to hit us on the counter-attack, and it will be up to us to break them down,” he said.

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

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