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Clifden men blow big lead as Galway junior football decider goes to a replay

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Clifden's Chris Holmes is chased by St. Gabriel's Eoin Quinn during Saturday's county junior football championship final at Pearse Stadium. Photos: Enda Noone.

St Gabriel’s 1-8

Clifden  1-8

Cian O’Connell at Pearse Stadium

ST Gabriel’s produced a passionate rally to force a draw in an absorbing Galway junior football final  Pearse Stadium last Sunday/

A gripping game finished in a welter of excitement as Clifden failed to close the deal despite leading by seven points with only 14 minutes remaining.

Clifden had dictated the tone and tempo for three quarters of the match as Gabriel’s didn’t score from play until the 46th minute. Considering that statistic Clifden were bitterly disappointed not to claim victory following an enterprising burst at the start of the second half.

Feicin Mitchell’s opportunistic 40th minute goal was followed by a point from the influential Henry O’Toole as Clifden moved 1-8 to 0-4 ahead.

Amazingly, Clifden didn’t add to their tally as Gabriel’s embarked on a remarkable comeback mission as they eventually performed with the dash and dynamism which had defeated Caherlistrane in the North Board decider.

Substitute Emmett Leonard rattled a 52nd minute goal before the excellent Christy Donnellan restored parity at the death with a hotly disputed leveller.

During that late flurry, words had been exchanged on the sideline as Gabriel’s were aggrieved Clifden had played with 16 men for a matter of seconds. When Donnellan launched an improbable equalising point, several Clifden players weren’t happy when a score was rewarded.

Initially Gabriel’s struggled to deal with Clifden’s defensive set up; Marty Conneely dropped deep enabling Daniel Black to operate as a sweeper in the first half.

Essentially it meant that Gabriel’s forwards were shooting from awkward angles, and Clifden must have been satisfied with how it unfolded at the start. All Gabriel’s could muster before the interval was three points from placed balls, Clifden hit six.

Inevitably Clifden’s most potent threat was Ger Gibbons, who lofted four of those points, including one absolute beauty from play. Henry O’Toole and captain Damien Joyce also struck scores for Clifden, who were content that Gabriel’s were enduring problems converting. In the 18th minute Clifden custodian Vinny Heffernan made a brave save to deny Emmett Malone.

While Gabriel’s goalkeeper Stephen Creaven lofted the resultant 45 over the bar to end a 16 minute search for a score, Clifden appeared to be that little bit slicker at the opposite end with Gibbons to the fore.

After the restart Gabriel’s pushed up as they wanted to examine Clifden, but the West Board side remained in the ascendancy having led 0-6 to 0-3 at the interval.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

 

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Dropped points leaves Utd losing touch with Cork City

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Galway United's Charlie Lyons tries to halt the progress of Wexford FC's Ger Shortt during Friday evening's Frst Division tie at Eamonn Deacy Park. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Galway United 2

Wexford FC 2

IT might be just as well that Galway United have drawn UCD in the next round of the FAI Cup as it will give the Tribesmen a taste of what might come in the promotion play-off final later in the year.

UCD or Finn Harps will be the Premier Division side in that play-off, and United look set for that lottery of a route to promotion for a third straight year after these two dropped points on Friday night left them with a lot – maybe too much – to do to catch Cork City.

It was a belter of a game of football, but Wexford will have been the least disappointed of the two sides as they edged a shade closer to Treaty United in the battle for the final play-off spot.

United, on the other hand, fell to now be three points behind City, and with the Leesiders having a game in hand, and also a vastly superior goal difference (+41 as opposed to United’s +29), they have one hand on the league trophy, and the other reaching for the Brasso.

Stephen Walsh was scoring his 15th goal of the season on Friday night, while Rob Manley was making it four goals in five games since joining from Bray Wanderers, but it still wasn’t enough to claim the three points against a visiting side that got their reward for approaching the game in such a positive fashion.

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

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Salthill serve up a strong finish to take derby spoils

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Bearna's Murcha Iarsach getting the better of Salthill/Knocknacarra's Cathal Sweeney during Saturday's Senior Football Championship clash at Pearse Stadium. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Salthill/ Knocknacara 2-15

Bearna 0-12

Eanna O’Reilly at Pearse Stadium

A very strong fourth quarter from Salthill/Knocknacara saw them see off the challenge of a Bearna side who will have regrets about a game in which they created plenty of scoring chances, but lacked the efficiency of their opponents in front of the posts.

John O’Mahony’s Salthill side struggled to gain dominance of this contest for long spells before their greater accuracy in front of goal began to tell in the second half. An impressive fourth quarter performance put Bearna to the sword, but O’Mahony will know they have plenty to improve on going forward.

The manner in which Bearna opened up the Salthill defence on a couple of occasions in the first half was notable. Salthill were lucky not to concede two goals, when both Oisín Ó Garmaile and Pádraig Ó Diolúin hit the woodwork with shots in the first half. The city men could easily have been behind at half time, rather than going in with a four point lead.

Bearna’s shooting profligacy ultimately caught up with them and undermined an early second half comeback. Three consecutive points saw them reduce the deficit to the minimum, but a couple of scorable frees were also missed, at a time when the momentum was in their favour.

Ultimately, Daithí Ó Domhnallaín’s side were outscored by 1-8 to 0-6 in the second period. Salthill were far more economical, while their use of possession was also superior to Bearna’s throughout the match.

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Galway United face tough task in Waterford on potentially defining weekend

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Division tie against Wexford FC at Eamonn Deacy Park. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

THIS could be a defining weekend in the chase for the First Division title, as Galway United make the long trek to take on a Waterford FC side that also faces league leaders, Cork City, on Monday, in the second of two homes Munster derbies this weekend for the Leesiders.

United need to get the job done themselves in the RSC this Friday (7.45pm) before worrying how City fare at home to Treaty United on the same night, and against Waterford on Monday – and anything other than a win will mean it won’t really matter how Cork get on.

“Waterford, they are a team challenging for the title, whether they can keep up or not I don’t know, but they are in there, they are a very good team as we have seen, and they beat [cup holders] Pats [St Patrick’s Athletic] in the cup, it is another massive match for us,” United manager, John Caulfield, said of this Friday’s opponents.

Truth be told, while Waterford may be third in the table, they are 12 points behind City and are not involved in the title race, but that won’t mean they will just roll over to have their bellies tickled on Friday, and while United have the edge in the head-to-head between the sides this season, they have been thrilling, hard-fought battles.

United’s first home game of the season saw Waterford race into a 2-0 lead by the break, only for goals from Stephen Walsh and the since-departed Jordan Adeyomo (gone to Longford) to rescue a point for United.

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

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