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Connolly to the rescue for West in Junior Cup encounter

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Galway United’s Vinny Faherty celebrates his goal in Saturday night’s Premier Division tie against Finn Harps at Eamonn Deacy Park with team-mates Gary Shanahan, Armin Aganovic, Ryan Connolly and Enda Curran. Photo: Sean Ryan | sportsphoto.ie

West United  3

Colemanstown United 3

(Aet – West won 4-3 on pens)

WEST United goalkeeper Aaron Connolly provided all the late heroics as his side defeated Colemanstown United by 4-3 on penalties, after the teams had finished level at 3-3 following extra time in Sunday’s FAI Junior Cup contest at South Park.

His two penalty saves secured the home side’s passage as they limped past a Colemanstown side which finished with nine players, while West were also a man down, as they finished with ten.

In the contest itself, it was the visitor’s who took an early lead as Tom Flannery fired them ahead, before goals by Geoffrey Power, Shane Keogh and Sean Keogh had the home side 3-1 up at the break. The dismissals certainly left matters very much in favour of West, but their inability to take their chances was to cost them dearly as Colemanstown United fought back to level matters at 3-3.

Ray Moran pulled one back with a shot past Connolly from inside the box and after the goalkeeper was penalised by referee Vincent Carew for an infringement, Moran touched the resulting indirect free kick to Ronan Geraghty and the defender blasted home to tie up matters. When extra time could not separate the sides, the contest was eventually decided on penalties as West United prevailed by 4-3.

Shane Keogh, Geoffrey Power, Barry McEntee and John Mulligan were all on the mark for the home side, with Richie Lally, Ronan Geraghty and Ray Moran responding for the visitors. West goalkeeper Connolly played his part with saves to deny Fergal Flannery and new signing Stephen Rabbitte.

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Goalkeepers Brian O’Donoghue and Neil Joyce were kept busy with some impressive shot stopping as Mervue United eventually saw off Corrib Celtic by 1-0 in Fahy’s Field.

In a contest in which plenty of chances were created, a first half Keith McHugh header following a Jason Molloy corner was enough to separate the sides in a close contest. Brian Burke, Cian Forde and Laurance Forde all had opportunities for the visitors, but couldn’t find a way past O’Donoghue.

At Millar’s Lane, Bohemians certainly put it up to Athenry before the visitors eventually prevailed by 2-1 following extra time. Scoreless at the break, a Colm O’Donovan shot put Athenry ahead, before Sean Guinan levelled matters for the home side in the closing stages. Eventually, a Cathal Fahy goal settled the issue in extra time as Seamie Crowe’s charges had a timely escape.

Scoreless at the break, second half goals by Bryan McGhee and Darren Creaven secured a 2-0 away win for Loughrea over an understrength St Bernard’s in Abbeyknockmoy as they followed up a recent 1-1 draw in league action at the same venue.

For more, read this week’s Galway City 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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