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Culhane brothers sparkle as Salthill take the spoils

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Moycullen's Marcus Naughton comes under pressure from Calym Crowe and Eoin McFadden of Salthill/Knocknacarra during the West Board U20 A Football Final in Moycullen on Saturday. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Salthill Knocknacarra 1-10

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Mike Rafferty in Moycullen

THOUGH they might have being hanging on somewhat at the end, Salthill-Knocknacarra still emerged worthy winners of the West Board U20 Football Final played in Moycullen on Saturday.

In splendid conditions, the two sides threw up a thrilling competitive contest that ebbed one way and then the other, as little separated them in terms of ability and commitment. Indeed, both sides had spells of domination when the game looked to be going one way, only for the other to grasp an opportunity and turn matters in their favour.

Reflection will generally remind us of the closing stages of any game and, on this occasion, Moycullen will rue the amount of missed opportunities when they were on the comeback trail near the end. Four wides were punishment enough, but the losing margin of a point should really have been covered in that spell.

However, great credit is due to Salthill/Knocknacarra for their outstanding defensive work during that late onslaught. They got the numbers back in a packed defence and made the home side work hard for every opportunity. Also, deep in eight minutes of additional time, they enjoyed a rare breakaway in the Moycullen half and displayed great maturity in retaining possession for a long spell as they wound the clock down.

In somewhat of a rarity at underage sport, the Salthill/Knocknacarra side featured three brothers who left an outstanding mark on the game as Paddy, Mikey and Tomo Culhane contributed all bar a point of the winners’ total. Paddy got the game’s only goal after a spell in which Moycullen dominated and, in turn, it kick-started a most productive time for them in terms of scoring.

Fellow forward Tomo Culhane was a regular target man and his contribution far exceeded the five points he scored. Alongside Niall Hanahoe, midfielder Mikey Culhane shared many good moments as he also slotted over two points, with his second half long range effort a crucial score as it gave Salthill a lead they were never to lose.

While the winners were revelling in their success, Moycullen were lamenting the loss of two players who would have made a huge difference to their side as they had to line out without Paul Kelly, who was on basketball duty with the local club in Dublin, while James McLaughlin was missing through injury.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Missing man may be in Galway City

Enda Cunningham

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Gardaí in Cork believe that a man missing from Midleton since last week may be in Galway City. are renewing their appeal for assistance in locating 53-year-old French man Christophe Goutte, is missing from his home in O’Brien Terrace, Midleton since Wednesday 15th January.

From enquiries to date it is understood that Christophe took a bus from Cork Bus Station that Wednesday and disembarked at 5.35pm in Galway City. He is living in Ireland for a number of years.

Christophe was last seen leaving work in Carrigtowhill, Co. Cork at approximately 11am on Wednesday 15th.

He is described as being 5″ 8′ in height, of stocky build with brown short hair and white skin with a sallow complexion. When last seen he was wearing a black coat, black pants, a black woollen hat and a brown pair of boots, he was carrying a dark coloured overall bag.

Gardaí are particularly appealing to those in the Galway city or surrounding areas to report any recent sightings of Christophe.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact Cobh Garda Station on 021 – 4908530, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station

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City Council planning €2.5m bailout for Galway 2020

Dara Bradley

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Galway City Council looks set to bail out Galway 2020 – with an additional grant of €2.5 million to cover the European Capital of Culture programming costs.

The local authority has already allocated €6 million for the project, which officially launches on Saturday, February 8, with an event in South Park, Claddagh.

But city councillors will be asked to approve a further €1.25 million in both 2021 and 2022, at a special meeting next Monday.

The city’s ratepayers may ultimately have to cover the extra costs. A 3% higher commercial rate, introduced in the build-up to this year, and retained in 2020 with agreement of business representatives, may be maintained into 2021 and 2022 if management City Hall has its way.

As well as having to find €2.5 million extra for Galway 2020, Chief Executive of the City Council, Brendan McGrath, will ask councillors to sanction a grant of €80,000 to Druid Theatre for a production it is planning for March of this year, which was not part of the original Galway 2020 programme.
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Holders Rangers advance but Mervue Utd crash out

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Geoffrey Power scored twice for Connacht Junior Cup defending champions, Corrib Rangers, in their 4-2 win over MCR of Sligo.  

Soccer Wrap with Mike Rafferty

The returning Geoffrey Power was to the forefront for Corrib Rangers as the Connacht Junior Cup holders got the defence of their title off to a winning start in Drom on Sunday afternoon with a victory over Sligo visitors, MCR.

Salthill Devon, West United, Maree/Oranmore, East United and Hibernians also all advanced with different degrees of comfort, but there was a big shock as Mervue United suffered a three-goal hammering away against Manulla; while Knocknacarra, Renmore and Merlin Woods/Medtronic also all exited the competition in competitive games.

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Corrib Rangers 4

MCR 2

The break-up of Brendan O’Connor’s Connacht Junior Cup winning side happened probably somewhat faster than the manager might have expected, but the return of Geoffrey Power at the weekend was a huge bonus as the striker contributed two goals as well as lifting a side that just seven months ago won the most coveted trophy in the province.

In a game switched to Drom because their own grounds at Westside are closed, the home side made the perfect start when Power got on the end of a long ball from Sean Keogh and drilled low shot into the corner.

However, the advantage was rather short-lived as a Keith Nibbs header levelled matters; before another set piece goal gave Rangers a 2-1 interval advantage as Stephen Gilmore got on the end of a Mark Wynne free kick to head home.

The Sligo visitors were displaying plenty of ability and they levelled matters for the second time when Ciaran Harvey applied the finish on this occasion with another header to tie up matters at 2-2 on the hour mark.

In a contest in which numerous opportunities were created at both ends, it was Rangers who regained the advantage when Paul Smith linked up with Keogh before slotting home to make it 3-2.

Rangers goalkeeper Shane Richardson continued to play his part with some smashing saves, and as the game entered the final minute, it was Power who again applied the finish that sealed the win and will also act as a confidence booster for a side struggling somewhat in the Premier League.

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

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