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Daly goal proves decisive in dull opening round affair

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St. James' Aaron Connolly is about to get to the ball ahead of Mountbellew-Moylough's Matthew Barrett during Saturday evening's senior football championship tie at Tuam Stadium. Photos: Enda Noone.

Mountbellew-Moylough 1-6

St. James’ 0-8

A Michael Daly goal early in the second half was enough to drag Mountbellew-Moylough over the line last Saturday in a match that failed to really get going. The sides were level on 0-2 a piece at the interval and a goal was always going to be decisive in such a low-scoring encounter.

With the calibre of some of the players on show, those in attendance might have hoped for a better spectacle but the first half in particular was laden with mistakes and poor shooting which were only compounded by the wet conditions.

In the early stages, it looked like we might be in for a cracker as both sides came close to bagging goals in the opening five minutes. There were barely 40 seconds on the clock when Mountbellew-Moylough’s Michael Daly worked a great chance for himself only to hit his shot straight at Peter Healy, deputising for the injured John Egan in goal. Eoin Concannon then had an ambitious effort of his own, going for goal from over 20m out but seeing his effort whistle the wrong side of the right upright.

As it turned out, the misses were more of a sign of things to come rather than signifying an open, attacking game. The sides registered 14 poor wides in the opening 30 minutes, with Mountbellew-Moylough contributing eight of those.

Daly opened the scoring in the sixth minute with an effort from 35m. Paul Conroy responded with a free 60 seconds later but the game went a further ten minutes before seeing another score. St. James’ were doing an effective job in containing the opposition forwards, their inside-line especially, and while James Foran moved Joe Bergin into the full-forward position to mix things up, the move didn’t have much effect.

A super point, on the turn, from Barry McHugh put Mountbellew back in the lead midway through the half but the same player was guilty of missing an easy free just minutes later, striking the upright from all of 25m and summing up much of the football in the opening half. St. James’ midfielder Aaron Connolly had a busy evening and he was on-hand to draw the city side back level just before the break.

The second half started just like the first with Michael Daly bearing down on goal but Peter Healy could do nothing this time to prevent the Mountbellew-Moylough centre-forward from scoring. With Joe Bergin and Eoin Finnerty involved in the build-up, Daly jinked past his man before racing in to beat Healy with a low finish just 30 seconds after the restart.

Another free from Barry McHugh gave Mountbellew-Moylough a four point lead before St. James’ came back into the game. A mix-up in defence between Colm Mannion and Colm Colleran gave Paul Conroy the opportunity to successfully convert a ’45 before Eoin Concannon opened his account with a free from the right-hand side of the pitch.

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.

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