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Defeat sees Corinthians slip to seventh in table

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Corinthians lost 31-13 to a rampant Trinity College side on Saturday afternoon in Dublin.

The College Park boys got off to a great start as their heavier pack dominated the proceedings, but the visitors held out until the 15th minute when the home side drove forward, allowing their number eight Nick McCarty to pick and release to his lively scrumhalf Angus Lloyd. Lloyd then linked up with right winger Brian Mullin who scrambled in on the corner flag for an unconverted try.

The home side had a chance to stretch their lead midway through the half as their lively back line side stepped the Corinthian cover, but veteran lock Gary Warde and flanker Marc Kelly held the students fullback Conor Kearns up to clear the danger.

The Galway outfit eventually got in to the contest as full-back Conor Murphy hit some fine line touches. and when Trinity were pulled by IRFU referee Oisin Quinn for being over exuberant in the maul, out-half Craig Ronaldson slotted the penalty to cut the gap.

However the home side stretched their lead in the 36th as they worked their way into the Corinthians’ 22 and they stole a Corinthians line-out which saw Raef Tyrrell get over the try-line for another unconverted try.

Corinthians cut the deficit with another penalty in the final minute of the half. Prop Mark Byrne drove forward, and Roy Stanley and Ultan Dillane worked through the phases before the home side were penalised for collapsing the maul, and Ronaldson kicked the penalty to leave the score 10-6 at the break.

The visitors had the best possible start to the second half when they soaked up some early pressure and held their line well to allow outside centre Dwayne Corcoran steal possession. He fed Stanley who in turn found Murphy, and he raced in for the score, which Ronaldson converted for a 13-10 lead.

However, that was good as it got for the visitors as Trinity scored 21 unanswered points in the remainder of the game to claim the win.

The home side levelled matters shortly after Murphy’s try when out-half Jack McDermott finally found his range with the boot from a penalty after Corinthians were penalised in the scrum; and the home side edged in front midway through the half when McDermott landed two quick penalties in succession for a 19-13 lead.

When the home side were awarded another penalty for an offside infringement with 10 minutes remaining, they opted to kick for the corner, and after winning the ensuing line-out, Lloyd worked his way in for his side’s third try, but McDermott was again off target with the conversion.

That left the home side 24-19 in front and needing one more try for the bonus point, and it duly arrived immediately from the restart.

The home side won possession from the kick-off and mauled their way into the visitors’ 22, from where substitute scrum-half Andy Keating gathered and skated in for their fourth try, and McDermott added the conversion with the last kick of the game.

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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.

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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.

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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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