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Dervan saves the day for Mullagh in pulsating draw

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Mullagh's Stephen Cahalan and Kilnadeema/Leitrim defender Tony Molloy chase this loose ball in the Senior B hurling championship tie in Killimor on Sunday. Photos: Joe Keane.

Kilnadeema/Leitrim 0-16

Mullagh 0-16

HURLING supporters last Sunday missed a league final Thurles thriller, but Killimor served up a classic in an end-to-end battle between two evenly matched sides.

Cathal Dervan’s equaliser in the fifth minute of added time after Sean Hardiman was fouled ensured Mullagh a share of the spoils in a game that neither team deserved to lose.

The sides were level 11 times; they traded supremacy 11 times; no inch was spared in their ambitions to succeed; and even Hawk-Eye would have been kept active over various scoring attempts.

Both sides were so eager that the game threw in four minutes before its scheduled 5pm start and Kilnadeema/Leitrim registered their first chance before spectators realised play had commenced. That effort was wide as Des Roche’s team took time to get their accuracy in check and Mullagh took advantage in the opening ten minutes.

Dervan opened the scoring after Davy Glennon was fouled before he added a second on six minutes. Subsequently, Niall and Stephen Cahalan made it 0-4 to 0-0. Dessie O’Brien’s outfit were also guilty of spurned chances, but were ahead against the wind before Mikey Lynch finished a move involving David Tierney and Brian Molloy for Kilnadeema/Leitrim’s first point on 11 minutes.

The sweeper system has become a common theme in this year’s championship with Tierney on song between the two defensive lines. After getting off the mark, they took off with three Molloy frees helping them to the front supported by two great points. Ciaran Connor managed to hold his balance for a super strike from the right while Gary Winters set up Shane Lawless on 23 minutes making it 0-6 to 0-4 in Kilnadeema/Leitrim’s favour.

Challenges were equally intense but the game did finish with injuries to Kilnadeema/Leitrim’s Mark Kelly and Mullagh’s Kevin Briscoe.  That just served to underline, however, the competitive nature of this game which  left nobody in doubt this was championship hurling.

A late challenge on Padraig Kennedy allowed Mullagh a free with Dervan ending a 15 minute drought, while Paddy Hardiman levelled in the 26th minute following good work from Francis Hardiman and Glennon. With Dervan doing the work three minutes later, Finian Coone sent the sliothar over the bar for Mullagh to regain the initiative.

It was shortlived as Lawless supplied Molloy for all-square again but one from play from Dervan gave Mullagh an 0-8 to 0-7 interval lead.

The pace didn’t recede as the second half commenced. 19 seconds in, David Tierney and Lynch combined to give Tom Tierney his first point for Kilnadeema/Leitrim. 38 seconds later, Glennon provided Coone for his second. Molloy had suffered a dip in his free taking so Tom Tierney took the next free and levelled at 0-9 apiece with just three minutes of the half gone.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

 

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United make short work of Wexford FC in mis-match

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Galway United’s top scorer Stephen Walsh who twice hit the target in Friday's First Division win over Wexford FC.

Wexford FC 0

Galway United 4

WE’RE not yet at the half-way point in the season, but Galway United are playing like a side that will lift the First Division title come October. John Caulfield’s team made it six wins on the spin in Ferrycarrig Park last Friday.

Such was United’s dominance from the first whistle, the only thing Wexford were in with a shout of winning was the half-time raffle, and even then, the winner had Galway loyalties with the prize being won by the grandmother of Wexford native but United midfielder, Mikie Rowe.

United made one change to the side which trounced Cobh Ramblers the previous week, Gary Boylan coming in to start in a new formation which saw him play in the hole just between frontman, Stephen Walsh, and the attacking midfield trio of Wilson Waweru, Dave Hurley, and Ed McCarthy.

It was United’s second successive away game, and just like that trip to Cobh, this game was as good as over by half-time with the Tribesmen once again taking a 3-0 lead into the dressing room.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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O’Brien and McGowan make para-rowing history

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Steven McGowan and Katie O'Brien pictured in Italy with club coaches, Mike Gaffney and Conor Moloney.

Two members of Galway Rowing Club made history last weekend when they formed Ireland’s first competitive para-rowing crew as they attended a training camp in Italy, before competing in a para-rowing regatta.

Katie O’Brien from Clarinbridge was joined by clubmate, Roscommon native Steven McGowan, as they took what they hope is another step towards qualifying for the 2024 Paralympics in Paris.

The pair competed in the PR2 (back and arms) category in their first international para-rowing regatta in Gavirate in northern Italy, which was made possible by Galway Rowing Club’s move to actively support Rowing Ireland’s Paralympic rowing programme for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

O’Brien is a renowned oarswoman, and has competed on her own in the 1X in para-rowing, but there are no single seat boats in the Paralympics, so she and McGowan have joined forces in a new partnership.

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

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United seeking seventh win on the trot in home tie with Athlone Town

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Galway United’s Conor McCormack in action against Kurtis Byrne of Athlone Town last season. The teams clash in the First Division at Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday evening.

JOHN Caulfield is preaching a message of patience ahead of his side’s home game with Athlone Town on Friday (7.45pm), a game which could see his side match the club record of seven consecutive wins.

That run was set in 2006, when United finished third in the First Division under Tony Cousins, and this Friday they ‘only’ need to beat the division’s basement side, and a side without a win this season, to match that run of a magnificent seven wins.

It is that kind of talk, however, that Caulfield is keen to stamp out, pointing out that, under new interim manager Dermot Lennon, the Midlands side have improved in recent weeks, and have only been beaten by a single goal in their last three games.

Longford Town edged the Midlands El Classico last weekend by the odd goal in three; Cork City won on a matching 2-1 score in the previous week, their winner coming with the last kick of the game; while Waterford scraped to a 1-0 win at home to De Town the week before that again.

“We have to show patience, we have to be strong from the start and impose our game, but we have to be patient,” the United manager told Tribune Sport this week.

“We need to keep our composure, keep to our game plan, keep our patience, and I would say that to the crowd as well, they need to be patient as Athlone will come and sit in and look to hit us on the counter-attack, and it will be up to us to break them down,” he said.

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