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Dunne to field strongest side for visit of non-league opponents in FAI Cup

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GALWAY United boss Tommy Dunne insists he will be fielding the strongest side possible when they face non-league opposition North End United in their first game in the FAI Cup at Eamonn Deacy Park this evening, Friday (7:45pm).

Hosting a non-league outfit, the temptation might be to rest a number of players ahead of their Premier League match against a high-flying Cork City next week but Dunne stresses United’s focus is wholly on this game.

“No, we would be looking to play the strongest team that is available to us on Friday,” the United manager told Tribune Sport earlier this week. “We will worry about Cork when Cork comes around the following week. There won’t be one eye on Cork or anything like that. It is solely on this game this week.”

This evening’s fixture is the 14th time United have been drawn against non-league opposition, with the cluyb winning 12 of their previous outings, drawing one – their tie against Fanad in the 1986/87 season went to a replay – and losing just once. That was against Cobh Ramblers, then a Munster League side back in the early 1980s.

For their part, North End United qualified for the FAI Cup through their progression in the FAI Junior Cup, where they were eventually beaten 2-1 by Liffey Wanderers in the semi-final last month.

However, it was enough to secure their place in this competition and in their first outing against UCC – the same side that had won the Collingwood Cup in Galway in February – they ran out comfortable 4-0 winners, with Paul Murphy (2), Jason Murphy and John Fenlon netting the North End goals.

Other than that though, Dunne knows very little about them. “I wouldn’t know a huge amount about them to be truthful. Just a couple of the players, like Gary Dempsey. Overall, I wouldn’t have a huge knowledge on them so we will just have to do our homework and get as much information as we can before Friday.

“Obviously, we are looking to progress as far as we can in the Cup. We look at it as an option of us picking up a trophy but, also, it is important that we try to get on good Cup runs for the club and the supporters.”

Certainly, you couldn’t argue with United’s Cup form this season, given they have already qualified for the semi-finals of the EA Sports Cup, for which the draw was made earlier this week. They pulled league leaders Dundalk – to be played at Eamonn Deacy Park on Monday, August 3.

“It is a tough semi-final draw against Dundalk but these are the games that the lads want to play in. Friday night is also a home draw but it is still a tough game. So, we have to make sure we are up and ready and motoring as best we can to try and get ourselves into the next round. That is really what we are looking to do.”

That said, hosting non-league opposition this evening, is there a danger of complacency? “No,” states Dunne. “To be honest with you, I never found it difficult when I was playing. The mindset is always the thought of getting into the next round. Good pros play the same against any team they play against. And that is what I am hoping from our group.”

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

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Tuam men put late gloss on a hard earned win in Clonbur

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Tuam Stars' Cormac McWalter whose haul of 1-2 was vital in their Senior Football Championship win over Naomh Anna Leitir Móir in Clonbur on Saturday.

Tuam Stars 2-14

 Naomh Anna Leitir Móir 0-12 

Mike Rafferty in Clonbur

The outcome of this senior football championship contest in Clonbur looks decisive, but reality tells a different story as it was only in the latter stages that Tuam Stars pulled away to win with a shade of comfort.

For the majority of the opening half, it was the Connemara side who were the real drivers of the game, but despite that they still found themselves two points in arrears at the break. A Cormac McWalter goal on 29 minutes was to change the course of proceedings and, in reality, put Tuam in the driving seat for the rest of the match.

For a side that dominated the second half,  it was only in the closing quarter that Tuam Stars pulled away as a 1-5 tally without reply in a seven-minute spell turned what had been a close contest into a comfortable victory by the end. However, once they went ahead, the Stars stuck to their task and never gave Leitir Móir an opportunity to get back into it.

The performance of Naomh Anna saw contrasting productions. An impressve opening half when they were full of running and support play turned in the opposite direction on the resumption. It was almost as if they did not believe in themselves.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Kelly and McHugh land the key scores for title holders

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Colm Mannion of Mountbellew-Moylough comes under pressure from Annghdown's Ryan Ford and Jonathon Creaven during Sunday's Senior Football Championship tie at Tuam Stadium. Photos: Hany Marzouk.

Mountbellew/Moylough 2-13

Annaghdown 0-13

BARRY McHugh fired over seven points as Mountbellew/Moylough started the defence of their senior football championship title off with a deserved win.

Patrick Kelly’s goals in either half also proved decisive as Mountbellew/Moylogh overcame a stiff Annaghdown challenge to emerge with a six point triumph. Despite Michael Daly not featuring for last year’s champions, this was an ideal start to Mountbellew/Moylough’s campaign as they came through some rocky periods before their greater quality up front and ‘know how’ got the job done.

Annaghdown gave their opponent’s plenty to worry about in the first and third quarters but they went off the boil before half time, failing to score from play for the final 15 minutes of the opening period. They then went 13 minutes without a score in the concluding quarter as Mountbellew/Moylough were able to kick three of the final four points to seal an opening round triumph.

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Caherlistrane show plenty of grit to reel in Monivea-Abbey

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Jamie Burke of Monivea-Abbey secures possession ahead of Caherlistrane's Rory Glynn during Sunday's Senior Football Championship clash at Tuam Stadium. Photos: Hany Marzouk.

Caherlistrane 1-10

Monivea-Abbey 0-10

ALAN Morris’ 37th minute proved vital as Caherlistrane started their campaign with a gritty win over Monivea-Abbey at Tuam Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Although all goals are valuable, this one proved to be a game changer with Monivea-Abbey enjoying their largest lead of the contest, four points, before Morris struck. Garvan McDaid’s side led 0-8 to 0-4 and looked to be in control against an off-colour Caherlistrane outfit.

Despite enjoying a numerical advantage when Monivea-Abbey’s Jamie Burke was black carded as he hauled down Oisín O’Brien after a short kickout malfunctioned, Caherlistrane could not shake free of their stubborn opponents as they only outscored Monivea-Abbey 0-3 to 0-2 while playing against 14 men.

This meant the sides were deadlocked at 1-7 to 0-10, but Caherlistrane kicked the final three points of the contest as Ronan Conneely’s 57th minute effort was followed by scores from substitute Joe Monaghan and Morris. Although Caherlistrane manager Frank Doherty will certainly be looking for improvements this weekend as they face Claregalway, this was a huge win for Caherlistrane as they have flirted with relegation in recent years.

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