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End of road for Galway League after shootout loss to Wexford

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The Galway U13 team which lost out to Mayo (2-1) in the SFAI U13 Inter League at Eamonn Deacy Park. Front row, left to right: Baba Adeeka, Dave Gavriliak, Ethen Fiorentino, Josh Buckley, Colm Cunningham, Daniel Cox, Ben Molloy and Dave Lee. Back row: Dangelo Messan, Leon Daly, Gareth Molloy, Liam Corcoran, Donnie Halloran, Ryan Concannon, Conal Harkin, Charlie Concannon, Lewis Waweru and Evan Nolan.

Wexford League 1

Galway League 1

(Wexford won 6-5 on pens)

AFTER qualifying from the group stages of the Oscar Traynor Cup for the first time in many years, Galway’s odyssey in the competition ended in dramatic circumstances in Gorey on Saturday evening.

On an occasion when they missed a hatful of chances in the opening half in particular, they continued their error ridden performance in the shootout when failing to convert four penalties at a time when any score would have seen them qualify for the last eight.

In contrast, goalkeeper James Keane could not have done anymore as four smashing penalty saves, allied to scoring his own effort, helped maintain the Galway challenge as both sides required 11 penalties before the home side eventually advanced.

The Tribesman’s cause was not helped by the dismissal of two players which meant that two of the team had to shoot twice in the penalty contest. Wexford were also reduced to ten men as one from each side went in a contentious moment.

Galway’s first half performance should have being better rewarded as they created a host of chances, but had to settle for a 1-0 interval advantage as Mike Elwood headed home a Keith Ward set piece delivery on 19 minutes.

A questionable offside decision ruled out what looked to be a good Simon Walsh goal, while Colm O’Donovan and Alex Lee were denied by goal line clearances in the same attack. Sean Gavin was guilty of a misdirected header from in front of goal, while a bad bounce did O’Donovan no favours when through with just the goalkeeper to beat.

While Wexford enjoyed supremacy in the closing stages of the half, just a Paul Muphy effort extended ‘keeper Keane, before the midfielder eventually got the better of the College custodian on 76 minutes with a cracking shot that levelled matters. Subsequently, caution appeared to be the byword in the latter stages and extra time as few opportunities were created at either end.

The penalty shootout more than compensated for that with loads of drama and with Wexford shooting first, James Keane put Galway in the driving seat on a number of occasions with terrific saves, but unfortunately, a number of his colleagues could not take advantage as they too fluffed their lines with missed penalties.

Wexford custodian Gary McCleane equally played a huge part in their success, with three saves in the shootout. Eventually, the home side prevailed by 6-5 and, in the process, set up a home quarter-final against either the Kerry League or the Defence Forces.

Afterwards manager Garret Gorman was hugely disappointed by the outcome. “It was one we certainly left behind us as the missed chances came back to haunt us. We should certainly have put them away in the opening half.

“In the shootout, James Keane put us in the driving seat on four occasions with terrific saves, but each time we failed to take advantage and score ourselves. Now if we were beaten by a better team, it would be easier to accept, but overall the outcome was disappointing  as a win was within our capabilities”.

Galway League: James Keane, T Walsh, S Rodden, J Woods, M Elwood, J Finn (A Lee), S Gavin (K McHugh), DRyan (Jonathan Keane), K Ward, C O’Donovan, S Walsh.

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

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City sides will fancy chances of advancing as champions face Corofin

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Bearna's James Kennedy hits the deck in Ballinasloe on Tuesday as Annaghdown's Frankie Burke and Darragh Meehan try to chase down possession. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

The battle for this year’s county Senior Gaelic football club title looks to be wide open after the quarter-final draw was made this week following the delayed conclusion of the group stages on Tuesday night.

Salthill/Knocknacarra, who finished second in group 2, have been handed a last eight tie with a Tuam Stars side that finished third in group 1; while St Michael’s, who topped Group 3, will face an Annaghdown side that nabbed the final quarter-final spot in dramatic fashion on Tuesday night.

They went into their game with Bearna knowing they needed to win by a minimum of 12points to pip Milltown to the final qualifying spot as the second best of the teams that finished third in the group stages.

They looked to be coming up just short until they were awarded a late free, which goalkeeper James Healy converted, to snatch that remaining quarter-final slot on socring difference form Milltown.

The 2020 champions, Moycullen, will take on Claregalway in the last eight; while the pick of the ties is undoubtedly the clash of defending champions, Mountbellew/Moylough, with a Corofin side that was denied the five-in-a-row by Moycullen two years ago.

At the other end of the equation, St James’ are in a relegation battle, and face a clash with An Spidéal in the preliminary play-offs. A win will secure their senior status for another year, but a defeat will see them join Oughterard, An Cheathru Rua, and the losers of the other preliminary play-off between Caherlistrane and Monivea/Abbey in a round robin league, with the bottom two sides in those play-offs dropping to the intermediate ranks next year.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Play-offs dress rehearsal facing Utd against Treaty

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Former Galway United player Enda Curran celebrates his recent hat-trick for Treaty United in their FAI Cup quarter-final win over UCD. The in-form Mervue native will be facing the Tribesmen in a First Division clash on Friday.

GALWAY United head to Limerick this Friday evening for what is looking like a dress rehearsal for the end-of-season play-offs as they take on Treaty United in the Markets Field (7.45pm).

This is United’s game-in-hand over league leaders, Cork City, and a win will see them close the gap on the Leesiders to four points with three games remaining, and while a win would give the slightest of hopes of a late challenge for league honours, it is more likely to serve as a further boost to confidence ahead of the protracted play-off series that kicks-off at the end of next month.

United need to win their final four games to have any hope of snatching the title, and given the goal difference between the sides, they also need to hope that City don’t pick up more than four points from their last three games, if they are to finish top of the pile.

United’s last three games after this weekend are at home to Athlone, away to Wexford, and home to Longford Town; while City are home to Wexford, away to Athlone, and home to Bray, the easier of the two run-ins, so for United it is all about building momentum ahead of the play-offs.

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Late points from Burke and Wall grab draw for Corofin

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Tuam Stars' Paul Collins tries to halt Ronan Steede of Corofin in his tracks during Sunday's Senior Football Group 1 encounter at Tuam Stadium. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

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Tuam Stars 0-16

Eanna O’Reilly at Tuam Stadium

A late point from Corofin’s Ian Burke denied Tuam Stars a notable win over their close neighbours in an entertaining contest at Tuam Stadium on Sunday afternoon. In a closely fought contest, the Stars appeared to have done enough with two late points from Brian Mannion putting them ahead by 0-16 to 0-14 in the dying minutes of the second half.

In typically composed fashion however, Corofin refused to panic and used all of their experience to engineer two late scores, the first from Dylan Wall, before Burke held his nerve to convert a mark to give Corofin a share of the spoils.

The result means that both sides qualified for the quarter finals, after both finished the group stages with eight points. Corofin were drawn against defending champions Mountbellew/Moylough in a mouth-watering tie, while Tuam Stars will face Salthill/Knocknacara in another intriguing clash.

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