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Forde hits out at the media backlash after loss to Cats

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Galway selector Francis Forde who was disappointed with the media backlash after their defeat to Kilkenny in the Leinster Final.

GALWAY senior hurling selector Francis Forde has likened the media backlash to a form of “bullying” following Galway’s Leinster Final defeat to Kilkenny.

The Galway side were labelled as “gutless” by ex-manager Ger Loughnane and were highly criticised by a number of other sources in both local and national media following the display.

Forde who works as a teacher said: “If it’s acceptable in a local or national paper to absolutely castigate a bunch of lads then how do you go into a classroom as a secondary school teacher and say you can’t say this about people on social media.”

“As a secondary teacher myself, we cover things like bullying all the time in school. If this becomes acceptable in society as the norm in a local or national newspaper, radio, TV just to sensationalise things or maybe justify someone’s position in the job, then for society that’s not good for me. That’s what I would have a big issue with actually the personal attacks on people.”

Many experts believe that they are well within their rights to be critical of players who were fundamentally behind the removal of previous manager Anthony Cunningham despite reaching last year’s All-Ireland final. For many, it’s a time for the players to stand up and be counted after Cunningham’s resignation and excuses won’t be accepted at this point.

The Tribesmen take on Clare this weekend in Thurles in what is a season defining game for both sets of players and management. A defeat for either side ends their year in July, while the winner will only be two wins away from an All-Ireland title. The stakes are sky high.

When asked about whether the management used those comments as a motivational tool, Forde stated, “I don’t think so. You’re going out there in an All-Ireland quarter final. This is what we focused on all year and you know while there may be some people in Galway that take different views in regard to what happened last year, we are still doing this for Galway.”

“We are doing our best to get to an All-Ireland semi-final for our county and that has been the approach of players. They know they have to take a lot of flak but they are the lads who are willing to cross the white lines, they are the lads who are willing to get on with it and do their very best for themselves, for their clubs and for their county,” the Turloughmore clubman said.

Galway weren’t exactly disgraced in their performance against Kilkenny and they were leading at half-time. It did always feel like Kilkenny could raise their level of performance another couple of levels though and a second half Richie Hogan inspired performance meant Kilkenny ran out to a reasonably comfortable victory in the end.

When it was put to Forde had Galway scope for improvement? He was in agreement, “There is no question we have and I suppose in analysing the game we certainly highlighted areas where we didn’t make life easy for ourselves. We made a lot of mistakes in the game and that’s what we tended to focus on when looking back on the game.”

 

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.

Corofin 0-16

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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