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Former star midfielder Walsh tipped to become new football boss

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Former Sligo boss and All Star Kevin Walsh who is the favourite to take over the Galway footballers.

FORMER Sligo manager and double All-Ireland winner Kevin Walsh remains the red hot favourite to take over as the next Galway senior football manager from Alan Mulholland who stepped down from his position last week.

Galway County Board Chairman, Noel Treacy, gave a strong indication last week that the next manager will come from within the county, a strategy aimed at providing continuity following Mulholland’s three year stint at the helm.

The Galway County Board are also working within very tight financial constraints, something that again points the way to a local appointment, for what is likely to be a three year term.

Walsh, was generally regarded as doing a good job from limited resources during his tenure at Sligo, while his background as Galway’s top midfielder over recent decades, won’t do any harm to his cause.

The Killanin man is nearly an unbackable favourite to take the job at 1/5 with John Mulholland Bookmakers this week, although as we all know from past experiences there can be ‘many’s the slip between cup and lip’.

All the football clubs in the county have this week received nomination papers for the position that must be returned to the Galway County Board office by Friday, September 5. Nominations will also be submitted to appoint a new Galway minor manager on the same date to succeed John Donnellan.

Galway Football Committee Chairman, Seamus O’Grady, told Tribune Sport that the closing date for nominations for both positions was Friday, September 3.

“After that, all of the nominees will be consulted on their interest in the position with an interview committee made up of Football Committee and County Board representatives carrying out a detailed interview process. We would expect to have the new managers in place by early October,” said O’Grady.

In a statement last week, the Galway County Board confirmed that Mulholland was stepping down due to ‘work and family commitments’ – they thanked the Salthill man for his efforts over the past three years with the seniors and before that with the minors and under-21s.

Last week, Mulholland said that he had a chat with his two selectors after the Kerry match and they had agreed to talk again in a couple of weeks.

“We all have young families and when the lads decided that they just weren’t in a position to commit for the coming year, I decided that the time was right to move on.

“The job takes up your life – and I don’t mean that in any bad way – but the one thing I didn’t want was for things to drag on. There has to be certainty about those things and now the way is clear for the new man to be appointed,” said Mulholland.

In contrast to other times when managerial vacancies arose, Kevin Breslin of Mulholland Bookmakers said that there hadn’t been a strong interest in the betting.

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.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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