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Galway City Harriers relay teams run riot in Tullamore

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The GCH Under 18 and under 19 boys squad which combined for two goal medals. Left to right: Dylan Neary, Eoghan Dobey, Luke Shaughnessey, Sean Kilmartin, Shane Trainor Canavan and Cillian Greene.

GALWAY City Harriers claimed five titles and set three new Irish records at the National Juvenile Relay Championships in Tullamore on Saturday last.

The U13 girls 4 x100m squad took gold in a time of 52.63, with the team of Sinead Duggan, Sarah Agboola, Emma Moore, Eimear Rowe and Chellene Trill – this same team broke the Irish indoor record earlier in the year.

GCH’s U19 boys 4 x100m quartet of Eoghan Dobey, Shane Trainor Canavan, Dylan Neary and Cillian Greene stormed home to victory in an Irish record time of 43.88, dominating the race from the start. The U18 boys were also impressive with Dobey, Sean Kilmartin, Trainor Canavan and Greene taking the honours and claiming a third record on the day for the city club, in a time of 43.53.

The U17 girls 4x100m race ended dramatically in a photo finish for the top three teams, but Sally Ann O’Malley’s dip on the line was enough to secure the gold for GCH and she was ably assisted by Lydia Doyle, Roisin Flynn and Laura Nally. The girls U16 squad of Eadaoin Langan, Laura Nally, Laoise Geraghty and Lydia Doyle also won their final in emphatic style in a great time of 50.29 to make it a fifth gold for GCH.

The club’s U18 girls were impressive too in taking silver and their squad members were Clodagh O’Hanlon, Roisin Flynn, Sarah McDonnell and Nicole King), while the  club’s U17 boys (Sean Kilmartin, Luke O’Shaughnessy, Casper Poniatowski and Darren Costello) claimed bronze in an exciting finish.

The GCH U12 girls pulled off a surprise bronze too in their race with Gillian McGrath, Hannah O’Grady, Emma Moore and Aoibhinn Costelloe running the race of their lives.

Also taking place on the day was the Juvenile ‘B’ competition where Kara McCleane of GCH won silver in the 600m in a time of 1.48,  with Joanna Healy in sixth. Hannah King finished 5th in the final of the 60m and Ava McCleane came third in her heat, narrowly missing the final.

Meanwhile, the Galway County ladies and GCH men’s teams competed in round two of the National Track and Field league in Athlone, with a top eight finish needed to make the League final.

Galway women’s team have made the final, with a fifth place overall finish. A quad comprising some of the county’s best talent put in an excellent all round performance to secure a place in next month’s decider.

Those competing included Maeve Curley, Sinead Treacy, Dearbhala Walsh, Sinead Gaffney, Aubree Piepmeier, Alanna Lally, Maebh Brannigan, Sarah McDonnell, and in the field, Mary Barrett and Sarah Finnegan, all of whom picked of valuable points for the Galway squad.

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

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Dropped points leaves Utd losing touch with Cork City

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Galway United's Charlie Lyons tries to halt the progress of Wexford FC's Ger Shortt during Friday evening's Frst Division tie at Eamonn Deacy Park. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

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IT might be just as well that Galway United have drawn UCD in the next round of the FAI Cup as it will give the Tribesmen a taste of what might come in the promotion play-off final later in the year.

UCD or Finn Harps will be the Premier Division side in that play-off, and United look set for that lottery of a route to promotion for a third straight year after these two dropped points on Friday night left them with a lot – maybe too much – to do to catch Cork City.

It was a belter of a game of football, but Wexford will have been the least disappointed of the two sides as they edged a shade closer to Treaty United in the battle for the final play-off spot.

United, on the other hand, fell to now be three points behind City, and with the Leesiders having a game in hand, and also a vastly superior goal difference (+41 as opposed to United’s +29), they have one hand on the league trophy, and the other reaching for the Brasso.

Stephen Walsh was scoring his 15th goal of the season on Friday night, while Rob Manley was making it four goals in five games since joining from Bray Wanderers, but it still wasn’t enough to claim the three points against a visiting side that got their reward for approaching the game in such a positive fashion.

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

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Salthill serve up a strong finish to take derby spoils

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Bearna's Murcha Iarsach getting the better of Salthill/Knocknacarra's Cathal Sweeney during Saturday's Senior Football Championship clash at Pearse Stadium. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

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Eanna O’Reilly at Pearse Stadium

A very strong fourth quarter from Salthill/Knocknacara saw them see off the challenge of a Bearna side who will have regrets about a game in which they created plenty of scoring chances, but lacked the efficiency of their opponents in front of the posts.

John O’Mahony’s Salthill side struggled to gain dominance of this contest for long spells before their greater accuracy in front of goal began to tell in the second half. An impressive fourth quarter performance put Bearna to the sword, but O’Mahony will know they have plenty to improve on going forward.

The manner in which Bearna opened up the Salthill defence on a couple of occasions in the first half was notable. Salthill were lucky not to concede two goals, when both Oisín Ó Garmaile and Pádraig Ó Diolúin hit the woodwork with shots in the first half. The city men could easily have been behind at half time, rather than going in with a four point lead.

Bearna’s shooting profligacy ultimately caught up with them and undermined an early second half comeback. Three consecutive points saw them reduce the deficit to the minimum, but a couple of scorable frees were also missed, at a time when the momentum was in their favour.

Ultimately, Daithí Ó Domhnallaín’s side were outscored by 1-8 to 0-6 in the second period. Salthill were far more economical, while their use of possession was also superior to Bearna’s throughout the match.

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Galway United face tough task in Waterford on potentially defining weekend

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Division tie against Wexford FC at Eamonn Deacy Park. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

THIS could be a defining weekend in the chase for the First Division title, as Galway United make the long trek to take on a Waterford FC side that also faces league leaders, Cork City, on Monday, in the second of two homes Munster derbies this weekend for the Leesiders.

United need to get the job done themselves in the RSC this Friday (7.45pm) before worrying how City fare at home to Treaty United on the same night, and against Waterford on Monday – and anything other than a win will mean it won’t really matter how Cork get on.

“Waterford, they are a team challenging for the title, whether they can keep up or not I don’t know, but they are in there, they are a very good team as we have seen, and they beat [cup holders] Pats [St Patrick’s Athletic] in the cup, it is another massive match for us,” United manager, John Caulfield, said of this Friday’s opponents.

Truth be told, while Waterford may be third in the table, they are 12 points behind City and are not involved in the title race, but that won’t mean they will just roll over to have their bellies tickled on Friday, and while United have the edge in the head-to-head between the sides this season, they have been thrilling, hard-fought battles.

United’s first home game of the season saw Waterford race into a 2-0 lead by the break, only for goals from Stephen Walsh and the since-departed Jordan Adeyomo (gone to Longford) to rescue a point for United.

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

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