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Members of the GCH team who competed in the National Roads Relay in Raheny last Sunday, from left: Niall McCarra, John Moroney and Joe Tannian.

GALWAY City Harriers and Craughwell AC fielded strong teams at the National Road relays held in Raheny in Dublin last Sunday.

First off were the Craughwell masters men’s team who finished sixth in the Over 35s event. They were led off by Oliver Mullins, next up was the evergreen Gerry Ryan, who made a welcome return to competition with a fine run on the second two mile leg, while Peter O’Sullivan moved the team up to their final sixth position with a strong closing mile leg.

In the competitive four leg senior men’s event, Craughwell AC and a young Galway City Harriers team represented the county. Craughwell were placed 15th overall, with a strong three mile leg by Jason Broderick. The team also saw good runs from Neil Greaney,  Peader Harvey and Damien O Boyle.

GCH were 20th team overall, led by Keith Fallon and supported ably by Joe Tannian, Niall McCarra and John Moroney. Both these young teams have plenty of potential for the coming years.

Meanwhile, Jane Ann Meehan of Athenry AC a  produced a superb performance in the Manchester Marathon last Sunday as she clocked a time of 2hrs  54 minutes, which was the first time under the magic three hour barrier for her. She finished 6th female overall.

Meehan has been one of Galway’s top athletes for much of the last decade and this result is a testament to the her hard work and high mileage. Her clubmate Gearoid Rohan finished in the same time of 2.54, while there were also good runs and personal best times from Athenry’s  Roseanne Trehy (3.13)  and Chris Deakin (3.12). Brendan Kennelly of GCH came home in 3.22.

Matt Bidwell of GCH took yet another local road race victory, this time in the 4th annual Galway Sports Partnership 10k held  in Labane, Ardrahan on Saturday last.

Bidwell took an easy win in 33.22, well clear of John Whiriskey second in 37 mins and Shane O’Rourke who was third in 37.04. First home in the ladies event was Grainne Ni Uallachain of Galway City Harriers in 39.48, with Veronica Colleran second in 40 mins flat and Deirdre Brophy third.

Brian Heavey took victory at last week’s Claregalway 5km hosted by Clare River Harriers AC. Heavey won in 18.12, just ahead of Kevin Carr second in 18.16 and Alasdair Conway in third. First lady home was Fiona Duggan of Castlegar AC in 22.47. The event was a huge success with over 250 athletes competing

The Galway City Harriers ladies continued their run of good form in the Ballinrobe 10k on Friday last, with victory going to Regina Casey in a personal best time of 36.50. Siobhan Egan also ran very well to take second with a time of 39.08, while the ever improving Niamh Hennelly clocked 40.56 for fifth spot.

Finally, day one of the Galway Juvenile Track and Field Championships takes place onSaturday in Dangan at the RSC track. The first day’s competition is for U9 to U12 athletes and a full programme of track and field events takes place, with proceedings beginning at 10 am .

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Horgan in the history books

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DARYL HORGAN

DARYL Horgan became the first Galwegian to score a senior men’s international goal when grabbing the fourth goal for the Republic of Ireland in their 4-1 friendly win over Andorra last Thursday.

Horgan, introduced as a 66th minute substitute for Ronan Curtis, got on the end of Jason Knight’s 89th minute cross to stoop low and send a diving header into the back of the net to cap a brilliant 26-minute cameo for the winger in what was his 13th senior international appearance.

The Knocknacarra native had just five minutes earlier sent in the cross from which Knight made it 3-1 to sighs of relief in the Irish camp – they had fallen 1-0 behind after 52 minutes, before a brace of goals from Troy Parrott in the 58th and 61st minutes put the Boys in Green in front and spared Stephen Kenny’s side the embarrassment of losing to a ski resort.

Horgan is one of seven Galwegians to win a senior men’s international cap – David Forde (24 caps), Alan Lee (10), Aaron Connolly (6), Greg Cunningham (4), Ryan Manning (4), and the late Eamonn ‘Chick’ Deacy (4) are the others – but he is the first to find the back of the opposition net.

He was joined from the bench last Thursday by Manning, and both players also started on the bench in Budapest on Tuesday night in the scoreless draw with Hungary, with both again being introduced in the second-half, Horgan in the 56th minute to win his 14th cap, followed by Manning in the 85th minute to win his fourth cap.

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Galway WFC bring an end to their away woes in Cork

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Chloe Moloney who was one of Galway WFC's goal scorers in their away win over Cork WFC at Turners Cross on Saturday.

Cork City WFC 0

Galway WFC  2

By Mike Rafferty

AFTER firing blanks in their three previous away games, Galway WFC got back to winning ways when aided by two opening half goals and a first clean sheet of the season, they were worthy winners of this Women’s National League contest at Turners Cross on Saturday.

Two early headed goals by Chloe Moloney and Aoife Thompson gave them a cushion that was seldom threatened as the home side were outmaneuvered as new Galway WFC manager Stephen Lally picked up the first win of his reign.

As in previous games, the visitors were without some of their more established names, but the performances of Ruth Fahy, Lucia Lobato and Thompson helped turn an impressive performance into a worthy win. Cork goalkeeper Abby McCarthy was by far the busier of the two custodians and some good shot stopping in the early exchanges kept her side in the game.

However, there was little she could do when Galway WFC took the lead on 21 minutes, Chloe Moloney attacking a Shauna Brennan corner in a crowded box and powerfully heading home for a 1-0 advantage.

Just three minutes later, they added a second and again Brennan was at the heart of it when seeing off a challenge on the right flank, before delivering a deep cross that was powered into the bottom corner by the flying Thompson with a diving header.

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Connacht soar in final game to clip the wings of Ospreys

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Connacht’s Ben O’Donnell, who has Ultan Dillane in support, is tackled by Rhys Webb of the Ospreys during Friday's Rainbow Cup tie at the Sportsground. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Connacht 26

Ospreys 19

Rob Murphy at the Sportsground

THE Connacht team finished Friday’s final game of the season with a flurry of fierce and well timed tackles as they held off the Ospreys and secured the win. While they did that, the Fields of Athenry bellowed from the Clan Terrace creating a surreal, almost absurd atmosphere at a near empty Sportsground. The roar that followed from the handful of souls in the stands was an appropriate end to a strange season like no other.

The singing and the shouting had come from the non selected players who had all gathered in a corner of the terrace for the game, making sure that there was no doubt for those out on the field that the game and the result meant something. Overall of course, this result is just a mark on the ledger, a soon to be forgotten triumph in a season that included far too many defeats at their Galway venue.

If all that wasn’t strange enough, all the scoring happened in the first half. Connacht notched four tries, the Ospreys managed three yet it was the second half that proved to be the most compelling and captivating as the visitors from Wales came up against a brick wall. Connacht’s tackling was superb while their maul defence proved to be critical. The visitors had arrived needing and expecting to get a bonus point win to stay in contention for a place in the Rainbow Cup final, but would leave shell shocked.

The Rainbow Cup as a competition has predictably turned out to be a disaster for the PRO14 organisers. While there has been some misfortune with late season postponements because of Covid and the South African sides have been limited on travel, the format of a straight league with teams playing six fixtures was never going to inspire enthusiasm or create a fair and balanced tournament. As it stands, Benetton might get to the final without having to play any of the top six sides.

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