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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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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.

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