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Galway come off second best against the Rebels

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Cork 1-13

Galway 0-9

IT was heartbreak for Galway’s senior camogie team last Sunday as Cork emerged triumphant in the All-Ireland final to secure their 26th crown and successfully retain the title.

In a contest where the Tribeswomen just simply didn’t get going, Cork’s experienced players dictated throughout the 60 minutes before Briege Corkery’s goal six minutes from time ensured despair for Tony Ward’s charges.

From the opening exchanges, Galway were coming out second best in intensity and were chasing the contest.  However, the maroon and white never reneged from their workrate but just couldn’t catch the necessary break to overturn the Rebels’ momentum.

After a season where Galway were league champions and went 11 games unbeaten, their inability to get to grips with this decider was puzzling and a failure to marshal tighter the consistent clearances from Cork centre back Gemma O’Connor couldn’t be ignored. But in their efforts to restore parity after falling behind in the second minute, some decision making, efforts on goal and link up play never matched the heights they’d achieved over the previous seven months.

An early miss from Siobhan Coen allowed Ashling Thompson open the scoring  for Cork but the Ballinderreen wing back went on to have a quality performance in her first All-Ireland final. Already, Paudie Murray’s charges had a game plan they executed well. Thompson and Orla Cotter occupied midfield and took the game to their opponents finding team-mates quickly.  Likewise, Julia White initiated the pressure on the resilient Galway defence while Corkery also got involved.

Cotter took Corkery’s pass in the fourth minute for the second score but Galway looked ready to settle when they opened their account two minutes later. Susan Earner played a short puck-out to Heather Cooney on the left before the St. Thomas’ player picked out Clodagh McGrath on that flank. The Sarsfields midfielder made the run before finding her sister Niamh (McGrath) who sent over a fine effort.

While McGrath would leave an impression with some excellent free taking and seven further points, Cotter was equally efficient and two Cork frees left it 0-4 to 0-1 on eight minutes.

Galway were trying to find their attack only to run into a Cork half-back line led by O’Connor that wasn’t in a generous mood. But a strange mix-up in officiating on nine minutes certainly robbed the Tribeswomen of a rallying score.

What actually prevailed was hard to judge after what looked like Molly Dunne offloading for a fine Ailish O’Reilly point.  The linesman on the Hogan Stand side was waving indicating that the Eyrecourt full forward had stepped over the line before referee Ray Kelly signalled a free in. McGrath kept her cool to split the posts only for the Kildare official to blow again and decide to throw the ball in.

Kelly, who wasn’t helped by his linesman, attempted to be fair throughout the game but was guilty of some strange calls. Even though Galway shaded the free count (12-11), two harsh challenges on Aoife Donohue went unpunished while Dunne may have been impeded chasing a potential goal eight minutes from time. And his lateness in stopping play following a collision between Corkery and Lorraine Ryan in the second half was concerning.

Full match report in this week’s Connacht Tribune

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O’Keeffe says season’s goal of winning promotion remains very much in United’s sights

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Conor O’Keeffe in action against Cobh Ramblers FC earlier this season. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Galway United full-back Conor O’Keeffe insists there is no talk in the camp about the upcoming promotion play-offs, with all the focus each week being on the next game up for the side rather than the battle to join champions-elect Shelbourne in the top-flight next season.

A scoreless draw at home to Treaty United last weekend, coupled with a 2-0 win for Shelbourne away to Cork City, means the Dublin side has moved 10 points ahead of United at the top of the table with five games remaining.

Having lost just once all season – a defeat which was inflicted by United – the Tolka Park side are unlikely to let that 10-point lead slip, meaning that United’s hopes of promotion will rest with the play-offs.

O’Keeffe, who turns 28 on Sunday, says that promotion remains the goal of the squad, and that is the focus, not on the route that will be needed to secure that.

“We are taking things one game at a time, if you look beyond that, you forget to do that’s in front of you, so we are not even looking at the playoffs, you have to show up for each game.

“You have to take it just game by game, if you look farther ahead, you get a little carried away and you lose focus, and you just have to keep going.

“We just need to finish as high up the table as we can, anything can happen, it is a funny game at times, football, we have just got to believe – if you don’t believe there is no point, our goal is to get promoted and we still believe we can do that,” O’Keeffe says.

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Favourites all advance with ease in the FAI Junior Cup

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Athenry's Seán O'Callaghan heads in his side's second goal despite the best efforts of Paddy Gannon and Shane Trill. Photo: Kennedy-Beirne/Eirefoto.

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It might only have been the preliminary round of the FAI Junior Cup, but for certain teams with ambitions, it was hopefully the start of a long trail towards ultimate success, and the four fancied sides all advanced from their games with various degrees of comfort last weekend.

In the only all Premier Division clash, James Ryan secured the match winner as West United saw off St Bernard’s 1-0 in South Park. It was Ryan again who went closest to a second, but his effort on this occasion was thwarted by the woodwork. The victory sets them up for a First Round contest against Tuam Celtic on the last weekend of the month.

Hibernians were 3-2 winners over Dynamo Blues in Bohermore as Shane Hulgraine, Nathan Ward (striker) and an own goal were enough to see off the Tuam side for whom Alex Schmitt scored twice.

Scoreless at the break, Colga did all the damage against Bohemians on the resumption as they ran out 4-0 winners with Neil Greaney (3) and Colm McDonagh sharing the goals – Colga and Hibernians meet in the next round.

As to be expected Athenry were the most comfortable winners of the day as they defeated Renmore 6-0 with three goals coming in each-half. New central defender, Sean O’Callaghan, scored his first goals for the club as he notched a brace, while Adam Duffy, Declan Cullen, Colm O’Donovan and Garvan Broughall were also all on the mark as they set up a neighbourly contest with Corofin United.

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Galway United nearly there but scope for improvement

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Galway United's Joe Gorman on the ball against Kieran Hanlon of Treaty United FC during Friday night's First Division tie at Eamonn Deacy Park. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Galway United 0

Treaty United 0

A contest between two evenly-matched teams finished in stalemate on Friday night, nudging both sides closer to the play-offs, but leaving neither in doubt that major improvement is needed if they are to escape the doldrums of the First Division.

United shaded things in the first-half, with the visitors being the marginally better side for much of the second until they were reduced to 10 men with the dismissal of former United man, Marc Ludden.

Already providing a stubborn and frustrating resistance to their hosts, Treaty dug in even further following that 73rd minute red card, and with United struggling to find their mojo of late, the game petered out into that predictable scoreless draw.

The league takes another break this weekend with the quarter-finals of the FAI Cup taking centre stage, giving the United camp some additional time to find that spark that has been missing for the past three games following that stirring 3-1 win over Shelbourne in mid-August.

With free-scoring UCD up next for United, that additional time needs to be well spent for, while United are almost assured of the play-offs, they have serious work to do to if they are to take confidence and momentum into those play-offs, and the visit of the Students to the Dyke Road on Friday week will really test the home side.

John Caulfield made two changes to the team which beat Cabinteely the previous week, with Luke Dennison coming in for the suspended Conor Kearns in goals, while Stephen Walsh replaced Alex Murphy at left-back.

The game was preceded by a thunderous minute’s applause from both home and away fans for the late Sam Oji, a man who graced the jersey of both Galway United and of Treaty United’s predecessor, Limerick FC, who died suddenly last month from cancer at the age of just 35.

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