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Galway come up trumps in revenge clash with the Cats

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Galway's Niamh Kilkenny on the attack against Kilkenny in Saturday's All-Ireland championship tie in Freshford. Photos: Ken Sutton/Inpho.

Galway 1-12

Kilkenny 0-10

Darren Kelly in Freshford

THEY’D waited 11 weeks for revenge and Galway delivered a response last Sunday as they secured an 11th consecutive All-Ireland senior camogie semi-final appearance.

Ailish O’Reilly’s 38th minute goal put the Tribeswomen to the front and they took control afterwards to exact revenge for their league final loss in May.

It must be noted that no trophies were handed out, the performance wasn’t without faults and Kilkenny’s first half tactics with the wind were questionable, but on a great sporting weekend for the county, the camogie players offered a timely reminder that they remain serious championship contenders.

With qualification for the knock out stages assured, this was a chance for Ollie Bergin’s charges to see where they stood. Starting the same 15 players that began the campaign, Galway’s formation is starting to show a settled look.

Conditions were perfect but the open field allowed a stiff breeze blow that favoured the hosts in the first half. The Noresiders were expected to go for the jugular but surprisingly sat back.  Ann Downey’s team looked concerned about potential Galway threats and wanted to block opportunities for O’Reilly.

That being said, Kilkenny were creating chances as Denise Gaule and Miriam Walsh found themselves in space on occasions while the Farrell sisters in midfield, Anna and Meighean, enjoyed equality in exchanges during the first half.

Gaule opened the scoring for Kilkenny after 44 seconds but Galway responded taking a 0-2 to 0-1 lead. Both came from Niamh McGrath after fouls on Aoife Donohue and Orlaith McGrath by the seventh minute, but Galway wouldn’t score again until Shauna Healy hit the targety just before half-time.

Kilkenny led 0-4 to 0-3 at the break with Gaule (2) and Walsh converting but this was a period where Galway’s defence, particularly the half back line of Clodagh McGrath, Rebecca Hennelly and Lorraine Ryan, broke down threats.  And the full backs looked assured as Sarah Dervan consistently cleared. Amazingly, Susan Earner didn’t have to make a save of note.

On the other side, Galway’s attack were struggling to settle while the maroon and white were also guilty of some poor deliveries. But when O’Reilly supplied Healy for her score, Bergin and his team were very content with the opening 30 minutes.

The second half was set up for Galway and a strong indication of their position among the contenders would be revealed, but it was Kilkenny who stretched their lead with Walsh and Katie Power combining to allow Anna Farrell make it 0-5 to 0-3 on 32 minutes.

However, that was Kilkenny’s last point from play. Galway took on their opponents and grew in influence. Niamh McGrath won a free that she converted in the 35th minute before the game’s crucial score.

Noreen Coen took possession and send a perceptive diagonal ball in O’Reilly’s direction. The Oranmore/Maree poacher then shook off three defenders before hand passing past Emma Kavanagh to the net and Galway led 1-4 to 0-5.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Referee shortage sees local games called off

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The Salthill Devon side that beat Corrib Celtic 4-1 in Drom last Friday night. Back row from left: Jackson Da Silva, Andrew Connolly, Cillian Doyle, Shane O’Rourke, Calum Crowe, and Arek Mamala. Front: Matthew Barrett, Darren Darcy, Matthew Murray, Michael Gallagher and Vinny Faherty. Photos: Iain McDonald.

Soccer Wrap with Mike Rafferty

It is not often that Mervue United have to wait until the third series of games in the Premier Division to get their first win, but after earlier losses to Maree/Oranmore and Athenry they finally secured their first success on the all-weather at Fahy’s Field on Sunday morning.

A 2-1 win over St Bernard’s moved them off the foot of the table, but in a close contest it was an outcome that could have gone either way. Mayo native Eoin Prendergast took both his goals well, although they were of the simple variety as deliveries over the top exposed the visitors cover and the former Conn Rangers striker was left with simple tap-in’s as they led by two at the break.

In contrast the St Bernard’s reply was a cracking effort as Matty Finn crossed from the right and the inrushing Paddy Mullins headed powerfully past Rob Carr to pull one back.

The visitors had plenty of opportunities to get back on level terms, but it was an occasion when their finishing let them down. Twice Dillon Murphy threatened a breakthrough, but his opening effort few across the face of goal; before failing to connect with a Keith Forde delivery.

Brian Moran had an effort that was easily gathered by Rob Carr, before Matty Finn was well off target with a late chance. All the opportunities were not at the one end, as Mervue threatened when Robert Carroll headed over following a Eli Sheedy corner; while Prendergast missed a great chance to complete his hat-trick, but fired over from in front of goal after a neat knockdown by Stephen Larkin set him up.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Lyons’ spectacular bicycle kick carries day for United

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Mikie Rowe of Galway United and Cork City's Cian Coleman in a race for possession during Friday night's First Division tie at Eamonn Deacy Park.

Galway United  2

Cork City 1

By Mike Rafferty at Eamonn Deacy Park

THERE is no doubt that the Galway United players will have had more of a pep in their step at training this week as their come-from-behind victory over Cork City at Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday night finally ended their five match winless streak and. hopefully, in the process installed a bit of confidence in their own ability.

No doubt the fact that the visitors would have clinched the Airtricity First Division title if they were to win was a further incentive for the home side to raise their game to a level that had gone missing in recent outings.

However, United did fall behind for the fourth game in succession, before two goals in a three minute spell by Wilson Waweru and Charlie Lyons rescued the situation and moved them to within seven points of the league leaders. United do enjoy a game in hand and while they are free this weekend, their next outing away against Treaty United will bring them level on games played with Cork City.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Connacht thrashed by Ulster but internationals return for tough South African trip

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Connacht's Caolin Blade who scored their only try in Saturday's heavy URC defeat to Ulster at the Kingspan Stadium.

By JOHN FALLON

ANDY Friend says Connacht need to pick up the pieces quickly from an opening night hammering (36-10) to Ulster after going down by five tries to one in Belfast.

Ulster dominated the opening half and were good value for their 14-3 lead as Connacht had to defend for long periods of a half littered with mistakes by both sides.

Centres Luke Marshall and Stuart McCloskey were dominant and the two combined for the opening score after 27 minutes, before 21-year old hooker Tom Stewart crowned his first start by punishing poor defending when he looped around a lineout to score three minutes from the break.

Connacht finished the half with a boost when Conor Fitzgerald landed a penalty from 35 metres to cut the gap to 11 points but they fell apart after the restart, coughing up six penalties in ten minutes.

Scrum-half Nathan Doak extended the lead with a 45th minute penalty and then he touched down for a try six minutes later when Stewart was stopped just short.

Doak’s third conversion made it 24-3 as both sides emptied their benches and Ulster secured the bonus point when full-back Stewart Moore got over after Connacht No.8 Paul Boyle was binned for offiside.

Replacement scrum-half Caolin Blade got over for a consolation try ten minutes from time after former Leinster out-half David Hawkshaw also impressed after coming on, but other than the performance of another ex-Leinster player, flanker Josh Murphy, there were few other consolations as Ulster finished on a high with replacement prop Callum Reid getting the touchdown and Doak converting from the right.

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

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