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Galway cricketers bat their way to cup success at last

Ciaran Tierney

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The County Galway Cricket Club which won the Munster Cup for the first time ever. Standing, left to right: Subramanyam R, Conor Mullen, Jaffer Hussain, Danish Ali, Ronan Mahon, Umair Chaudhary, Iliff Sumit, Muhammad Ali, Rohit Bisla. In front: Shariq Nasim and Tabish Ali.

THE County Galway Cricketers made history when they overcame Clare to win the Munster Senior Cup for the first time last weekend.

Played at the Mardyke in Cork city, the Munster Senior Cup Final has regularly been a bitter-sweet occasion for Galway for over three decades – they have regularly reached the final without lifting the trophy in the past.

Galway captain Umair Chaudhray praised his team’s convincing performance over Clare and said he was hugely honoured to become the first man to lift the Cup in the club’s history.

For wicket keeper, Ronan Mahon, it was a very special day as he has been on the losing side more than once for Galway since 2000. Both teams had overcome all of the Cork teams in the previous rounds.

Co Galway batted first and reached a total of 280 for 7 wickets in their 50 Overs. Shariq Nasim registered 56, Danish Ali 45, Subbu 40, Conor Mullen 45, Jaffer 23, Umair Chaudhary 19.

For Clare, Farman bagged four wickets, Kashif took two wickets and Bilal claimed one wicket. In reply, Co Clare were all out for 182 Runs in 45.3 Overs. Farukh 20, Tarik 39, Sukhpal 10, Bilal 18 and Farman was top scorer with 42.

The bowlers for Galway: Danish, Iliff, Rohit, and Muhammad Ali took a wicket each, Tabish took two wickets and Subbu took three which, together with his forty runs, made him Man of the Match.

County Galway Team: 1 Danish Ali. 2 Shariq Nasim 3 Conor Mullen 4 Subramanyam R 5 Muhammad Ali 6 Umair Chaudhary (C) 7 Rohit Bisla 8 Jaffer Hussain 9 Iliff Sumit 10 Tabish Ali 11 Ronan Mahon (WK)

Meanwhile, the Midland Cricket Association’s two knock-out trophies were decided this week. The Wallace Cup (for senior teams) saw County Galway pipped at the post by Mullingar in mid-week, losing by an agonising one run margin in the semi final.

However, Galway’s second team won the final of their competition against a strong Dundalk team, bringing home the Dick O’Neill Cup to Galway last Sunday. The victory was thanks largely to Subbu’s 104 not out who compiled well over half the Galway total himself.

In a tense final few overs in Bagnelstown in Carlow, the Dundalk lads fell just 8 runs short of the Galway target of 186.

Dundalk’s skipper, Andy Williams, threatened to take the game away from Galway with a brutal display of big hitting until Saleh Khan, fielding on the boundary threw in a lightning bolt return to keeper, Ruwan Migel who ran out the hapless Williams.

It was a turning point in the match and after that Dundalk struggled to keep up with the required rate against excellent bowling from Galway’s Mitul, Khan and Waseem.

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

 

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Utd finish in a blaze of glory to take badly needed win

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Galway United’s Killian Brouder gets to the ball ahead of Athlone Town's Shane Barnes during Friday's First Division clash at Eamonn Deacy Park. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

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Mike Rafferty at Eamonn Deacy Park

GALWAY United have gone behind in seven of their 11 League of Ireland games so far this season, but at Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday night, they came from behind to win for the first time and as ever they left it late.

Trailing to a Shane Barnes goal from the 24th minute, United levelled matters courtesy of a Ruairi Keating penalty, before the Mayo native came to the rescue again with an additional time winner as the home side got exactly what they deserved.

As has become a feature of Galway United games this season, they were an enigma in the opening half before producing probably their best half of football on the resumption. In the first 45 minutes, there was neither shape nor style to their game as they ballooned long balls and hoped striker Wilson Waweru could work miracles.

It is difficult to know if it was the introduction of three fresh faces at the break that rejuvenated the home side on the resumption or the tactical changes from manager John Caulfield, but it became a half they dominated and the only agony for the hundred or so supporters was wondering could the home side could strike for a winner.

No doub, the fans offered support and the place erupted when Keating got on the end of a McCormack corner and the ball somehow made it over the line despite the efforts of Micheal Schlingerman and a covering defender for a dramatic late winner.

Caulfield had some harsh words to say after a heavy defeat against Shelbourne in their last game and obviously not helped by suspension (Stephen Walsh) and injury (Carlton Ubaezuonu), it gave an opportunity for 16-year-old Alex Murphy to play his first game for Galway United.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway and Mannion play catch up to reel in Rebels

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Galway's Cathal Mannion who was a big influence in their National Hurling League victory over Cork at Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Sunday.

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John McIntyre at Pairc Uí Chaoimh

WE’VE known for the past few years that this group of Galway hurlers are as talented a team as there is around, but one All-Ireland and one National League title sells their overall quality short in terms of silverware.

Sure, in the often heartbreaking history of Galway hurling, the county’s current generation of elite players have achieved what only four Tribesmen teams have done in the past, but the nagging feeling is that they should be winning more.

Perhaps, that balance sheet is about to take a turn for the better on the basis of Galway’s last two performances in the league. In both those contests against strong opposition, they were in trouble after falling well behind. Their opponents were dictating the terms of engagement and looking in control.

Yet, by the finish of those matches against Waterford and Cork respectively, Galway had not alone found ways to retrieve the situation, but were also utterly dominant and have now set up a likely league final with Kilkenny as the counties’ paths are virtually certain to cross in the upcoming Leinster championship.

Though their comeback win over Waterford at Pearse Stadium the previous weekend was laudable, they had less time to reel in the Rebels at Pairc Uí Chaoimh last Sunday. In the space of 30 minutes, however, they managed to turn the game completely on its head in outscoring Cork by 3-13 to 0-10.

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Donohue the driving force as Galway survive epic contest

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Galway's Aoife Donohue comes under pressure from Cork's Ellen Murphy during Sunday's National Camogie League semi-final at Nowlan Park. Photos: INPHO/Bryan Keane.

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Eanna O’Reilly at Nowlan Park

THE Galway senior camogie team came through an epic extra-time battle with Cork to book their place in the National League final  after outlasting the Rebels at Nowlan Park on Sunday. On a scorching hot day in Kilkenny, Cathal Murray’s side showed tremendous resolve to edge out a battling Cork team, who matched the Tribeswomen score for score for most of the 83-minute contest.

A victory of this nature will surely stand to Murray’s charges in the long term, with Galway’s hunger, athleticism and fitness all thoroughly tested on Sunday evening. The character of the Galway players also shone through, particularly in the second period of extra-time, when they closed out the game while down to 14 players.

The amount of energy expended in Nowlan Park may not have been ideal with Sunday’s league final in mind, but in terms of squad morale and confidence, this victory was invaluable.

The exchanges were intense from the throw in. Cork’s Katrina Mackey opened the scoring inside the 20 seconds, before Carrie Dolan equalised with her first pointed free. The Clarinbridge forward was very sharp and landed a fine point two minutes later, after a good pass from Siobhán McGrath. Dolan soon put Galway 0-3 to 0-1 ahead, after pointing a free which she drew herself.

Cork replied with a point from Linda Collins before Galway were dealt an early injury blow. Orlaith McGrath was forced off with a dislocated shoulder and replaced by Catherine Finnerty. The Mountbellew forward soon got involved in the action, intercepting a loose ball in the Cork defence, before passing inside to Siobhán McGrath, who finished to the net. Cork replied with Orla Cronin pointing her first free of the afternoon.

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