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Galway hurlers fall into a hole

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Tipperary 3-25

Galway 4-13

A tough fortnight for the Galway hurlers couldn’t have ended any worse than it did at Semple Stadium last Saturday evening. From looking the likely winners of an epic contest with less than 20 minutes remaining, they were eventually left washed up by an extraordinary and unexpected Tipperary tidal wave which turned this All-Ireland qualifier on its head.

Nobody saw the home team’s dramatic resurgence – or more precisely, the extent of it – coming from a 4-12 to 1-15 deficit, but in one swoop Tipperary banished all their demons with a brilliant final quarter-surge which saw them go from being in serious trouble to emerging scarcely believable nine-point winners.

Significant leads are no longer sacred on hurling fields – Galway proved that with their late heroics in the drawn Leinster semi-final against Kilkenny – but what Tipperary achieved in Thurles before a crowd of 18, 467 has raised the bar again in terms of how teams can turn matches around. Under serious pressure and trailing by six points after 52 minutes, they just caught fire from there to the finish to leave gallant Galway in a state of shock and trying to rationalise how they finished so far adrift at the finish.

Tired limbs and minds, no doubt, made a significant contribution to Galway’s late collapse – following their two tough battles with Kilkenny in a week, some of the team were clearly out on their feet in the closing stages. They deserved better than losing by nine points as for nearly two thirds of the match, the men in maroon were grappling successfully with a demanding schedule.

Not many had given the Tribesmen a genuine chance of upsetting the odds. Pundits and critics like to pigeon hole Galway in terms of their lack of consistency, being devoid of onfield leadership and mental frailties, but none of those perceived flaws were evident in Thurles for large tracts of an enthralling encounter . . . it’s just that, ultimately, they hadn’t the energy to keep Tipperary at bay.

Battle fatigue leads to mistakes, poor decision making and compromises levels of desire, and all those traits were evident in Galway’s play down the home stretch. With Tipperary’s hurling finally beginning to flow and several of the home team, notably Padraic Maher and Seamus Callanan, finishing in a blaze of glory, Anthony Cunningham’s charges were simply swept away. There can be no argument with losing the closing 20 minutes by 2-10 to 0-1 – a mind-boggling turnaround of 15 points.

Full report in this week’s Connacht Tribune.

 

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Moycullen living dangerously but manage to shade verdict

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Annaghdown's Eoin Kerin is chased by Moycullen's Aidan Claffey, Daniel Cox and Eoghan Kelly during Sunday's senior football championship tie at Pearse Stadium. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Moycullen 1-12

Annaghdown 1-11

Mike Rafferty at Pearse Stadium

WHEN champions are under pressure and the opportunity arises to take advantage of their plight, you have to take them and that in part tells the story from this senior football championship Group 3 contest at Pearse Stadium on Sunday

Having also edged out Claregalway by a single point margin in the first round, Moycullen looked to have some authority about them for a long spell in the opening half, but the concession of a goal just before the break left them just a point up at the interval.

Then for a time on the resumption, Annaghdown stepped it up a few gears and took the lead for the first time in the game, but inexplicably just seemed to take the foot off the gas and let Moycullen back into it. It was their time, but they let the opportunity slip.

Annaghdown made four second half changes were made to freshen matters up, but there was no instant reward. Gradually, Moycullen responded to the challenge presented and a Neil Mulcahy goal was a reward for them hanging in there and when Conor Bohan got their last point of the game on 55 minutes, they had opened up a four point gap.

In a nervous closing ten minutes, they needed it all as the North Galway side scored the last three points of the game and despite forcing the pace, came up just short. For the duration, this was like a chess match. It was typical of the modern game where possession and the hand pass are good and kicking is a lost art.

Both sides had their fair share of turnovers, but at times the game cried out for a long delivery to the inside line where specialists like Dessie Conneely and Frankie Burke might have thrived on a supply in the vast space available.

While Annaghadown had their chance, Moycullen looked a more poised outfit and while they maybe dropped off the pace for a spell, they displayed a calmness and control in their recovery. Overall, it was a merited win, but they must be concerned at only scoring 1-3 (0-2 frees) in the second half.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Ballinasloe’s Parsons is viral sensation after her scorching run against Italians

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Ireland's Beibhinn Parsons is challenged by Italian full back Vittoria Ostuni Minuzzi during the World Cup qualifying tournament clash in Parma on Sunday.

SHE’S the teenager with pace to burn who almost single-handedly has revived Ireland women’s World Cup qualifying hopes.

Having suffered a shock loss to the minnows of Spain the previous weekend, Ireland had no margin for error in the second round of the qualifying tournament in Parma on Sunday.

But the women in green are back on track thanks in no small part to the stunning exploits of their Galway winger Beibhinn Parsons.

The Ballinasloe bullet, who had scored Ireland’s try in that shock 8-7 defeat to Spain, inspired the visitors to a critical success over the Italians (15-7).

Still only 19, Parsons crossed for another try – her seventh in 13 matches for Ireland – when finishing off scrum-half Sara Barratin’s pass in the left corner in the 28th minute.

But it was her electrifying run in the build-up to Ireland’s match-clinching try from fellow wing, Amee-Leigh Murphy Crowe, which has become a viral sensation.

Parsons collected the ball inside own half on the hour mark and, in a remarkable exhibition of pace and deft footwork, she left a trail of would-be Italian tacklers in her wake.

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Lively Gort turn on the style in thrashing Tynagh/Abbey

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Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry's Shane Moloney is chased by Gort's Greg Lally and Aidan Harte during the clubs' Senior B championship clash at Duggan Park on Monday. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Gort 1-29

Tynagh/Abbey Duniry 1-13

Darren Kelly at Duggan Park

GORT gave a telling indication of their senior hurling championship intentions on Monday evening as a faultless opening quarter delivered a match winning margin in their delayed opener against Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry.

Ten different scorers were to the fore as they amassed 18 white flags in 30 minutes before Albert Mullins’ goal ensured the result was only going one way.

Matt Murphy’s charges certainly had their work put in on the training ground. Not just was their forwards’ mobility difficult to manage, their defenders also showed a willingness to mix roles and positions, often following their man rather than minding their zone.

Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry played their part in a thrilling feast under lights but were quite simply outplayed. Already down Paul Killeen and the injured Padraig Breheny, the east Galway outfit were still only five behind on 26 minutes before a Gort blitz settled the tie by half-time.

It’s dangerous to predict title credentials for a club playing in Senior B, but if Gort can reproduce this form next Monday against Padraig Pearses, the Senior A heavyweights will take notice.

Despite the absence of key personnel, Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry have welcomed additions and new recruit Conor Jordan got off the mark after 55 seconds. Darren O’Donoghue equalised in the second minute and the pace continued with Thomas Gordon restoring the green and blue’s advantage.

Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry were three-point winners the last time these sides met in 2019, but this 0-2 to 0-1 lead was as good as it got. Aiden Helebert levelled for Gort before Jack Grealish midway out on the left put them ahead in the fourth minute.

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