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Galway minors retain provincial title in stirring battle

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Galway                 2-17

Roscommon       4-6

THIS may look like a comfortable five-point win on paper but Galway minor ladies footballers were made fight tooth and nail to retain their provincial crown when they met a plucky Roscommon outfit in the Connacht decider in Swinford last Saturday.

Despite racing into a nine-point lead in the first half, Galway had to withstand a determined Roscommon rally in the second period, with the underdogs reducing the gap to just two points on three occasions.

What will please Galway boss Kieran Collins in this regard was that each time his charges responded by kicking a plethora of points and, really, in the end, this was the difference between the two sides.

Where Roscommon over-relied on the scoring power of brilliant corner forward Aimee O’Connor, who finished with an incredible 3-5, Galway had shooters right around the park. In all, nine from the Tribesgirls’ starting line-up got their name on the scoresheet.

And yet, a worry for the Galway camp was the manner in which they conceded goals. It would be fair to say that none of Roscommon’s four goals Karen Connolly could have done much with but the defence, on the other hand, sorely missed the presence of Kate Screene, who had lined out for the Galway minor camogie team in their All-Ireland final loss to Cork earlier in the day.

The concession of three goals in the second half will be something Collins and his management team of Annette Clarke, Johnny Lynagh and Gillian O’Connor will certainly look to address ahead of the All-Ireland series in the Summer.

As for last Saturday, when Galway were going forward, they looked hugely impressive and after 18 minutes it was no surprise they had raced into a 1-7 to 0-1 lead – the goal netted by wing-forward Amy Coen on 10 minutes after she cut inside from the left and drove her effort low beyond Rossie custodian Sasha Lavin.

 

Full coverage in this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Campaigners seek state support to challenge beach bylaws

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Campaigners against controversial beach bylaws proposed by the County Council have called on Government to intervene. This comes after the local authority was met with a tsunami of submissions from the public – over 1,000 submissions were received, many voicing concerns that the regulations would ban water sports on the county’s coastline.

Galway pharmacist and Galway Bay Sailing Club member, Barra Nevin, has been one of the most outspoken critic of the bylaws which seek to outlaw activities such as surfing and kayaking anywhere near bathers.

According to Mr Nevin, there has been a groundswell of support for water sports enthusiasts, with everyone from swimmers to those who walk the coastline backing their right to use the water.

“The central problem surrounds the paragraph which states other outdoor sports participants cannot be in close proximity to swimmers. This would effectively outlaw all outdoor water pursuits other than swimming on 24 beaches in County Galway, including the lake in Loughrea, the Shannon in Portumna and all along the Wild Atlantic Way to Connemara and the Aran Islands,” he said.

The bylaws, for which an extended public consultation closed last Friday, state: “No person shall wind surf on sail boards or kite-surf on kite boards or surf on a surf board or use a canoe, kayak, dinghy, stand-up paddle board or water bike in close proximity to bathers.”

In addition, it will also be an offence to “use a personal water craft, power craft and fast power craft within 300m of the low water mark at the time of use, except for the purpose of rescue”, in the interest of the safety of swimmers.

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Bad weather a spoilsport as Salthill boys just do enough

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Salthill/Knocknacarra's Conor Gardiner comes under pressure from Mark Egan of Oranmore/Maree during Saturday's West Board U19 Final in Moycullen. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Salthill/Knocknacarra 0-8

Oranmore/ Maree 1-3

Mike Rafferty in Moycullen

SPORT in the depths of winter is not always an appealing sight and so it was in Moycullen on Saturday afternoon as the wind and rain reduced this West Board U19 Football Final to an endurance test. Salthill/Knocknacarra did enough to get over the line and, in the process, are the first winners of the David Cox Memorial Cup.

Favoured by the elements in the opening half, they laid the groundwork for their win with some smashing points from Ryan Kavanagh and Matthew Thompson and while a four point interval lead was not exactly commanding, Salthill’s defence played their part on the resumption as they kept Oranmore/Maree to just a point from play and three in total in a frustrating chase to close the gap.

Though the city side always appeared to have the edge, Oranmore/Maree can point to many factors that could have turned the game their way. They got the boost of an early goal, but seldom looked like scoring for the rest of the half. They had plenty of possession on the resumption, but with no one taking responsibility for an occasional shot, they just hand passed the ball all over the park and had little or no penetration.

Four missed frees in succession by four different players just added to Oranmore/Maree’s frustration and as the chase went right to the wire, they also had a late goal chance which was spurned.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Scores scarce on horrible day as Ballygar fall to final defeat

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Ballygar's Stephen Lohan who scored three of their four points against Easkey. Gordon. Ryan Duffy also threatened only for defender Shane Molloy to make the block.

Easkey 0-5

Ballygar 0-4

DARREN KELLY IN BEKAN

IN horrendous conditions, Ballygar’s hurlers ended their 2022 championship season with defeat last Saturday in the Connacht Junior Final as Sligo’s Easkey created history.

Andrew Kilcullen’s winner two minutes into injury time secured the ‘Blue Devils’ a first ever provincial crown as they survived the sweeping rain and swirling wind that questioned the wisdom of playing this contest at all.

That’s not to take away from Easkey’s success. The side coached by Ballygar’s Brian Healy earned their result even if the Galway champions can feel aggrieved about the decision to cancel Cillian Egan’s late effort.

But in the shadow of the finest indoor GAA facility in the country, one has to ask could plans not have been made to bring this game into the Connacht GAA Dome when weather reports indicated the challenging environment awaiting both teams.

Either way, the teams got on with tackling the elements as well as each other and it was Easkey off the mark in the opening minute. Kilcullen stood up just inside his own 65 metre line and sailed the sliotar over the bar.

Ballygar finally settled after their first point on 10 minutes. Eammon Trayers caused problems when allowed possession in the full forward line and he won the free that Stephen Lohan converted.

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