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Galway  4-7

Clare 0-12

Darren Kelly in Clonlara

AT the third time of asking, three goals in the last 11 minutes on Sunday finally kick-started Galway’s 2014 camogie season as they ran out seven point winners over Clare.

Following two defeats in the National League, many questions were been asked about Tony Ward’s side but they showed their hunger and desire was still intact as green flags from Niamh Kilkenny, Brenda Hanney, Emma Kilkelly followed a first half strike from Orlaith McGrath.

Hanney was one of numerous returning faces with Orla Kilkenny also seeing action, while Aislinn Connolly, Sinead Cahalan and Regina Glynn were present too at the county Clare venue.

It was Hanney who made a major difference upon her introduction. Like the previous week, Galway had seen an early lead wiped away and the home side were 0-10 to 1-5 ahead on 49 minutes with Claire McMahon and Kate Lynch accounting for their scores. But the Killimor forward played a big role in the Tribeswomen’s next two contributions that turned this tie around.

Tara Kenny’s knockdown around the middle led to the second goal as Galway quickly started a move with two of their experienced campaigners combining. Niamh Kilkenny’s run picked out Hanney who returned the pass and the Pearses player put Galway back in front with the second goal.

Despite Lynch responding for Clare, the maroon and white struck another blow two minutes afterwards. Rebecca Hennelly’s cross field pass was beautifully picked out of the air by Aoife Donohue who took on the defence. As the Banner narrowed the space, the Mullagh player saw the unmarked Hanney on the edge of the square and the third Galway goal ensued for a 3-5 to 0-11 advantage.

McMahon split the posts to reduce arrears to two but it was the visitors finishing well. Hennelly sent over two more frees, but another quick Galway move in injury time saw Kilkelly perfectly placed to score the fourth goal and the first win of the year was secured for the Tribeswomen.

While the finish would have pleased supporters, the start was also encouraging as Galway took a 1-4 to 0-1 lead in the first 20 minutes. Hennelly (2), Deirdre Burke and Kilkelly notched points, but the goal on seven minutes showed the maroon and white were intent on a result.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune

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Ryan joins elite club

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Galway's Ryan Manning on the ball against Bozhidar Kraev of Bulgaria during last week's UEFA Nations League tie at the Aviva Stadium. Photos: Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

RYAN Manning joined what is becoming a fast-growing list of Galwegians to be capped at senior level for the Republic of Ireland when he made his international bow last week in the Nations League game with Bulgaria.

The former Cregmore/Claregalway, Mervue United, and Galway United was a late addition to the squad for the final two Nations League group games, against Wales in Cardiff last Sunday week, and the clash with Bulgaria on Wednesday.

He was an unused substitute in Cardiff, but with more players withdrawing from the Irish squad after that game, Manning shot up the pecking order and was handed a start last Wednesday night.

He performed well, though his debut was marked by a yellow card for a foul on Spas Delev in the 21st minute. His recent lack of game time showed at the end – he has featured just once for Swansea City this season after moving to the Welsh club from QPR – with his night ending in the 86th minute due to cramp, but that won’t take away from the pride at representing his country at senior level for the first time.

His first cap sees him join Eamonn Deacy (RIP), Alan Lee, Greg Cunningham, David Forde, Daryl Horgan, and Aaron Connolly as Galwegians to have played for the men’s senior international side.

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Late Harte strike seals the deal for Tribesmen in a cracker

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Galway’s Conor Whelan secures possession ahead of Tipperary's Ronan Maher during Saturday's All-Ireland hurling quarter-final at the Gaelic Grounds. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Galway 3-23

Tipperary 2-24

TRUST in Galway hurling teams has often been in short supply down through the years and there was no shortage of local pessimism ahead of their All-Ireland quarter-final against Tipperary at the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday.

That mood was the legacy of Galway’s late troubles in the previous weekend’s Leinster Final when letting the Bob O’Keeffe Cup slip from their grasp. It left the men in maroon with plenty to sort out and lots to prove for their latest big championship collision with Tipperary.

And though the Tribesmen wobbled at time before eventually getting over the line, they manged to complete the perfect rehabilitation in the space of a week with defender Aidan Harte emerging as the unlikely match-winning goal scoring hero.

Galway were far from perfect – notably enduring a bad finish to the opening-half when outscored by 1-5 to 0-1 and struggling to exploit Tipperary’s numerical disadvantage over the closing 20-plus minutes – but the result was everything and the 2017 champions did enough good things to carry the day.

It represented Galway’s third triumph over Tipperary from their four last championship battles and will leave them in great heart for a potentially riveting semi-final against title favourites at Croke Park on Sunday.

There was no crowd, no atmosphere or big-match trimmings in Limerick, but the bleak surroundings didn’t prevent these great rivals from serving up another absorbing contest which ultimately probably swung on Cathal Barrett’s dismissal for a late challenge on Brian Concannon in the 52nd minute.

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Donohoe on guard after loss to Tipp in league tie

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Galway’s Aoife Donohoe contesting this high ball with Offaly’s Michaela Morkan during the teams' National League clash at Pearse Stadium last January. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

REIGNING All-Ireland camogie champions Galway may be favourites to win this Saturday’s semi-final, but three-time All-Star Aoife Donohoe says the Tribeswomen have not forgotten the hurt they felt when losing to the Premier County in the National League last March.

Galway’s 1-8 to 0-10 spring defeat to Tipperary at Duggan Park, Ballinasloe, stung. It wasn’t just the loss itself, or that it ended Galway’s interest in the competition, but it was the manner of it, explains Donohoe.

“We were hugely disappointed after that game,” says the 27-year-old midfielder. “That day, we came out second best in all the physical battles and the hurling; they were on top for most of the game.

“There was a bit of soul searching done after that and we spoke how, going forward, we’d never be seen to come out second best in either work-rate or physical battles on the field again. They absolutely out-worked us that day and that was something we were hugely disappointed with.”

It is this that cuts her the deepest. Now, an experienced senior player, Donohue’s modus operandi has always been her work ethic – fighting for every ball until there is nothing left to give.

She does so willingly, embracing those facets of the game that, often, other players shirk from: winning the hard ball, making the selfless runs, tracking opposition players and putting the body on the line.

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