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Galway WFC pay the price for concession of soft goals

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Galway WFC went down 2-1 at home to Peamount United of Dublin on Sunday in the Continental Tyres Women’s National League.

Manager Don O’Riordan included new signings Marie Curtin, Claudia Hudner and Megan Kelleher, while Kara Mullins is on the comeback trail after a season out with injury.

The outcome however was disappointing, as the concession of two soft goals never allowed them recover from a poor start and while they improved as the game went on, they seldom really looked like rescuing anything from the contest.

Depending on one’s outlook, the side lined out in a 4-5-1 formation or maybe it was 4-3-3, but whatever it was, it struggled as an attacking formation. The outcome was a very crowded central midfield, while out wide Mullins and Hudner looked isolated and far from the action and seldom linked up with lone striker Lynsey McKey.

Normally a winger, the Shannon native was playing in a lone front role and it is a position she certainly has to perfect as she was continuously caught offside.

In contrast, Mullins was a prolific scorer throughout her career, but on Sunday was marooned wide on the flank. That said, she should have given Galway the perfect start, but fired wide from a good position in just the opening minute.

With new players having to be accommodated, last season’s central midfield duo of Ruth Fahy and Grainne Barrett took a step backwards and slotted into central defence and all was going well until the Dublin side struck twice in a five minute spell before the break.

The opener on 38 minutes, saw Fahy directing a pass back towards ‘keeper Melissa Casserly, but unknown to her, Rosanna Maguire had read her intention and she took possession before rounding the unprotected custodian to tap into an empty net for a 1-0 advantage.

The second was a replica finish, as a delivery over the top exposed the home cover and on this occasion Eleanor Ryan Doyle ran on to apply the finish for a 2-0 lead.

Two down at the break, the home side freshened matters up with the introduction of Keara Cormican and Alana Moran for Hudner and Kelleher and a Meadbh de Burca snap shot on the restart gave an early indication of a fresh mindset.

The home side were rewarded with a breakthrough on 57 minutes when Mullins was fouled by Laura Traynor in the box and Curtin despatched the resulting penalty into the bottom corner to make it 2-1.

The recovery was on, as Curtin and Lisa Casserly offered a greater threat and further restructuring helped the home side maintain a general edge for the remainder of the game.

Moran brought a save from Dunne at her near post, while the goalkeeper really impressed with a flying save to push away a Curtin effort on 80 minutes. Fahy was just wide of the mark with a header and minutes earlier was superb in defence, when a last ditch tackle ended Doyle’s clear run on goal.

Maguire had a shot tipped over by Casserly, before Susie Cunningham headed a Barrett corner across the face of goal in the final minute, as it cried out for a touch to rescue a point.

Galway WFC are at home again this coming Sunday, when they face Raheny United in the FAI Cup quarterfinal.

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Galway minors continue to turn season around with latest win over Derry

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Galway players Seán Dunne, Fionn O'Connor and Adam Colleran celebrating their All-Ireland Minor Football semi-final win over Derry at Parnell Park on Saturday. Photo: Ray McManus /Sportsfile.

THE results may not have gone Galway’s way in the Connacht minor football championship, but team manager Alan Glynn never lost faith in his young squad.

And his belief in them has certainly been justified following deserved victories over Dublin and Derry in the All-Ireland series, setting Galway up for a unique third championship collision with Mayo in the one year.

The more games Galway are playing, the better they are getting, and Glynn is in no doubt that their extended championship run will do wonders for the development of his players.

But after losing three times in Connacht – twice to Mayo – how did Glynn, and his backroom team of Tim Rabbitt and Michéal Antaine Ó Loidéain, manage to turn their season around?

“We did speak in the dressing-room after that game [Connacht final] and we said, ‘look that’s the Connacht championship done with, that’s one competition finished and we’re now into a new All-Ireland competition.’

“There were eight teams left and we took that look to things. At the end of the day, we had lost three games in Connacht, and I suppose if you were to dwell on that, we could get bogged down and we could get negative. We just said, ‘We’ve finished second in Connacht. Not what we wanted but it’s where we were and we’re now into the last eight.’

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Aki captains Ireland, scores a try but tourists’ first match ends in heavy defeat

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Ireland captain Bundee Aki touches down for a first-half try against the Maori All Blacks on Wednesday, but the game ended in a disappointing loss for the tourists.

IT should have been a night to savour for Bundee Aki who was honoured with the Irish captaincy for the first game of their daunting tour to New Zealand.

Leading an inexperienced tourist selection, Aki could hardly have wished for a better start after powering over for Ireland’s first try against the Maori All Blacks.

But it was nearly all downhill for the men in green subsequently on Wednesday. Ireland were repeatedly carved open and trailed by 32-10 at the break.

On a night when fellow Connacht player, flanker Cian Prendergast, also started and prop Finlay Bealham was a second-half substitute, Ireland never really fired despite not conceding another score on the resumption.

But all the tourists could add to their tally was a converted Gavin Coombes’ try in a disappointing opening to their five-match tour.

Ahead of the game, Aki said it was a “huge privilege” to captain Ireland against the Maori All Blacks after initially suspecting head coach Andy Farrell was joking about giving him the responsibility.

New Zealand-born Aki led a youthful side containing five uncapped players on Wednesday night as the Irish kicked-off their summer tour of his homeland.

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Galway have more than a prayer of toppling Limerick

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Galway’s Tom Monaghan breaking away from Limerick’s Kyle Hayes during their National League encounter at the Gaelic Grounds last February The teams clash again in Sunday's All-Ireland semi-final.

THEY are unbeaten in the championship since the All-Ireland semi-final of 2019; are chasing a fourth Liam McCarthy Cup in five years; and when it comes to brute force and physicality, they have no peers in the game.

This is the Limerick team that Galway must upset the odds against in Sunday’s All-Ireland hurling semi-final at Croke Park (3.30pm). And though few give them a realistic chance of doing so, the Tribesmen are at least capable of giving the champions a searching test.

Galway will also draw encouragement from their last semi-final battle with Limerick in 2020 at an empty Croke Park. The teams were level in injury time only for the Shannonsiders to salvage a result with Tom Morrissey catching fire late on.

It was a contest with no goals (0-27 to 0-24) and benefiting from a flying start, Galway really carried the fight to Limerick despite suffering the loss of Cathal Mannion through injury in the opening-half. It was an occasion which also stood out for Joe Canning’s remarkable feat of converting four sideline cuts – a record number for one championship game.

The team’s long-time ace marksman is no longer involved, but apart from the also retired Aidan Harte and long-term injury victim Shane Cooney, Galway will again be relying on the bulk of those players from that semi-final of two years in their quest to turn the tables.

Naturally, it will be one less if, as anticipated, Gearóid McInerney fails to recover from the knee injury which forced him to hobble off before half-time in their quarter-final victory over Cork in Thurles last Saturday week.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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