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Gantley brothers to the fore in clear-cut win over struggling Kiltormer outfit

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John Moylan, the Beagh goal scorer.

Beagh 1-16

Kiltormer 0-6

David Killarney  in Loughrea

BEAGH claimed their first victory in the hurling championship on Saturday night thanks to a resounding 13-point victory over Kiltormer in Loughrea. Ten points from the Gantley brothers spearheaded a convincing win with six other scorers also contributing in a good day all round for the men from south Galway.

The black and amber side’s stop-start beginning to the championship eventually resulted in a win following a loss and a draw to Tommy Larkins and Killimordaly respectively. The defeat for Kiltormer means that it is a third loss in a row for Dara Glynn’s men with group leaders Tommy Larkins the next fixture for a team flirting with relegation.

Beagh started the match off brightly and went two points in front through a free from Rory Gantley and a great strike from Adrian Tuohy after gathering up a loose ball 40 yards out. Centre back Keith Kilkenny hit back for Kiltormer with an excellent free from inside his own ’65 before Darren Hopkins levelled up the game with a point from 50 yards after a great run by full back Shane Staunton.

Kevin Keehan then put Beagh back in front with a close range free after midfielder Jamie Diviney was brought down cynically by Patrick Cormican as he was bearing down on goal. Beagh extended the lead through Joe Gantley after a quick free from brother Rory eventually ended up with the full forward who struck over.

Kiltormer’s high work rate was keeping them toe to toe with Beagh as Cormican fired over a fine score from 50 yards after being found by corner forward Michael Dolan to bring the deficit back to one point. Subsequently, two frees from Gantley ensured his team continued to force the pace amid signs that Kiltormer were struggling to maintain their early intensity.

A quick free from Gantley then led to Padraig Landers firing over his first of the night as referee Peter Murphy sent the teams in for half time with Beagh up by four points. With Kiltormer struggling to create chances, it was Beagh who were proving the more clinical of the two with their opponents looking light up front.

Kiltormer’s Diarmuid Claffey opened the scoring in the second period with a free after being fouled. The corner forward was moments later involved in a controversial incident on 36 minutes when Claffey appeared to have got his side level with a goal only for referee Murphy and his umpires to give Beagh a puck out after the ball was adjudged to have gone wide and not through a hole in the corner of the net. Joe Gantley then rubbed more salt into Kiltormer’s wounds with a point from all of 70 yards to increase Beagh’s advantage.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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United make short work of Wexford FC in mis-match

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Galway United’s top scorer Stephen Walsh who twice hit the target in Friday's First Division win over Wexford FC.

Wexford FC 0

Galway United 4

WE’RE not yet at the half-way point in the season, but Galway United are playing like a side that will lift the First Division title come October. John Caulfield’s team made it six wins on the spin in Ferrycarrig Park last Friday.

Such was United’s dominance from the first whistle, the only thing Wexford were in with a shout of winning was the half-time raffle, and even then, the winner had Galway loyalties with the prize being won by the grandmother of Wexford native but United midfielder, Mikie Rowe.

United made one change to the side which trounced Cobh Ramblers the previous week, Gary Boylan coming in to start in a new formation which saw him play in the hole just between frontman, Stephen Walsh, and the attacking midfield trio of Wilson Waweru, Dave Hurley, and Ed McCarthy.

It was United’s second successive away game, and just like that trip to Cobh, this game was as good as over by half-time with the Tribesmen once again taking a 3-0 lead into the dressing room.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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O’Brien and McGowan make para-rowing history

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Steven McGowan and Katie O'Brien pictured in Italy with club coaches, Mike Gaffney and Conor Moloney.

Two members of Galway Rowing Club made history last weekend when they formed Ireland’s first competitive para-rowing crew as they attended a training camp in Italy, before competing in a para-rowing regatta.

Katie O’Brien from Clarinbridge was joined by clubmate, Roscommon native Steven McGowan, as they took what they hope is another step towards qualifying for the 2024 Paralympics in Paris.

The pair competed in the PR2 (back and arms) category in their first international para-rowing regatta in Gavirate in northern Italy, which was made possible by Galway Rowing Club’s move to actively support Rowing Ireland’s Paralympic rowing programme for the 2024 Paris Olympics.

O’Brien is a renowned oarswoman, and has competed on her own in the 1X in para-rowing, but there are no single seat boats in the Paralympics, so she and McGowan have joined forces in a new partnership.

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

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United seeking seventh win on the trot in home tie with Athlone Town

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Galway United’s Conor McCormack in action against Kurtis Byrne of Athlone Town last season. The teams clash in the First Division at Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday evening.

JOHN Caulfield is preaching a message of patience ahead of his side’s home game with Athlone Town on Friday (7.45pm), a game which could see his side match the club record of seven consecutive wins.

That run was set in 2006, when United finished third in the First Division under Tony Cousins, and this Friday they ‘only’ need to beat the division’s basement side, and a side without a win this season, to match that run of a magnificent seven wins.

It is that kind of talk, however, that Caulfield is keen to stamp out, pointing out that, under new interim manager Dermot Lennon, the Midlands side have improved in recent weeks, and have only been beaten by a single goal in their last three games.

Longford Town edged the Midlands El Classico last weekend by the odd goal in three; Cork City won on a matching 2-1 score in the previous week, their winner coming with the last kick of the game; while Waterford scraped to a 1-0 win at home to De Town the week before that again.

“We have to show patience, we have to be strong from the start and impose our game, but we have to be patient,” the United manager told Tribune Sport this week.

“We need to keep our composure, keep to our game plan, keep our patience, and I would say that to the crowd as well, they need to be patient as Athlone will come and sit in and look to hit us on the counter-attack, and it will be up to us to break them down,” he said.

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