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Goals are the key to dethroning the Cats

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Galway will look to Cathal Mannion for crucial scores.

While triumphs over Kilkenny may be rare, what the record books do emphasise is that goals have been essential in Galway’s nine previous championship wins over the Cats – and, most likely, will be again if the Tribesmen are to upset the reigning All-Ireland champions in their keenly anticipated Leinster final showdown at Croke Park this Sunday (4pm).

That old adage of goals win game has certainly applied to Galway in their endeavours against Kilkenny, with Galway ‘out-goaling’ their illustrious rivals in seven of their nine wins and breaking even in this department in the remaining two.

The latter includes their memorable 2012 Leinster final victory which Galway won on a scoreline of 2-21 to 2-11 although, notably, Anthony Cunningham’s charges did lead 2-12 to 0-4 at half-time after producing a blistering first half of hurling. So, goals did lay the foundation.

Goals have also been fundamental on the two occasions the sides have ended level. In the drawn 2012 All-Ireland decider, Galway hit Kilkenny for two as the contest finished tied at 2-13 to 0-19. In the Leinster semi-final last year, goals once again proved the Tribesmen salvation as they hit three late ones to draw the game, 5-16 to 3-22.

What has been telling is that Galway, in their nine wins and two draws, have never secured a result against Kilkenny in championship hurling without scoring a goal while, in contrast, the Cats have garnered results against the Tribesmen in the past without finding the net, again most recently in the drawn game of the 2012 All-Ireland final.

Given the way both teams have gone about their business already, it would be a major surprise if both didn’t bag a goal or two on Sunday. In their three games so far, Galway have netted nine times, while Kilkenny hit Wexford for five.

Sunday will mark the 40th championship meeting between the two counties, with Kilkenny holding the upper hand with 28 wins. The most recent of those was in last year’s Leinster semi-final replay when Brian Cody’s men ran out 3-19 to 1-17 winners.

Both teams have a few changes from that clash. For Galway, Fergal Moore, Ronan Burke, Paul Killeen, Niall Burke and Conor Cooney – yet to make the starting fifteen this year – lined out day while Brian Hogan, JJ Delaney, Tommy Walsh, Aidan Fogarty and Henry Shefflin, all of whom saw action, have retired for Kilkenny.

The retirement of those five high-profile players from the Kilkenny set-up had led many to surmise early in the year that the All-Ireland champions were a team in transition but the Cats unceremoniously put this hypothesis to bed with their 24-points hammering of a subdued Wexford in their Leinster semi-final.

In truth, it was a ridiculous claim anyway. Of the famous five, full-back JJ Delaney was the only starter in the 2014 All-Ireland final replay against Tipperary, although Brian Hogan did line-out at centre-back in the drawn game and Shefflin and Fogarty were introduced over the two games.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

 

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Tuam men put late gloss on a hard earned win in Clonbur

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Tuam Stars' Cormac McWalter whose haul of 1-2 was vital in their Senior Football Championship win over Naomh Anna Leitir Móir in Clonbur on Saturday.

Tuam Stars 2-14

 Naomh Anna Leitir Móir 0-12 

Mike Rafferty in Clonbur

The outcome of this senior football championship contest in Clonbur looks decisive, but reality tells a different story as it was only in the latter stages that Tuam Stars pulled away to win with a shade of comfort.

For the majority of the opening half, it was the Connemara side who were the real drivers of the game, but despite that they still found themselves two points in arrears at the break. A Cormac McWalter goal on 29 minutes was to change the course of proceedings and, in reality, put Tuam in the driving seat for the rest of the match.

For a side that dominated the second half,  it was only in the closing quarter that Tuam Stars pulled away as a 1-5 tally without reply in a seven-minute spell turned what had been a close contest into a comfortable victory by the end. However, once they went ahead, the Stars stuck to their task and never gave Leitir Móir an opportunity to get back into it.

The performance of Naomh Anna saw contrasting productions. An impressve opening half when they were full of running and support play turned in the opposite direction on the resumption. It was almost as if they did not believe in themselves.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Kelly and McHugh land the key scores for title holders

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Colm Mannion of Mountbellew-Moylough comes under pressure from Annghdown's Ryan Ford and Jonathon Creaven during Sunday's Senior Football Championship tie at Tuam Stadium. Photos: Hany Marzouk.

Mountbellew/Moylough 2-13

Annaghdown 0-13

BARRY McHugh fired over seven points as Mountbellew/Moylough started the defence of their senior football championship title off with a deserved win.

Patrick Kelly’s goals in either half also proved decisive as Mountbellew/Moylogh overcame a stiff Annaghdown challenge to emerge with a six point triumph. Despite Michael Daly not featuring for last year’s champions, this was an ideal start to Mountbellew/Moylough’s campaign as they came through some rocky periods before their greater quality up front and ‘know how’ got the job done.

Annaghdown gave their opponent’s plenty to worry about in the first and third quarters but they went off the boil before half time, failing to score from play for the final 15 minutes of the opening period. They then went 13 minutes without a score in the concluding quarter as Mountbellew/Moylough were able to kick three of the final four points to seal an opening round triumph.

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Caherlistrane show plenty of grit to reel in Monivea-Abbey

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Jamie Burke of Monivea-Abbey secures possession ahead of Caherlistrane's Rory Glynn during Sunday's Senior Football Championship clash at Tuam Stadium. Photos: Hany Marzouk.

Caherlistrane 1-10

Monivea-Abbey 0-10

ALAN Morris’ 37th minute proved vital as Caherlistrane started their campaign with a gritty win over Monivea-Abbey at Tuam Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Although all goals are valuable, this one proved to be a game changer with Monivea-Abbey enjoying their largest lead of the contest, four points, before Morris struck. Garvan McDaid’s side led 0-8 to 0-4 and looked to be in control against an off-colour Caherlistrane outfit.

Despite enjoying a numerical advantage when Monivea-Abbey’s Jamie Burke was black carded as he hauled down Oisín O’Brien after a short kickout malfunctioned, Caherlistrane could not shake free of their stubborn opponents as they only outscored Monivea-Abbey 0-3 to 0-2 while playing against 14 men.

This meant the sides were deadlocked at 1-7 to 0-10, but Caherlistrane kicked the final three points of the contest as Ronan Conneely’s 57th minute effort was followed by scores from substitute Joe Monaghan and Morris. Although Caherlistrane manager Frank Doherty will certainly be looking for improvements this weekend as they face Claregalway, this was a huge win for Caherlistrane as they have flirted with relegation in recent years.

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