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Headford’s 17-year wait ends

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Chairman of the North Board, JP Kelly, presents the cup to Headford's joint captains, Alan Meeneghan and Michael Day.

Headford 0-11

Caherlistrane 0-09

David Killarney at Tuam Stadium

Headford completed a magnificent second-half comeback against Caherlistrane on Sunday to claim their first U-21 title since 1998. Man-of-the-match Padraig Cunningham (0-4) was in inspired form for Headford as they overturned a four point half time deficit to come out victorious in Tuam Stadium.

It was Caherlistrane who started the game brighter with a point coming from corner forward Conor Faulkner after Eoin O’Mahoney was taken down 25 yards out. Moments later it was level after Niall Cunningham found a galloping Aaron McDonagh running into space before the wing forward made himself an angle to fire over a left foot shot from 30 yards.

On six minutes Faulkner hit back with another free for Caherlistrane after captain Shane Nally was taken down by corner-back Kristopher Cunningham. Headford levelled through Niall Cunningham with a free 45 yards out after McDonagh was dragged down by Cian Darcy after another mazing run.

For all Headford’s dominance in around the middle of the field through captain Michael Day and centre back Dylan Corbett it was Caherlistrane who were making the most of their chances, Faulkner taking advantage of an indisciplined Headford backline to stroke over three unanswered points and give his side some breathing space.

With the game turning a bit fiery it was Headford’s Cathal Newell who got the next score coming from another free after McDonagh was taken down again. With minutes remaining in the first half, Nally found Faulkner who made no mistake 45 yards out for a great score to put Caherlistrane ahead by three once more.

Faulkner capped off an inspiring first half performance with his and his side’s seventh point from another free. Full-back Darren Moran was shown a yellow card by referee Noel Dempsey for a cynical challenge on midfielder Kevin Nally as he was bearing down on goal.

Caherlistrane took a four point lead into the break after taking advantage of a strong wind in the first half. Headford would look to take advantage of this, having not benefited from facing the town end in the first.

Headford came out for the second half the way they would have liked and got the scoring back underway through Padraig Cunningham who turned his man and struck straight between the posts. They got a second in as many minutes as Cunningham found McDonagh in acres of space before firing over on 34 minutes.

Faulkner, who hit all of his side’s points for the afternoon, got another point from a free after he was taken down near the left touchline for a great score. Cunningham hit back for Headford to bring it within two with another free after being brought down 20 yards from goal.

It was all Headford at this stage and the scoreboard was about to show it. Some great play in midfield from Day and Newell found wing forward Stephen Monaghan who made no mistake to put them within one.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

 

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Dropped points leaves Utd losing touch with Cork City

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Galway United's Charlie Lyons tries to halt the progress of Wexford FC's Ger Shortt during Friday evening's Frst Division tie at Eamonn Deacy Park. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

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Wexford FC 2

IT might be just as well that Galway United have drawn UCD in the next round of the FAI Cup as it will give the Tribesmen a taste of what might come in the promotion play-off final later in the year.

UCD or Finn Harps will be the Premier Division side in that play-off, and United look set for that lottery of a route to promotion for a third straight year after these two dropped points on Friday night left them with a lot – maybe too much – to do to catch Cork City.

It was a belter of a game of football, but Wexford will have been the least disappointed of the two sides as they edged a shade closer to Treaty United in the battle for the final play-off spot.

United, on the other hand, fell to now be three points behind City, and with the Leesiders having a game in hand, and also a vastly superior goal difference (+41 as opposed to United’s +29), they have one hand on the league trophy, and the other reaching for the Brasso.

Stephen Walsh was scoring his 15th goal of the season on Friday night, while Rob Manley was making it four goals in five games since joining from Bray Wanderers, but it still wasn’t enough to claim the three points against a visiting side that got their reward for approaching the game in such a positive fashion.

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

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Salthill serve up a strong finish to take derby spoils

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Bearna's Murcha Iarsach getting the better of Salthill/Knocknacarra's Cathal Sweeney during Saturday's Senior Football Championship clash at Pearse Stadium. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Salthill/ Knocknacara 2-15

Bearna 0-12

Eanna O’Reilly at Pearse Stadium

A very strong fourth quarter from Salthill/Knocknacara saw them see off the challenge of a Bearna side who will have regrets about a game in which they created plenty of scoring chances, but lacked the efficiency of their opponents in front of the posts.

John O’Mahony’s Salthill side struggled to gain dominance of this contest for long spells before their greater accuracy in front of goal began to tell in the second half. An impressive fourth quarter performance put Bearna to the sword, but O’Mahony will know they have plenty to improve on going forward.

The manner in which Bearna opened up the Salthill defence on a couple of occasions in the first half was notable. Salthill were lucky not to concede two goals, when both Oisín Ó Garmaile and Pádraig Ó Diolúin hit the woodwork with shots in the first half. The city men could easily have been behind at half time, rather than going in with a four point lead.

Bearna’s shooting profligacy ultimately caught up with them and undermined an early second half comeback. Three consecutive points saw them reduce the deficit to the minimum, but a couple of scorable frees were also missed, at a time when the momentum was in their favour.

Ultimately, Daithí Ó Domhnallaín’s side were outscored by 1-8 to 0-6 in the second period. Salthill were far more economical, while their use of possession was also superior to Bearna’s throughout the match.

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Galway United face tough task in Waterford on potentially defining weekend

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Division tie against Wexford FC at Eamonn Deacy Park. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

THIS could be a defining weekend in the chase for the First Division title, as Galway United make the long trek to take on a Waterford FC side that also faces league leaders, Cork City, on Monday, in the second of two homes Munster derbies this weekend for the Leesiders.

United need to get the job done themselves in the RSC this Friday (7.45pm) before worrying how City fare at home to Treaty United on the same night, and against Waterford on Monday – and anything other than a win will mean it won’t really matter how Cork get on.

“Waterford, they are a team challenging for the title, whether they can keep up or not I don’t know, but they are in there, they are a very good team as we have seen, and they beat [cup holders] Pats [St Patrick’s Athletic] in the cup, it is another massive match for us,” United manager, John Caulfield, said of this Friday’s opponents.

Truth be told, while Waterford may be third in the table, they are 12 points behind City and are not involved in the title race, but that won’t mean they will just roll over to have their bellies tickled on Friday, and while United have the edge in the head-to-head between the sides this season, they have been thrilling, hard-fought battles.

United’s first home game of the season saw Waterford race into a 2-0 lead by the break, only for goals from Stephen Walsh and the since-departed Jordan Adeyomo (gone to Longford) to rescue a point for United.

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