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Hurson lands Summer Rally after setting a winning pace

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At the finish of the 4x4 Exporter Galway Summer Rally, the penultimate round of the Triton Showers National Rally Championship were, left to right: Peadar Hurson, winning driver, Mark Parsons, Clerk of the Course, Damien Connolly, co-driver, and Stephen Greaney, 4x4 Exporter, sponsor. Photo: Martin Walsh.

FORMER National rally champion Peadar Hurson (Subaru WRC) took a start to finish victory in the 4×4 Exporter Galway Summer Rally, the penultimate round of the Triton Showers National Rally Championship.

The Warrenpoint driver and his Monaghan co-driver Damien Connolly finished the nine-stage event with a winning margin of one minute and 9.1 seconds. Monaghan’s Niall Maguire/Enda Sherry (Subaru WRC) took second spot with Donegal’s Declan Gallagher/Ryan Moore (Toyota Starlet) a fraction of a second behind in third.

The top local crew was that of Tom Flaherty/Patrick Curley (Escort), they finished 16th overall and fourth in Class 14.  Another local crew, Paul Curley/Jason Ollerenshaw (Subaru WRC) were five places further behind in general classification.

Outgoing national rally champion Declan Boyle crashed out on the opening stage, his Ford Fiesta WRC slid off and the impact with the Galway scenery damaged the front right wheel and suspension. Meanwhile, Peadar Hurson set the pace and led the Subaru WRC of Alan Ring by 14.6 seconds.

The Warrenpoint driver also dominated the remaining stages of the loop and arrived at the Athenry service with a lead of 32.5 with Maguire into second place – 1.8 seconds ahead of the Subaru of Steve Wood. Rally leader Hurson admitted he was cautious through the second stage where he clipped a bale and knocked off the left hand wing mirror. Maguire was untroubled in second while Wood admitted he found it difficult to find the braking points.

Fourth placed Roy White had an issue with the brakes during the second stage, but it was sorted prior to the start of the final stage of the loop. Gallagher led the two-wheel drive category in fifth spot with Alan Ring, having chosen the wrong tyres, completing the top six.

Meanwhile, Ed O’Callaghan punched in a strong time on S.S. 3 and occupied seventh in a top ten that featured the Fiesta R5 of Daniel McKenna and the Escorts of Chris Armstrong and Jonathan Pringle.

Paddy McVeigh in the ex-Patrick Elliott Subaru WRC was 11th. In Group N, following the demise of Aidan Wray with a clutch problem, Gary Cairns (Mitsubishi) led the way from Trevor Bustard and Paul Barrett. Meanwhile, Kevin Barrett withdrew his Subaru at the service due to suspension problems, earlier, smoke filled the cockpit of the car on the third stage.

On the second loop of stages, Hurson extended his lead to 51.8 seconds: “I’m taking it steady, not taking any chances,” he said at the Athenry service as he marvelled at the performance of Declan Gallagher, quickest through S.S. 5, who slotted his Toyota Starlet into second spot – 2.8 seconds ahead of the Subaru of Niall Maguire.  A 7.7 second margin covered Gallagher, Maguire and Ring with the latter gaining slightly on Maguire.

White was trouble free in fifth with Ed O’Callaghan (Escort) posting the second fastest time on S.S. 6, a fraction of a second behind Hurson, completing the top six. Wood lost between 15 and 20 seconds when he spun his Subaru as he exited a right hand junction near Attymon, he dropped from third to seventh. The remaining places in the top ten were annexed by Daniel McKenna (Fiesta R5) and the Escorts of Chris Armstrong and Jonathan Pringle, who spun on S.S. 5.

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

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O’Keeffe says season’s goal of winning promotion remains very much in United’s sights

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Conor O’Keeffe in action against Cobh Ramblers FC earlier this season. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Galway United full-back Conor O’Keeffe insists there is no talk in the camp about the upcoming promotion play-offs, with all the focus each week being on the next game up for the side rather than the battle to join champions-elect Shelbourne in the top-flight next season.

A scoreless draw at home to Treaty United last weekend, coupled with a 2-0 win for Shelbourne away to Cork City, means the Dublin side has moved 10 points ahead of United at the top of the table with five games remaining.

Having lost just once all season – a defeat which was inflicted by United – the Tolka Park side are unlikely to let that 10-point lead slip, meaning that United’s hopes of promotion will rest with the play-offs.

O’Keeffe, who turns 28 on Sunday, says that promotion remains the goal of the squad, and that is the focus, not on the route that will be needed to secure that.

“We are taking things one game at a time, if you look beyond that, you forget to do that’s in front of you, so we are not even looking at the playoffs, you have to show up for each game.

“You have to take it just game by game, if you look farther ahead, you get a little carried away and you lose focus, and you just have to keep going.

“We just need to finish as high up the table as we can, anything can happen, it is a funny game at times, football, we have just got to believe – if you don’t believe there is no point, our goal is to get promoted and we still believe we can do that,” O’Keeffe says.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Favourites all advance with ease in the FAI Junior Cup

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Athenry's Seán O'Callaghan heads in his side's second goal despite the best efforts of Paddy Gannon and Shane Trill. Photo: Kennedy-Beirne/Eirefoto.

Soccer Wrap with Mike Rafferty

It might only have been the preliminary round of the FAI Junior Cup, but for certain teams with ambitions, it was hopefully the start of a long trail towards ultimate success, and the four fancied sides all advanced from their games with various degrees of comfort last weekend.

In the only all Premier Division clash, James Ryan secured the match winner as West United saw off St Bernard’s 1-0 in South Park. It was Ryan again who went closest to a second, but his effort on this occasion was thwarted by the woodwork. The victory sets them up for a First Round contest against Tuam Celtic on the last weekend of the month.

Hibernians were 3-2 winners over Dynamo Blues in Bohermore as Shane Hulgraine, Nathan Ward (striker) and an own goal were enough to see off the Tuam side for whom Alex Schmitt scored twice.

Scoreless at the break, Colga did all the damage against Bohemians on the resumption as they ran out 4-0 winners with Neil Greaney (3) and Colm McDonagh sharing the goals – Colga and Hibernians meet in the next round.

As to be expected Athenry were the most comfortable winners of the day as they defeated Renmore 6-0 with three goals coming in each-half. New central defender, Sean O’Callaghan, scored his first goals for the club as he notched a brace, while Adam Duffy, Declan Cullen, Colm O’Donovan and Garvan Broughall were also all on the mark as they set up a neighbourly contest with Corofin United.

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Galway United nearly there but scope for improvement

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Galway United's Joe Gorman on the ball against Kieran Hanlon of Treaty United FC during Friday night's First Division tie at Eamonn Deacy Park. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Galway United 0

Treaty United 0

A contest between two evenly-matched teams finished in stalemate on Friday night, nudging both sides closer to the play-offs, but leaving neither in doubt that major improvement is needed if they are to escape the doldrums of the First Division.

United shaded things in the first-half, with the visitors being the marginally better side for much of the second until they were reduced to 10 men with the dismissal of former United man, Marc Ludden.

Already providing a stubborn and frustrating resistance to their hosts, Treaty dug in even further following that 73rd minute red card, and with United struggling to find their mojo of late, the game petered out into that predictable scoreless draw.

The league takes another break this weekend with the quarter-finals of the FAI Cup taking centre stage, giving the United camp some additional time to find that spark that has been missing for the past three games following that stirring 3-1 win over Shelbourne in mid-August.

With free-scoring UCD up next for United, that additional time needs to be well spent for, while United are almost assured of the play-offs, they have serious work to do to if they are to take confidence and momentum into those play-offs, and the visit of the Students to the Dyke Road on Friday week will really test the home side.

John Caulfield made two changes to the team which beat Cabinteely the previous week, with Luke Dennison coming in for the suspended Conor Kearns in goals, while Stephen Walsh replaced Alex Murphy at left-back.

The game was preceded by a thunderous minute’s applause from both home and away fans for the late Sam Oji, a man who graced the jersey of both Galway United and of Treaty United’s predecessor, Limerick FC, who died suddenly last month from cancer at the age of just 35.

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