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Jes junior fours secure gold at Ghent Regatta

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Jes crew

THE boys and girls of Colaiste Iognaid (Jes) enjoyed tremendous success at the 95th Ghent International Regatta which was held last weekend. The event attracted almost 2000 rowers from 16 countries and included crews from as far away as South Africa.

Despite the difficult weather conditions that were more associated with the west of Ireland, the Jes rowers performed with distinction and had their most successful Ghent regatta to date.

The highlight for the Jes was an excellent victory in the men’s junior 18 four. The Sea Road school led all the way in this race and had a comfortable victory over their rivals. The winning Jes crew was Luke Rigney, Eoghan Walls-Tuite, Kai McGlacken, Donal Coen and David Young (cox).

The Jes also had two impressive second place results; in the men junior coxless four and again in the junior 18 coxless four. Both races were very close with the Jes crew just missing out to a strong crew from the host Ghent club. The Jes crew for both races was Luke Rigney, Darragh McCarthy, Alex Coyne and Donal Coen.

Over the two days, there were many other notable performances including heat wins for Deirdre Coyne in the women’s junior 16 single sculls and for the crew of Seamus O’Donoghue and Barra Convery in the junior 16 double although both missed out on the medals in the overall classification.

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Utd stretch clear at the top thanks to sixth win on trot

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Galway United’s Robert Slevin sends Stephen Meaney of Longford Town tumbling in this battle for posession during Friday night's First Division tie at Eamonn Deacy Park. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Galway United   1

Longford Town 0

Keith Kelly at Eamonn Deacy Park

IT is six of the best from Galway United on Friday night as Darren Clarke got one over on the club he joined United from in the off-season when his cross was deflected past visiting goalkeeper Jack Brady by Viktor Serdeniuk for an OG 15 minutes from time to see the Tribesmen start a season with six wins on the bounce for the first time in the history of the club.

United have often found Longford to be obdurate opponents – most recently, the Midlanders ended their previous unbeaten start to last season – and they almost proved party-poopers again on Friday when the hosts failed to turn their almost complete dominance of possession and territory into goals.

It was a tough watch at times, with United lacking that bit of quality up front, and while they got away with it on Friday night, those ongoing struggles in front of goal must be a concern at this stage, with Rob Manley surely worth a chance to prove his worth in upcoming games.

That is for another day, though, and should not take away from the achievement in making it six wins from six, which already has the Tribesmen six points clear at the top of the table, and has been such a statement of intent that Waterford FC have already blinked.

The Blues sacked manager Danny Searle earlier this week after their own ordinary start has left them 10 points behind United, albeit having played a game less after their meeting with Treaty United in the Markets Field last Friday was called off due to an unplayable pitch.

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

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Utd assistant boss Horgan knows table toppers have target on their backs

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Galway United’s Ronan Manning trying to get past Longford Town's Aodh Dervin in Friday's First Division encounter at Eamonn Deacy Park. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

GALWAY United’s perfect start to the season sees them up at the top of the pile and there to be shot at, but assistant manager Ollie Horgan says that is exactly the kind of pressure all at the club were hoping for heading into the season.

The Tribesmen have won their first six games of the season for the first time in the club’s history, and they will bid to extend that – and match its best-ever run of seven on the spin – by taking all three points from their trip east on the M6 this Friday to take on Athlone Town at Lissywollen (7.45pm).

“Ah, we will take that pressure any day of the week, it is a little bit different, I had been in that position with Finn Harps way back, being top of the league, and Wexford eventually caught us because we couldn’t keep it going. We need to keep it going and if we are playing poorly, we need to try and pick something up,” says United assistant manager, Horgan, referencing the 2015 season when Harps finished second in the table to Wexford, having led for much of the campaign.

“We have a hugely difficult game on Friday against a damn good Athlone side. A lot of teams struggle down there, Finn Harps struggled down there in Athlone’s first home game; Treaty were 2-0 up and Athlone were down to 10 men and they got back into the game.

“They are a handful, they have energy, they have good players and a lot of pace and power about them. Athlone are a much better side than they were last season and we are just hoping we are a better side than last year also,” Horgan said.

The Midlands outfit have made a decent start to the season, winning the Midlands El Classico 3-1 away to Longford Town on the opening day of the season, and following that up with a 3-1 win at home to Harps the following week.

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Home defeat sees Wegians slump to bottom of the table

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Eoghan Tarmey (with head bandage) shouts encouragement to his team-mates in this rolling maul against Belfast Harlequins last Saturday. Photo courtesy Galwegians RFC.

Galwegians 12

Belfast Harlequins 31

A week of rain gave way to some early spring sunshine last Saturday at Crowley Park, but it shone mainly for the visitors as this defeat for Galwegians coupled with Enniscorthy’s win at home to Malahide, saw the Blues fall to the foot of the table.

Galwegians got the afternoon’s game underway kicking off towards the clubhouse end, and the first five minutes consisted of kick tennis and several lineouts, with Galwegians looking the better of the two sides, winning the first four lineouts.

The Blues set-piece put the visitors under immense pressure, forcing them back to defend on their goal line, but as has been all season, Galwegians would prove to be their own worst enemy, a knock-on at the line costing them the chance, and Harlequins then cleared their lines after winning a scrum penalty.

The Belfast side worked themselves into a scoring position after Galwegians’ ill-discipline allowed the visitor to creep within range of the posts, and centre Paul Kerr’s kick cleared the posts from inside the 10-metre line, to give the Ulster men a 3-0 lead.

Harlequins soon found the first try of the afternoon off the back of an overthrown line out, with Kerr putting on the footwork, turning back against traffic and finding a gap in the Galwegians’ defence, to sail over the whitewash. Kerr pushed them further ahead as he added the extras to make it 10-0.

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