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Kiltullagh back in the groove after surprise win over Bohemians

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The Kiltullagh team which overcame Bohs in the clubs' Second Division tie at Miller's Lane on Sunday. Front row, left to right: Johnny Creaven, James Daly, Noel Kelly, Alan Lawless and Tommy Madden. Back row: David Shehill, Sean O'Donovan, Michael O'Donovan, Eamon Cleary, Andrew Miskella and Paul Madden.

WHEN Kiltullagh’s nine match unbeaten league run in the Second Division came to an end two weeks ago, their chances of promotion more or less disappeared as five of those games had ended as draws. However, they quickly put that defeat against leaders West Coast United behind them and, on Sunday last in Miller’s Lane, produced a big surprise when inflicting a 3-1 defeat on joint second placed Bohemians.

It was an occasion when the visitors always had an edge and they led at the break, courtesy of a Noel Kelly free kick that took a deflection off the defensive wall.

The city side were enjoying plenty of possession, but struggled in the last third of the park and although Sean Guinan missed a great opportunity to level matters, it was one of the few occasions when they got a clear sight of the visitors goal.

Kiltullagh were not as shy in the box and second half efforts by Kelly and Adrian Meskala extended their advantage, with just central defender Daniel Feeney striding forward to pull one back for the home side.

Bohemians loss has allowed Renmore to move into second position and they had to do it the hard way, when they came from behind to defeat West United B by 3-2. Dara Hynes, Coley Kelly and Lorcan Fox were all on the mark for the home side, with Sean Lydon responding with a brace in each half for the visitors.

Byrne Cup

Recent weeks have seen an upturn in the fortunes of St. Bernard’s and, on Sunday last, they registered a 2-0 home win over neighbours Athenry in the Michael Byrne Cup.

Jason Finn gave them the perfect start with a long range effort after just two minutes and the winger doubled his account on the half hour mark when Adrian Roche laid the foundation with a run from inside his own half. The home side had to sustain some late Athenry pressure, but goalkeeper Denis Farragher did all that was expected of him with some fine shot stopping.

Corrib Celtic had to come from behind at the break to see off Corofin United by 3-2, with goals by Shane Concannon, Chris Greaney and Laurence Forde, while Eamonn O’Donnell notched a second half winner for ten-man Knocknacarra as they shocked Premier Division Tuam Celtic by 1-0.

For the second week in succession, Mervue United were dumped out of a major cup on penalties as they lost by 5-4 against West United, after their contest finished level at 3-3 following extra time in South Park. Ollie Rafferty, Geoffrey Power and James Ryan were all on the mark for the home side, with Aaron Finnerty, Barry Moran and Alex Lee responding for the visitors.

In an all Premier clash, Corrib Rangers always had the edge as they saw off Hibernians by 4-2 in Bohermore. Brian Connolly (two), David Goldbey and Ger Bane all found the range for the Westside outfit, with Denis Lydon and Mixer Devanney responding for a disappointing home side.

Two games saw no action at all, as Salthill Devon got a walk over from Dynamo Blues, while Mervue United B and NUI Galway will have to do it all over again. Both sides turned up for their joust last Saturday, but the match official refused to play the game as both teams were togged out in the same colour socks . . . yes socks!

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

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Horgan in the history books

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DARYL HORGAN

DARYL Horgan became the first Galwegian to score a senior men’s international goal when grabbing the fourth goal for the Republic of Ireland in their 4-1 friendly win over Andorra last Thursday.

Horgan, introduced as a 66th minute substitute for Ronan Curtis, got on the end of Jason Knight’s 89th minute cross to stoop low and send a diving header into the back of the net to cap a brilliant 26-minute cameo for the winger in what was his 13th senior international appearance.

The Knocknacarra native had just five minutes earlier sent in the cross from which Knight made it 3-1 to sighs of relief in the Irish camp – they had fallen 1-0 behind after 52 minutes, before a brace of goals from Troy Parrott in the 58th and 61st minutes put the Boys in Green in front and spared Stephen Kenny’s side the embarrassment of losing to a ski resort.

Horgan is one of seven Galwegians to win a senior men’s international cap – David Forde (24 caps), Alan Lee (10), Aaron Connolly (6), Greg Cunningham (4), Ryan Manning (4), and the late Eamonn ‘Chick’ Deacy (4) are the others – but he is the first to find the back of the opposition net.

He was joined from the bench last Thursday by Manning, and both players also started on the bench in Budapest on Tuesday night in the scoreless draw with Hungary, with both again being introduced in the second-half, Horgan in the 56th minute to win his 14th cap, followed by Manning in the 85th minute to win his fourth cap.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway WFC bring an end to their away woes in Cork

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Chloe Moloney who was one of Galway WFC's goal scorers in their away win over Cork WFC at Turners Cross on Saturday.

Cork City WFC 0

Galway WFC  2

By Mike Rafferty

AFTER firing blanks in their three previous away games, Galway WFC got back to winning ways when aided by two opening half goals and a first clean sheet of the season, they were worthy winners of this Women’s National League contest at Turners Cross on Saturday.

Two early headed goals by Chloe Moloney and Aoife Thompson gave them a cushion that was seldom threatened as the home side were outmaneuvered as new Galway WFC manager Stephen Lally picked up the first win of his reign.

As in previous games, the visitors were without some of their more established names, but the performances of Ruth Fahy, Lucia Lobato and Thompson helped turn an impressive performance into a worthy win. Cork goalkeeper Abby McCarthy was by far the busier of the two custodians and some good shot stopping in the early exchanges kept her side in the game.

However, there was little she could do when Galway WFC took the lead on 21 minutes, Chloe Moloney attacking a Shauna Brennan corner in a crowded box and powerfully heading home for a 1-0 advantage.

Just three minutes later, they added a second and again Brennan was at the heart of it when seeing off a challenge on the right flank, before delivering a deep cross that was powered into the bottom corner by the flying Thompson with a diving header.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Connacht soar in final game to clip the wings of Ospreys

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Connacht’s Ben O’Donnell, who has Ultan Dillane in support, is tackled by Rhys Webb of the Ospreys during Friday's Rainbow Cup tie at the Sportsground. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Connacht 26

Ospreys 19

Rob Murphy at the Sportsground

THE Connacht team finished Friday’s final game of the season with a flurry of fierce and well timed tackles as they held off the Ospreys and secured the win. While they did that, the Fields of Athenry bellowed from the Clan Terrace creating a surreal, almost absurd atmosphere at a near empty Sportsground. The roar that followed from the handful of souls in the stands was an appropriate end to a strange season like no other.

The singing and the shouting had come from the non selected players who had all gathered in a corner of the terrace for the game, making sure that there was no doubt for those out on the field that the game and the result meant something. Overall of course, this result is just a mark on the ledger, a soon to be forgotten triumph in a season that included far too many defeats at their Galway venue.

If all that wasn’t strange enough, all the scoring happened in the first half. Connacht notched four tries, the Ospreys managed three yet it was the second half that proved to be the most compelling and captivating as the visitors from Wales came up against a brick wall. Connacht’s tackling was superb while their maul defence proved to be critical. The visitors had arrived needing and expecting to get a bonus point win to stay in contention for a place in the Rainbow Cup final, but would leave shell shocked.

The Rainbow Cup as a competition has predictably turned out to be a disaster for the PRO14 organisers. While there has been some misfortune with late season postponements because of Covid and the South African sides have been limited on travel, the format of a straight league with teams playing six fixtures was never going to inspire enthusiasm or create a fair and balanced tournament. As it stands, Benetton might get to the final without having to play any of the top six sides.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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