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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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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.

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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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