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Lam insists Connacht won’t be sidetracked by “distractions” for Ulster test

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Connacht Head Coach Pat Lam who says the squad will not be sidetracked by distractions ahead of the big clash with Ulster.

NEVER a dull moment with Connacht Rugby this season.

As if still being well in contention for a top six finish with four PRO 12 games remaining wasn’t enough to arouse interest, off-field incidents continue to dominate headlines and chit-chat on the terraces.  It’s been a soap opera season finale.

First we had the explosive allegation by head coach, Pat Lam, about referee, Leighton Hodges, following defeat away to Cardiff Blues. He was fined for misconduct after criticising Hodges for an alleged inappropriate remark prior to officiating at Connacht’s match with Edinburgh at the Sportsground in January.

Then the province’s star signing, All-Black Mils Muliaina was arrested and questioned last Friday in England by South Wales police after the 14-7 defeat to Gloucester in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals.

The alleged sexual assault incident relates to the same weekend as the Lam post-match press conference blow-out – the trip to Cardiff has certainly being trying.

The sight of Muliaina getting into a police car after the final whistle at Kingsholm Stadium, in full glare of the Sky Sports’ cameras, was bizarre.

British police aren’t necessarily renowned for tactfulness but was it really necessary to haul the 34-year-old away in such a public manner? It would have been less dramatic, but would it have been more appropriate for police officers to approach him earlier, given he’d arrived in the jurisdiction on Thursday?

What we know about the incident is sketchy, but the full-back has denied any wrongdoing and has vowed to clear his name.

Aside from statements confirming the alleged incident, subsequent arrest, and bail release, Connacht’s official line on this has been to ‘say nothing and keep saying it’.

It was the elephant in the room at the weekly press conference. Lam stuck to the ‘no comment’ line, although he did clear up some matters.

On the Wednesday preceding the arrest, Connacht announced Muliaina was leaving for Zebre next season. It was the April 1 but not a joke. Nor was it related to the allegations that surfaced over the weekend, Lam insisted. “Not a link at all,” he said.

Lam confirmed Muliaina remains part of the Connacht squad. “Oh very much so, yes.” The Samoan declined to say what support Connacht was giving Muliaina. “Again I can’t comment on that . . . because the investigation is ongoing,” he said.

Connacht said they would be meeting with Muliaina in the coming days but Lam wouldn’t elaborate. “No, that’s internal,” he said.

He indicated the matter wasn’t discussed collectively when players met Monday. “Our team meeting is all about a review of the game and moving forward. And again we can’t comment on anything around it.”

He confirmed Muliaina, who retired with a recurrence of his hamstring injury before half-time in the Gloucester game, has joined Connacht’s ‘return to play’ group. Muliaina will be out for two to three weeks and Lam is looking forward to his return before the season end.

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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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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