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Late points from Burke and Dolan save day for Galway

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Galway's Leanne Freaney tries to break free from Tipperary's Caroline Mullaney during the All-Ireland minor camogie final in Shinrone on Saturday. Photo: Jeff Harvey/INPHO.

Galway 1-13

Tipperary 2-10

TWO late points for Mairead Burke and Carrie Dolan last Saturday rescued this All-Ireland minor camogie final for Galway and both sides will meet again this weekend.

Trailing 2-10 to 1-11 entering injury time, Galway’s young players displayed remarkable resilience to ensure another encounter against the team that defeated them two years ago by 12 points.

That 3-13 to 1-7 reversal in the under 16 decider ensured Tipperary were strong favourites and the Premier County looked to have done enough when Orla O’Dwyer found the net in the 49th, but the Tribesgirls have matured significantly since that meeting and forced their way back.

An eagerly anticipated game saw defences came to the fore while free takers also got their chance. A tightly contested affair, the teams were level on six occasions in the opening 24 minutes.

Tipperary opened the scoring when Grace O’Brien pointed from a placed ball within 50 seconds but Dolan responded by the fourth minute. Both renowned attacks looked to pressure their opponents and while the work rate of the defences never allowed much fluidity, it often came at the expense of a foul.

O’Brien again put Tipperary ahead on seven minutes but Galway responded immediately when Leanne Freaney converted. The game’s first score from play didn’t come until the 11th minute but when it did, it sparked things into life.

Starting with a free inside Galway’s half, goalkeeper Sarah Healy sent a dangerous ball into enemy territory. Seeking out Dolan, the Tipperary backs were quick to marshal the Clarinbridge forward, but Sarah Spellman stole inside to finish off the ground and Lorraine Larkin’s team were 1-2 to 0-2 ahead.

Goals were expected to be critical but Galway’s lead lasted just three minutes. Joint Tipp captain Karen Kennedy took her time with a free around the middle. When her delivery reached the opposing square, Sinead Meagher read the flight perfectly, swinging the hurley and sending the sliothar to the net.

And they were inseparable three more times in the next ten minutes. Dolan pointed two Galway frees with Freaney getting another. But Tipperary managed three from play as O’Dwyer, O’Brien and Keely Linehan all found the target.

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Odds favour Turloughmore and St Thomas’ showdown

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Loughrea's Martin MaManus and Conor Jennings in action against Conor Kavanagh of Liam Mellows during the recent senior hurling championship quarter-final. They face title holders St Thomas' at Pearse Stadium on Sunday.

By Patrick Earley

IT’S been one of the best championships we’ve seen for years and this weekend, we reach the penultimate stage of the 2020 senior hurling championship with two epic contests in store at Pearse Stadium on Sunday.

In what has been a year of new structures, new routines in training and on match-day, the cream has once again risen to the top with the four teams left standing in the race for the Tom Callanan Cup.

Loughrea ensured there would be some alteration to last year’s semi-final line-up dumping Liam Mellows out of the title race in the quarter-final but that aside, it’s as you were with St Thomas’, Cappataggle and Turloughmore all returning to this stage again. What happens from here though is anyone’s guess.

St Thomas’ v Cappataggle

Pearse Stadium (1.30pm)

It’s hard to credit given the success of these two sides in the last five years that this will be their first meeting in the senior championship in recent memory.

Luck of the draw has kept them apart in the groups and knockout games over the years, but now the stars have aligned to pit these two senior hurling heavyweights against one another in Sunday’s opening semi-final contest.

Both came through contrasting quarter-final contests with St Thomas’ playing some scintillating hurling at times in a deserved victory over Killimordaly, while Cappataggle for their part had to show character and patience to weather an opening half onslaught from Ahascragh/Fohenagh before taking over in the second period to secure a six-point victory.

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Utd steal the points thanks to Farragher’s late winner

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Galway United's Shane Duggan scoring his team's opening goal in Friday night's First Division win over Shamrocl Rovers B at Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday night. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Galway United 2

Shamrock Rovers B 1

Keith Kelly at Eamonn Deacy Park

GALWAY United were given the runaround by a bunch of kids last Friday night, but just when it looked like they would have to settle for what would have been a scarcely deserved draw, Kevin Farragher popped-up to head home a winner four minutes into injury-time for the grandest of larcenies this side of the Belarussian election.

As good as they were against UCD the previous Monday, United were well below par on Friday night against a second-string Shamrock Rovers side that featured nine teenagers in the starting XI – including one 15-year-old and two 16-year-olds.

In another time, United would have wobbled away with a draw – at best – but the new-found confidence instilled in the side by John Caulfield since his arrival less than a month ago is plain for all to see, and while the win didn’t mean the gap on the top five was closed, what it does give is momentum, and coming towards the end of a season, that is a precious commodity.

As for Caulfield, Friday’s win means he is only the second-ever manager in United’s history to begin his managerial tenure by winning his first three league games. The only other man to achieve that feat was the legendary Tony Mannion, who took charge of United for the first time in the 1985/86 season and saw his side win their first five league games.

In fact, Mannion presided over a 16-match unbeaten run in that 22-game league season, with the first defeat coming in what was effectively a title-decider against Shamrock Rovers in Terryland on March 2. If Caulfield can match that kind of start, you can be sure it will lead to a spot in the play-offs.

“It was a game I was really worried about all week. We played two games away, a midweek match that saw us get home at 2 in the morning, and Rovers are a dangerous team, very quick, beautiful on the ball, and we were second best for much of tonight,” Caulfield said after the game.

“There haven’t been a lot of smiles around the club in a while, and coming off the pitch and winning those two games last week, you could see the smiles on their faces, and it was the same there tonight.

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Mountbellew/Moylough rarely at full throttle in dismissing 14-man Killannin

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Killannin's Ruairi Greene is challenged by Colin Ryan of Mountbellew/Moylough during Sunday's senior football quarter-final at Pearse Stadium. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Mountbellew/Moylough 2-13

Killannin 1-5

JOHN FALLON AT PEARSE STADIUM

THERE was little demand on Val Daly’s Mountbellew/Moylough to show their full hand at Pearse Stadium on Sunday as they brushed aside the disappointing challenge of Killannin in a one-sided senior football championship quarter-final.

Killannin really couldn’t afford to have to chase this game but after losing the toss and having to face the wind, they were as good as gone by half-time when they trailed by 1-7 to 1-1 and were down to 14 men.

That meant that Mountbellew/Moylough just had to contain their advantage after the restart and they did this with considerable ease in a dismal contest full of ball being played back and forth across the pitch.

Killannin just could not mount a comeback with the elements but didn’t help their cause by laboured build-ups, and their task was near insurmountable when wing-back Ronan Caldwell was sent off for an off-the-ball tussle with Ger Donoghue just before the break.

The contest wasn’t helped by a lot of niggly fouling and play-acting by both sides and referee Ronan McNulty might have gone with a firmer hand but, in truth, Mountbellew/ Moylough’s dominance was never in doubt and the question that remains is how much they can now raise their game as they bid for a fourth final appearance in six seasons.

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