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Mellows are still in with a shout of qualifying

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Conor Hynes of Liam Mellows has his progress unceremonously halted by Cappataggle's Shane O'Grady as Cathal Tuohy looks on. Photos: JOe O'Shaughnessy.

Liam Mellows 1-15

Tommy Larkins 0-13

Liam Mellows may have to rely on other results going their way in the concluding chapter of Group A of the Galway senior hurling championship, but at least they have given themselves a fighting chance of securing a quarter final berth after a late surge saw them overcome a previously unbeaten Tommy Larkins side in Kenny Park, Athenry on Sunday evening.

Tadgh Haran struck for the crucial goal with a little over four minutes to play, providing a rare moment of genuine class in a contest that, while closely fought, rarely got the pulse racing.

Mellows’ Adrian Morrissey had drawn the sides level for the ninth time shortly beforehand, and it appeared as though a draw that would have suited Michael Rourke’s men was on the cards.

But when Aonghus Callanan floated in a cross-field ball from under the stand, Haran nudged the sliotar in behind the cover, and with Larkins’ goalkeeper Cathal Tuohy advancing at pace to try and smother the attack, Haran improvised superbly to flick cleverly over Tuohy’s head and into the net for the game’s decisive score.

Morrissey cannily won another free soon after which he converted to suddenly put four between them when two had previously been the biggest lead of the day, and a defence that was superbly led by David Collins and Brian Leen kept Larkins’ desperate late attempts for a lifeline goal at bay with relative ease.

Larkins, in fact, failed to score in the closing 11 minutes of action and could well have gotten closer had they taken their chances, given there was five minutes of injury time to be played.

Ten weeks after their last championship outings in July, when both had recorded victories, Mellows knew that a win was their only option to remain in the hunt for a quarter final spot and, perhaps more importantly, secure a place in the Senior A competition for 2016.

The city side’s ability to win the hard ball served them well in the opening stages, as a hat-trick of Haran frees got them up and running.

After Jason Flynn had opened Larkins’ account with a free, Kevin Huban grabbed the game’s first score from play after John Lee and David Collins had made a mess of clearing their lines. Jason Flynn was involved again as he set up his cousin Colm for a good score on 12 minutes; and another Flynn free had the sides deadlocked at the end of the opening quarter as Haran scored from play at the other end.

The Mellows’ free-taker was about to go through a tough spell, though, as Conor O’Donovan’s side began to dominate. Three relatively routine frees in quick succession were missed narrowly to either side of the posts, and further wasted opportunities from Stephen Barrett and Jack Hastings did little to help the Mellows’ cause.

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

 

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Wootton weaves his magic in vital bonus point victory

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Connacht winger Alex Wootton breaches the Cardiff cover on his way to scoring a second try in Saturday's PRO14 encounter at the Sportsground. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Connacht 32

Cardiff 17

Rob Murphy at the Sportsground

THE Cardiff players were strewn across the pitch, faces buried in the Sporstground soil. Alex Wootton had just made their lives a misery for a second time in a blistering five minute spell and a game that was very much within their grasp had suddenly disappeared off into the distance. That was the scene in first-half injury time on Saturday evening as Connacht cut loose with a burst of brilliance.

Wootton now has ten tries in 13 appearances, an astonishing return from his first season in the green of Connacht. Munster’s loss is very much Andy Friend’s gain it seems. It helps too that there’s a backline orchestrator in the shape of Jack Carty who is playing at the very top of his game with one all encompassing display after another in recent months. The Irish door isn’t opening, but he keeps on knocking away.

But back to those Cardiff defenders, they were crestfallen at half time and positively dejected by full time. For most of the contest their team seemed to be in the ascendency in terms of possession and territory, but Connacht held all the aces when it came to the level of additional quality needed to be a serious contender in this competition. There’s no shame in being second best but the Welsh regions do struggle with the concept.

The Connacht coach has injuries to concern him but nothing overwhelming, Tom Farrell is probably the first choice centre for example and he’s out for the remainder of the season with a knee injury, Quinn Roux would start most big games but we learned this week a neck injury will keep him out until April, while Denis Buckley started this game on the bench. So this was pretty much a full strength side.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway keeping all options open for 2021 summer racing festival

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A lone racegoer follows the action at last year's Galway Summer Racing Festival which was held behind closed doors at Ballybrit.

MICHAEL Moloney is a pragmatist. He’s not a hostage to pipedreams or fanciful thoughts ignoring reality. He doesn’t build up false hope and plays a straight bat.

The Galway Racecourse General Manager knows the odds are currently against punters flocking through the Ballybrit turnstiles for this summer’s annual seven-day racing festival, but he is not without hope that circumstances may change.

“As it stands, the only public health guidelines we are working off is that there will be no gatherings of over 50 people before September. That’s what the Tániste Leo Varadkar said a couple of weeks ago.”

That conclusion gives Galway little wriggle room at present, but with the 2021 festival still five months away – it starts on Monday, July 26 – local stakeholders are keeping their fingers crossed that the overall Covid-19 picture will be much better by then.

Whatever way the cards fall in relation to mass gatherings at sporting events by late summer, Moloney emphasises that Galway Racecourse will be ready to respond quickly to any improved scenario.

Ahead of last year’s festival, Moloney admitted that Galway was heading into the unknown with the meeting being staged behind closed doors and Ballybrit set to be devoid of the atmosphere it has become famous for.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Saddling up for a battle with cancer

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Susan Kennelly says wearing her cycling gear, like above in Salthill, and getting on her bike gives her a boost in her battle with cancer.

A city-based doctor has become the second person in the country to be named as a Bike Like Me advocate as part of a campaign by Cycling Ireland to inspire more women and girls to discover cycling and feel confident on their bikes.

Susan Kennelly (42), who lives in the city centre, is a member of Galway Bay Cycling Club and is the second of six Bike Like Me advocates to be announced as part of the campaign.

Currently battling breast cancer, she says she has found solace in being able to jump on her bike and take to the roads, saying that putting on her cycling helmet and cycling gear allowed her to feel the same as everyone else and boosted her morale in her own health battle.

“Particularly this year I really appreciated how normalising cycling could be. I had no hair because of chemo, no eyebrows or eyelashes and had lost weight but hopping on a bike with my helmet and cycling clothes meant I really looked no different to anyone else,” she says.

Why did you start cycling?

After stepping down from competitive rowing after several years I wanted something that would keep me physically active but without the same training commitment as rowing.

A friend suggested I join Galway Bay Cycling Club and I instantly knew this was right for me! I loved getting out in the open air and the sense of comradery and security with group cycling but at the same time I didn’t have to worry about letting a crew down if I couldn’t make a spin.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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