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Mullagh fail to fire in heavy club final reversal

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Mullagh's Aoife Donohue getting the better of Oulart-The-Ballagh's Mary Leacy during the AIB All Ireland Senior Club Camogie Final at Croke Park on Sunday.

Oulart-the-Ballagh 3-13

Mullagh 0-7

MULLAGH’S best laid plans unravelled last Sunday as Oulart-the-Ballagh made their experience tell to capture a second All-Ireland senior club camogie title at Croke Park

Goals from Stacey Kehoe, Una Leacy and Louise Sinnott felt like hammer blows to the east Galway side chasing a first crown since 1991 as the fight was knocked out of them by the impressive Wexford outfit.

Indeed, the Galway champions’ biggest fear was realised within 30 seconds as Kehoe was one of two unmarked and her groundstroke gave Catriona Daly no chance and the Leinster side were a goal up.

It was going to be a difficult afternoon afterwards though a Rachel Monaghan free following a free won by Karen Kennedy allowed Mullagh an early score. Between entering the field, doing their warm-up and meeting the dignitaries, Pakie Dervan’s team didn’t show any evident nerves and had a focused look about them.

The first goal allowed Oulart-the-Ballagh grow in confidence and they made that count. Ursula Jacob and Shelly Kehoe added two points before the fourth minute.

Jacob started at corner-forward in an attempt to unsettle the Mullagh defence. But it was the performance of Stacey Kehoe which had a greater impact and she finished the day with 1-2.

At the other end, Mullagh attempts to feed Kennedy and Cathy Bowes in the corner were quickly countered by Mary Leacy and her reliable lieutenants Ciara Storey and Stacey Redmond. Frustration grew as they were forced to send direct ball down the centre resulting in the sliothar returning quickly.

Daly produced an important save from Una Leacy and Monaghan added two more frees to make it 1-2 to 0-3. Monaghan and Aoife Donohue were coming out to win ball, but the attacking pair were finding themselves further from goal as the game progressed.

It made scoring chances difficult for the green and gold but they did have four misses before the break.  At the other end, Jacob converted a hat-trick of frees and Leacy opened her account for a 1-6 to 0-3 interval lead.

Monaghan found herself positioned at full-forward before half-time but back out on the 40 upon the restart. Mullagh needed goals and this was a surprising move. The semi-final against Loughgiel Shamrocks showed a vulnerability to high balls for the Oulart-the-Ballagh keeper and full backs. And while supply was scarce, Monaghan’s strength would have been the best option to cause problems.

The Mullagh scorer-in-chief opened the second half scoring but Kehoe responded in the 38th minute.  Mullagh needed a second half revival like they produced against Milford but a sweeping move down the central channel 60 seconds later gave Oulart-the-Ballagh their second major.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Referee shortage sees local games called off

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The Salthill Devon side that beat Corrib Celtic 4-1 in Drom last Friday night. Back row from left: Jackson Da Silva, Andrew Connolly, Cillian Doyle, Shane O’Rourke, Calum Crowe, and Arek Mamala. Front: Matthew Barrett, Darren Darcy, Matthew Murray, Michael Gallagher and Vinny Faherty. Photos: Iain McDonald.

Soccer Wrap with Mike Rafferty

It is not often that Mervue United have to wait until the third series of games in the Premier Division to get their first win, but after earlier losses to Maree/Oranmore and Athenry they finally secured their first success on the all-weather at Fahy’s Field on Sunday morning.

A 2-1 win over St Bernard’s moved them off the foot of the table, but in a close contest it was an outcome that could have gone either way. Mayo native Eoin Prendergast took both his goals well, although they were of the simple variety as deliveries over the top exposed the visitors cover and the former Conn Rangers striker was left with simple tap-in’s as they led by two at the break.

In contrast the St Bernard’s reply was a cracking effort as Matty Finn crossed from the right and the inrushing Paddy Mullins headed powerfully past Rob Carr to pull one back.

The visitors had plenty of opportunities to get back on level terms, but it was an occasion when their finishing let them down. Twice Dillon Murphy threatened a breakthrough, but his opening effort few across the face of goal; before failing to connect with a Keith Forde delivery.

Brian Moran had an effort that was easily gathered by Rob Carr, before Matty Finn was well off target with a late chance. All the opportunities were not at the one end, as Mervue threatened when Robert Carroll headed over following a Eli Sheedy corner; while Prendergast missed a great chance to complete his hat-trick, but fired over from in front of goal after a neat knockdown by Stephen Larkin set him up.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Lyons’ spectacular bicycle kick carries day for United

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Mikie Rowe of Galway United and Cork City's Cian Coleman in a race for possession during Friday night's First Division tie at Eamonn Deacy Park.

Galway United  2

Cork City 1

By Mike Rafferty at Eamonn Deacy Park

THERE is no doubt that the Galway United players will have had more of a pep in their step at training this week as their come-from-behind victory over Cork City at Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday night finally ended their five match winless streak and. hopefully, in the process installed a bit of confidence in their own ability.

No doubt the fact that the visitors would have clinched the Airtricity First Division title if they were to win was a further incentive for the home side to raise their game to a level that had gone missing in recent outings.

However, United did fall behind for the fourth game in succession, before two goals in a three minute spell by Wilson Waweru and Charlie Lyons rescued the situation and moved them to within seven points of the league leaders. United do enjoy a game in hand and while they are free this weekend, their next outing away against Treaty United will bring them level on games played with Cork City.

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Connacht thrashed by Ulster but internationals return for tough South African trip

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Connacht's Caolin Blade who scored their only try in Saturday's heavy URC defeat to Ulster at the Kingspan Stadium.

By JOHN FALLON

ANDY Friend says Connacht need to pick up the pieces quickly from an opening night hammering (36-10) to Ulster after going down by five tries to one in Belfast.

Ulster dominated the opening half and were good value for their 14-3 lead as Connacht had to defend for long periods of a half littered with mistakes by both sides.

Centres Luke Marshall and Stuart McCloskey were dominant and the two combined for the opening score after 27 minutes, before 21-year old hooker Tom Stewart crowned his first start by punishing poor defending when he looped around a lineout to score three minutes from the break.

Connacht finished the half with a boost when Conor Fitzgerald landed a penalty from 35 metres to cut the gap to 11 points but they fell apart after the restart, coughing up six penalties in ten minutes.

Scrum-half Nathan Doak extended the lead with a 45th minute penalty and then he touched down for a try six minutes later when Stewart was stopped just short.

Doak’s third conversion made it 24-3 as both sides emptied their benches and Ulster secured the bonus point when full-back Stewart Moore got over after Connacht No.8 Paul Boyle was binned for offiside.

Replacement scrum-half Caolin Blade got over for a consolation try ten minutes from time after former Leinster out-half David Hawkshaw also impressed after coming on, but other than the performance of another ex-Leinster player, flanker Josh Murphy, there were few other consolations as Ulster finished on a high with replacement prop Callum Reid getting the touchdown and Doak converting from the right.

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