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NUIG basketballers complete notable Intervarsities double

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The NUIG basketball squad which won the Intervarsities title at the University of Ulster, Jordanstown last weekend. Back row, left to right: Sebastian Skuru, Stephen O'Brien, Ryan Murray, Ronan McKegney, Ronan O Sullivan, Daryl Durham, Joe Tummon, Davy Jackson, James Loughnane. Front row: Sean Candon, Evan Maher, Kenneth Hansberry, Padraig Burke and Rory Gilson.

NUIG’s men and women pulled off a marvellous double at the Intervarsities basketball finals which were played at the University of Ulster, Jordanstown last weekend.

NUI Galway 77

UUJ 69

The NUIG men’s team claimed their second ever ‘A’ Intervarsities title with a 77-69 win over University of Ulster in Jordanstown. They needed to fend off a strong finish from the tournament hosts, but had the firepower to win out for the first time since they hosted the competition back in 2010.

UUJ Captain Marty McDonald said: “They were physical inside. We were chasing them for the whole game. The belief was there that we could come back but we left it a bit late. My foul trouble was an issue and we missed a couple of shots we should have made. We fought hard for the whole tournament and it was a good game in the end. They deserved the win.”

NUIG were stacked with forward prowess and Maree All-Star Kenneth Hansberry wasted no time in getting his first four points of the day. Hansberry’s physicality and combination with Darryl Durham was giving the Westerners plenty of good looks inside and a 22-14 lead for the first quarter.

NUIG went 38-23 clear but their momentum seemed to stall until strong offensive rebounding from Durham gave him a three point play and a tip in. It was a frustrating opening half for University of Ulster head coach Pat O’Neill. The hosts were poor on shot selection and it was the 13 points from Ronnie Thomas and a late second quarter three pointer from Marty McDonald that gave them any hope.

Ronnie Thomas made 12 points in a row in the third, but they were interspersed with paint points from NUIG and the Galway side were 20 points clear before UUJ managed to stir things up. They opened the fourth quarter with a 6-0 run and successive three-pointers from McDonald left the score at 68-60 with five minutes left.

Stephen O’Brien and Padraig Burke were working hard to close down the open shooters, and though the gap closed to a two possession game with one minute left, a bounce-pass inside to Adam Hillis was just out of reach and McDonald took the early applause when he fouled out.

“Towards the end we were getting worried,” said NUIG Captain Kenneth Hansberry. “They’d brought it back to six points but we just kept working at putting the ball back inside. We’re bigger than most teams and we know how to make it work for us.”

Mike Murray had a son and a daughter on the winning Galway squads. NUIG’s Basketball Development Officer said: “It’s means a lot for the sports department in NUIG, our Athletic Director Cathy Hynes and for basketball in general locally. It’s going to be a major major boost. We can’t ask for more really.”

NUIG: D Durham (22), K Hansberry (19), S Candon (7), S O’Brien (6), P Burke (4). Substitutes: R O’Sullivan (15), R Gilson (5), J Tummon.

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.

Galway United 2

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.

Salthill/ Knocknacara 2-15

Bearna 0-12

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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