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Oileáin Arann footballers now take Connacht by storm

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Oileáin Arann 0-16

Achill 0-8

IT was Galway champions Oileáin Árann who came out on top of this so-called ‘All-Island’ final to claim the Connacht Junior football crown for the first time in their history. The victors were made to work hard for their win as Achill put it up to them, only to fall away in the final third.

Just two points separated the sides heading into the 40th minute but a run of seven scores in a row for Árainn saw them cruise past the finishing post. The Galway side looked in control for much of the game and the chatter about any potential All-Ireland success only grew stronger amongst the sizeable crowd in Tuam Stadium.

Ciarán Foley’s side have a strength in depth that the islanders have lacked in previous years and their options have only increased with a crop of talented youngsters, such as centre-back Colm Ó Breannáin, and the return of the likes of Aonghus Ó hIarnáin from long-term injury.

Árainn got off to a fantastic start when a well taken point by Stiofán Ó hIarnáin had them ahead inside 20 seconds. By the fourth minute, they were 0-3 to 0-0 in front, wing-forward Eoghan Póill dispatching two close-range frees.

Johanathan Fadian, the 19 year old who was Achill’s hero in their semi-final win over Roscommon’s Michael Glavey’s, registered the Mayo side’s first point with five minutes on the clock. Achill settled into the contest at this juncture, but the points were still coming easier to the team from Galway Bay.

Aonghus Ó hIarnáin stretched the lead to three again, fisting over after creating space for himself with a neat turn and Árainn had a chance of a goal when Peadar Éinne Seoighe’s shot fell short of the posts but full-forward Máirtín ‘Maggie’ Seoighe could only fist the dropping ball over the bar.

For their part, Achill were showing some patient attacking play but Árainn’s backs were denying them the space needed to find a score. Achill shots were twice blocked down in quick succession in the 10th minute and while Pee Sweeney did fire over the resulting ’45, the Mayomen’s inside line were being well marshalled by Ciarán Ó Domhnaill and his two corner-backs.

With five minutes to go until half-time, Eoghan Póill and Pee Sweeeny traded frees to make it 0-7 to 0-4. As the clock ticked into injury time, Árainn midfielder Peadar Éinne Seoighe, who had been as influentiual as usual but had yet to make his mark on the scoreboard, found himself in space 45m out and effortlessy stroked over a fine score to give his side a four point cushion at the break, 0-8 to 0-4.

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Big boost for Connacht as dozen make Irish squads

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Former Galway minor hurler Shane Jennings who is one of six Connacht players named on the Irish U20 rugby squad for the upcoming Six Nations.

By Rob Murphy

THERE was some off season good news for Connacht this week with confirmation of 12 players from the Sportsground having made it into international squads at senior and U-20 level.

Six Connacht players were called into Andy Farrell’s 37-man senior international squad for next month’s two tests against Japan and USA. Three of those are looking to make their international debut in Tom Daly, Paul Boyle and Caolin Blade; while three more are looking to continue their progress with the Irish squad in Dave Heffernan (5 caps), Ultan Dillane (18 caps) and Finlay Bealham (14 caps).

For Daly, the progress from fringe starter to captaining Connacht has been a rapid one. The 27-years-old inside centre from Carlow is now a key part of Andy Friend’s plans having led the way in starts this season and his consistent form has clearly caught the eye of Farrell too, with the recent stand-out effort in the win over Munster at Thomond Park no doubt a key factor.

At 24, Boyle has already amassed 57 appearances in the green of Connacht having made his debut in 2017. He also has captained Connacht on multiple occasions and while he missed some of the end of season Rainbow Cup games, the Gorey native was a consistent almost ever present part of the back row during the PRO14 campaign.

Monivea man Blade is back in Ireland camp for the second season in a row and will hope to get his first cap this time around. The 27-years-old is being rewarded for another excellent season in the nine shirt for Connacht where he led the team in starts at scrum half and scored five tries in 20 appearances.

Ireland will play two games in the Aviva Stadium next month starting with a clash against Japan on July 3 before they host USA on July 10.

The Irish U-20s will be involved in Six Nations action, starting tomorrow against Scotland with the month-long tournament taking place entirely in Cardiff to help guarantee a safe environment for players.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway surrender top flight status after Clones collapse

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Galway’s Robert Finnerty who scored 1-3 in their costly National League relegation play-off defeat to Monaghan in Clones on Sunday.

Monaghan 1-21

Galway 2-17

(After Extra-Time)

NO thermometer was required to take the temperature of those hundred or so die-hard Galway supporters who travelled to Clones last Sunday. With their side five points to the good and time almost up, they watched on in horror as a winning lead was blown.

The result: Galway beaten. The result: Galway are no longer a Division 1 county. The result: Galway now have just won one game in their last seven competitive outings. The result: Galway have gone from a side on the brink of something in spring of 2020 to an outfit that has regressed and have now been cast back to the land of mediocrity.

That Galway boss Padraic Joyce didn’t make himself available to the media afterwards to put some positive spin on the performance only compounded the result. By not offering some take, he left a dangerous void in which disgruntled supporters have begun to weave their own narrative about where Joyce’s Galway are at.

Ironically, with time almost up in Clones, it appeared the Tribesmen had turned the corner after a poor run of form. First half goals from Paul Kelly and Rob Finnerty saw Galway lead this thrilling relegation game by five points going down the home stretch, but in the five minutes plus of normal time injury-time, they came undone.

In hindsight, hauling off Galway’s two best forwards – Robert Finnerty and Shane Walsh (although he was nowhere near his best) – was a mistake as it not only blunted the point of attack but deprived it of the guile and experience that they needed to see this game out.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway U20s set to make up for lost time in delayed final

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Conor Walsh who is a key member of the Galway U20 hurling team seeking Leinster final glory when they take on Dublin next Wednesday.

GALWAY’S U20 hurlers have a number of injury concerns ahead of their long overdue 2020 Leinster final clash against Dublin at O’Connor Park, Tullamore, next Wednesday evening, June 23. Throw-in 7:30pm.

Among them are Sarsfields midfielder Alex Connaire and Craughwell wing-forward Adrian Prendergast, both of whom scored in the Tribesmen’s victories over Laois and Kilkenny last December, but they now look set to miss the provincial decider with groin and pelvis injuries respectively.

“This game is just too early for them, it has just come too quick,” says Galway manager Jeffrey Lynskey, who says Connaire and Prendergast join an injury list that also includes long-term victims Mark Gill of Castlegar (metatarsal) and Conor Hynes of Liam Mellows (shoulder).

“We are lucky enough though that we have depth in the squad and can pull on lads who are performing and doing well (in training). They have trained well, in fairness to them, over the last five weeks.”

Indeed, Lynskey says the form is good in the camp, outlining the focus has been getting the players back up to speed with in-house and challenges games against the Galway development panel.

“In all the in-house and challenge games, they have performed really well. They are all looking forward to getting back. They have trained hard, really, over the last five weeks and they put a serious bloc of work in during the third lockdown. Gym-wise, they all came back in fantastic shape.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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