Classifieds Advertise Archive Subscriptions Family Announcements Photos Digital Editions/Apps
Connect with us

Sports

O’Riordan’s side show character to stay top of league

Published

on

The Ramblers United U-12 Division players who were presented with their winners- medals at Eamonn Deacy park on Friday ngiht after clinching the U-12 Division 3 title this season. Back row, from left: Sean Deeley, Flinn Kearns, Paul Fahy, Cian Duggan, David Flynn, Caolan O'Connor, Luke Broderick, and Jack Moran. Front: Jamie O'Donnell, Thomas Power, Eanna Kenny, Evan Madden, Joe Dervan, Eanna Flanagan, Dillon O'Donnell, and Shane Murphy. Missing from photo: Jack O'Malley, Danny Comer, and Ethan Sheil.

Galway WFC 3

Kilkenny United WFC 0

Galway WFC maintained their top spot in the Continental Tyres Women’s National League on Saturday with a win over Kilkenny United edition at Eamonn Deacy Park.

Opportunities were few and far between in the opening quarter, before the home side took the lead with a terrific strike on 21 minutes. Little looked on as Sorcha Ni Bhraonain gathered a Jessica Nolan pass out wide on the left, but after a little movement and a look up, she curled a smashing effort beyond the reach of Nadine Ryan for a 1-0 advantage.

That breakthrough woke the home side up and before the break had a few chances to increase their advantage. On 26 minutes, a Shauna Fox free-kick dropped to Elle O’Flaherty, but the winger crashed her close range effort off the crossbar. The woodwork also denied Ciara Cormican, after the central defender got her head to a Lynsey McKey corner.

Kilkenny goalkeeper Ryan was extended twice before the break, when holding shots by Jessica Nolan and Lisa Casserly; while they also threatened at the other end when Sylvia Gee beat Tina Hughes to a long ball at the edge of the box, but her header just went the wrong side of the post.

While Galway had a ‘goal’ ruled out on the resumption for a marginal offside call, there appeared to be a bit of apathy in the home display as they struggled to make any sort of impact either in general play or in the opposition half. In contrast, it was the visitors who looked the more likely to score.

However, somewhat against the run of play, Don O’Riordan’s charges doubled their advantage on 59 minutes, when Meadbh De Burca threaded a ball through to McKey and the striker easily got the better of Ryan with an angled shot for a 2-0 lead.

That score changed the course of the game, as the home side generally controlled matters thereafter, with Fox, Cormican, Casserly and De Burca sealing the middle and Aoife Walsh and Chloe Maloney offering great support down the flanks.

De Burca and Nolan were just off the mark with efforts, before Galway WFC made it 3-0 on 87 minutes, when O’Flaherty finished at the far post, after Nolan had an initial shot taken off the line by Ali O’Keeffe.

With Shelbourne and Wexford Youths drawing 3-3, it strengthened Don O’Riordan’s charges hold at the top of the table, but with the chasing pack enjoying games in hand. Galway WFC have some difficult games ahead, with Shelbourne next up this weekend.

Galway WFC: Hughes; Walsh, Fox, Cormican, Maloney (Carter 88); O’Flaherty, De Burca (Moran 88), Casserly, Nolan; Ni Bhraonain (Dowd 70), McKey.

Kilkenny United WFC: Ryan (inj, Mourhead 83); Cantwell (Power 70), Leavy, A O’Keeffe, Nolan; Gee, Swarres, Gaynor, Murphy, J O’Keefee; Hallissey (Delaney 79).

Referee: C Campbell.

CONNACHT JUNIOR CUP

The last thing you want to hear at a sporting event is the manager shouting “will someone ring an ambulance”, but such was the scenario in Fahy’s Field on Sunday morning as a Mervue United player suffered a broken leg in an accidental clash.

As a result of the incident just eight minutes from time, the game with St Bernard’s was abandoned with the contest very much in the balance at 1-1. The home side enjoyed an interval advantage, as Barry Moran and Alex Lee provided the assists for Stephen Larkin to fire past Kevin Ruane, but the visitors got a merited equaliser on 68 minutes when a Matty Finn shot diverted into the net off Shane King to level matters. The game will be rescheduled for the Mervue venue.

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

Connacht Tribune

Aran Islands look to be hitting their stride at the perfect time

Published

on

Conal Ó hIarnáin had a fine game at midfield for Oileann Arainn in their win over Oranmore/Maree.

Oileáin Árann 0-18

Oranmore/Maree 1-9

Ivan Smyth at Pearse Stadium

Oranmore/Maree suffered defeat at the quarter final stage for the fourth year on the trot as they were simply outgunned by an Oileáin Árann side which has now reached its third semi-final in five years and appear to be peaking at the right time.

Nine players found the target for the winners compared to six for Oranmore/Maree, but it was the Islanders’ opening half display which was the key to this victory as they led by 0-10 to 0-3 at half time.

Oranmore/Maree were struggling to create chances as they kicked just two wides which coupled with their three first half points showed that they struggled to break through a physical Oileáin Árann outfit.

Sean Mulkerrin and Mark Ronaldson enjoyed an interesting duel as the Galway full-back was tasked with keeping the former Mayo forward quiet. The pair were both standout performers for their sides but aside from Ronaldson, Oranmore-Maree’s forwards struggled to make an impact on this game.

If you told Oileáin Árann that their top scorer in this year’s championship, Tyler Ó Flaithearta, would not register a score in this game, then they would have feared the worst. That’s what transpired although his teammates stood up to the plate as seven different players kicked scores in the opening half. With Ó Flaithearta kicking 1-19 and Ronaldson scoring 2-16 across the group stages, a shootout between the two was anticipated, but it never transpired.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

Connacht Tribune Digital Edition App

Download the Connacht Tribune Digital Edition App to access to Galway’s best-selling newspaper.

Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

Or purchase the Digital Edition for PC, Mac or Laptop from Pagesuite  HERE.

Get the Connacht Tribune Live app
The Connacht Tribune Live app is the home of everything that is happening in Galway City and county. It’s completely FREE and features all the latest news, sport and information on what’s on in your area. Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

Continue Reading

Connacht Tribune

Clarinbridge upset the odds to send Loughrea packing

Published

on

Clarinbridge's Mark Kennedy gets his pass away despite the best efforts of Loughrea's Neil Keary in their preliminary quarter-final clash in Athenry last Saturday. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Clarinbridge 1-10

Loughrea 1-7

Niall Canavan at Kenny Park

Clarinbridge pulled off a big upset when knocking a Loughrea outfit many deemed challengers for a county senior title out of the championship race at a wet Kenny Park, Athenry, last Saturday.

Incessant rain throughout ensured this wasn’t a day for the hurling purists as both sets of players struggled to stay on their feet as weather conditions worsened during a game that had the potential to be the tie of the round.

That said, while it had little of the free-flowing hurling that supporters would have hoped for, it was certainly a compelling contest between two teams who battled valiantly throughout.

In the end, Clarinbridge deserved to win: they had a better scoring threat with Michael Daly, Mark Kennedy and Gavin Lee prominent on an afternoon when scores were hard earned. Evan Niland, too, worked extremely hard, while Shane Bannon, TJ Brennan and Patrick Foley also played leading roles.

Loughrea, though, will be bitterly disappointed to exit the championship after their heroics against Sarsfields a week previously. They continued to play a short passing game, and, in the conditions, a more direct approach may have yielded better dividends.

Too often, they laboured in attack where the tussle between Jamie Ryan and Clarinbridge’s Shane Bannon was intriguing. They also hit some early wides, including three in the opening stages, and in a game that wasn’t going to be a high scoring contest, they were to prove costly.

Yet, they fought bravely to the end with Paul Huban, Johnny Coen, Caimin Killeen and Ryan to the fore on an afternoon when the introductions of the Mahony cousins, Emmett and Brian, could possibly have happened sooner given their experience. It was needed in the energy-sapping conditions.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

Connacht Tribune Digital Edition App

Download the Connacht Tribune Digital Edition App to access to Galway’s best-selling newspaper.

Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

Or purchase the Digital Edition for PC, Mac or Laptop from Pagesuite  HERE.

Get the Connacht Tribune Live app
The Connacht Tribune Live app is the home of everything that is happening in Galway City and county. It’s completely FREE and features all the latest news, sport and information on what’s on in your area. Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

 

 

Continue Reading

Connacht Tribune

Favourites all advance in Junior Cup

Published

on

Athenry's Colm O'Donovan about to cross the ball against Tuam Celtic in last weekend's FAI Junior Cup match between the sides in Tuam Photo: Kennedy-Beirne, Eirefoto.

Soccer Wrap with Mike Rafferty

The potential for surprise is always a possibility in cup action, but while the weekend’s FAI Junior Cup’s six games saw some competitive contests, there was no outcome that could be considered as a shock.

Athenry had a real battle on their hands before they saw off Tuam Celtic by the odd goal in seven, while it was equally competitive as Gort United came from two down to level matters with Mervue United B, before the city side secured an additional time winner in a 5-4 success.

The meeting of two Premier Division sides saw Loughrea and Maree/Oranmore A go head-to-head and it was the visitors who ran out impressive winners here.

However, there was no joy for the Maree/Oranmore B side for despite taking the lead at home against Hibernians, it was the Premier Division outfit who turned on the power in the closing stages to pull away for victory. Elsewhere Salthill Devon and Mervue United also advanced in relevant comfort; while Ballinasloe Town also advanced with a win over Dunmore Town.

Tuam Celtic’s promotion to the Premier Division this season has seen them struggle on occasions, but they have proved that they have the ability to test the best on occasions and on Friday night under lights in Clonthue Road, they made visitors Athenry work very hard for a 4-3 win.

Last season’s beaten semi-finalists displayed all their quality in the opening quarter as goals by Adam Duffy and Cole Connolly, with a deflected effort, had them two up. The home side were struggling to get to the pace of the game in the early exchanges, but once they pulled one back through Mike Swinhoe, matters got more competitive.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

Connacht Tribune Digital Edition App

Download the Connacht Tribune Digital Edition App to access to Galway’s best-selling newspaper.

Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

Or purchase the Digital Edition for PC, Mac or Laptop from Pagesuite  HERE.

Get the Connacht Tribune Live app
The Connacht Tribune Live app is the home of everything that is happening in Galway City and county. It’s completely FREE and features all the latest news, sport and information on what’s on in your area. Click HERE to download it for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or HERE to get the Android Version from Google Play.

Continue Reading

Local Ads

Local Ads

Advertisement
Advertisement

Facebook

Advertisement

Trending