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Out of sorts Wegians side are brought back to earth

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Galwegians winger Ed O'Keeffe whose excellent defensive work prevented a second-half try against Garryowen at Dooradoyle on Saturday.

Garryowen 18

Galwegians  9

GALWEGIANS suffered another disappointing result on the road when they were beaten by a better and more determined Garryowen side at Dooradoyle on Saturday.

This was a very lacklustre performance from Wegians, especially on the back of their recent outstanding home win against League champions Lansdowne. However there was a lack of focus and lethargy evident last Saturday, with far too many errors made which were gratefully punished by their hosts.

Playing in their new away strip of black, the signs were ominous early on for Wegians when they conceded three straight penalties in the opening ten minutes in their own half. Home scrum-half Neil Cronin converted two of his three attempts to give his side an early 6-0 lead.

Wegians eventually got into the game and secured some territory, with a hugely dominant scrum where returning Connacht squad member Ronan Loughney was having a major impact at loose-head. Following a second successive scrum penalty awarded, out-half Aidan Moynihan opened his side’s account with a penalty on 16 minutes.

However Wegians failed to secure the restart, which proved fatal as the home side went on the offensive. And following two penalty kicks to the corner, they soon rumbled over for the opening try, with lock Shane Buckley getting the touchdown. Cronin’s conversion hit the upright leaving the score 11-3.

Wegians had the better of the second quarter with the scrum continuing to cause serious damage. However they were failing to string the phases together and not causing too much concern for the home side.

With their only serious attack, they thought they scored a try on the half-hour mark when full-back Ciaran Gaffney crossed in the corner, only for referee David Wilkinson to call a forward pass by debutant winger Niyi Adelokun. Moynihan did however reduce the margin to five points with a penalty soon after, only to have to immediately retire with a dead leg. This was on top of the earlier loss of Paddy Finn at flanker.

This is how it remained at half-time, and despite strong words from coach Matt Brown at the break, there was little change in tempo in the second half. The error count continued to pile up, and the hosts always looked the more likely to score next.

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

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Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry come through tense survival battle

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Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry's Padraig Robinson who was a big influence in their senior hurling relegation final victory over Ballinderreen at Duggan Park on Sunday.

Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry 0-12

Ballinderreen 0-11

Ivan Smyth at Duggan Park

BALLINDERREEN’S tally of 15 wides was the telling statistic after this senior hurling relegation final in Ballinasloe on Sunday, with the consequence that they will now be playing at intermediate level next year.

In contrast, Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry only sent five efforts adrift of the posts throughout the hour as their greater efficiency up front proved decisive. This was a typically nervy and tense relegation final, but it was enjoyable fare with the fine arts of the game – hooking, blocking and tackling – all executed to a high standard by both outfits.

The patrons entering Duggan Park before throw in knew this would most likely be a dogfight as Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry have averaged only13 points per game throughout the championship. For their part Ballinderreen have been notching just over 16 points per game with both sides’ scoring drying up in the mini relegation series between themselves and Mullagh.

Ballinderreen have suffered relegation despite winning more games in this year’s championship than Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry (two to one) although the East Galway side secured victory in their most important game of the year.

With the sides level six times throughout this physical encounter, any burst of scores from either side would prove vital. It was Tynagh/Abbey-Duniry who fired over four points without reply in a 10 minute spell either side of the final water break as they went from two points down to lead by the same margin. Padraig Robinson grabbed two of those, both from placed balls, as he took over free taking duties from the unusually inaccurate Shane Moloney.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Micheál Breathnach survive late drama to claim B crown

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Micheal Breathnach's Caoimhan De Burca getting his pass away against Darragh Healy and Keelan Wilson of Kilkerrin-Clonberne-Killererin during Saturday's County U19 B football final at the Priarie. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Micheál Breathnach 0-13

Kilkerrin-Clonberne-Killererin 2-5

Pádraic Ó Ciardha at The Prairie

A last-gasp save from Micheál Breathnach goalkeeper Evan Ó Márta bailed out his side and saw them crowned U19 B county football champions last Saturday.

While the Connemara side had a number of fine performers over the course of the final, few contributions were as vital and as obvious as Ó Márta’s as he stopped Kilkerrin-Clonberne-Killererin from snatching victory from the jaws of defeat.

The potential comeback looked highly unlikely as late as four minutes into added-time. By that stage, KCK had already been reduced to 13 players and were five points down.

Full-forward Seán Donohue gave them hope when he converted a penalty in the 65th minute and he then came within inches of sealing an improbable win. With KCK having won possession from the kickout, David Dunleavy and Cathal Fallon combined to create the chance for Donohue but ‘keeper Evan Ó Márta was out in a flash and deflected the ball wide, the last act before the final whistle blew.

Had KCK managed to claim victory, it would have been very much against the run of play. While they dominated possession for much of the first half, KCK failed to turn that into scores and Micheál Breathnach were much the better side after the break.

The impressive Maidhc Mac Gearailt kicked five of his side’s six points in that second half but the performances of Tomás Ó Curraoin, Séamus de Búrca and Ruraí Ó Curraoin around the middle of the field were instrumental in getting their side on top.

While KCK showed their quality in spells, their shooting let them down and meant they didn’t make the most of their possession. They managed just 1-3 from 13 shots in the first half and didn’t fare much better in the second half, kicking 1-2 from ten efforts – a 30% conversion rate overall.

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Leitir Móir men pull clear after some early troubles

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Naomh Anna Leitir Móir Evan Ó Flatharta secures possession ahead of Dromahair's Caillin McLoughlin during the Connacht Club intermediate football quarter-final in Ballinamore on Saturday. Photo: Willie Donnellan.

Naomh Anna Leitir Móir 2-13

St. Patrick’s, Dromahair 0-5

Darren Kelly in Ballinamore

NAOMH Anna Leitir Móir weathered an initial stern challenge from their opponents in this Connacht Intermediate football quarter-final last Saturday before taking control and beating Leitrim’s St. Patrick’s, Dromahair by a comfortable margin.

The sides were level 0-4 to 1-1 at the first water break, but Ciarán Óg Ó Flatharta’s team didn’t concede from play again over the remaining 45 minutes.

The Galway champions had a three-hour trek to Sean O’Heslin’s GAA Grounds, but arrived as heavy favourites against a Dromahair outfit determined to pick up a first ever provincial win.

And St. Patrick’s took it to Naomh Anna in the early stages, going ahead after just 58 seconds when Jamie Conlon’s long ball was won by Gary Fowley who claimed the mark.

Leitir Móir were still settling though they did equalise by the fourth minute. Ciaran Bairéad and Aonghus O Fatharta were instigators for Maitias Eoin Bairéad to weave a gap through enemy lines and raise a white flag. Indeed, Naomh Anna were creating opportunities and Ó Fatharta had a shot blcoked 60 seconds later.

Dromahair had the stiff breeze behind them and went back into the lead on seven minutes when Martin Feeney finished off a one-two with Michael Clancy. And another Conlon delivery straight after was taken by James Clancy who made it 0-3 to 0-1.

Leitir Móir were gradually moving through the gears and Evan Ó Fatharta nearly unlocked St. Patrick’s only for the interception of defender Kyle Harte.

The west Galway team’s patience eventually paid off on 14 minutes. Admittedly, referee Cormac Reape earned the ire of Dromahair supporters with some decisions, but Naomh Anna refused to get distracted.

A quick Dylan Seoige free towards Warren Seoige worked its way to Ó Fatharta who finished to the net to put Naomh Anna in front. James Clancy replied with an equaliser leaving them 0-4 to 1-1 at the water break.

Dromahair came out of the blocks but failed to make the necessary gains while Naomh Anna Leitir Móir were pacing themselves and ready to increase the tempo.

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