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Rampaging Ryan does the damage by going on goal spree

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Craughwell's Stephen Hynes getting the better of Liam Mellows Aonghus Callanan during the clubs' county championship clash at Kenny Park last Saturday evening. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

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Liam Mellows 1-18

CRAUGHWELL full forward Jamie Ryan had a day to remember in Kenny Park on Saturday as he amazingly netted all five of his side’s goals as they comfortably saw off Liam Mellows to guarantee their quarter final berth

The win, Craughwell’s fourth in a row after an opening day loss to Portumna, sees last year’s finalists end the group stages with an impressive record as both the top scorers and meanest defence overall. Will that count for much when they line out next time? Probably not, but they certainly do look a side desperate to go one better than last year.

Craughwell had only edged out the city side by a solitary point in last year’s quarter final, but on this occasion Fergal Healy’s side cut loose in the ten minutes before half time, turning a cagey three point lead having played with the wind into a massive 12 point advantage before Mellows clawed a few back in injury time.

Ryan had pocketed his first goal on 23 minutes after a ropey early showing where chances went abegging, but that was all forgiven by the end after further strikes in the 31st, 39th, 58th, and 60th minutes that saw off Mellows stubborn resistance which had seen them get within five near the end after Aonghus Callanan’s goal.

Craughwell made two changes from the side that had beaten Cappataggle, introducing Cian Larkin and Mark Horan in place of Kealan Cullinane and Alan Callanan. Shane Dolan moved into corner forward, with Thomas Monaghan coming out to a midfield sector where his energy and application played a vital role.

They were soon forced into a further change when full back Ian Daniels was forced off after only four minutes, and a sloppy opening period from both sides saw Craughwell lead by 0-4 to 0-3 after 14 minutes. Niall Callanan, Niall Healy, Monaghan, and Stephen Hynes had scored for Craughwell, while at the other end Tadhg Haran had hit a brace alongside Adrian Morrissey’s effort from play.

With the wind worth a five or six point lead, Liam Mellows were in a decent position at this stage, and still were after Craughwell went 7-4 up through Hynes, Healy (a free), and Monaghan, with Morrissey again showing his worth with another good score for Mellows. Craughwell soon found another gear though to break clear.

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

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Three games in eight days as Utd’s play-off hopes hit

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Galway United manager John Caulfield whose team face a hectic eight-day schedule in the First Division.

THE final three games of a turbulent season for Galway United have been rearranged due to positive Covid-19 tests at the club, with the result that John Caulfield’s side will face three games in eight days in their bid to secure a play-off spot.

However, those play-off hopes were dealt a blow on Wednesday afternoon when the FAI announced that Wexford had fielded an ineligible player in four games, and as a result would forfeit each of those games 3-0.

They had lost three of those games anyway – and whether the 4-0 defeat to Cobh would stand, or it would be reduced to a 3-0 defeat was not made clear – but the one game that impacts United was the game of August 7, when Wexford played out a scoreless draw with Cabinteely.

Now, Cabinteely have been handed the win and two additional  league points, pushing them five points clear of United; while it has also improved their goal difference somewhat, going from -5 to -2, but United still have a significant 10-goal advantage on that front, so that aspect is not a massve blow.

United’s scheduled home game against Drogheda United last Friday was postponed after two players tested positive for Covid-19 in the week leading up to the game. The rest of the squad and club staff were tested, but the club has refused to say if any additional positive results were returned.

As expected given the need for people to enter isolation due to the initial two positive tests, this weekend’s trip to Bray Wanderers has also been postponed, with both those affected games rearranged for next week.

United will now host Drogheda United at Eamonn Deacy Park on Tuesday next, October 20; while they will make the trip to the Carlisle Grounds on Saturday week, October 24.

That was the date the regular league schedule was due to be completed, but the FAI has had to extend the season, and United’s final league game against UCD at home will now be played on Tuesday week, October 27.

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

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Connacht fail to raise much of a gallop in disappointing away league loss

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Saturday's PRO14 away loss to Cardiff Blues.

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Connacht 7

By Rob Murphy

READING too much into one result would be foolish. This was after all, merely the second game of what is likely to be a long and disrupted season, but Connacht were poor in Wales on Saturday against an opponent that finished below them in the standings last season.

The Cardiff Blues are far from a title contender in this competition, but they are improving slowly and at their temporary home of Rodney Parade in Newport, they produced some impressive rugby in the final quarter of this contest to not only secure a commanding victory over their conference rivals, but also secure a bonus point for good measure.

For the moment, the rugby season is about getting to and from games in good health and producing a safe environment for players to train and play while reducing the chance of an unexpected Covid-19 case spreading through the group. Even having rugby back on our TV screens is some achievement, and perhaps that wider context needs to be kept in mind in the coming months should the on field performances fall short of what is needed.

A specially chartered Ryanair flight took Connacht to and from Wales on Saturday. The team landed at lunchtime and were on the field in Newport by early evening before departing late on Saturday night and returning to Galway in the wee hours of Sunday morning. It’s a highly unusual move but a necessary one all the same.

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

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Galway bank on new blood for return to league action

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Galway's Johnny Heaney, in action against Mayo's Jason Doherty in last year's All-Ireland football qualifiers, will captain the Tribesmen for Sunday's National League tie against their great Connacht rivals at Tuam Stadium.

THINGS have changed – and changed utterly – since Galway last kicked a football in love or anger in the National League last March, but the one constant that Covid-19 will never take hostage is the huge rivalry between the Tribesmen and next-door neighbours Mayo.

Sunday’s rescheduled National League fixture at Tuam Stadium (2pm) between these two great rivals may be without the added heat that supporters invariably bring and, yet, Galway manager Padraic Joyce does not think this will in any way take from the contest.

“They (players) are just so focused on the game; I don’t think the (lack of) crowd is a huge matter for them,” he begins. “It is disappointing that their family and friends won’t be there, but there is nothing we can do about that. We have to get on and play it.”

It has been with some interest that pundits and supporters alike have waited to see what Joyce’s selection would be for Galway’s first fixture upon their return. By and large, the core group that lined out in the National League in the spring return, but there have been a couple of additions.

For one, defender Sean Andy Kelly, who has seen little or no action under the current management, comes into a defence that retains goalkeeper Connor Gleeson, Johnny Heaney, Liam Silke, Johnny Duane and Cillian McDaid. Young Claregalway defender Conor Campbell makes his first National League start at corner-back.

In midfield, one of the new boys to the senior squad, Salthill/Knocknacarra’s John Maher, has been named after impressing Joyce in the club championship and training. Maher will be partnered by Caherlistrane’s Cein D’Arcy.

Another player set to get his chance is Corofin’s Jason Leonard. A player who has impressed for his club in their multiple All-Ireland triumphs in recent years, some would argue this appearance in a Galway shirt is long overdue.

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

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