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Several close finishes in Co. Intermediate football ties

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Thomas Flynn

THE first game of the weekend intermediate football championship was played in Tuam Stadium on Saturday with the battle of the greens as Dunmore McHales advanced to the winners group with six points to spare over Oughterard.

Only a point separated the sides at the break as Oughterard led by 0-4 to 0-3. Matthew Reddington opened the scoring with a point, but Enda Tierney levelled matters with a pointed 45. Reddington replied with his second point for Dunmore before the Connemara side hit three unanswered points from Martin Coady (two) and Ronan Molloy.

The McHales had the last score of the half from Ronan Cleary. Molloy had Oughterard first off the mark in the second half, but they were only going to add one more before the finish as Dunmore McHales shot 1-6 with Thomas Gleeson raising the green flag.

They had points from Reddington and Jamie Coen who scored two each, Aidan Fallon, Jamie Coen and Brendan Bowen as they ran out 1-9 to 0-6 winners. There was a double header in Pearse Stadium on Sunday with Killanin and Claregalway meeting in the opening fixture, but the crowd had to wait until midway through the half for the opening score as Danny Cummins shot high and over the bar.

Cathal Sweeney, who gave the Claregalway defence a torrid time, shot his first of four points after 16 minutes and quickly added two more. Niall Walsh, Rory Green, Johnny Heaney and Sweeney also hit the target for Killanin. Sean Moran scored Claregalway’s other points as they trailed at the break, 0-7 to 0-3. Mark Rohan began a Claregalway fightback when he pointed on the resumption and they went on to shoot four of the next five points with Eoghan Commins adding two and Moran, Darren Hennessy shooting the others. Walsh landed Killannin’s solidary point to leave the sides all square at 0-8 each after 40 minutes.

Killanin then pulled ahead with three points in a row with Stephen Kavanagh (2) and Walsh on the mark and when Kenneth Hansberry replied with a point for Claregalway, they were two points behind with ten minutes remaining. Points from Greene and Cadwell gave the ‘Men from the West’ a four point lead with only six minutes remaining.

Rohan and Marvin Lee exchanged points, but deep into injury sub Richie Commins crashed home a goal for Claregalway as Killanin hung on for a one point victory, 0-14 to 1-10. For more, read this week’s Galway City Tribune.

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Strong third quarter proves the key to Galway’s victory

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Galway’s Niamh Hanniffy on the ball against Clare’s Sinead Conlon during Saturday's All-Ireland senior camogie championship group tie at Kenny Park. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Galway 2-12

Clare 2-6

Eanna O’Reilly at Kenny Park

THE Galway senior camogie team made it two wins from two in their championship campaign, overcoming a hard-working Clare side on a hot afternoon in Kenny Park last Saturday.

A strong third quarter performance from Cathal Murray’s side, during which they outscored their opponents by 2-3 to 0-1, saw Galway take control of the contest. Although they conceded two late goals to the visitors, the Tribeswomen finished strongly with the last three points of the game to record a comfortable win.

Clare brought impressive physicality and work rate in the first half, and it was clear that the home side weren’t going to have it all their own way. The visitors tackled hard and closed down space for the Tribeswomen, particularly in the opening half, forcing Galway to roll up their sleeves and dig in. Aoife Donohue opened the scoring in the fourth minute, after a good attacking move involving the McGrath sisters.

The next ten minutes were quite scrappy, with both sides trying to take a foothold in a congested middle third. Chloe Morey pointed two frees for the Banner to put them ahead in the 13th minute, but Galway replied immediately at the other end. Some good work from Siobhán McGrath saw her win possession under pressure and play a pass to Catherine Finnerty, who pointed impressively.

Siobhán McGrath edged Galway ahead with a pointed free, before Morey equalised with her third to leave the sides at 0-3 apiece at the water break. Clare were competing very well but spurned some good point scoring opportunities in the first quarter. They went ahead however, with a good point from Morey, before Niamh McGrath pointed a free from the right wing to equalise. Niamh Kilkenny then got a terrific score, after making a great block on Clare’s Róisín McMahon, to put the home side in front by the minimum at half time.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Tribesmen only come to life when game done and dusted

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Galway's Jason Flynn shoots to the net for his first goal in the closing stages of Saturday's All-Ireland hurling qualifier in Thurles. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile.

Waterford 1-30

Galway 3-20

IN a way, it might have been better if Galway hadn’t tantalisingly teased us about how things could have worked out so differently during their unexpected final quarter resurgence in this spell-binding All-Ireland hurling qualifier at Semple Stadium, Thurles on Sunday.

Nobody wants to see their team beaten out the gate, but if that had been the Tribesmen’s fate – and for three quarters of the game it looked the only outcome – the result would have been more palatable to digest on the basis that the men in maroon just ran into a vastly superior force on the day.

Instead, Galway belatedly showed what they had in their locker in astonishingly reducing a yawning 16-point deficit to just three points by the 70th minute. They had all the momentum as 14-man Waterford were clinging on for dear life.

Nearly seven minutes of injury-time remained on the clock and the 4,400 sundrenched attendance stood on the brink of witnessing the greatest comeback in the history of inter-county hurling.

But typical of the inconsistency which continues to scourge Galway at the top level, their grandstand finish stalled and, significantly, Waterford somehow found the necessary reserves of stamina and character to land four of the last five scores.

On the balance of play, any outcome other than a Waterford victory would have been a travesty. They hurled Galway off the park for 55 minutes with their searing pace and support lines of running leaving their opponents chasing shadows.

A measure of Waterford’s dominance in the opening half, for instance, was that their half-back line of Calum Lyons, Shane Bennett and Kieran Bennett scored more from play than the entire Galway forward sector.

All over the field, Waterford’s hard running saw them carve open their opponents at will. Galway had no answers and not even their most die-hard supporter could argue against the merits of the Deise’s interval lead of a dozen points, 1-18 to 0-9.

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Galway a beaten docket long before the end at Croke Park

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Galway's Johnny Heaney comes under pressure from Oisín Mullen of Mayo during Sunday's Connacht Football Final at Croke Park. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile.

By Pádraic Ó Ciardha

THERE are games where the margin on the scoreboard doesn’t reflect the true gap between the sides and last Sunday’s Connacht Football Final certainly felt like one of them. With 66 minutes on the clock, Galway trailed Mayo by just two points, a kick of the ball between them, but in reality, the Tribesmen looked a beaten docket long before then. On the scale of six point defeats, this one was a whopper.

In last year’s Connacht Final in Pearse Stadium, Galway recovered from a poor first half display to come within a point of Mayo. This year, Pádraic Joyce’s side threw away a strong position at half-time, five points to the good, with a capitulation as bad as any seen from the county in recent or not so recent memory. The post-mortem will be a long and difficult one for both players and management as they must wait until next spring for the chance to put things right.

In truth, that five point cushion at half-time papered over a lot of cracks in Galway’s first half performance. By their own manager’s account, Galway only reached 30 or 40 per cent of their potential in that first period. The problem was that those levels plummeted in the second half.

For their part, James Horan said after the game that there was no panic in the Mayo dressing room at half-time and, on reflection, their contentment was justified. Mayo had the majority of possession during the first half and were it not for some awful shooting, could have been much closer, or even level, at half-time.

Even Galway’s goals came thanks to, in large parts, Mayo switching off, although Shane Walsh still deserves huge credit for his role in both. For Walsh’s goal in the 19th minute, Lee Keegan literally stood still as the Galway captain blazed past him to pick up the rebound from Paul Conroy’s shot before blasting past Rob Hennelly in goal.

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