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St Thomas’ book their spot in last eight with relative ease

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The late father of James Regan (pictured) was rememebred with a minute's silence before Saturday's game, and it was fitting that the St Thomas' man went on to land the first score of the game.

St Thomas’ 1-16

Mullagh 0-12

A minute’s silence was held before the throw-in of the St Thomas’ and Mullagh game last Saturday afternoon in honour of James Regan’s father, and it was fitting that James was the first man to get his name on the scoresheet for Thomas’ as they secured their passage to the last eight with a routine victory.

Regan and Conor Cooney contributed two points apiece during the contest, but it was their colleague Eanna Burke who was the most outstanding Thomas’ player on show. The wing-forward kept his fine vein of form going from the Galway Intermediate’s run to All-Ireland success, scoring nine points against Mullagh, with seven of that total coming from play.

Loughrea is a relatively small pitch in hurling terms, and the tighter confines suited a man like Burke, who is able to pick off scores from distance. With himself, Cooney and Regan, St Thomas’ have forwards who can be match winners on their day, and this is something which will make them very dangerous opponents in the latter stages of the Championship.

Another potential match winner is David Burke, who lined out at midfield alongside his brother Bernard. The first half largely passed him by, but operating more in and around the half-forward line after the break, the Galway midfielder came into the game more as any post All-Ireland hangover he may have been suffering began to dissipate.

Further back, Darragh Burke and especially Sean Skehill commanded their lines, with Skehill making two superb catches in the final 10 minutes from full-back.

All told, St Thomas’ look a very good outfit, and their final Group C meeting with Portumna should be one to savour considering the recent history between the two. Although both clubs have already qualified for the quarter-finals and the points on offer won’t matter, the outcome of the game could well set the tone for the remainder of the Senior Hurling Championship.

Saturday’s loss ended not just Mullagh’s hopes of making the quarter-finals, but also Turloughmore’s, who were playing Killimordaly at the same time in Kenny Park. While the final scoreline looks relatively comprehensive in favour of St Thomas’, Mullagh actually started the game with menace, but lacked a finishing touch.

A total of 1-14 of St Thomas’ tally came from play, with all six forwards getting in on the act. Contrast that to Mullagh, whose only starting forward to score was Justin Gaynor. Mullagh badly missed the influence of Cathal Dervan, while Davy Glennon did make his return in the second half, but they still coughed up the chance to lay down an early marker to their opponents.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Tuam men put late gloss on a hard earned win in Clonbur

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Tuam Stars' Cormac McWalter whose haul of 1-2 was vital in their Senior Football Championship win over Naomh Anna Leitir Móir in Clonbur on Saturday.

Tuam Stars 2-14

 Naomh Anna Leitir Móir 0-12 

Mike Rafferty in Clonbur

The outcome of this senior football championship contest in Clonbur looks decisive, but reality tells a different story as it was only in the latter stages that Tuam Stars pulled away to win with a shade of comfort.

For the majority of the opening half, it was the Connemara side who were the real drivers of the game, but despite that they still found themselves two points in arrears at the break. A Cormac McWalter goal on 29 minutes was to change the course of proceedings and, in reality, put Tuam in the driving seat for the rest of the match.

For a side that dominated the second half,  it was only in the closing quarter that Tuam Stars pulled away as a 1-5 tally without reply in a seven-minute spell turned what had been a close contest into a comfortable victory by the end. However, once they went ahead, the Stars stuck to their task and never gave Leitir Móir an opportunity to get back into it.

The performance of Naomh Anna saw contrasting productions. An impressve opening half when they were full of running and support play turned in the opposite direction on the resumption. It was almost as if they did not believe in themselves.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Kelly and McHugh land the key scores for title holders

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Colm Mannion of Mountbellew-Moylough comes under pressure from Annghdown's Ryan Ford and Jonathon Creaven during Sunday's Senior Football Championship tie at Tuam Stadium. Photos: Hany Marzouk.

Mountbellew/Moylough 2-13

Annaghdown 0-13

BARRY McHugh fired over seven points as Mountbellew/Moylough started the defence of their senior football championship title off with a deserved win.

Patrick Kelly’s goals in either half also proved decisive as Mountbellew/Moylogh overcame a stiff Annaghdown challenge to emerge with a six point triumph. Despite Michael Daly not featuring for last year’s champions, this was an ideal start to Mountbellew/Moylough’s campaign as they came through some rocky periods before their greater quality up front and ‘know how’ got the job done.

Annaghdown gave their opponent’s plenty to worry about in the first and third quarters but they went off the boil before half time, failing to score from play for the final 15 minutes of the opening period. They then went 13 minutes without a score in the concluding quarter as Mountbellew/Moylough were able to kick three of the final four points to seal an opening round triumph.

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Caherlistrane show plenty of grit to reel in Monivea-Abbey

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Jamie Burke of Monivea-Abbey secures possession ahead of Caherlistrane's Rory Glynn during Sunday's Senior Football Championship clash at Tuam Stadium. Photos: Hany Marzouk.

Caherlistrane 1-10

Monivea-Abbey 0-10

ALAN Morris’ 37th minute proved vital as Caherlistrane started their campaign with a gritty win over Monivea-Abbey at Tuam Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Although all goals are valuable, this one proved to be a game changer with Monivea-Abbey enjoying their largest lead of the contest, four points, before Morris struck. Garvan McDaid’s side led 0-8 to 0-4 and looked to be in control against an off-colour Caherlistrane outfit.

Despite enjoying a numerical advantage when Monivea-Abbey’s Jamie Burke was black carded as he hauled down Oisín O’Brien after a short kickout malfunctioned, Caherlistrane could not shake free of their stubborn opponents as they only outscored Monivea-Abbey 0-3 to 0-2 while playing against 14 men.

This meant the sides were deadlocked at 1-7 to 0-10, but Caherlistrane kicked the final three points of the contest as Ronan Conneely’s 57th minute effort was followed by scores from substitute Joe Monaghan and Morris. Although Caherlistrane manager Frank Doherty will certainly be looking for improvements this weekend as they face Claregalway, this was a huge win for Caherlistrane as they have flirted with relegation in recent years.

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