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St Thomas’ survive stern test from gritty Beagh

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St. Thomas’ 0-19

Beagh   0-17

St Thomas’ may have been highly fancied to advance unchecked to the quarter-finals of the Galway senior hurling championship but they were made sweat it out all the way by a Beagh outfit that just never knew when to quit in this entertaining preliminary quarter-final in Athenry on Sunday.

Really and truly, St. Thomas could have been out the gate and heading back to the clubhouse in Castledaly by the three-quarter mark, having come from behind at half-time to outshoot Beagh by seven points to three in the 15 minutes proceeding the change of ends. They had all the momentum.

John Burke’s men, without the injured Conor Cooney (calf) and suspended Sean Skehill, continued to hold the upperhand right up to the final stages – leading 0-19 to 0-14 with six minutes remaining – only for Beagh to mount a gritty comeback by hitting three points without reply heading into added time.

The impish Padraig Landers, who spent most of the afternoon under the thumb of his man-marker Eanna Burke, hit two of those points with a converted free from Rory Gantley sandwiched in between to make it 0-19 to 0-17.

With minutes of added time still to be played, Beagh pushed for the goal that would snatch the victory and when Brendan Gantley’s men were awarded a free just over 20 metres from the Thomas’ goal following a foul on Landers, it set up the possibility of an outrageous finish to the contest.

Unfortunately for Beagh, Kevin Keehan went high with his effort and it was parried well clear of the goalmouth by Thomas’ custodian Patrick Skehill. The final whistle sounded, a small ruck ensued, order was restored, and the Peterswell/Kilchreest boys marched on to the last eight.

St. Thomas’ were worthy winners. They had dominated under the puckout in both halves and created a greater number of scoring chances but it was their indiscipline in the tackle that saw Beagh rewarded with a plethora of needless frees and Rory Gantley duly obliged by converting nine of them.

Then again, there is no better team than Beagh to turn the screw on opponents. The first prerequisite to defeating them is to out-work them; the second is keep frees to a minimum; while the third is to be able to adapt your structures, because Beagh, invariably, will ask the questions and probe for weaknesses.

To this end, manager Burke and St. Thomas’ had their work done and while some were bemused with seeing Eanna Burke and Shane Cooney in the corner back positions, James Regan back in defence, and centre-half back Darragh Burke at centre-forward, Thomas’ won this contest because they had their team set-up to do so.

That said, it wasn’t easy. Beagh, as you expect, were well organised and after 18 minutes looked to have Thomas’ in trouble as they led by double scores, 0-8 to 0-4. Points from John Moylan, Rory Gantley (free) and Jamie Diviney saw Beagh race quickly out of the blocks.

A brace of Gerald Murray frees did get St. Thomas’ off the mark and these were supplemented by efforts from lively duo David Sherry and Colin Fallon as Thomas’ secured the lead for the first time in the fixture on 10 minutes.

As noted though, the concession of frees hurt St. Thomas’ and of the five unanswered points Beagh tallied subsequently, four of those were placed balls converted by Gantley – the other was a neat effort from Jamie Diviney.

Full coverage in this week’s Connacht Tribune

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Referee shortage sees local games called off

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The Salthill Devon side that beat Corrib Celtic 4-1 in Drom last Friday night. Back row from left: Jackson Da Silva, Andrew Connolly, Cillian Doyle, Shane O’Rourke, Calum Crowe, and Arek Mamala. Front: Matthew Barrett, Darren Darcy, Matthew Murray, Michael Gallagher and Vinny Faherty. Photos: Iain McDonald.

Soccer Wrap with Mike Rafferty

It is not often that Mervue United have to wait until the third series of games in the Premier Division to get their first win, but after earlier losses to Maree/Oranmore and Athenry they finally secured their first success on the all-weather at Fahy’s Field on Sunday morning.

A 2-1 win over St Bernard’s moved them off the foot of the table, but in a close contest it was an outcome that could have gone either way. Mayo native Eoin Prendergast took both his goals well, although they were of the simple variety as deliveries over the top exposed the visitors cover and the former Conn Rangers striker was left with simple tap-in’s as they led by two at the break.

In contrast the St Bernard’s reply was a cracking effort as Matty Finn crossed from the right and the inrushing Paddy Mullins headed powerfully past Rob Carr to pull one back.

The visitors had plenty of opportunities to get back on level terms, but it was an occasion when their finishing let them down. Twice Dillon Murphy threatened a breakthrough, but his opening effort few across the face of goal; before failing to connect with a Keith Forde delivery.

Brian Moran had an effort that was easily gathered by Rob Carr, before Matty Finn was well off target with a late chance. All the opportunities were not at the one end, as Mervue threatened when Robert Carroll headed over following a Eli Sheedy corner; while Prendergast missed a great chance to complete his hat-trick, but fired over from in front of goal after a neat knockdown by Stephen Larkin set him up.

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Lyons’ spectacular bicycle kick carries day for United

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Mikie Rowe of Galway United and Cork City's Cian Coleman in a race for possession during Friday night's First Division tie at Eamonn Deacy Park.

Galway United  2

Cork City 1

By Mike Rafferty at Eamonn Deacy Park

THERE is no doubt that the Galway United players will have had more of a pep in their step at training this week as their come-from-behind victory over Cork City at Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday night finally ended their five match winless streak and. hopefully, in the process installed a bit of confidence in their own ability.

No doubt the fact that the visitors would have clinched the Airtricity First Division title if they were to win was a further incentive for the home side to raise their game to a level that had gone missing in recent outings.

However, United did fall behind for the fourth game in succession, before two goals in a three minute spell by Wilson Waweru and Charlie Lyons rescued the situation and moved them to within seven points of the league leaders. United do enjoy a game in hand and while they are free this weekend, their next outing away against Treaty United will bring them level on games played with Cork City.

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Connacht thrashed by Ulster but internationals return for tough South African trip

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Connacht's Caolin Blade who scored their only try in Saturday's heavy URC defeat to Ulster at the Kingspan Stadium.

By JOHN FALLON

ANDY Friend says Connacht need to pick up the pieces quickly from an opening night hammering (36-10) to Ulster after going down by five tries to one in Belfast.

Ulster dominated the opening half and were good value for their 14-3 lead as Connacht had to defend for long periods of a half littered with mistakes by both sides.

Centres Luke Marshall and Stuart McCloskey were dominant and the two combined for the opening score after 27 minutes, before 21-year old hooker Tom Stewart crowned his first start by punishing poor defending when he looped around a lineout to score three minutes from the break.

Connacht finished the half with a boost when Conor Fitzgerald landed a penalty from 35 metres to cut the gap to 11 points but they fell apart after the restart, coughing up six penalties in ten minutes.

Scrum-half Nathan Doak extended the lead with a 45th minute penalty and then he touched down for a try six minutes later when Stewart was stopped just short.

Doak’s third conversion made it 24-3 as both sides emptied their benches and Ulster secured the bonus point when full-back Stewart Moore got over after Connacht No.8 Paul Boyle was binned for offiside.

Replacement scrum-half Caolin Blade got over for a consolation try ten minutes from time after former Leinster out-half David Hawkshaw also impressed after coming on, but other than the performance of another ex-Leinster player, flanker Josh Murphy, there were few other consolations as Ulster finished on a high with replacement prop Callum Reid getting the touchdown and Doak converting from the right.

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