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Switch of Comer to the attack helps reel in Corofin

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Annaghdown's Damien Comer whose switch to the attack played a big part in his team earning a draw with Corofin in the league final.

Corofin  0-15

Annaghdown 3-6

FOLLOWING a terrific run this year of 16 victories this year in the league and championship, Corofin were held to a draw by Annaghdown in last Sunday’s county senior league final in Headford.

It was a cracking winter’s afternoon, with calm conditions in benign sunshine and both sides served up some wonderful fare. Corofin had to convert a late ‘45’ to bring the game to extra-time and, in turn, Annagdown, three points behind at the end of the second period of extra-time, had to find the net with their last kick to earn a replay.

Corofin started with 12 of the team that had gained victory in the Connacht club final while Annaghdown were also without some key players because of fitness difficulties. Corofin dominated the early possession and Annaghdown had to employ a blanket defence to keep the scoring to a minimum.

Ian and Daithi Burke both pointed from play in the first ten minutes, while Annaghdown had to wait until the 14th minute for their first score, a pointed free from Frankie Burke. Corofin were patient in their build up and were rewarded with two Gary Sice points and an effort from Alan O’Donovan to lead by 0-5 to 0-1.

Both sides were guilty of some wayward shooting in that first half with Corofin hitting eight wides to Annaghdown’s five. Then just before the half-time whistle Frankie Burke converted his second free of the half to leave it Corofin 0-5, Annagdown 0-2 at the break.

Brendan Dooley boosted Annaghdown when he got their first point from play in the 34th minute. However, Corofin soon restored their dominance and converted three points without reply. Gary Sice was again their main scorer getting two of them, one from a free, while Ian Burke also pointed to stretch their lead to 0-8 to 0-3 after 48 minutes.

Annaghdown played Damien Comer at midfield as they were without Niall Coleman, but as the game seemed to be going away from them they moved Comer into the full-forward line. This proved to be a master stroke as the Corofin defence struggled to deal with his power.

Then in the 49th minute the Corofin defence failed to clear a cross from the right and Comer gained possession, swivelled and blasted the ball diagonally past David Morris. The next attack resulted in a ‘45’ for Annaghdown and following some fouling on the 30 metre line as Comer was set to take the kick, referee James Molloy awarded a free for Annaghdown closer to goal which Frankie Burke converted. There was now only one point between the sides.

Corofin introduced Shane Monaghan for Joe Canney and Martin Farragher for Alan O’Donovan and Farragher pointed with his first touch of the ball. However, Annaghdown’s were not lying down and they were rewarded a penalty after Comer was fouled in the square as he tried to field a high ball.

Corofin goalie David Morris made a great save from Frankie Burke’s penalty kick but the rebound fell into Burke’s advancing path and he made no mistake with his second touch. Annaghdown were now one point ahead, 2-4 to 0-9 and three minutes remaining.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Ruthless Utd knock seven bells out of hapless hosts

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Galway United’s leading marksman Stephen Walsh who scored twice in their seven-nil rout of Bluebell United in the FAI Cup on Sunday.

Bluebell United 0

Galway United 7

Keith Kelly at Tolka Park

GALWAY United not only avoided a potential FAI Cup shock, they did so in record-breaking fashion on Sunday when breezing past the challenge of Leinster Senior League side, Bluebell United, in glorious sunshine in Tolka Park.

The victory was United’s biggest-ever in an FAI Cup tie – they did stick eight without reply past Salthill Devon in the group stages of the League Cup in the 1994/95 season – and was also the biggest win by a First Division side in an FAI Cup tie since the second tier of the league was introduced in 1985/96.

No-one will get carried away with a win over a non-league outfit, but considering previous United iterations had struggled against a similar level of opposition – they needed penalties to see off the mighty Killester United in 2017, and fumbled to a 2-1 win over Collinstown two years later – this ruthless annihilation of their hosts shows a very different mindset in the 2022 United model.

A Stephen Walsh double in the space of 90 seconds in the late stages of the first-half meant the tie was over by half-time, though in truth, it was a 190-second spell much earlier in the game which dictated just how the afternoon would finish.

United made three changes to the side which had beaten Athlone Town 3-1 in the league the previous week, including handing a debut to new signing, Bastien Hery, after his midweek loan move from Finn Harps that saw Gary Boylan go in the opposite direction.

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

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Thumbs up from Moloney as Galway is back in the groove

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Julianne Devine presents the winning trophy to Basil Holian, Athenry, after Soaring Monarch had won the Rockshore Handicap at Ballybrit. Also included are, Pamela and Bernie Holian, with Ber and Peter Fahey, trainer.

IT would have been easy to have got carried away on the wave of expectancy. With advance ticket sales strong and corporate hospitality booked out for the opening six days, it fuelled loose talk about huge numbers descending on the Galway Summer Racing Festival.

We even heard a couple of suggestions that Ballybrit wouldn’t be able to hold the crowds such was the anticipated pent-up desire to attend the popular festival after the Covid-hit meetings of 2020 – held behind closed doors – and last year when daily attendances were restricted to 1,000.

But Chief Executive of Galway Racecourse, Michael Moloney, had been guarded in his pre-festival expectations about the numbers which would end up heading west for one of Irish sport’s most iconic occasions.

Between the current cost of living pressures, the festival coming in the wake of a hectic period for Galway GAA teams, and high accommodation and fuel prices, Moloney knew the meeting would struggle to reach the total attendance of nearly 130,000 of the previous pre-pandemic fixture of 2019.

It was no reflection on what Galway had to offer, more a case of many people forced to be more selective about the number days they would attend Ballybrit due to their own financial considerations and priorities.

Galway Racecourse had run an energetic and innovative social medial campaign promoting the festival, while these who made it to Ballybrit last week had to be impressed by the increased covered areas and extra catering facilities around the enclosure.

Ultimately, over the seven days of the festival, there was an attendance drop of almost 10% from the last comparable meeting of three years ago. The total crowd was 116,720 which represented a decline of 12,338 spectators spread over the seven days.

That figure would have been lower only for the Friday evening and Saturday cards being hit by adverse weather, but the festival finished on a high with the Sunday crowd of 13,040 a significant jump on the 2019 figure of 9,998.

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

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Thousands to take part in 8k Streets of Galway race

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The 36th edition of the Blackrock Health Galway Clinic sponsored Streets of Galway 8km, organised by Galway City Harriers, takes place tomorrow (Saturday), with the race set to start at 7pm.

With the race returning to its traditional Saturday evening slot, huge crowds are expected to turn out to support the huge field who will race, with close on 3,000 athletes expected to race the famous route through the city streets.

The 8km returns to its 2019 route around the city, with race start at GTI on Fr Griffin Road, with the finish in South Park. The race routes over Wolfe Tone Bridge, Merchants Road, Eyre Square, Eglinton Street, over the Salmon Weir Bridge, and loops around the Cathedral and onto University Road, before turning left at the Hospital for a run along St Marys Road, Lower Salthill and into Devon Park, Devon Gardens and onto Dr Mannix Road.

A water stop at 5km is at Pearse Stadium, with the turn for home at Leisureland, seeing a fast stretch along Seapoint, Dr Colohan Road and the final kilometre on Grattan Road with the finish in the gates of South Park.

Race number collection will be at the Claddagh Hall, beside South Park from 3pm today (Friday) with limited registration on the day in person; and tomorrow from 10am to 5pm.

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