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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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Horgan in the history books

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DARYL HORGAN

DARYL Horgan became the first Galwegian to score a senior men’s international goal when grabbing the fourth goal for the Republic of Ireland in their 4-1 friendly win over Andorra last Thursday.

Horgan, introduced as a 66th minute substitute for Ronan Curtis, got on the end of Jason Knight’s 89th minute cross to stoop low and send a diving header into the back of the net to cap a brilliant 26-minute cameo for the winger in what was his 13th senior international appearance.

The Knocknacarra native had just five minutes earlier sent in the cross from which Knight made it 3-1 to sighs of relief in the Irish camp – they had fallen 1-0 behind after 52 minutes, before a brace of goals from Troy Parrott in the 58th and 61st minutes put the Boys in Green in front and spared Stephen Kenny’s side the embarrassment of losing to a ski resort.

Horgan is one of seven Galwegians to win a senior men’s international cap – David Forde (24 caps), Alan Lee (10), Aaron Connolly (6), Greg Cunningham (4), Ryan Manning (4), and the late Eamonn ‘Chick’ Deacy (4) are the others – but he is the first to find the back of the opposition net.

He was joined from the bench last Thursday by Manning, and both players also started on the bench in Budapest on Tuesday night in the scoreless draw with Hungary, with both again being introduced in the second-half, Horgan in the 56th minute to win his 14th cap, followed by Manning in the 85th minute to win his fourth cap.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway WFC bring an end to their away woes in Cork

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Chloe Moloney who was one of Galway WFC's goal scorers in their away win over Cork WFC at Turners Cross on Saturday.

Cork City WFC 0

Galway WFC  2

By Mike Rafferty

AFTER firing blanks in their three previous away games, Galway WFC got back to winning ways when aided by two opening half goals and a first clean sheet of the season, they were worthy winners of this Women’s National League contest at Turners Cross on Saturday.

Two early headed goals by Chloe Moloney and Aoife Thompson gave them a cushion that was seldom threatened as the home side were outmaneuvered as new Galway WFC manager Stephen Lally picked up the first win of his reign.

As in previous games, the visitors were without some of their more established names, but the performances of Ruth Fahy, Lucia Lobato and Thompson helped turn an impressive performance into a worthy win. Cork goalkeeper Abby McCarthy was by far the busier of the two custodians and some good shot stopping in the early exchanges kept her side in the game.

However, there was little she could do when Galway WFC took the lead on 21 minutes, Chloe Moloney attacking a Shauna Brennan corner in a crowded box and powerfully heading home for a 1-0 advantage.

Just three minutes later, they added a second and again Brennan was at the heart of it when seeing off a challenge on the right flank, before delivering a deep cross that was powered into the bottom corner by the flying Thompson with a diving header.

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Connacht soar in final game to clip the wings of Ospreys

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Connacht’s Ben O’Donnell, who has Ultan Dillane in support, is tackled by Rhys Webb of the Ospreys during Friday's Rainbow Cup tie at the Sportsground. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Connacht 26

Ospreys 19

Rob Murphy at the Sportsground

THE Connacht team finished Friday’s final game of the season with a flurry of fierce and well timed tackles as they held off the Ospreys and secured the win. While they did that, the Fields of Athenry bellowed from the Clan Terrace creating a surreal, almost absurd atmosphere at a near empty Sportsground. The roar that followed from the handful of souls in the stands was an appropriate end to a strange season like no other.

The singing and the shouting had come from the non selected players who had all gathered in a corner of the terrace for the game, making sure that there was no doubt for those out on the field that the game and the result meant something. Overall of course, this result is just a mark on the ledger, a soon to be forgotten triumph in a season that included far too many defeats at their Galway venue.

If all that wasn’t strange enough, all the scoring happened in the first half. Connacht notched four tries, the Ospreys managed three yet it was the second half that proved to be the most compelling and captivating as the visitors from Wales came up against a brick wall. Connacht’s tackling was superb while their maul defence proved to be critical. The visitors had arrived needing and expecting to get a bonus point win to stay in contention for a place in the Rainbow Cup final, but would leave shell shocked.

The Rainbow Cup as a competition has predictably turned out to be a disaster for the PRO14 organisers. While there has been some misfortune with late season postponements because of Covid and the South African sides have been limited on travel, the format of a straight league with teams playing six fixtures was never going to inspire enthusiasm or create a fair and balanced tournament. As it stands, Benetton might get to the final without having to play any of the top six sides.

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