THERE was a strange backdrop to this lively Senior A championship tussle in New Inn on Sunday . . . and it had little to do with Killimordaly and Turloughmore heading to the heart of Sarsfields’ country to mark the club’s official opening of their impressive new pitch development in New Inn.
For Turlough knew regardless of the result that they would still make it through to the knock-out stages of the title race, while conversely Killimordaly knew that irrespective of their fate, they would still need to overcome Ballinderreen in their final group outing to advance.
It perhaps would be churlish to suggest that this match was therefore academic, but both teams were aware the fixture could never masquerade as a do-or-die battle. Yet, there was no short of intensity until Turlough upped the tempo on the resumption to gradually pull away.
A healthy crowd of over 2,500 turned up on this red-letter day for the Sarsfields GAA Club and with a lot of fringe inter-county talent on show, together with the prestige of the occasion, there was an obligation on the rival players to not go through the motions.
As it transpired, Killimordaly threw down the gauntlet to Turloughmore from the start and only for nine first-half wides, they would have enjoyed a bigger lead than two points (1-5 to 0-6) at the interval having been backed by the wind.
Unfortunately, this inaccuracy – they hit another six wides in the second-half – began to erode morale as Killimordaly could only manage a paltry three points from Paul Creaven frees over the closing 30 minutes. Though you couldn’t accuse them of throwing in the towel, once the game started slipping away the focus may have been on preserving energy for the critical Ballinderreen clash.
Though there was some robust defending from the likes of Conor Daly and Declan Connolly, and Paul Madden’s bustling aggression troubled All-Star Daithí Burke in the first-half, they had no real attacking spark other than the excellent Creaven, whose early goal gave Killimordaly significant impetus.
A lot of attention would have focussed on Brian Concannon, but a couple of early misses from frees were frustrating and he also tended to carry possession into traffic when bearing down on the Turlough posts. Killimordaly’s second county panellist, Jack Fitzpatrick, didn’t really dominate at centre back either.
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While locations have not yet been signed up, the HSE was looking at larger buildings with good access that could be used temporarily to carry out the vaccination programme over a short period.
“We do want to reach out to rural parts of the region instead of drawing in people from the likes of Clifden and over from the islands. The plan is to set up satellites from the main centre, sending out small teams out to the likes of Connemara,” he explained.
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She spent six years in Aerospace and Marine International in Aberdeen, Scotland, which provides forecasts for the oil and gas industry.
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