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United crash out of FAI Cup as set pieces haunt them again

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Galway United's Conor Melody tries to halt the progress of Dundalk's Sean Gannon during Friday evening's FAI Cup tie at Eamonn Deacy Park. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Galway United 1              

Dundalk 4

Cian O’Connell reports from Eamonn Deacy Park

AN FAI Cup tie which started so promisingly eventually ended up being an exercise in damage limitation for an understrength Galway United outfit which were soundly defeated by Dundalk at Eamonn Deacy Park on Friday.

Jake Keegan’s 11th minute goal provided United with hope before the chronic and lingering issue of failing to adequately deal with set pieces proved costly. Two of Dundalk’s four goals arrived courtesy of delightful Darren Meenan deliveries which completely flummoxed the home team which weren’t able to cope.

Unsurprisingly, Dundalk punished such hesitancy as Brian Gartland’s headed equaliser was quickly followed by Richie Towell and Paddy Barrett goals before the break. Seven minutes from time, impressive right back Sean Gannon sealed the deal with a blistering strike as an honest United performance culminated in a heavy loss.

Few would dispute the gulf in quality and physicality between the two teams, but it was such a pity that the three goals United leaked in the first half were so soft. After the restart Dundalk’s football and passing was slick, but even by that stage sufficient damage had been inflicted.

Despite the reversal, United could locate crumbs of comfort in the reversal as so many youngsters gained experience against a Dundalk side which is 10 points clear in the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division. Stephen Kenny has constructed a fine squad which had enough drive, desire, and depth to rest a string of regulars.

There was still an imposing cut to the Dundalk starting XI and within 30 seconds Ger Hanley had to be alert when making a save from Towell. United were earnest from the outset as David O’Leary battled manfully in the centre of park, while Enda Curran flashed a ninth minute volley wide.

Amazingly considering the lengthy and considerable absentee list, United still pinched the lead in the 11th minute. Gary Shanahan’s right wing cross was on the money enabling Keegan to nod Galway ahead. Could another August Cup win over Dundalk at the Dyke Road venue be posted?

Initially United were compact and cool enough, but the Lilywhites were back trading on terms in the 23rd minute. Brian Gartland supplied a deft, glancing header to a Meenan free-kick ensuring United were left reflecting on what might have been.

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

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Galway stand up to pressure in penalty shoot-out

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Galway's Damien Comer follows the flight of the ball against Aaron McKay of Armagh during Sunday's All-Ireland Senior Football Championship quarter-final at Croke Park. Photo: Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Galway 2-21

Armagh 3-18

(AET, Galway win 4-1 on penalties)

 John McIntyre at Croke Park

IT should never have come to this – extra time and penalties – as Galway footballers survived a late meltdown to eventually reach only the county’s second All-Ireland semi-final in 20 years.

This mad-cap, absorbing and marathon quarter-final at Croke Park on Sunday produced enough talking points to do justice to six games never mind one. It was bananas stuff at times and the hearts of rival supporters were repeatedly put through the ringer.

It was a hard-fought, bruising contest and though Galway will be nursing tired bodies and minds for a few days, they will be overjoyed and relieved to have come through such a searching examination of their championship credentials.

And don’t ever accuse these Galway players of not having sufficient bottle or of lacking steel. They could have collapsed in extra time after throwing away a winning hand in the nine minutes of stoppage time. Two giveaway goals and a shocking concession of possession which led to Rory O’Neill’s dramatic equaliser must half left the Tribesmen gutted.

They were then caught up in an ugly brawl as the teams returned to their dressing rooms ahead of extra time. It takes two to tango, but Armagh were undoubtedly the aggressors underlined by the appalling eye-gouging of Damien Comer.

The dust up marred a great battle and Galway will now be keeping their fingers crossed that any sanctions handed down won’t impact on their challenge for the upcoming All-Ireland semi-final against Derry on Saturday evening week at Croke Park.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway’s easy victory up North marred by knee injury to attacker Hennelly

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Galway defender Heather Cooney is challenged by Antrim's Aine Magill during Saturday's All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship clash in Dunloy. Photos: INPHO/John McVitty.

Galway 2-17

Antrim 0-6

Sarah Gaughran in Dunloy

THE Galway senior camogie team made it four wins from four in the All-Ireland championship on Saturday when making a successful long trip to Dunloy to take on the 2021 intermediate title holders Antrim.

Conditions were not ideal for the game, but Galway were tenacious throughout and grinded out a convincing victory. They will be concerned, however,  after sharpshooter Rebecca Hennelly picked up a knee injury at the end of the first half.

Emma Helebert and Sarah Dervan also went off with injuries and team manager Cathal Murray will be hoping to have his full compliment of players heading into the top of the table clash against Kilkenny at Kenny Park on Saturday,

It was the hosts Antrim, despite playing against a stiff breeze, who got off the mark first when Caitrin Dobbin broke through the Galway defence and slotted the ball over the bar.

Rebecca Hennelly responded with two points from play for Galway before Roisin McCormack levelled the game. The Tribeswomen than created two goal opportunities but credit must go to Catríona Graham in the Antrim net for pulling off fantastic saves.

Undaunted, Galway got four points without reply between the 11th and 17th minutes from Carrie Dolan (0-2, both frees), Sabina Rabbitte and Ailish O’Reilly to leave them 0-6 to 0-2 ahead. Antrim had a missed goal chance when Dobbin broke through the Galway defence only to see her shot blocked by the foot of ‘keeper Sarah Healy.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway minors set up another date with Mayo after surviving frantic finale

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The Galway minor footballers celebrate their All-Ireland Championship semi-final victory over Derry at Parnell Park on Saturday. Photos: Ray McManus/Sportsfile.

Galway 2-9

Derry 1-11

 John McIntyre at Parnell Park

THE GAA resurrection of the year is only one game away from being complete. And in an almost freakish scenario, the never-say-die Galway minor footballers will have that opportunity against the team which caused them so much misery in the Connacht championship.

When Galway trooped dejectedly out of MacHale Park a few weeks ago after coming up well short for the second time to Mayo in the province, it was long odds against Alan Glynn’s squad salvaging their season with an All-Ireland quarter-final looming against Leinster champions Dublin just six days later.

Throw in the legacy of a shock defeat to Leitrim in the round-robin series as well, it should have meant Galway were sitting ducks when moving outside the province. It seemed an unnecessary penance in the circumstances, but the boys in maroon somehow maanged to lift themselves for the challenges ahead despite that bruising Connacht campaign.

A thoroughly merited victory over Dublin in Tullamore highlighted the character and resilience in their ranks, and their spirits will have been lifted again by surviving a desperate late Derry rally in the All-Ireland semi-final at Parnell Park on Saturday.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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