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Wasteful Connacht hurlers pay the price against 14-man Leinster

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Leinster 1-14

Connacht 1-12

A wasteful Connacht hurling outfit failed to take advantage against 14-man Leinsterin a low scoring Inter-provincial semi-final in Nenagh on Saturday.

This once popular competition attracted a paltry attendance of less than 100 people as Connacht were left to rue 15 wides, some missed goal chances as well as an inability to take advantage of Leinster being reduced to 14 men for the final 17 minutes.

Despite a slow start, once Connacht got level in the second half and Colin Fennelly was dismissed on 43 minutes, it looked like they would drive on. That they didn’t was a disappointment and from a Connacht perspective it was one that got away.

Newcomers Matt Donoghue (Moycullen) and Mike Conneely (Liam Mellows) got their first taste of provincial action while Sean McInerney (Oranmore Maree) and Abbeyknocmoy’s Paul Flaherty also saw game time

Kiltormer native Jason Kilkenny, who hurls with Roscommon, Cathal Freeman of Mayo and Roscommon’s Cathal Dolan were also introduced as Connacht actually used 10 substitutes during the hour – apparently, 11 can be used in this latest incarnation of the Inter-provincial series with 30 minute halves also in operation.

Lee Chin, who excelled for Leinster at centre forward, shot a fine goal after just four minutes while points from Fennelly and Sean Ryan had Leinster deservedly 1-2 to no score ahead on 10 minutes. Conor Cooney opened Connacht’s account from a free before on 18 minutes Joseph Cooney took a David Burke delivery, got inside the defence and finished neatly to the net to leave it at 1-3 to 1-1.

The final nine minutes of the half saw Leinster outscore Connacht by four points to one, with Walter Walsh, Connacht’s Cathal Mannion and Chris Crummey all shooting fine points to leave Leinster 1-7 to 1-2 ahead at the end of a drab first half which had more wides (16) than scores (11).

And while Brian Molloy and Conor Cooney saw goal efforts hit the side netting, Leinster conjured goal chances themselves with Fennelly, Eamon Dillon and Cha Dwyer all going close in that opening period.

Connacht were much better in the second period. Conor Cooney (2 frees), Jason Flynn with a delightful sideline cut, David Burke with a fine strike, and subs Niall Burke and Aidan Harte all scored by the 41st minute to leave the sides level at 1-8 apiece – Chin getting Leinster’s only score in this period.

Full coverage in this week’s Connacht 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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