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Wasteful Galway minors make hard work of dismissing Sligo challenge

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Date Published: 27-Jun-2011

Galway 2-11

Sligo 1-6

Dara Bradley

THEY made hard work of it but in the end the Galway minor football team were full value for their eight points victory over hosts Sligo in the quarter-final of the Connacht Championship on Saturday evening.

 

The win was all-important in this knockout clash – there’s no backdoor – but manager Tommie Joyce, in his first season in charge, will be hoping his charges also blew away a few Leaving Cert cobwebs as they have a quick turnaround and face Leitrim in Carrick-on-Shannon in the semi-final this coming weekend.

The Tribesmen won’t get too carried away with the margin of the win – it should have been more – because despite their solid initial resistance, Sligo were a very average looking outfit that put in a poor performance in the second half. If Galway had somehow lost this clash, they could only blame themselves.

Galway were far superior for large chunks of the hour but they lacked a bit of sharpness and looked rusty early on, particularly in the scoring department – there is ample scope for honing their shooting, teamwork and interplay but the game time and match practice should bring them on.

The young Tribesmen had no real stand-out performances – although midfielder Seán Moran stamped his authority on proceedings after the break and Shane Walsh also turned on the style at times in the second half – and there’s room for improvement if Galway are to advance to a Connacht final, which would guarantee at least an All-Ireland quarter-final berth.

Both sides started nervously and tentatively in an opening half that will be remembered most for wastefulness and a lack of team play from the Galway attack – six players kicked a total of ten wides in the first 30 minutes and the Galway forwards spurned at least five more scoring opportunities, including a couple of goal chances, with poor shot selection and tame efforts that dropped into the welcome arms of Sligo ‘keeper Vincent Cadden, a frustrating feature.

It was just one point apiece after an error strewn 15 minutes of shadow boxing, full-forward Niall Murphy fisting the opener and Conor Rabbitte responding with a long-range effort that settled the visitors. Despite Galway owning possession for large tracts, Sligo were more economical and went two points up when Murphy and Stephen Kilcoyne (free) split the posts.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Sentinel.

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Retail industry trade body welcomes B&Q announcement

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

Retail Excellence Ireland, the country’s largest retail industry trade body, has welcomed the news that 60 jobs have been saved at the city branch of B&Q.

It’s after the home improvements store successfully exited examinership.

Under the scheme, 2.4 million euro is to be invested by parent company Kingfisher plc, and B and Q will continue to trade at eight stores

This means 640 jobs have been saved nationwide, including 60 at the outlet in Knocknacarra.

However, David Fitzsimons of Retail Excellence Ireland says landlords need to be willing to help out smaller retailers too.

 

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Foundation reports nine Galway heart deaths each week

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Date Published: 09-May-2013

Nine people die in Galway every week from heart disease and stroke.

That’s according to the Irish Heart Foundation, which is launching its Happy Hearts Appeal today. (9/5)

An Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, launched the appeal today to help raise funds for the charity, which has seen increasing demand on its patient services.

The Foundation says it needs to raise at least half a million euro to maintain existing information services.

 

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Call to tackle delays at Oranmore rail crossing

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Date Published: 13-May-2013

Concerns have been raised over traffic delays at the railway crossing in Oranmore.

Councillor Jim Cuddy says he has received many representations from local motorists who have been experiencing extended delays.

He says the closed barrier can sometimes cause a traffic tailback as far as the roundabout near the Maldron hotel.

Cllr Cuddy has brought the matter to the attention of Iarnrod Eireann and has asked for an explanation as to why the crossing is closed for so long.

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