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Craughwell hang on as city rivals count cost of late miss

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Craughwell's Jamie Ryan is chased by Liam Mellows John Kenny during Saturday's senior hurling quarter-final at Kenny Park. Photo: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

Craughwell 0-21

Liam Mellows 2-14

WATCHING Jack Hastings and Enda Fallon trying to console him after the final whistle, it was hard not to feel sympathy for Tadhg Haran.

He’d scored 0-11 for Liam Mellows, and the last minute free he was presented with would have seen him finish level for the day with the 0-12 that Niall Healy shot for Craughwell. Slightly to the right of the posts at the scoreboard end of Kenny Park, just outside the ’21, Haran would normally put such a free over 99 times out of a 100. But on Saturday, he missed the chance to draw the quarter-final for Mellows.

Haran is a fine hurler, and you’d hope he comes back better for the experience. But that’s pressure, and that’s how cruel sport can be at times. He got all seven of Mellows’ second half points to go with two early goals from Stephen Barrett, and an excellent point he’d scored from play drew the teams level 0-19 to 2-13 in the 58th minute.

That was the seventh time the teams were locked on the scoreboard in the half. Craughwell had been 2-17 to 2-10 winners when the clubs met in Group A of the Senior Championship on May 10, but it is never easy to beat a team twice in the same year.

Mellows put seven goals past Carnmore two weekends previous, and after coming out for the second period 0-10 to 0-7 in arrears, it was clear that they’d need to rattle the net a couple of times to make a county semi-final at their opponent’s expense. Craughwell had bossed the first half, but were rocked in the first five minutes upon the resumption by Barrett’s goals.

Barrett scythed his way through the Craughwell cover for the first, batting the sliotar under the legs of the advancing Aidan Ryan. For the second three minutes later in the 34th minute, Aonghus Callanan, Cathal Reilly and Adrian Morrissey were all involved in the move which ended with Barrett rounding Ryan and scoring. It put Mellows in front for the first time in the match, 2-7 to 0-12.

Aidan Ryan was booked for a slap of the hurl on Barrett for that goal, but 10 minutes later he redeemed himself. Callanan, quiet all game up to then, found himself bearing down on the Craughwell goal, but Ryan brilliantly dived to his left to keep out the effort from the Mellows captain. Incidentally, Haran was completely free on his own at the edge of the square to Callanan’s left.

Those are the small margins that sporting contests are often decided on though. After Haran had drawn the sides level for the final occasion, Niall Callanan and Jamie Ryan put Craughwell two ahead, and Ryan’s point was to be the clincher. The Craughwell wing-forward shot three overall, and it was Craughwell’s greater scoring spread in the forwards that was a deciding factor in the result.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Galway minors continue to lay waste to all opponents

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Galway's Aaron Niland is chased by Cillian O'Callaghan of Cork during Saturday's All-Ireland Minor Hurling semi-final at Semple Stadium. Photo: Stephen Marken/Sportsfile.

Galway 3-18

Cork 1-10

NEW setting; new opposition; new challenge. It made no difference to the Galway minor hurlers as they chalked up a remarkable sixth consecutive double digits championship victory at Semple Stadium on Saturday.

The final scoreline in Thurles may have been a little harsh on Cork, but there was no doubting Galway’s overall superiority in setting up only a second-ever All-Ireland showdown against Clare at the same venue on Sunday week.

Having claimed an historic Leinster title the previous weekend, Galway took a while to get going against the Rebels and also endured their first period in a match in which they were heavily outscored, but still the boys in maroon roll on.

Beating a decent Cork outfit by 14 points sums up how formidable Galway are. No team has managed to lay a glove on them so far, and though Clare might ask them questions other challengers haven’t, they are going to have to find significant improvement on their semi-final win over 14-man Kilkenny to pull off a final upset.

Galway just aren’t winning their matches; they are overpowering the teams which have stood in their way. Their level of consistency is admirable for young players starting off on the inter-county journey, while the team’s temperament appears to be bombproof, no matter what is thrown at them.

Having romped through Leinster, Galway should have been a bit rattled by being only level (0-4 each) after 20 minutes and being a little fortunate not to have been behind; or when Cork stormed out of the blocks at the start of the second half by hitting 1-4 to just a solitary point in reply, but there was never any trace of panic in their ranks.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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United wary of the threat from Treaty

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Galway United’s goal scorer Stephen Walsh gets to grips with Wexford’s Hugh Douglas during Friday's First Division tie at Eamonn Deacy Park. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy,

GALWAY United need to guard against any kind of complacency when they make the short hop down the M18 this Friday to take on Treaty United at the Markets Field (7.45pm).

The game is a meeting of the two form teams in the division, and as in previous meetings between the sides, will have an additional edge given the number of former United players in the home side’s ranks, and the pair of Limerick lads playing for United.

There might have been just the eight meetings between the sides since Treaty became the latest iteration to represent Limerick in the League of Ireland in 2021, and while United have yet to lose to the men in the candy-cane strips, there has never been more than a goal in four of their eight wins.

The most recent of those was back in February, when Rob Slevin scored the only goal of the game in Eamonn Deacy Park after a tough battle against a side who made a slow start to the season, before finally finding their groove in the past month.

Having taken just three points from their first six games before finally getting a win against Longford Town, they reverted to type with just one point from their next three games, but are now on a run of four wins on the spin, scoring 12 goals and conceding just one.

Their most recent win was a 3-0 victory away to Longford Town last Saturday, and they could have won by double that against the only side to have beaten United this season. That in itself is a warning.

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

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Devon crowned Women’s Connacht Cup champions

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Luke Byrnes (centre) ceebrates with Paddy Gannon (left) and Sam Omokua afetr scoring his second goal aganist St Bernard's. Photos: Joe O'Shaughnessy.

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While the Salthill Devon men’s team might have lost their grip on the Connacht Junior Cup that they held for two seasons, the club’s women’s side have picked up the mantle and on Sunday last in Headford were crowned provincial champions with a 4-3 win over Manulla.

Following midweek wins for Maree/Oranmore and Knocknacarra, the stage is now almost set for the semi-finals of the Michael Byrne Cup with Salthill Devon meeting St Bernard’s on Sunday in an outstanding quarter-final, with the winners advancing to a semi-final against Maree/Oranmore, while Colga will face Knocknacarra in the other last four contest.

Just one league issue remains to be decided, with the Championship runners-up position up for grabs, as Dynamo Blues have to win their two remaining games in order to overtake Colemanstown United who have finished their programme.

WOMEN’S CONNACHT CUP FINAL

Salthill Devon  4

Manulla 3

Ellerose O’Flaherty scored twice as Salthill Devon were crowned provincial champions with a win over a Mayo side who were losing in the final for the second year in succession.

Backboned by a number of players who previously had League of Ireland experience with Galway WFC, Devon suffered an early set back when Jess Nolan put Manulla ahead, before O’Flaherty levelled matters with a cracking finish on 20 minutes, which was quickly followed by a long-range free-kick from Aoife Walsh.

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

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