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Dunne contract extended as United build for future

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Galway United manager Tommy Dunne whose contract with the club has been extended for another two years.

THREE Galway players were celebrating FAI Cup success last weekend, while a fourth city native was the toast of the north-west after guiding Finn Harps back to the Premier Division for the first time in almost a decade.

Daryl Horgan from Knocknacarra and Tuam Road native Stephen O’Donnell (29) were part of the Dundalk side that completed a League and FAI Cup double in the Aviva Stadium on Sunday thanks to a 1-0 win over Cork City in the FAI Cup.

Horgan (23) – the older brother of Galway United duo Colm (21) and Kevin (18) – has been one of the stand-out performers not only for Dundalk, but in the SSE Airtricity League in 2015, and it was his pass that set-up Richie Towell for the extra-time winner on Sunday. He previously won the First Division with Cork City in 2011, and the League with Dundalk last year.

O’Donnell is captain of the Louth club, and while injury meant he was unable to start Sunday’s decider, he came on near the end of the first-half for the injured Sean Gannon and dominated the midfield sector.

It was the second domestic double of his career, having also won the League and FAI Cup with Bohemian FC in 2008. He also captained Dundalk to the League title last year; and he won the League and Setanta Cup with Shamrock Rovers in 2011.

They were not the first Galway players to enjoy success on Sunday, however, as Barna native Ruth Fahy (27) was a central figure in the Wexford Youths WFC side that completed its own League and Cup double with a penalty shoot-out win over Shelbourne Ladies in the curtain raiser to the men’s decider.

Fahy, a former captain of Galway WFC, transferred to the Wexford side during the summer and was tasting success at the second time of asking, having been part of the Salthill Devon side that lost the 2010 decider to Peamount United. After the game finished 2-2 after extra-time, the tie went to penalties and Fahy converted her side’s first spot-kick as the south east club claimed the cup 4-2 on penalties.

Meanwhile, going from the south east to the north west, Finn Harps secured their place in the 2016 Premier Division on Friday night with a 2-1 aggregate win over Limerick FC in the promotion/relegation play-off final under the guidance of manager Ollie Horgan, who hails from Dalysfort Road in Salthill.

Horgan has been teaching in St Eunan’s College in Letterkenny for almost 25 years, and he is a past manager of the Republic of Ireland Senior Schoolboys squad. He is a brother of Martin Horgan, who is the PRO and U-11 to U-18 boys’ officer with Maree/Oranmore FC.

Closer to home, Galway United manager Tommy Dunne has signed a new two-year contract with the club, saying that he had a project to finish with Galway United.

For more, read this week’s Galway City 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.

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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.

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