Date Published: 01-Jun-2010
SALTHILL Devon went about qualifying for the Women’s FAI Senior Cup semi final in a business-like fashion at Drom on Sunday as three opening half goals set the tone and, for the remainder of the contest, they were in cruise control as the visiting Dublin side were just totally outclassed.
The defeat of St Catherine’s means that both of last year’s finalists are now out of the competition as St Francis have also departed. The gulf in class between the visitors and Devon was apparent as the home side dictated matters from the off and two early goals by Kara Mullins and Lucy Hannon gave them a reward for all the authority they displayed.
However, the decisive score came just before the break as Hannon scored her second with a superb solo effort.
That goal really put the issue beyond doubt and there was no way back for their struggling opponents.
Catherine’s goalkeeper Charlene McKenna was already warming to the task at hand as early saves thwarted Kara Mullins on two occasions, but there was little she could do as Devon opened their account on 14 minutes.
The pace and control of Julieanne Russell created the opening as she set up Mullins and the Briarfield native displayed all her predatory instincts with a first time finish from the edge of the box.
It was then the turn of the striker to turn provider as she set up fellow front runner Lucy Hannon and after gathering a through ball, she made it 2-0 with a low effort past the advancing McKenna.
Unchallenged at the back and in total control in midfield, Salthill Devon continued to threaten and following an Emer Flatley corner, Meave de Burca had a header taken off the line on 29 minutes.
Now the Dublin side had capable performers in Caroline Thorp, Pearl Slattery, Ailish and Noell Murray, but the problem was that they were all attacking players and just didn’t get enough possession to threaten the home side.
The crucial third goal came right on 45 minutes when a Noelle Murray free kick was blocked by the Devon defensive wall and in seconds Lucy Hannon was instigating a swift counter attack from her own half. Powering through the visitors defence which didn’t know which way to turn, the Dunmore girl calmly made it 3-0 with a side footed effort past the dazed McKenna.
The second half lacked the same cutting edge and as a result fewer opportunities were created. Mullins and de Burca failed to hit the target from close range following Russell corners, while efforts by Tessa Mullins and Jenny Critchley were also off the mark.
Devon gave Irish U17 captain Dora Gorman a run in the second half and her quality just added to the talent available.
Just once was Tina Hughes extended as she saved a Noelle Murray drive on 80 minutes, while the home side got a late reward for their endeavours when Critchley made it 4-0 with a close range finish on 88 minutes.
The way we were – Protecting archives of our past
People’s living conditions less than 100 years ago were frightening. We have come a long way. We talk about water charges today, but back then the local District Councils were erecting pumps for local communities and the lovely town of Mountbellew, according to Council minutes, had open sewers,” says Galway County Council archivist Patria McWalter.
Patria believes we “need to take pride in our history, and we should take the same pride in our historical records as we do in our built heritage”. When you see the wealth of material in her care, this belief makes sense.
She is in charge of caring for the rich collection of administrative records owned by Galway County Council and says “these records are as much part of our history as the Rock of Cashel is. They document our lives and our ancestors’ lives. And nobody can plan for the future unless you learn from the past, what worked and what didn’t”.
Archivists and librarians are often unfairly regarded as being dry, academic types, but that’s certainly not true of Patria. Her enthusiasm is infectious as she turns the pages of several minute books from Galway’s Rural District Councils, all of them at least 100 years old.
Part of her role involved cataloguing all the records of the Councils – Ballinasloe, Clifden, Galway, Gort, Loughrea, Mountbellew, Portumna and Tuam. These records mostly consisted of minutes of various meetings.
When she was cataloguing them she realised their worth to local historians and researchers, so she decided to compile a guide to their content. The result is For the Record: The Archives of Galway’s Rural District Councils, which will be a valuable asset to anybody with an interest in history.
Many representatives on these Councils were local personalities and several were arrested during the political upheaval of the era, she explains.
And, ushering in a new era in history, women were allowed to sit on these Rural District Councils – at the time they were not allowed to sit on County Councils.
All of this information is included in Patria’s introductory essay to the attractively produced A4 size guide, which gives a glimpse into how these Rural Councils operated and the way political thinking changed in Ireland during a short 26-year period. In the early 1900s, these Councils supported Home Rule, but by 1920, they were calling for full independence and refusing to recognise the British administration.
“I love the tone,” says Patria of the minutes from meetings. “The language was very emotive.”
That was certainly true of the Gort Rural District Council. At a meeting in 1907, following riots in Dublin at the premiere of JM Synge’s play, The Playboy of the Western World the councillors’ response was vehement. They recorded their decision to “protest most emphatically against the libellous comedy, The Playboy of the Western World, that was belched forth during the past week in the Abbey Theatre, Dublin, under the fostering care of Lady Gregory and Mr Yeats. We congratulate the good people of Dublin in howling down the gross buffoonery and immoral suggestions that are scattered throughout this scandalous performance.
For more from the archives see this week’s Tribunes here
Galway have lot to ponder in poor show
Date Published: 23-Jan-2013
FRANK FARRAGHER IN ENNISCRONE
GALWAY’S first serious examination of the 2013 season rather disturbingly ended with a rating well below the 40% pass mark at the idyllic, if rather Siberian, seaside setting of Enniscrone on Sunday last.
The defeat cost Galway a place in the FBD League Final against Leitrim and also put a fair dent on their confidence shield for the bigger tests that lie ahead in February.
There was no fluke element in this success by an understrength Sligo side and by the time Leitrim referee, Frank Flynn, sounded the final whistle, there wasn’t a perished soul in the crowd of about 500 who could question the justice of the outcome.
It is only pre-season and last Sunday’s blast of dry polar winds did remind everyone that this is far from summer football, but make no mistake about it, the match did lay down some very worrying markers for Galway following a couple of victories over below par third level college teams.
Galway did start the game quite positively, leading by four points at the end of a first quarter when they missed as much more, but when Sligo stepped up the tempo of the game in the 10 minutes before half-time, the maroon resistance crumbled with frightening rapidity.
Some of the statistics of the match make for grim perusal. Over the course of the hour, Galway only scored two points from play and they went through a 52 minute period of the match, without raising a white flag – admittedly a late rally did bring them close to a draw but that would have been very rough justice on Sligo.
Sligo were backable at 9/4 coming into this match, the odds being stretched with the ‘missing list’ on Kevin Walsh’s team sheet – Adrian Marren, Stephen Coen, Tony Taylor, Ross Donovan, David Kelly, David Maye, Johnny Davey and Eamon O’Hara, were all marked absent for a variety of reasons.
Walsh has his Sligo side well schooled in the high intensity, close quarters type of football, and the harder Galway tried to go through the short game channels, the more the home side bottled them up.
Galway badly needed to find some variety in their attacking strategy and maybe there is a lot to be said for the traditional Meath style of giving long, quick ball to a full forward line with a big target man on the edge of the square – given Paul Conroy’s prowess close to goal last season, maybe it is time to ‘settle’ on a few basics.
Defensively, Galway were reasonably solid with Gary Sice at centre back probably their best player – he was one of the few men in maroon to deliver decent long ball deep into the attacking zone – while Finian Hanley, Conor Costello and Gary O’Donnell also kept things tight.
For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.
Real Galway flavour to intermediate club hurling battle in Birr
Date Published: 23-Jan-2013