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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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Galway has country’s largest population of young people

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

Galway has a population of young people which is more than twice the national average.

According to information gathered by the Central Statistics Office, Galway’s population of 20 to 24 year olds is more than twice the national average.

The number of 25-34 year olds in Galway is also more than the norm nationally, with the two main colleges thought to be the main reason.

However immigration in Galway is much higher than in other areas at 19.4 percent, compared to the national average of 12 percent.

 

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Call for direct donations to city charity shops

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A city councillor is encouraging people to donate goods directly to charity shops.

It follows allegations of thefts from clothes banks in Galway and across the country in recent months.

However, cameras are in place at some clothes banks and surveillance is carried out by local authorities.

Speaking on Galway Talks, Councillor Neil McNeilis said the problem of theft from clothes banks is widespread.

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Galway ‘Park and Ride’ could become permanent

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Date Published: 07-May-2013

A park ‘n’ ride scheme from Carnmore into Galway city could become a permanent service if there is public demand.

That’s according to the Chief Executive of Galway Chamber of Commerce, Michael Coyle.

The pilot scheme will begin at 7.20 next Monday morning, May 13th.

Motorists will be able to park cars at the airport carpark in Carnmore and avail of a bus transfer to Forster Street in the city.

Buses will depart every 20 minutes at peak times and every 30 minutes at offpeak times throughout the day, at a cost of 2 euro per journey.

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