Galway 3-11 Connemara Gaels 3-12
It keeps getting better at the ICC in Canton as another cracking encounter on the football field followed last Sunday. Galway, who lined out with Carlow native Tommy Walsh and Meath prodigy, Pat O’Rourke, looked like they had done plenty to secure both points, but the Gaels lifted their game in the final quarter to recover from an eight point deficit and complete a quite incredible comeback. The Connemara men secured the win by the most slender of margins thanks to a point in injury time from hard working midfielder, Sean Moran.
|Connemara Gaels Senior Footballers made an improbable comeback against Galway.|
Galway played some powerful football in the first half, Pat O’Rourke and Tommy Walsh to the forward line added considerable punch. O’Rourke was responsible for both of Galway’s first half goals, and each was very similar in nature. The high ball to the edge of the box was won by the big man from Skryne who buried each shot – the goals came a minute apart. The Gaels had looked like they were settling first, but the double strike looked like a potential knockout blow. The white and green answered in fine fashion, their own big man, Michael Rogers won a dropping ball on the edge of the Galway square and showed great agility to finish on the turn with his left. Three goals and the game barely 15 minutes old. The score had the game at 2-1 for Galway to 1-2 for the Gaels. Galway continued to press. The forward line played the ball around well and as importantly, did not allow the Gaels to clear it comfortably. One point from Walsh was the result of working to stop the ball coming out, Walsh intercepted the pass out of defence and pointed himself. The Gaels eventually found some rhythm again and began to find Monaghan in the corner with the long ball. Points came from Moran, Rogers, and Noel Graham. The final score of the half came from O’Rourke who showed some of the free taking skills of his famous uncle, Colm, with a great point from a dead ball 45 yards out near the sideline. The Gaels had managed to drag themselves back into the game and at the half Galway led by 2-6 to 1-6.
Referee: Tadhg Lucey (Co. Cork)
Man of the Match: Eric Monaghan (Gaels)
Galway: P. McComiskey, S. O’Donnell, J. O’Callaghan, D. Wynne, E. Whelan, J. Kehoe, E. Kavanagh, O. Doherty, D. Reddin, T. Walsh, G. Cullen, P. O’Rourke, K. O’Grady. Gaels: B. Joyce, S. Conneely, C. O’Donnell, C. Mulkerrins, C. Sweeney, P. Cunningham, J. Greaney, S. Moran, N. Graham, D. Hayden, G. Delaney, E. Monaghan, M. Rogers.
By Rory O'Donnell