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U17 Celtic Challenge Hurling 12-05-2016

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GAA Celtic Challenge U17 Hurling:

 Galway North 3-12

Galway City/West 2-10

The clash of the Tribes in the Celtic Challenge U17 in Pearse Stadium on Wednesday evening saw the Galway North side come out on top. In a lively contest, goals proved to be the difference with a brace from Barry Callinan and a decisive effort from Darren Collins proving to be crucial for the winners. Oisin Connolly did get 2 majors for Galway City/West, but in the end his side just came up short.

Galway City/West had breeze advantage in the opening half, but it was Galway North who led by 1-5 to 0-5 at the interval. Cian O Toole set up Barry Callinan for Galway North’s opening goal on 7 minutes, but good points from Joe O’Conghaile, Tomas Cogley and Michael Cullina helped Galway City/West narrow the margin to 1-3 to 0-3 on 11 minutes. 

From there to the break there was little between the sides as Conor Fahey, Conor Elwood and Tomas Kimball exchanged scores to leave Galway North three up at the break, while Galway City/West were left to rue eight first half wides.

On the resumption, Daniel Loftus, Karl Conneely and Conor Fahey (2) stretched Galway North further ahead before 3 Tomas Kimball frees and an Oisin Connolly score – after he was initially denied by keeper Ronan McDonagh - had Galway City/West back to 1-9 to 0-9 on 46 minutes. Then a fine catch and run by Karl Conneely saw him set up Barry Callinan for his second goal – however 5 minutes later, neat Conor Elwood control enabled him find Oisin Connolly who goaled to bring Galway City/West back to 2-10 to 1-10 with 8 minutes left.

However, Galway North answered the challenge and after a penetrating run Darren Collins found the net to edge his side 3-10 to 1-10 on 56 mins and while Oisin Connolly converted a 60th minute penalty, it wasn’t enough and Galway North duly recorded their second win of the competition.


Galway North: Ronan McDonagh (Turloughmore) Cillian Mannion (Ballygar) Darragh Daly (Athenry) Sean Lyons (Turloughmore) Cian O’Toole (Annaghdown) Sean Bleahene (Ahascragh-Fohenagh) Jason Walsh (Annaghdown) Sylvester Zwierczyk (Ballygar) Martin Cullen (Athenry) Karl Conneely (Turloughmore) (0-1)

Ger Flahive (Mountbellew-Moylough) Conor Fahey (Padraig Pearses) (0-9, 6 frs), Cathal Cooley (Abbeyknockmoy) Daniel Loftus (Turloughmore) (0-1), Conor Newell (Sylane) Pierce McDonagh (Ballygar) Darren Collins (Athenry) (1-0) Darragh Glynn (Ahascragh-Fohenagh) Diarmuid Conway (Annaghdown) Cian Higgins (Sylane) Sean Keating (Mountbellew-Moylough) Colm Flaherty (Abbeyknockmoy) Sean Coleman (Athenry) Barry Callanan (Turloughmore) (2-1)

Galway City/West: Brian Fox (Carnmore), Cillian Leonard (Moycullen), Matthew Kilgallon (Castlegar), Paul O Rourke (Liam Mellows), Eoin O Farrell (Salthill/Knocknacarra), Thomas Cogley (Carnmore) (0-1), Cathal Wall (Castlegar), Gearoid O Conghaile (An Spidéal), Michael Cullina (Carnmore) (0-1), Thomas Kimball (Castlegar) (0-5 frees), Oisin Connolly (Castlegar) (2-1, 1-0 Pen), Keith Gleeson (Salthill/Knocknacarra), Shane Clancy (Moycullen), Conor Elwood (Liam Mellows)(0-1 free), Conor Harte (Carnmore) Sean O Rourke (Oranmore), Michael Burke (Micheal Breathnachs), Oisin O Neachtain (An Spidéal), Joe O Conghaile (Micheal Breathnachs) (0-1), Sean Barrett (Moycullen), Stephen Coyne (Castlegar), Liam Donovan (Liam Mellows), Alan Duggan (Castlegar), Aodh O Buadhacain (Bearna Na Forbacha)

Ref: James Judge 

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