Mellows come from eight down to win

County champions Liam Mellows came from eight points down to beat near neighbours Castlegar by five in the Galway Senior Hurling Championship second round in Pearse Stadium on Sunday.

Murt Connolly's men got off to a great start and capitalised on the strong wind to go into a 1-5 to no-score lead with free taker Ger Farragher to the fore in the scoring stakes as usual.

However, Mellows rallied, and after Adrian Morrissey scored a penalty midway through the first half to steady the ship, they only trailed by four points, 2-2 to 1-09, at half-time.

With the elements at their backs in the second, it was the champions who pushed on.

Conor Kavanagh hit a goal early, and once they hit the front, they always looked the likely winners. In the end they won easily enough, 3-15 to 2-13, to make it two wins from two.

Sarfields also made it two wins from two outings, with a 0-15 to 1-7 win over Mullagh, in the senior A championship.

Cathal Murray's men, who won the championship in 2015, will go into the championship break on four points and confident of making the play-offs later in the year.

There were also wins for Cappataggle, Portumna and Craughwell, while Tommy Larkins and St Thomas drew.

Goals seal Turloughmore win

In Senior B, Turloughmore followed up their first win in round one over Ballinderreen with another victory, proving too strong for Beagh in Kenny Park on Saturday. They ran out 2-25 to 2-13 winners to top the table in group one, alongside Clarinbridge.

Joe Hession is the Turlough manager this season, having taken over from Mayo's Liam Horan. The former Mayo senior manager is over the Westport footballers this season.

Barry Cullinane and Peter Fahy are also part of the Turlough backroom team, and their charges led by 0-15 to 0-8 at the small whistle with Jamie Holland doing most of the scoring damage for them. Goals from Conor Shaughnessy and Barry McDonagh sealed the deal for the Turlough men.

All the senior clubs now go into a huge hiatus until August, perhaps for the next round of group games depending on how the Galway hurlers perform in the Leinster championship and beyond.

How fair, or reasonable, or strategic is it for the vast majority of senior club hurlers in the county to have no club championship hurling in May, June or July is a big question for another day, and a different forum.

Nevertheless it is a question that is worth reflecting on.


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