Last Sunday at Tuam Stadium city side St Michael’s were too strong for pre-match favourites Kilconly and progressed to the county intermediate final on a score-line of 1-11 to 1-07.
County senior panellist Eddie Hoare was in splendid form at midfield and his powerhouse display, which included six points, was crucial in getting his side to the last two and just one step from getting back to the senior ranks.
Impressive wing forward Frank Daly also caught the eye and he notched 1-1, while former St Mary’s star Greg Rogan was in good form from placed balls and he hit 0-3.
Kilconly will be bitterly disappointed with their poor performance, but they can have no complaints as they were well beaten on the day.
Oughterard, on the other hand, will feel they were harshly dealt with as regards a crucial goal scored by Michael Molloy for Glenamaddy. It came at a critical stage in the second half and the umpires said Molloy’s shot had hit the inside post and rebounded out much to the disgust of the Oughterard supporters in the stand who felt it did not cross the goal-line.
Oughterard had good performers in Martin Coady, Fergus Gillespie, and Matthew Clancy when he was introduced late in the game. However they found it difficult to contain Shay Walsh who was hugely impressive at full-forward for the Glenamaddy men. Glen won on a score-line of 2-11 to 0-14 and they progress now to meet St Michael’s in the intermediate final that is fixed for Sunday week – October 12.
Tuam Stars also had a very fine win in the county u-21 football final when they defeated St James’ on a score-line of 1-17 to 1-10 in a highly entertaining game.
Three years ago this group of Tuam lads were beaten by Oranmore in the county minor final but last Sunday they had top displays from goalkeeper Cathal Hynes, St Jarlath’s student Conor Doherty (0-4 ), John Ross Bodkin (0-4, 2fs ), Christy Corcoran, Ian McGough, Shane Curtin (0-3 ), Rory Gaffney (0-2 ), Mark Shallow (1-1 ), and Conal Ryan. Team manager Mickey Byrne will have been pleased with his side’s display and will feel he has something to work with for next season at senior level.
St James’ were massively over dependent on county senior star Paul Conroy who notched 1-7 of his sides total, but very few of his colleagues would have caught the eye of county senior manager Liam Sammon who was in attendance in a scouting brief for the 2009 season.