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Achieving a consistent level of performance is one of the tasks manager John McIntyre believes Galway must embrace, and next Sunday’s Allianz NHL contest with Cork promises to be revealing.
Badly in need of points if they are to have any hope of maintaining their division one status, Westmeath can expect nothing easy when they head west this Sunday to take on Mayo in round three of the Allianz National Football League.
Two minutes from time, and the evenly matched teams were deadlocked. The momentum was with Limerick, Galway appeared to be ailing, when suddenly the maroons showed the pluck and perseverance that John McItyre demanded. Joe Canning strolled out the field, nailed a free, manufactured another and closed the game with a second strike that rescued the situation.
McHale Park will get its first airing this season on Sunday when the All Ireland champions Tyrone come to town for the final round of the Allianz National Football League. Mayo will be looking to pick up where they left off against Galway in Tuam Stadium a fortnight ago, where a stunning second half performance saw John O’Mahony’s side overturn a six point half time deficit to squeeze past Galway by a single point and secure a one point win. The win leaves O’Mahony’s side in fourth place in the division one table on six points, equal on points with Mickey Harte’s side. A draw on Sunday would ensure both sides’ status in division one for next season, but a defeat coupled with a high scoring win by Dublin over an already relegated Westmeath and a win by Donegal over Derry could drag either side back into the bottom two of a very tight division one table.
Last weekend will live long in the memory of all Irish sports fans. First our grand-slam rugby heroes and then Bernard Dunne wrote their names into the history books. In doing so they gave the whole nation a timely lift. Unfortunately things didn’t run as smoothly for the football fraternity in both Westmeath and Roscommon, with both counties crashing out of their respective u21 championships, and both senior sides also being turned over.
Kildare earned the Allianz National Hurling League Division 3A title and promotion to Division 2 with a brilliant performance against their Leinster rivals Meath on Saturday last.
In a feast of hurling that saw National League holders Tipperary and
Suddenly the Leinster hurling championship is full of interesting possibilities again. On Saturday evening in O’Connor Park this semi-final between Galway and Kilkenny promises to be revealing.
After a prolonged spell of snow, frost and slush over the past few weeks, Kilkenny’s footballers will hope to begin their 2010 campaign a week later than planned with the visit of Offaly to Freshford on Sunday for their preliminary round clash in the O’Byrne Cup (2pm).