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Despite suffering a 0-16 to 2-9 Allianz Football League defeat to Donegal, Roscommon manager Kevin McStay was happy with aspects of his team’s display at Dr Hyde Park.
The Galway senior footballers will be targeting promotion from division two this season, and the first step starts this Sunday when they face Cork in Pearse Stadium (2pm) in their opening National Football League fixture.
New Galway United manager Shane Keegan has starting assembling his new squad with three players having re-signed with the club.
At Corinthian Park, the home side produced a dominant display to overcome Malone by 46-3 in the Ulster Bank League's division 2A.
The last time he was in action in Croke Park, Lee Keegan was sent off by referee David Coldrick just before the short-whistle. While Keegan was cleared to play in the replay of that semi-final against Kerry it is something that he does not look back on with anger, even if it did probably hamper his preparation for the replay the following week, as a number of days of will he or won't he be allowed to play had to be negotiated before he got the all clear. "Again no blame, that was something I had to take myself and again I'm not someone to point the finger, that was subsquently my own thing. It was mentally draining week, it was very tough leading into a big game. But I had a very strong group of players around me and the management had a good belief that I would be ready for the game on the Saturday, which was a great confidence booster."
The Mayo International Cup 2014 is an elite U16 soccer tournament which will take place from Friday, August 22 to Sunday, August 24. The competition will be hosted at Milebush Park and will see a top class field of six teams taking part over the weekend. The sides taking part in this year’s competition are Millwall FC, Chesterfield FC, Republic of Ireland u16 (Development Squad), Northern Ireland u16 (Development Squad), Glentoran FC and the host team the Castlebar FAI Regional Centre u16 squad. This year Milebush Park will host all of the matches and it is hoped it will help create a festival atmosphere in the Castlebar venue over the weekend.
We will start this week back at last weeks column. I cannot believe a story written in my column last week got so much national attention. It was liked by almost one thousand people on hoganstand.com, it has been discussed on Newstalk I am told, and has been retweeted by several players including Colm Parkinson, the former Laois star. Lots of footballers were tagged to the article on Facebook as it reminded so many of players who would not take no for an answer when told they were not part of a panel. I did not see that coming.
Irish Guide Dogs’ most famous patron Roy Keane is looking for volunteers in Galway city and county area to help out with Irish Guide Dogs national SHADES campaign taking place from Monday April 28 to Friday May 2. Volunteers are required for street collections throughout the week and for a Tesco collection day on Thursday May 1.
Galway basketball club JM&L Titans pulled off the shock of the weekend's action when ousting favourites Neptune by 86-82 in the new Men's Championship Trophy.