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It has been a mixed couple of weeks for Galway United, and the pleasure of Friday’s satisfying win over Drogheda United was briskly followed by the pain of a defeat to St Patrick’s Athletic on Monday. Tomorrow Galway head for the Carlisle Grounds to face an awkward clash with a Bray Wanderers outfit encouraged by a lively away victory over Dundalk.
Castlebar Celtic 0
Kilkenny main hurling nursery St Kieran’s College landed their 17th All-Ireland title last Saturday in Thurles.
Galway United 0
St Colman's (Claremorris) 0-13
Galway United emerged from Saturday night’s tie with Sligo Rovers in The Showgrounds with another valuable point in their bid to escape the drop thanks to Jay O’Shea’s 75th-minute penalty. While United’s unbeaten run has now stretched to six games, this was definitely a case of a point gained rather than two points dropped.
Erin's Own return to the senior ranks next year after defeating Danesfort by a goal in a hard-fought but most enjoyable intermediate final last Sunday. Conditions were far from ideal in Nowlan Park, strong winds prevailed throughout this encounter. but it didn't deter either side from producing some good honest action. The more rounded and experienced 'Comer side had stars all over the pitch, but none shone more brightly than my ex-intercounty colleague Davy Buggy. Davy has given many fine displays in the 'Comer jersey down through the years but this will definitely rank as one of the best and one of the most important. He will probably be first to acknowledge that he is not blessed with blinding speed, but like any good hurler, he always seems to be in the right place at the right time. The popular Buggy is widely acknowledged in hurling terms as having one of the best pairs of hands in Kilkenny. His touch, allied with a clever hurling brain, saw him rattle off 1-4 last Sunday a scoring return that did much to send 'Comer back to the senior ranks.
A dramatic year for Galway United, loaded with crucial contests and strange stories, concludes at the Belfield Bowl tomorrow (7.45pm).
Mervue United 2
NUI Galway advanced in the FAI Junior Cup with a hard earned win over Mervue United in Dangan yesterday morning. The conditions often windswept and bleak, intersperses of calm allowed for passages of flowing football in a contest that hung in the balance throughout.