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Corrib put some daylight between chasing pack in Galway Premier

Although they have played two games more than second placed Athenry, Galway's Premier Division leaders Corrib Rangers moved twelve points clear of the chasing pack when they registered a very comfortable 5-1 win over Salthill Devon at Drom yesterday.

Just a Martin Connell header separated the sides at the interval, but four without reply soon had the visitors well in command. Barry Moran (2), David Smith and Ronan Quinlan all register second half efforts as the City side strengthened their claim to a first ever league title.

In the only other top flight clash, Mervue United were 4-1 away winners over a struggling Bohemians side at Millar's Lane. Colie Kelly, Stephen Cunningham, Tommy Walsh and Derek McWalter all hit the target for the visitors, while just a late Alan Byrnes strike was a form of consolation for the home side.

St Bernard's maintained their grip at the top of the First Division as a late Daryl Finn goal gave them a 2-1 away win over Moyne Villa in Headford after Jason Finn had given the Abbeyknockmoy side an interval advantage. Now out in Carraroe, neither MacDara nor Kiltullagh could break their duck in a scoreless draw.

Oughterard had to work hard to leave the Jesuits with all the points as they had to play for the last forty minutes with just ten men, but still emerged victorious by 2-1.

Danial Tuck fired them ahead with a free kick, but in laterally the last action of the half Danial Carter levelled matters for the home side.

On the resumption a James McConnell header gave them the winner following a Tuck corner.

Craughwell maintained their promotion push in Division Three as goals by Cathal Greaney, Damien Rooney and Mike Rabbitte gave them a 3-1 away win over Mannions.

In the Connacht Junior Cup, Barry Steed and Niall O'Grady were on the mark for Tuam Celtic as they defeated Corrib Celtic by 2-0.

It was inconclusive out in Colmanstown as the hosts and Westport played out a scoreless draw, but the match card never indicated that extra time must be played and the sides will have to do it all over again. Colmanstown certainly looked the better side on the day, but it was a contest in which few opportunities were created as the respective goalkeepers had relatively comfortable afternoons.


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