Monday 23 September 2019

Ó Fátharta thrilled with Galway's display

Galway 2-17 Kildare 0-15

Cian Hernon of Galway in action against Mark Maguire, left, and Ryan Comeou of Kildare. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Cian Hernon of Galway in action against Mark Maguire, left, and Ryan Comeou of Kildare. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Galway manager Dónal Ó Fátharta was delighted with the way his players put the game to bed early in the second half against a strong Kildare outfit on Saturday.

The Tribesmen haven't won an All-Ireland MFC since 2007 but they are now just 60 minutes away from back-to-back final appearances in the U-17 grade.

Warren Seoige of Galway in action against PJ Cullen of Kildare. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Warren Seoige of Galway in action against PJ Cullen of Kildare. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

Last year's beaten All-Ireland finalists lost their Connacht final to Mayo after extra-time but bounced back here and James McLaughlin's early goal set them on their way to victory at Pearse Park in Longford.

"Delighted to get over the line. I thought it was a complete performance," said Ó Fátharta.

"Structurally we were very good. We took our chances. They worked hard."

After a heart-breaking 1-18 to 1-17 provincial final defeat, Galway had to make a big step-up in class against a Kildare side who beat Dublin in the Leinster final.

Mark Colleran of Galway celebrates following his side's victory during the Electric Ireland GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Quarter-Final. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Mark Colleran of Galway celebrates following his side's victory during the Electric Ireland GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship Quarter-Final. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile

But Ó Fátharta's team looked inspired right from the throw-in and ten seconds after he caught the ball McLaughlin drove through the defence and finished his shot past Cian Burke in the Kildare goal.

Kildare were always chasing the game from here on and although they only trailed by 1-7 to 0-8 at half-time they were finished off by Nathan Grainger's second Galway goal on the resumption.

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Grainger scored to give Galway an unassailable 2-13 to 0-14 lead in the 51st minute and points from Tomo Culhane (two), Daniel Cox and substitute Niall Cunningham gifted Galway a spot in the final four.

SCORERS - Galway: T Culhane 0-6 (5f); N Grainger 1-2; J McLaughlin 1-1; D Cox 0-3; W Seoige, E Nolan 0-2 each, D Cunningham 0-1. Kildare: E Bagnell (4f), A Browne 0-5 each; A Conneely 0-2; C O'Brien, A Boyle, PJ Cullen 0-1 each.

GALWAY - D Halleran; J McGrath, R King, L Tevnan; C Hernon, E Fiorentini, K O'Neill; J McLaughlin, D O'Flaherty; E Nolan, W Seoige, D Brady; N Grainger, T Culhane, D Cox. Subs: C Gallagher for Brady (40), M Colleran for O'Flaherty (51), N Cunningham for Grainger (54), J Webb for O'Neill (61), A Naughton for Nolan (61).

KILDARE - C Burke; M Maguire, C Boran, T Gill; PJ Cullen, O O'Rourke, J Quinn; S Flynn, K Eustace; E Bagnell, C O'Brien, A Browne; E Meehan, A Boyle, A Conneely. Subs: D Woulfe for O'Brien (31, inj), M Delahunty for Meehan (36), R Comeou for O'Rourke (40), O Milmoe for Boyle (53), M Whelan for Quinn (54), J Kavanagh for Maguire (59).

Ref - S Lonergan (Tipperary)

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