Saturday 14 December 2019

Galway reign in the west with tight victory over Roscommon

Galway captain Adrian Varley, is congradulated at the end of the game. FBD Connacht League Final, Galway v Roscommon, Tuam Stadium, Tuam, Co. Galway. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Galway captain Adrian Varley, is congradulated at the end of the game. FBD Connacht League Final, Galway v Roscommon, Tuam Stadium, Tuam, Co. Galway. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

The footballers of Galway and Meath have picked up the first inter-county silverware of the season with victories in the Connacht FBD League and O'Byrne Cup finals respectively.

Galway equalled Mayo's record tally of seven Connacht League triumphs with a hard-fought one-point victory over Roscommon in Trim.

Damien Comer scored two goals for the hosts in the opening five minutes as they opened up a commanding 2-01 to 0-1 lead but the Rossies fought back courageously and drew level in the second half, only for a series of late wides to cost them a chance of snatching victory.

Meath won their first O'Byrne Cup in a decade when they beat Longford by six points in Navan.

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Graham Reilly was the star of the show for the Royals with six points from play.

After a fast start from the Royals, a Robbie Smith goal brought Longford back into the game before half time.

However, Cillian O'Sullivan's goal early in the second half put Meath firmly back in control of the contest and they comfortably kept the visitors at arm's length for the rest of the game to secure a deserved victory.

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In hurling, Dublin and Wexford will contest the final of the Walsh Cup after they secured comprehensive semi-final victories over Galway - without Joe Canning - and Offaly respectively in Sunday's semi-finals.

Connacht FBD league final

Galway 2-08 Roscommon 0-13

O'Byrne Cup final

Meath 1-17 Longford 1-11

Walsh Cup semi-finals

Dublin 1-28 Galway 1-19

Wexford 0-14 Offaly 0-06

All-Ireland club IFC semi-finals

Hollymount Carramore 0-15 Loughinisland 0-10

Ratoath 1-05 St Mary's 2-20

All-Ireland club JFC semi-finals

Ardnaree 0-11 Rockcorry 0-06

Curraha 0-05 Templenoe 1-09

All-Ireland club IHC semi-final

Abbeyknockmoy 1-13 Creggan 0-09

All-Ireland club JHC semi-finals

Sylane 0-04 Eoghan Rua 0-10

Glenmore 3-10 Dungourney 1-11

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