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Galway and Tyrone retain provincial titles


Tyrone manager Paul Devlin. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Tyrone manager Paul Devlin. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile


Tyrone manager Paul Devlin. Photo: Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Galway tamed the shocking conditions at Tuam Stadium as first-half goals from Cian Monahan and Tomo Culhane helped them to an easy victory over Roscommon and to back-to-back U-20 Connacht titles.

This was a most convincing performance from Galway, who led by five points at half-time despite playing into the wind.

Ryan Monahan and Jonathan McGrath added further goals after the break in a comprehensive 4-13 to 0-5 win. Roscommon started well when Ciarán Lawless pointed in the first minute, but Culhane and Cian Monahan goals in the space of three minutes stalled their progress.

Roscommon scored only one point after the break, while Galway made sure of the win with goals in the 33rd and 37th minutes, which means they face Kerry in the All-Ireland semi final on St Patrick's Day in Croke Park.

Tyrone retained their Ulster U20 title with a strong second half performance at Clones to set up an All-Ireland semi-final clash with Dublin.

Donegal trailed by just a point at half-time after playing into the strong wind, corner back Paul O'Hare narrowing the gap to 0-4 to 0-3.

But a flurry of scores from Ethan Jordan and Tiarnan Quinn, along with Darragh Canavan's 49th minute goal, saw the Red Hands win with plenty to spare, 1-11 to 0-9.

Meanwhile, Donie Buckley has left the Kerry senior football team's backroom staff.

Renowned as one of the best defensive-minded coaches in the country, having served Mayo with distinction in their best days of recent times, Buckley joined with Peter Keane when he took on the top job in the Kingdom at the end of 2018.

Losing a top coach is an issue for Kerry, and a blow for Keane, as they seek to close the gap on Dublin later this summer.

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