Galway LGFA

  • The opening round of the Lidl Ladies National Football League takes place this weekend with a mouth watering local derby to get proceedings underway in Elverys MacHale Park on Saturday night.

    Galway & Mayo who both have new management teams for 2021 will go to battle at 7:30 will full live commentary of the game on Midwest Radio with Rian Bailey and Sinead Costello on duty.

    Speaking ahead of the game Galway's Nicola Ward says while it will be tough playing at least three weekends in a row they are just delighted to be back out playing for the county.

    Meanwhile, Mayo Ladies manager Michael Moyles says they are very eager to get going this weekend.

  • The Mayo Ladies are one step away from returning to their first All-Ireland senior football final since 2017.

    Standing in their way are the Connacht Champions Galway.

    Croke Parke is the stage on Sunday and it will be live on Midwest Radio Sport from 2 o’clock with John Lynch and Diane O’Hora bringing you all the action.

    Our coverage of the TG4 Ladies championship is brought to you by Corrigan’s Ballintubber stores, fuel depot and convenience shopping.

  • All-Ireland Ladies Minor U16 Finals

    A Final:

    Galway 7-16 Meath 3-10

     

    C Final:

    Louth 6-18 Sligo 3-12

  • 2019 runners-up Galway have been forced into one change for Sunday’s TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship semi-final against Cork.

     

    Fabienne Cooney’s red card from the nerve-jangling qualifier group victory over Monaghan, which secured Galway’s passage to the last four, rules her out of the repeat of last year’s Lidl National League Division 1 Final meeting between the counties.  

     

    Sarah Gormally – who hasn’t featured in the Championship for Galway to date – has earned a start at right corner back as the Tribeswomen aim to make it through to a second successive decider.  

     

    There’s also one change on the Cork team for the trip to the capital – as Shauna Kelly comes into the starting line-up, with dual player Meabh Cahalane dropping out.  

     

    Kelly was introduced as a half-time substitute in the victory over Cavan last time out, and she earns a start for the clash which will determine Dublin’s Final opponents at Croke Park on December 20.  

     

    Sunday’s tie pits the 2018 (Cork) and 2019 beaten finalists against each other – and it’s the first time that Cork and Galway have met in the Championship since 2017, when the Leesiders earned a 6-19 to 1-10 quarter-fianl victory in Mullingar.  

     

    Sunday's game at Parnell Park gets underway at 1:30pm.

     

    Cork (v Galway): M O’Brien; E Meaney, R Phelan, S Kelly; M Duggan, A Hutchings, E O’Shea; M O’Callaghan, H Looney; E Kiely, C O’Sullivan, O Finn; Á O’Sullivan, D O’Sullivan (capt.), S Noonan.  

     

    Galway (v Cork): L Murphy; S Gormally, S Lynch, S Burke; L Coen, C Cooney, N Ward; A Davoren, L Ward (capt.); O Divilly, M Glynn, L Noone; M Seoighe, T Leonard, L Hannon.  

     

  • By DECLAN ROONEY

     

    There has been plenty of change in the West this season, but new Galway manager Gerry Fahy knows he is taking charge of team within striking distance of TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship glory.

    Rivals Mayo appointed former county player Michael Moyles as their manager last week; Sligo have another ex-county player and underage manager in charge in Anthony Brennan; and one of the most decorated Ladies footballers from the province, Diane O’Hora, has taken charge of Roscommon.

    Galway were on the look-out for a new manager after Tim Rabbitt stepped aside following two years in charge of the team, but with one of his 2020 selectors stepping up, the pattern of appointing from within has continued in Galway.

    Fahy is a well decorated manager in his own right. He managed the Offaly men in 2004 and has tasted All-Ireland success with Galway minor and Sigerson Cup teams in the past, but his first official involvement in the ladies game came last year alongside Rabbitt.

    Galway’s 2020 season ended at Croke Park at the All-Ireland semi-final stage against Cork – a fixture that was moved from Parnell Park early in the day.

    Fahy was one of the Galway coaches involved, and he says: “Ah it was tough. It was tough on everybody. You just hope that in these circumstances that everybody takes a bit of a breather and learns from it and that something like that won’t ever happen again,” said Fahy.

    “There is nothing we can do about it at this stage. Timmy made his feeling known on it at the time and as with all these things, you’d hope lessons are learned from everybody’s point of view and that it won’t happen again.

    “I’d love if everybody – not alone in Galway but throughout the county – would stop the platitudes and soft talk and get behind the female athletes in our country and support them.”

    The Fahy name is synonymous with Galway GAA, and Gerry’s brother, PJ, led the way for the family by managing Galway to their only Ladies football Senior All-Ireland title back in 2004. Watching the enjoyment PJ took form the game encouraged Gerry to get involved last year, but also gave him a real appreciation and love of ladies football.

    “My official start was last year, but I took a huge interest since 2004 when my brother managed that Galway team that won the All-Ireland. Naturally I was following them that time. It was the first time that I really took an active interest.

    “I have to say – I know can be accused of being biased now – it’s a game that I absolutely think is so exciting. The effort, enthusiasm and honesty of the players really pleases me and excites me. For entertainment value, for people to go and watch, you cannot get better.

    “The fact that I was involved at the latter stage of last year was important. I came in after the lockdown, so at least I got to know the players and how the system works and the various people involved. That should be a big plus to me.

    “I was delighted to work with Timmy. I managed him here when I came to Oranmore, and I played with him too. He was our captain when Oranmore/Maree got to the Senior County Final [1996]. He is a young man I have great time for.

    “I had him in with me in the Galway U-21 football (management team) in 2017 too. He is a really good coach and I want to acknowledge the great work that he has done over the last number of years.”

    Another link to that 2004 team is Fahy’s appointment of All-Ireland winning captain Annette Clarke to his backroom. As well as Clarke, Fahy has assembled a team that includes former underage manager Kieran Collins, inter-county goalkeeper Maghnus Breathnach, Declan Burke, David Mannion, John Reddington and Brian Rogers.

    Clarke is still an active club player with Kilkerrin-Clonberne, while Fahy will look to Collins’ recent history with the underage talent pool as a bountiful resource.

    “Annette is still playing a huge role with her club. They qualified for the Connacht final last year but I’m not sure what is happening in relation to that. She is an inspirational figure here and is very highly thought of. Certainly, I think it is a big plus for me and the rest of the management team and players that she is involved.

    “Kieran and Annette both have been very much involved in the game. I think we are going to draw on that knowledge from them and their experience and their communications skills, and their ability to deal with those young players.”

    With a new start comes a clean slate and Fahy says he is determined to open the inter-county door to anyone who has the talent and the interest. This week he issued an open call to all clubs in the county to suggest players they believe are of the standard, and as soon as permission is granted, he plans to thoroughly assess those players on the pitch. But he won’t be throwing out the baby with the bathwater either.

    “At this stage, because of the situation we find ourselves in with Covid, you cannot presume that people who played last year will be able to commit again. It is a huge commitment for them.

    “We will probably start afresh and give everybody an opportunity to present themselves when we are allowed to do so. That will probably mean that some of the 2020 panel may decide not to go on, and that is very understandable for various reasons.

    “But equally there has been a lot of good, young talent coming through in Galway in the last few years and we would be hopeful that they would present themselves and try and avail of an opportunity to get into the squad. We’re looking forward to getting started.”

     

  • Galway's Sinead Burke has announced her retirement from inter-county football. 

    One of the longest serving players in the game, Burke made her senior debut for the Tribeswomen back in 2007, and went on to win nine Connacht SFC titles, two as captain.

    The Oughterard native received All-Star recognition when selected at left corner back on the 2018 team.

    There was a second All Star award in 2019 when she helped Galway reach the All-Ireland SFC decider for the first time in 14 years.

    Burke made her final appearance in the maroon and white colours in the All-Ireland SFC semi-final last December in Croke Park where Galway lost to Cork in controversial circumstances.

    At club level, the 31-year-old currently lines out for Armagh Harps with whom she won an Armagh SFC title last year.

  • Former Galway ladies footballer, Niamh Fahey, has been named as Liverpool vice-captain.

     

    The Ireland international is the sister of 2001 All-Ireland winning Galway captain, Gary Fahey.

     

    Fahey, who signed for the Reds last year, previously enjoyed stints with Arsenal and Chelsea.

     

    She made 17 starts for Liverpool in her first season and capped off the campaign by picking up the club's Professional Footballers Association's Community Champion Award.

     

    She played as both a defensive midfielder and centre-back during her first season with the Reds.

  • Gerry Fahy has been appointed as the new Galway Ladies football manager.

    The Glinsk native who was ratified last night succeeds Tim Rabbitt in the role.

    Fahy was part of the Galway backroom team last year and previously managed the Galway U21 men's side which reached the All-Ireland Final in 2017.

  • Galway 2-10
    Mayo 2-9


    Róisín Leonard came up with the winning free for Galway as they booked their place in the TG4 All-Ireland Championship senior final for the first time since 2005 with victory over Mayo at Croke Park.


    This was the Connacht rivals’ fourth meeting of the year and Galway’s third success but it went down to the wire in a thriller.


    Galway held a 2-5 to 1-6 lead at half-time, with Mairéad Seoighe scoring both of their goals either side of Rachel Kearns’ strike for Mayo.


    Niamh Kelly scored Mayo’s second goal shortly after the resumption and they took the lead going into the closing stages.


    Leanne Coen found an equaliser for Galway and then Leonard scored an outstanding free from the deck in the closing stages for what turned out to be the winner.

  • Mayo and Galway will clash in the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Senior Football Championship quarter final on Bank Holiday Monday.

    The Connacht rivals will meet in Elverys MacHale Park in Castlebar at 1:45pm on Monday in what promises to be a rip roaring affair.

    We’ll have live commentary of the big game with John Lynch and Sinead Stagg and our coverage is brought to you by O'Haras of Foxford. celebrating 70 years of baking. O’Haras of Foxford…Care in the Making…Care in the Baking….Since 1951

  • TG4 Ladies All-Ireland Senior Championship

     

    Group 3 - Round 1

    Galway 1-14 Kerry 1-10

     

    Group 4 - Round 1

    Mayo 3-14 Tyrone 3-11

  • The race for 2021 TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship glory will be whittled down to four teams over the Bank Holiday weekend.  

    There are two quarter-finals down for decision on Sunday – with two more on the agenda on the following day.  

    Mayo have home advantage at Hastings Insurance Brokers MacHale Park in Castlebar (1.45pm) for the latest instalment in a long-running rivalry with Galway.  

    The game will be live on Midwest Radio in association with O'Hara's of Foxford with John Lynch & Sinead Stagg on commentary.

    It’s been a while since Mayo and Galway met in a Championship fixture at Senior level.  

    You have to go back to 2019 for their last meeting – and that was a gripping All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park.
    Róisín Leonard kicked a stunning free from the ground to win it for Galway, before the Tribeswomen lost out to Dublin in the Final.
    They have previous from 2021, however, and it was Mayo who came with a late surge when the sides met in the League.
    The green and red pulled it out of the fire with an unanswered 1-4 burst down the home straight.
    That fixture was played at Hastings Insurance Brokers MacHale Park and they’ll meet again at the Castlebar venue, with a place in the All-Ireland semi-finals against Donegal or Dublin on offer for the winners.
    Having lost out to Armagh in the final round of group fixtures, Mayo boss Michael Moyles has made two changes in personnel for this one – as Marie Corbett and Niamh Kelly come in for starts in place of captain Clodagh McManamon and Fiona Doherty.
    Galway, who scored three goals in two minutes against Donegal last time out, have made just one change – with Laura Ahearne coming in for Sophie Healy, who’s ruled out through injury.  

     

    Mayo (v Galway): Aisling Tarpey; Saoirse Lally, Orla Conlon, Marie Corbett; Tamara O’Connor, Ciara Whyte, Kathryn Sullivan (capt.); Niamh Kelly, Sinead Cafferky; Fiona McHale, Rachel Kearns, Sarah Rowe; Grace Kelly, Shauna Howley, Tara Needham.  

     

    Galway (v Mayo): D Gower; L Ahearne, S Lynch, S Molloy; C Cooney, K Geraghty, H Noone; S Divilly, A Davoren; O Divilly, M Glynn, L Coen; N Ward, L Ward (capt.), K Slevin.  

     

  • Goals in each half from Maria Reilly and Sarah Rowe, combined with a driving performance from the back by Danielle Caldwell helped Mayo book their place in the TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship semi-final with victory over Armagh.

     

    Reilly’s goal was the difference at half-time while Mayo took a 1-7 to 0-7 lead into the break at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park. Armagh hit back and Kelly Mallon’s goal helped them into the lead, but Rowe added a second Mayo goal and Mayo took the win.

     

    Both teams were knocked out of the championship at the quarter-final stage last year, but Mayo made the better start here with Rowe’s free in the second minute, while Grace Kelly quickly doubled their lead.

     

    Armagh didn’t find their range until midfielder Caroline O’Hanlon, who started at full-forward, scored in the fourth minute. But Peter Leahy’s charges scored the next four points in-a-row with Sinéad Cafferky, Niamh Kelly, Rachel Kearns and Clodagh McManamon combining to earn a 0-6 to 0-1 advantage.

    After nine minutes Mayo had six different scores and they looked to build on that before half-time. The Connacht outfit were in charge but Armagh fought back courtesy of points from Aoife McCoy and O’Hanlon again.

     

    Mayo should have been further in front but Grace Kelly found the on-rushing Reilly and she blasted past Anna Carr in the 15th minute.

    Mayo were 1-6 to 0-3 ahead but Armagh didn’t let them pull clear with O’Hanlon and Tiarna Grimes reducing the arrears. Niamh Kelly hit the Armagh crossbar while Aishling Tarpey saved well from Grimes and Ciara Whyte drew a fantastic save from Carr down the other end.

     

    There were nine scoreless minutes until Rowe became the first Mayo player to score twice when she tapped over a free in the 26th minute.

    Armagh were back to 1-7 to 0-6 behind with Kelly Mallon’s first point from a free and Catherine Marley brought it back to a goal before half-time.

    O’Hanlon missed a free on the resumption but did score two frees in the 36th minute. Grace Kelly and Rowe had extended Mayo’s lead.

    Catherine Marley scored her second and then Mallon came up with a stunning goal. She caught the ball tight on the angle but her looping shot nestled in the Mayo net.

     

    Armagh claimed the lead for the first time in the 41st minute but they needed some big scores to pull clear. Instead Fiona Doherty drew Mayo level again before Rowe scored the key goal.

     

    Niamh Kelly had been yellow carded and Mayo were on the rocks but with 13 minutes gone in the second half Rowe burst through the cover and finished into the bottom right corner.

    Full-back Caldwell got forward to add her scoring touch but that was cancelled out by O’Hanlon to leave a goal between the teams again.

    O’Hanlon cut the deficit to just two but a Natasha Gaughan free eased Mayo’s worries.

     

    Mayo will now face Galway in the semi-finals as the Tribeswomen saw off Waterford yesterday on a 1-12 to 2-04 scoreline.

  • Peter Leahy has named an unchanged starting 15 for Sunday’s All-Ireland semi-final with Galway.

     

    Niamh Kelly captains the side and it will be live on Midwest Radio Sport from 2pm with thanks to Corrigan Stores Ballintubber.

     

    1

    Aishling Tarpey

    Foxrock/Cabinteely

    2

    Nicola O'Malley

    Westport

    3

    Danielle Caldwell

    Castlebar Mitchels

    4

    Éilís Ronayne

    Davitts

    5

    Kathryn Sullivan

    Castlebar Mitchels

    6

    Ciara McManamon

    Burrishoole

    7

    Ciara Whyte

    Kilmoremoy

    8

    Clodagh McManamon

    Burrishoole

    9

    Emma Needham

    Louisburgh

    10

    Sinéad Cafferky

    Kilmovee Shamrocks

    11

    Maria Reilly

    Kiltane

    12

    Niamh Kelly Capt

    Moy Davitts

    13

    Sarah Rowe

    Kilmoremoy

    14

    Rachel Kearns

    Cl MacHale Rovers

    15

    Grace Kelly

    Moy Davitts

    16

    Laura Brennan

    Hollymount

    17

    Noirin Moran

    Westport

    18

    Fiona Doherty

    Moy Davitts

    19

    Tamara O'Connor

    Cill Chomáin

    20

    Lisa Cafferky

    Kilmovee Shamrocks

    21

    Allanah Duffy

    Hollymount

    22

    Dayna Finn

    Kiltimagh

    23

    Nicola Meehan

    Charlestown

    24

    Natasha Gaughan

    Moy Davitts

    25

    Natalie Prendergast

    Louisburgh

    26

    Amy Halligan

    The Neale

    27

    Ella Brennan

    Charlestown

    28

    Nina McVann

    Knockmore

    29

    Aileen Gilroy

    Adamstown

    30

    Saoirse Lally

    Westport

     

     

  • Armagh forward Aimee Mackin has been crowned TG4 Senior Players’ Player of the Year for 2020.  

     

    Mackin (23) was voted best in class by her peers, with the Shane O’Neills player fending off stiff competition from Dublin duo Carla Rowe and Sinead Goldrick to claim the coveted individual award.  

     

    Mackin recovered from cruciate knee ligament damage sustained against Cork in 2019 to make a sensational impact during the 2020 Championship.   

     

    She scored 1-6 in the TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship opener against Tyrone, before a 2-7 haul helped Armagh past Mayo and into a first semi-final appearance since 2015.  

     

    Armagh fell at the penultimate hurdle against eventual champions Dublin, but Mackin lit up Kingspan Breffni with an excellent display, registering 2-4 in defeat to bring her Championship haul to 5-17 from three outings.  

     

    Mackin’s Senior Players’ Player of the Year accolade was confirmed on ‘Peil na mBan – Foirne na Bliana,’ in association with AIG Insurance, which aired on TG4 on Saturday evening.  

     

    And it was a show to remember for Mackin, who was also named on the Senior Team of the Championship, while her sensational second half semi-final goal against Dublin earned the lethal attacker the AIG Cúl na Bliana award.  

     

    An expert TG4 panel selected Mackin’s superb effort as their number one from the 2020 season – ahead of Meath ace Vikki Wall’s terrific solo goal in the TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Final victory over Westmeath, and Áine O’Sullivan’s early strike for Cork in their Senior Final reverse at the hands of Dublin.  

     

    Wall, meanwhile, was named as the TG4 Intermediate Players’ Player of the Year following a brilliant season for the Royals.  

     

    The Dunboyne player (22) was the Player of the Match from the Intermediate decider, as Meath, beaten finalists in 2019 and 2018, defeated Leinster rivals Westmeath to secure Senior Championship Football in 2021.  

     

    Wall's Dunboyne clubmate Emma Duggan was also nominated for the Intermediate award, along with Westmeath captain Fiona Claffey.  

     

    The Junior accolade went to Fermanagh’s 20-year-old forward Eimear Smyth for the second successive year.  

     

    Smyth, from the Derrygonnelly Harps club, enjoyed another sparkling season with the Erne County, who atoned for their 2019 Final loss at the hands of Louth by going one better against Wicklow and securing Intermediate Championship football for the coming season.  

     

    Smyth's Fermanagh team-mate Joanne Doonan and Wicklow's Meadhbh Deeney were also nominated for the Junior award.  

     

    Smyth is one of five Fermanagh players named on the Junior Team of the Championship, as selected by the LGFA’s All Star committee.  

     

    Wicklow may have suffered Final defeat but there is some consolation for the Garden County with the presence of seven players on the Junior selection.  

     

    Limerick provide two players to the Junior 15, with Antrim’s Saoirse Tennyson also included.  

     

    On the Intermediate team, Player of the Year Wall makes the grade as one of seven Meath representatives.  

     

    Runners-up Westmeath have four players selected, Clare have two players on the team, with one each for Kildare and Roscommon.  

     

    On the Senior selection, Dublin lead the way with six players included, with beaten finalists Cork providing four players on the chosen 15.  

     

    Armagh’s stunning Championship impact is rewarded with three players named on the selection – including Player of the Year Aimee Mackin and her sister, Blaithin. 

     

    Galway’s 2020 captain Louise Ward and Tipperary’s Aishling Moloney are also listed on the Senior Team of the Championship.  

     

    Junior Team of the Championship 

     

    1. Shauna Murphy – Fermanagh 
    2. Emily Mulhall – Wicklow 
    3. Sarah Jane Winders – Wicklow 
    4. Rebekah Daly – Limerick  
    5. Alanna Conroy – Wicklow 
    6. Saoirse Tennyson – Antrim 
    7. Sarah McCarville – Fermanagh 
    8. Aoife Gorman – Wicklow 
    9. Róisín O’Reilly – Fermanagh 
    10. Áine Cunningham – Limerick 
    11. Laura Hogan – Wicklow 
    12. Aisling Maguire – Fermanagh 
    13. Eimear Smyth – Fermanagh 
    14. Meadhbh Deeney – Wicklow  
    15. Marie Kealy – Wicklow 

     

    County by county breakdown: Wicklow 7, Fermanagh 5, Limerick 2, Antrim 1.  

     

    Intermediate Team of the Championship  

     

    1. Monica McGuirk – Meath  
    2. Rachel Dillon – Westmeath 
    3. Lucy Power – Westmeath 
    4. Emma Troy – Meath  
    5. Róisín Considine – Clare 
    6. Fiona Claffey – Westmeath 
    7. Megan Thynne – Meath  
    8. Jennifer Higgins – Roscommon 
    9. Máire O’Shaughnessy – Meath  
    10. Emma Duggan – Meath  
    11. Vikki Wall – Meath  
    12. Anna Jones – Westmeath  
    13. Stacey Grimes – Meath  
    14. Niamh O’Dea – Clare  
    15. Róisín Byrne – Kildare 

     

    County by county breakdown: Meath 7, Westmeath 4, Clare 2, Kildare 1, Roscommon 1.    

     

    Senior Team of the Championship  

     

    1. Martina O’Brien – Cork 
    2. Martha Byrne – Dublin  
    3. Clodagh McCambridge – Armagh  
    4. Eimear Meaney – Cork  
    5. Melissa Duggan – Cork  
    6. Blaithin Mackin – Armagh  
    7. Sinead Goldrick – Dublin  
    8. Jennifer Dunne – Dublin  
    9. Louise Ward – Galway  
    10. Carla Rowe – Dublin  
    11. Lyndsey Davey – Dublin  
    12. Aimee Mackin – Armagh  
    13. Áine O’Sullivan – Cork  
    14. Aishling Moloney – Tipperary  
    15. Noelle Healy – Dublin  

     

    County by county breakdown: Dublin 6, Cork 4, Armagh 3, Galway 1, Tipperary 1.   

     

    Individual awards:  

     

    TG4 Senior Players’ Player of the Year – Aimee Mackin – Armagh  

     

    TG4 Intermediate Players’ Player of the Year – Vikki Wall – Meath  

     

    TG4 Junior Players’ Player of the Year – Eimear Smyth – Fermanagh  

     

    AIG Cúl na Bliana (1/2/3):  

     

    1. Aimee Mackin – Armagh v Dublin (TG4 All-Ireland Senior semi-final) 
    2. Vikki Wall – Meath v Westmeath (TG4 All-Ireland Intermediate Final) 
    3. Áine O’Sullivan – Cork v Dublin (TG4 All-Ireland Senior Final) 
  • Tim Rabbitt has stepped down from his role as the Galway Ladies Football manager.

    Rabbitt spent two years at the helm, having first joined the Galway set-up in a coaching capacity for the 2018 season.

    In 2019 he steered the Tribeswomen to their first All-Ireland final appearance in 14 years.

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