It’s a long time since Connacht have clinched glory in the demise of the interprovincial competition titled the Railway Cup and we will have to wait another year to ‘chance our luck’ once again. Our Connacht team managed by John O’Mahony went down to Munster on a scoreline of 1-13 to 1-10 in the Gaelic Grounds on Saturday.
With 5 players starting from Galway (Blake, Bradshaw, Coleman, Bergin & Conroy), Connacht went into the match with a low-key build up (and I do mean low key, not a word to be heard about it on the local & national news all week) which suggests the ever failing inter-pro’s finally on the way out. A game which was played in front of a crowd of under 350 people also suggest that this competition has seen better days and I pity the people of MD. Donnelly for putting it’s hard-earned cash into sponsoring a competition no one really cares about. A lack of effort and commitment to the cause also seems to be a part of the problem when John O’Mahony is quoted ”we had only one training session and that told.”, the writing is truly on the wall when we hear things like this. In terms of the Galway lads on display on Saturday,a midfield pairing of Joe Bergin and Niall Coleman, center back Diarmuid Blake had a solid game, Gareth Bradshaw played left half back only to be replaced by Declan Meehan midway through the second period and up front was Renmore native Paul Conory who didn’t really get going and was replaced by Seaneen Davey, the Sligo native. At the start of the second half Matthew Clancy came on in place of Mark Breheny and impressed with 3 points from play.
Meanwhile, up north in Crossmaglen, Galway manager Joe Kernan managed a Ulster victory by coming behind to beat Leinster by 1-14 to 1-10. So its a Munster – Ulster final in the decider in London. We await in anticipation..