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Kernan’s positive outlook for Galway

Cork 1-19 Galway 1-17

Galway manager Joe Kernan was prepared to dwell on the positives rather than the negatives after his side’s stirring second-half recovery just fell short against high-flying Cork in a titanic National Football League Division One tussle at Pairc Ui Ring.

In arrears at one stage by nine points and seemingly on the ropes, Galway, inspired by the finishing skills of Nickey Joyce and Michael Meehan, produced a storming late burst that took them to within two points of their opponents at the end.

Kernan said: “The boys showed great character in coming back after having been adrift by so much. We have big matches against teams like Dublin, Kerry and Tyrone coming up so we will need to have all our resources at our disposal.”

Pearse O’Neill made his presence felt by blasting in a goal.

And when they opened up a nine-point gap, the Leesiders looked to be in complete control, but Kernan, despite losing Sean Armstrong to injury, quickly amended his side and when Gary Sice, who played for Corofin against St Gall’s last weekend, bagged an opportunist goal this proved the catalyst for a scoring blitz. Joyce and Meehan grabbed 13 points between them.

Meanwhile, Armagh found Mayo too strong in a pulsating National Hurling League Division Three encounter at Crossmaglen where the visitors won by 0-19 to 0-17.

There was a further setback for South Down in Division Four of the hurling league when they lost to Longford by 2-14 to 1-14 having fallen to Monaghan last Sunday.

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