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Galway put paid to Corey's hopes of triumphing in championship

By John Campbell

Cathal Corey's hopes of leading Sligo into the Connacht senior football championship were cruelly dashed by a clinical Galway side in yesterday's one-sided semi-final.

Tyrone native Corey has breathed new life into Sligo since taking over the reins and following their solid if unspectacular progress through the league the Kildress man had anticipated that his side might reach a new gear in the championship.

But it wasn't to be. Galway were on song in terms of finishing and by half-time they had built up a 1-15 to 0-6 lead, their goal coming from Sean Kelly.

If Sligo thought that they endured a difficult first half, that was nothing to the agony they endured after the break when Galway scored virtually at will.

A goal from Ian Burke that was followed by a brace from Damien Comer completely snuffed out Sligo's challenge as Kevin Walsh's side went on to win by a runaway 4-24 to 1-12.

And Kerry flashed out a sharp message that they mean business in the Connacht championship by the way in which they dismantled Clare by 0-32 to 0-10 in a one-sided semi-final.

Kerry were always in control and gave an indication that they could prove a stronger force in the All-Ireland championship than many people believe.

By half-time they had built up a 0-16 to 0-4 lead, their mix of youth and experience leaving Clare seriously discomfited.

Sean O'Shea (07), Paul Geaney (0-7) and James O'Donoghue (0-4) were Kerry's top scorers with Barry John Keane and David Clifford among other players to hit the target.

Meanwhile, the Ulster U20 semi-final between Armagh and Tyrone which will be played at the Athletic Grounds, Armagh on Friday night is arousing considerable interest.

With the senior strings from both counties out of the province's flagship competition, there is now a hunger in each of them to see U20 success.

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