Galway Daily news

Only a few days since the Round One matches, the second round of games in the senior and intermediate championship, plus last week’s three postponed intermediate games, take place over the next two weekends.

The first match will take place on Sunday (15th April) with 21 contests in total over the following seven days.

On Sunday, 22nd April, 10 matches are scheduled including a crucial tie in Loughrea between Craughwell and Kilnadeema/Leitrim.  Both teams lost their opening encounter and a second defeat will put pressure on the losing club ahead of the resumption in August.

That game throws in at 2pm and will be a double header with the intermediate match between Killimor and Kilbeacanty at 12.15pm.  Neither team has hit a ball in haste yet but Killimor do begin the previous Tuesday (17th) when they take on Annaghdown (7pm Kenny Park).

Sunday also sees an exciting double header in Pearse Stadium with the top billing going to the city rivals.  County champions Liam Mellows take on neighbours Castlegar in a meeting between two clubs who share 26 titles.

That is also a 2pm throw-in and it’s preceded by the Senior B game between Moycullen and Ardrahan at 12.15pm.  Moycullen drew with Abbeyknockmoy in Round One while Ardrahan went down to Padraig Pearses despite a gallant fightback.

Duggan Park, Ballinasloe looks the place to be on Saturday evening (21st April).  Tommy Larkins and St. Thomas kick-off the weekend at 4pm.  Larkins let a lead slip against Castlegar in a 1-14 to 0-17 draw.  Former All-Ireland champions St. Thomas hit a strong third quarter in dispatching Kilnadeema/Leitrim.

And at 5.45pm is the duel between Loughrea and Cappataggle.  Loughrea were disappointing in 2017 with one of the poorest efforts coming against Saturday’s opponents.  But Cappataggle proved their pedigree marching on to the semi-finals where they were only a point short to Liam Mellows.

Kenny Park, Ballinderreen, Carnmore and Clarinbridge also host games before the clubs begin their summer sabbatical.  But who will be under pressure upon their return?


Sunday, 15th April 


Intermediate Hurling Championship 

Castlegar vs Kiltormer (7pm Kenny Park)


Tuesday, 17th April 


Intermediate Hurling Championship 

Annaghdown vs Killimor (7pm Kenny Park)

Meelick/Eyrecourt vs Rahoon/Newcastle (7pm Duggan Park)


Thursday, 19th April 


Intermediate Hurling Championship 

Carnmore vs Oranmore/Maree (7pm Kenny Park)


Saturday, 21st April 


Senior Hurling Championship 

St. Thomas vs Tommy Larkins (4pm Duggan Park)

Cappataggle vs Loughrea (5.45pm Duggan Park)

Gort vs Portumna (4pm Kenny Park)

Beagh vs Turloughmore (5.45pm Kenny Park)

Ballinderreen vs Clarinbridge (5.45pm Pearse Stadium)

Intermediate Hurling Championship 

Annaghdown vs Kilconieron (4pm Ballinderreen)

An Spideal vs Rahoon/Newcastle (4pm Pearse Stadium)


Sunday, 22nd April 


Senior Hurling Championship 

Mullagh vs Sarsfields (12.15pm Duggan Park)

Abbeyknockmoy vs Tynagh-Abbey/Duniry (2pm Duggan Park)

Ardrahan vs Moycullen (12.15pm Pearse Stadium)

Liam Mellows vs Castlegar (2pm Pearse Stadium)

Craughwell vs Kilnadeema/Leitrim (2pm Loughrea)

Athenry vs Padraig Pearses (4pm Kenny Park)

Ahascragh/Fohenagh vs Killimordaly (5.45pm Kenny Park)

Intermediate Hurling Championship 

Kilbeacanty vs Killimor (12.15pm Loughrea)

Kiltormer vs Kinvara (12.15pm Carnmore)

Meelickk/Eyrecourt vs Sylane (12.15pm Clarinbridge)