GAA Digest: Tough Galway battles in All-Ireland draw against Kilkenny


Moore said, “All the kudos to Joe, the ultimate professional. A free out on the sideline and he put it straight over and we have another bite at the cherry.”

“We didn’t panic when Kilkenny went ahead late on. There were a couple of minutes left and all the players had spoken beforehand of how we were going to go to the finish. We knew another chance would come and it did.”

Moore believes Galway’s youngsters will thrive on the experience gained in the drawn match.

He added, “It’s all about fighting for each other and I thought we did that very well today.

“It’s great for the young players. All year we’ve said we’ve a very young team, but even if they lack experience they’re very enthusiastic.

“It can only stand them in good stead to come out on the biggest occasion of the year and perform.”
Gilroy Quits
PAT Gilroy has quit as Dublin manager in the wake of his team’s All-Ireland semifinal defeat to Mayo.
Gilroy, who guided the Dubs to last year’s All-Ireland title, has said he will consider a return to the job in the future.

For now though he wants to concentrate on his business and spend more time with his family.

He said, “It was a huge honor for me to be selected to manage the Dublin senior football team and I was delighted that I was able to make a contribution to our All-Ireland success.

“It has been a challenging four years for me balancing my role with Dublin along with family and work commitments and I have decided not to continue for a further term.

“I would like to express my appreciation to my management and backroom team who were very supportive at all times and to the players for their exceptional commitment and dedication.

“Thanks also to the county board and the clubs for their encouragement and assistance since October 2008.

“I will give my full support to the incoming management team if required and I would be pleased to assist the Dublin GAA Board if requested at some time in the future.”

Dublin under-21 manager Jim Gavin and minor boss Dessie Farrell are the favorites to succeed Gilroy, with Gavin the front runner for the job.

Star forward Bernard Brogan tweeted, “Just want to thank Pat Gilroy and his back room staff for everything they did for us and me personally and more importantly bringing us to the promised land. The effort that man put in for us and all his staff was unreal, memories will last forever #legends.”
GAA Shorts
CROKE Park officials have announced a reduction in ticket prices for the All-Ireland hurling final replay on Sunday, September 30, the first replay since Waterford beat Kilkenny in 1959 . . .

FORMER Kildare star Anthony Rainbow is the new manager of the Carlow football team. Former Wexford boss John Meyler will take charge of the Carlow hurlers . . .

THE All-Ireland Ladies football final will now be played on October 7 after making way for the hurling final replay on September 30 . . .

LAOIS referee Maurice Deegan will take charge of the All-Ireland football final between Mayo and Donegal on Sunday, September 23 . . .

NICKY English has ruled himself out of the race to succeed Declan Ryan as manager of the Tipperary hurling team . . .

DUBLIN and Tipperary must meet again in the All-Ireland minor hurling final after drawing on Sunday . .

SEAN Kelly has confirmed he is out of the running to succeed Seamus McEnaney as Meath manager

THE Derry County Board have appointed local man Brian McIver as their new football team manager . .

PAT Flanagan has been reappointed as Westmeath senior and under-21 football manager for another two years . . .

FORMER Fermanagh manager Malachy O’Rourke is to take charge of the Monaghan footballers . . .

KIERAN McGeeney is to remain in charge of the Kildare footballers at least one more year . . .

DUBLIN youngster Ciaran Kilkenny has gone on trial with Aussie Rules side Hawthorns . . .

JASON Ryan has quit after four years in charge of the Wexford senior football team.