Coleman concern for Tribe

MIDFIELDER Niall Coleman has emerged as a doubt for Galway’s Connacht semi-final showdown against either Mayo or Sligo next month after suffering a leg injury playing for his club yesterday.

The versatile Coleman had to leave the field after going down just after kicking a point as Annaghdown advanced to the next round of the Galway SFC thanks to a 1-16 to 0-8 win over St Brendan’s.

The extent of Coleman’s injury has yet to be established but manager Joe Kernan will be hoping that the experienced player will not be sidelined for long.

There was better news for Galway fans with Padraic Joyce in flying form as he fired home two goals before half-time as Killererin saw off NUIG by 2-11 to 0-14.

Meanwhile, there were two major surprises in the group stages of the Meath SFC yesterday with holders Seneschalstown and 2008 winners Navan O’Mahonys both suffering defeats.

Rathkenny, who were involved in a relegation struggle last year, out pointed Seneschalstown by 0-9 to 0-8 at Simonstown with county player Brian Meade turning in an inspirational display.

After leading by 0-6 to 0-5 at the break, Seneschalstown were reduced to 14 men, 11 minutes into the second period when Cormac Duffy picked up a second yellow card and their unfancied opponents took advantage.

Rathkenny pulled back the two point deficit through a Meath brace before scores from Richie Timmons (free) and John Donegan proved decisive.

Navan O’Mahonys found the absence of four injured county players too much to overcome against Donaghmore/Ashbourne who recorded a 2-9 to 1-7 victory at Pairc Tailteann.

After trailing by 0-4 to 0-5 at the break, O’Mahonys were left to regret hitting nine wides in the first half. But they went into a 1-5 to 0-7 lead courtesy of a twice taken Paddy Smyth penalty kick 11 minutes after the restart.

However, Donaghmore/Ashbourne recovered and goals from Eoin Reilly and substitute Ian Dowd boosted them a convincing win.

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