On this Day in the Irish News: July 28 1997
Guinness All-Ireland SHC quarter-final: Kilkenny 4-15 Galway 3-16
from Our Reporter in Thurles
THE Kilkenny Cats clawed their way back into the senior hurling championship with a tremendous second-half recovery yesterday when they turned a nine point firsthalf deficit into a two point victory.
In a pulsating game played before 22,826 enthusiasts, the advantage swayed this way and that before a DJ Carey inspired Kilkenny side pipped Connacht champions Galway at the post and they now play Munster champions Clare in the semi-finals. Cyril Farrell's men looked to be coasting it at half-time and Kilkenny looked dead and buried. But with star forward DJ Carey in great form, he struck 2-8 of the total, the Cats battled hard and scratched for every bit of possession with Andy Comerford and Eddie O'Connor particularly impressive.
After their shaky start to the firsthalf, Galway went on to dominate much of the 35 minutes. DJ Carey struck the first goal of the first half but his side trailed by 3- 9 to 1-6 at the interval.
Justin Campbell (3) and Francis Ford (2) had scores for Galway and when Cathal Moore launched a huge free from the half-back line Kilkenny failed to defend it and it went all the way to the net.
Galway's demise in the secondhalf came fairly rapidly as they struggled to keep pace with Kilkenny. Kevin Broderick and Francis Ford were most productive for them while Justin Campbell, Cathal Moore, and Finbar Gantley also had their moments.
Tyrone SFC quarter-final: Drumquin 1-11 Ardboe 0-11
from Francis Mooney at Edendork
DRUMQUIN qualified for their first ever Tyrone senior championship semi-final at Edendork last night when they held out to score a three point win over Ardboe.
It was county star Noel Donnelly who inspired them to their greatest victory scoring three magnificent points from centre back and defending superbly throughout.
Ardboe must feel somewhat unfortunate in that the goal which in the end proved their undoing was a freak effort, goalkeeper Raymond McElroy allowing a lob from Eddie McLaughlin to slip through his hands eight minutes into the second half.
It was point for point in a closely contested first half, with Ardboe just having the edge, despite Noel Donnelly's surging runs down the right flank which brought him a wonderful point.
Gary Martin converted two frees to ease the loughshore side in front, and they could have moved into a stronger position had Brian McGuigan been able to finish off a dribbling run, but his shot went into the side netting.
Nicky McCallion and Eamon O'Kane kept Drumquin in touch with points, but Ardboe's ability to find the target from long range through Conor Forbes and Sean Doris was a valuable asset.
Ardboe led by a point at the interval, but another long range effort from Noel Donnelly soon had the sides level for the fifth time. Drumquin stretched their lead to five points following McLaughlin's goal but Ardboe hit back to reduce the deficit to two points .
It was Donnelly again who steadied the Drumquin ship with another massive score, and his side survived a frantic Ardboe effort in the dying moments to record a historic victory.
By Frank Brownlow
CLIFTONVILLE boss Marty Quinn is keen to secure the services of experienced striker Sandy Fraser, the Scot having guested in the club's last two friendlies.
The former Derry City player made his mark in Saturday evening's 3-3 draw against Finn Harps at Solitude. Reds boss Marty Quinn stated: “He scored two goals against Finn Harps and I would be keen to have him on board.”
Fraser, who has been released by Glenavon, will turn out for Cliftonville in tomorrow night's friendly away to Comber Rec, kick off 7.30.
Marty Quinn hopes to snap up Tony Kearns, formerly of Donegal Celtic and Ballyclare Comrades, and Chimney Corner's Keith Mulvenna.
Quinn is also tracking a striker and midfielder. One of the players is currently in the Irish League, the other in the National League.