Galway lead Div 1

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Allianz Football League Division One


By Cian O’Connell at Tuam Stadium

Ultimately this turned into a deeply satisfying triumph for an evolving Galway outfit.

A third Allianz Football League win out of four was posted ensuring the locals skipped away loaded with encouragement.

For Tyrone, who finished with 13 players, it was a costly loss too with the early second half depature of Cathal McShane with a potentially serious leg injury another significant blow.

Galway, though, could reflect on a most rewarding afternoon in Tuam as a vibrant display earned a surprisingly emphatic victory. It was a remarkable shooting performance from Galway, who converted 2-25 from 34 shots.

The opening period confirmed that Pádraic Joyce’s approach is marrying substance with style in the west as Galway’s efficient attack shone.

From 16 scoring attempts Galway converted 12 which compared favourably with Tyrone’s return of six out of 16.

That level of craft was matched by admirable graft too with Galway forcing turnovers and Ronan Steede dashing through to land three sweet points from play before the break.

Damien Comer offered a sensible ball winner in the half forward line, while inside Rob Finnerty, Shane Walsh, and Adrian Varley all carried a threat.

Eamonn Brannigan and Michael Daly also registered points before the break for Galway, who held a commanding advantage at the turnaround.

Tyrone trailed by 0-9 to 0-4 when Kieran McGeary was red carded in the 29th minute for a challenge on Brannigan.

Walsh converted the resultant free and Finnerty subsequently added a delightful effort as Galway went seven clear.

Mickey Harte’s charges did hit two of the last three points prior to the interval, but Galway were content departing for the dressing room.

When the action recommenced Tyrone continued to battle clipping five of the first seven points narrowing the gap to three.

During that burst McShane unfortunately was stretchered off, but Tyrone found a way back into the reckoning.

Then Damien Comer was fouled by Liam Rafferty and from the resultant penalty Shane Walsh made the Tyrone net dance.

Suddenly Galway were back to their best moving the ball swiftly with Tyrone unable to cope against the dynamic home outfit.

Frank Burns was dismissed for a second yellow card offence for a foul on Walsh in the 59th minute as Galway dictated the agenda.

A second Galway goal was planted in the 62nd minute when impressive substitute Paul Conroy netted following a delicious Walsh assist.

That arrived during a burst of 2-8 without reply for Galway before Darren McCurry terminated an 18 minute search for a Tyrone score.

It merely sparked a further Galway flurry with Varley and Walsh kicking points reminiscent of their school days up the road at St Jarlath’s College. Something is stirring in the west again.

Scorers for Galway: Shane Walsh 1-8 (1-0 pen, 5fs), Paul Conroy 1-1, Eamonn Brannigan and Adrian Varley 0-4 each, Ronan Steede 0-3, Damien Comer and Michael Daly 0-2 each, Rob Finnerty 0-1.

Scorers for Tyrone: Darren McCurry 0-7 (6fs), Cathal McShane 0-2, Mark Bradley, Conor Meyler, and Niall Sludden 0-1 each.

GALWAY: Connor Gleeson; Seán Kelly, Seán Ó Maoilchiaráin, Johnny Heaney; Gary O’Donnell, Liam Silke, Cillian McDaid; Ronan Steede, Céin D’Arcy; Eamonn Brannigan, Damien Comer, Michael Daly; Rob Finnerty, Adrian Varley, Shane Walsh.

Subs: Tom Flynn for D’Arcy (26), Paul Conroy for Finnerty (48), Dessie Conneely for Daly (59), Conor Campbell for O’Donnell (62), Seán Andy Ó Ceallaigh for McDaid (65).

TYRONE: Niall Morgan; Ronan McNamee, Niall Kelly, Rory Brennan; Tiernan McCann, Kieran McGeary, Liam Rafferty; Colm Cavanagh, Brian Kennedy; Frank Burns, Niall Sludden, Conor Meyler; Darren McCurry, Cathal McShane, Peter Harte.

Subs: Pádraig Hampsey for Cavanagh (HT), Michael McKernan for Kelly (HT), Mark Bradley for McShane (42), Ben McDonnell for Kennedy (53), Conal Grimes for McCann (64).

REFEREE: Conor Lane (Cork).

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