Galway 2-9 Donegal 1-5
The Galway footballers are generating quite a bit of excitement around Brighton as they followed up their convincing victory over the Connemara Gaels with another over a fancied Donegal team. Galway played some nice possession football and a goal in either half proved to be just about the difference in the end. With Michael Daly and Eoin Finnerty playing key roles, Galway were full value for their win.
|Campbell at one end for Donegal.|
Galway played some lovely passing football in the first half and there were some great scores from the Brighton based team. Michael Daly at center forward took a handful of well kicked points, while wing back Stuart Cullen added a nice score as did Kevin Cummins with a free from outside the 45. A goal came from a penalty after Barry McHugh was pulled down in the box following an incisive Galway move. Eoin Finnerty took it well, low and hard to the keeper’s left.
John Campbell at corner forward was the main threat for Donegal. Campbell accounted for 1-2 of Donegal’s 1-4. The goal was an opportunist one, Campbell was in the right spot after a mis-hit shot came off the post. Galway had just lost McHugh to a red card following a foul on Eoin O’Connor and although the tribesmen had a two point lead, it was going to be a tough second half if they were to pull off a win.
|Finnerty at the other end for Galway.|
The teams were soon level in terms of on field personnel after Eoin O’Connor was booked a second time for an incident after conceding a free. Donegal had also lost the services of center back Darren Green who looked to have suffered a serious knee injury. Galway struck with a second goal, Cummins showed presence of mind to calmly use the outside of his right foot after the window to shoot seemed to have closed, and the ball was adjudged to have crossed the line before being cleared by the Donegal defence. The score was followed by a powerful point from Eoin Finnerty, the Mountbellew man put the ball over the bar from 45 yards and distance to spare.
The pace of the game slowed as fatigue took hold for both sides, Finnerty at times was the lone Galwayman in the Donegal half as the Brighton side fell back to defend Donegal’s forward forays. Galway tried to play the possession game to run out the clock, and defended in numbers, and limited Donegal to a single second half point. The tribesmen controlled the remainder of the game and Donegal did not cause them too much trouble in the latter stages of the game. Galway looking good mid-way through the season.
Galway: J.Kelly, G. McCoy, J. Kennedy, S. Cullen, P. Naughton, C. Mannion, E. Stritch, E. Kavanagh, F. Ferguson, M. Daly, B. McHugh, E. Finnerty, K. Cummins. Donegal: C. McLaughlin, D. Monaghan, C. Russell, R. Dunleavy, D. Green, S. McMenamin, G. Gallagher, B. Donnelly, A. McLaughlin, E. O’Connor, V. Coyle, L. Carr, J. Campbell.
By Rory O'Donnell