For the second week in a row the Wolfe Tones cruised to a comfortable win, this time over Galway. The writing was on the wall from the start. Dan McCabe fired over two quick points before the half was scarcely a minute old. Try as they might to make some inroads, Galway struggled against a stronger Tones side and the game was reduced to target practice for the South Boston side for the last 20 minutes.
Mike O'Brien lines up a shot for the Tones.
At half time the Tones lead was not an insurmountable one. Galway trailed by five points, 0-2 to 0-7. McCabe’s opening salvo was added to with a point from Donal Armstrong. Galway opened their account after 12 minutes with an Adrian Kelly point. Anthony Reddy was called upon in the Galway goal to pull off some good saves as the Tones pressed for an early goal, but credit to the Galway defenders for preventing one for the duration of the game while under pressure most of the time. The Tones put another 3 unanswered over the bar from Armstrong, Gary Brilly, and Marty Farrell before John Joe O’Neill pointed for Galway. Brilly again pointed before the half time whistle to put the Tones five to the good at the break.
The second half was more of the same, and worse from a Galway standpoint. The Tones tallied 10 points to a single score for the Brightonians. Dan McCabe added to his two early first half points with another, but not before the Down man should have done better with a goal chance after Brian Fineran burst through the Galway defence and put McCabe through on the edge of the small square. Gearoid O’Connor and Pat Hackett were among those who continued to battle for the Tribesmen, but Galway remained scoreless until late in the second half when Shane Melia put one over. Farrell, Fineran, and McCabe continued the scoring for the Tones before the final whistle. The Tones top the table with two wins from two games, but it appears that some tougher tests lie in wait for the Southie men.
Tones: B. Murray, N. Devereaux, D. Maguire, K. Regan, B. Fineran (0-2), M. O’Brien (0-1), J. Farrell (0-1), M. Magee, M. Farrell (0-3), G. Brilly (0-3), D. Armstrong (0-2), D. McCabe (0-5), S. Kelly. Galway: A. Reddy, S. Murphy, P. Cummins, J. Keogh, S. Gallagher, JJ O’Neill (0-1), T. Walsh, G. O’Connor, D. Corbett, P. Nolan, P. Hackett, A. Kelly (0-1), D. Redmond. Sub: S. Melia (0-1).