The first quarter final of the day between Galway and Donegal was a real humdinger of an affair, a game in which all five of Galway’s forwards scored multiple times. The sides could not be separated at the end of a tense and exciting first half, and the first playoff game of the season went into additional minutes. It was close for most of the extra period but with just over 5 minutes to go James Carroll broke the deadlock with a fantastically taken goal that saw Galway through to their first senior football semi-final in over 20 years.
|Donegal's Mark Molloy and Galway's James Carroll tussle.|
|Danny McBride in action.|
At the end of the first period of extra time there Galway led by two points. Donegal opened the second period with a point and it began to look as if we might be in for another tight finish until Carroll changed all that with a well taken goal. Carroll turned his man and aimed the shot well giving the keeper no chance. Donegal could not recover from the setback and Galway joy was evident in the stands as the club reaches its first semi-final two decades where they meet western rivals, Connemara Gaels.
Donegal: L. Mailey, N. Byrne, M. Canning, D. McBride (0-1), T. Caldwell, P. O’Connor, D. McNulty, B. White (1-3), K. Curran, E. Doonan, E. Sheehy (0-2), C. Carr (1-3), J. Doherty. Galway: P. McComiskey, G. Dunphy, D. Walsh, J. Kehoe, A. McFadden, S. Gallagher, A. Shore, E. Kavanagh, G. O’Connor (0-2), K. Cummins (0-8), D. Reddin (0-2), J. Carroll (1-6), D. Kelly (0-2).
By Rory O'Donnell