Aidan McAnespies 1-11 Galway 1-11
Galway and McAnespies shared the spoils in a game that huffed and puffed and never really came to life. For a time it looked as if McAnespies would finally take advantage of the extra man following the sending off of Sean Gallagher, but there was a twist in the tale and Galway snatched a late equalizing goal from Peter Nolan at the death.
|Sean Cournane was in good form for McAnespies.|
Galway opened the game brightly and put over three unanswered points to get affairs underway. Ollie Doherty scored after the first sequence in play, and points also came from Jamie Kehoe and Doherty free. The Galway forwards looked quick and played the ball around nicely. McAnespies began to show a little more as the half wore on. Sean Cournane pointed a free and Niall Gallen added another from wing back. A Cournane free leveled the scores, and Cournane then followed with a lovely point from play as he weaved his way on the endline and finished with the left boot. Mid way through the half Sean Gallagher was shown the line by referee Tadhg Lucey for striking an opponent, and Galway looked like they had it all to do. McAnespies played the extra man in the back line, and Galway still enjoyed plenty of possession. After Gareth O’Neill put McAnespies two to the good Galway showed patience on the ball to wait for the right scoring opportunities. Danny Reddin, Doherty, and Graham Cullen put four over the bar between them to make it a two point half time advantage for Galway, 0-7 to 0-5.
|Paul McConway tries to rally McAnespies.|
Referee: Tadhg Lucey
Man of the Match: Jamie Kehoe - Galway
Macs: P. Coakley, P. McConway, M. Bogue, C. Dempsey, F. O’Doherty, N. Gallen, G. O’Neill, M. O’Ganaill, G. McAlinden, N. McCrory, S. Lynn, S. Cournane, C. McCrory. Galway: P. McComiskey, S. Fox, J. O’Callaghan, S. Gallagher, E. Whelan, R. Vickers, O. Doherty, E. Kavanagh, J. Kehoe, L. Kelly, D. Reddin, G. Cullen, M. Kenny.
By Rory O'Donnell