|Fr. Tom's Shane Howley|
The opening period was evenly contested, though Tom's started the better of the 2 teams. After Shane Howley pointed, Sean Driscoll found the far corner of the net with his shot and Tom's were off and running with a four point lead.
Galway soon settled
and started to click. The Tribesmen
started to gain an upper hand in mosSt areas of the field and Tom's goal was
canceled out after Philip Ivors was pulled down in the penalty area. David Collins put the shot away and Galway had the lead.
Four of the five forwards got on the scoresheet, and midfielder Grace picked
off three points. John Moylan looked
sharp at corner forward, and managed two points while Dan McCormack, Ivors, and
Collins added to the tally. Tom's kept
in touch with some well earned points from Shane Howley, Aodhan McEnrey, and
Cormac Joyce-Power. At the break it was Galway by four, 1-12 to 1-8.
|Eoin Casey tries to break away for Galway.|
The second half saw Tom's battle hard in their own half back line, but each ball forward yielded little or nothing. There always seemed to be a maroon shirt under each ball sent into the Galway half of the field, and whatever chances Tom's had to shoot ended up wide of the posts. For their part
Galway added 5 points to
their total before Sean Curran netted a second goal with just over 10 minutes
left. Tom's frustration bore itself out
with yellow cards issued to Gordon Joyce and Ciaran Moore. Galway put
the finishing touches to the game with Bergin, O'Connor, and Moylan rattling
off a trio of points. A good start for
Galway who will meet Brighton rivals Wexford
Tom's: F. Keenan, R. Burke, T. Bowe, S. Coughlin, M. Deegan, G. Joyce, D. Lafferty, S. Howley (0-4), S. Driscoll (1-0), A. McEnrey (0-2), C. Joyce-Power (0-1), D. O'Mahoney (0-1), M. Dervan (0-3).
Galway: P. Connors, P. Ryan, C. Lordan, E. Casey, P.
Gahan, C. Murphy, P. Grace (0-5), B. Bergin (0-2), D. Collins (1-2), D.
McCormack (0-4), S. Curran (1-0), P. Ivors (0-2), J. Moylan (0-5). Sub:
D. O'Connor (0-1).
By Rory O'Donnell