It was a tremendously exciting game that went down to the wire between
Galway, who may have had an
outside chance of making the playoffs should they win, and Wolfe Tones. Conor McGreanor was the main man for Galway
up front and it looked like he had won the game for Galway, but a late free
taken by Donie Smith for the Tones leveled the game with time almost up.
|Thomas Moolick gives chase to Eoghan Kavanagh|
The Tones got off to a four points to no score start and with circumstances decidedly in their favour, one wondered if we would see a one sided game.
got themselves into the game with 2 excellent points from Conor McGreanor who
lined out at corner forward. The game
settled into an even contest with Tom Walsh proving to be a big presence in the
middle of the field for Galway, and Danny
Reddin and Anton McFadden playing very well in the half back line. David Drake, Barry Coffey, and Kevin Cummins
accounted for scores for Galway, while Danny
Egan, Smith, and Sean Kelly hit the mark for the Tones. At the break Galway
had pulled themselves within a point.
|Galway's Danny Reddin on the ball.|
The pace of the game slowed down a little in the second half.
turned the deficit into a lead with 3 points on the trot from Kildare man, Coffey. Two were from frees and the third came from a
chance at goal that was saved twice.
McGreanor made a great run at goal and tried to slip his shot low past
Cathal Hynes, but Hynes got down well to parry the shot. The big corner forward almost put the rebound
away, but Sean Higgins was there to clear the ball. Coffey tidied up with the point and the Tones
had a let off. The Tones were looking at
an unanticipated defeat at this stage as Galway were in the ascendancy. Smith at corner forward changed all that with
a point that was followed by a goal. Thomas
Moolick played a cross field ball that Smith got on the end of and danced past
several defenders before finishing with his left foot from inside 14 yards. The Tones now ahead by 2 points with 10
minutes to go. Galway
had several chances to level the scores, and eventually they did with a booming
50 from McGreanor, and a free from Coffey following a foul on the big man in
the corner. At first it looked like it
would be Galway's day after McGreanor pointed with time almost up, but a late
late free was converted by Smith for the Tones to earn a point. End of the road for Galway,
while the Tones are well on track for the quarter finals.
By Rory O'Donnell