Galway pulled joint top of
the table with a well earned win over a battling Wexford. Galway led
from the beginning of the game, and from the middle of the first half pulled
into a lead that they never looked like giving up. With the scoring spread across the forward
line Galway were well equipped to answer when
Wexford looked like making a run at overtaking the lead.
John Moylan on the attack.
Galway held a 3 point lead
at the end of the first 30 minutes of play as Wexford hung in thanks to a fine
goal from David Drake. Galway
looked to be pulling away, but Drake's strike leveled the scores. Galway had the aces in the deck starting with
Daragh Fives at center back, as well as a forward line that can rack up the
scores. The Tribesmen picked off the
points, the first coming from a Fives '65.
John Moylan, who is having a fine season, David Collins, and Sean Curran
were each on the mark. Galway
pulled ahead as the first half moved on through Moylan, Lupton and Collins
scores. At the break it was 0-10 to 1-4.
Tom Moloney with Pat Lupton in attendance.
Galway looked like they
would make a formality out of the second half after David Collins drove home a
goal mid way through and pulled 7 points ahead after Pat Lupton followed the
score with a point. Wexford rearranged
their lineout, pulling Eoghan Kavanagh to center forward. The Slaneysiders got the goal back after
Brian Clince found Simon Aylward coming in on goal to give him the simplest of
finishes from inside the 14. A goal in
it, but it was Galway who still looked in control
of affairs. The westerners got the next
3 points to restore the lead to 6.
Wexford continued to battle it to the end and pulled within a goal
thanks to points from Aylward and 2 long range frees from O'Brien, but that was
as close as it got. Galway get the
double win over Wexford, and are and are joint top with Tipperary.
Galway: P. Connors, P. Ryan, C. Murphy, D. McCormack,
D. Fives (0-4), D. O'Connor, R. Bergin, S. Curran (0-1), S. Brown, P. Ivors
(0-3), J. Moylan (0-4), D. Collins (1-3), P. Lupton (0-3). Wexford:
E. Spruhan, D. Redmond,
M. McCaffery, T. Moloney, P. Nolan, M. Warnock, J. Kehoe (0-2), B. Clince (0-2),
S. O'Brien (0-6), D. Drake (1-0), S. Aylward (1-2), J. Flynn-O'Connor, E