Aidan McAnespie’s 3-15 Galway 1-7
Aidan McAnespie’s coasted to a 14-point victory in the Senior Football Championship over a Galway side that looked every inch a side that had not made the play-offs.
|The play of Gary Kelly was a bright spot for Galway this season.|
The tone for this fixture was set very early on, as Macs were already 3-1 to 0-0 in front by the time five minutes had passed.
Macs’ captain Collie Donnelly was first to hit the net with a neat left-footed finish, and his effort was followed by three-pointers from Peter Mallon and Michael Quinn.
Mallon had another goal opportunity, but he may have been abiding by the mercy rule as he fisted over for the South Boston side’s first point of the game. It was the tenth minute before Galway got up and running, and it took a free from Gary Kelly to get them off the mark.
Macs eased off the gas a little as the half progressed, but they still managed to build up a 3-9 to 0-3 lead before the half-time whistle was blown. Donnelly, Mallon and Quinn all added to their individual tallies.
The second half was a more even affair, with Macs using the healthy lead they had to give some substitutes a decent amount of game time ahead of the business end of the season.
The men in red and white didn’t manage to add to their goal tally, but they did continue to pop over points. Caolan O’Boyle accounted for Macs’ first point of the half, and even full-back Niall Gallen got in on the act.
There was at least one bright moment for Galway when Dermot Judge found the net just before the final whistle was blown.
It was an experience Galway will want to quickly forget, but McAnespie’s will know that the tests will be significantly tougher in the coming weeks.
Aidan McAnespie’s: P Coakley, C McGurk, N Gallen, S McAleer, D Lally, D Wrynn, C Donnelly, C O’Boyle, M Quinn, G O’Neill, M Campion, P Mallon, L Boland.
Galway: M O’Connor, D Redmond, T Morrissey, G Patterson, M Ryan, D Judge, C Fitzmorris, T Ryan, E Alford, G Kelly, I Collins, K Cummins, P McGovern.
By Seamus Leonard