Galway 2-14 Wolfe Tones 4-11
Goals win games as the saying goes, and it was the Wolfe Tones who scored 4 of them to kill Galway’s efforts at getting a win in their first outing of the season. Two goals in each half kept the Wolfe Tones on top, and a commendable late rally by Galway was never going to be enough to bridge the gap between the teams.
After 2 outings, Monaghan native, Shane McGuinness,
has proven to be an important part of the
Tones efforts this season.
Two first half goals saw the Tones into a half time lead. Shane McGuinness and Cormac McWalter each netted in the first 15 minutes. Galway had started well, and in the first 10 minutes wasted a handful of early chances to establish a lead while attempting to go for an early goal. It was the Tones who got the early goal from McGuinness following a point by Ferghal O’Brien. Ryan Ford got Galway off the mark with a point, only for the Tones to come storming downfield and Cormac McWalter netted, delivering another early blow to the Brighton side.
The teams traded points for the remainder of the half, with the Tones looking the more fluid side, with McGuinness at center forward full of running and opening the spaces. O’Brien and McGuinness converted for the Tones, while for Galway it was Cummins and Ryan Ford with the points. The Tones had a great opportunity to put the game to bed early after McGuinness was pulled down in the box. The Ballybay man stepped up to take the kick, but his well hit shot cannoned off the foot of the post. At the half the Tones were 2 goals to the good, 2-5 to 0-5.
The Tones lead ballooned to 11 points early in the second half. The Tones had netted a third following a high ball into the box that was picked up by Darren Maguire and the Kilcock man netted easily. Points were added by McGuinness and McWalter and the game looked fairly done and dusted. Galway made it interesting late in the second half, however. The Brighton men started to play some good football, but had left themselves too much to do and may have wondered after the game how things might have transpired if the early chances were taken and the team had settled into the game. Ford and Kennedy pointed, and the introduction of substitute, Cian McMonagle paid dividends.
The tribesmen moved the ball well to finish the game, and pointed 6 times on the trot to give themselves some hope. McMonagle’s introduction was a revelation and the boot of the man from Clogherinkoe, Co. Kildare, pulled Galway back within range of their opponents. One wondered why the sharpshooter had not been brought into the fray sooner. With Galway knocking on the door a goal would have reduced the gap to a point and made the final few minutes very uncomfortable for the Tones. Jarlath Boyce put an end to any chance of that as the Tones midfielder pointed, and then followed with a goal to secure the points. Tones with the win, Galway left wondering what might have been.
Galway: James Kelly, Dan Murphy, Rory Greene, Kieran Molloy, Stuart Cullen, Kian Darcy, Sam Linehan, Ryan Ford, Kevin Cummins, Craig Kennedy, Jamie Keogh, Alex Kenny.
Tones: Darren McDonnell, Jack Smith, James Reilly, Patrick Collins, Tom Quinn, Darren McGuire, Jarlath Boyce, Garvin Jones, Mike O’Brien, Shane McGuinness, Ferghal O’Brien, Cormac McWalter, Conor Marsden.