FBD League: Galway, Sligo and Leitrim triumph

Micheal Meehan was to the fore as the Tribesmen got their 2013 campaign off to a winning start in Tuam yesterday.

Galway attacker Micheal Meehan.
Galway attacker Micheal Meehan.
Image: INPHO/Morgan Treacy

MICHEAL MEEHAN BEGAN 2013 on a positive note as he helped Galway to success in their FBD League tie yesterday in Tuam.

Galway got the better of NUI Galway by 0-16 to 0-6 in their Section A tie with the contribution of Meehan bound to cheer the home fans.

The supremely talented Caltra attacker has been dogged by injuries in recent years but he began the new season in fine fashion as he shot 0-4 during their victory.

The NUI Galway team included Galway senior Gary Sweeney and Tipperary senior Ciaran McDonald in their defence but it was Galway that lead by 0-6 to 0-3 at half-time.

And Galway, with established players like Gary Sice and Garreth Bradshaw in defence, powered on in the second-half. Sean Armstrong and Michael Martin kicked more points to help them have ten to spare at the final whistle. Galway will face IT Sligo in Tuam Stadium next Sunday afternoon.

Elsewhere in Section A in Ballinode, Sligo were nine-point victors over IT Sligo as they triumphed by a margin of 0-14 to 0-5.

Kevin Walsh’s charges were grateful to the attacking inputs of Mark Breheny and Niall Murphy who shot five points apiece while Stephen Coen raised a brace of white flags for IT Sligo. Sligo had lead by 0-8 to 0-3 at the interval and will face NUI Galway in Tourlestrane next Sunday.

In Section B, Leitrim got the better of Roscommon by 0-6 to 0-5 in a low-scoring affair in Elphin. Former Tipperary boss John Evans saw his Roscommon side overturned by the minimum in his first game at the helm.

Roscommon were forced to operate without several players due to St Brigid’s participation in the All-Ireland club championship and the involvement of others with colleges sides in the pre-season competitions.

They did lead by 0-2 to 0-1 at the break but Leitrim fought back and Conor Beirne registered the winning point. Leitrim play Mayo in Ballinamore next Sunday while Roscommon will welcome GMIT to Strokestown.

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