Robert Finnerty finished with 1-1 against Monaghan. Tommy Grealy/INPHO
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Finnerty goal decisive as Joyce makes winning start to league with Galway

The Division 1 opener against Monaghan took place in Pearse Stadium.

Galway 1-14

Monaghan 0-16

John Fallon reports from Pearse Stadium

A GOAL FROM ROBERT Finnerty was the decisive score as Galway manager Padráic Joyce got his Allianz League campaign off to a winning start.

The Tribesmen held on during a frantic finish as Monaghan were unable to conjure up a late equaliser.

Galway led by 1-8 to 0-8 at the break having played with the breeze in the opening half.

The sides were level four times in the opening 14 minutes with Shane Walsh and Finian Ó Laoí hitting early points for the Tribesmen but Conor McManus responded with a brace for Monaghan.

The sides then twice exchanged points before a good passing movement involving Walsh and Michael Boyle was finished to the net by Finnerty to push Galway 1-4 to 0-4 in front after 15 minutes.

The response from Monaghan was good with Kieran Hughes and Conor NcCarthy hitting points before the Tribesmen struck for three in a row, two of them from Walsh and one from a mark by Adrian Varley to lead by four eleven minutes from the interval.

Jack McCarron pulled back a point for Monaghan but they had a lucky escape when a fisted pass from Ryan McAnespie almost ended up in the net before Rory Beggan recovered it.

Monaghan went on the offensive and got a chance to level when Dessie Ward was fouled by Walsh but the penalty from McManus was superbly saved by Galway goalkeeper Connor Gleeson.

Beggan landed a ’45 but another good passing movement at the other end was finished when wing-back Gary O’Donnell pointed from the right to lead by 1-8 to 0-8 at the interval.

The crowd of 7,654 saw a quick exchange of points after the restart with Finnerty flashing over from a goal chance for Galway before McManus hit back after being set up by a good run from wing-back Karl O’Connell.

padraic-joyce Galway manager Pádraic Joyce. Tommy Grealy / INPHO Tommy Grealy / INPHO / INPHO

Galway led by five points thanks to efforts from Walsh and Paul Conroy after 43 minutes but Monaghan hit back with five in a row from Kieran Hughes, McManus, Christopher McGuinness, Jack McCarron and Aaron Mulligan to draw level at 1-11 to 0-14 with ten minutes left.

Walsh edged Galway back in front with a free but this was cancelled by one from McManus before Galway full-back Seán Mulkerrin cleared a shot from McGuinness off the line after Damien Comer had fisted them in front.

Matthias Barrett double Galway’s lead to two points but a superb free from McManus cut it to one going into five minutes of injury-time but the Tribesmen held on for victory.

Scorers for Galway: Shane Walsh 0-6 (0-5f), Robert Finnerty 1-1, Gary O’Donnell 0-1, Cein D’Arcy 0-1, Paul Conroy 0-1, Adrian Varley 0-1 (0-1 mark), Matthias Barrett 0-1, Finian Ó Laoí 0-1, Damien Comer 0-1.

Scorers for Monaghan: Conor McManus 0-6 (0-2f, 0-1 mark), Kieran Hughes 0-2, Jack McCarron 0-2 (0-1f), Rory Beggan 0-1 (0-1 ’45), Kieran Duffy 0-1, Ryan McAnespie 0-1, Conor McCarthy 0-1, Aaron Mulligan 0-1, Christopher McGuinness 0-1.


1 Connor Gleeson (Dunmore McHales)

4 Johnny Heaney (Kilannin)
3 Seán Mulkerrin (Oileáin Árann)
2 Johnny Duane (St James)

5 Garry O’Donnell (Tuam Stars)
6 John Daly (Mountbellew-Moylough)
7 Cillian McDaid (Monivea/Abbey)

11 Paul Conroy (St James)
9 Cein D’Arcy (Caherlistrane)

10 Michael Boyle (Killererin)
21 Finian Ó Laoí (An Spidéal)
12 Michael Daly (Mountbellew-Moylough)

15 Adrian Varley (Cortoon Shamrocks)
14 Shane Walsh (Kilkerrin/Clonberne)
13 Robert Finnerty (Salthill-Knocknacarra)


25 Damien Comer (Annaghdown) for Boyle (32)
17 Eamonn Brannigan for Ó Laoí (48)
22 Liam Costello (Milltown) for Varley (60)
20 Matthias Barrett (Leitir Mór) for Conroy (60)
18 Sean Kelly (Maigh Cuilinn) for M Daly (66)


1 Rory Beggan (Scotstown)

2 Kieran Duffy (Latton)
6 Ryan Wylie (Ballybay)
4 Conor Boyle (Clontibret)

12 Dessie Ward (Ballybay)
7 Karl O’Connell (Tyholland)
11 Michael Bannigan (Aughnamullen

8 Darren Hughes (Scotstown)
9 Niall Kearns (Sean McDermott’s)

5 Ryan McAnespie (Emyvale)
13 Conor McCarthy (Scotstown)
15 Dermot Malone (Castleblayney Faughs)

10 Kieran Hughes (Scotstown)
14 Jack McCarron (Currin)
13 Conor McManus (Clontibret)


20 Aaron Mulligan (Latton) for Bannigan (45)
22 Christopher McGuinness (Ballybay) for Malone (55)
19 Shane Carey (Scotstown) for McCarthy (58)
21 Andrew Woods (Inniskeen) for McCarron (68)

Referee: Maurice Deegan (Laois)

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