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Galway and Roscommon to meet in Connacht final for third year in a row after 21 point win

The Tribesmen easily dispatched Sligo in a comprehensive victory at Pearse Stadium on Sunday.

Galway's Michael Daly and Neil Ewing of Sligo.
Galway's Michael Daly and Neil Ewing of Sligo.
Image: Bryan Keane/INPHO

Galway 4-24

Sligo 1-12

Declan Rooney reports from Pearse Stadium

GALWAY WILL FACE Roscommon in the Connacht football final for the third year in a row after Damien Comer’s late double and further goals from Sean Kelly and Ian Burke saw Kevin Walsh’s troops ease to victory.

This was entirely one sided and the gulf in class between Division 1 Galway and Division 3 Sligo was cavernous, while a Kyle Cawley goal shortly after the restart was Sligo’s highlight.

But they kicked 13 wides in Salthill and Galway took no pity on their provincial rivals to set up a rematch of the last two Connacht finals with Roscommon.

Playing into a light breeze in Salthill, Sligo would have eyed a bright start against their in-form Division 1 hosts and despite Adrian Marren’s early point to cancel out Shane Walsh’s opener, this game was over by the 17th minute.

Seven points in a row from the rampant Tribesmen had them 0-8 to 0-1 ahead by that juncture, with Walsh and Damien Comer doing particular damage to the hopes of Cathal Corey’s side.

Kyle Cawley and Eamonn Brannigan Source: Bryan Keane/INPHO

Lining up with a more attacking formation that usual with Comer employed by and large in the full-forward line, Galway looked unstoppable at times as Sligo’s marking and tracking of runners left a lot to be desired.

At the other end their poor shooting and shot selection also marred their first half and two in a row from Marren failed to stop the rot early on. Pat Hughes and Niall Murphy did trim the lead to five points after 21 minutes, but Galway upped their efforts for eight minutes and kicked five points without reply to lead by ten.

After a quiet opening half-hour Liam Gaughan tagged on a couple of good points for Sligo, but in first-half added-time a great Johnny Heaney effort was added to when Comer picked out Sean Kelly with a sweet ball over the top and his low finish gave Galway a 1-15 to 0-6 half-time lead.

There was a brief glimmer of hope for Sligo two minutes after the restart when Kyle Cawley punched to the net after some good build up play from Sean Carabine and Gerard O’Kelly Lynch on the left.

Adrian McIntyre fouls Damien Comer Source: Bryan Keane/INPHO

Two in a row from Ian Burke ended those slim hopes though, and 19 minutes from time Burke was on hand to finish to the net form close range when Walsh laid it on a plate for him.

With the win in the bag Galway refused to ease up and Comer hit the net twice in the space of two minutes later on, although David Wynne was sent off in added-time after he picked up a black card to add to his earlier yellow.

Scorers for Galway: Damien Comer 2-2, Seán Kelly 1-2, Ian Burke 1-2, Shane Walsh 0-5 (1f), Eamonn Brannigan 0-3, Barry McHugh 0-3 (2f), Johnny Heaney 0-2, Peter Cooke 0-2, Patrick Sweeney 0-1, Frankie Burke 0-1, Gary O’Donnell 0-1

Scorers for Sligo: Kyle Cawley 1-2, Adrian Marren 0-4 (1f), Liam Gaughan 0-3 (2f), Niall Murphy 0-2, Pat Hughes 0-1

Galway

1. Ruairí Lavelle (Salthill/Knocknacarra)

2. Declan Kyne (Clonbur)
3. Seán Andy Ó Ceallaigh (Naomh Ánna, Leitir Mór)
4. David Wynne (Moycullen)

5. Cathal Sweeney (Killanin)
6. Gareth Bradshaw (Moycullen)
7. Seán Kelly (Moyculen)

9. Thomas Flynn (Athenry)
19. Peter Cooke (Moycullen)

12. Johnny Heaney (Killanin)
11. Shane Walsh (Kilkerrin/Clonberne)
10. Eamonn Brannigan (St Michael’s)

14. Damien Comer (Annaghdown)
13. Ian Burke (Corofin)
15. Barry McHugh (Mountbellew/Moylough)

Subs

26. Patrick Sweeney (Killanin) for McHugh (43)
21. Michael Daly (Mountbellew/Moylough) for Flynn (49)
25. Gary O’Donnell (Tuam Stars) for Cathal Sweeney (58)
18. Frankie Burke (Annaghdown) for Ian Burke (60)
22. Johnny Duane (St James’) for Bradshaw (65)
20. Danny Cummins for Walsh (66)

Sligo

1. Aidan Devaney (Calry/St Joseph’s)

2. Charlie Harrison (St John’s)
27. Ross Donovan (Eastern Harps)
9. Kevin McDonnell (Castleconnor)

7. Gerard O’Kelly Lynch (St Mary’s)
6. Adrian McIntyre (Tourlestrane)
3. Eoin McHugh (St Molaise Gaels)

10. Patrick O’Connor (St Farnan’s)
8. Niall Murphy (Coolera/Strandhill)

5. Neil Ewing (Drumcliffe/Rosses Point)
11. Liam Gaughan (Tourlestrane)
12. Cathal Henry (Tourlestrane)

15. Adrian Marren (Curry)
14. Pat Hughes (Geevagh)
13. Kyle Cawley (St Mary’s)

Subs:

19. Seán Carribine (Castleconnor) for Henry (21)
18. Cian Breheny (St Mary’s) for Hughes (28)
22. Luke Nicholson (St Mary’s) for Harrison (half time)
23. Keelan Cawley (Coolera/Strandhill) for O’Kelly Lynch (60)
21. Finnian Cawley (St Farnan’s) for McHugh (63, black card)
24. Darragh Cummins (Calry/St Joseph’s) for McIntyre (66)

Referee: Noel Mooney (Cavan).

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