GAA: Galway crush London by 19 points in Connacht Championship quarter-final
By Tony Tighe - @TonyTighe94
Last Updated: 26/05/14 12:48pm
Galway cruised into the Connacht Championship semi-finals courtesy of a one-sided 3-17 to 0-7 victory over London.
The Tribesmen led from start to finish at Ruislip, hitting an unanswered 1-5 inside the opening 10 minutes to effectively put the game to bed.
Centre-forward Shane Walsh was in superb form for the visitors, top-scoring with 1-6, while Michael Martin and Danny Cummins also netted at either end of this disappointing contest.
Walsh bagged his first point within 15 seconds of the throw-in as Galway started with gusto, and Martin scored their first maximum in the second minute after great build-up play by Cummins.
Galway led by nine points by the midway point of the half and but for some fine goalkeeping by Adrian Faherty the margin would have been even greater.
Claregalway native Faherty scored London’s first points of the game in first-half injury-time, knocking over two frees and also making a superb point-blank save from Martin to leave the Exiles trailing by 1-9 to 0-2 at the interval.
London captain Lorcan Mulvey, who didn’t start due to a calf problem, was introduced for the start of the second half and he immediately won a free, which Faherty converted.
But Galway cancelled out that trio of points in devastating fashion on 39 minutes, Walsh rifling a shot to the roof of Faherty’s net.
London had plenty of possession during the final quarter as Galway took their foot off the gas, but they failed to make it count on the scoreboard, hitting a flurry of wides.
Cummins put the gloss on a dominant Galway display in injury-time, firing into an unguarded net in injury-time after Faherty could only parry Adrian Varley’s shot.
Galway now progress to a Connacht semi-final date with Sligo at Markievicz Park on June 21.
Galway: S Walsh 1-6 (2f, 1 ‘45’), M Martin (1f), D Cummins 1-3 each, E Hoare 0-3, M Lundy, A Varley 0-1 each.
London: A Faherty (3f), L Mulvey (2f) 0-3 each, J Feeney 0-1.