GAA: Galway through to Connacht final after 0-16 to 0-11 success over Sligo
Last Updated: 22/06/14 8:41am
Fiontán Ó Curraoin: Dominated around midfield for Galway
Galway are through to their first Connacht final since 2009 after a 0-16 to 0-11 victory over Sligo at Markievicz Park.
The Tribesmen led by a single point at the interval, despite playing into a strong breeze, and they pulled clear in the second half to book a final date with Mayo on July 13.
Shane Walsh backed up his superb display against London with another impressive showing, finishing with six points, while the dominance of man-of-the-match Fintan O Curraoin around midfield was a major factor in Galway’s victory.
The sides were level on three occasions during an even opening quarter, with Adrian Marren’s stunning sideline point the standout moment.
A 50-metre free from Marren gave Sligo the lead on 18 minutes but Galway replied with a trio of scores from Michael Martin (2) and Walsh as Yeats County goalkeeper Aidan Devaney continued to persist with kicking the ball down the throats of O Curraoin, Thomas Flynn and Eddie Hoare.
Mark Breheny and Marren kicked late points to leave Sligo trailing by 0-9 to 0-8 at half time, but Galway hit five of the opening six scores of the second half, with Devaney also denying Danny Cummins with a point-blank save.
Points from substitutes Kevin McDonnell and Niall Murphy gave Sligo hope but Galway were able to keep their hosts at arm’s length, and Walsh’s late free – his fourth of the second half – ensured a comfortable victory.
Galway: S Walsh 0-6 (2f, 1 ’45), D Cummins 0-4, M Martin (1f), E Hoare 0-2 each, M Lundy, D Comer 0-1 each.
Sligo: A Marren 0-4 (2f, 1 s/l), M Breheny 0-2, D Kelly, S McManus, P Hughes, K McDonnell, N Murphy 0-1 each.