Galway’s first-half goal blitz seals the deal

Ladies Gaelic Football award winner Olivia Divilly, centre, with her parents Catherine and Michael, and her sister Siobhán, at the Medtronic Galway Sports Stars banquet in the Galway Bay Hotel on Saturday night.

Galway   4-10

Monaghan  2-6

GALWAY’S first outing in the Lidl Ladies National League could not have got off to a better start as they put in a smashing display to see off Monaghan at the Connacht Centre of Excellence in Bekan on Sunday.

Enjoying the advantage of the considerable emements in the first half, Galway made a dream start with three goals in the opening seven minutes as they powered their way to a nine point interval lead.

While that might be expected, what was most impressive was the second half performance as Galway once more dominated proceedings and, in a low-scoring half, actually ourscored Monaghan.

Just like they did in the opening half, Galway worked extremely hard, retained possession well as they continiously recycled the ball and, in the process, made the Ulster side look very poor. In both halves, Stephen Glennon’s charges put huge pressure on the Monaghan kick-out whick resulted in a huge turnover of possession and while the shooting was understandably erratic when facing the wind in the second half, Galway’s first half tally of 4-5 was where the game was really won.

Indeed, such were Monaghan’s difficulties as they struggled to get any time on the ball, that they went for 20 minute spells in both halves without scoring. Backboned by ten players from famed clubs like Donaghamoyne and Emyvale, they were made to look ordinary as Galway operated at just a different level.

Almost the highlight from their point of view came in the opening minute when they were awarded a penalty, after Ciara McAnespie was fouled, and Louise Kerly placed the resulting spot kick beyond Dearbhla Gower to give them a good start.


Full report in this week’s Connacht Tribune.