GALWAY’S U-17 Gaelic footballers notched up a second successive win in the Connacht Minor Championship when they convincingly took the spoils at Markievicz Park on Friday evening last, swamping an overwhelmed Sligo by 14 points.
Winners by 22 points in their first round demolition of Roscommon, this was another tour de force by the talented Galway teenagers as the lethal inside attacking trio of Oisín Gormally, Daniel Cox and Matthew Cooley accounted for 2-5 of their tally.
Excellent first-half goals from Cox, who buried a shot to the top corner after 14 minutes, and Cooley, whose 27th minute finish was created by defender Conor Halbard’s run upfield, set up Galway’s 2-6 to 0-5 interval lead.
The visitors were 11 points up, 2-12 to 0-7, when substitute Eoghan Tinny cracked home their third goal after 48 minutes to wrap up a fine evening’s work for Dónal Ó Fáthárta’s charges.
Galway didn’t have it all their own way, however, as Sligo, who were playing their first game in the competition, were lively during the opening 20 minutes.
The home side’s top scorer, free-taker Eoghan Smith, landed the game’s opening score in the second minute – a score cancelled out by Galway centre-back Tony Gill, who pointed four minutes later.
Sligo were putting Galway under pressure but wasted chances and turnovers meant that the team managed by Michael Duffy, a former inter-county referee, failed to punish their opponents.
Daniel Cox’s goal put Galway ahead for the first time – a lead they would never relinquish – and from then on Sligo were playing catch-up.
Full report in this week’s Connacht Tribune