Clancy magic gives Galway massive boost
IT Sligo 0-7
Galway, already out of contention in this competition, produced a display which will give new manager Tomas O Flatharta plenty of hope heading into the National League.
A terrific display from Matthew Clancy was the deciding factor as Galway blitzed past 14-man IT Sligo at Tuam Stadium. Clancy hit 1-5 of Galway's total as they dominated proceedings with a ruthless display.
But their cause was aided when Sligo inter-county star Keelan Cawley was shown a straight red card for an incident with Fiachra Breathnach after 25 minutes.
Galway kicked on from there and scored six points without reply to end the half 0-11 to 0-4 ahead, with Clancy impressing with three superb points from play.
And when Breathnach and Cillin De Paor added two more in the opening minutes of the second half, IT Sligo trailed by nine. The killer blow came six minutes from time, when Clancy gathered the breaking ball at the edge of the square before finishing to the net.
But Galway refused to ease up on their opponents and further late scores from the impressive Eddie Hoare, Clancy, Gary Sice and Cormac Bane glossed the scoreline.
Scorers -- Galway: M Clancy 1-5 (0-1f), C Bane 0-5 (3f), J Ryan, G Sice, E Hoare, F Breathnach 0-2 each, G Bradshaw, C De Paor 0-1 each. IT Sligo: D Cummins, S Coen (1f) 0-2 each, A Croal, K Sweeney, G Gaughan 0-1 each.
Galway -- P Lally; K McGrath, F Hanley, D O'Reilly; D Reilly, N Coleman, A Burke; G Bradshaw, E Hoare; F Breathnach, C Bane, G Sice; J Ryan, C De Paor, M Clancy. Subs: D O'Reilly for McGrath (h-t), M Coleman for Reilly (h-t), G O'Donnell for Bradshaw (h-t), B Flaherty for Ryan (46), C Healy for Burke (51).
IT Sligo -- A Faherty; D Reynolds, P Gleeson, J Kelly; K Keane, K Cawley, D Daly; G White, M Brady; D Cummins, E Keating, G Gaughan; S Coen, A Croal, P Garvey. Subs: M Leddy for Gleeson (6), K Sweeney for White (36), P Kelly for Gaughan (38), N Costello for Keating (43).
Ref -- J Hughes (Mayo).