Meehan goal vital to Galway escape
GALWAY 1-12 WATERFORD 0-14 All-Ireland SFC Qual Rd 2
Waterford left a glorious chance of creating a massive shock behind them at Pearse Stadium as they came so close to dumping Galway out of the championship.
A goal from Michael Meehan six minutes from time was the crucial score as Galway survived a huge scare against a fired-up Waterford side. Galway were in trouble when they only led by three points at the break having played with the strong wind.
Meehan kicked three points in the opening six minutes but Galway struggled to break down a crowded Waterford defence and with corner-forward Paul Whyte in superb form for Waterford – he finished with 0-8, half of which came from play – Niall Carew's men kept in touch and were in with a fighting chance when they only trailed by 0-10 to 0-7 at the interval.
Waterford took control in the third quarter and hit six points without reply and held Galway scoreless for 23 minutes. Sean Armstrong ended Galway's barren spell with a free 12 minutes from time before substitute Michael Martin left just one point between them two minutes later.
After Armstrong set up Meehan for the game's crucial score Waterford responded with a '45' from Whyte a minute from the end but they were unable to draw level .
Scorers – Galway: M Meehan 1-5 (0-1f), P Conroy 0-4 (2f), S Armstrong (f), D Cummins, M Martin 0-1 each. Waterford: P Whyte 0-8 (3f, 1 '45), G Hurney, A Doyle 0-2 each, T Grey, B Wall 0-1 each.
Galway: M Breathnach; C Forde, F Hanley, J Duane; C Doherty, G O'Donnell, G Sice; P Conroy, G Higgins; J O'Brien; S Armstrong, M Farragher; D Cummins, M Meehan, M Hehir. Subs: K Kelly for Forde (28), M Martin for Hehir (45), T Flynn for Higgins (49), S Denvir for Doherty (52), F O Curraion for O'Brien (60).
Waterford: S Enright; N Walsh, T O'Gorman, M O'Gorman; C O'Keeffe, S Briggs, C Phelan; T Prendergast, S Ahearne; T Grey, G Hurney, A Doyle; B Wall, P Whyte, L O Lionáin. Subs: R Ahearne for Wall (60), D Allen for Prendergast (68).
Referee: D Fahy (Longford)