Mulholland's battlers hit top gear
Published 04/04/2011 | 05:00
Galway got a timely boost as Alan Mulholland's charges powered their way to the title in style at Pearse Stadium.
Galway played an excellent brand of passing football to blow holders Roscommon away.
Despite having Eric Monaghan's 18th-minute penalty saved by Naas Connaughton, they still led by 0-6 to 0-2 at the interval.
Manager Mulholland will be hoping they can repeat that form in an All-Ireland title bid.
"The first half won it for us, but we didn't hold on to the ball enough in the second half,'' Mulholland said.
"We tried to use the wind too much in the second half and hit it long, but it actually suited us better when we held on to the ball and made the hard yards. But you learn from that."
Mark Hehir, Patrick Sweeney and Danny Cummins were superb in attack for Galway, with full-back Colin Forde and wing-back Tomas Fahy also outstanding.
Tomas Flynn dominated midfield for them, until his late dismissal for a second yellow card, while Adrian Murphy capped the win a late goal.
SCORERS -- Galway: M Hehir 0-4 (1f), A Murphy 1-0, D Cummins, P Sweeney 0-2 each, M Boyle, T Fahy 0-1 each. Roscommon: S Regan 0-2 (2f), S Oates, D McDermott 0-1 each.
Galway -- M Breathnach; G Sweeney, C Forde, A Tierney; J Moore, J Duane, T Fahy; T Flynn, F O Curraoin; C Doherty, M Hehir, M Boyle; D Cummins, P Sweeney, E Monaghan. Subs: A Murphy for Monaghan (50), JJ Greaney for P Sweeney (58), T Healy for Cummins (60).
Roscommon: N Connaughton; C Duignan, N Collins, C Cafferkey; E Bannon, N Daly, P Brogan; E Stritch, A Feehily; B Murtagh, S Oates, S Regan; N Kilroy, C Shine, D McDermott. Subs: M Higgins for Feehily ( 27), D Dolan for Murtagh (30), E Kenny for Kilroy (48), T Cox for Brogan (58).
Ref -- M Daly (Mayo).