Maughan strike the difference for Galway
GALWAY produced a resolute performance in gale-force conditions to see off Sligo IT in this first-round clash at the new centre of excellence at Ballyhaunis yesterday.
Despite the battering by wind and rain, it was just the start new Galway manager Alan Mulholland needed as he tried out a fairly youthful side.
The Tribesmen looked comfortable enough playing into the gale in the first half, picking up three points, two from the impressive Shane Maughan and a third from wing-back Conor Halloran.
Paul Garvey produced the score of the game for Sligo IT, who had a couple of good scores from Kenny Sweeney as they went three points clear at the break but failed to capitalise on that huge wind advantage in the first half.
The wind was to prove almost as strong as the Galway defence in the second period
And Mulholland's charges were given the perfect boost when Maughan scored the only goal of the evening inside a minute of the restart to draw the sides level.
Mark Leddy had Sligo back in front on 37 minutes but it was to prove their only score of the second half as Galway hit back with four unanswered points from Fintan O'Curraoin, substitute Thomas Flynn, Neil Coleman and Paul Conroy to earn a deserving win.
SCORERS -- Galway: S Maughan 1-2, T Flynn, C Halloran, P Conroy, F O'Curraoin and N Coleman 0-1 each. Sligo IT: K Sweeney, D Cummins 0-2 each, S Ryder, M Leddy, P Garvey 0-1 each.
GALWAY -- B O'Donoghue; K McGrath, K Kelly, D O'Neill; C Halloran, G Bradshaw, D O'Reilly; F O Curraoin, P Conroy; C Kenny, C Bane, M Boyle; A Murphy, J J Greaney, S Maughan.
Subs: C Maloney for Bane, C Forde for Sweeney, T Flynn for Bane, N Coleman for Greaney.
SLIGO IT -- A Faherty; D Maye, K Kane, J Kelly; D Drake, D Geraghty, R Donovan; G Kane, S Ryder; G Gaughan, P Garvey, R Ryan; D Cummins, K Sweeny, S Henry.
REF -- J Glavey (Mayo).