O Griofa the Galway hero
A strong final-quarter display pushed Galway through following a one-point win at Dr Hyde Park, Roscommon, yesterday.
Peadair O Griofa was Galway's star performer with five second-half points, as the Westerners booked a semi-final date with either Armagh or Cork, who face off in the last of the quarter-finals at Croke Park this afternoon.
The sides were tied at 0-3 apiece at the interval. Longford then pushed 1-5 to 0-5 ahead at the end of the third quarter, thanks to a Robbie Smith goal, but O Griofa landed four unanswered points late on to ensure a semi-final date for the Tribesmen.
Scorers -- Galway: P O Griofa 0-5 (2f); C Rabbitte 0-3 (1f), S Maughan (1f), C O'Neill 0-1; Longford: R Smith 1-2 (1f), B McKeon, D Farrelly, J McGivney (1f), D Cooney (1f) 0-1 each
Galway: J Keane; P Ezergalis, J Shaughnessy, P Varley; F O Bearra, M Kelly, T Curran; E Commins, F O Curraoin; N Quinn, P O Griofa, S Maughan; C O'Neill, C Rabbitte, N Walsh. Subs: T Flynn for Quinn (37); D Black for O Bearra (39); J Vaughan for Ezergalis (43); A Varley for O'Neill (48)
Longford: P Collum; D Bennett, D Quinn, R Keogh; C Clarke, J McGivney, S Donohoe; D Cooney, D Gallagher; D Farrelly, P McCormack, B McKeon; R Smith, J Noonan, D Mimnagh. Subs: C Lynn for Farrelly (53); O'Farrell for Mimnagh (60)
Referee: R O'Donnell (Donegal)