O Laoi leads way for Tribesmen
Galway 1-15 Leitrim 1-7
Published 05/05/2016 | 02:30
Antoine O Laoi starred for Galway as they reached back-to-back Connacht junior championship finals with a comprehensive win at Tuam.
Galway, who have a chance to avenge last year's final defeat to Mayo, showed steel to bounce back from Jack Heslin's seventh-minute goal.
Leitrim won the toss and despite playing with the breeze in the first half they trailed 1-7 to 1-3 at half-time.
Leitrim led 1-1 to 0-1 after Heslin's goal, but Matthew Reddington scored a crucial point. Galway hit 1-2 without reply and when O'Laoi concluded the scoring before half-time they led by four.
Alan Molloy kicked a fine point as Galway began the second half well, and O'Laoi pushed them six clear, but Leitrim scored three in a row to get back in contention, before Galway pulled clear again.
They hit six in a row, with Reddington scoring his third and fourth points, and Michael Day was also brilliant.
Scorers - Galway: A O Laoi 1-4 (0-2fs), M Reddington 0-4, M Day, N Lee 0-2 each, D Wynne, A Molloy, A Kyne 0-1 each. Leitrim: J Heslin 1-2, C Clinton (f), J Glancy, R O'Rourke, D McGovern, A Armstrong 0-1 each.
Galway - B Power; A Claffey, T Comer, T O Caoimh; D Wynne, A Kyne, C Reilly; M Day, E Walsh; F Cooney, M Reddington, C Brennan; A Molloy, A O Laoi, N Lee. Subs: E Lee for Brennan (39), P Walsh for E Walsh (46), D McHugh for Molloy (54), C O'Neill for N Lee (59), E Stritch for Cooney (60), T O'Malley for Power (62).
Leitrim - P Farrelly; J Cassidy, A Armstrong, A Wynne; K McHugh, W McKeon, D Feely; D McGovern, K Cox; S McMorrow, J Glancy, C Clinton; R O'Rourke, D Farrell, J Heslin. Subs: K Keegan for Clinton (30), C Canning for McMorrow (30), L Ryan for McHugh (38), C Clarke for O'Rourke (52), F McTague for McGovern (55).
Ref - B Judge (Sligo).