Thursday 22 February 2018

Kelly, Walsh inspire rampaging Tribesmen

Galway 1-20 Sligo 0-7 Connacht U-21 fc quarter-final

Galway stormed into the semi-finals as Gary Kelly and Shane Walsh led them to victory at Tuam Stadium.

Anthony Brennan's side had no answer to Galway's dynamic performance and a tally of 1-18 from open play underlined the Tribesmen's superiority.

They now have just four days' recovery before their last-four clash with Mayo on Saturday.

"We are lucky that we don't think we have any serious injuries after that game. We were able to take off a few lads early enough, but Saturday won't be long coming around," said Galway manager Alan Flynn. "The winning margin probably flattered us a bit in the end, but we have to be happy with it."

Galway led by 1-8 to 0-5 at the break, Sean Moran with the goal, as Walsh and Kelly began to find their range – they kicked 12 of the last 13 points to cruise through.

Scorers – Galway: G Kelly, S Walsh (2fs) 0-5 each, S Moran 1-1, A Varley, C Mulryan 0-2 each, P Cunningham, P Varley, F O Curraoin, D Comer, D Burke 0-1 each. Sligo: N Murphy 0-4 (1f), S Cawley, R Connolly, J Rodgers (1f) 0-1 each

Galway – T Healy; L Silke, J Shaughnessy, P Ezergailis; M Loughnane, E Walsh, P Varley; F O Curraoin, D Comer; C Mulryan, S Moran, P Cunningham; S Walsh, A Varley, G Kelly. Subs: C Rabbitte for Cunningham (39), D Burke for Loughnane (44), S Maughan for Kelly (49), E O hEochaidh for O Curraoin (50), M Heskin for Comer (55).

Sligo – J O'Hora; C Gorman, G Ryan, E Flannigan; M O'Hehir, C O'Dowd, Ciaran Brennan; D Coffey, R Connolly; J Rodgers, N Murphy, S Regan; S Cawley, B Egan, Cathal Brennan. Subs: K McDonnell for B Egan (21), D Brady for Rodgers (27), M Gordan for O'Dowd (31), E Connolly for Gorman (49), C Surlis for Regan (58).

Ref – F Flynn (Leitrim)

Irish Independent

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