Feerick wonder-goal proves decisive
Galway 1-8 Tyrone 0-9
A first-half wonder-goal from Alan Feerick set Galway on the way to retaining their title in Leitrim, despite the best efforts of six-time All Star Peter Canavan, who inspired a Tyrone comeback that fell just short.
For the second year in a row, the Masters competition has been run unofficially because of insurance concerns within GAA headquarters, but Canavan sees nothing but positives and called on the association to back it.
"The competition has produced some great football especially in terms of high-fielding even," he said.
"Some of the Galway scores were exceptional. A lot of these players still retain their skill levels. There seems to be a great interest from the counties that are there and it's just a pity that Croke Park isn't giving it the support it deserves."
Scorers – Galway: A Feerick 1-0; D ó Flaharta, D Beirne 0-2 each; S Silke, D Glynn, K Kelly, O Hynes (1f) 0-1 each. Tyrone: P Canavan 0-4 (3fs); S Lawn 0-2; M Gallagher, D Gormley, C Daly 0-1 each.
GALWAY – T Walsh; G Lee, R Donovan, T Ó Flaharta; S Silke, B Silke, D Glynn; D Cronin, K Kelly; T Burke, C McGauren, A Feerick; O Hynes, S Ó Rainne, D Beirne. Subs: D Fallon, B Walsh, D ó Flaharta, D Kelly, J Wilson, N Dempsey, P Bradley.
TYRONE – G Quinn; P Sweeney, G McElroy, G McKenna; M Gallagher, R McGarrity, E Kavanagh; D Gormley, F Gormley; C Daly, M Cummings, M McConomy; P Canavan, S Lawn, I Gallagher. Subs: C Gallagher, H Quinn, G McWilliams, C Quinn, A McGahan, A McSorley, E Duncan, B McElroy.
REF – J Griffin (Sligo)