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Paul Conroy's 62nd-minute free edged Galway in front and they never looked back after that

Paul Conroy's 62nd-minute free edged Galway in front and they never looked back after that

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Paul Conroy's 62nd-minute free edged Galway in front and they never looked back after that

Galway eased relegation worries with a thoroughly deserved victory over promotion-chasing Roscommon in poor conditions at Dr Hyde Park.

The visitors trailed by seven points at the break but they turned things around emphatically with a strong wind behind them in the second half. Aided by Peadar Ó Griofa's long-range free-taking, they kicked the last six scores of the contest to emerge worthy winners.

Ironically, the Tribesmen played well against the elements but two superb saves from Roscommon goalkeeper Darren O'Malley, the first from Ó Griofa's 25th-minute penalty, kept Kevin Walsh's charges at bay. But the floodgates opened in the third quarter and Damien Comer's 44th-minute goal helped Galway wipe out the half-time deficit soon after the restart.

Poach

The teams shared the opening six scores. Paul Conroy (a free), Patrick Sweeney and Seán Denvir illustrated their side's ability to poach scores against the strong wind. Roscommon started tentatively and only had points on the board from a brace of frees by the Murtagh brothers and a fine effort from play by Enda Smith.

But John Evans' men eventually found their rhythm with points from play by Diarmuid Murtagh, Ciaran Murtagh and Cathal Shine (2). Comer landed a brilliant '45 into the wind before O'Malley's heroics kept Roscommon's three-point lead intact.

The Roscommon goalkeeper then denied Comer before Cathal Shine's probing delivery was flicked to the net by Diarmuid Murtagh.

With their Division 2 status on the line, Galway displayed the spirit required to prevail. Two efforts from Ó Griofa were followed by a free by Conroy. Then Comer sneaked in behind Neil Collins, fielded Garreth Bradshaw's delivery and found the net. Ó Griofa soon levelled matters and all the momentum was with the visitors.

But Roscommon found their second wind and two efforts from Diarmuid Murtagh edged them back in front. Later, Conroy's 62nd-minute free edged Galway in front and they never looked back after that

Man of the Match: Peadar Ó Griofa

Scorers - Galway: P Ó Griofa (4f) 0-6, D Comer (1 '45) 1-1, P Conroy 0-3 (3f), P Sweeney, S Denvir, G Sice, M Lundy 0-1 each. Roscommon: D Murtagh (2f) 1-4, C Murtagh (1f), C Shine, E Smith 0-2 each.

Galway - M Breathnach 6; J Duane 6, F Hanley 7, C Sweeney 7; L Silke 7, G Bradshaw 7, G O'Donnell 6; F Ó Curraoin 8, P Conroy 7; S Denvir 6, D Comer 8, P Ó Griofa 8; G Sice 7, P Sweeney 6, M Lundy 6. Subs: S Walsh 5 for Denvir (61), A Varley 5 for Sweeney (63), M Martin 5 for Lundy (68).

Roscommon - D O'Malley 8; S McDermott 7, N Carty 6, N Collins 6; D Murray 5, D Keenan 8, C Daly 6; C Shine 6, K Higgins 5; N Daly 6, C Murtagh 6, E Smith 7, D Murtagh 8, S Kilbride 7, C Cregg 6. Subs: C Cafferky 6 for Murray (BC, 26), D Ward 5 for Higgins (h-t), M Healy 5 for Shine (50), R Stack 5 for Smith (61), C Connolly 5 for Cregg (65), F Kelly 5 for Ward (70).

Ref - Michael Duffy (Sligo)

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