Thursday 22 March 2018

Hoare seizes his chance as Tribesmen march to final

Galway 0-16 GMIT 1-5

Galway manager Kevin Walsh. Picture credit: Ray Ryan / Sportsfile
Galway manager Kevin Walsh. Picture credit: Ray Ryan / Sportsfile

Daragh Small

Galway manager Kevin Walsh praised the exploits of his side in the second half as they held GMIT to just two scores to advance to the final of the FBD League at Tuam Stadium.

With wins over Sligo and Leitrim already in 2016, Galway were looking to make it three from three and despite a late goal from GMIT substitute Martin Shaughnessy, they were comfortable winners in terrible conditions for football.

The county side were wasteful with their chances in the first half and were lucky to lead 0-6 to 0-4 at half-time but Walsh said his troops replied to his comments at the break and they showed heart in the second half.

"There were new names which is important. A lot of the lads have worked really hard in the last few weeks. Three different teams have gone out and at half-time today were just two points up," said Walsh.

"Playing into a strong breeze in the second half it wasn't the best position to be in - a few changes at half-time had to be done.

"But in fairness they did lift it up in the second half. The prize is the FBD League final. That's next Sunday and we will see how that goes."

In a repeat of last year's final, Galway will take on Roscommon as they look to dethrone the reigning champions ahead of their respective league campaigns.

And Eddie Hoare advanced his claims for inclusion after he was brought in late for Damien Comer, and went on to slot six frees in a stellar display from the placed ball.

Andy Glennon kicked GMIT in front after two minutes but then Hoare kicked three of Galway's four points as they took charge. However, with GMIT on top in midfield Galway only led by two at half-time.

But three second-half frees from Hoare backed by some impressive substitutes gave Galway the win. GMIT boss Val Daly said his side were always fighting a losing battle.

"We played three games against three county teams. They are county teams they are preparing from the National League and they have a much bigger panel to pick from. My guys played U-21 yesterday with their counties. Some of them even worked night shifts last night until 6am, and they are students," Daly said.

Scorers - Galway: E Hoare 0-6 (6f), D Cummins 0-3, A Varley 0-2, N Walsh, P Conroy, J Heaney, L Silke, P Mannion 0-1. GMIT: M Shaughnessy 1-0, J Donnellan, A Glennon 0-2 each, D Brennan 0-1.

Galway - B O'Donoghue; C Silke, A Kyne, L Silke; E Tierney, T Comer, J Heaney; P Conroy, T Flynn; S O Curraoin, A Varley, S Denvir; N Walsh, E Hoare, D Cummins. Subs: D Wynne for T Comer (30 mins), J Lyons for Denvir (30), E Brannigan for S O Curraoin (30), M Collins for Cummins (55), E Kerin for A Kyne (55), P Mannion for A Varley (55).

GMIT - C Nolan; C Reilly, A Farrell, E McGrath; W McCauley, J Downes, K Nally; D Brennan, P Prendergast; C Donnellan, Martin Farragher, R Steede; A Molloy, A Glennon, J Donnellan. Subs: A Meenaghan for C Donnellan (18 mins), A Kielty for McCauley (40), M Shaughnessy for Nally (44), Michael Mangan for Reilly (49), D Varley for Molloy (54), F McNamara for Steede (55).

Ref - Eamon O Grady (Leitrim)

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