New boy McHugh shines for Galway
Galway 0-13 Sligo 0-10
Galway yesterday unearthed a new attacking star, Barry McHugh, with the full-forward's seven points propelling the Tribesmen to a three-point defeat of 14-man Sligo at a breezy Quigabar.
The hosts, who welcomed back Ross Donovan to inter-county action, were 0-8 to 0-5 up and playing against a strong wind when corner-back Eoin McHugh got a second booking in the 51st minute.
Sligo's situation worsened when veteran forward Mark Breheny had to temporarily leave the fray after a collision with team-mate Adrian Marren.
Kevin Walsh saw his side take full advantage. Although trailing 0-10 to 0-8 after 59 minutes they kicked five unanswered points over the next 18 minutes, which included seven minutes of additional time.
Barry McHugh landed three fine points from play to go along with his four converted frees, with Thomas Flynn and sub Eddie Hoare also pointing superbly.
Sligo, backed by the elements in the first-half, only led 0-6 to 0-4 at the break as their possession-based game failed to exploit the guile of inside forwards Kyle Cawley and Adrian Marren.
The hosts' standout performer was Patrick O'Connor, just out of the minor grade, who contributed three points, including a booming, wind-assisted effort on 17 minutes.
Barry McHugh kept Galway in touch with three pointed frees in the opening period.
In a game that produced seven marks - four for Galway and three for Sligo - Roscommon referee Paul Daly reverted to linesman after nine minutes due to injury and Liam Devenney, Mayo, took over.
Scorers - Sligo: Mark Breheny (3f), Patrick O'Connor, Adrian Marren 0-3 each; Kyle Cawley 0-1. Galway: Barry McHugh 0-7 (4f); Sean Kelly, Fiontán Ó Curraoin, Johnny Duane, David Wynne, Thomas Flynn, Eddie Hoare 0-1 each.
Sligo: A Devaney; E McHugh, L Nicholson, N Gaughan; K Cawley, N Ewing, J Hynes; R Donovan, A McIntyre; J Kelly, M Breheny, C Davey; P O'Connor, A Marren, K Cawley. Subs: F Ruddy for Devaney h-t, P Clarke for Breheny 49 (blood sub), S Gilmartin for Davey 55, S Power for Kelly 64, D Cummins for Hynes 70+1
Galway: R Lavelle; L Burke, D Walsh, J Duane; P Varley, G Bradshaw, S Kelly; M Day, F Ó Curraoin; J Heaney, T Flynn, P Cooke; P Mannion, B McHugh, S Armstrong. Subs: D Wynne for Cooke 53, G O'Donnell for Heaney 54, J Heaney for Armstrong 62, E Hoare for Mannion 67
Ref: Paul Daly (Liam Devenney)