Galway bounced back from their opening round loss to Roscommon to eventually see off the brave challenge of a Sligo side who had an extra man for almost half of this Connacht MFC clash at Tuam Stadium.
Centre-back Darragh Kennedy was sent off just after half-time but Galway never trailed in the second half, having led by 0-7 to 0-5 at the break.
Sligo rued a dozen wides to Galway's nine, with a couple of early frees from Eoghan Smith giving the Yeats County an encouraging start.
Galway reaped rewards when they played the ball direct but Sligo drew level just after the break with a goal from Gavin Duffy, son of manager Micheál, the former inter-county referee.
A goal-line save from full-back Jack Lavin denied Warren Seoige but the corner-forward finished with four points from play.
The other corner-forward Nathan Grainger hit three from play in a full-forward line which accounted for 0-10, with Tomo Culhane landing three points as Galway held off a spirited Sligo rally.
Mayo 4-14 Roscommon 0-5
Mayo’s U-17s were resounding winners over Roscommon in Ballina last night.
Roscommon started brightly and kicked the game’s opening two scores, a free from Eoin Colleran and a nice point from play from Adam McDermott.
But Mayo seized control in the fourth minute, when Ciarán Mylett darted across the Roscommon goal to flick Frank Irwin’s shot to the net. Mylett and McAndrew swapped frees to make it 1-1 to 0-3 but Roscommon wouldn’t score again for the remainder of the half.
Mayo had their second goal on 16 minutes, as Paul Walsh raced clear down the left channel and squared the ball for his Castlebar Mitchels club-mate Paddy Heneghan to bat home. Walsh then set up the third three minutes later, teeing up Mylett for a low near-post finish.
The fourth came with five minutes of the half remaining, Dylan Thornton and Walsh combining to set up Irwin as Mayo led by 4-8 to 0-3 at half-time. The pace of the game dropped after the break as Mayo eased to a 21-point win.
Laois 3-30 Westmeath 0-6
Laois minor hurlers repeated their facile round robin win against Westmeath in last night’s one-sided Leinster preliminary quarter-final in Portlaoise.
A barrage of early points put the home team in a commanding position. They were 0-7 to 0-0 in front when a long-range free from Noah Quinlan deceived the Westmeath defence for a soft goal in the 12th minute.
Cian O’Shaughnessy pounced for Laois’ second goal in the 19th minute. It was very much one-way traffic for the remainder of the half and Laois led by 2-13 to 0-3 at half-time.
The pattern was very similar on the change of ends with Laois players scoring points at will from a variety of angles and distances.
Indeed, the O’Moore County ended up with no fewer than 12 different scorers. Their third goal on the hour mark was very skilfully taken by James Duggan and it proved to be the last score of a totally lopsided match.