A MISSED Galway penalty by Shane Walshe nearly came back to haunt the Tribesmen as Leitrim mounted an impressive second half performance to nearly snatch victory at the death in this hugely entertaining game at the re-dedicated Philly McGuinness Park in Mohill yesterday.
In a dramatic finale Letrims's Kevin Conlon had an effort at a goal from a 30 metre free which went over the bar to give Galway a hard fought victory by the narrowest of margins.
Following an early exchange of points the sides were level after ten minutes. Galway led 4pts to 2pts at the half way stage but as the midfield pairing of Fiontan Ó Curraoin and Enda Tierney began to dominate the exchanges. The Tribesmen scored five more points to a Leitrim pointed free to put Galway deservedly in front 0-9 to 0-4 at the interval.
Two minutes into the resumption, Galway were awarded a penalty which Shane Walshe drove wide.
The miss was quickly followed by two Leitrim points. However, the Tribesmen regrouped, scoring three unanswered points before Alan McLoughlin volleyed home the Leitrim goal 13 minutes from time.
scorers - Galway: S Walshe(0-4 2f)),M Coady (0-3),G O'Donnell(0-2),D Cummins,C Sweeney,P Sweeney 1pt each. Leitrim: A McLoughlin (1-2),K Conlon (0-3f),S Moran,T Mulvey ,R Reynolds,S McWeeney 1pt each.
GALWAY - M Breathnach,T Fahy,D Kyne,C Forde,J Heaney, G O'Donnell,G Bradshaw,F Ó Curraoin,E Tierney,C Sweeney,S Walshe,M Coady,O O,Brien,P Sweeney,D Cummins. Subs: J Egan for M Breathnach.S Denvir for O O'Brien.E Hoare for D Cummins.D Walshe for E Tierney.
LEITRIM -P Farrelly, B Prior,R Gallagher, N Woods,R Reynolds, G Reynolds, S McWeeney, P McGowan ,D Moran, T Mulvey, F Clancy , D Beck,A McLoughlin,J McGrail, K Conlon. Subs: S Quinn for T Mulvey.S Moran for D Moran.R Kenney for F Clancy.C Gilheaney for A McLoughlin.
REF - J Henry (Sligo).