Monday 23 April 2018

Flynn shines in rout

Galway 1-30 DIT 0-12 Walsh Cup

Galway manager Michael Donoghue Picture: Ray Ryan / SPORTSFILE
Galway manager Michael Donoghue Picture: Ray Ryan / SPORTSFILE

Galway outclassed a poor DIT outfit, with Davy Glennon and Jason Flynn to the fore in Ballinasloe.

Without several frontline players due to injury, college and club commitments, Micheal Donoghue handed out ten debuts yesterday.

And he would have been delighted with the displays of Thomas Monaghan, who hit four first-half points, midfielder Dan Nevin, who got on a huge amount of ball and scored three points, and corner-backs Jack Grealish and Matt Donoghue, who were tight throughout.

But after relegation to Division 1B in his first season Donoghue will have to get used to facing second-tier opposition.

"Yeah, look, happy enough," said Donoghue. "A few weeks' pre-season done so it was just nice to get back into the routine of games.

"We're well aware that they were depleted but it's just good to get up and running and a good win."

This game was won at a canter long before half-time as Monaghan, Glennon and Brian Molloy looked very sharp up front.

A Joseph Cooney goal seven minutes from time was very fortuitous, while Sean Loftus impressed after his arrival, and secondary school student Evan Niland crowned his debut with a good score.

Scorers - Galway: J Flynn 0-7 (4fs), J Cooney 1-2, T Monaghan, D Glennon 0-4, B Molloy, D Nevin 0-3, P Brehony 0-2, J Grealish, S McInerney, E Niland, C Salmon, J Coen 0-1. DIT: C O'Donoghue 0-6 (5f), D McNicholas 0-2 (1f), R Greville, A Nugent, C Hayes, E O'Hehir (f) 0-1.

Galway - C Callanan; J Grealish, R Burke, M Donoghue; M Keating, M Dolphin, A Harte; J Coen, D Nevin; P Brehony, J Cooney, D Glennon; B Molloy, J Flynn, T Monaghan. Subs: B Flaherty for Burke (47), C Loftus for Harte (47), S McInerney for Brehony (49), C Salmon for Glennon (49), J Holland for Keating (56), E Niland for Molloy (56), D Cronin for Donoghue (58).

DIT - S Brennan; P O'Reilly, T Doyle, T Byrne; E McInerney, D McNicholas, S McClelland; D O'Connor, R Greville; J Murphy, C O'Donoghue, A Nugent; E O'Heir, C Hayes, N Walsh. Subs: J Kelly for O'Connor (h-t), W Irish for O'Heir (62).

Ref - A Devine (Westmeath).

Irish Independent

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