Thursday 21 November 2019

Galway humble Armagh in the Qualifiers

Danny Cummins, Galway, in action against Paul McKeown
Danny Cummins, Galway, in action against Paul McKeown

Galway shocked many observers by knocking Armagh out of the 2013 All-Ireland Football Championship after a 1-11 to 0-9 victory in Salthill this evening.

After Armagh's demolition of Leitrim and Wicklow in the qualiifiers and Galway's sub-par performance against Waterford the Northerners were installed as justifiable favourites but they found Galway in unmerciful mood.

A highly-motivated home side dictated the physical exchanges and Danny Cummins first half strike were crucial to the Connacht's sides win to set-up a Round Four qualifier clash with Cork in Croke Park next Saturday.

Galway got off to a perfect start with the wind at their backs with three unanswered points from Johnny Duane and two Michael Meehan frees.

Armagh responded with points from Tony Kernan and Caolan Rafferty before Sean Armstrong popped over a free and Galway led by 0-4 to 0-2.

Ciaran McKeever went on a fine solo run a popped over a point before Galway struck for goal when Danny Cummins fisted home a speculative free from Paul Conroy.

Michael Meehan and Daniel Martin stretched Galway's advantage to six but Armagh finished the half with points from Aaron Kernan and substitite Stefan Campbell, who had replaced Caolan Rafferty and Galway led by 1-6 to 0-5 at the break.

Armagh began the second half with two much-needed points but Daniel Martin responded for the Tribesmen who kicked four of the next four points to cement their advantage and assume control of the game with Michael Meehan and Gary Sice among the scorers.

There was only one point registered in the final 10 minutes with Ciaran McKeever dissecting the posts for Armagh but it wasn't enough and Galway go through to Round Four of the qualifiers and a meeting with Cork at Croke Park next Saturday.

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