Galway secure unconvincing win over Tipp
Galway bounced back from their trouncing at the hands of Mayo with a 1-12 to 0-11 victory over Tipperary at Pearse Stadium in Salthill.
Alan Mulholland's team were not impressive by any means but it was a victory that the county needed desperately.
With both sides still reeling from heavy championship defeats it was a cautious opening and Tipperary would have been very happy with their first half performance.
The sides were level five times in the opening period before Seanie Armstrong gave the Tribemen a 0-6 to 0-5 lead at the break but they were playing with a strong breeze.
Michael Meehan had the only real goal chance of the first half but he was brilliantly denied by Tipp goalie Paul Fitzgerald.
Galway began the second half in determined fashion with Danny Cummins bagging a brace of points and Mark Hehir and Armstrong scoring points.
The big turning point of the game came in the 48th minute when Michael Farragher struck for the game's only goal to give the hosts a six point lead.
Meehan and Farragher added further points and Galway led by 1-12 to 0-6 with 10 minutes remaining and although Tipp added five without reply before the end, they never looked like troubling Galway.
In the evening's other qualifier, Longford scored their first win of 2013 with an impressive 2-14 to 0-8 win over Limerick at Pearse Park in Longford.