Murphy joy as goal blitz sinks Model
Galway 4-20 Wexford 2-11
Saturday's dismantling of Wexford in Tullamore confirmed why every Mattie Murphy-managed Galway minor team carries such expectation into the championship.
Galway's first match of the summer ended in an All-Ireland quarter-final victory that was as comfortable as the scoreline suggests.
For Wexford, it was a demoralising defeat as they never recovered from the Tribesmen's blistering opening salvo that brought two goals inside eight minutes, from Michael Mullins and Darragh Dolan. And by the time the interval rolled around, Galway led by 2-15 to 0-5.
"I suppose we got the start that you would dream about," said Murphy.
"Once we got the 2-4 on the board it was always going to be an uphill battle for Wexford. Minors are funny animals in that they can drop their heads easy enough.
"We were 16 points up at half-time and that is not a true reflection of where Wexford are at. I have sympathy for them because they are a good bit better than that."
That is certainly not the case now and, while Wexford rallied briefly after the restart when Conor McDonald flicked home a goal, Galway responded with a third major, from Adrian Morrissey.
In the closing stages Wexford's Donal Shanley and Galway's Jason Flynn swapped goals, but by then it was simply a damage-limitation job for the Slaneysiders.
Scorers -- Galway: A Morrissey, D Dolan, J Flynn 1-2 each, R O'Meara 0-5, M Mullins 1-1, B Molloy 0-3 (2f), C Mannion, S Caufield 0-2 each, B Murtagh 0-1. Wexford: C McDonald 1-3 (0-1f), D Shanley 1-2, C Devitt, T French (1f) 0-2 each, B O'Brien, K Foley 0-1 each.
Galway -- M O Conghaile; D O'Donoghue, P Killeen, B Keane; S Caufield, S Sweeney, S Cooney; B Murtagh, C Mannion; J Flynn, D Dolan, A Morrissey; R O'Meara, M Mullins, B Molloy. Subs: S Collins for Murtagh (48), A Higgins for Morrissey (50), P English for Dolan (51), L Cosgrove for Sweeney (52), C Howe for Molloy (60).
Wexford -- O O'Leary; S Doyle, S Murphy, E Conroy; L Ryan, A Kenny, A Roche; S Kenny, J Cash; K Foley, C Devitt, J O'Connor; C McDonald, D Shanley, B O'Brien. Subs: C Heffernan for Roche (17), T French for O'Connor (28), B Eviston for O'Brien (39), C Devereux for Cash (54).
Ref -- E Hasson (Derry)