Galway 0-12 Donegal 1-16
Donegal gave a polished display when disposing of a disappointing Galway at Pearse Stadium to make it two away wins in a row for Jim McGuinness’ men.
Colm McFadden and Michael Murphy notched 1-8 between them with McFadden getting the goal in the first half. The St. Michael’s clubman combined well with Dermot Molloy who had feigned the shot before offloading.
Rory Kavanagh was the star in the opening half as Donegal rushed into a 1-6 to 0-4 lead despite playing against a stiff breeze. His substitution at half-time allowed Galway to gain somewhat of a foothold but to no avail as Donegal’s fitness told late on.
Murphy dropped a little deeper although still managed to illuminate the encounter with an audacious effort from wide out on the right.
Galway seemed bereft of ideas upfront as they dropped deep even with the wind and at times only had one man stationed inside the Donegal 45.
The opening quarter was a close fought affair with the teams tied at two points each. However, from then on Galway proceeded to drop deep and allow Donegal come on to them. Even despite with the wind the tribesman looked bereft of ideas upfront with just one man in the opposition’s 45.
Even considering the free-flowing nature of the game referee Fergal Kelly could have been accused of not using the infamous black-card when necessary. This undercurrent continued throughout the game as the Longford man favoured playing advantage to the dismissing of a player.
Galway started the second-half well as they took control in the middle. Eoin Concannon scored two impressive efforts from the right as Galway got it back to a three point difference when Gary Sice pointed in the 40th minute.
Paddy McBrearty’s introduction going into the closing quarter breathed new life into the Donegal side. He went on to score three points as he linked up ominously with Murphy and McFadden.
After last week’s annihilation of Laois, what could have been a stumbling block proved merely an exhibition at times for the All-Ireland champions of two years ago.
Jim McGuinness men have a lot to look forward to later on in the year on today’s evidence and with healthy competition all over the field, Donegal look a real threat.
In terms of Galway, it’s back to the drawing board for Alan Mulholland with the league campaign looking in danger of becoming a relegation battle already.
Galway: P Conroy 0-3, E Concannon 0-3, G Sice 0-2, M Martin 0-1, P Varley 0-1, S Armstrong 0-1, D Cummins 0-1.
Donegal: C McFadden 1-4, M Murphy 0-4, P McBrearty 0-3, D Molloy 0-2, O Mac Niallais 0-1, R McHugh 0-1, D Walsh 0-1.
M Breathnach; D O’Neill, F Hanley (A Tierney 12), J Moore; S Denvir (G O’Donnell 33), J Duane, P Varley; P Conroy, T Flynn; G Sice (D Comer 63), S Armstrong, G Bradshaw (D O’Connell 50); M Martin (D Cummins 55), E Concannon, J Kavanagh.
Subs: N King, G Higgins, D Cummins, A Tierney, G O’Donnell, J Shaughnessy, E Hoare, C Mulryan, D O’Connell, D Comer, A Varley.
P Durcan; K Lacey, N McGee, R McHugh; F McGlynn, L McLoone, A Thompson; R Kavanagh (N Gallagher 35), M McElhinney; M McHugh, C Toye (P McBrearty 43), O Mac Niallais; C McFadden, M Murphy, D Molloy (A McFadden 48)
Subs: M Boyle, N Gallagher, D Walsh, É Doherty, G McFadden, A McFadden, L Thompson, L Keaney, M O’Reilly, M Smyth, P McBrearty
Referee: Fergal Kelly (Longford).