Galway comfortable winners over Clare

CLARE 0-19 GALWAY 4-16

Galway's final competitive game before their historic entrance into the Leinster Championship next month saw them finish as comfortable winners over Clare in Ennis this afternoon.

Second half goals from Niall Healy (2) and Aonghus Callinan helped the Tribesmen coast to league victory number four against an already relegated Clare side.

Mark Flaherty and Alan Markham stood out as Clare's best forwards as they fought back to level at 0-11 to 1-8 at half-time.

Tony Carmody (2) and Flaherty were both on target inside three minutes as the Banner men made a strong start.

But Healy replied with two points and Iarla Tannian smacked home a well-taken goal after collecting a through ball from Damien Hayes.

Galway kept ahead with Healy landing a sweetly-struck from the right corner, while points from David Barrett and Markman, from 85 metres out, made it a one-point game at 1-3 to 0-5.

Callinan had a goal chance soon after and opted to take a point instead, and Clare seized their opportunity before the break when points from Markham, Barrett and Flaherty (his third of the day) squared up the game.

The first half's hurling was of poor quality, though, and there was a real 'end of term' feel to proceedings with the challenges and general pace of play lacking the Championship bite.

Matters improved in the second period and man-of-the-match Healy took his tally to 0-8 as Galway began to canter ahead on the scoreboard.

Barrett and Tannian swapped points before Healy planted a 49th-minute penalty past goalkeeper Patrick Kelly and into the left side of the net.

Six minutes later, Tannian teed up Healy for his second goal and Galway's third and the game was as good as over.

Flaherty and company kept plugging away, trying to salvage some pride for Clare, but Galway showed no mercy with a fourth goal from a rasping, low shot from Callinan.

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