Two goals from Kevin O’Brien hammered home their advantage and Tipperary’s Jason Forde and Clare’s Tony Kelly clicked in midfield.
“We didn’t know what sort of side NUI Galway would have out, but we beat them and that is the important thing. We came up here to do a job and we are really happy to get over the line,” said Lohan.
NUI Galway struck 10 wides in the first-half when they had the wind and, when UL hit four in a row at the beginning, the signs were ominous for JP O’Connell’s team.
Kelly got the first of his four points when he landed a 65.
Forde got his first point with a wonderfully-struck effort from distance in the 15th minute, going on to notch up 0-10, six from play.
Bobby Duggan was NUI Galway’s chief marksman, but he couldn’t drag his team back into the game.
By the time he got their first score of the second half in the 43rd minute, UL were out of sight, leading by 1-16 to 0-6.
Kevin O’Brien’s first goal was from a rebound in the 41st minute, when Jason Forde was denied and he got his second in the 47th minute.
Scorers for UL: J Forde 0-10 (0-4f); K O’Brien 2-1; T Kelly 0-4; B Stapleton 0-3; J McGrath 0-2; S O’Gorman, C Martin, M Carmody, PJ Scully 0-1 each.
Scorers for NUI Galway: B Duggan 0-4 (0-2f, 1’65); N O’Brien 0-2; S Hynes, E Brannigan, G Hennelly 0-1 each.
UL: P Maher; J Brown, B Troy, E Moriarty; D Quinn, D McInerney, B Stapleton; J Forde, T Kelly; J McGrath, S O’Gorman, T Heffernan; K O’Brien, C Martin, M Carmody
Subs: PJ Scully for Heffernan (44), K Walsh for O’Brien (50)
NUI Galway: C Fahy; C Diviney, J Habury, R Lane; S Cooney, C Cleary, S Hynes; E Brannigan, P Mannion; K Ryan, N O’Brien, B Duggan; G Hennelly, C Mannion, S Ward.
Subs: B O’Connor for Ryan (39), D Burke for Brannigan (45), S Dooley for Ward (47), G Fennelly for Diviney (48), C Hardiman for Dooley (50)
Referee: F Horgan (Tipperary).