Two late Derry goals from Emmett McGuckin and Niall Loughlin papered over a poor home performance which never looked like troubling the impressive Tribesmen who won with something to spare. “Of course you are surprised when you look up at the scoreboard and you are nine points up,” explained Walsh, “But even at half-time we felt the scoreline didn’t reflect where it should have been.”
“The two Derry goals at the end put a bit of a dampener on it which is something we can learn from as well.”
Galway took control from early on, Derry going 16 first-half minutes without scoring but still finding themselves only three points adrift at half-time, 0-10 to 0-07. Galway deserved to be further in front and set about rectifying the issue after the restart as the superb Johnny Heaney pointed before Adrian Varley sent a fierce shot into the net to establish a 1-11 to 0-07 lead.
From there, Derry never looked like reeling the visitors in, Eddie Hoare and Eamon Brannigan also excellent for Walsh’s side.
“I think there were long periods of the Tyrone game where we dominated and maybe didn’t show it on the scoreboard so we knew last Sunday we were moving quite well,” added Walsh.
“It is pleasing, particularly coming up to Derry, who have been going very well. That is what this league is all about heading into the Championship. It is important that when we come into June we have a panel that is pushing each other.”
Ryan Bell (0-6); James Kielt (0-3, 2f); Emmet McGuckin, Niall Loughlin (1-0 each); Emmett Bradley, Brendan Rogers, Mark Lynch (0-1 each)
Johnny Heaney (0-4); Adrian Varley (1-1); Eamon Brannigan, Eddie Hoare (2f) (0-3 each); Paul Conroy, Enda Tierney (0-2 each); Liam Silke, Shane Walsh (1f), Damien Comer (0-1 each).
Thomas Mallon; Ryan Ferris, Chrissy McKaigue, Karl McKaigue; Mark Craig, Gareth McKinless, Daniel Heavron; Emmett Bradley, Brendan Rogers; Benny Heron, James Kielt, Ciaran McFaul; Ryan Bell, Mark Lynch, Daniel McKinless.
Niall Loughlin for D McKinless (30); Niall Holly for R Ferris (H/T); SL McGoldrick for B Heron (41); Shane Heavron for Ciaran McFaul (BC, 43); Emmet McGuckin for D Heavron (50), Conor McAtamney for E Bradley (57).
Manus Breathnac; David Wynne, Declan Kyne, Eoghan Kerin; Liam Silke (0-1), Garry O’Donnell, Johnny Heaney (0-4); Paul Conroy (0-2), Thomas Flynn; Shane Walsh (0-1, 1f), Eddie Hoare (0-3, 2f), Enda Tierney (0-2); Eamon Brannigan (0-3), Adrian Varley (1-1), Damien Comer (0-1).
Cathal Sweeney for J Heaney (61), Paul Mannion for Brannigan (53), Sean Denvir for A Varley (61) Black Card: David Wynne (9, replaced by Finian Hanley).
Ciaran Branagan (Down).