Galway got their Connacht FBD League defence off to a winning start by beating Sligo 0-13 to 0-10 in heavy rain in Tubbercurry today.
Joe Bergin and Sean Armstrong played leading roles for the Tribesmen who established an early lead thanks to a run of seven unanswered points inside the first 25 minutes.
The game at Kilcoyne Park was in danger of being called off due to the torrential bouts of rain but the pitch was deemed playable.
Mark Breheny, Sligo’s most influential forward, pointed the opener for the home side before Galway began to rattle over the scores – Niall Bergin fisted over and Bergin, Cormac Bane and centre forward Frankie Burke (0-2 each) all found their range.
Nicky Joyce was also putting in an energetic performance as the visitors’ full-forward.
With Sean Davey and Tony Taylor foraging well in Sligo’s midfield, the hosts added points through Breheny and Paul Taylor but Peter Ford’s side still had a four-point buffer at the interval.
With frontliners such as Eamon O’Hara, who got married on New Year’s Day, Adrian Marren, Brian Curran, David Kelly, Padraig Doohan, Patrick Naughton and Brendan Egan, Sligo could have been forgiven for throwing the towel in.
But Tommy Breheny’s charges stuck to their task and whittled the Galway lead down to two points before second half substitutes Ja Fallon and Armstrong got Galway back on track.
Frees from Breheny and Taylor added to Sligo’s tally before Joyce and Kieran Quinn traded points. Galway saw out the win with a brace of late points including an impressive 35-yard effort from Salthill clubman Armstrong.
Elsewhere, John Maughan’s Roscommon side fell to a surprising 1-7 to 0-8 defeat to Sligo IT, while the Section B clash between GMIT and Leitrim was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.
CONNACHT SF FBD LEAGUE RESULTS:
SECTION A -
Roscommon 0-8 Sligo IT 1-7, Elphin
SECTION B -
Sligo 0-10 Galway 0-13, Tubbercurry
GMIT v Leitrim, Mervue (called off due to waterlogged pitch)