Galway ease to first league win

Cork 1-11 Galway 4-16

Cork 1-11 Galway 4-16

Bookmakers had Galway priced at 1/33 to win their Allianz NHL Division 1 clash with Cork this afternoon and John McIntyre's charges lived up to those odds as they secured the two points on offer at Pairc Uí Chaoimh.

First-half goals from David Tierney and Cyril Donnellan and two after the break from Aonghus Callanan eased the Tribesmen to their first win of the league run.

Again hampered by the 2008 panel's refusal to play under manager Gerald McCarthy, Cork's young team put in a valiant effort and they nabbed up a late, consolation goal through substitute Steven White.

It was the Rebels' third straight league defeat and they are in real relegation trouble at the foot of the table, with four rounds remaining.

McIntyre handed league debuts to Mullagh goalkeeper Eric Ward, Athenry defender Ciaran O’Donovan and midfielder Eoin Forde (Clarinbridge) as Galway looked to bounce back from their defeat to Dublin last time out.

Disappointingly, just under 600 spectators turned out to watch this game and Galway took the wind out of Cork's sails early on by moving 1-9 to 0-1 ahead by the 20th minute.

Galway had the breeze at their backs and their forwards showed some good first touches as they cantered into a considerable lead.

Wing forward Tierney belted home the opening goal for the visitors in the 12th minute, just before Adrian Mannix replied with Cork's first point.

Tierney had 1-2 to his name by half-time and helped by some well-struck placed balls from Ger Farragher and a goal right on half-time from wing forward Donnellan, Galway turned around with a

2-11 to 0-5 advantage.

Cork's other points came from free-taker Barry Johnson (0-2), Tadhg Óg Murphy and Eoghan Cronin.

Donnellan and Niall Healy, with his third point of the afternoon, stretched Galway's lead in the opening minutes of the second half.

The game lulled for the next quarter-of-an-hour with scores drying up for both sides, although Cronin and Mannix were able to add to Cork's tally.

Callanan sparked Galway back into life with his two goals and he had another one disallowed for a square ball.

Cork had the final say when a long ball in from substitute half-back White made its way directly into the goal with Galway 'keeper Ward misjudging it in the sun.

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