Tyrone 0-8 Galway 0-10
Galway scored their third straight NFL win with a two-point success at the expense of All-Ireland champions Tyrone at Healy Park.
While Liam Sammon’s side remains on course for a place in the NFL final, the All-Ireland champions find themselves once again preparing to dig in for a battle against relegation, with just one win from three outings to date.
It was midfielder Joe Bergin and playmaker Padraic Joyce who drilled over the clinching points in the closing stages to kill off a Red Hand comeback in dreadful conditions.
Torrential rain battered the players throughout the first half, and while it wasn’t pretty, Galway’s movement and endeavour was impressive, epitomised by the workrate of Paul Conroy.
A couple of early Nicky Joyce frees and a Michael Meehan score saw the Tribesmen get a foothold in the opening quarter.
However, the sides were level by the 19th minute, after Sean Cavanagh, wing back Davy Harte and Tommy McGuigan were all on target.
But Tyrone failed to score in the final 18 minutes of the first half, while Galway added further scores through Nicky Joyce, Cormac Bane and Meehan.
The Red Hands lost centre back Conor Gormley to a yellow card for a late challenge on Meehan, and Galway crafted two goal chances as they grew in confidence, but failed to take either.
They went in at the break with a 0-6 to 0-3 lead, and with the howling wind in their backs in the second period, pushed on with scores from Nicky Joyce and Joe Bergin, in response to two converted frees by Sean Cavanagh.
In a bid to kick-start their challenge, Tyrone boss Mickey Harte introduced Brian McGuigan for his first appearance of the season, but he lasted just eight minutes before being dismissed on a yellow card.
The balance shifted in Tyrone’s favour when corner back Martin Swift pushed forward to shoot a superb point, before Tommy McGuigan and Colm McCullagh both stroked over frees to bring the sides level with 10 minutes to play.
Galway’s early drive and urgency had disappeared, and they lost defender Niall Coyle to a yellow.
But Bergin led by example, slicing over a wonderful score to regain the lead for the visitors, and Padraic Joyce clinched it with a gem
Tyrone: J Devine, PJ Quinn, J McMahon, M Swift (0-1), D Harte (0-1), C Gormley, C McCarron, E McGinley, C Holmes, T McGuigan (0-2, 1f), C McCullagh (0-1, 1f), R Mellon, M Penrose, S Cavanagh (0-3, 2f), R Mulgrew.
Subs: P Donnelly for Gormley (yellow card, 22), B McGuigan for Mulgrew (47), S O’Neill for Quinn (48), O Mulligan for McGuigan (yellow card, 55), A Cassidy for Penrose (66)
Galway: A Faherty, N Coyne, F Hanley, D Meehan, G Bradshaw, D Blake, D Mullahy, J Bergin (0-2), M Lydon, S Armstrong, P Joyce (0-1), C Bane (0-1), P Conroy, M Meehan (0-2), N Joyce (0-4, 4f).
Subs: B Cullinane for Bane (44), D Reilly for D Meehan (47), D Dunleavy for Armstrong (50), D Burke for Coyne (yellow card, 56)
Referee: M Deegan (Laois).