NFL DIVISION 1:
Galway 1-15 Tyrone 0-14, Tuam
Galway eased their relegation worries with a morale-boosting win over Tyrone at Tuam Stadium.
But a fourth defeat in five outings has plunged Mickey Harte’s Red Hand side deeper into relegation trouble, with difficult ties against Kerry and Dublin to come.
Despite the absence of injured attacker Michael Meehan, the Tribesmen picked off some beautiful scores, including a superb first half goal from Matthew Clancy.
Man of the match Joe Bergain was the driving force throughout, and his two second half points inspired his colleagues to what could be a crucial result.
Martin Penrose opened the scoring from a 40 metre free, but Galway struck for a goal after five minutes. Joe Bergin picked out corner back David Reilly with a superb pass, and he sent Matthew Clancy in to blast the ball past John Devine.
The Tribesmen were four points clear by the 10th minute after Eoin Concannon and centre back Diarmuid Blake had thumped over points.
Tyrone did enjoy a productive spell midway through the half when Colm Cavanagh shot a point, and Martin Penrose converted his third free.
Two minutes before the break, Penrose narrowed the gap to a point, but Galway reeled off the last three scores of the half, with Clancy fisting over the bar, before sublime efforts from Gary Sice and Concannon made it 1-7 to 0-6 at the interval.
And Joe Kernan’s mean stretched the lead out to seven when they added three more quick-fire scores at the start of the second half, through Concanon, Nicky Joyce and Clancy.
The game really burst into life at this stage, and with Sean Cavanagh now in the action, Tyrone finally started to display a greater level of hunger and urgency in response to the dire situation in which they found themselves
Now it was their turn to keep the scoreboard ticking, with five points without reply, four of them from Penrose, the other a wonderful Sean Cavanagh effort.
Galway were up for this one, however, and Niall Coleman and the imperious Bergin dug deep, helping them respond with scores from Concannon and substitute Cormac Bane.
Bergin steered over a couple of gems, and even though Tyrone registered through Ryan Mellon and Aidan Cassidy, they could not contain the Tribal desire.
Galway: E O Conghaile, D Reilly F Hanley, D Burke, D Meehan, D Blake (0-1), G O’Donnell, P Conroy (0-1), N Coleman, G Sice (0-2), F Breathnach, J Bergin (0-2), E Concannon (0-4, 2f), N Joyce (0-1, f), M Clancy (1-3).
Subs K Fitzgerald for Hanley, C Bane (0-1) for Meehan, D O’Neill for Burke, D Dunleavy for Conroy, D Cummins for Breathnach
Tyrone: J Devine, M Swift, Justin McMahon, C Gourley, D Harte, C Gormley, R McMenamin, A Cassidy (0-1), C Cavanagh (0-1), Joe McMahon, C McCullagh (0-1), R Mulgrew, T McGuigan (0-1, f), M Penrose (0-8, 6f), J McAnulla.
Subs: S Cavanagh (0-1) for Harte, C McCarron for Gourley, R Mellon (0-1) for Mulgrew, S O’Neill for Swift, P Harte for McAnulla
Referee: M Duffy (Sligo).