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Galway defeat NUIG in Walsh Cup 14-01-2017


Galway 1-20

NUIG 0-13

Galway came from behind to see off NUIG in a local Walsh Cup encounter at Duggan Park on Thursday evening. Ronan Burke, Sean Loftus making his first start after his debut on Sunday, Matthew Keating and Jamie Holland all featured for Galway. Oranmore Maree’s Sean McInerney, making his first start, scored the only goal as the Tribesmen inflicted defeat on student opposition for the second time in five days. Micheál Donoghue's experimental side beat DIT by 1-30 to 0-12 at the Ballinasloe venue on Sunday.

With the wind at their backs, Tony Ward's NUIG led by 0-11 to 0-5 at half-time.

But Galway, with the elements in their favour after the break, turned things around with twelve unanswered points from midfielder Nevin, corner-forward McInerney, Davey Glennon and Jason Flynn. NUIG could only managed two points during the second period. 

McInerney's goal on 69 minutes capped off an impressive comeback from Donoghue's men who must travel to Rathdowney to face Laois for their third round tie on Sunday week. A win for the Tribesmen over the O'Moore County will see them top Group 1 and progress to the semi-finals.

Galway - J Skehill; J Grealish, R Burke, M Donoghue; S Loftus (0-1), B Flaherty, A Harte; M Keating, D Nevin (0-9, 6f); P Brehony, J Cooney, D Glennon (0-3); S McInerney (1-3), J Flynn (0-1), T Monaghan (0-1). Subs: J Holland for J Grealish, M Dolphin for R Burke, E Niland (0-1) for J Cooney, J Coyne (0-1) for P Brehony, C Salmon for D Glennon, C Connor for M Donoghue.

NUIG - C Tuohy; C Cosgrave, B Fitzpatrick, G Fennelly; M Connelly, C Cleary (0-3f), G Forde; I Fox, O Donnellan; S Barrett, S Hynes, A Helebert (0-1); J Fox (0-2), G Loughnane (0-1), G Hennelly (0-5, 4f). Subs: C Ryan (0-1) for I Fox, C O'Halloran for S Hynes, J Cummins for C Cosgrave, S Moloney for S Barrett, C Smyth for G Forde.

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