New Galway manager Kevin Walsh makes a winning start
Tribesmen prove too strong for experimental Sligo
Galway manager Kevin Walsh pleased with win over Sligo. Photograph: James Crombie / Inpho
Galway 0-14 Sligo 0-5
New Galway manager Kevin Walsh was satisfied with a clinical victory at Enniscrone.
Walsh hopes to use the competition to unearth some talent ahead of Galway’s Allianz Football League Division Two campaign. “It was the start we wanted,” said Walsh.
“At this stage of the year it is all about finding new players. We took four or five guys off, not because of their performance, we just wanted others to get some running time, ” added the Galway boss.
With Eddie Hoare contributing five splendid points Galway, led 0-9 to 0-2 at the interval.
Fiontán Ó Curraoin was highly impressive at centrefield ensuring a lively Galway attack was provided with plenty of possession to trouble Sligo.
Sligo began well with the first two points but Galway responded with Hoare, Michael Martin and Ó Curraoin all finding the range. After the restart Galway remained in control and were never too troubled by an experimental Sligo outfit.
GALWAY: B O’Donoghue; P Naughton, D Walsh, D O’Neill; L Silke, G Bradshaw, K Kelly; F Ó Curraoin (0-2), E Tierney; G Sice, M Martin (0-5, 0-1f), S Denvir; N Walsh, E Hoare (0-7, 0-4fs), I Burke. Subs: TJ Forde for O’Donoghue (31 mins), D Cummins for Walsh (45 mins), C Sweeney for Kelly (55 mins), C Forde for Naughton (58 mins), M Coady for Burke (59 mins), F Breathnach for Hoare (60 mins).
SLIGO: A Devaney; E Flanagan, B McGarry, D Maye; R Donovan, N Gaughan, G Cadden; S Gilmartin, D O’Boyle; S Stenson (0-1), H Marren, N Ewing; P Clarke, A Marren (0-3, 1f), K Sweeney. Subs: M Breheny (0-1, f) for H Marren (31 mins), B O’Mahony for Clarke (41 mins), P Hughes for O’Boyle (41 mins), N McDonagh for Stenson (56 mins).
Referee: P Neilan (Roscommon).