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Galway 1-15 Derry 0-15

Updated: Sunday, 03 Feb 2013 16:01 | Comments

Galway sealed a morale-boosting victory in the Allianz Football League Division 2 against Derry
Galway sealed a morale-boosting victory in the Allianz Football League Division 2 against Derry

Galway held on to claim an important Allianz Football League Division 2 win over Derry at Pearse Stadium.

With Michael Martin and Michael Meehan in excellent form, Galway settled well and led by 0-06 to 0-01 at the end of the first quarter.

Derry improved as the game wore on trimming the half-time deficit to 0-08 to 0-04 and they continued to cause Galway problems after the restart.

But an opportunistic goal from Meehan in the 38th minute proved to be the decisive score as Galway eked out a victory, 1-15 to 0-15.

Despite the difficult conditions Galway made a smashing start ruling the early exchanges as a youthful Derry team struggled.

At centrefield Niall Coleman grafted well and that ensured that Galway's forwards were being provided with plenty of possession.

The Galway attack used it well too initially with Michael Martin making a positive impact as the Tribesmen were in the groove.

Sean Armstrong got Galway off the mark and then Martin added two more from play as Alan Mulholland's side took charge.

Michael Meehan then kicked a free as Galway continued to play most of the game deep in Derry territory.

In the 13th minute PJ McCloskey eventually found the range for Derry, landing a delightful score, but Galway replied again.

Danny Cummins and Martin extended Galway's advantage to 0-06 to 0-01, but then Derry finally began to get some joy at the other end.

McCloskey rifled over another point from distance and then Ryan Bell narrowed the deficit further as the match became interesting.

Galway spurned a goal opening in the 27th minute when Sean Denvir burst through the heart of the Derry defence, but his shot thumped off the crossbar.

James Kielt narrowed the gap to two points with a splendid score for Derry, but Galway finished the first period effectively.

Meehan swung over an effort from play and then nailed a free as Galway departed at the interval armed with a 0-08 to 0-04 lead.

When Meehan palmed a goal in the 38th minute Galway had a significant cushion, but Derry came swinging back.

Derry scored six of the next seven points to move within one of Galway, who were vexed by the visitors dynamism.

Eoin Bradley was a threat on the edge of the square while midfielder PJ McCloskey maintained his impressive form.

Still Galway recovered and four of their substitutes Gary O'Donnell, Eoin Concannon, Paul Conroy, and Mark Hehir all hit important points.

Inside Meehan was enjoying a productive afternoon eventually finishing with a 1-05 tally and his class was ultimately the difference between the teams.

Scorers:

Galway: M Meehan (1-05, 2fs), M Martin (0-03), S Armstrong (0-02), D Cummins (0-01), G O'Donnell (0-01), M Hehir (0-01), E Concannon (0-01), P Conroy (0-01).

Derry: PJ McCloskey (0-03), E Bradley (0-03, 3fs), J Kielt (0-02), E Lynn (0-02), R Bell (0-02, 1f), Patsy Bradley (0-01), B McGoldrick (0-01), R Wilkinson (0-01)

Galway: M Breathnach; J Moore, F Hanley, J Duane; C Sweeney, G Sice, G Sweeney; N Coleman, F O'Curraoin; J O'Brien, M Martin, S Denvir; S Armstrong, M Meehan, D Cummins. Subs: E Concannon for O'Brien (45 mins), P Conroy for Denvir (50 mins), G O'Donnell for C Sweeney (52 mins), M Hehir for Martin (64 mins)

Derry: E McNicholl; R Ferris, D McBride, C McWilliams; C McKaigue, M Lynch, SL McGoldrick; Patsy Bradley, PJ McCloskey; E Lynn, R Bell, D Heavron; C Devlin, E Bradley, J Kielt. Subs: G O'Kane for McWilliams (29 mins). B McGoldrick for P Bradley (44 mins), R Wilkinson for Devlin (54 mins), E McGuckin for Heavron (60 mins)

Referee: M Duffy (Sligo).

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