Barry Ryan produced a string of fine reflex saves as Galway United frustrated Sligo Rovers at Terryland Park.
Ryan was in excellent form for the depleted Tribesmen who delivered a gutsy performance against their Connacht rivals.
Galway's cause was not helped by the absence of Stephen O’Donnell, Bobby Ryan, and Derek O'Brien, while bustling attacker Anto Flood took ill in the warm up.
Despite missing so many key players there was an energy to Galway's football early on even though the visitors were dangerous on the break with wingers Gary McCabe and Eoin Doyle posing a threat.
In the 12th minute Doyle slung over a cross for Conor O'Grady, but the Sligo anchorman was denied by a Barry Ryan save.
Then Derek Foran crashed an 18th minute header over following a Gary McCabe corner as Sligo pushed for an opener.
Galway, though, were honest as they sought to restrict Sligo, who really should have hit the front in the 27th minute when Joseph Ndo pounced on a Jamie McKenzie mistake.
Ndo burst clear and unleashed an effort from 14 yards which struck the woodwork as Galway remained on level terms.
Indeed on a rare trip into enemy territory Galway were unfortunate not to nick a goal themselves as Tom King and Rhys Meynell carved a chance for Cian McBrien, who shot wide.
Four minutes after the interval Richie Ryan had a shot palmed away by Ryan, while on 57 Doyle's deep cross was met by a McCabe header which went over.
Ndo then released Matthew Blinkhorn who forced another save from Ryan on 64 as Sligo searched for the lead.
Galway United: Barry Ryan; Conneely, Synott, McKenzie, Creaney; McBrien, Heary, Curran, Meynell; King (Molloy, 90), Sheppard.
Sligo Rovers: Brush; Keane, Peers, Foran, Ventre; McCabe (Amond, 62), O'Grady, Ryan, Doyle (Dillon, 75); Ndo; Blinkhorn
Referee: A Kelly (Cork).