Galway cruised to an easy win over Wicklow at Aughrim this afternoon in a championship playoff which never lived up to the hype. Wicklow's first Championship foray outside of Leinster turned out to be a chastening experience. Aided by a strong breeze, Galway dominated the first half. The shaky Wicklow defence made numerous elementary errors which were seized upon with glee by the rampant Galway attack. In an impressive scoring display, all six Galway forwards scored points while Alan Kerins netted in the 20th minute to give the Tribesmen a 1-9 to 0-3 lead at the break.

Wicklow began a brief renaissance at the start of the second period, scoring some good points to reduce the deficit to seven points. However, the irrepressible Galway attack struck again and Kieran Comer's goal was a fatal blow to Wicklow's chances. Tommy Gill managed to claw a goal back for Wicklow before Ja Fallon skipped through for Galway's third to clinch a good win for the Tribesmen.

Filed by Greg McKevitt