Galway qualified for the final of the Connacht SFC with a convincing 2-13 to 1-07 victory over Leitrim in Carrick-on-Shannon.

After a tight first half in which both teams enjoyed spells of dominance, Galway took a one point lead into the break, leading by 0-08 to 1-04 after veteran Seamus Quinn had given the home side a great start with an early goal.

However within 12 seconds of the restart, teenager star Derek Savage managed to toe-poke the ball into the net from close range and push his side into a four point lead.

That goal, coupled with a brace of points from Padraic Joyce and Ja Fallon's first of the match, put Galway in the driving seat and made it very difficult to see anyway back for Leitrim.

As always, the Leitrim men refused to concede defeat and battled bravely, and a converted free-kick from Padraig McLoughlin along with an nicely struck effort from full-forward Fintan McBrien gave them a slight glimmer of hope as the game entered its final stages.

That hope died in the 60th minutes when Paul Clancy was fouled while bearing down on goal and Michael Meehan stepped up to dispatch the resulting penalty which ended the game as a contest.

A fine late point from Joe Bergin put the icing on the cake for the Tribesmen, who on the day, were worth every point of their nine point victory.

Filed by Rob Wright