A brace of goals each from Padraig Joyce, Joe Bergin and Michael Donnellan saw Galway easy 8-14 to 0-08 winners at Ruislip this afternoon, stretching London beyond belief in the Connacht SFC quarter final.
Former Wexford forward Scott Doran shook off a hamstring injury to start for the under-strength Exiles, but his three points went no way to matching the firepower of the Tribesmen, with Joyce leading the hungry visitors with 2-03. A semi-final date with neighbours Mayo awaits on June 27 in Castlebar.
It all looked too easy from the off as Donnellan was allowed to ghost past the Exiles defence and volley home his first goal on six minutes. Points from the 1998 All-Star and Joyce had the visitors 1-02 to no score in front after 10 minutes.
Three points for London in two minutes had the locals in applause as Doran, Fergus McMahon and Darragh Kinneavey welcomed them to the 2004 championship. Missing ten of the team that saw them notch up a rare League win over Carlow, the home side looked off the pace.
Doran added two more frees to their tally but points from John Devane, Sean Og de Paor, Joe Bergin (0-02) and Nicky Joyce, allied to a four goals in eleven minutes, three of which came a stunning four minute blitz, Tommy Joyce, Bergin, Donnellan and Padraig Joyce had O'Mahony's charges 5-07 to 0-05 in front at the interval.
Galway were far from finished however as despite conceding early scores to McMahon and Gordon Weldon after the restart, their rampage continued with four points added until Caltra youngster Michael Meehan danced his way through on 49 minutes to beat Gary McEvoy in the London goal.
London scored just once more in the last half hour, as McMahon picked up a placed ball score. Bergin (58 minutes) and Padraig Joyce (66) picked up their second goals as the home side tired and Matthew Clancy put the eventual 30 points between them with his only score on 68 minutes.
Filed by Barry J Whyte