Galway manager Peter Forde's maiden championship encounter leading the county ended in a well-merited win in New York tonight as two goals from All-Ireland Under-21 final hero Michael Meehan helped the Tribesmen to a 3-14 to 0-06 win.

Having slumped to a 1-08 to 3-28 thumping at the hands of Mayo twelve months ago, New York were determined to put in a good showing on the back of an FBD final triumph over Sligo.

Unfortunately their plans for the lively Meehan were undone on 23 and 32 minutes as the Caltra star bulged the home net twice in quick succession.

Galway led 2-08 to 0-03 at the break with all of New York's points coming from the boot of former Westmeath minor PJ Ward (2f).

Forde's men continued to serve up some spectacular football in front of close to 5,000 spectators.

Michael Donnellan also bagged two points on his return.

Paul Clancy slid home the visitors' third goal with little over six minutes remaining to set up a June 12 Connacht quarter-final away to either Sligo or Leitrim.


Galway: M Meehan 2-02, P Clancy 1-02, M Clancy 0-03, J Bergin, M Donnellan, P Joyce 0-02 each, S Walsh 0-01.

New York: PJ Ward 0-04 (3f), M Keaveney (f), M Mitchell 0-01 each.