Galway were given a scare by 13-man New York as the Tribesmen advanced in the opening game of the Connacht Championship with a 2-13 to 0-12 win in the Gaelic Grounds.

Padraig Joyce impressed on his return to action with a third-minute goal and seven of Galway’s points.

But Joe Kernan’s side struggled to kill off the home team and they remained in the game even after the second-half dismissals of Pat Madden and Johnny Murtagh.

The victory was only sealed in stoppage time when Cormac Bane found the net after good work by Nicky Joyce and Matthew Clancy.

Played in front of a large crowd in humid conditions, Galway started well with Joyce's goal the opening score of the game.

However, any thoughts of a landslide success for the visitors were quickly put to one side as the Exiles kept the scoreboard ticking over and Galway struggled to cope with the physicality of the game.

Holding a slender lead at half-time, Galway nearly fell behind when Billy O'Reilly spurned a goal opportunity shortly into the second-half.

The home fans were starting to believe an upset could be on the cards but indiscipline put paid to New York's chances shortly after as Madden and Murtagh were sent off after 48 and 54 minutes respectively.

The Tribesmen continued to spurn their chances, with only Padraig Joyce finding any sort of consistency in front of goal.

Eventually, Bane's goal made sure Galway progressed, but they will be keen to improve on this performance when they face Mayo or Sligo in the quarter-finals next month.