Galway have defeated New York by 1-15 to 1-5 in Tuam this evening. So, for a second consecutive year the exiles must return to the States after a first round exit from the Connacht football championship. To be fair they were never expected to shock the home side but they did prove a challenge to the All-Ireland champions of 1998 and for the majority of the first half there was nothing in it.

The first minutes were relatively close with New York taking a 0-1 to 0-0 lead, the first and only time in the game. Galway eventually got on top as the half wore on and went in 1-9 to 0-3 ahead at half-time courtesy of a Ja Fallon goal. A quick second half response from New York had the Galway net rattled through Michael Slowey, but New York could not make any further inroads. Galway could not find the net again mainly due to New York 'keeper Eunan Doherty's good work but ran out worthy winners. Keith Murray of the exiles and Sean Og de Paor of Galway were sent for warranted early showers but the general referring display was somewhat erratic as yellow cards were handed out all round.

New York can be proud of their efforts and fought their ground well but could not put the scores on the board that would have made Galway step up a gear. Galway progress to a semi-final against Either Mayo or Sligo who battle it out in Markievicz Park tomorrow.