Galway sent out a major warning to the their championship contenders at a wind swept Markievicz Park, Sligo this afternoon, as the trounced the home side 22 points to 4.

Having won the toss, Galway opted to play with the substantial wind, and powered their way an emphatic semi-final victory. From the outset John O Mahony’s side were playing at a much higher level to Mickey Moran’s men, and after one of the best 35 minute performances of the year, went in on an unbelievable 0-14 to 0-0 score-line.

Sligo, not surprisingly, came out fighting in the second half but could not muster themselves enough to put up a decent challenge despite two early points from Dessie Sloyne and Eamon O Hara. They continued to squander possession and chances as Galway continued to notch scores against the wind. Boosted by a Michael Donnellan score early in the second half, the Tribesmen went on to play exhibition stuff through the rain soaked final quarter as Sligo heads dropped.

Many of the huge crowd had left by the 50th minute, a combination of the miserable weather and the dire home performance, as Galway gave notice of their championship credentials in impressive fashion. They hit a total of 19 points from play and were excellent in defence while Sligo’s 13 wides portray more chances than it actually seemed they had. Leitrim watch out, Galway look like they’re on a mission.