New York GAA: McGuigan Leads Tyrone to Victory, Jackson Eight Is a Hit, Quiet Win for Leitrim
Exciting Tie Goes to Gaels, Great Weekend for New York
Galway built an eight point first half lead, and despite getting pulled back to two at one stage was able to finish the outing back at eight up with a closing six point burst.
While Offaly had the first two scores of the game, Galway rebounded with a vengeance. They had their first goal after three minutes when Jackson blasted to the net, and followed a point with their second three pointer from John Beirne after six minutes.
Shane Sweeney blasted a free to the net for Offaly, but a procession of scores followed for the Tribesmen. They added 1-8, with Jackson one of the main sharp shooters while Offaly could only reply with a Sweeney point and a late Niall Marshall goal when he doubled on a dropping ball.
The half was marred by a nasty skirmish with Aiden Roche and Killian Lenard both getting red cards for their involvement, but Galway were sitting on a strong 3-9 to 2-4 halftime lead. Offaly also lost a player to a broken leg which marred the outing.
Offaly had a resurgence to open the second half with 1-3 to 0-1 inside the first seven minutes. Marshall had the goal after a long run by Dan Dwyer split the defense. Aiden McInerney took over the free taking duties and was clinical.
The side was making it very interesting as the game reached the three quarter mark. While Galway had a brace of points, Offaly added a McInerney goal from a 20 meter free in reply when Dwyer was fouled. It left four between the sides.
Marshall followed with a point from play, with Donie Broderick the assister when he rocked the Galway challenger with a perfect shoulder, then found Marshall with an excellent pass.
Galway settled, however, and they had a David Fahy goal before they answered two McInerney points with the last six points of the game.
Galway had a large panel on hand for the game which sets them as the favorites for the Michael Flannery Cup even at this early stage. Liam Butler, Luke O’Loughlin and Alan Sherlock impressed at the back. Robbie Jackson and Eoin Hogan dominated the middle of the park which was the foundation for the victory. John Madden and Aiden Roche did well up front with Madden popping up all over the field.
Offaly will regroup Dan Dwyer for a couple of his runs. Aiden McInerney and the excellent Donie Broderick, despite the fact that he didn’t score, battled throughout.
Finbarr Flood did well in his first senior hurling outing as a referee. Good to see a former player stepping up. For five years it didn’t happen on a consistent basis at all.
Galway: 1 Ger Corcoran, 2 Pa Geaney, 4 David Kelly, 5 Liam Butler, 6 Luke O’Loughlin (0-1), 7 Alan Sherlock, 8 Robbie Jackson (1-8), 9 Eoin Hogan (0-2), 10 David Fahy (1-0), 11 Aaron Farrell, 12 John Madden (0-5), 13 John Beirne (1-0), 15 Aiden Roche (1-1). Subs: David King (0-1).
Offaly: 1 Brian McNaughton, Killian Lenard, Mark Quinlan, 5 Terry Grogan, 6 Eoin Dillon (0-1), 7 Ethan O’Brian, 8 Dan Dwyer (0-2), 9 Calim O’Hare, 10 Paudie Kyne, 11 Aiden McInerney (1-5), 12 Donie Broderick, 13 Brendan Blackwell, 15 Shane Sweeney (1-1). Subs: Eoghan Kyne, Niall Marshall (2-1).
Referee: Finbarr Flood
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