Galway edge out Dublin in Parnell Park

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Updated: March 27, 2011

Galway came from behind to end Dublin’s perfect start to the season and take full points in this Allianz National League tie at Parnell Park on Sunday afternoon.

The home side got off to the better start and led by two points inside 5 minutes, with Liam Rush and Conal Keaney both finding the target. A brace from Daragh Plunkett increased the lead to 0-4 to 0-0, before Keaney added a second soon after. It took the visitors 16 minutes to get off the mark, when Joseph Cooney found the target from close range.

However, Ryan O’Dwyer soon restored the Blues 5 point lead with a nice score to leave it 0-6 to 0-1. Ger Farraghar and Conor McCormack then exchanged scores before a sideline cut from Farraghar made it 0-7 to 0-3. Callanan then hit two Galway points and another from Farraghar reduced the lead to a single point. McCormack and Farraghar then swapped points before Plunkett put Dublin two ahead. Farraghar hit a massive 65 just before the break to leave it 0-9 to 0-8 in Dublin’s favour at halftime.

Eanna Ryan tied up the match just after the restart and a Cyril Donnellan goal gave Galway the lead for the first time on the day. Dublin then had a penalty when O’Callaghan was fouled in the square but Joyce made an excellent double save from Keaney. After 48 minutes, Keaney knocked over a free to reduce the lead once more. At this point, Dublin were by far the better side, but hit a staggering 17 wides.

Paul Ryan tied the game in the 50th minute but Donnellan fired the tribesmen back into the lead. Ryan hit another to restore parity before David Burke gave Galway the edge again. Paul Ryan was the Dublin hero once again, scoring his third point of the half to level the game. With time up and additional time being played, Eanna Ryan popped up to steal the game for John McIntyre’s side.

Galway now go top of Division One and will be well pleased with their afternoon’s work. Despite missing 12 players for various reasons, the tribesmen made the most of the opportunites they got and were far more clinical than the home side.

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