Nicky Joyce made his return to the Galway colours as the Tribesmen defeated London in the FBD League at the weekend. The cousin of Paraic, showed that he still has plenty to offer the county, as he scored three points in their 1-15 to 0-8 victory over London.
Having lost their opening match in the series, it was important that the inter-county side got their season back on track here. Although the opposition may not have been of the highest order, the win as nonetheless very welcome. Michael Martin scored 1-5 for the side in maroon, including a well taken penalty. Cormac Bane also impressed as Alan Mulholland’s side showed glimpses of the ability which the new boss will be hoping to exploit as the season progresses.
Danny Kirby was the star for Mayo as they defeated GMIT by 4-11 to 0-11. Kirby scored the four goals as his side ran out easy winners. The match also saw the debut of Conor O’Shea, the youngest of the O’Shea clan. Mayo meet Roscommon in their next tie but have already booked their place in the semi finals and can use the game to blood some new players. James Horan will undoubtedly be thrilled with his charges to date, although well aware that bigger challenges lie in wait later in the year.
Sligo had a double score victory over their IT rivals, running out winners by 1-9 to 0-6. Johnny Davey raced forward to score the all important goal that helped keep his county in with a chance of reaching the latter stages. Colm McGee was in good form from placed balls and knocked over 0-3 as he punished any mistakes by the college side.
Leitrim caused the shock of the day with a 1-8 to 1-5 defeat of Roscommon. It is rare for the minnows to pick up points against the stronger county sides in this competition but yesterday was such a day and the victors were well deserving. Full forward James Glancy scored 1-4 as his side ran out three point winners.