Galway were relegated from Division One of the Allianz National Football League, despite battling bravely and securing a point against Dublin on Sunday afternoon.
The home side needed full points in today’s game and also had to rely on other counties to do them a favour. In the end, it was not to be but the performance gives the tribesmen some hope as they approach the Connacht championship.
Dublin played with the wind in the first half on Sunday and Alan Brogan gave them the perfect start when he scored a goal after just five minutes. Paraic Joyce got the home side off the mark with a free a couple of minutes later and shortly after, Dublin goalscorer Brogan, was sent off for striking an opponent. He will now miss the league final as a result and this could yet prove crucial for the Blues. Bernard Brogan stretched the visitors lead soon after with two frees before Conroy scored a Galway point to narrow the gap. Cormac Bane and Paraic Joyce added further Galway scores, with Sean Murray replying for the Dubs.
O’Concannon added another score for the home side and they appeared to be making the extra man count at this stage. Paraic Joyce kicked yet another free and suddenly Dublin found themselves in a game. However, Pat Burke found the net for the visitors just before the break and further points from Bernard Brogan(2) and Paul Flynn gave the Dubs a 6 point lead at the interval.
Galway played with the breeze in the second period but an early fee from Bernard Brogan left them 7 points behind. However, to their credit, Galway fought back bravely and points from Cormac Bane, Bradshaw and Conroy had them within five of the lead. Two points from Joyce and another from Conroy narrowed the gap to two and suddenly Galway looked capable of winning. Gary Sice hit a fine score to lead the minimum between the sides and soon after the sides were level. Dublin went one ahead with 6 minutes to play but a late point from Cormac Bane gave the home side a deserved draw.
Galway (SF v Dublin): A Faherty; A Burke, C Forde, J Duane; G O’Donnell, G Higgins, G Sice; J Bergin, F Hanley; P Joyce, O Concannon, C Kenny; M Clancy, P Conroy, C Bane.
Dublin (SF v Galway): M Savage; P McMahon, P Brogan, N Devereux; P Casey, G Brennan, K Nolan; D Bastick, S Murray; P Flynn, P Burke, B Cullen; B Brogan, D Connolly, A Brogan.