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New York make Galway work for Connacht win

Galway were given a scare by 13-man New York as the Tribesmen advanced in the opening game of the Connacht Championship with a 2-13 to 0-12 win in the Gaelic Grounds.

Padraig Joyce impressed on his return to action with a third minute goal and seven of Galway's points, RTE reports.

But Joe Kernan's side struggled to kill off the home team and they remained in the game even after the second half dismissals of Pat Madden and Johnny Murtagh.

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The victory was only sealed in stoppage time when Corman Bane found the net after good work by Nicky Joyce and Matthew Clancy.

Played in front of a large crowd in humid conditions, Galway started well with Joyce's goal the opening score of the game.

However, any thoughts of an landslide success for the visitors was quickly put to one side as the Exiles kept the scoreboard ticking over and Galway struggled to cope with the physicality of the game.

Holding a slender leader at half-time, Galway nearly fell behind when Billy O'Reilly spurned a goal opportunity shortly into the second-half.

The home fans were starting to believe an upset could be on the cards but indiscipline put paid to New York's chances shortly after as Madden and Murtagh were sent off after 48 and 54 minutes respectively.

The Tribesmen continued to spurn their chances, with only Padraig Joyce finding any sort of consistency in front of goal.

Eventually, Bane's goal made sure Galway progressed, but they will be keen to improve on this performance when they face Mayo or Sligo in the quarter-finals next month.

FRANK BRADY’S FULL REPORT FROM GAELIC PARK WILL APPEAR IN THE PRINT EDITION OF THE IRISH ECHO ON WEDNESDAY

 

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