Honours even in Castlebar
Roscommon next up for Tribesmen
THERE’S precious little time for the Galway senior footballers to reflect on Saturday evening’s helter-skelter National League draw with Mayo at MacHale Park, Castlebar.
Goals in either half from Matthew Tierney and team captain Seán Kelly, plus go-ahead points from both Peter Cooke and Damien Comer late in the second half weren’t enough to deny a Mayo side inspired by the deadeye finishing of Ryan O’Donoghue who secured a share of the spoils with the last kick of a pulsating match.
It’s on to Pearse Stadium on Sunday for the first of the Tribesmen’s four home ties in Division 1. Tyrone, Monaghan and Kerry will visit the county over the coming weeks, but first up are familiar foes in Roscommon - a team that Galway faced four times in 2022 - who will be the visitors on the back of their 3-11 to 1-12 victory over Tyrone at Dr. Hyde Park.
That marked the Rossies’ first victory over the Red Hands in some two decades and sends Davy Burke’s side into this weekend in buoyant mood. Second half goals from Ciaráin Murtagh, Diarmuid Murtagh and Ben O’Carroll secured the spoils against the 2021 All-Ireland champions, a day when Donie Smith also celebrated his 100th senior appearance in the primrose and blue colours.
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