In the end, last week’s defeat to Leitrim cost Galway a spot in the FBD League final, but manager Alan Mulholland can be quite satisfied with the rewards from the competition.
Blooding new players was priority number one facing into the pre-season competition and in David O’Connell, Peadair Seoighe, Aongus Tierney and Joss Moore, Mulholland has come potential to work with for the year ahead.
O’Connell especially impressed. He has started all three of Galway’s FBD games – two at midfield and Sunday’s at wing-forward – and he was the stand-out perfromer in Tuam and kicked the point of the game late on for Galway.
The blending of James Kavanagh – who was black carded – into the squad is another positive for Mulholland, who was pleased with his side’s attitude on Sunday.
“I was happy, we held them to six points so that was good,” he said. “We’ve seen a good few of the newer guys in there and we’ve found one or two that will push into our panel for the national league.
“I’m disappointed that we didn’t make the final. In the game against Leitrim we could have played a little bit better. Having said that, it is all about the first round of the league against Meath,” Mulholland said.
Galway led 0-7 to 0-3 at half-time, with Sean Armstrong and Michael Martin kicking two points each, but Corofin’s Ronan Steede was black carded for GMIT for the second week in a row.
Points from Michael Lundy and Eric Monahan kept GMIT in touch, but Galway kicked on with excellent points from O’Connell and Greg Higgins clinching the win.
Scorers – Galway: S Armstrong (3f) & M Martin (3f) 0-4 each, S Walsh 0-2, G Sice, D O’Connell & G Higgins 0-1 each. GMIT: E Monahan (1f) 0-2, J Duane (45), M Lundy (1f), J Finan & S Hennelly 0-1 each.
Galway: M Breathnach; D O’Neill, F Hanley, A Tierney; P Seoighe, J Moore, S Denvir (T Fahy 39); G Higgins, P Conroy ( E Hoare 53); G Sice, J Kavanagh (E Concannon h-t), D O’Connell; M Martin (P Óg Ó Griofa 46), S Armstrong (M Hehir 57), S Walsh.
GMIT: C Nolan; N Sheridan, C Sweeney, A Lawless; A Wynne, P Hollaway, R Shanahan (J Naughton 47); S Tighe, R Steede (J Finan 22); C Donoghue (A Meeneghan 38), M Lundy, A Molloy (S Hennelly 45); J Duane, E Monahan (C Kelly 57), M Farragher.