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Watch: Feast Of Goals In Croke Park As Galway Book Spot In Minor Final

 

As the saying goes, the early bird catches the worm and in this case, the crowd that trickled in early to Croke Park were treated to a wonderfully attacking and open display of football from both teams in the minor semi-final, the likes of which we haven’t seen often this summer.

We talk through the main aspects of the match that clinched victory for Galway over Meath on a scoreline of 3-13 to 2-9.

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Goal fest in Croke Park

There is no doubting the fact that Galway enjoyed the majority of the possession and the better play of the first half but their wasteful shooting played a part in their being behind at half-time. But it was Meath’s two first half goals that really made the difference. Their first came in the 13th minute when Luke Mitchell finished coolly after David Bell set him up only to be followed by an impressive solo effort from Luke Kelly 15 minutes later.

Galway showed that they pose just as much of a threat in front of goal in the second half, rattling the net three times in 1o minutes. Eoghan Tinney grabbed their first after wonderful link-play with his midfield duo and levelled the game.

Tinney turned provider for substitute, Oisín McCormack just three minutes later and the latter produced a fine effort to launch the Tribesmen into the lead.

Finally, Tony Gill found himself on the end of a well-worked ball and he smartly aimed for the bottom corner of Cathal Hickey’s net.

It’s worth noting that both goalkeepers were also forced into making a number of key saves during the open and free-flowing encounter.

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Impact of Galway’s half-back line

Take note of the names Cathal Sweeney and Ryan Monahan for future reference. These are two exceptional wing backs who loved nothing more than to make endless runs up the field. Sweeney was particularly impressive in the first half with two sensational points within minutes of each other, one fisted over from a very tight angle and the other a beautiful effort from just inside the 45′ while Monahan also had free-taking responsibilities.

As eye-catching as their scoring ability was their assured performances under the high ball and their pack-like defending. Expect to see Sweeney and Monahan in maroon jerseys for years to come.

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Aidan Halloran’s man-of-the-match display

Aidan Halloran was named man-of-the-match by TG4 and rightly so. There wasn’t a blade of grass he did not cover, such was his work rate. The Salthil-Knocknacarra man posed the biggest scoring threat, giving an exhibition from open play, including this impressive effort.

His link up play with his fellow forwards paid dividends as he had a hand in two of Galway’s three goals. Another young star that will give plenty of hope to Galway football fans for the future.

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About Marisa Kennedy

Marisa Kennedy
Marisa is a Digital Journalist with Pundit Arena. She is a former reporter with Sporting Limerick and is a huge fan of the GAA. You can contact her at [email protected] or on Twitter