Galway opened up the Scóring with a point from Cormac Rafferty in the second minute of the game but Leitrim’s Conor Gaffney levelled in the following minute from a free. Galway went ahead again with a point from Eamon BranÓgan but Leitrim levelled again with a point from Kenny Cox a minute later.
Galway went ahead and in the 17th minute they had a three point lead with points from Jason Lyons, Paul Mannion and BranÓgan. In the 19th minute Leitrim got a point from play scored by Conor Gaffney.
Over the next few minutes Galway’s Dylan Thornton scored a point and Leitrim’s Paul Mannion replied with a free putting the score at half time Galway 0-7 Leitrim 0-4.
Leitrim opened the Scóring in the second half with a point from Conor Gaffney. Galway had a let off two minutes later when Kenny Cox failed to convert a goal chance from close range and in the 38th minute Galway’s Michael Daly increased their lead with a point.
Leitrim scored the only goal in the game and it came from Kenny Cox after a fine piece of individual play and the shot gave the Galway keeper James Healy no chance of saving. Within a minute Leitrim went ahead when Cathal Keegan shot over a long range point and the excitement in Pairc Sean was amazing when the Leitrim Supporters really got behind the team but unfortunately it was short lived as this was Leitrims last score of the match.
At this time Galway made a couple of substitutions and Galway levelled with a point from Michael Daly in the 43rd minute. Galway regained the lead in the 46th minute with a point from sub Darren Moran. Galway went on to add two more points from Paul Manion and subs Enda Tierney and Darren MoranÓgot a point each putting the final score Galway 0-14 Leitrim 1-06.
Darren Kenny, David Mulvey, Enda Fowley, Shane McGowan, Daire Farrell, Barry Nash, Aaron McLoughlin, Kevin McWeeney, Cathal Keegan (0-1), Bertie Cunningham, Conor Gaffney (0-4), Evan Ward, Shane Doonan, Kenny Cox (1-1), Luke Murphy
Subs: Conor McCauley & Kevin Shanley for Doonan & Nash (HT), Conor Dolan for Cox (52 mins), Thomas McPartlan for Keegan (58 mins) Daragh Gordon for Gaffney (61 mins)
James Healy, Cormac O’Connor, Cathal Reilly, Luke Burke, Conor Rhattigan, Jack Parsons, Dylan Corbett, Jason Lyons (0-1), Stephen Lawless, Dylan Thornton (0-1), Michael Daly (0-2), Cormac Rafferty (0-1), Paul Mannion (0-4), Eamon BranÓgan (0-2), Padraic Cunningham
Subs: Eoin McCormack & EndaTierney (0-1) for Rafferty & BranÓgan (41 mins) Darren Moran (0-2) for O’Connor (43 mins), Peter Cooke for Daly (54 mins) Peter Healy for J Healy (59 mins)
Referee: John Gilmartin (Sligo)
19-Apr-13 by Gerri Mulhern – PRO – Coiste na nÓg