GAA Result: Heaney goal crucial as Galway beat Monaghan

Monaghan 0-11 Galway 1-09 

Johnny Heaney’s 60th minute goal proved vital as Galway claimed their second win of the Division 1 Allianz League at a very windy Iniskeen on Sunday.

It was a very poor game in terms of the standard of football by both sides but that won’t bother Galway as the result is all that mattered. Galway stepped up the performance in the second half to be fair and they now are in touch of league leaders Mayo and Kerry. Monaghan are now facing a relegation battle with Cavan, Roscommon and Tyrone.

Jack McCarron opened the scoring with a pointed free after 2 minutes. The next score came from McManus before McCarron pointed again to make it 0-03 to 0-00 . Paidi Cunningham had a good chance for a Galway goal, at the other end Ruairi Lavelle stopped from a Dessie Ward strike. Galway did set up defensively, however it was full back Johnny Duane who got the reigning Connacht Champions’ first point in 20 minutes, Corey pushed the gap to three but Galway finished the half stronger as Shane Walsh kicked over a couple of scores. David Wynne had a Galway goal chance before the first half scoring was closed with points for Darren Hughes for Monaghan and Shane Walsh for Galway. Monaghan led by 0-06 to 0-05 at the break

On the resumption Antoine O Laoi had Galway on level terms. Conor McManus restored the Farey lead only for Walsh to respond to him to make 0-06 each after Drew Wylie committed a foul. Cunningham had Galway ahead on 43 minutes. Walsh followed that up with a free four minutes later, the gap was out to two. McManus missed a free kick after taking a mark, he did make amends though kicking one over, before Michael Daly responded for the Westerners. The Galway goal then came on 60 minutes as Heaney ghosted his way through the Monaghan defence to fire the ball past Beggan from close range, 1-09 to 0-7 and Galway in the driving seat. McManus free cut the gap to four, but Beggan kicked over another minutes later. Hughes fisted another Monaghan score, before Beggan landed a 45 to leave the minimum between the sides. Galway however managed to hang on and play down the clock holding on to possession as McManus fluffed his lines with a last minute effort.

Monaghan: Rory Beggan (0-2, 0-2f); Kieran Duffy, Drew Wylie, Ryan Wylie; Vinny Corey (0-1), Barry Kerr, Colin Walshe; Darren Hughes (0-2), Fintan Kelly; Ryan McAnespie, Jack McCarron (0-2, 0-1f), Shane Carey; Dermot Malone, Dessie Ward, Conor McManus (0-4, 0-3f).

Subs: Neil McAdam for Kelly (8), Conor McCarthy for McCarron (41), Dessie Mone for McAdam (53), Owen Duffy for McAnespie (58), David Garland for K Duffy (61).

Galway: Ruairi Lavelle; Eoghan Kerin, Sean Kelly, David Wynne; Gary O’Donnell, Gareth Bradshaw, John Daly; Thomas Flynn, Kieran Duggan; Johnny Heaney (1-0), Jonathan Duane (0-1), Peter Cooke; Antoine O Laoi, Padraig Cunningham (0-1), Shane Walsh (0-6, 0-3f).

Subs: Danny Cummins for Cunningham (58), Michael Daly (0-1) for Cooke (58) Barry McHugh for Duane (60), Cein Darcy for O Laoi (70).

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