Galway 3-17, London 0-07
By Damian Dolan.
You only get better by playing better teams, or so the saying goes, and Paul Coggins will hope that cliché is true after his side were humbled by Galway at Ruislip on Sunday.
The London manager now has an All Ireland qualifier on June 21 to prepare his bruised charges for and while the Exiles will know they underperformed, they were also comprehensively second-best to a Galway team that oozed pace and no little class.
From first minute to last, Alan Muholland’s Tribesmen clearly had no intention of being dragged into the kind of dog-fight that Mayo, Leitrim and Sligo found themselves embroiled in, in recent years
Instead, they hit the ground running, intent on putting distance between themselves and London as quickly as possible. Five points up inside three minutes, with Michael Martin finding the back of the net, they never looked back.
While they lost their way somewhat in the second half, by that stage the damage was long since done. Danny Cummins’ goal with the last kick of the game may have added some icing which was harsh on the home side, but there could be no denying that the Tribesmen were well worthy of a win which sets up a semi-final clash with Sligo on June 21.
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