By Peter Nolan
Galway had too much talent on hand for a game but overmatched Connecticut in Junior Hurling action Sunday at Gaelic Park.
Both sides took a bit of time to warm to the task despite the 90-degree-plus temperatures, but the Tribesmen broke through via an Enda Lally point. David Dunne proved a handful for the Connecticut backline, scoring 0-7 on the afternoon.
New York Senior Sean Nolan gave Galway a lot of possessions and provided plenty of good ball for Dunne, Shane Hourigan and Ronan Stankard in the attack. The Galway backs were rarely troubled with Jo Jo Sullivan and Brian Delaney especially strong. Galway went ahead 0-8 to 0-3 at the half.
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Connecticut showed signs of life early in the second half. When Brian Walsh struck for a goal to narrow the deficit to 0-3. Walsh followed immediately with a point, but Galway bounced back strong. Shane Hourican sparked Galway’s response with a goal.
That was pretty much all she wrote, although Connecticut did strike for a late goal from veteran Musha Maher. This victory levels Galway’s record at 1-1, while Connecticut slip to 0-2.
Man of the Match: David Dunne.
Galway: Mark Kelly, Dermot Fogarty, Jo Jo Sullivan, Tom Bowes, John Clarke, Brian Delaney, Sean Bennett, Enda Lally (0-2), David Dunne (0-7), Sean Nolan, Shane Hourican (1-2), Mark Kelly (0-1), Ronan Stankard (0-1). Sub: Sean O’Sullivan (0-1).
Connecticut: Donnacha Dwyer, Niall Crowe, Maurice Crowe, Declan Williams, Ollie O’Neill, Ivan Crowley, Darragh Dennis, John Carney, Mick Morris (0-2), John Flynn, Tomas Williams, Musha Maher (1-1), Brian Walsh (1-1).