Date Time Competition Season
20 May 2023 5:15 pm Sam Maguire Cup 2023

Match Report

Galway Overcome Tyrone In Thrilling Salthill Showdown

Galway weathered a tough storm in Salthill but came out on top to overcome Tyrone, in their first Group Stage clash this evening.

Last year's beaten finalists continued their fine form to the season, as Tyrone finished with 14 men, Galway showed their wealth and experience to answer the questions Tyrone asked all game.

Frank Burn’s red card just 19 minutes in certainly changed the dynamic of the tie, but Nialll Morgan saw a black card later in the first half, some poor discipline from them certainly cost them.

The start was tight, we waited seven minutes for the first score with Shane Walsh on hand, Darren McCurry replied quickly for Tyrone as the game started to get even more nip and tuck. Walsh and Johnny Heaney made it a two point game on the 10 minute mark, but points from Darragh Canavan and Cormac Quinn levelled the tie after 13 elapsed.

Back came Galway through Cillian McDaid and Walsh to grab scores, Burns red card soon followed, from here it looked like Galway would pull away and leave Tyrone dead and buried, Paul Conory fired over before Niall Morgan was black carded, soon after Peter Cooke pointed and they were ahead 0-7 to 0-3., but McCurry pointed an added time free to make it three at the break.

Matthew Donnelly got Tyrone off to a solid start in the second half with a score two minutes in, but Cooke soon cancelled it out. McCurry and Canavan left a point between them after 47 minutes, despite the man down, Tyrone were still in the fight.

Walsh and Matthew Tierney restored a three point cushion for Galway, but the relentless nature of Tyrone was on show, Connor Meyler’s point in the 56th minute making it a two point game once more, 0-11 to 0-09.

Galway still had plenty in the tank as we approached the hour mark, McDaid and Robert Finnerty added points, their lead four points and to them certainly with ten to go, it looked like a healthy cushion.

Peter Harte and McCurry made it a nervy end as they cut the gap back to two, but Walsh was in fine form, he kicked two late scores to finish on a tally of 0-6, either side of a terrific Damien Comer point, a three point cushion enough to seal a dramatic win in dire conditions out west.


1Connor Gleeson Goalkeeper
2John McGrath Defender
3Sean Kelly Defender
4Jack Glynn 24 Defender
5Dylan McHugh 23 Defender
6John Daly Defender
7Cillian McDaid Defender 14', 55'
8Paul Conroy Midfielder 23', 54'
9John Maher 19 Midfielder
10Matthew Tierney Forward 51'
11Johnny Heaney Forward 11'
12Peter Cooke Forward 32', 41'
13Ian Burke 26 Forward 25'
14Damien Comer Forward 67'
15Shane Walsh Forward 8', 11', 15', 48', 63', 70+3'
16Bernie Power Goalkeeper
17Sean Fitzgerald Defender
18Daniel O’Flaherty
19Cian Hernon 9
20Paul Kelly Midfielder
21Gerard Davoren
22Niall Daly
23Robert Finnerty 5 Forward 59'
24Cathal Sweeney 4
25Dessie Conneely Forward
26Tomo Culhane 13


1Niall Morgan Goalkeeper 25'
2Michael McKernan Defender
3Ronan McNamee 22 Defender
4Padraig Hampsey Defender
5Conor Meyler Defender 55'
6Cormac Quinn Defender 13'
7Peter Harte Defender 60'
8Brian Kennedy Midfielder
9Conn Kilpatrick Midfielder
10Frank Burns Forward 19'
11Michael O’Neill 19 Forward
12Joe Oguz 25 Forward
13Darren McCurry Forward 8', 35+5', 44', 52', 61', 66', 70+4'
14Matthew Donnelly Forward 37'
15Darragh Canavan Forward 12', 47'
16Benny Gallen Goalkeeper
17Ruairí Canavan
18Aidan Clarke
19Niall Devlin 11
20Niall Kelly
21Kieran McGeary 25 Defender
22Mike McGleenan 3
23Cormac Munroe Defender
24David Mulgrew
25Sean O’Donnell 21
26Niall Sludden Forward

Past Meetings

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NFL Division 1
Pearse Stadium


Pearse Stadium
Pearse Stadium, Doctor Mannix Road, Rockbarton, Galway City, County Galway, Connacht, H91 A3W9, Ireland

Diarmuid Kearney is a freelance Sports Journalist based in Co Kerry. He has more than 5 years experience covering domestic and international soccer for different media organisations, while also working for local and national print and digital organisations covering GAA.