Tribesmen deliver in second-half to overcome Wexford in Leinster opener

April 22, 2023

Galway's Tom Monaghan with Conor Devitt of Wexford ©INPHO/Evan Treacy

Galway got off the mark in the Leinster senior hurling championship thanks to a 0-24 to 2-12 victory over Wexford in Salthill this evening.

After shipping two goals in the opening four minutes, Henry Shefflin’s men were able to recover from their disastrous start to go in level at the break and cut away in the second-half.

Conor McDonald and Liam Og McGovern grabbed the early goals in what was a dream beginning to the game for the visitors and the points of McGovern and Rory O’Connor (free) would have the scoreboard reading 2-2 to 0-6 in their favour come the 21st minute despite the Tribesmen’s spirited response.

O’Connor and Cathal Dunbar increased the Model County’s lead but the frees of Evan Niland, who finished with 0-13, would help Galway to go in at the break all square (0-11 to 2-5).

Cathal Mannion and Conor Whelan hit points inside the opening minute of the restart to get the home side motoring again and, while O’Connor hit back with a point at the other end, the next four scores would go the way of Shefflin’s men as they began to take a foothold.

Wexford would win a penalty through McGovern but it saw McDonald’s tame effort from the spot saved by Eanna Murphy and, from there, the hosts were on the way to victory with unanswered points from Brian Concannon, Conor Cooney and Niland.

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