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Galway footballers win in New York

SportBy Sean McGoldrick
Galway's Shane Walsh celebrates after scoring a goal against New York
Galway's Shane Walsh celebrates after scoring a goal against New York

The 2015 All-Ireland football championship has had a low key launch with Galway running out 2-18 to 0-8 winners over New York in the preliminary round of the Connacht series at Gaelic Park in the Bronx.

Galway boss Kevin Walsh was forced to make three changes as his squad has hit by a mystery bug. Goalkeeper Brian Donoghue and forwards Michael Lundy and Patrick Sweeney were unable to line out.

However, Damie Comer, one of the replacements, gave a Man of the Match performance scoring 1-4.

New York led in the early stages and were still in touch at half time but Galway never looked in danger. They pulled away in the second half with Shane Walsh also chipping in with a 1-4 contribution.

The Tribesmen now travel to Carrick on Shannon for a quarter final clash against Leitrim.

Meanwhile, there was late drama in Ballycastle in the round robin phase of the Leinster hurling championship.

Ciaran Clarke converted an injury time penalty to gave the home side, who were relegated to Division 2A last month, a 5-17 to 3-22 win over Laois.

In the other round robin tie Westmeath beat Carlow 2-19 to 2-17 in Mullingar.