Galway footballers off the mark

Galway’s Sean Armstrong and Sligo’s Luke Nicholson in action from the opening game of the Connacht FBD

Galway’s Sean Armstrong and Sligo’s Luke Nicholson in action from the opening game of the Connacht FBD

Barry McHugh was the chief scorer and free taker for Galway in their 0-13 to 0-10 win over Sligo in the opening round of the FBD League.

Fullback McHugh, making his debut, posted seven points to ensure victory for Kevin Walsh's side.

Sligo led 0-6 to 0-4 at half time, but were not helped by a second yellow to corner-back Eoin McHugh. Galway capitalised, kicking five unanswered points to ensure a positive start to their campaign and the new season.

Galway: Rory Lavelle, Luke Burke, D Walsh, Johnny Duane (0-1 ), Paul Varley, Gareth Bradshaw, Sean Kelly (0-1 ),Michael Day, Fiontan O Curraoin (0-1 ), Johnny Heaney, Thomas Flynn (0-1 ),Peter Cooke, Paul Mannion, Barry McHugh (0-7,4fs ) Sean Armstrong. Subs: David Wynne (0-1 ) for Michael Day, Eddie Hoare (0-1 ) for Paul Mannion.

Meanwhile NUI Galway enjoyed a good start, overcoming last season's All Ireland finalists Mayo by 2-16 to 1-21.

However Mayo lined out with a much-changed team which included 10 debutants, and with 20 minutes remaining, they were reduced to 14 men when Ray O’Malley picked up a second yellow card for a foul on Comer. The Galway star kicked his fourth point on 52 minutes gone to put the students clear by six points.

NUI Galway scorers: Adam Gallagher 0-9 (0-5f ), Damien Comer 1-4, Michael Daly, Enda Tierney 0-3 each, Matt McClean, Kieran Molloy 0-1 each.

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