Galway ladies in scoring form ahead of NFL opener

Galway senior ladies footballers face Monaghan at home in the opening round of the National League this Sunday at 2pm (venue to be confirmed ).

They received a timely boost ahead of this first round of the Lidl National League division one when retaining their Winter League title last Sunday. Stephen Glennon's charges enjoyed a facile 6-13 to 1-4 win over All-Ireland finalists Mayo at Connacht Centre of Excellence, Bekan,

An impressive tally of 4-4 (0-1 free ) from player of the match Sarah Conneally set the tone for the afternoon against a Mayo side that replaced their entire starting 15 over the course of the game - despite competition rules only allowing for five substitutions.

Protocols

In addition, Mayo also broke with protocol by running out their college-tied NUI Galway players, but it mattered little as the Tribesmen led 2-9 to 0-2 at half-time. New captain Tracey Leonard also getting in on the goalscoring act when lobbing the Mayo goalkeeper with a free.

Although Mayo boss Peter Leahy strengthened his side considerably in the second half, introducing many of the players who appeared in last September's All-Ireland defeat to Dublin, Galway continued to dominate with St Brendan's Leanne Walsh also netting in the rout.

Galway (v Mayo ): L Murphy; S Lynch, C Cormican, B Quinn; G Sheridan, N Ward, S Burke; A McDonagh, L Gannon; L Walsh (1-0 ), T Leonard (1-3, all frees ), D Brennan (0-2 ); L Ward (0-2 ), S Conneally (4-4, one free ), C Blade (0-1 ). Subs used: L Diskin for Murphy (HT ), S Molloy for Quinn (HT ), N Connolly for Gannon (HT ), L Coen for L Ward (HT ), E Reaney (0-1 ) for Blade (46 ).

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