By Shane Brennan
The Galway footballers have increased their chances of promotion after a dramatic victory against Down in Pairc Elsler.
Optimism is clear to see in the west these days after yet another victory. This time the Tribesmen made it more difficult for themselves having to play the final 25 minutes of the game with 14 men. The sides were level 6 times during the game, as both teams could not be separated at the break, battling Down held their own for long periods.
Step forward Eamonn Brannigan and Shane Walsh: they gave the men in maroon the crucial edge in the third quarter of the match. Albeit Downs keeper Michael Cunningham fouled Gary Sice in which Brannigan converted one of his goals. Shane Welsh also rattled the net within 60 seconds of the restart to leave Down reeling. Going into the final quarter of the game Galway were in a commanding position.
Barry O’Hagan grabbed a goal for Down in the 49 minute to give them a flicker of hope, Ryan Johnston was also quickly called into action. Only for his save it would have made for a nerve-shredding ending to the game for the Tribesmen.
Galway scored again from the spot with another goal from Brannigan, despite Downs substitutes goalkeeper’s best efforts.
The final score was Galway 3-15 Down 1-13 to leave the Tribesmen’s promotion bid alive and kicking when they only a point to secure promotion against Kildare next week, as they look to secure promotion to the top division since 2011.