Dublin’s Liam Rushe break clear from Ger O’Halloran of Galway during the Allianz HL Division 1A game ©INPHO/Mike Shaughnessy
Galway turned on the style to beat Dublin at Pearse Stadium, 0-20 to 0-13.
The winners were sharp and quick to the breaking ball, Niall Burke (0-10) bagging half their tally of scores, five of them from open play. Conor Cooney also hit four points and James Regan got three.
Dublin finished with 14 men as impressive full back Peter Kelly picked up an injury late on, with Anthony Daly having used his five subs at that stage.
In a scrappy encounter, Galway led by 0-9 to 0-8 at the break, with Niall Burke catching the eye for Anthony Cunningham’s side.
The wind-assisted winners took an early advantage with points from Niall Ryan and Conor Cooney.
Paul Ryan pointed for the Dubs, and Cyril Donnellan and Liam Rushe swapped scores, with another effort from Cooney leaving Galway ahead by 0-4 to 0-2.
The home side got two of the next three scores to lead by 0-6 to 0-3 after 18 minutes and Shane Durkin replied with a lovely score for the Metropolitans. Fergal Moore and David Collins denied Dublin a goal before Shane Stapleton reduced the gap to the minimum.
Niall Burke took his tally to 0-5 as Galway led by 0-8 to 0-6 after 27 minutes, wing forward Conor McCormack pointing for Dublin.
The Dubs added another score but James Regan struck for the Tribesmen two minutes before the break. David Burke’s effort drifted wide and the visitors took advantage as they flashed over the last score of the opening period to close within the minimum.
Regan and Danny Sutcliffe swapped the first two points of the second period as the one-point cushion remained, but another Niall Burke free flew straight and true between the posts to make it 0-11 to 0-9.
The hosts pulled away, Cooney bringing his contribution to 0-4, hitting four of the next six scores to lead by four going into the fourth quarter.
Cooney, Niall Burke and Iarla Tannion had hit the last three of those scores and Damien Hayes made it four-in-a-row for the winners, 0-16 to 0-11.
Dublin came looking for a goal but the excellent Galway defence dealt capably with the threat posed.
Burke got Galway’s last two scores before Dublin’s Ryan O’Dwyer hit the last score of the match