GALLERY: Galway and Offaly avoid slip ups to progress to the next round of Leinster

Westmeath and Laois proved little more than cannon fodder

GALLERY: Galway and Offaly avoid slip ups to progress to the next round of Leinster

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Galway had minimum difficulty in dispatching Westmeath at Cusack Park this afternoon, outscoring their opponents 3-27 to 0-19.

The lake county found themselves on the backfoot early on as Galway's class showed, and they trailed the tribesmen by 0-17 to 0-05 at the break.

Hopes of a miraculous comeback were stunted when Shane Power was shown red for an off the ball incident with Joe Canning, which forced the full-forward to be withdrawn from the game after scoring 0-08 points. 

The three goals arrived in the second half, with Jason Flynn, Joseph Cooney and Conor Whelan all netting. 

Galway progress to the semi-finals, where they will meet Offaly.

The faithful county had a similarly comfortable win against Laois at O'Connor Park, winning 3-22 to 2-14. 

Shane Dooley was talismatic for the home side, hitting 11 points as the home side put their recent defeat to Westmeath behind them. 

The sides were level at the break at 1-10 apiece, with James Mulrooney getting the goal for Offaly, and PJ Scully for Laois, but the second half was a different affair. 

Joe Bergin raised the green flag within a minute of the restart which was followed by a Dooley goal to put Offaly in complete control of this Leinster semi-final.

Willie Dunphy bagged a three pointer as a very late consolation for Laois, but they now must look towards the qualifiers. 

Here are some of the best pictures. 

Galway v Westmeath

Galway players stand for the National Anthem
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Westmeath’s Alan Devine with Shane Maloney of Galway
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Galway’s David Glennon clears despite a block attempt from Niall O Brien of Westmeath
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Westmeath’s Cormac Boyle with Padraig Mannion and David Glennon of Galway
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A scuffle breaks out after Galway’s Joe Canning is injured
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Galway’s Conor Whelan scores his side's third goal despite Tommy Gallagher of Westmeath
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Offaly v Laois

The Offaly team huddle
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Offaly's Kevin Connolly with Patrick Purcell of Laois
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Offaly's Kevin Connolly with Leigh Bergin of Laois
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PJ Scully of Laois scores a goal for Laois
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Offaly's Shane Dooley scores a point from distance
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