Shane Walsh fired Galway to FBD Connacht League glory, hitting 1-8 to see off defending champions Roscommon at Dr Hyde Park.
The Tribesmenâs fully deserved six-point triumph handed Padraig Joyce his first silverware as senior football manager and provided a timely boost ahead of the start of next weekendâs Allianz Division One Football League campaign.
The damage was done either side of half time as Galway hit 1-7 without reply to swing the pendulum very much in their favour.
Niall Kilroy opened the scoring for Roscommon after the hosts had hit four wides inside the opening eight minutes.
The excellent Walsh got Galway back on level terms before Andrew Glennon bisected the posts from 40 metres after being set up by Enda Smith who was shown a black card later in the half.
CiarÃ¡n Lennon pushed Roscommon further ahead after Galway were dispossessed on their own kickout.
Michael Boyle pared the margin back to a single point, but Roscommon will feel they should have grabbed the opening goal when Richard Hughesâ effort, following an excellent move, just shaved the top of the crossbar.
When Donie Smith stretched the margin out to three points with a free from an acute angle, Roscommon were in a decent position. But Anthony Cunninghamâs side lost their way as Walsh, Adrian Varley and Robert Finnerty began to win their battle with the Roscommon full-back line.
Two scores from Finnerty were followed by Walsh punishing the Roscommon indiscipline with a hat-trick of frees to leave Galway 0-7 to 0-5 ahead at the break.
Barely 30 seconds into the second half, Walsh won his side a penalty, which he converted, to firmly put his side in the driving seat.
When the captain tagged on another couple of frees to give his side a 1-9 to 0-5 lead, the game had well and truly been turned on its head, even though Galway had lost Cillian McDaid to a black card.
CiarÃ¡n Lennonâs 43rdÂ minute free, which ended his sideâs 20-minute scoring drought, ignited a mini-revival as the Clann na nGael player, with two further points, and Cathal Cregg reduced the arrears even further.
But, led by Walsh, Galway kept the scoreboard ticking over, despite losing Eamon Brannigan to a red card after the wing-back missed a simple goal chance.
Full-back SeÃ¡n Mulkerrins and substitute Paul Conroy also got in on the scoring act to confirm Galway as champions as Roscommon couldnât engineer the goal that might have saved them.
ð @shane147walsh got his @Galway_GAA captaincy for 2020 off to the perfect start in Dr Hyde Park today as he led his team to the @fbd_ie League with a man-of-the-match display in their 1-14 to 0-11 win over @RoscommonGAA #ConnachtGAA pic.twitter.com/uFqSvgDyeA
— Connacht GAA (@ConnachtGAA) January 18, 2020
Scorers for Galway: S. Walsh 1-8 (1-0 pen, 0-6f, 0-1 mark), R Finnerty, P. Conroy 0-2 each, S. Mulkerrin, M. Boyle 0-1 each
Scorers for Roscommon: C. Lennon 0-5 (0-3f), D. Smith 0-2 (1f), R. Hughes, N. Kilroy, A. Glennon, C. Cregg 0-1 each.
GALWAY: R. Ã BeolÃ¡in; C. Murray, S. Mulkerrin, J. Duane; E. Brannigan, J Daly, C. McDaid; T. Flynn, C. Darcy; S. Kelly, F. Ã Laoi, M. Boyle; R. Finnerty, S. Walsh, A. Varley.
Subs: C. Campbell for Murray (5), P. Conroy for Kelly (25), G. OâDonnell for Boyle (50), D. Comer for Finnerty (53), D. Connelly for Ã Laoi (61).
ROSCOMMON: P. OâMalley; D. Neary; M. Richardson, D. Murray; R. Daly, N. Daly, R. Hughes; L. Mollahan, S. Killoran; N. Kilroy, E. Smith, F. Cregg; A. Glennon, C. Lennon, D. Smith.
Subs: C. Cregg for Mollaghan (37), H Darcy for F. Cregg (43), G Patterson for Neary (43), C McKeon for Glennon (50), D Ruane for Killoran (66).
Referee: Jerome Henry (Mayo).