Joe Canning posted a 1-9 tally as Galway scored a resounding 4-25 to 0-20 All-Ireland SHC Qualifier win over Clare at Pearse Stadium.
The Tribesmen thrilled a crowd of 13,011 at the Salthill venue with some scintillating attacking hurling and brilliant scores.
Damien Hayes, Ger Farragher and Canning all grabbed goals in the first half as Galway built up a 3-13 to 0-12 interval lead.
Clare had defender Jams McInerney sent off early in the second half, and the Tribesmen steered a confident course to victory with a fourth goal from Alan Kerins.
Farragher finished with a 1-4 total, and with a massive 4-20 from play, John McIntyre's side sent out a message that they must be considered as All-Ireland contenders this season.
Meanwhile, Colm Bonnar resigned as Wexford manager following the 1-22 to 2-13 Qualifier defeat to Limerick at the Gaelic Grounds.
Limerick led by just two points at half-time after Eoin Quigley had pulled back a Wexford goal.
But once Declan Hannon began to find the range from frees, they opened out a comfortable lead.
Graeme Mulcahy scored Limerick's goal, and a second Wexford goal from Rory Jacob came too late to save his side.