Thursday 20 July 2017

Unfair to expect miracles from Galway young guns

No quick fix for Tribesmen but experienced players must take pressure off U-21 heroes

Sean Armstrong, Galway, in action against Paul Begley, Laois
Sean Armstrong, Galway, in action against Paul Begley, Laois

Colm Parkinson

After Manchester United lost the opening game of the 1995/96 season to Aston Villa, smug BBC pundit Alan Hansen famously uttered the line, 'You can't win anything with kids'. United went on to win the double that year and, 18 years on, Hansen has not lived this comment down.

Of course, the United team was not made up entirely of kids. They had experienced leaders like Peter Schmeichel, Denis Irwin, Gary Pallister, Eric Cantona and Steve Bruce to help young guns like the Nevilles, Beckham, Scholes and Butt settle into the team and take the pressure off them.

However, if you applied Hansen's line to the Galway senior footballers, you wouldn't be left with as much egg on your face.

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