A lesson to lift Laois
Published 14/09/2010 | 05:00
Justin McNulty and his new right-hand man, Galway's Paul Clancy, will have a lot to talk about other than their plans to re-float the Laois boat which has leaked heavily in recent years.
They can start by recalling the role both played in what possibly changed the course of All-Ireland history in 2001 when Galway and Armagh met in a qualifier.
Galway led by seven points at one stage before Armagh battled back to draw level. Indeed, when McNulty led another charge out of defence late on, they looked a good bet to snatch victory. However, Michael Donnellan stepped in, made a block, won possession and fed Clancy and a long-range (winning) point was on its way.
Galway won the 2001 All-Ireland while Armagh had to wait another year for the breakthrough, but both men can tell that story to the Laois team to underline how narrow the line is between success and failure.