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Breheny confident Sligo can overcome Tribesmen

Published 24/06/2010 | 05:00

SLIGO are better equipped to beat Galway this Sunday than they were three years ago, according to the man who presided over their Connacht final success in 2007.

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Tommy Breheny managed Sligo to their first provincial triumph for 32 years in 2007 -- beating Galway by a point in the final -- and he now firmly believes they are on course to repeat it after the win over Mayo in the quarter-final.

Pearse Stadium is their next stop-off point on Sunday and Breheny is convinced it will be another special day in Sligo's history.

"Sligo teams may have had a poor record in Galway over the years, but I think it's different now. There's a great confidence about how Sligo play and they won't have any fears of Galway, even in Pearse Stadium," said Breheny.

"The game was there for the taking in Markievicz Park last year. Galway just got over the line at the end, but Sligo are a better side now."

Paying tribute to Sligo manager Kevin Walsh, Breheny said that the performances throughout the league, followed by the championship win over Mayo, showed just how settled things have become.

"This is a more experienced Sligo team than the one that beat Galway in 2007 and I'd say Galway have gone back a bit. Four or five of the Sligo defenders would get into the Galway team and I'd be very hopeful than Sligo will have the edge at midfield, too.

"No Sligo player has ever won two Connacht titles so these lads know they have a real chance of making history this year," he added.

Breheny stood down as manager for family reasons after the 2007 campaign and spends his time nowadays coaching the Sligo U-16 team, as well as looking after a St Mary's underage team -- with whom his son Cian plays.

"We have six in the family, so it wasn't really possible for me to stay on. Things took a dip for a while in Sligo after the 2007 Connacht win, but it's fantastic to see them come right back up under Kevin Walsh," he said.

"There's a great belief in the camp that they can beat Galway and there's a huge confidence among the supporters, too.

"Make no mistake about it, Sligo will be heading for Galway as confident as they have been for a very long time," added Breheny.

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