Monday 24 July 2017

'I think Galway's season is over. If anything, it's worse than last year'

Michael Lundy of Galway is sent off by referee David Gough during the Connacht GAA Football Senior Championship Final match between Galway and Roscommon at Pearse Stadium in Salthill, Galway. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile
Michael Lundy of Galway is sent off by referee David Gough during the Connacht GAA Football Senior Championship Final match between Galway and Roscommon at Pearse Stadium in Salthill, Galway. Photo by David Maher/Sportsfile

Conor Neville

The Galway footballers' ability to baffle and frustrate remains a wonder of the western world.

For the second year in succession, they won a titanic battle with All-Ireland contenders Mayo before spectacularly imploding against reputedly lesser opposition in the later rounds.

They're still in the championship, of course, but the Round 4 record of teams who've flopped in their provincial final is not encouraging.

They meet Donegal in Markievicz Park - the same venue as when the teams met at this stage in 2009 - and while their opponents haven't exactly been pulling up trees in the qualifiers, there's currently limited appetite to back Galway following their Connacht final disaster.  

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Irish Independent GAA columnist Martin Breheny believes the Tribesmen's season is over.

"I saw Galway in a Connacht final for the first time around 1970 and I think it's probably the worst performance since then," he said on this week's episode of The Throw In.

"I think Galway's season is over. I can't see them coming back from that. If anything, it's worse than last year against Tipperary because you could say they were caught cold that day.

As Breheny sees it, Galway's defence is simply not good enough and he cites Shane Walsh as one of the few redeeming features of Sunday's performance.

But how can Galway topple Mayo one day and collapse so horribly the next?

"When Galway play Mayo it's like they close their backs on the rest of the world and they have this quite tribal war between them. And generally you don't quite know what will happen. When Galway were All-Ireland champions, Mayo did them (in Tuam in 1999) and that's the way it is."

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