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There's plenty more to come from us, insists Galway boss Cunningham

John Fallon

Published 05/06/2015 | 02:30

Galway manager Anthony Cunningham
Galway manager Anthony Cunningham

Galway manager Anthony Cunningham believes that having no new injuries and having a championship match under their belt, will be the key to them defeating Dublin in tomorrow's Leinster SHC quarter-final replay.

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Cunningham said that they had learned a lot from Sunday's 1-17 to 0-20 draw and hopes that makes the difference in Tullamore tomorrow.

"Some of the lads feel they can offer a lot more and that's good. Others were rightly pleased with the way they played and will be looking for more of the same.

"But the game should bring us on and not having any new injury worries, which doesn't happen that often, is also a big help," he said.

But Cunningham said that whatever about his men stepping up their displays, he believes they need to minimise the impact of three Dublin players in particular.

"Liam Rushe, Danny Sutcliffe and Mark Schutte were huge players for Dublin and we need to curb their influence in the game. They played massive games.

"Dublin hurling has come on a long way, we saw their U-21s against Kilkenny during the week, and we know we will have to be at the top our game and whoever wins it will be in good shape.

Improve

"We were happy with our performance but we know we need to improve if we are to advance and we need to push on when we are ahead," said Cunningham.

Staging the replay in Tullamore is not something which is occupying Cunningham's mind in the build-up to the game.

"We have played there many times before and we had many fine performances there and hopefully this will be another one of them,' he added.

Elsewhere, Cathal McCarron faces a race against time to be fit for the first round of the All Ireland qualifiers on June 27 after sustaining an injury in a club championship match on Sunday evening.

The 2013 All Star nominee played a key role as Dromore overcame Ardboe in the opening round of the Tyrone senior championship despite the injury happening just before half-time when he turned quickly. He played through the pain barrier for the remainder of the game but afterwards was aware that something wasn't right.

The club physio has since diagnosed that he sustained ankle ligament damage which is a blow for Mickey Harte as the Red Hands bid to get back on track after losing their Ulster championship preliminary round tie with Donegal in Ballybofey.

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