Wednesday 7 December 2016

Galway have the edge for Leinster replay, insists manager Anthony Cunningham

Published 31/05/2015 | 16:34

Galway manager Anthony Cunningham and his Dublin counterpart Ger Cunningham shake hands after the game.
Galway manager Anthony Cunningham and his Dublin counterpart Ger Cunningham shake hands after the game.

Galway manager Anthony Cunningham believes his side's experience in replays in recent years will stand to them when they meet Dublin again next Saturday for a place in the Leinster semi-final.

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Galway played catch-up for large parts of the second half but ultimately they secured a second day out when Aidan Harte pointed from the left wing after 69 minutes.  This came seconds after David Treacy had missed a presentable 45m free that would have brought his afternoon tally to a dozen.

Speaking after the match Cunningham, singled out a number of his players for special praise, including championship debutant Padraig Mannion.

"There was some great hurling there in the second half. Johnny Coen was under the shackles there early on and came into it," he said.

"Right throughout the field, Joseph Cooney gave us some great shape. All in all we're looking to go one step further. A draw is a great result for us as well as Dublin."

While Galway's recent records in replays is not particularly good (Kilkenny defeated Cunningham's side in Leinster last year at the second attempt while they also prevailed at the second time of asking in the 2012 All-Ireland hurling final), the Galway boss believes the experience will stand to his team ahead of Saturday's replay.

"It's even-steven again next weekend," he suggested.

"We'll always say we have the edge. We’re hardened into replays.

"We had a replay last year. We need to finish this one we learned from that mistake last year and we are all systems go for next Saturday."

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