No extra pressure on Galway, insists Donoghue
Galway1-16 DCU 0-17
New Galway manager Micheál Donoghue does not believe there will be extra pressure on his men this year after they ousted his predecessor Anthony Cunningham from the position.
Donoghue has taken up the reins and while he has had little time to settle in the job given that he was only appointed a couple of days before Christmas, he must be pleased that there is hurling on the field to distract supporters after all that has gone on since the All-Ireland defeat.
The team only returned from Dubai in midweek, players and management had a meet and greet on Thursday and their first training session on Friday night.
But Donoghue is looking ahead, not behind, and is confident that there won't be extra pressure this season for the Tribesmen.
"I don't think so. History has shown that every Championship year is different. We are just looking forward to working towards the League, and then on to the Championship," he said.
Galway have three matches this week, with four of the starting All-Ireland team lining out against them for NUIG on Wednesday night, and Donoghue is the first to acknowledge they have a lot of ground to make up.
He had five of the All-Ireland starting side on duty from the outset against DCU and Joe Canning gave him a taste of what he can look forward to with a trademark goal after a build-up involving David Collins and David Burke, and then he landed two stunning sideline cuts.
Greg Lally at centre-back caught the eye, as did Eanna Burke, who came on at the break and shot four points from play.
By then his older brother David was on the sideline, having picked up a second yellow card in an opening half where five others were booked in a competitive but not dirty encounter.
Galway led by 1-6 to 0-4 at the break but Sean Gray kept the students in contention and when Dublin's Danny Sutcliffe tacked on a few points, they set up an exciting finish.
But Burke's accuracy saw Galway home, with goalkeeper James Skehill doing well to deny Killian Fitzgerald a late DCU goal.
Scorers - Galway: J Canning 1-5 (0-2 s-ls, 0-1f); E Burke 0-4; A Harte 0-2; P Brehony, D Burke, A Smith, J Flynn, G McInerney 0-1 each. DCU: S Gray 0-9 (8fs); D Sutcliffe 0-3; N O'Connor 0-2; D Staunton, P Foley, K Fitzgerald 0-1 each.
Galway - J Skehill; J Coen, R Burke, C Flynn; S Morrissey, G Lally, D Collins; P Brehony, D Burke; A Smith, J Flynn, G McInerney; R Cummins, J Canning, S Moloney. Subs: A Harte for Flynn (41), B Molloy for Cummins (47), Eanna Burke for Moloney (47), N Burke for McInerney (58), A Tuohy for Lally (69).
DCU - C Ryan; M Heaney, E O'Donnell, P O'Dea; K Fitzgerald, P Foley, T French; K O'Flynn, D Staunton; D Sutcliffe, C Joyce, M Daly; S Gray, C Scally, D Barden. Subs: C McEvoy for Daly (42), N O'Connor for Barden (53), L Richardson for French (61).
Ref - J McGrath (Westmeath).