Lyons insists Galway will be underdogs in Shield decider
Wily campaigner Joe Lyons steered Galway into an AIG Barton Shield final showdown with mighty Royal Dublin today but insisted they'll need to play out of their skins to claim the title for the first time in seven years.
The Connacht champions beat Ulster kingpins North West by two holes as a star-studded Royal Dublin outfit crushed holders Muskerry by seven holes over the O'Meara Course at Carton House.
But while Lyons and Stephen Brady beat Ryan Gribben and Kealan Quigg by three holes and Ronan Mullarney holed two great birdie putts late in the day alongside Colm Hughes to lose by just one hole to Kyle McCarron and Garrett Mallon, the senior man on the Galway team is keeping his expectations in check.
"Royal Dublin look very strong and we'll have to play above ourselves to beat them," Lyons said.
"We will be big underdogs to beat them but that's the way it is."
Galway are no strangers to All-Ireland finals but they will need to be at their best against a Royal Dublin side comprising four Senior Interpros, who avenged last year's semi-finals defeat with a clear-cut win over Muskerry,
Shaun Carter and Jeff Hopkins were three-under par as they saw off star Muskerry pair Niall Gorey and Dave O'Donovan by four holes and it was just as convincing by Ian O'Rourke and Barry Anderson as they cruised to a three-up win over Daniel Hallissey and Shane Whooley.
Today's Junior Cup final is far more of a David and Goliath clash with Ulster minnows Greenisland seeking their first All-Ireland pennant against Westport after they beat Douglas 3-2 thanks to a 19th hole win for Andrew Ervine over Darren Hourihan.
Westport beat Dundalk 3-2 as anchor man Fergus Rothwell survived a late comeback by Aaron King to win by one hole.