Monday 20 February 2017

Green shoots appearing for Garryowen despite tough defeat in Galway

Published 17/04/2015 | 02:30

Garryowen head coach Conan Doyle
Garryowen head coach Conan Doyle

I was up in Galway last weekend cheering on my home club Garryowen as they narrowly missed out on automatic promotion back to Division 1A of the Ulster Bank League.

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There was a fantastic Garryowen support up there for what was a great game, and you have to remember that Connacht were taking on Ulster just up the road, so it was a testament to the Galwegians fans who turned out in force also.

But it was heartbreaking for the lads - they could have won it if they had just held on to possession and protected the ball a bit better.

In terms of rugby style, there was a great offering from both sides but I think Conan Doyle's men were a little bit naïve and a few loose offloads cost them.

If they can learn to harness that and protect the ball a bit more, they could become a major force even over the coming weeks.

And they will need to because it doesn't get much tougher than St Mary's at Templeville Road next Saturday.

Mary's hammered Dolphin 45-18 up there last weekend so they are hitting a bit of form at the right time ahead of their biggest game of the season.

Irish Independent

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