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McIntyre's Tribemen can tame Fitzgerald's in-form Decies

JOHN McINTYRE has developed something of a reputation -- primarily among eaves-dropping journalists - for unleashing the Alex Ferguson 'hairdryer' when his Galway troops don't perform up to his expectations.

On that basis, you might surmise that a scratchy performance in Kilmallock last Sunday -- against Justin McCarthy's callow Limerick colts -- might have prompted some fire-and-brimstone from the Galway boss.

Not so, it seems. "We expected this young Limerick side to have a right go at us and they did," McIntyre insisted afterwards. "We had to unload the bench to dig us out of trouble. It's two league points. I'll take it. The lads had to show a bit of character and they weren't found wanting, in fairness to them."

Galway eventually triumphed by 1-18 to 1-11, but the manager's mood can't have been so sanguine at half-time when the visitors trailed by a point -- or soon after the restart either, when Limerick were awarded a penalty.

That was saved at the expense of a converted '65', but Galway then emptied the bench to impressive effect -- led by Iarlath Tannian who helped himself to 1-2 from play. Four of the five subs who saw action now start at home to Waterford tomorrow -- Tannian, Niall Healy, Fergal Moore and David Collins, the former skipper who hasn't started a Galway game since 2007 because of a career-threatening ankle injury.

His return will be welcomed by all Galway fans, but Collins can't expect any favours from a Waterford side that gleefully overcame widespread negative expectations to demolish Dublin last weekend.

Clearly unperturbed by the absence of ten possible starters - caused by a combination of injury, suspension and experienced players taking extended breaks - the Deise rattled four goals past a porous Sky Blue defence. The performance of half-forward Kevin Moran, with 1-5 from play, was a particular revelation.

On that form, there is every chance that Waterford can capitalise on Galway's own selection issues (they must plough on without the Portumna boys). With that caveat out of the way, however, here's another verdict that Davy Fitz can post on his dressing-room wall!

ODDS: Galway 4/9, Draw 10/1, Waterford 2/1