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Thursday 19 April 2018

Bergin glad to make 'disgusted' Kernan proud

Colm Keys

Colm Keys

For Joe Bergin it was one of the longest weeks he has put in during his time as an inter-county footballer as he and his Galway colleagues digested the harsh words of a "disgusted" Joe Kernan management.

Losing to Kerry has become a regular fixture for Galway, but losing by so much (2-16 to 1-9) on the weekend before last represented a crisis that they had to meet head on.

Bergin can only hope that the 'line in the sand' meetings on the Sunday evening and again last Tuesday have the desired effect in the long-term.

But in the short-term they certainly had the desired effect, a small return for the investment of faith shown in them as they beat Tyrone to ease relegation pressures.

"It's a new regime, new management and they were, being quite honest, disgusted with the Kerry match," admitted Bergin after scooping the Man of the Match award on Sunday.

"They (management) were hurt. They're proud men too and it was a long week for us all. It was key to get the performance and the two points against Tyrone.

"We have paid them back a small bit, but we still have a long way to go. One victory doesn't set you up, so we need a bit of consistency. We'll put the shoulder to the wheel for the week ahead and Dublin will be a tough one."

Bergin didn't hide from the difficulty that they had to face up to after such a mauling from Kerry.

"We let down the management big time against Kerry with our second-half performance. It was hurting all the boys during the week. We put in a performance here (against Tyrone) that everybody could be proud of.

"Look, it was a long week. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday were all bad days. We just wanted to keep the heads down and not talk to anybody. Unfortunately, everybody you meet wants to ask what's going on and how were we so bad.

"It's tough to take, but that's the position we put ourselves in. Hopefully we don't have too many more days like that.

"There was a lot of soul-searching during the week. We said we didn't want to experience that again. Maybe at the end of the season we can look back and say that match could have been the turning point."

Bergin and Galway are now looking for some consistency, a search that takes them to Parnell Park and Dublin next Saturday night.

But they remain without Sean Armstrong, Michael Meehan and Padraic Joyce for the rest of the league, though Gareth Bradshaw could return to the squad after being ruled out with a calf injury.

Irish Independent

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