Saturday 24 February 2018

galway fancied to end jinx

Galway manager Alan Mulholland may be talking up his side's task as they head to play Antrim, but his family bookmakers firm is having none of it and have installed the Tribesmen as red-hot favourites, WRITES JOHN FALLON.

Galway have not won a match outside Connacht in eight years, and Mulholland is all too aware of the banana skin as they head to Casement Park on Saturday following the surprise provincial semi-final loss to Sligo.

"Going up to face Antrim in Belfast won't be easy. I watched their game against Monaghan and they were unlucky to lose, and we know how hard it will be," said Mulholland (right).

"But we are keen to show our supporters that what happened against Sligo, especially in the second half, is not our true form.

"We have been going well in training again and hopefully we can manage to pick up the win."

The family firm, John Mulholland Bookmakers, which is headed up by his father and where brother Eddie has been tasked with setting the GAA odds, are quite confident that the Tribesmen can get back on track.

They have installed them as 1/3 favourites, with a draw priced at 15/2.

"The pressure is on as we've installed Galway as 1/3 favourites for their road trip, but let's not forget Galway are yet to win outside Connacht since beating Louth in 2004," said a spokesperson for John Mulholland Bookmakers

"Hopefully that hoodoo is put to rest on Saturday."

Irish Independent

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