Friday 19 January 2018

Busy Silke warns Galway 'job is only half-done'

Corofin's Liam Silke, right, in action against Diarmuid Connelly, St Vincent's
Corofin's Liam Silke, right, in action against Diarmuid Connelly, St Vincent's

Declan Rooney

One of the busiest footballers in the country is hoping to add more silverware to his collection this weekend and also help his county avoid the drop to Division 3.

Galway and Corofin's Liam Silke faces a manic 21 hours this weekend as he aims to earn a Connacht U-21 medal against Roscommon tomorrow evening, before lining out for the Tribesmen in their crucial Division 2 relegation battle against Kildare on Sunday.

Silke, a nephew of Galway's 1998 All-Ireland winning captain Ray Silke, has already had a busy few weeks.

He was one of the key men for Corofin as they won a second All-Ireland club title on St Patrick's Day, he then played a key role in Galway's Connacht U-21 semi-final victory over Mayo four days later, and even had time to make his senior county debut against Roscommon last weekend.

But the pacey wing-back says he is ready for a packed schedule this weekend and hopes to continue his good form on both fronts.

"I was training last week with the Galway lads, but I know most of them. I was in for a while last year and I know the Corofin lads well, it was nothing new for me really.

"After the All-Ireland, I was straight into the U-21 championship on the Saturday, but I still managed to enjoy the celebrations," said Silke.

It remains to be seen if Kevin Walsh calls upon the defender for Sunday's clash. While the Hyde Park win over the Rossies was a huge boost to the Tribesmen, Silke things it's vital that they back it up with a fourth win of the campaign on Sunday to guarantee survival.

"It was a great win, but it was badly needed but we have only half a job done really," he said.

"After three games losing in a row we knew we had to do something different. It's definitely a happier dressing room now. It's definitely a must win against Kildare."

Irish Independent

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