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O Curraoin: Happy with result

O Curraoin: Happy with result

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O Curraoin: Happy with result

With just one round of games to go, nothing has been decided in Division 2.

A mind-boggling series of permutations and combinations mean everyone still has something to play for.

On Sunday, Galway will be battling on two fronts as a handsome win and a specific set of results elsewhere could see them promoted back to the top flight - while a defeat could result in relegation.

The combination of results required for promotion seem unlikely but at least the Tribesmen gave themselves that chance after halting the rot last weekend.

After making a bright start under Kevin Walsh and winning the first two games in the league, Galway lost three games on the bounce and looked to be heading for a fourth defeat last Sunday at half-time when they trailed Roscommon by seven points.

"(The win) was probably badly needed at this stage," said midfielder Fiontan O Curraoin. "The most important thing was to focus in on the performances rather than the result.

"The results have gone against us and we hadn't got the performance we hoped for, so it was great to get the performance and the result came with it."

O Curraoin's Mícheal Breathnachs clubmate Peadar O Griofa kicked six points in a man of the match performance against Roscommon. The talented forward has endured a difficult few years having suffered two cruciate knee ligament injuries but looked back to his best.

"It was absolutely brilliant to see him come through because he was always there with me underage and he missed out on the two (U-21) All-Irelands as he had done two cruciates," said O Curraoin.

"So to be back on the pitch and to kick six points was a testament to himself and the hard work he has done."

O Curraoin has put any thoughts as to the consequences of Sunday's clash with Kildare out of his head and insists they will only be out to deliver a strong performance.

"There are a few teams on six (points). There are a few teams that could go up and down just as easily. Next weekend at 3.0 we'll be focusing on our own performance and trying to get that right. Whatever happens then happens."

Irish Independent