Saturday 14 December 2019

Return of Joss Moore a major boost for the tribesmen

Galway corner-back, Joss Moore. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE
Galway corner-back, Joss Moore. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

GALWAY manager Alan Mulholland has received a timely boost ahead of Sunday week's Connacht final against Mayo with corner-back Joss Moore set to return for his first game since the league.

The corner-back has been out with a knee cartilage injury which saw him miss the Connacht championship wins over London and Sligo. The 23-year old doctor returned to action for his club Mountbellew/Moylough at the weekend and encountered no problems in their 2-15 to 1-7 win.

"It's a good boost. Joss has been out for a while, but thankfully he seems to have made a full recovery and it gives us more options facing into Mayo," said Mulholland.

"We know what we are facing against them so we need to be picking from a full hand, but all of our lads came through a full round of club fixtures at the weekend and are now fully focused on Mayo."

Elsewhere, Sligo manager Pat Flanagan is keeping his fingers crossed that his full-forward line can all shake off injuries ahead of their tricky qualifier trip to face Wicklow at Aughrim.

David Kelly, Pat Hughes and skipper Adrian Marren have all been struggling with injuries since their Connacht final exit to Galway two weekends ago.

Kelly is perhaps Flanagan's biggest concern as a hamstring injury has flared up again, while Hughes appears to have made a miraculous recovery from an ankle ligament injury sustained against the Tribesmen to be in with a chance of featuring on Saturday.

After that loss in Markievicz Park, Marren said he would struggle to make the qualifiers after he took a knock to his ankle, which had kept him out of action for the month before their Connacht semi-final. But his manager insists he'll be ready for Saturday.

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