Friday 19 January 2018

Scally: Consolidation key to New York progress

New York in action against Mayo last year
New York in action against Mayo last year
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

New York's football squad has consolidated since last year and that should bring about improvement, insists their captain Keith Scally.

Ahead of their Connacht Championship opener against Galway on Sunday in Gaelic Park, the former Westmeath player predicts his team can "make waves" this year.

He believes that consolidation, allied to the addition of players like former Wexford stalwart PJ Banville, can only make them a better team.

New York have been crushed in consecutive years by Mayo and Leitrim but famously made Galway, then under Joe Kernan, sweat in 2010 when the visiting Tribesmen needed the late intervention of Pádraic Joyce to ease them seven points clear and win by 2-13 to 0-12.

"Probably the biggest difference, year to year, is getting used to a new team. There's a big turnover of players," Scally explained.

"Every year you don't know who is going to be in the dressing room beside you.

"With the lads that have stayed on from last year's panel, when you are adding lads like PJ, Niall McFeely, Darren Freeman, to name a few, it does make you feel like you are heading in the right direction out here.

"It gives us great belief that we have the quality to make waves in this Connacht Championship."

Irish Independent

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