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'There was a lot of tension in the stands' - Former Galway captain on 'dark mood' between the Tribesmen and Mayo

Cillian O'Connor of Mayo and Eoghan Kerin of Galway tussle off the ball during the Allianz Football League Division 1 Round 3 match between Galway and Mayo at Pearse Stadium in Galway. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Cillian O'Connor of Mayo and Eoghan Kerin of Galway tussle off the ball during the Allianz Football League Division 1 Round 3 match between Galway and Mayo at Pearse Stadium in Galway. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Former Galway All-Ireland winning captain Ray Silke believes that the tension at the clash in Salthill yesterday afternoon wasn't just confined to the pitch.

Referee Anthony Nolan sent-off Galway's Paul Conroy and Mayo's O'Connor brothers, Diarmuid and Cillian, in the closing stages of the National League meeting as tensions boiled over.

There were a number of flashpoints and ugly scenes as the Tribesmen maintained their 100pc start to the league with a 1-13 to 0-11 victory.

Speaking to RTE Sport yesterday, Silke claimed that there has been a growing animosity between the age-old rivals in recent times.

"Keith Duggan wrote a very interesting piece in the (Irish) Times yesterday in which Jim Carney from the Tuam Herald, and formerly of RTÉ, said that the mood between the supporters and between the sides has gone a little bit dark over the last while," he said.

"Maybe it's because Mayo's success has been so phenomenal and Galway are now pushing hard.

"Even there, you could hear it in the stand that there was a lot of... I wouldn't quite call it vitriol but there was a lot of tension there.

"And we don't want that to happen. Win or lose, shake hands and move on. And it's disappointing to see the game ending in that way."

Mayo and Galway will lock horns in the Connacht championship in May in what promises to be another passionate affair.

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