Tuesday 21 August 2018

'Will they do a Roscommon?' - David Brady on why he thinks Galway could be 'out of the championship in June'

11 February 2018; Galway manager Kevin Walsh speaks to his players after the Allianz Football League Division 1 Round 3 match between Galway and Mayo at Pearse Stadium in Galway. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
11 February 2018; Galway manager Kevin Walsh speaks to his players after the Allianz Football League Division 1 Round 3 match between Galway and Mayo at Pearse Stadium in Galway. Photo by Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile

Galway have been one of the big success stories of the 2018 National Football League but Mayo legend David Brady has issued a warning over their championship prospects.

The Tribesmen have won their first three games after getting promoted to Division One, including a five-point victory against rivals Mayo last Sunday.

Galway will play Stephen Rochford's men in the Connacht championship quarter-final on May 13, with the loser facing a daunting journey through the back door to reach the Super 8s.

Speaking on The Throw-In, Independent.ie's GAA podcast in association with Allianz, Brady said by placing such a big emphasis on the league this season, Galway could be slightly burnt out when the championship comes around.

He referenced Roscommon's run to the Division One semi-final in 2016, after which they were disappointingly defeated in the qualifiers by Clare.

"I'm not being disrespectful but I can honestly see Galway being out of the championship in June," Brady said.

"Will they do a Roscommon on it?," Brady asked.

"In the first year when they came into Division 1, they put everything into it. They lost a semi-final but Roscommon created a blaze of glory in Division One and it petered out five weeks later. I feel that maybe that could happen to Galway. I'm not saying they are a flash in the pan, no way, they have a fine young team and have been building. They are creating a style of play that suits them. But it is all coming down to one game in May and if it doesn't go well for Galway in championship, they don't really do it in the back door."

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