Saturday 25 November 2017

Burke insists Tribesmen are no longer side plagued by inconsistency

Galway manager Michéal Donoghue. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Galway manager Michéal Donoghue. Photo: Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

Switching focus to the championship has already moved to the top of Galway's agenda, with captain David Burke pointing to the dangers Dublin will pose the Tribesmen in their Leinster quarter-final clash on May 28.

"They will be waiting after having taken a good look at us. We will have to be on our guard against Dublin," he said.

The immediate challenge for Michéal Donoghue and his Galway team is how they react to Sunday's shock win over Tipperary, a success that will inevitably send hopes soaring in the county that the 29-year wait for All-Ireland glory could end next September.

Burke is making no promises or predictions but disputes the widely-held theory that a lack of consistency has been the key factor in undermining them in recent years.

"Everyone keeps saying 'which Galway is going to turn up?' but we are consistent and have been for the last two or three years. We are not up and down anymore. We were beaten by better teams, we have no complaints. Tipp were the better team last summer and they showed that in the All-Ireland final," he said.

Defeat by Wexford in the second round of this year's Division 1B campaign, almost certainly cost Galway promotion and while they have now won a bigger prize, that loss to Davy Fitzgerald's men still rankles.

"That setback was awfully disappointing. We probably didn't have enough done and probably underrated them a small bit. Davy Fitz is doing a savage job down there.

"We came back after that defeat and went all out to see if we could win the League. It wasn't looking good when we were ten points down against Waterford (in the quarter-final) but we came back from that. It was probably the turning point of the league for us," he said.

Burke attributed Sunday's win to hard work and application, qualities that suffocated Tipperary right from the start.

"We weren't doing much tactically. It was simply a matter of working hard up in the forwards and putting them under pressure because if Tipp are given time out the field, with the kind of forwards they have, you can't expect any back to stop that. So we had to put big pressure on them out the field and be real workmanlike," he said.

Irish Independent

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