Saturday 18 November 2017

Galway's season not derailed but they need a bolder approach

Galway manager Micheál Donoghue Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Galway manager Micheál Donoghue Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

There was a lot of disappointment in Galway after last Sunday's defeat by Kilkenny but while that's understandable among supporters, the squad and manager Micheál Donoghue have to get over it quickly. And they will.

Their season is still there to be saved. They need to forget about Kilkenny for now but use the experience to reboot their second coming in the All-Ireland quarter-final.

Who would have done better against Kilkenny last Sunday? We don't know, of course, but the reality is that Kilkenny are going for an All-Ireland three-in-a-row so it's not as if Galway are the only ones to suffer at their hands over the last few years, let alone before that.

Galway are still right in there with a good chance because with the exception of Kilkenny they are as good as any side left in the championship.

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So now it's a question of re-grouping after this weekend's club championship games and making sure everything is right for tomorrow fortnight.

In sport, it's always about the next game and the next opportunity to do things better.

Of course you have to react to what you have experienced too and, in this regard, I believe Galway badly need an injection of pace in the middle third.

If I were in charge I'd go with some more of the younger players. Give them their head and see where it takes them and Galway.

I'd certainly have Jason Flynn in from the start and I'd go with Pádraig Brehony and Shane Maloney too.

Freshen it up and go again. Galway lost to Kilkenny but it's over so move on and be better next time.

It's the only way.

Irish Independent

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