Monday 22 July 2019

Goals win games! Galway either haven't heard or aren't listening

Galway manager Micheál Donoghue. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Galway manager Micheál Donoghue. Photo: David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile
Martin Breheny

Martin Breheny

Galway's strange performance patterns throughout this summer will, no doubt, be analysed in minute detail before the All-Ireland final, not least by manager, Micheál Donoghue.

They have lived dangerously in their last five games, two of which they won by a point while they have also drawn two others. And while they beat Kilkenny by seven points in the Leinster final replay, it was, in reality, far less comfortable.

Kilkenny pared an 11-point lead back to one before Galway pressed on again over the home stretch.

An interesting aspect of the win over Clare was that Galway's 1-17 total came in as the lowest winning score in the 29-match campaign. It was also Galway's lowest championship score since drawing with Dublin (1-17 each) in the 2015 Leinster quarter-final. At one level, that's a worry for Galway but, on the plus side, it shows that they can win games by whatever means are necessary on a given day.

Here's another curious thing; with the exception of the game against Offaly in May, Galway have scored only five goals in seven games, having hit a mere two in five championship outings last year. Despite that, they have won 11 and drawn two of 13 ties over the two seasons, a record which seems to defy the claim that goals win games.

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