Saturday 19 October 2019

Victory over Cats should spark Tribesmen - Kerins

Former Galway dual star Alan Kerins. Photo: MOrgan Treacy/INPHO
Former Galway dual star Alan Kerins. Photo: MOrgan Treacy/INPHO
Michael Verney

Michael Verney

What a difference a few days can make. Many were preparing Galway's epitaph before last Sunday's visit to Nowlan Park but after edging out the Cats in dramatic style, the summer could well be their oyster.

While the stakes are still high heading to Parnell Park this Saturday against Dublin, Micheál Donoghue's men do so with renewed optimism as their season finally sprung to life.

Former Galway dual star Alan Kerins feels it can be a major turning point as they eye their third Leinster SHC crown in succession en route to a tilt at All-Ireland honours.

The absence of their spiritual leader Joe Canning has been lamented, but others like Cathal Mannion, Conor Whelan and Johnny Glynn proved their worth with Kerins expecting victory to be a springboard for their summer.

"That'll give them huge belief in themselves and in their own potential. Championship is all about getting momentum at the right time," Kerins said at the Electric Ireland Minor Championship launch.

"Whichever team hits form and gets momentum at the right time of the year will probably go on and win the All-Ireland. Galway looked to be labouring a little bit but we all know the talent that they have and I hope victory will spark that buzz."

With Galway's footballers in Connacht SFC final action on Sunday against Roscommon, excitement is building in the Tribe with Kerins dreaming of the heady days of 2001, where he played All-Ireland deciders in different codes in quick succession having amazingly only taken up football the year before.

"Kevin Walsh has built a great panel now, there's a lot of strength in depth there. If they get that spring in their step and get a bit of belief and momentum going and the forwards are given the freedom to express themselves, they'll have a right shot," Kerins said.

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"There's a heap of them with great potential and they are as good a unit that is out there. They have the potential to go a long way."

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