Monday 20 November 2017

'Waterford will look to prey on Galway's negative All-Ireland history' - Brendan Cummins

Waterford manager Derek McGrath, left, and Galway manager Michéal Donoghue and (inset) Brendan Cummins
Waterford manager Derek McGrath, left, and Galway manager Michéal Donoghue and (inset) Brendan Cummins
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Galway have been favourites for the All-Ireland title for some months now and they remain so heading into the final against Waterford.

However, Brendan Cummins believes that Derek McGrath and Waterford will want to prey on Galway's negative recent experience of All-Ireland finals.

Speaking on Independent.ie's Punter's Platform podcast, in association with Ladbrokes, Cummins says that Waterford will set up to keep the game tight until the final ten minutes.

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However, if Galway can establish a lead early on, Waterford may struggle as their gameplan is not really built to play from behind.

"There's no doubt the way Waterford are setting up is that they want a ten-minute match rather than a seventy minute match.

"Stay in the game as long as you can and hope the whole squeaky bum time and 'Galway chokers' thing comes into play and Galway might get a bit hesitant.

Take the scenario when it's 1-16 each with five or six minutes left in the game and everyone in the stadium is sitting on the edge of their seats. That's where Derek McGrath wants to get this Galway team.

"Now they (Galway) did it in the semi-final against Tipperary and that's fine. But it's an awful lot different when there's 80,000 people inside in Croke Park and you're that close to winning an All-Ireland. Who's going to blink?

"But if Galway can get two or three points up, what are Waterford going to do then? Because the sweeper system is not designed to chase a lead."

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