Saturday 21 April 2018

Reidy eager to get one over on old friend Ryan

Galway ladies football manager Kevin Reidy
Galway ladies football manager Kevin Reidy
Cian Tracey

Cian Tracey

For at least an hour tomorrow, Kevin Reidy will put his friendship with Eamonn Ryan to the side as he looks to plot a major upset in the Tesco Ladies Division 1 NFL final.

Reidy's Galway have reached the decider just months after being promoted but a formidable Cork side stand in their way.

Reidy and Ryan have a close bond and regularly call each other but this week, those conversations have been put on hold.

"My wife and Eamonn's daughter lived together for three years in Cork, so I knew Eamonn before the ladies football came along or anything. I was out in their house many a time and we get on very, very well," Reidy explained.

"He played at the highest level for a good few years and then he went in to coaching.

"He's coached plenty of teams in Cork and you can see the respect they have for him and the way they look up to him.

"He's the driving force behind that team. He's just so passionate about the GAA and when you're talking to him at a family wedding or something it's just all football talk," Reidy added.

Cork are bidding to win their third consecutive Division 1 title and Reidy said it would a "massive step" forward in his side's development were Galway to deny them, but regardless of the outcome, he won't be dwelling on it.

"It would be a massive step if you were to overcome Cork. But at the same time it's a League final and come Saturday evening the League will be parked and we'll be looking forward to the Connacht Championship on July 12," Reidy said.

"It'd be great to get over the line, but at the same time the League will be forgotten if you don't overcome Mayo in the Connacht final.

"My first aim this year was to just hold on to Division 1 status for this season. Once we achieved that we just pushed on and tried to make the semi-finals.

"I suppose we're learning every day. Okay, we've a lot of experienced players, but they haven't been at this level in a while.

"We've moved on another level every game. We're happy where we're going, but Cork are a massive test for us."

Irish Independent

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