Monday 26 August 2019

'At this stage I just think Galway would take their hat off to get out of Leinster'

Conor McDonald of Wexford in action against Daithí Burke of Galway. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Conor McDonald of Wexford in action against Daithí Burke of Galway. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Injured Galway star Joe Canning going through is paces on the pitch prior to the clash with Wexford. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

John Morley

The dogged Leinster encounter between the 2017 All Ireland champions and Davy Fitzgerald's Wexford shows that Galway need someone to step up to the plate in the absence of their spiritual leader, Joe Canning.

Once Fitzgerald was sent to the sideline, Wexford dominated the match and but for a missed Cathal Dunbar goal chance the yellow bellies would have left Pearse Stadium with two points.

Irish Independent GAA reporter Michael Verney believes that the Galway attack is struggling without Joe Canning. Apart from Conor Whelan the Tribesmen were lacking and this showed in the final quarter against Wexford.

"I think Galway are really struggling in attack without Joe Canning, we all thought it would happen. Maybe some of us thought that some of the other guys would stand up but take Conor Whelan out of the forward line and you're really struggling," said Verney on The Throw-In podcast, in association with Bord Gáis Energy.

With only a narrow win and a draw so far in the Leinster round robin, Galway's year hangs in the balance. They6 now have two away games against Kilkenny and Dublin and need a win in at least one of those to come third and progress to an All Ireland quarter-final.

"At this stage I just think Galway would take their hat off to get out of Leinster," said Verney.

Verney highlighted the peculiar set up to this year's championship, which saw Wexford play to away games and Galway start off with two home games.

"You could be out of it before you play your home games," added Verney.

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Martin Breheny believes that the slow start may benefit Galway in the long run. He believes that they have a better chance of winning the All Ireland by finishing third in Leinster.

"Limerick got in third last year, I don't think it matters anymore, I don't think it matters anymore whether you get into the provincial finals or not. I think all that matters for Galway is surviving and hanging on in there," said Breheny.

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