Sunday 21 January 2018

Galway must test pace of cats defence

Cyril Farrell

How to beat Kilkenny? Now there's a conundrum. There are as many theories as wet days this summer, but they've all proven to be hopelessly misguided.

In the circumstances, my advice to Galway is simple: hurl your own game. Get as much of it right as you possibly can. Use your pace. That's an area where Galway are well endowed, so make it count.

I'm not at all suggesting that the Kilkenny backs are slow, but Galway should set about testing how quick they are.

Traditionally, Galway have had quick forwards, and that's certainly the case now, so they've got to use it. If they harness it properly, they are well capable of scoring enough to set Kilkenny a sizeable target.

That raises the question of how the Galway defence will cope with Richie Power, now very much the fulcrum of the Kilkenny attack, and friends. Conceding 4-12 to Westmeath and 3-15 to Offaly isn't exactly an encouraging backdrop for Galway as they line up against Kilkenny's deadly hitmen, but presumably, they will have learned something from those experiences.

They would need to because if they leave the shop unprotected, the shelves will be empty very quickly. Kilkenny to win but Galway to do enough to provide nourishment for a recharge via the All-Ireland quarter-finals.

Irish Independent

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