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Monday 20 November 2017

Glynn insists setbacks of last year were 'not an absolute disaster' for Galway

Galway's Jonathan Glynn is determined to put last year's disappointments behind him. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
Galway's Jonathan Glynn is determined to put last year's disappointments behind him. Photo: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE
Colm Keys

Colm Keys

Johnny Glynn admits that 2013 was a bad year for Galway. But bad enough to be categorised as a disaster?

The young forward wasn't buying that line ahead of Sunday's Limerick renewal of their rivalry with Kilkenny.

"I know it was bad, but it wasn't an absolute disaster," he contested, figuring defeat to Clare in an All-Ireland quarter-final provided consolation because of what transpired for the Banner over the following two months.

"We were beaten by the All-Ireland champions. We weren't annihilated. I know we were beaten well, but you're hoping to win every game and learn as you go along."

His view isn't shared by many in his own county, who feel 2013 was a couple of steps a backwards after their progress the previous year.

Where did it all go wrong? They might look to this very weekend 12 months ago as a reference point.

After coming through the group stages of the most competitive hurling league in years, Galway found themselves in a semi-final against Kilkenny, a match they lost by 1-24 to 1-17 when quite a few things went wrong for them.

"Fergal (Moore) getting hurt was a big thing and Niall (Donohue, who was also taken off injured) too. But we'd one or two chances to get goals and we didn't get the luck on the day," Glynn reflected.

"It was a big game. You don't want to lose any."

They subsequently struggled past Laois and were well beaten in the Leinster final by Dublin before Clare put an end to their season.

The inconsistent streak in them is something Glynn feels he is not around long enough to explain.

"I'm only there two years so I can't talk for anyone else. Last year was probably the worst year Kilkenny had in a long time but if you were playing them, you were still respecting them," he said.

"They were league champions. Us with consistency, I never really thought about it."

He has friends on the Clare squad through his time spent at UL, where he is completing his final year of a construction management course, and he takes some comfort from what they achieved in 2013.

"We'd be hoping a few people take a leaf from Clare's book, take it on," said the 20-year-old.

Highly impressive in opposition to Liam Rushe on the opening day of the league, Glynn likes the shape of the current Galway team, with Ronan Burke fitting in extremely well at full-back and his Ardrahan colleague Iarla Tannian making a strong play for centre-back.

"Iarla really holds things together, he is a serious worker," Glynn said. "He's a great asset to any team, great to bring young guys on. Ask any of the young lads on the Galway team now and they'll tell that one fella sticks out for them – Iarla Tannian."

Irish Independent

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