Wednesday 22 January 2020

Moore: I have no recollection of Walsh collision

Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

GALWAY captain Fergal Moore has revealed that he has no recollection of the sickening clash with Kilkenny's Walter Walsh in the league semi-final final that saw him stretchered off.

The Turloughmore man came off worse in a challenge with Walsh just 10 minutes into the game and spent two nights in hospital before being discharged. He was also stood down from training and matches afterwards as a further precaution.

"I am 100pc now," Moore said. "I had to take a couple of weeks off that are mandatory after a concussion. I'm grand. It is a contact sport. I went to give him a shoulder and turned funny and hit him wrong.

"I don't remember it at all – I didn't see it after and didn't watch it back. It's just one of those things, and it's all about championship now.

"He is a big unit but if he was 2' 2" I probably would have knocked myself out anyway with the way I hit him. It was a clash of heads more than anything but he is a big unit, yeah."

Galway were two points to the good when Moore was taken off but ran out seven-point losers in Semple Stadium.

The result continued the tit-for-tat relationship between the counties since Anthony Cunningham took charge of the Tribesmen.

The sides have met six times in league and championship since the start of 2012, with Galway winning two and drawing one, and Moore concedes that they let an opportunity slip against the Cats in Thurles.

"I'm told it was (a poor performance) but I didn't see it. I think it was tame enough in the finish," he said.

"We had a lot of momentum but we lost that in the first half, after a very good start, and we couldn't claw it back, so it was a somewhat flat performance.

"But all credit to Kilkenny, they went on and won it, and that is why they are All-Ireland champions."

After last year's brilliant performance in the Leinster final before pushing the Cats to a replay in the All-Ireland final, expectations are high out west.

However, on the four occasions that Galway reached an All-Ireland final since their last success in 1988, the following season has failed to produce anything better than a semi-final appearance.

"Winning Leinster was an unbelievable feeling and a very proud moment for myself, my family and club," said Moore. "On the day we were such raging underdogs that it added to the emotion of it as well.

"We didn't get too carried away afterwards and I think our performances after that showed – right up to the All-Ireland replay – that we didn't get carried away and stayed working.

"But, yeah, that day was an unbelievable feeling, and one I would love to repeat.

"The Galway public are very expectant normally and, when you deliver some silverware as well, that adds to the pressure. The bigger pressure we'll have is the pressure we put on ourselves to deliver performances. It's a clean slate this year and a fresh start."

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