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Fergal Moore: expecting another 'huge battle'

Fergal Moore: expecting another 'huge battle'

Fergal Moore: expecting another 'huge battle'

HE was one of the three men on the goal-line when Henry Shefflin stood up to take the penalty that could have sealed the All-Ireland for Kilkenny the last day, but Galway captain Fergal Moore is refusing to get dragged into that controversy ahead of Sunday's replay.

"A lot has been said and written about whether he should have gone for one (a goal) or the other (a point), but all I was focused on was the ball really," the Turloughmore corner-back insisted.

"The fact of the matter is Henry took a point, it was a draw, and we have another game now."

Moore (30), a physiotherapist at UCH Galway, is clearly as safe a pair of hands off the pitch as on it.

"It was my first final and I was very tired after it, but ultimately very relieved that we got the draw and more excited about the next match. That was the over-riding emotion on the Monday," he said.

Pleasing

"We hit the ground running and that was hugely pleasing for us because 11 of our team had never played in an All-Ireland final before. We pressed on for the whole first half, but our performance dipped a bit in the second half, and that's what we've been focusing on since."

Moore stressed that there is no point in learning lessons from the drawn thriller if Galway don't make practical use of them in the replay.

"We learned that when we play our own game and play it well, we have a chance of beating them, but that when we are sloppy with possession and maybe take shots at goal that we shouldn't, we let teams back into the game," he said.

"It's one thing to learn those things in theory but it's all about putting that into practice.

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"We're still playing the All-Ireland champions, they're still odds-on favourites and we're still up against it. Neither team is going to lack for hunger or motivation so it will be hell for leather again, and the team that plays best on the day will win."

Asked if he expects Kilkenny to pull something new out of the hat, Moore said: "You'll expect anything!

"The Liam MacCarthy Cup is up for grabs so anything goes. You treat every ball like it's your last, and you just go for it."

Moore believes beating Dublin in the league relegation play-off was the pivotal moment of Galway's season.

"We got a lot of momentum from that. And we made a pact that we'd fight for every ball to the finish of every match," he said.

"It's something the lads (management) have been harping on to us about all year, that the only whistle that matters is the final whistle and the only score that matters is the final score.

"That was the most encouraging thing the last day. Nobody gave up. Everybody kept going right to the end. Luckily Niall Burke got a great goal for us and then we got the free and all credit to Joe (Canning), he nailed it.

"But we can't be happy with a draw, or putting up a performance the next day.

"It's all about getting the win for us now and it'll be a huge, huge battle. We'll take it any way we get it."

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