No quick fix for lacklustre Tribesmen
These are very worrying times for Galway. They are better than that, there's no doubt about it, but they'll have to start proving it -- and the visit of Clare is the perfect place to start.
There was no shortage of motivation for them in Saturday's Irish Independent. It seemed to work early on as they started well, but somehow it all went wrong from there.
There's no quick fix for Galway and there'll be plenty of introspection this week. Dublin were so much better in every area of the field and Galway looked yards slower than the Dubs. Even when Dubs full-back Tomas Brady was forced off they couldn't capitalise and it led to Liam Rushe giving a man-of-the-match display at centre-back.
Galway's pride is wounded and rightly so but there won't be any more second chances if they fail to overcome Clare in a fortnight's time.
They have the ability to bite back but there's no doubting Anthony Daly had every right to look delighted at the finish as his men were deserving winners.
They went into Saturday evening's match as underdogs and it'll be the same for the Leinster final despite beating the Cats in both the Walsh Cup and league finals. And that will suit them down to the ground.