Galway did what they had to do against a very poor Cork side to book their place in an All-Ireland semi-final at Croke Park.
A cheeky goal from Jonathan Glynn in the opening minute paved the way for success but there has to be concern that despite Galway’s total dominance in the opening half that goal was basically the difference between the teams on the scoreboard at half-time. Galway held a four-point advantage at the break but it certainly should have been much more given how Galway outclassed the Rebels.
Of course Galway did hit a whopping 24 wides in the game and if they repeat that wide tally in the next game, they stand little chance of winning an All-Ireland.
Of course it is good to be creating chances but on the day Cork were dismal and much greater competition can be expected from either Tipperary next time out and whoever may await beyond that.
The fact that players are now being utilised in their best positions it is helping Galway’s cause. Galway are where they want to be and the county is one step nearer to bringing the Liam MacCarthy Cup back across the Shannon for the first time since 1988.
Minors showed promise
The Galway minor hurlers showed a lot of potential as they cast the challenge of Limerick aside with relative ease. Questions have to be asked how Limerick have been allowed to continue to play their fifth championship game of the season and this is the third game they lost.
They are now out of the championship and Galway advance after a quality display of hardworking teamwork and an excellent first touch. Jeff Lynskey and his team are working hard to get this team in shape.
There were many annoyed Galway supporters who had travelled early to Semple Stadium, Thurles of Sunday with tickets for the Ryan Stand only to discover that the gates didn’t open until seven minutes before the start of the minor game.
While the gates at the other stand did open, there was a delay at the Ryan end. Many of the Stadium stewards arrived late as they were also working for the football qualifier on Saturday evening.
While it might be the middle of summer, it’s a wonder that four All-Ireland championship matches were played at the venue within 24 hours given the rain that we had in recent weeks.
Credit must be given to the grounds staff for having the pitch in such an excellent shape despite the mammoth fixture schedule.