It was a very disappointing weekend for Galway footballers. Kevin Walsh’s men put themselves in a good position for victory when they hit the front after half-time, but they did not kick on from there.
They did well to recover from the concession of the early goal but the impact made by Martin McElhinney when he came on, allowing Michael Murphy to move to full-forward, was key.
It showed the strength that the likes of Donegal have at their disposal and the reality is that Galway did not have a player to match the displays of the likes of Colm McFadden, Odhran Mac Niallais and Murphy when it mattered most.
It was a pity because this would have been a big scalp to take but it again illustrated that there is still a bridge to be crossed before Galway make it back to the top table.
The key thing now is that promotion is achieved next year. It is no coincidence that the six teams who remain in the hunt for the 2015 All-Ireland title are all from Division One.
Walsh will have learned a lot from his maiden season in charge and it will be vital to push on next season.
Perhaps the loss by the minor footballers on Bank Holiday Monday was even more disappointing when they went down to Tipperary. Galway are the only provincial winner not to make it to the All-Ireland semi-finals.
But this is a team which has blown hot and cold, hammering Mayo in Castlebar but lucky to snatch a draw against Sligo in the Connacht final.
They again lost their way in the second-half against Tipperary on Monday and were well beaten by 1-10 to 0-6.
Galway United are poised for their first silverware in 18 years when they take on St Pat’s next month in the final of the EA Sports Cup.
Tommy Dunne’s men scored a great semi-final win over holders and league champions Dundalk at Eamonn Deacy Park on Monday night.
Goalkeeper Ger Hanley was the hero when he saved Dundalk’s first two attempts when the scoreless encounter went to penalties.
Next month’s clash with St Pat’s will give Galway United a chance to lift the trophy for the third time, with the 1985-86 title against Dundalk the first silverware won by the club, while they were also successful in 1996-97 against Cork City.
SIGHT/SOUND OF THE WEEK: The ‘sold out’ sign at the Millennium Stadium for Saturday’s game between Wales and Ireland. First week in August and rugby stadiums are selling out. Must be a World Cup on the horizon.
THEY SAID IT: â€œHe rang me before he got on the placne to tell me he didn’t have a key, so I waited up for him,â€ 17-year old Theo Walcott’s mother after he scored a hat-trick for England away to Croatia.
IT HAPPENED ON THIS DAY: 5th August 1948: The former Liverpool, Spurs and England goalkeeper Ray Clemence was born in Skegness. With Liverpool he won five league titles, three European Cups and two UEFA Cups and an FA Cup medal. He won a FA Cup medal with Spurs and an UEFA Cup, along with 61 caps for England.