It is hard to measure just how big a win that was for Galway last Sunday in Roscommon. But there is no doubting it is huge, not just in terms of the current league but also laying down a marker in what promises to be the closest Connacht championship for years.
That said, it wouldn’t be hard for the provincial title race to be closer than recent years given how far ahead Mayo have been and, let’s face it, this year’s battle will probably be between just three teams.
The last thing Galway needed was to be going into next Sunday’s clash with Kildare on the back of another defeat. They are still not safe but have their destiny in their own hands.
That way, you could say what ever happens them is what they deserve.
But they will take huge confidence from going to Hyde Park and winning. Roscommon football is on a high at the moment, their U-21s are flying and Roscommon CBS have qualified for the All-Ireland colleges final for the first time.
In a way it’s a pity that the Connacht U-21 final is on next Saturday evening, just 21 hours before the final league game. Kevin Walsh won’t know until Saturday night who he will have for the game in Pearse Stadium and that’s not ideal.
It’s a wonder they didn’t play the U-21 final in Ballinasloe one of the evenings this week?
The outcome of Saturday’s U-21 final in Tuam Stadium and the league match against Kildare the following day won’t define Galway’s year, but they could have a big bearing on what will transpire.
Connacht have never won a cup in close on the century and half since they started chasing the ball. It’s remarkable when you think about it. In fact, they have never been in a final.
It gets harder every year to change that. But they have a chance this year, it will all hinge on what happens in Gloucester on Friday night. They will, as usual you might say, go in as underdogs but Gloucester are no world-beaters.
The prize for the winners is a home semi-final against Exeter Chiefs or Newcastle Falcons. Connacht would fancy their chances against either of them, the results against Chiefs this season notwithstanding.
There is a chance there for Connacht, there really is.
SIGHT/SOUND OF THE WEEK: Mayo supporters arriving outside PaircišiRinn in Cork on Sunday morning, over two hours before their league game against the Rebels, which they lost to a last minute goal. They have some supporters, despite all the set-backs.
THEY SAID IT: â€œIn the ring your fists are like little snakes that strike before you can tell them to,â€ former world boxing champion Sugar Ray Robinson.
IT HAPPENED ON THIS DAY: 1st April 1990: The Rangers v Celtic match from Ibrox was the first British league game to be broadcast on satellite, by BSB, in Britain. Wh