Galway set to end barren years
Galway head for Croke Park on Sunday in a bid to end years of disappointment as they take on Kilkenny in the All-Ireland senior final.
But, this is far from easy, Kilkenny have proved that there are always players ready to take over from those that leave. There might be no DJ Carey or Henry Shefflin, but there are many ready and waiting from the rich under age structure that is bred around the hinterland of the Marble County.
Brian Cody is a shrewd manager with far more experience than what Galway have. However if on the day, Galway can get it right in all areas for the 70-plus minutes, they are capable of ending the famine.
Galway people everywhere will wish our team and management the best of luck in what is a difficult task, but these new crop of players have the ability to turn the tide and bring the Liam MacCarthy Cup back west of the Shannon once again.
Support our minors
Galway supporters who are travelling to Croke Park need to travel early and get into the grounds and support this wonderful courageous young minor team that are playing Tipperary.
It is always disheartening to see supporters arrive for the senior game only when the county minor team are playing in the opening game.
This is not just a Galway problem, but let Galway people now show that they respect our minors and be in early to give them support in the bid to make it a double victory for the west.
With nine minutes left to play in the All-Ireland senior football semi-final some Mayo followers were heading for the exits as it looked like Mayo were once again so near and yet so far.
They wasted a number of good scoring chances that would have given them the equaliser just moments earlier and they were now seven points down. It was an old failing coming back to haunt a county that were passionate about their football.
It looked a tactical game where mangers had issued instructions on how to play for most of the game. For Dublin it might have being going fairly right but for Mayo it certainly began to go all wrong.
Then we suddenly began to see the Mayo we knew when they threw caution to the wind and began to forget about instructions and take it on board to try and win this game themselves.
These are players that under different managers have seen a lot of heartbreak and the fact that they were about to suffer another heartbreak.
In the closing stages of the game there was only one team and had Mayo played like that, they would not be a second day as they would have silenced the Hill for good.
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