The wheels have fairly come off the Galway footballers’ league campaign (you could nearly say the same about the hurlers) in recent weeks and yet there is every chance that few teams in the division will last longer in the championship.
Who knows where Galway would be now if the original game against Laois had not fallen victim to snow at the start of the month? Kevin Walsh’s men were on a high back then having won their opening two games.
Laois, on the other hand, were vulnerable having lost both their opening matches. But, as often happens in sport, things turned quickly. Laois picked off Roscommon next time out and a draw against Meath ensured they came to Tuam Stadium last Sunday with confidence, not self-doubt.
Galway, on the other hand, had their confidence shattered since the postponed tie. That happened when they lost a six-point lead away to Down, it continued against Cavan in Pearse Stadium when they surrendered a five-point lead and on Sunday another six-point lead was let slip during a second-half where they failed to score.
And yet there is ample evidence that this is a talented bunch of players, even before the victorious Corofin lads are drafted in. But they could badly do with a break this weekend, not a trip to play neighbours Roscommon, who are flying high.
Galway just need the chance to regroup, a chance to catch their breath and get things back on an even keel. We could badly do with a big snowfall this weekend.
Galway United will hardly win a more important match than the 1-0 victory over Drogheda United on Friday night. They did well in their opening two games back in the top flight but a third defeat last weekend would have been deflating.
There are a host of games this year which will fall into the ‘six-pointer’ category as they bid to stay in the Premier Division and consolidate, and one of these will be next Friday’s clash against Longford Town at Eamonn Deacy Park. These are the games to win, and hopefully there will be a big crowd to help them achieve that.
It’s a funny sort of league where Galway can lose more games than they win and still qualify for the national hurling league quarter-finals. That said, the two victories against Clare and Kilkenny were against the All-Ireland champions of the past two years. Anthony Cunningham’s men had already qualified before Sunday’s loss to Dublin but it will be interesting to see how they raise their game this Sunday away to Waterford in the quarter-finals. Galway could badly do with at least one more league game before the start of the championship.
SIGHT/SOUND OF THE WEEK: Damien Comer’s second yellow card in the final quarter of Sunday’s league clash against Laois completed a remarkable 24 hours for the Annaghdown man. The captain was man of the match in the U-21 win over Mayo the previous day but was issued with a black card late in the game â€¦ so, one black, two yellow and one red card, for the attacker and all for innocuous challenges.
THEY SAID IT: â€œDon’t worry Alan, you will be playing near a great side,â€ Liverpool manager to England World Cup winner Alan Ball when he moved from Blackpool to Everton in 1966.
IT HAPPENED ON THIS DAY: 25th March 1990: Wales rounded off their worst ever Five Nations when they lost 14-8 to Ireland at Lansdowne Road â€” the first time they lost all four games.