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Friday 20 October 2017

Tribe vow to lift it for Kerry

Conroy demands better after late Tipp flurry

Galway's Shane Walsh in action against Ciarán McDonald of Tipperary. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE
Galway's Shane Walsh in action against Ciarán McDonald of Tipperary. Picture credit: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

Galway set up an All-Ireland SFC quarter-final showdown with Kerry but they have big worries after their 4-17 to 4-12 Round 4A Qualifier victory over Tipperary in O'Connor Park on Saturday evening.

Reading the scoreline, you might think this was heart-in-the-mouth stuff. However, Galway's four goals came in a four-minute spell either side of half-time that all but ended the game as a contest.

Cruising

However, despite playing some superb football, Galway suddenly lost their way and Tipp managed three late goals of their own. Such lapses in concentration in Croke Park, and things could turn nasty very quickly for the Tribesmen. They aren't going to shy away from that fact, though.

Speaking in the immediate aftermath, star attacker Paul Conroy acknowledged their disappointment with the lade fade-out.

"We're relieved really," Conroy said. "With 20 minutes to go, we were cruising but we were shaky towards the end and conceded a lot of soft goals which isn't good enough at this level.

"Mentally I suppose you think you've the game won and that creeps into lads' heads.

"We've a lot of work to do. We struggled with the runners against Tipp. Kerry are a good side and we'll have a lot to do to be up to their level."

The last time the counties met at the last-eight stage was in 2008 when in a rain-soaked Croke Park, they served up what was arguably the game of the summer. Much has changed since, however, with Galway falling away from the top table dramatically in recent times.

Surpassed

Kerry were making a failed bid for a three-in-a-row of All-Ireland titles in 2008, but they too have been surpassed in recent years.

Galway manager Alan Mulholland believes the teams are in a similar place given the amount of young players lining out for both sides.

"We're going to Croke Park, we're going to play Kerry and it's a great thing to be looking forward to," he said. "The two teams were in similar positions. Both reasonably young sides, a lot of underage talent and trying to make that breakthrough."

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