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Friday 19 July 2019

Galway on the defensive about game plan

TACTICS: Kevin Walsh. Photo: Sportsfile
TACTICS: Kevin Walsh. Photo: Sportsfile

Life as a Galway footballer can't be easy. By that we don't mean having to park creativity at the dressing-room door and sign up to Kevin Walsh's utilitarian game-plan. Rather, it's having to answer all those questions about their tactics ... every query laden with undertones about the contrasting glory game of Corofin.

In the past month alone we've spied several examples of Galway players explaining why they are quite happy with a strategy that has turned them into a competitive Division 1 force, Connacht champions and All-Ireland semi-finalists last year - and now provincial finalists once more. Here's a flavour.

Stand-in captain Gary O'Donnell: "If you ask people about style of play or results, they will tell you that all they want is to win games."

Convalescing captain Damien Comer: "Every team is defensive now. I don't think you'd get away with that (expansive) style at inter-county level. Corofin are a great side but it's totally different when you bring it to inter-county."

Tom Flynn, speaking to RTÉ: "It's very easy to nail Galway on defensive tactics. For years, and prior to this management, I played on teams that were slightly more prone to being cut open."

The likelihood is that they'll face a Roscommon team equally keen to shut up shop. That was a key plank of Anthony Cunningham's thinking when he took over; as the Division 1 table shows (conceding 10-92) they haven't been consistently rock-solid, but they kept Mayo goalless in a famous semi-final ambush.

Galway are favourites but form has been patchy. For all their latent attacking potential, they'll need to show more of it to reach the next level.

 

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