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Monday 18 February 2019

Heaney's goal vital for Galway

 

KEY MAN: Galway forward Shane Walsh. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile
KEY MAN: Galway forward Shane Walsh. Photo by Daire Brennan/Sportsfile

Johnny Heaney's 60th minute goal proved crucial for Galway as they overcame Monaghan 1-9 to 0-11 at Inniskeen yesterday.

Heaney's goal propelled his side into a 1-9 to 0-7 lead and despite not scoring again held on for victory.

Galway manager Kevin Walsh was happy with the result, bearing in mind the number of players he is without at the moment, including their Corofin contingent.

"We have tough assignments ahead like everybody else has.

"We also have to manage people, try get a few debuts in there; colleges, clubs... that all has to be managed too.

"And obviously the injuries, you don't want to rush players back too quickly either. Four out of six (points), you'd take it," said Walsh.

MAYO manager James Horan says Cillian O'Connor and Tom Parsons are progressing well in their return from injury as the county continued their 100 per cent record in Division 1 of the Allianz Football League.

Mayo's five-point win (1-13 to 0-11) over Cavan at MacHale Park on Saturday night secured their third win of the campaign, a feat they haven't equalled since 2006.

That year Mayo went on to secure a NFL Division 1 semi-final spot and now they have a break before they face keen rivals, All-Ireland and NFL1 champions Dublin, at Croke Park on Saturday, February 23.

Mayo forward Evan Regan struck the crucial goal before half-time, and although he left the field with a suspected shoulder injury late on, Horan is happy with the way the rest of his squad is shaping up.

"Not an exact date (on O'Connor) but he is progressing really well," said Horan.

"Cian Hanley is doing very well, Ryan O'Donoghue as well and Tom Parsons is making great progress.

"We're excited about them. They'll be coming back in the next couple of months. It's not defined yet, it all depends how things go."

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