So now Galway go in to Sundays game looking for a turn around in performance and attitude after their poor showing in Castlebar last Sunday. A mixture of things brought Sundays game to a disappointing end for the Tribesmen, a lack of quality in Midfield and back line, a fine list of absent players for some reason or another and above all a Mayo teams desire to prove a point that they are a strong side who will not be a push over. One can only imagine how delighted our neighbours will be after Sundays ‘3 in a row’ wins over their closest rivals, well let me tell you, coming of the back-end of two defeats against the bitter rivals is not nice atall. But anyway its time to refocus our attention on the task at hand and try to forget about the Sunday past. Galway face Monagahan this Sunday in the 2nd round of games in the National Football league, a game which could prove vital for this Galway side come the end of the league campaign.
More than anything else, Sunday will be a game to get the confidence back in the squad again and try to get a performance out of the starting 15, something which failed to materialize for most of the team last Sunday. After the performance on Sunday it was probably expected that numerous changes would take place in the squad, no more than 6 changes have occurred from the team that took to the field in Castlebar.
St.James man Paul Conroy moves to midfield, the minor All Ireland winning captain will have a point to prove as he tries to nail down a spot in the midfield area. He comes in, in place of Mark Lydon. With Conroy moving out to the middle of the field, Cillian De Paor steps up into the center forward spot while Cortoon man Michael Martin makes way for Michael Meehan. Another man included in the side is Matthew Clancy who will come in instead of Barna man Pa Kennedy. Looking at the full forward line it looks very strong once again with the combination of Armstrong and Meehan, once hailed as the ‘Troublesome twins’ from their under 21 days and of course Nicolas Joyce who is Galways top scorer this season to date. There is change to in the full and half back lines where Niall Coyne and Gary O’Donnell are out and they are replaced by Kilereran man Tomas Fahy and Diarmaid Blake respectively. With that switch the half back line does look that bit stronger with Bradshaw, Blake and Declan Meehan, but I still feel serious question marks lie over Declan Meehans capabilities at left half back. Change also takes place in goals, where Adrian Faherty comes in for Paul Doherty. The team that lines out on Sunday is as follows :
( Adrian Faherty, Donal O’Neill, Finian Hanley, Tomas Fahy, Gareth Bradshaw, Diarmuid Blake, Declan Meehan, Joe Bergin, Paul Conroy, Matthew Clancy, Cillian De Paor, Niall Coleman, Michael Meehan, Nicky Joyce, Sean Armstrong.)
(I do not have the Monaghan team as of yet however.)
Meanwhile Monaghan boss Seamus McEnaney stated that he will put his friendship with Kernan to ‘one side’ this Sunday. When he brings his Monagahan side to Pearse Stadium for the round two game he wont let his close friendship get in the way of the task in hand, “Joe Kernan has a job to do in Galway and I have a job to do in Monaghan, and I will be fighting tooth and nail to get a result in Galway.” You can read the full interview here from hoganstand.com.
I am looking very much forward to hear of the outcome of this Sundays match, although I will not be able to make it to Pearse Stadium I will be eager to hear the proceedings as they unfold. I hope to see an improvement in Galway, I hope the back line’s performances improve along with the midfield and if the attitude is right we may well be set up for our 1st win in this seasons National football league.
I would also like to wish the Portumna senior hurlers the very best of luck this Sunday in the All Ireland Club Senior Hurling semi final against Dunloy of Antrim.