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Galway boss says some players used in the FBD League are “not up to it”

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From this week's Galway City Tribune

From this week's Galway City Tribune

Galway boss says some players used in the FBD League are “not up to it” Galway boss says some players used in the FBD League are “not up to it”

By Kevin Egan

AFTER two outings so far in the Connacht FBD league, Galway manager Pádraic Joyce wasn’t about to lose a lot of sleep at the prospect of missing out on yet another preseason trophy, but he was concerned about the manner of his team’s defeat to Mayo last Saturday evening, and he sounded an ominous warning to some members of his panel, following their lacklustre performance against their oldest rivals.

“The first half left us with a mountain to climb, we weren’t at the pace of the game at all” was Joyce’s summary. “Galway made some poor errors, and the two goals we gave away were very, very soft.  The lads didn’t seem to want the ball, we had no energy, no penetration.

“Having said that, we were ten points down at half-time, we were going okay when the second goal went in. In fairness to the lads in the second half, they put their shoulder to the wheel and put a bit of spirit back into it and we had a couple of goal chances, Mattie (Tierney) went through at the end there and he might have had the shot on.

“It was a good run out, we learned a lot about players – we learned about players who are up to it, and we learned about lads who not up to it”.

A huge number of this year’s Galway panel have had other commitments, either with their clubs or with their colleges, and while some members of the Maigh Cuilinn panel made their way back on board for this contest, it’s clear that a road back has been mapped out for many others.

For more, read this week’s Galway Cit yTribune.

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