Video nasty for Galway as Kernan screens Mayo mauling

IT may be coming up to Valentine’s Day but Galway footballers could be forgiven for thinking it is Halloween after being made watch a horror DVD.

Boss Joe Kernan made them watch the video of their drubbing by arch rivals Mayo — they trailed by 2-13 to 0-6 at one point before losing by seven points — at training on Tuesday night.

Said Kernan: “The video did not make for nice viewing. A couple of things really stood out. Firstly how we stood off the Mayo lads and let them push on so much and secondly the amount of mistakes we made and how we were punished.

“An outsider looking in on the match would say we were out-muscled all over the place, their two goals came from our mistakes The lads’ commitment is not in doubt, but we can’t keep making stupid errors that cost us games. A lot of this game is in the head,” said Kernan. He is hopeful that they will bounce back when they take on Monaghan at Pearse Stadium on Sunday. “We are disappointed to have got it wrong last weekend but we had a good hard session on the field on Tuesday night and hopefully we can get it right on Sunday,” added Kernan.

Galway hurling boss John McIntyre has suffered an early season double blow with two of his more experienced players pulling out of the squad.

McIntyre has confirmed that the long-serving Richie Murray and the equally versatile Andy Coen have both withdrawn from the squad because they are not in a position to meet the commitment required because of work and other factors.

Murray played in two All-Irelands final having started at midfield in the loss to Tipperary in 2001 and at wing-forward in 2005 when they went down to Cork. Coen has been a regular on the team in recent years but this week the engineer from Gort, who spent a few years in Scotland, informed team management of his decision to withdraw.

McIntyre and his selectors have drafted in a number of young players including Keith Kilkenny, Richie Cummins, Tomas Mannion and Bernard Burke.

Meanwhile new goalkeeper Brendan Moran from the Mungret club will make his NFL debut for Limerick when they take on Carlow at the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday.

Moran replaces Conor Ranahan on a side that also shows two other changes from that which defeated London last weekend.

Mark O’Riordan comes in at left corner back in place of Andrew Lane.

LIMERICK (SF v Carlow): B. Moran; S. Gallagher, C. Mullane, M. O’Riordan; S. Lavin, J. McCarthy, P. Ranahan; J. O’Donovan, E. Joy; J. Mullane, J. Ryan, P. Browne; G. Collins, C. Joyce-Power, I. Ryan.

DUBLIN (SH challenge v Tipperary): F. McGarry; T. Brady, C. Hennebry, O. Gough; D. Byrne, M. Carton, D. O’ Reilly; M. May, J. Boland; P. Kelly, L. Rushe, S. Durkin; D. O’ Callaghan, D. Treacy, P. Ryan.

DUBLIN (SH Walsh Cup v Galway): G. Maguire; S. O Sullivan, N. Corcoran, R. Trainor; S. Hiney, R. Fallon, M. O Brien; J. Mc Caffrey, S. Lambert; D. Curtin, S. Ryan, J. Kelly; P. Carton, K. Flynn, A. Mc Crabbe.

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