Ó Flatharta: We lost it in first-half

ANOTHER summer of soul searching for Galway football seems inevitable.

A county which got rid of managers in recent years because winning Connacht titles was not deemed sufficient, is on the brink of another championship exit long before the Galway Races.

Relegation this year added to the woe but with Mayo in a bit of turmoil, Galway supporters travelling to Castlebar felt they had a decent chance of nailing down a Connacht final spot.

It has been a tough week for Galway fans and now the worst hurling performance in memory has been followed by the worst football one.

Ten years ago Galway contested both the senior football and hurling All-Ireland finals and with a sack load of underage titles in both grades since then, few anticipated this dilemma.

Tomás Ó Flatharta has enjoyed little good fortune on the injury front since he took over from Joe Kernan — whose reign lasted less than a year — but fans will not be forgiving for the way they succumbed to the old enemy yesterday.

“Obviously when you lose a game it is very disappointing,” said the former Westmeath boss.

“In the first-half we were four points ahead at half-time. I felt that we could have had a bit more on the board at that stage. We were a bit more direct and any ball we played into the forwards they pretty much got a score. It was in the first-half really that we let it go.”

Mayo manager James Horan reckoned the amount of breaking ball won by his side in the opening half, when playing against the strong wind, was 17-4, and it didn’t improve after the restart. But Ó Flatharta acknowledged that to score one point in a half of championship football was poor.

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