Galway unchanged for Connacht final

Sean Armstrong will have to be content with a place on the bench again as Galway manager Peter Ford has named an unchanged team for Sunday's Connacht SFC final against Sligo (Dr. Hyde Park, throw-in 2pm).

Sean Armstrong will have to be content with a place on the bench again as Galway manager Peter Ford has named an unchanged team for Sunday's Connacht SFC final against Sligo (Dr. Hyde Park, throw-in 2pm).

Former Under-21 star Armstrong kicked two points as a second half substitute in the Tribesmen's 0-17 to 1-10 semi-final win over Leitrim last month, but Cormac Bane has held onto his corner forward berth for the provincial decider.

Ford will be looking to the likes of Bane, who scored 2-1 against Mayo in the quarter-final, and Nickey Joyce, who has bagged 0-9 in his last two games, to kick the crucial points this weekend.

It has been six years since Galway's last All-Ireland triumph, and their young captain Kieran Fitzgerald wants this current crop to achieve their potential.

"We probably have underachieved since 2001," said the Corofin clubman.

"We won All-Ireland Under-21 titles in 2002 and 2005, so there are a lot of players there with the pedigree to win an All-Ireland.

"We haven't got past the All-Ireland quarter-final stage since 2001. We lost quarter-finals to Kerry, Donegal and Cork - it's something we really want to do, to get back into the big time, the All-Ireland semi-finals. We've nearly forgotten what it's like.

"We haven't won at Croke Park since 2001, so to change that we have to win against Sligo on Sunday."

Galway are seeking their fifth Connacht championship since 2000. In the past six seasons, they have beaten Leitrim (2000), Sligo (2002) and Mayo (2003 and 2005) in provincial showdowns. They lost 0-12 to 1-8 to Mayo in last year's final.

GALWAY (SFC v Sligo) - P Doherty; K Fitzgerald (capt), F Hanley, D Burke; M Comer, D Blake, D Meehan; J Bergin, N Coleman; D Savage, J Fallon, N Joyce; M Meehan, P Joyce, C Bane.

Substitutes: C King, A Burke, M Clancy, B Cullinane, P Geraghty, N Coyne, G Sice, D Mullahy, A Glynn, B Dooney, J Clifford, F Burke, F Breathnach, G Bradshaw, S Armstrong.

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