Three changes for Galway

Galway manager Liam Sammon has tweaked things for Sunday's Connacht SFC final against Mayo at Pearse Stadium (throw-in 4pm).

Galway manager Liam Sammon has tweaked things for Sunday's Connacht SFC final against Mayo at Pearse Stadium (throw-in 4pm).

The team shows three changes from the one which beat Sligo in the semi-final by 1-13 to 0-12, following a late rally at Markievicz Park.

Gary Sice replaces Declan Meehan at left half-back, with Meehan moving surprisingly to left corner-forward in place of the injured Matthew Clancy.

However, there is speculation that Meehan may play the role of a third midfielder alongside Paul Conroy and Niall Coleman.

Coleman comes into midfield instead of the suspended Gary O'Donnell, and it is a family affair in the Tribesmen's attack.

In the half-forward line, Nicky Joyce replaces Cormac Bane and will line out alongside his cousin Padraic and the influential Joe Bergin.

Meanwhile, full-forward Michael Meehan will be flanked by his brother Declan and Sean Armstrong.

Looking forward to Sunday's provincial decider, Galway selector Tom Ryder said the mood in the camp is one of positivity.

"We've had a couple of niggly injuries but I think we are doing okay," Ryder told Mid West Radio.

"Spirits are up and we are definitely looking forward to a big day on Sunday which is always a big day here in Connacht when Galway and Mayo are playing.

"We are all looking forward to it and everyone is really up for it."

Ryder feels that having effectively a 'home' draw at Pearse Stadium will not be as big an advantage to his side as some people might perceive it to be.

"It's hard to know. There is a lot of talk about that type of thing, but I don't think there will be any difference for either side with the pitch that much," he said.

"Mayo have played there often enough. It's definitely a different type of pitch to Tuam or Castlebar, but we like playing there in Salthill.

"We hope it will be an advantage to Galway, but at the end of the day you have to put the ball between the posts and score and that's what wins matches."

GALWAY (SFC v Mayo) - A Faherty; N Coyne, F Hanley, D Burke (capt); G Bradshaw, D Blake, G Sice; P Conroy, N Coleman; J Bergin, P Joyce, N Joyce; S Armstrong, M Meehan, D Meehan.

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