Galway boss Micheal Donoghue wasn’t getting carried away with yesterday’s win over Cork, but he was happy to make a winning start to the league all the same.
“I think it was important to get back up and running. Getting the two points was a big bonus. We said it from day one the boys’ attitude and application since we came back has been top class. I’m not going to get carried away, and the team won’t get carried away with the performance.
“I think they tired in the second-half and our shot selection has to improve going forward. But we are very happy for the first day.”
Donoghue wasn’t too concerned Galway hadn’t the same volume of training done as other teams: “We weren’t really worried, because they are an honest bunch. We knew we would get an honest performance from them.
“It is early in the year, first round of the league. Obviously it was good to get a good start, but it is a long year yet.”
The shot selection he referred to is something to work on: “In the first-half we missed a few. The second-half was just down to a bit of tiredness, it was positive that the boys were taking the shots. We had a bit of a cushion at half-time. They did come back at us, but that is to be expected at this level. It was a testament to the boys they got a few scores to settle us and that drove us on again.
“Absolutely the key thing for us was not to concede a goal. I thought the boys defended well, there were a lot of tired bodies, hence bringing on lads at the end at the back and in the middle of the field.
“It was a good start and it will help us drive on for next weekend against Dublin.”
The Galway boss is hopeful of having Daithi Burke — who was scratched after a late fitness test yesterday — to hand for next week.
“Daithi carried the injury since the Dublin game, he just failed a fitness test before the game. We have a few knocks and this being the first competitive game I’m sure we will have a few more.
“We are playing Dublin next Saturday. They beat us by nine points three weeks ago (in the Walsh Cup) and that score flattered us and the performance we had. It is a huge task going to Parnell Park. We are well aware of that, but we are looking forward to it. We aren’t looking at anything because the games are coming in quick succession. ”
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