EAMONN O’HARA insists Sligo can overcome the disappointment of letting a sizeable nine-point interval advantage slip away in last Sunday’s drawn Connacht SFC semi-final against Galway in Pearse Stadium.
O’Hara has a positive outlook ahead of tomorrow evening’s replay in Markievicz Park and believes the Yeats men can draw inspiration from how they dominated last week’s encounter in the opening half.
“For us to come down there and at the final whistle to hear Galway people screaming like they did when they won the All-Ireland final, is a big thing. People would have said you were crazy if you thought that would happen at the start of the game. They were relieved that they got a second chance. And we are happy that it is coming down to Sligo. We have no fears, we will approach it the exact same way that we did last Sunday.
“We were disappointed that we didn’t win the game but we have confidence in ourselves to finish the result. A lot of people didn’t give us credit for the Mayo game, speaking of how bad Mayo were rather than how good we were.
“We’ve done the work for the last 18 months and we are trying to become a serious team. It is taking time but the more we are up there with the best in Connacht. We are going to try and get to a Connacht final and that is our aim next.”
O’Hara admitted that the fierce breeze in Salthill last Sunday had a major impact in dictating the trends of the game.
“It was very, very difficult and that is not an excuse. There were a lot of questions asked of a county that would let a lead like that slip away but the conditions were ferocious. Galway really struggled with them in the first half and even when you had the wind it wasn’t a huge advantage.
“We played well in the first half and that was really it. After that, it was hanging on stuff. We had chances in the second half to stop their dominance if we had got the scores but we didn’t take them.
O’Hara paid tribute to Sligo attacker David Kelly who caused chaos for the Galway defence all afternoon and weighed in with a valuable 1-3 return from open play, but admits it is now up to all the Sligo players to match the rise in expectations that will accompany last Sunday’s performance.
“David has been outstanding the last couple of years and he is a thorn in the side of any defence. But everybody played their part last Sunday.
“We dominated in midfield in the first half and dominated breaking ball in the half backs and half forwards. We just did our job but unfortunately Galway had their period of dominance.
“There is an expectation that builds, and we must pick ourselves up and look forward to the replay.”
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