There was a lot of emotion amongst the Galway team and supporters after Saturday’s game with Tipperary in Tullamore. Plainly it was evident to see they were overjoyed and mightily relieved to have come through the Round 4 Qualifier and secure their place in the last eight of this year’s All-Ireland series.
Boss Alan Mulholland when asked specifically in relation to the Tipp performance “how were you coming up to the game, they (Tipperary) being the dark horses of the championship?
“We were very apprehensive. We knew we were going to have to play well. The two teams were in a similar kind of development and both trying to build on underage talent, looking for that breakthrough. For them to have been seen to beat us this year would have been a regression for us and a progression for them.” he said.
Q: Before today you hadn’t scored a goal in the last two games and then you had two just at the right time just before half-time?
“You are right, in the first half we were playing in to a slight wind and you know we would have been happy to go in level at half-time, and just before the end to get those two goals was vital. There was great energy in the dressingroom. We talked about the third quarter and said we were going to put it away. We did that,” added Mulholland.
Q: You took your foot off the pedal somewhat when 14 points up?
“We won’t be disrespectful to Tipp saying we took our foot off the pedal, they are a very good side. They can score goals. But I think our defending changed and we started to back off them rather than go out and tackle them. We got very weary and very anxious and I am not sure.
“We concentrated a lot since the Mayo game on our kick-out and we definitely won our own kick-out today. We didn’t win theirs. But at least we had a platform which we didn’t have last week. Mayo did a bit of a number on us last week around the middle especially on the kick-outs and we concentrated on that. We were able to turn that around to a large extent today,” concluded Mulholland whose side now meet Kerry in Croke Park on Sunday next in an All-Ireland quarter-final.