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Galway take little from facile London victory

Updated: Tuesday, 27 May 2014 21:06 | Comments

Alan Mulholland's side meet Sligo is just over three weeks
Alan Mulholland's side meet Sligo is just over three weeks

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Galway avoided the potential banana skin that was London in the opening round of this year’s Connacht Senior Football Championship, but there was little to take from the win according to manager Alan Mulholland.

Mulholland’s side recorded a facile a 3-17 to 0-07 in Ruislip to set up a date with Sligo in the provincial semi-final on 21 June.

Indeed, the Tribesmen have failed to beat the Yeats County in their last two Championship meetings and Mulholland would have liked a sterner test ahead of the Markievicz Park clash on midsummer’s day.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport after the win in the English capital, the Galway boss said:  “We knew that London would invest a lot in the first 15 minutes and we tried to match that and set the tone of the game.

“Once we opened up a gap we took away from them what they were trying to do and that knocked their confidence. From then on we kept adding on the scores and ran out convincing winners in the end.

“The pace of the game wasn’t quite Championship. After 20 minutes I think the London lads lost a bit of heart.  It leaves us in a bit of a quandary ahead of the Sligo game in a few weeks and that’s going to be the real test for us.”

Mulholland was, however, happy with the way some of the more inexperienced members of his squad applied themselves against the Exiles.

He added: “Before the match we were missing a few so we were kind of forced into playing some of the younger guys and they performed very well. It augurs well when some of the more experienced guys come back.

Looking ahead to the next day, Mulholland, with tongue in cheek, expects a hospitable reception.  “We expect them to welcome us up to Markievicz (Park). We haven’t beaten in a while in “hampionship and it’s going to be very tough.”

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