Ending a losing sequence that goes back eight years may not be considered long in championship fare, but you can be sure it was lengthy enough for the followers of Galway football when pitted against old rivals Mayo .

On Saturday evening, the Tribesemen had their moment to celebrate when winning by 1-12 to 0-12 against the Green and Red in the Connacht semi-final at McHale Park and so end the wait for a championship win over their neighbours that goes back to the 2008 Connacht final.

It was a deserved success for Kevin Walsh's side, who now will have home advantage for the provincial decider on 10 July.

Ahead of the game, most predicted that Mayo would again hold sway against opponents who had five newcomers in their ranks. However, there seemed to be vigor in what Galway had to offer last Saturday evening, with many of Mayo's leading lights not leading in a game where they expected things to happen for them.

Speaking on RTÉ's GAA Podcast Jones' Road, former Meath star Cian Ward felt that when it came down to a battle, Galway just wanted it more.

"In all the talk about systems and tactics, quite simply Galway wanted it that little bit more and were more hungry on the day," he said..

"That greater desire ultimately made the difference. I felt Galway would give Mayo a good game but I didn’t see them winning the match. 

"Of late there has been much doom and gloom in the county and the players have had to endure a lot of criticism. On Saturday, however, they deserved a huge amount of credit for the shift they put in.

"A strong Galway is good for Connacht football."

As for Mayo, Ward felt that they did not put in the required shift.

"It wasn't the Mayo we were used to seeing. I wouldn’t say they were bullied by Galway, they were just slightly below their best

"Like many others, I didn't see a shock coming in spite of the fact that Mayo hadn't a great league.  

"You would have expected a bounce from the U-21 campaign to give them added momentum heading into this season."