Galway's star man Shane Walsh said his team learned the lessons of last year's Connacht final defeat in dispatching Roscommon in Sunday's provincial decider in Dr. Hyde Park. 

Walsh delivered a standout performance, hitting 0-08 in total with 0-03 coming from play as Galway came from three points down at half-time to claim a second Connacht title in three years.   

The centre forward was one of the few Galway players to thrive in the first half as the visitors struggled to gain possession and failed to make headway against the disciplined Roscommon defence. 

Speaking to RTE Sport afterwards 

"We just didn't get going at all (in the first half). Roscommon got the good start that we probably wanted. It put pressure on us because we had the elements and we were probably forcing things. 

"The best thing was that half time came. We got settled down and took a deep breath and said that, 'look we'd go at this this at our pace.'

"Which is what Galway have done through the league and through the past year. It stood to us in the second half.   

"We went at Roscommon. We didn't throw the kitchen sink at them. We just said that point-by-point, we'd chip away and we'd chip away."

In reclaiming the Nestor Cup, Galway's last year's nine point defeat to Roscommon in the Connacht final in Salthill.   

Walsh said that the team learned their lesson in terms of not taking teams too lightly in the wake of the 2017 Connacht final defeat. 

"We learned our lesson last year in terms of taking our eye off the ball. That was a big thing for us this year. We take every game as seriously as we can take it.  

"Thankfully now, we've got the shortcut to the Super 8s but we know this is only the start of it."