Conor Whelan says Galway's failure to take advantage of the elements at Pearse Stadium contributed to their failure to defeat Wexford in the Leinster hurling championship.
Davy Fitzgerald’s men trailed by six points at the break and by the 45th minute they were seven points in arrears with the Tribesmen looking on course to record a comfortable home victory.
The Yellowbellies, however, staged an impressive comeback and in a frantic finale, the game could have swung either way. Indeed substitute Cathal Dunbar spurned a glorious chance to raise a green flag at the end and ultimately, both sides had to settle for a draw.
Corner forward Whelan says his team should have made more of the wind at their backs in the opening 35 minutes.
"We never really thought we had it won," he told RTÉ Sport. "There was strong breeze out there and we could have had more scores on the board by half-time and it probably cost us in the end.
"We were playing against the conditions and Wexford were always going to mount a challenge back. We were lucky enough to draw in the end.
"We could have won it, we could have lost it and we have to learn from it."
Man of the match Conor Whelan says Galway should have scored more in the first-half when they had the wind advantage in Salthill pic.twitter.com/RiHCPisGT3— The Sunday Game (@TheSundayGame) May 26, 2019
The Kinvara man finished with three points and the man of the match award and admits he had a chance to claim the decisive score at Salthill.
"It was frantic stuff at the end. We had a chance and I got blocked down. Then it went to Lee [Chin] and he had a chance to win it. It could have gone either way."