RÓISÍN LEONARD, scorer of three points for Galway, is tackled by Emma Deeley of Dublin during Sunday afternoon’s Lidl National Football League Division 1 tie at Tuam Stadium.Photo: Ray Ryan

‘Feet are firmly on the ground’

Breathnach and Wynne not carried away by results

LAST Sunday felt like something of a statement performance from Galway as they laid down a clear marker and made everyone stand up and take notice that they have silverware in their sights.

Yes, it’s early in the year and only the League, but the manner Galway dismantled Dublin – four in-a-row All-Ireland winners between 2017-2020 and the elite team in ladies football prior to Meath’s rise to prominence – was hugely encouraging and left supporters excited about the possibilities that lay ahead for this group.

Joint-managers Maghnus Breathnach and Fiona Wynne were evidently trying not to get too excited by this superb win, but they must have been immensely satisfied privately of their team's efforts, even if they were somewhat coy about sitting top of the pile in an ultra-competitive Division 1 table with two rounds played.

“My first thoughts are that we were looking for a performance,” began Wynne, a native of Annaghdown. “The first half we weren’t too happy with it and how we were in possession. But we made a lot of improvements in the second half. So, I’m happy with the performance.

“Obviously, the result is a bonus – winning in Tuam Stadium against the Dubs. But our feet are firmly on the ground. It’s all about the performance and our targets…

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