GALWAY’s Gearoid McInerney, right, and Seán Linnane after their side’s defeat in the Walsh Cup final at Netwatch Cullen Park, Carlow on Sunday. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile


Galway manager Shefflin’s thoughts turn to NHL

FROM Henry Shefflin’s vantage point beneath the main stand in Carlow’s Netwatch Cullen Park, he watched a game “played completely on Wexford's terms”, writes Paul Keane.

Even saying those words out loud frustrated the Galway manager who hoped that in a battle between two largely experimental groups, his rookies may have a little more to offer. Not on this occasion.

“It wasn’t good,” said Shefflin bluntly. “There were a lot of different aspects we wouldn’t be pleased with. I think the first-half we never got to the pitch of it.

“There was a bit of a breeze in our favour and, truthfully, it was back to the old school stuff of midfield and half-back area and they absolutely dominated those areas. I think their half-forward line was very strong, and midfield obviously, and they hurt us a lot there. A disappointing day for us, definitely.

“I was just talking to some of the (backroom) lads afterwards and I think from Wexford’s first 10 shots in the second-half, they scored nine, so it was seriously impressive from them. They’re moving really well, they’re just a bit ahead of us to be fair.”

On the personnel front, and with Saturday’s National League opener against Westmeath at Pearse Stadium (2pm) in mind, Shefflin noted the returns of Darren Morrissey and Sean Linnane. Neither had featured in the previous three games…

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