Galway man of the match Shane Walsh was understandably delighted when he spoke to assembled media following yesterday’s Connacht SFC Final which saw home contribute 1-6.
“It’s unreal. I think that’s definitely the sweetest of the lot, especially to win in front of our home supporters. It was something Padraic (Joyce) brought up a couple of weeks ago in training that we hadn’t won one in Galway since 2003. It was just huge for the group as well; there are some lads in there with no Connacht medals. Motivation was high,” he said.
“Obviously, we played Roscommon twice earlier in the year as well. We had our homework done on what they did well. We want to try and concentrate on what we do well too and bring that to the fore. It’s days like today that you want to do that,” he added.
The Kilkerrin-Clonberne man said that to win the Connacht title after being promoted earlier in the year is a massive boost to the Galway players and backroom team.
“It’s huge. The elation there in the dressing room speaks for itself. It was great just to come into the dressing room and see smiles on everyone’s faces. A lot of it is probably the relief there that we got over the line,” he said.
“In fairness to everyone, they all felt the pain of last year…the last two years really. Especially to get relegated and games we kind of kicked away ourselves. To a man, everyone dug in. The backroom team has been excellent they’re all putting the work in together. They’re putting the platform there for us to go out and perform. They’ve been really driving it on and we’re looking to improve every time we go out.
“The same is going to be said when we get to a quarter-final. The next four weeks, we are going to be going hard at it to try and perform again because that’s what it’s all about…to climb the steps of the Hogan on the 24th of July,” he concluded.