We look at the Galway footballers and their fixture list for All-Ireland Championship, how far can the young tribesmen go in 2016?
National League 2016 – 3rd in Division Two
It was an up and down league for the men from the west after opening with a stunning display against Laois where they scored 3-12 away from home they just couldn’t get their heads in front when it mattered. Draws against Meath and Fermanagh left them needing a win away to Cavan on the last day but they lost by 4pts. They really needed to get to division one and keep up with Roscommon and Mayo so the league this year has to be looked on as a failure.
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Shane Walsh could win an All-Star if things went well for Galway this year. The Kilkerrin-Clonberne man has been a power-house during the league kicking some fabulous points from play as well as some lovely free kicks. From Centre forward Walsh standing at 6’2′ could be the big game player Galway need to win a Connacht Championship or at least get to a All-Ireland quarter-final
Kevin Walsh took over the Galway team after Alan Mullholland resigned in 2014, the former All-Ireland winner with Galway had managed Sligo from division four to division two and looked the right man for the job. But as 2015 was by no means a failure it didnt exactly blow the supporters away, after missing out on promotion he had two easy wins before losing the Connacht semi-final by 4pts against Mayo. He then got to the last 16 where his young team was thought a lesson losing to Donegal by 10pts. That was his first year and he was excused but a double figure beating in this year’s championship would probably see him get his marching orders.
2016 Prediction – All Ireland quarter-final
One of the biggest problems Galway have this year is the lack of games, they might only play one match in three months if they beat Mayo and if the lose that fixture they will be up against teams that will have played two or three matches. That said they have a young team and if they don’t draw any of the top five in the qualifiers they could get to an Ireland quarter-final and if they beat Mayo they would fancy beating Roscommon who they have a super record against in a Connacht Final.
2016 Fixture list – Connacht Football
Saturday 18th June Connacht Semi-final – Galway v Mayo
Sunday 10th July – Connacht Final – Galway/Mayo v Roscommon/Sligo/Leitrim