Tyrone v Galway, Sunday, 2pm, Omagh
A win is a most here for both sides considering several teams can still make the league final. Indeed 4 teams are still in the hunt Kerry, Tyrone, Galway and Mayo. So before we get into some analysis lets look at the permutations for both sides. Tyrone will need to beat Galway and hope that Mayo beat Monaghan for them to book a league final place. Galway can rely on a few more permutations. If they beat Tyrone, they would need Kerry to beat Roscommon and Mayo either to draw or lose at home to Monaghan, the second scenario would be if they draw with Tyrone and Mayo lose they would also be in the final.
Looking at the game and the two sides coming into the game now. Galway sit in second place in the table on 8 points from 12 points, they have won 4 games and lost 2 games. The wins coming against Galway, Roscommon, Monaghan and Cavan. The opponents on Sunday Tyrone were very impressive last weekend in that win over Dublin. They have now given themselves a massive chance of getting into the final here. They currently sit in 4th place in the table, 7 points from 12 points. Winning 3 games, drawing 1 and losing 1, the wins coming against Dublin, Monaghan and Cavan, they suffered losses to Mayo and Kerry and the draw was with Roscommon.
Tyrone will likely start a very strong side again which will mean Ronan McNamee, Padraig Hampsey and Frank Burns will start in defence. Midfield Brian Kennedy and Ben McDonnell did well against Dublin they could continue their partnership. In attack then Niall Sludden, Peter Harte, Mattie Donnelly and Cathal McShane will be key. Galway manager Kevin Walsh will be delighted his side has a shot at reaching a league final, they beat Roscommon last weekend. In defence David Wynne, Sean Andy O’Ceallaigh, Gary O’Donnell and Gareth Bradshaw will be key, Tom Flynn will line up in midfield with Ciaran Duggan. In attack Danny Cummins, Shane Walsh and Michael Daly will pose a massive threat to the Tyrone full back line.
Tyrone (Allianz FL v Galway): Niall Morgan; Padraig Hampsey, Ronan McNamee, Hugh Pat McGeary; Tiernan McCann, Frank Burns, Ben McDonnell; Cathal McShane, Richard Donnelly; Mattie Donnelly, Niall Sludden, Conor Meyler; Connor McAliskey, Peter Harte, Kieran McGeary.
Galway: (Allianz FL v Galway): R Lavelle, E Kerin, SA O’Ceallaigh, D Wynne, G O’Donnell, J Daly, G Bradshaw, T Flynn, C Duggan, P Cooke, S Walsh, J Heaney, D Cummins, M Daly, A O’Laoí.
Tyrone are 8/13 and Galway are 13/8 here. The draw is 15/2. I think home advantage will swing it in Tyrone’s favour.