Galway in a good spot after New York trip

Galway manager Kevin Walsh
Galway manager Kevin Walsh says preparations haven’t been perfect as his side prepare to face Leitrim in the Connacht SFC this weekend.

Galway manager Kevin Walsh says preparations haven’t been perfect as his side prepare to face Leitrim in the Connacht SFC this weekend.

The Tribesmen overcame New York quite impressively in the opening game of the Championship, but it wasn’t all plain sailing with the squad struck by a bug while in America.

“Four or five fellas got hit over there with a bug, and obviously the big thing now is to make sure nothing else spreads through the squad. But the lads are back now, so hopefully that’s the end of it,” said Walsh.

On the injury front, things are positive with Under 21 captain Damien Comer returning for the game against New York and delivering an impressive performance.

“Damien came back, and we are hoping Gareth Bradshaw will be back now pushing towards this weekend. Most other things are fairly good, so we are in a good spot.”

Reflecting on New York, Walsh was happy to come away with a win - “I suppose the biggest thing for us is that people had to be professional in the way they went about it. It’s an unknown quantity heading over there. You have your travel and everything else, being away from families and different stuff that people wouldn’t be used too.

“There’s no doubt that the New York team were well prepared this year. They played Cavan twice, which didn’t happen before, and they also had a lot of people who would have played inter-county football in the past three years. We knew they were going to be really hard to break down.”

Looking at Leitrim, Walsh hasn’t focussed too much yet on Sunday’s opponents.

“To be honest I haven’t looked at them a whole pile yet. Our focus was completely on New York, which it had to be on the basis that there was only a few weeks between the National League, where we found ourselves having to win the last two games.

“It’s been week after week, after week trying to prepare for our next hurdle as each one was a potential downfall.

“We haven’t seen a whole pile of Leitrim too be honest, but looking at results, they finished off really, really strong in the league winning their last three games, so that’s often a good sign heading into Championship.

“It’s important that you finish the league strong, regardless of the position you find yourself in.”