Galway building momentum as Padraic Joyce era clicks into gear
The P??draic Joyce age is operating in the west and up, and it has been a start.
A loss to Kerry in Tralee was sandwiched between hard-fought wins over Monaghan and Donegal. On Sundaythey host Tyrone at Tuam, aiming to breathe fire into their drive for a National League final berth.
Joyce is enjoying the benefit of a complement for the league campaign. The Corofin located are back after the end to the Club Championship, in the group.
Meanwhile, the Damien Comer is after missing the vast majority of the underwhelming 2019 effort firing and fit.
“It is tough to believe we are already at the halfway point in this season’s Allianz League,” stated the 2001 All-Ireland winner, even in an announcement to the fans that week.
“As expected, it’s seriously aggressive with very little or nothing between the groups. Every stage procured is exceptionally valuable. A victory now can leave you at a place to reach a league final, a defeat can abruptly leave you close the bottom and battling relegation. We have big games coming up shortly and again in March.
“Our trip to Tralee to play Kerry finished in huge disappointment. It’s a game we should’ve won from one of the top sides in the country. With little time between matches we picked ourselves and conquer against Donegal per week later. It was a two points for individuals in Letterkenny coming out of seven points down to overcome resistance. We had great Galway support at both games that’s always appreciated. It leaves us combined top of the table with Dublin and Tyrone following three matches.”
But away from the results themselves, what has attracted most attention is the manner in which the Tribesmen have gone about their company.
Following years of being solid under Kevin Walsh, there was tension mounting on the westerners to include more invention moving ahead.
Such demands have been clearly heeded by joyce, with Galway employing a direct attacking approach.
There’s no doubt that Galway possess the tools. In Ian Burke, Comer along with newly-appointed captain Shane Walsh , they boast three forward who will do damage both farther and nearer to target.
That is not to mention that the Walsh age was a wasted six years. Under his watch, the guys in maroon shored up the defence and became hard to beat. Most importantly, outcomes improved.
He returned them to Division 1’s very best table and in 2018 finished a wait for both an All-Ireland semi-final overall look and a Croke Park win.
However, possibly change was required to keep things fresh and add another component to their drama.
What can Joyce bring to the table?
“P??draic is a really knowledgeable concerning soccer,” said ex-Kerry captain S??amus Moynihan. “He is a footballing man number one, and now I think what he can do and what he’ll certainly attempt to do is deliver the conventional game back in Galway.
[Against Kerry] you could see that they had been kicking at the ball way more than the past [decades ]. I know he’ll want to move to the forward line, but I understand how P??draic believes about football, although it’s difficult to compare and contrast. And I believe the likes of Shane Walsh is profiting from that.
“You speak to any forwards in the daytime. They will always want fast ball in.
“He will try to get them going forward faster with the ball, and play with a match likely like what Galway played back when they were winning All-Irelands,” additional Moynihan.
“I know the game has evolved and transformed, and he would be very foolish to think that he can’t look at his defensive duties because ultimately you are going to have to really, really be tight on defence, and you are going to need to have working wing forwards. But I’d say he’ll be expecting to have boys but if they break, they break.
“If you look at this Dublins, you look at Kerry over the last while, certainly that is the game plan where they are getting bodies back however when they get possession, they’re moving with severe speed. The ball may be at the wing-back lineup, where there’s opportunities to score but it’s up in the light zone.
“They will have the quality players too to be fair, and they have guys to be coming off the seat when quantity 10 and 12 probably become exhausted, then they are men who are equally as good if not better to come . And that is a excellent benefit.
“He’ll have a fantastic relationship with all the boys, and the boys will probably buy into what he is doing. Since he’s been there, he has worn the t-shirt as well.”
claiming the Sam Maguire Cup in the final win of the county 19 years back not only has the Killererin guy worn on out the t-shirt, he donned the famous maroon jersey.
He’s made no secret of his ambition to bring back the trophy across the Shannon again as boss.
Lofty aims indeed, but Joyce is a winner. See this space.