Four talking points from Galway vs Kildare.
The Galway footballers just done enough in yesterday’s round two super eights clash against Kildare. Galway have now progressed to the All Ireland SFC semi final with a game to spare with 0-19 – 0-16 victory over the Lilly whites. Kildare will finish their super eights campaign against Kerry where they will just be playing for pride.
4. Galway and Kildare play the best half of football this year- Galway have criticized on numerous occasions for playing defensive football. Both teams played out a thriller in the opening period with the Tribesmen leading by the minimum on a scoreline of 0-11 – 0-10 at the break.
3. Galway show they have huge depth at midfield- With Paul Conroy and Ciaran Duggan both sidelined through injury it looked like the Connacht champions would struggle at midfield. Tom Flynn and Peter Cooke have really seized their opportunity and Galway now have a direct running game and now the Division one league finalists are giving teams huge issues around the middle third.
2. Daniel Flynn’s red card as a huge turning point- Kildare’s main forward was dismissed on a straight red card for an off the ball punch on Sean Andy O’Ceallaigh. Cian O’Neill’s side then had to abandon their defensive system and that gave the Galway attacking unit more space.
1 Galway reach first All Ireland semi final since 2001- For many years Kevin Walshe’s side have struggled in All Ireland quarter finals but this time Galway have got over that hurdle and progressed into the All Ireland semi-final and this is a remarkable achievement considering one player on the starting 15 is over the age of 30.