The Galway senior ladies football team meet Mayo on Sunday with both teams searching for their first win in this season’s league.
With three rounds completed, Galway are in a stronger position than their neighbours when they face each other at Ballindine (2pm ).
Although Galway have just two points in the bag, they have grabbed a share of the spoils against both Tyrone and Kildare, after losing the opener to Donegal.
However they will face a Mayo side desperate to regroup, having heavily lost all three opening matches to Monaghan, Laois, and Cork.
Galway manager Gay O'Brien will be hoping Anne-Marie McDonagh, Emer Flaherty and Dora Gorman continue their fine form in this showdown with their near rivals in what will be Galway’s fourth away match in a row.
Defender Caitriona Cormican remains sidelined with a hamstring injury sustained in the draw with Tyrone, and although she returned to training this week, she is unlikely to be fit to face Mayo. Joining her on the casualty list are Sarah Noone, Mairead Coyne, Patricia Gleeson and forward Una Carroll, who continues to recover from an ankle operation.
Having been outclassed by a sharper Donegal in Sunday’s opening league, Galway have improved. In their last outing against Kildare, they were the better side, dominating possession and territory, but they failed to make it count on the scoreboard and were forced to settle for a draw. This continuing improvement should see Galway take the spoils against Mayo.
•A Galway ladies football fundraising table quiz takes place this evening (Thursday ) at 8pm in the Westwood Hotel for clubs based in the city. Entry for tables of four cost €40.
On March 10 a second table quiz will take place for clubs in the north of the county in the Ard Ri hotel in Tuam also at 8pm.