The Galway u-21 footballers travel to Sligo this Saturday to take on the home side in the Connacht semi-final at 2.30pm.
The team is managed by Alan Mulholland and captained by Killererin’s Colin Forde, who will probably line out in his customary full-back position.
The panel has been working hard over the past few months and have turned in some good performances recently in challenges against Kerry, Donegal, Cork and Clare.
They will look to Tomás Fahy, Johnny Duane, Mark Hehir, Danny Cummins, Eric Monahan and Patrick Sweeney to show the leadership and drive to try to get a victory.
The side is likely to be powered by Tomas Flynn and Fiontáin O’ Curraoin at midfield and both lined out for the Galway minors last season.
They are good fielders and honest grafters and, if they can win enough primary possession around the middle, the side will have a good chance of progressing to the final.
Roscommon, after their impressive win last weekend over Mayo, and Leitrim are in the other semi-final.
The Galway management believe they boast a panel of talented and committed young players, but they know there will be nothing easy in Markievicz Park.
Alan Mulholland says his side faces a tough test of character and skill, but he is looking forward to the challenge;
“Sligo are very organised and they have been working very hard at underage football in the county over the past few years, so we know that we face a big challenge,” he says.
“ They defeated us last year at this grade, but we are very pleased with how our preparations have gone and we are hopeful that if we play to our potential, we can get a badly needed win, get to the Connacht final, and give football a boost in the county.”