Footballers target another two points in Louth

Galway footballers are hoping to build on last weekend’s encouraging victory over Derry in round one of the National Football league when they face Louth at the Gaelic Grounds in Drogheda on Sunday (2pm ).

The game this Sunday is due to be refereed by Derek Fahy (Longford ) who referred Sligo and Roscommon last weekend, and was mentioned in most reports from that game as he gave a penalty against Philip Greene, the Sligo keeper for alleged barging with the ball.

Team selector Alan Flynn says Galway need to maintain their intensity levels for the full game when they travel to Drogheda.

"Travelling to Louth and getting a win up there won't be easy. They will be hurting after a narrow lost to Westmeath last weekend [0-16 to 2-9]. They are a good side and we drew with them last year in the league in Pearse Stadium.

"Nonetheless, a win up there is what we are after and, if we can perform as we did in the first half last Sunday for the full game, we won't be far away," he says.

Flynn, who is also the Galway u-21 manager this season, says the senior side's workrate and performance dipped in the second half against Derry and that is something that needs to be addressed.

"We were very pleased with how we did for the first 25 minutes. We started well and played at a good tempo. However we conceded 0-11 in the second half and that is something we need to work on.

“We stopped winning the breaks and we have to concentrate on that aspect of our game next weekend. We were disappointed we did not keep up the same level of intensity for the full game, and that is something we need to work on. That said, it was great to get the league campaign off to a winning start and we are targeting another two points this Sunday too."

Galway are not expected to announce their team until later in the week due to Sigerson Cup games during the week. Both Eoin Concannon and Paul Conroy did well last weekend on their introduction and will have pushed themselves up the ranking for possible starting slots.


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