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Many times in the past decade, Galway football fans have headed to championship games hoping to win, and returned disappointed, but last weekend was a day to savour.
The Galway u-21 footballers will head to Tullamore this Saturday (2pm) to take on Kildare in the All-Ireland semi-final knowing they will have to improve significantly on their Connacht final display if they are to get past a big, tall and physical Kildare outfit.
Which would you rather do? Play well and lose? Or play badly, ride your luck a bit, and win?
The weather was absolutely Baltic in Tuam stadium last Saturday evening for the Galway and Mayo U-21 Connacht semi-final.
Tony Duffy will be hoping that his stint in charge of the Mayo u21s is a bit more successful than the last man who sat in his seat, after moving up from three years in charge of the minor team. Duffy has taken over the side this year from Ray Dempsey, the same man he replaced at the u18 grade three seasons previously. Picking up u21 provincial titles was par for the course for Mayo under the Noel Connelly and Pat Holmes joint ticket in the latter part of the last decade, but for the past three seasons Mayo have not even reached a provincial final, being sent packing by Roscommon in each of the past three championships before the final.
This Saturday in Tuam Stadium (4pm) the Galway u-21 footballers take on old rivals Mayo in the Connacht semi-final.
This Monday in Tuam Stadium (4pm) the Galway u-21 footballers kick start their Connacht championship campaign with a clash against Sligo.
The Galway senior footballers will be able to watch the St Patrick’s Day parade in comfort, or take in the club finals in Croke Park on Sunday as they are in action on Saturday night, against Laois in O’Moore Park at 7pm.
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 Galway senior footballers will have their second competitive game of the season this Sunday when they face Sligo IT in round two of the FBD league in Tuam Stadium (2pm).