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The manner in which a ruthlessly determined Galway side swatted away the surprisingly tame Wexford challenge last Saturday night in Croke Park has reignited hopes that the Tribesmen have realistic ambitions for a second Liam McCarthy triumph in four years.
Life on the road for Connacht does not get any easier this week.
In a nail-biting final at the Carlisle Sports grounds in Bray on Saturday, the Tribesmen prevailed 36-34 against the champions of Northern Ireland, The Ballynahinch Rabbitohs to win their first All-Ireland rugby league title after securing their first Republic of Ireland success the previous week.
Galwegians ended their losing streak when sharing the spoils with Dungannon in Saturday's Energia AIL Division 2B League game played in torrid conditions at Crowley Park.
Bernard Power – Cool, calm and collected right throughout the game. Kickouts were flawless, while making two brilliant saves. Showed great awareness to prevent a stray handpass from going into the net in the final minute of extra time.
There is no room for error from here on in for Mayo.
After a difficult first-half for the away side, Galway began to open up in the second half with two quick-fire goals that their dominance deserved. These goals, followed by a last-minute strike by debutant Martin Farragher, gave Galway a 13-point win over Sligo in Sunday's Connacht Senior Football Championship semi-final in Markievicz Park.
Fresh from a two-week break, Connacht return to league action in what will be a defining period in this season's campaign.
The stakes are increasing as the penultimate European pool fixtures take place this weekend, and the Sportsground will host a key game when Sale arrive in Galway on Saturday (3pm).
Connacht coach Andy Friend is prepared to "roll the dice" in his selections this week ahead of the Dragons' visit the the Sportsground on Saturday.