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Tom Flynn makes a good catch during a lively encounter at Pearse Stadium on Sunday.

Tom Flynn makes a good catch during a lively encounter at Pearse Stadium on Sunday.

Kevin Walsh believes Galway are learning valuable lessons


ByCianO’Connell


EncouragedbythesignificantprogressbeingmadeinthewestGalwaymanagerKevinWalshwasdelightedbyhowcompetitivehisemergingteamwereagainstDublin.

JohnnyHeaney’slatepointensuredthespoilsweredividedatPearseStadiumonSundaywithGalwayandDublinnowsettoclashintheAllianzFootballLeaguedecidernextmonth.

“It’sagamewefeelweshouldhavewon,”Walshremarked.“Havingsaidthat,beingapointdownininjurytimeandtocomebackandgetapoint,we’lltakethedraw.

“Theywerecompetitive,butthatwasourmostimportantmessage.It’sthesamemessageeveryday,tobeascompetitiveaspossible.

“Sometimesthingswillgoagainstyou,sometimesthey’llgowithyou.Isupposeinthebalance,adrawwasprobablyafairresult.”

WalshacknowledgedvaluablelessonswerelearnedduringastintinwhichDublinregisteredfourscoreswithoutreplytohitthefrontbeforeHeaney’sleveller.

“Ifyoulookbackonitmaybetherewasalittlebitoflearningforourselvesinthefactthattheywereunderpressure:that’swhatDublindo,”Walshstated.

“There’soneortwothingstherethatprobablywecanimproveonwhichisgood.Everydayyou’replaying,ifyou’renotlearning,you’reintrouble.

“Sometimesyoulearnalotmorewhenpeopleputpressureon.Wewouldhavesaidahundredtimeswhichdoyouwant,abigchallengeorknowingyou’regoingofftohaveaneasygame.

“AndIthinktheanswerfrommealwayswouldbetobechallenged.Theychallengedusandwe’lllearnfromthat.”

GalwaymadesevenchangesfromtheteamwhichbeatMonaghanaweekpreviouslyensuringsomekeyperformerswereaffordedarest.

“Absolutely,but,notonlythat,therewereothersguyswhowereitching,"Walshcommented."Theyweretrainingreallyhard.Itwasatwo-waysword,youcouldprotectplayerswhohavebeenonthegoforquiteabitandalsoguyswhoreallydeservedtogetinandIthinkthoseguysdidreallywell.” 

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