Galway manager, Micheál Donoghue has vowed that his side will recover from their one-point loss to Limerick in the All Ireland final at the weekend and come back stronger.
The Tribesmen found themselves eight points down after 68 minutes but fought their way back to within a point during additional time.
Donoghue has hailed the character of his players to recover from their slow start.
“I couldn’t be prouder of them. Anything we’ve asked of these lads since we came in, they’ve been top notch. They’ve been one of the top teams, they’ve been knocking on the door for so long.”
“As I said, there’s a huge understanding of the responsibility that goes with being involved in Galway and some massive leaders in there and all we can do any day is ask them to go out and give it 100% and they did and I’m really proud of them.”
It has been a trademark of Galway’s play that they gain an early lead in matches but it was Limerick who controlled the momentum for the majority of the game, Galway only leading for less than a minute mid-way through the game.
The Clarinbridge native admitted that Limerick were the better side on the day.
“You have to take your hat off to Limerick and we have to congratulate them wholeheartedly. They came out and started really well and they played the game on their terms and we probably struggled a small bit to get into the game but all the credit has to go to Limerick.”
“At half-time, we just discussed where we were a and areas we needed to improve on and I think we did in the second half and in fairness to Limerick, they got the big scores when they needed them”.
The final on Sunday was Galway’s ninth game of the summer with two gruelling and physically demanding replays in the Leinster final and the All Ireland semi-final. However. Donoghue refused to use the workload as an excuse for their loss and insisted Galway would learn from the game.
“I still thought the two weeks, we had enough time and the lads bounced back really well. I’m not going to sit here and use any excuse. We didn’t hurl the way we want to hurl for periods in games. The lads worked really hard at the end of the game. My thoughts on the players isn’t going to change.”
“Yeah, we’re bitterly disappointed. What we achieved together and where we want to go, this huge unity, huge trust, huge collective in that group and they’ve shown massive resilience down through the years when they’ve had setbacks and I’m sure they’re going to bounce back again.”