5 July 2016; Cathal Sweeney of Galway during the Galway Football squad portraits at Pearse Stadium in Salthill, Co Galway. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Cathal Sweeney has claimed that Kevin Walsh is the right man for Galway football and looked forward to Sunday’s meeting against Donegal (2.30pm Letterkenny) after their 1-9 to 0-8 victory over Tyrone. 

“Kevin is a great clubman, he did plenty with Galway,” said Sweeney about his Killannin clubmate to Cian O’Connell on “He managed Sligo and he has proved himself wherever he has gone, he is doing a great job with Galway.

“In the last three years he has brought us on and developed us as players. He is just the right man for Galway football.”

Sweeney and his twin brother Patrick have been vital cogs in Galway’s gradual reemergence and both played started against Tyrone.  Cathal, with over 30 appearances for his county, lined out at wing back while Patrick scored from corner forward.

“The main aim was to win the match and we are satisfied in a way, but there is a lot of things to improve on for the next game which we will be looking at on Tuesday night.

“Going up to Donegal we will be up against it, only two have our players had played in Division One before this year. We are a very inexperienced side, while Donegal have been around the block in Division One for a while. So, we are hoping we can go up there to give it a lash, to see what happens.”

This is new found territory for Galway having spent seven years in the second tier but their 2017 championship recorded victories over Mayo and a 4-17 to 0-14 thumping against Donegal and Sweeney states that ‘Division One is where you want to be.’

“Compared to the other Leagues the intensity levels are so high. If you make a mistake in Division One you get punished, you won’t get away with it. In Division Two or Three you might get away with it, but in Division One you won’t. It is vital that we are at full tilt every day we go out.”