Galway’s senior ladies football team completed their league preparations in impressive fashion on Sunday after a comprehensive 6-13 to 1-4 win over rivals Mayo successfully retained the provincial winter league title.
Sarah Conneally struck four goals with Tracey Leonard and Leanne Walsh among the goal scorers as Galway followed up their eight goals in the semi-final victory over NUIG.
“It was an honour,” said captain Lisa Gannon after receiving the trophy. “(I’m) delighted to be captain. Stephen (Glennon) asked me a few weeks ago. I couldn’t believe it.
“I’m delighted be have my two games in. It’s always something you always dream of when you’re younger (to be Galway captain).”
The game was played on the Astro Turf facilities after rain nearly wiped out the country’s GAA fixture list but that didn’t bother Gannon.
“Pitches are so bad,” added the Kilkerrin/Clonberne midfielder. “To be able play on 3G today. I know some people are worries about it regards to injuries and that. I really enjoyed it being able to run and move the ball quickly. It’s unreal. Delighted with it.”
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“It’s a great facility here in Ballyhaunis,” said player of the match Conneally before talking about her 4-4 contribution. “The hard work was done by the time the ball got to me. And I just had the simple job of tapping it in.
“The team worked hard as a unit. I’m just up there in front of the goal. It’s my one job to score. So, as a unit, we worked hard. We got some good turnovers.
“And there’s a few debutants in there. You’ve the likes of Leanne Coen (and) Leanne Walsh. It’s great competition. You just take wherever you’re playing. You just give it your best shot and hopefully a win.”
Galway face Monaghan in their first National League Division One fixture next Sunday (28th January) and the Tribeswomen seem to be in full form ahead of the spring campaign.
“You only play it if you enjoy it,” added Conneally. “That was reflected out there today. Girls were spreading the ball around and worked hard for each other. And that’s what you want. And hopefully, it’ll set us up nicely for next weekend against Monaghan.”
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