McConville tips Galway for All-Ireland football glory

May 24, 2023

Galway manager Pádraic Joyce with his players ahead of the Connacht SFC semi-final against Roscommon ©INPHO/James Crombie

Oisín McConville thinks Galway can go one better than last year by lifting the Sam Maguire.

After watching their gritty All-Ireland SFC Round 1 win over Tyrone last Saturday, the Wicklow manager and Armagh legend believes Padraic Joyce’s men have improved sufficiently to go all the way this year.

"I've been thinking this last couple of weeks, and I know this sounds ridiculous, when I saw Galway against Sligo in the Connacht final, and the ammunition they have off the bench, which is significantly better than what it was last year, they've definitely added three or four,” he told the BBC's The GAA Social podcast.

"I think Galway have an unbelievable chance of winning the All-Ireland. I think Galway are going to win the All-Ireland.

"You throw that [Tyrone] game at Galway three or four years ago, what's the one thing we'd always say? That 'They can't close it out the big games. They don't know how to win. They're a good team, lovely to watch.'

"I'll tell you what, they're as dogged as anybody now. That's been the big difference for them in the last possibly two years. That's been the significant difference between Galway winning [and losing] games like that."

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