Guide to the final line-ups

Irish Examiner - Sport - - ALL-IRELAND SHC FINAL -

Johnny Coen David Burke Pau­ric Ma­hony Pádraic Mannion Austin Glee­son Gearóid Mcin­er­ney Michael Walsh Adrian Tuo­hey Ai­dan Harte Shane Ben­nett Jake Dil­lon Daithí Burke John Han­bury Man­age­ment:

The most im­pres­sive man­age­ment of 2017. Micheál Donoghue, there is ab­so­lutely no hint of an ego there. No shout­ing from the roof-tops. Keeps his coun­sel. Sim­ply get­ting on. Al­ways makes sure to pay trib­ute to his se­lec­tors, Noel Larkin and Franny Forde. Here he has two real qual­ity fel­las. Larkin’s coach­ing record at club level is not to be sniffed at. Like­wise, Forde. You have three real down-to-earth guys steer­ing Gal­way. That they put down a full win­ter of work has stood to them through­out 2016. Donoghue’s ap­point­ment came very late in the day dur­ing Christ­mas of 2015 and that af­fected them last year. This year, it has been smooth sail­ing all the way. Lukasz Kirszen­stein, who over­sees their strength and con­di­tion­ing, also de­serves men­tion. Poach­ing him from Tip­per­ary was smart. Colm Callanan


Ja­son Flynn un­lucky to be left out but had gone slightly off the boil. Clipped 2-1 from play in the league final back in April. Cyril Don­nel­lan, although not in­cluded in the match-day 26 against Tip­per­ary, is, I be­lieve, show­ing very well in train­ing and could be in­cluded here. Tom Mon­aghan con­tin­ues to de­velop and turned in a re­ally im­pres­sive per­for­mance for the U21s in mid-au­gust. Niall Burke has great pace and should be able to hold his own in the ae­rial bat­tle. Gal­way bench hasn’t been used as much as Water­ford’s. That tells us more about how the men on the field are per­form­ing. 1 Colm Callanan (Kin­vara)

Out­stand­ing goal­keeper. Bril­liant shot-stop­per. Very ef­fec­tive in his dis­tri­bu­tion of the slio­tar. Com­po­sure is his strong­est as­set but needs to be smarter off his line. His ca­su­al­ness had a part to play in John Mcgrath’s goal for Tip­per­ary last time out.

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