Guide to the final line-ups
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.