Padraic Joyce focused on Mayo challenge

By Cian O'Connell

Galway manager Padraic Joyce isn't overly concerned about the fact that his team haven't played a Championship game ahead of Sunday's Connacht decider against Mayo at Pearse Stadium.

Since the Allianz Football League concluded Mayo have enjoyed two wins over Leitrim and Roscommon, while Galway were afforded a walkover due to a number of Covid cases in the Sligo camp.

Joyce doesn't feel Galway are at a major disadvantage. "Not really, it is what it is at this stage," Joyce says.

"If we were playing a normal Championship, we’d have a two or three week break between games anyway and the last two games we had were very competitive for us.

"So we are either going to be tired or fresh. If we win the game on Sunday, you are a fresher team and if you lose it you didn’t get to do the preparation, so there’s always going to be an excuse.

"They've got plenty of games so I wouldn’t say that’s an advantage or disadvantage; it’s all on the day."

The Killererin clubman discussed the situation with Sligo boss Paul Taylor.

“It’s out of our control, unfortunately there was nothing we could do about it," Joyce remarks about the Sligo game being postponed.

"We were ready to play the match, and it’s unfortunate what happened to them.

"I spoke to Paul Taylor and understand the reasons why he couldn’t field a team, so it was tough for them unfortunately.

"Unfortunately there was nothing we could do about it, we were available to play and the game would have benefited definitely, but it didn’t happen so we just get on with it."

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