GALWAY manager Padraic Joyce railed at time keeping after his side’s narrow win over Donegal yesterday.
Galway hit back from seven points behind with a second-half surge to triumph.
While Johnny Heaney and Séan Kelly netted goals, Galway had to endure nervous moments with Ciaran Thompson and Michael Murphy – with the game’s final kick – off target with frees.
“Joe McQuillan did his best to get a draw out of the game and gave them every chance,” Joyce said.
“It was surprising that he (Murphy) missed that kick at the end, you wouldn’t expect it from him. But again, and we had it in Croke Park last night – the injury time. He said five minutes and there was eight played. Alright, there was a fella down, but it wasn’t our fault he was down.
“Something needs to happen with it to be honest, because we seen it last night in Croke Park with Monaghan and again there today.
“We’ve had it the first day against Monaghan in the league game. We were told five minutes of injury time and there was nine and a half played.
“I know if someone goes down or whatever, that kind of stuff goes on but something needs to happen. It’s costing big games and lads are training all year. If we lost that game we were probably facing a relegation battle.”
Former All-Ireland winning player Joyce has been encouraged by the Tribesmen’s start to the campaign.
Joyce hailed Galway’s ‘bottle’ as they came back from the brink.
He said: “It was a massive recovery, but the boys showed great character and great heart. It has been questioned in Galway before – having heart and character and had we the bottle for these big matches.
“To come to Donegal and get two points is no easy feat so hats off, I’m so proud of the lads and I’m so proud to be their manager.
“They showed really good courage there in the second half and we scored two brilliant goals and got some great scores as well.
“The players are showing real desire and want to play for Galway and that’s a huge thing for us. We’re delighted with how’ve we played, we’re delighted with the application.”Tags: