We are absolutely thrilled with our victory in the Galway Senior Football Championship quarter-final against Salthill-Knocknacarra. It was a nail-biting game that had everyone on the edge of their seats until the very end. The atmosphere at Pearse Stadium was electric, and we are grateful for the support of everyone in Maigh Cuilinn.
Leading up to the match, there was a lot of speculation about whether Salthill-Knocknacarra would be able to dethrone Maigh Cuilinn and seek revenge for their loss in the 2022 county final. However, we were determined to defend our title, and we did just that.
The game started off cautiously, with both teams testing each other’s strengths. We managed to gain an early advantage with a couple of well-executed Dessie Conneely frees.
Throughout the match, there were some impressive scores from both teams. Peter Cooke and Robert Finnerty showcased their skills with some quality points. Cathal Sweeney made a significant impact for Salthill Knocknacara, scoring a crucial point to level the scores.
Salthill-Knocknacarra fought hard and managed to regain the lead with another Finnerty free. However, Maigh Cuilinn remained resilient and focused.
As the game neared its end, the tension was palpable. Salthill-Knocknacarra had taken the lead with a goal from Thompson, putting us under immense pressure. However, we refused to give up. In the final moments of added time, Paul Kelly stepped up and scored a crucial point, securing our victory and advancing us to the semi-finals.
The narrow margin of victory only highlights the determination and skill that our players possess.
Focus now shifts to the semi-finals, where we will face a formidable Mountbellew-Moylough.