John McIntyrne was in jubilant form after Galway’s impressive win over Clare in Phase 2 of the Hurling qualifiers.
The tribesmen had come in for heavy criticism from former players and media alike following their lacklustre display against Dubli in the Leinster semi final however they answered their critics in style with a 4-25 to 0-20 win over Clare in Pearse Stadium.
Speaking to RTE, McIntyrne said ‘My over-riding emotion tonight is that I’m just thrilled for the players.
‘We have all got a lot of flak over the past fortnight. The past three months have been difficult; ever since Tipperary brutally brushed us aside here in Pearse Stadium in April, and the past two weeks have been particularly traumatic.’
‘We got the response we were looking for this evening. We changed things around on the training ground. We got rid of some of the cones and the disks and just went hurling. Matches are the best way to sharpen up a team.’
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