"No one was prepared to give an inch"

February 11, 2018

Mayo's David Clarke with Damien Comer of Galway.
©INPHO/Donall Farmer.

Damien Comer and Galway have proved their doubters wrong by making the step up to Division 1 football look easy.

A lack of consistency has haunted Kevin Walsh's charges in the past but it's very much a case of so far, so good in the top flight.

With wins against Tyrone and Donegal already under their belt, today's local derby success over Mayo virtually guarantees their place amongst gaelic football's elite for another year at least.

"Coming up here to Division 1, a lot of people outside of this camp would have expected us to go straight back down," Comer remarked to TG4's GAA BEO shortly after the final whistle was sounded in their 1-13 to 0-11 win.

"Everyone would have thought we'd be under a bit of pressure but we showed that we needed this experience. Consistency is something that has always bothered this team. Last year was the first year that we put two or three wins together and that was in Division 2.

"This year we've done it now in Division 1 so it shows that we are improving a bit with the consistency. There's a lot of young players out there so it's massive for the building of this team."

On the subject of the ugly scenes that marred today's Salthill clash, Comer said: "That's probably down to the case of two neighbouring counties, no love lost between them.

"It's the first time the two sides have met this early in the year in a good few years. Both teams have May 13th in the back of their minds coming to the summer. No one was prepared to give an inch.

"We're delighted with the result, our lads stood up for each other, stuck to the task and delighted to grind out that win here in Salthill."

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