Padraic Joyce secured a first win over neighbours Mayo as Galway manager this afternoon and in dramatic circumstances.
It was a tight affair between the two counties in the FBD League semi-final, with the contest ultimately decided on penalties. Tom Flynn would score the final penalty for Galway, with Mayo going on to miss their final spot kick.
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Joyce's side have now set up a decider against Roscommon, who hammered Leitrim by a remarkable 30 points in the other semi-final.
Speaking to RTÉ after the game the new Galway manager said that he was no fan of the way the game was ultimately decided:
It's a funny way to sort a game out. I wouldn't be a huge fan of it.
Fair play to the ten players who took the penalties, and the two goalkeepers.
Look, penalty-taking, for me, is for a different sport, not for our sport.
Despite this, he was delighted with the resilience shown by his team in securing a positive result, especially as they trailed by six points in the closing stages:
The game looked to be gone away from us.
Galway would have been seen, over the years, to have a soft belly, but at least they showed great character.
We came back to fight hard at the end, (and) that's the most pleasing aspect.