O'Shea wants Gallagher battle
MAYO midfielder Aidan O’Shea is expecting one his toughest ever assignments when the Connacht side come up against Donegal in Sunday’s All-Ireland final at Croke Park.
The 21-year-old was magnificent in the semi-final win over Dublin, particularly in the first half, and he knows that he will have to repeat the performance if his team are to lift the Sam Maguire for the first time in 61 years.
“If you look at the Cork v Donegal game, people can talk about systems all they like, but the reason Donegal won that game is because they absolutely wiped Cork at midfield. Neil Gallagher probably cemented his All Star from that game.
“They like you to go short so they can retreat behind the ball. We’ll have a battle there with Rory Kavanagh and Neil Gallagher, whichever way they want to play, we’ll be ready for it.”
O’Shea is just glad to be fit for the business end of this season and revealed opting out of this year’s league semi-final against Kerry was one of the hardest decisions of his life.
“I had that injury all through last year’s campaign, probably from the end of last year’s league. Osteitis pubis. It’s an inflammation of the pubic bone. It’s an overuse injury. I suppose I’m lucky, there’s two boys in the panel, Ger Caff’ and Chris Barrett had it before and they were out for a year with it. I got through it in 15 weeks which is quite good. It’s great to be back playing because sometimes I thought I wouldn’t be back this year.”
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