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Vincent Whelan

RTE GAA host Des Cahill shares backstage banter among staff over Connacht final result

Yesterday's GAA coverage on RTE revolved around a double-header of provincial football finals with both the Connacht and Ulster deciders serving up much closer affairs than those of the Leinster and Munster offerings from Saturday.

And it's apparent there was plenty of friendly trash-talk among The Sunday Game crew before, during and after Galway's victory over Roscommon.

That's because Des Cahill shared the below photo of cameraman Alan, a Roscommon native, having to put up with his camera being draped in a maroon flag.

He shared this photo from the set (@sportsdes)

Alongside the image, Cahill wrote: "Poor old Alan, our cameraman from Roscommon is getting plenty of stick on ⁦‪The Sunday Game‬⁩ set over Galway’s win in the Connacht Final..."

The Rossies would have fancied their chances of beating The Tribesmen having beaten them twice already in the past two months during two league tilts which included a drubbing in the Division 2 league final.

But Pádraic Joyce and his men learned from that humbling experience and were ready with a more solid defensive shape this time around.

Combining that with a man of the match display from Shane Walsh - which included a glorious slaloming run before firing low and hard into the visitor's net - and the rest of their forward line it was clear throughout that Galway were the better side on the day.

The final scoreline of 2-19 to 2-16 didn't reflect the gap between the teams over the 70 minutes as Anthony Cunnigham's team only got their goals late on to add a veneer of respectability to what was a convincing win for the home side.

While delighted with their first Connacht crown since 2018, Joyce insisted they still have to prove themselves as a top team by now building on it and producing in an All-Ireland quarter-final at Croke Park.

Given how they have flattered to deceive throughout his tenure, he knows they still have to shake the tag of being an up-and-down outfit.

He said: "I wouldn’t be calling it pressure, it would mean I’m no good as a manager. When you win you’re mighty, when you lose you’re no good.

Shane Walsh with Roscommon's Ciaran Murtagh and Brian Stack (©INPHO/John McVitty)

"It’ll be the same thing the next day, the pressure will be on because it’s a quarter-final and we haven’t won one in a while.

"Until we go and back this up with consistent results and consistent performances, that’s when people will talk about Galway as being a serious contender."

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