Galway to trouble Dublin says O’Hora

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Former All-Ireland winning captain Diane O’Hora believes that Galway will provide stiff opposition for Dublin when the two sides meet in the TG4 All-Ireland Ladies Senior Football Championship semi-final.

Galway were impressive in their win against Mayo on Sunday and while Dublin eased past Kerry O’Hora believes the Tribeswomen will provide a bigger test for the reigning All-Ireland Champions.

Speaking to Sportstalk she said: “I think Galway will have a very good crack at Dublin. The fluidity of how Galway play; they were so structured. They covered Mayo’s options for kick-outs very well. They challenged for the short kick-outs and they boxed them in. That was really good coaching.”

The Mayo native feels that Cork have hit form at the right time and should overcome Donegal in their last four clash: “Donegal could do very well but Cork are just really back at it again. It looks like they’ve hit form at the right time. The break and not being in the league final, that kind of thing helped them. Cork could be a big worry for anyone.”

This is Donegal’s first All-Ireland Senior semi-final and O’Hora was full of praise for their manager Maxi Curran but she admits the Ulster side need to tighten up at the back against Rebelettes: “Maxi is very good up in Donegal. When Donegal won their Intermediate All-Ireland Maxi was the training coach in with them that time. You still have to have the players and when you see what Donegal have conceded they have shown they can be very exposed in defence. That was the exact same with Mayo; they weren’t able to tighten up defence. Small mistakes cost you at senior level.”