Declan Meehan believes that Armagh’s momentum will be a worry for Galway ahead of Sunday’s All-Ireland quarter final.
Meehan was a guest on this weeks The Sideline Eye Podcast preview show. The former Galway defender praised Kieran McGeeney’s side for their recent performances.
The Orchardmen have overcome Tyrone and Donegal recently. Galway on the other haven’t played since their Connaught championship win over Roscommon four weeks ago.
“That’s the one thing we’d be worried about I suppose in Galway a little bit, that fact, the momentum is huge,” said Meehan.
“Knocking out the All-Ireland champions and your near neighbours would be a great boost. And then they done the same to Donegal by ten-points.
“All the provincial winners, I suppose you can say Dublin are a little different. Even Kerry I’d say might find that to be an issue for them against Mayo.
“It’s definitely an issue for Galway. A potential area where we might, for the first 10-minutes, we might find ourselves that it’s a pace that we’re not used to because of the four-week layoff.”
Meehan was involved in Armagh’s only clash with Galway in Croke Park back in 2001. The Caltra clubman believes the Tribesmen will be coming in fresh.
“Hopefully it won’t be the case and obviously there’s the flip side of that. At least they’ll be fresh, they’ll be hungry, injuries hopefully will all be taken care of.
“There’s a lot of good lads there for the last few years and they’ve been second fiddle to Mayo for a long time. They’ll want to show that they’re there or there abouts in terms of the All-Ireland stakes.
“I think we’ll see a big step up from Galway. It’ll be needed to meet the Armagh juggernaut. I think they’re capable of stepping it up, they’ll have to.