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Galway manager Micheál Donoghue has paid tribute to his team after they defeated Cork in their Allianz Hurling League Division 1A encounter at Pearse Stadium.
Donoghue only took charge of the Tribesmen on December 22 following Anthony Cunningham's controversial departure but there appeared to be no signs of the close-season turmoil as Galway ran out 1-27 to 1-21 winners.
The new manager has been pleased with the players attitude since returning to training but he is refusing to get carried away by the opening victory.
"We said it from day one that the boys' attitude and application since we came back has been top-class. I'm not going to get carried away and the team won't get carried away with the performance," Donoghue said.
"I think it was just important to get back up and running. Getting the two points was a big bonus. I think they tired in the second half and our shot selection has to improve going forward. But we are happy for the first day."
Galway travel to Parnell Park next weekend to take on Dublin, who ran out 1-28 to 1-19 winners when the two sides met in last month's Walsh Cup.
Donoghue admits he side struggled that day and he is expecting another tough match when the two sides meet in the league.
"We have a few knocks and this being the first competitive game, I'm sure we will have a few more. Dublin beat us by ninth points three weeks ago and that score definitely flatter us and the performance we had," Donoghue is quoted as saying in the Irish Sun.
"It is a huge task going to Parnell Park."