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Published: 15:32 | 31/3/16

Paul Conroy: We've a great chance on Sunday

Either Galway or Cavan will gain promotion to Division 1

Galway's Paul Conroy believes his side are capable of beating Cavan to seal promotion to Division 1.

With Tyrone already assured of promotion from Division 2, the Tribesman travel to Breffni Park on Sunday knowing that they need a win to secure their place in Division 1 next season.

Cavan need just a draw to seal promotion but Conroy is adamant that his side have enough to take the two points necessary from the game.

"We've a great chance on Sunday to get up to Division 1," he told RTE. "It's a straight shoot-out between ourselves and Cavan.

"It's good to be involved in the promotion battle. It's a lot better than fighting relegation on the other side of the table.

"It's going to be a tough one; Cavan are in good form. But we've been doing well this year on the road so we're going to come here on Sunday full of confidence and with nothing to fear."

Conroy was less enthusiastic about the defensive system played by many teams in Division 2 and believes the tactics are forcing teams that want to try and play football to turn more defensive.

The St James' clubman says teams are being forced to match defensive systems and play with men behind the ball more often than ever before.

"In Galway, we've always tried to play football and kick the ball if we can," said the midfielder.

"But a lot of the teams we play in this division set up defensively so a lot of the time it's hard to do that.

"They have a lot of bodies back, which in turn means we have a lot of bodies back.

"If you can't beat them, you just have to match them. So there's a lot of handball played instead of football.

"A lot of teams now get back behind the ball and you have to try and run through and get a free or break through a tackle and take a point if you get the opportunity.

"There's very little long passing in the game at the minute, with a lot of teams.

"A lot of teams still try to kick the ball as much as they can but it's hard to do if you're playing against blanket defences."

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