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GAA Discussion / Re: FBD League 2018
« on: February 17, 2018, 05:45:37 PM »
What age is Harney? Has he been injury free this season or still suffering?


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GAA Discussion / Re: Sigerson Cup 2018
« on: February 17, 2018, 05:41:07 PM »
How did Stephen Coen play?

One of the better times I saw him although wasn't taking too much notice of him. Adam Gallagher did ok, can't see him playing any championship football for Mayo though.

Comer looked very tired in the 2nd half but NUIG didn't get enough ball to him in the 2nd half, was brilliant in the first half as was Conor McCarthy.

NUIG carrying a couple of passengers whilst UCD's free taker O'Carroll I think was woeful from placed balls. Jack Barry who was very influential for UCD should have had a black card in the first half but got a yellow.


From a Galway point of view Mulkerrin isn't ready for senior football yet which is understandable given he was a minor last year. Greene won't play Senior football for Galway and despite a good first half don't think Tierney is good enough. Cooke did well but like Comer looked tired late on but is always capable of one stupid long ball a  game. I really like D'Arcy but he did ok today up against older and more experienced Kerry panel, he'll be u20 this year for Galway.

Sean Kelly did well but has a fair bit of filling out to do but will be a Galway regular of the future as will Molloy. Good to see Michael Daly make his comeback coming on with a few minutes to go.

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GAA Discussion / Re: All-Ireland Club Championships January-March 2018
« on: February 17, 2018, 02:33:36 PM »
I'm wondering if it was the linesman that got him sent off, the ref didn't look like he was taking any action at first.

Moorfields first point looked wide too.

Very greedy from Lundy

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GAA Discussion / Re: We need to talk about Cillian O'Connor
« on: February 16, 2018, 11:29:02 AM »
I've been critical of his performances in AI finals in the past but in fairness he kicked 0-3 from play in last years final which is a great return. His freetaking isn't where it was a few years ago, doesn't seem to be as reliable from 45's and frees further out. I can see why he's one of the least unlikable players in the game but I'm amazed a Mayo man would be heavily critical of him.



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Mulholland had 3 years in charge and even at the end of the 3rd year Galway hadn't closed the gap in the physical stakes on the top teams, whether that was down to him or that was down to a lack of investment in the team I wouldn't have a clue. Someone earlier mentioned Horan as a potential candidate to replace Walsh, Horan said he couldn't see himself managing another county but in the same interview he did say they could be famous last words and when asked about a team to watch in the super 8's he mentioned Galway and was very complimentary about them. Horan's view on Galway has certainly softened in the last 2 years.

Given the last 2 defeats to Galway you'd think Rochford will have his Mayo side in better shape then they have been when they've faced Galway in the last 2 championships but this game falls a month earlier than it has done in the previous 2 years, as of Sunday there is 12 weeks until the game. I've seen several pundits state the loser is in real trouble but I don't agree, from a Galway point of view there's a decent panel there should Walsh need to freshen things up during the qualifiers and loser has 3 weeks to prepare for the 1st round of the qualifies which is more than enough time.


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Kevin Walsh was on off the ball last night, he was on for a while but didn't really give much away. He talked about the importance of staying in Div 1 so make of that what you will. He talked a little abut Paddy Tally and how Mary's were his priority until they were out of the Sigerson so can't imagine he's spent too much time with the panel yet, from what I know about Tally I can't imagine he'd had anything to do with that kickout strategy.

He's annoyed about the criticism he's taken after the Tipp, Roscommon & kerry games in the last 2 years and deflecting from it by talking about promotion and the games against Mayo.

He's annoyed is he? As a Galway fan, I'm annoyed about the goalkeeping fiasco last year, the lack of a kickout strategy, the continuous selection of players out of their depth, the untimely and erroneous substitution policy, the heavy defeats in all of these (plus Donegal in 2015) games, the lack of courage against a tame Kerry side last year. Kevin needs to wake up and smell the coffee, Alan Mulholland did no worse and got lambasted for it.

I wouldn't agree with the Mulholland comparison as I thought he was completely out of his depth but agree with everything else. The mannner of those last 3 defeats has been appalling, its one thing losing to Kerry like that but the way Roscommon & Tipp dismantled Galway just isn't good enough.

I'm sick of naming him but there's one Galway forward who's got so much game time the last few years even though he's not one of the best 20 forwards in the county.

The Galway job is starting to look like a decent proposition for the first time in a long time, the vultures will be circling should Galway limp out of the championship like previous years.

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GAA Discussion / Re: We need to talk about Cillian O'Connor
« on: February 15, 2018, 10:47:38 AM »
I think one of the reasons Cillian is so cranky most of the time is that he just doesn't have the pace to put any distance between himself and his opponent.
He always seems to be wrestling with defenders as he can't get away from them.
I'd imagine over the course of a game this amount of close contact leads to a lot of pent-up frustration and agitation.
He's a bit of a throw-back in that regard as it is pretty much a prerequisite in the modern game that if you are going to play in the inside line you need to be quick.
I think you got it in one. He would be one helluva player if only he had that explosive 5 yard spurt that all good forwards have.
I know his colleagues rate him highly and I have to admit that I don't agree with them but obviously they know him a lot better than I do. A bit like the proverbial lighthouse in a bog- brilliant but ultimately useless!
Barring injury Cillian is very soon going to be the top championship scorer of all time . . I try not to engage in name calling here bur im sorely tempted.
Do you not remember when mayo did not have a free taker. I remember onr game when 5 different players were used and they all missed . Mayo do not have a diveine right to be in all Ireland finals think back a little while if your old enough and you remember losing games to Limerick Leitrim Westmeath longford sligo and drawing against such football powers as clare and wexford . A huge part of Mayo change of fortune has been Cillian
he has captained mayo into 2 all Ireland finals , Scored a brilliant last minute point of one those finals to forced a replay
and all you can do as a mayo Supporter is call him ultimately useless.

$%$%^

Apart from calling Galway players scumbags for the same antics that COC has been up to for years.

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Kevin Walsh was on off the ball last night, he was on for a while but didn't really give much away. He talked about the importance of staying in Div 1 so make of that what you will. He talked a little abut Paddy Tally and how Mary's were his priority until they were out of the Sigerson so can't imagine he's spent too much time with the panel yet, from what I know about Tally I can't imagine he'd had anything to do with that kickout strategy.

He's annoyed about the criticism he's taken after the Tipp, Roscommon & kerry games in the last 2 years and deflecting from it by talking about promotion and the games against Mayo.

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Thats a 1/10 in the wum stakes, I hope nobody takes the simpletons bait.

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It has been said a few times but bears repeating - Cillian O'Connor was very overdue that red card. His brother was extremely lucky to escape with a yellow card for a really nasty and dangerous challenge directly afterwards on the same player.

It must be a while since Mayo beat Galway?
the incident only happen after the referee had abdicated all responsibility for the welfare off the players , Cillian had galway lads screaming in his face after missing a free earlier  and they are suprized he reacted? Diarmuids was just a bad tackle he has shown remarkable restrain  previously against monaghan in as did Aidan oShea yesterday being dragged along the ground when he was down injured and then getting booked just because he was assaulted in the minutes before that  as he was for most of the game.
I was always a fan of Galway football but they went down hugely in my estimation in the 2 games they have played mayo this year ,
if kernan was still in charge  you'd blame the ulster influence but no the have home grown scumbags as well,

Well over the top, have you really not seen Cillian O'Connor do this to his opponents? Its the main reason its him attracting this kind of attention other than anyone else because he's done it on so many occasions in the past.

You'd want to drop the victim act.

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Both sides were culpable of poor wides, Shane Walsh in particular who in general played well was poor in front of the posts; In fairness he looks a better player than last year, he looks bigger without affecting his pace and looks to be working harder and putting far more effort into stopping and dispossessing an opponent.

Kickouts though a huge problem, haven't seen the stats yet but there's a period towards the end of the 1st and beginning of the 2nd where Galway lost 4 or 5 in a row of their own, their were times when a Galway player had found space between the full back line and half back line but Lavelle didn't want to risk it. It needs a lot of work between now and May otherwise Galway will be on the wrong end of a hiding come the championship.

P Sweeney is out of his depth at this level, don't like been over critical of him as its the manager fault for continue to pick him. It was a great finish from McHugh but his lack of pace and strength will stop him from starting games this summer. I certainly wouldn't write him off though but looks like he's just not there yet in terms of S & C. I can see why Sean Kelly continues to be picked, he has great energy and covers a lot of ground but he just isn't strong enough to warrant a start come championship.

If Shane Walsh would work on his finishing, it would really take the work out of putting teams away.

With Shane I think it's more decision making than anything. Sometimes he doesn't release the pass at the right time and sometimes he tries shots that are just marginally outside his range. He drops way too many shots short into the keepers arms. I really think that is what is holding him back from being an absolutely top level player because on the ball he's incredible to watch. He can solo at pace with the ball faster than most defenders can run without a ball and he can kick off either foot equally well so defenders can't even force him onto his weaker side if they do catch up with him. Picking the right moments to pass and shoot is his big challenge.

That missed free is inexcusable and shouldn't be missed and his first wide was self indulgent whilst his 3rd wide was another poor execution. Their are times when I feel he could be carrying the ball further as more often than the space is their and he could easily draw more frees. In fairness many of his attempts come from moments of brilliance he's created himself. Lets hope he matures into the player he should be.


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There's a bit of chatter about Galway been way ahead of other teams in terms of fitness, we won't know how true that is until late on in the year. I'd be very surprised if Galway would make the same mistakes Roscommon did 2 years ago, Kevin Walsh is in his 4th year in charge and never put too much emphasis on the league in previous campaigns. There was nothing in the Donegal game that suggested that Galway were well ahead of their opponents in terms of fitness either.

I do think Galway have improved their tackling technique which is probably down to Paddy Tally but until the summer comes we won't know to what extent.

Both sides were culpable of poor wides, Shane Walsh in particular who in general played well was poor in front of the posts; In fairness he looks a better player than last year, he looks bigger without affecting his pace and looks to be working harder and putting far more effort into stopping and dispossessing an opponent.

Kickouts though a huge problem, haven't seen the stats yet but there's a period towards the end of the 1st and beginning of the 2nd where Galway lost 4 or 5 in a row of their own, their were times when a Galway player had found space between the full back line and half back line but Lavelle didn't want to risk it. It needs a lot of work between now and May otherwise Galway will be on the wrong end of a hiding come the championship.

P Sweeney is out of his depth at this level, don't like been over critical of him as its the manager fault for continue to pick him. It was a great finish from McHugh but his lack of pace and strength will stop him from starting games this summer. I certainly wouldn't write him off though but looks like he's just not there yet in terms of S & C. I can see why Sean Kelly continues to be picked, he has great energy and covers a lot of ground but he just isn't strong enough to warrant a start come championship.


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Mayo will be well up for this game especially given last weeks antics by Kerry. The mayoblog has made for entertaining reading this week, perhaps I'm harsh but the main man has a high opinion of himself.

I'd expect COC to start this week as there's no better man at guiding the ref through a game these days. Comer could certainly learn a thing or two from his rival captain in terms of his craftiness, his temperament has been exceptional since his sending off in Limerick a few years 3 years ago.


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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: February 07, 2018, 10:47:14 AM »
The Edwards family really aren't popular among United fans, its nearly 20 years since I read about Louis Edwards became a shareholder at United and can't remember much of it but he certainly used unscrupulous means. United certainly should have treated the survivors of the crash differently but times were different back then and United weren't the financial juggernaut they are now.

Busby's family have been treated well by United, they had 4 free season tickets in the directors box I think or maybe they executive tickets up until the last 18 months, either way each ticket was worth 6000 a season.



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Those kickout stats are worse than I thought, technically Galway won 9 out of 20 of their own kickouts but the reality it was 7 out of 20 as a free was given against Cooke within seconds of catching the ball and a hop ball was given seconds after Bradshaw caught the ball which Donegal subsequently won.

Thats absolutely diabolical, winning 35% of your own kickouts against Div 1 opposition and winning is some sort of miracle. Galway did exceptionally well to come away with the win.

Cooke gave the ball away than anymore else although, he played well overall but just needs to be more careful with his kick passing. He's looking to make things happen when in possession which I like rather than the safe option FOC & Flynn tend to use.





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