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GAA Discussion / Re: Redux Connacht final 2018 thread
« on: June 20, 2018, 01:18:09 PM »
Many of us have been very critical of the kick out strategy since Kevin Walsh arrived and even during the league there wasn't a huge improvement, wasn't until the league final where we saw some real improvement. Lavelle is far less predictable and takes on short kickouts he wasn't prepared to do last year, his re-starts are quicker this year; On a few occasions on Sunday it only took him 5 seconds to    take his kick out after a Roscommon score or wide.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Money, Dublin and the GAA
« on: June 20, 2018, 12:42:26 PM »
Whats the latest with the land Dublin County Board were looking to buy? From memory they were outbid buy a developer who couldn't get planning but then were reported to be back in talks but not heard anything about it recently.


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Any of the hurlers join up with the panel?

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GAA Discussion / Re: Redux Connacht final 2018 thread
« on: June 19, 2018, 02:35:41 PM »
Ros hit 14 wides. If that was Mayo everybody would go to town on the shit forwards. Maybe Ros forwards are not as good as they're supposed to be.

I think their forwards are still pretty good for the most part but their shot selection in the 2nd half was deplorable. Shooting from way out or out on the wing when they had a strong wind behind them. It felt like they thought the wind would do all the work for them rather than working the ball a bit closer to goal.

Ultimately if you lose a half of football 0-11 to 1-1 you probably donít deserve it on the day.

I'm sure some of the Rossies can put me right but I can't recall on Sunday any of their forwards kicking a score with their weaker foot or even attempting it? Its hard to tell from Shane Walsh that his left foot is weaker and Ian Burke too is very strong on his left and kicked a score with his weaker foot near the end. Comer kicked a great score with his left against Mayo and Heaney kicked scores from both feet during the league.

I can recall Kieran Shannon doing an article on it a few years ago as he thought that was the big difference between Dublin & Mayo's forwards.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Redux Connacht final 2018 thread
« on: June 19, 2018, 01:46:21 PM »
Compton's injury made a difference but not the extent that many are suggesting, you can see from the stats in the 1st half that Roscommon had struggled on their kickout.

They won 7 out of 13 of their own kickouts in the 1st half whilst they won 3 out of 12 of Galways in the 1st half and 2 of those were kicked out over the sideline by Lavelle. When either goalie didn't have anything on and was forced to go long Galway dominated and won 10 out of the 15. Compton was missed but it wasn't the turning of the game.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Redux Connacht final 2018 thread
« on: June 18, 2018, 03:00:31 PM »
Roscommon had 2 poor wides and they were from Kilroy and Fintan Cregg and neither of them were just after half time, the rest were from difficult angles and outside the D.

Roscommon didn't score from play in the final 50 minutes and only mustered a one free in that time, they really struggled to create good scoring opportunities.

All Shane Walsh's free's were close to the 21 as were all the points from play in that 2nd half apart from Walsh's 1st point of the 2nd half.

It really doesn't fit the narrative that Roscommon threw the game away, they put themselves in a great position at half time but thats about it. There was a huge gulf in the teams in that 2nd half.

Galway with plenty of work to do going forward but at the beginning of the season if you'd told me we'd go unbeaten in the league and get to the league final and then beat Mayo and win the Connacht title beating the Rossies I'd be absolutely delighted.




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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: June 18, 2018, 02:36:03 PM »
De Gea will only leave for Real Madrid and looks like their in for the Brazilian keeper.
His howler came in the absolute perfect match from a ManU perspective.

Sure did

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GAA Discussion / Re: The Sunday Game
« on: June 18, 2018, 01:41:17 PM »
The analysis was poor from O'Se last night, the one stat they did show didn't cover all the kickouts ans then what was that nonsense about Connacht team of the championship. Des still clearly has friends in high places, he's just dreadful.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Connacht Senior Championship 2018
« on: June 18, 2018, 01:16:02 PM »

Congrats the Galway lads.

Good game and would have been a savage second half if Roscommon had a kick in them at the end but they had nothing really - which is surprising. The Compton injury was a big hit for them I think and they got beaten up around the middle in the second half. Harney is good but he looks short of conditioning - I know he's just back from injury. The Smiths seemed to disappear? I know that Galway might have more natural pace but I thought in general Ros legs were shot last 10 mins. Galway looked far better conditioned imo.

Kevin Walsh gets a lot of criticism for being negative. I think he will be pleased his tactics worked today. A lot of pundits saying Galway played their natural traditional game in second half today. They didn't. It was as un-natural as their 1-13-1 se-up in first half. That intensive high pressing game can't be sustained for 70 mins. So a manager decides when to do it. Galway did it today when Ros had thrown their best shots but hadn't pulled away. Galway won pulling up in the end. Roscommon players looked shell-shocked by the literally hands-on intensity of some Galway players. How Bradshaw was let away with bear hugging fellas is beyond belief. There is supposed to be a card for that kind of thing? Checking a player making a run. Coldrick and his team did not have a great day and I thought Ros came out on the wrong side of it, but mostly can have not much complaints about result.

I've watched the game again and Roscommon can have no complaints about the ref, Galway were on the wrong end of the two worst decisions of the day and there was a couple of more frees Galway should have got inside the 21 in the 2nd half.

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General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: June 18, 2018, 11:01:48 AM »
De Gea will only leave for Real Madrid and looks like their in for the Brazilian keeper.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Connacht Senior Championship 2018
« on: June 18, 2018, 10:43:59 AM »
Those are almost the most satisfying wins when it seems you are beaten twice but pull it out of the fire. Nightmare first half going in 3 points down after having a big wind at our backs. Standing off Roscommon players and letting them thread little passes around their forward line. No pressure on their kickouts at all. Roscommon then get the first score of the second half to go 4 clear. A comeback didn't really seem on given the circumstances but Roscommon wasted a few chances shooting from bad positions like they expected the wind to do all the work for them. Galway begun to get to grip on things in midfield and slowly worked themselves back into it and hit 6 points on the spin. Roscommon then reeling but get the penalty out of nowhere to go 1 up again. I thought that might swing momentum back in Roscommon's favour but Galway were impressive to be fair in closing the game out. Another 5 points on the spin and had the game gone on longer it seemed more likely that Galway would have extended the winning margin rather than Roscommon make it closer.

Kevin Walsh gets fairly tetchy about any criticism he receives for the way he sets his team out tactically but I can't believe he really thinks the approach they took in the first half with an almost gale at their backs was the right one. I mean they won in the end so he might say the end justifies the means but they put themselves in a hole of their own making. Really the only thing that kept Galway in touch in the first half was some Shane Walsh magic.

Very satisfying is right, had given up at half time. They deserve credit for that second half performance and the way they responded again after the pen hitting 5 points without reply. The bench again made a huge impact which is a stark contract to the last few years.

Kerin will naturally come back in for Wynne whilst Conroy & McHugh will be battling to hold on to their places. McHugh had a poor day but I would probably give him the benefit of the doubt and think there's more to come from him but Conroy will be very lucky to retain his place. He was poor yesterday and he was average enough against Mayo & Dublin in the league final.

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Great result for Mayo, any standouts in that Mayo team?

I saw them as minors 2 years ago against Kildare and nobody stood out that day, realise a lot can happen in 2 years at that age. With dropping from 21's to 20's some people are expecting too much for a lad to go straight up to the senior panel although Sean Kelly from Galway was U20 last year and was only a sub in the Connacht Final yet started for the seniors yesterday and he was one of the smaller lads physically last year.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Connacht Senior Championship 2018
« on: June 18, 2018, 09:39:44 AM »
Sunday Game's only stat last night was that Roscommon only won 3 out of their 10 kickouts in the second half; What about the other 4 or 5?

Galway kicked 11 points in the 2nd half and had several other shots that went wide, Rossies must have had at least 14 kickouts.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Connacht Senior Championship 2018
« on: June 17, 2018, 08:22:37 PM »
Looked like a sizeable difference in the fitness of the 2 sides, Galway's new fitness coach has certainly had an impact.

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