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Messages - David McKeown

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GAA Discussion / Re: Armagh v Galway AIQF
« on: June 24, 2022, 07:48:36 PM »
This is too close to call me for me. Armagh have played 12 matches against Division 1 sides (as they were at the start of the year) and I think Galway have played 2. Will that make a difference? Will the 4 week break help or hinder Galway?   Who knows. I think the issue might be Armaghs consistency or lack thereof.  At times they have looked brilliant this year but at others theyíve looked really ordinary. They will need something closer to the former this weekend.  Anything can happen this weekend and it like the rest of the season before reminds me of why I love our games. I just wish we had a whole summer of this to look forward to.

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Derry by 5
Dublin by 18
Galway by 3
Kerry by 4

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Westmeath by 2
Cavan by 8

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GAA Discussion / Re: VEO Cameras 🎥
« on: June 16, 2022, 06:03:42 PM »
I have one if you need any info

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GAA Discussion / Re: Sam Maguire Qualifiers 2022
« on: June 13, 2022, 08:10:59 PM »
Just as easily there could be two Ulster teams in the last 4 we will have to wait and see

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GAA Discussion / Re: Sam Maguire Qualifiers 2022
« on: June 13, 2022, 09:41:21 AM »
Having seen Armagh and Derry up close (Armagh too many times unfortunately), I think Derry would win that potential semi-final matchup. I think Armagh play some lovely stuff but in my opinion Derry are cuter and are more than capable of sticking with Armagh physically. I also think McKaigue would swallow Rian O'Neill up and that is really Armagh's attack - as good as Armagh's forwards are in general, everything runs through O'Neill in terms of playmaking as well so if you nullify him they really struggle.

I also don't think Armagh have anyone that could live with the likes of Glass and Rodgers when they get going.

But really I may be over-egging Derry a bit. They just remind me of Donegal in 2011/12. I think they can go as far as they want to this year. They may come up short for Sam if they face Dublin as the Dubs are just so good at playing against the system Derry play now, but I think they can beat any other team left in the competition. It's all about their mindset now and in that regard I think Clare is the perfect draw for them because while Clare are clearly a very good side, I think Derry should beat them even if they're not fully tuned in.

Don't mean to discount Galway either, that quarter final is a toss-up really. I expect that to be the pick of the quarters, it should be a cracking game - 2 very similar teams in their talent and while Galway have gone defensive against Mayo for example, they're more than capable of playing the attacking expansive game. I don't know Galway's defenders too well, who would be earmarked for Rian O'Neill? For Armagh I would put Jarlath ”g on Shane Walsh to try and stick with him athletically and maybe force him back the other way. Forker will go on Comer I'm guessing.

I think a lot will depend on the mindset of Derry. Very easy to loose focus after ending the drought for provincial honours. On paper Iíd expect Derry to beat Clare but it will be interesting to see how they handle the longish lay off, the favourites tag and the refocusing after Ulster.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Sam Maguire Qualifiers 2022
« on: June 13, 2022, 09:11:26 AM »
Wonder what way they'll split the quarter finals. Dublin usually on the Saturday and I'd say it'll be same this time. The two big games are Kerry Mayo and Galway Armagh and they should have top billing each day but you'd imagine Dublin will be the second match (which probably suits most travelling teams on a Saturday evening anyway).

I think best chance of maximising attendance is to put Kerry Mayo on before Dublin Cork on the Saturday. The ulster teams would then bring big enough support to get a decent crowd on the Sunday.

Iím confused by this too. According to the fixture list I was shown yesterday on the GAA website it was to be the Dublin and Galway games on the Saturday. That was obviously before the draw was made.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Sam Maguire Qualifiers 2022
« on: June 13, 2022, 09:02:15 AM »
Best draw possible for Armagh, provides a realistic path of getting to AI final.

Why would you tempt fate like that. Go outside and turn around and spit 3 times immediately

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GAA Discussion / Re: Sam Maguire Qualifiers 2022
« on: June 13, 2022, 09:01:33 AM »
Delighted with that draw. Another team Armagh could beat but wonít be favourites against and one that like Donegal have had the upper hand in recent meetings. Hopefully a second run out in Croke Park this year as well.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Sam Maguire Qualifiers 2022
« on: June 13, 2022, 12:04:20 AM »
So if my maths are correct.
The likelihood of each match up is as follows.

Armagh v Kerry 33.3
Armagh v Galway 33.3
Armagh v Derry 16.7
Armagh v Dublin 16.7

Clare v Kerry 33.3
Clare v Galway 33.3
Clare v Derry 16.7
Clare v Dublin 16.7

Cork v Kerry 0
Cork v Galway 33.3
Cork v Derry 33.3
Cork v Dublin 33.3

Mayo v Kerry 33.3
Mayo v Galway 0
Mayo v Derry 33.3
Mayo v Dublin 33.3

So my prediction is

Armagh v Galway
Mayo v Derry
Cork v Dublin
Clare v Kerry

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GAA Discussion / Re: Armagh v Donegal (Sun 12th June, Clones, 4pm)
« on: June 12, 2022, 10:46:05 PM »
Maybe they were all shouting Burns at Jarly Og?

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GAA Discussion / Re: Armagh v Donegal (Sun 12th June, Clones, 4pm)
« on: June 12, 2022, 10:21:46 PM »
At the game I only heard two incidents of booing. Both for poor refereeing decisions.


You can't be serious? A large number of our fans booed reguarly on frees etc. It was embarrassing.

A sour note on a fantastic showing from Armagh fans. Big numbers and loud, just wish we'd leave the booing at home.

Iím not saying there wasnít booing. Just wasnít particularly noticeable where I was in the Gerry Arthurs. My brothers family didnít notice it either and they were a section over.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Sam Maguire Qualifiers 2022
« on: June 12, 2022, 09:22:33 PM »
I thought it was Dublin and Galway games on the Saturday. The other two on the Sunday.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Armagh v Donegal (Sun 12th June, Clones, 4pm)
« on: June 12, 2022, 07:48:57 PM »
There were a lot of air horns but I genuinely heard very little booing from either side

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GAA Discussion / Re: Armagh v Donegal (Sun 12th June, Clones, 4pm)
« on: June 12, 2022, 07:23:59 PM »
At the game I only heard two incidents of booing. Both for poor refereeing decisions.

On the game itself I thought Armagh were superb and made Donegal look very poor rather than Donegal being poor.

I donít think any of the provincial winners will want Armagh the next day. Statistically itís likely to be Galway or Kerry but Iíd like Derry or Dublin

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