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Re: Galway v Kerry. Super 8s Round 1. 15 July Croke Park.
« Reply #195 on: July 17, 2018, 01:52:43 PM »
The atmosphere was dire, for as bad as turnout it was from Galway I think we still outnumbered Kerry 2:1.

Most of us Galway posters were still criticising the kickout strategy in the early rounds of the league, got to give them credit as there's been a significant improvement at both ends of the pitch and in Lavelle's kicking; He's really impressed me this season and has continued to improve.

I'd bump that to nearly 3:1, there wasn't a sinner from Kerry at it.

In fairness, Lavelle was fantastic with the restarts at the weekend and has improved no end, to bounce back from the Roscommon debacle last year is some going.
His kick to an on running Kerin right on the sideline over the Kerry player in the first half displayed the confidence he is kicking with, there was no room for error and it was straight into the breadbasket. When a short one or a free man isn't available there's a plan now, put plenty of men in one area beside the sideline, pump it out and try to win the break, it's not that sophisticated but there is at least a clear plan in place, that wasn't the case last year or earlier this year. Galway were definitely helped in how poor Kerry were in the middle third though, I don't know if it was the conditions but David Moran's legs looked like they were gone on Sunday anyway.

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Re: Galway v Kerry. Super 8s Round 1. 15 July Croke Park.
« Reply #196 on: July 17, 2018, 01:54:34 PM »


It appeared that Galway's wides were from more scoreable angles than Kerry's on the whole, I wouldn't be hugely worried although thats the 2nd game in a row where Brannigan has been guilty of some poor misses and it was a problem for him in previous years.

As for Kerry the hpye they got was ridiclous it transpired, you'd expect the nonsense from Brolly but Tomas O'Se fell into the trap and got very carried away with predicting Kerry to hammer Galway. In fairness I listened to Quirke & O'Cinneide on Friday and both were far more cautious. Kerry may have won the last 4 minors titles but they've still done nothing at u20 level and haven't won a game outside of the province at that level since 2008, their minor teams have been taller and more physical than anyone else's and it makes a huge difference at that age. Kerry could still reach the final but I just don't see how they could trouble the Dubs, they've too much work to do in such a short space of time.

Armstrong didn't feature yesterday, is he injured? As for Galway injuries are starting to mount and its a concern, forwards wise out strength in depth is good with Varley especially having a big impact in every game he's came on in. Midfield now a worry with Conroy & Duggan out, lets hope Conroy makes a speedy recovery. I'd be worried if we picked up an injury in the defence, certainly not as stacked as the forwards. 

Most of us Galway posters were still criticising the kickout strategy in the early rounds of the league, got to give them credit as there's been a significant improvement at both ends of the pitch and in Lavelle's kicking; He's really impressed me this season and has continued to improve.

Other thoughts;
Brannigan was better Sunday than the Connacht final, but needs to kick on again and really show that he can do it at the highest level (personally I have my doubts but will be delighted to be proved wrong).

Hope Daly gets another chance to show what he's capable off, maybe a more open game will suit him, not that there's going to be many of them.

Walsh has now taken on the mantle of being our most important player; superbly skillful and starting to take more of the right options. Comer is vital too but nowhere near as skillful as Walsh or varied in his play.

Anyone notice we changed our sub goalie?

Injuries are starting to mount up but Duggan may be back soonish. Dreadful luck to Paul Conroy, and hopefully, like Tom Parsons, not career-threatening. Without meaning to be harsh though, he's no huge loss to midfield as his best work in more recent games came in attack anyway. Armstrong cried off with injury beforehand also. Our forward options are getting stretched a bit also.

Kerry were incredibly terrible though, particularly in midfield.

Brannigan is still only 22/23 and I do think his shooting can be worked on. Overall I was impressed with his performance, he's probably a similar style player to Stephen O'Brien in stature and pace but offers a lot more to the team than O'Brien does. Great to see Daly back, he was bound to be a bit rusty given it was his first start in nearly 12 months.

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Re: Galway v Kerry. Super 8s Round 1. 15 July Croke Park.
« Reply #197 on: July 17, 2018, 02:13:59 PM »


It appeared that Galway's wides were from more scoreable angles than Kerry's on the whole, I wouldn't be hugely worried although thats the 2nd game in a row where Brannigan has been guilty of some poor misses and it was a problem for him in previous years.

As for Kerry the hpye they got was ridiclous it transpired, you'd expect the nonsense from Brolly but Tomas O'Se fell into the trap and got very carried away with predicting Kerry to hammer Galway. In fairness I listened to Quirke & O'Cinneide on Friday and both were far more cautious. Kerry may have won the last 4 minors titles but they've still done nothing at u20 level and haven't won a game outside of the province at that level since 2008, their minor teams have been taller and more physical than anyone else's and it makes a huge difference at that age. Kerry could still reach the final but I just don't see how they could trouble the Dubs, they've too much work to do in such a short space of time.

Armstrong didn't feature yesterday, is he injured? As for Galway injuries are starting to mount and its a concern, forwards wise out strength in depth is good with Varley especially having a big impact in every game he's came on in. Midfield now a worry with Conroy & Duggan out, lets hope Conroy makes a speedy recovery. I'd be worried if we picked up an injury in the defence, certainly not as stacked as the forwards. 

Most of us Galway posters were still criticising the kickout strategy in the early rounds of the league, got to give them credit as there's been a significant improvement at both ends of the pitch and in Lavelle's kicking; He's really impressed me this season and has continued to improve.

Other thoughts;
Brannigan was better Sunday than the Connacht final, but needs to kick on again and really show that he can do it at the highest level (personally I have my doubts but will be delighted to be proved wrong).

Hope Daly gets another chance to show what he's capable off, maybe a more open game will suit him, not that there's going to be many of them.

Walsh has now taken on the mantle of being our most important player; superbly skillful and starting to take more of the right options. Comer is vital too but nowhere near as skillful as Walsh or varied in his play.

Anyone notice we changed our sub goalie?

Injuries are starting to mount up but Duggan may be back soonish. Dreadful luck to Paul Conroy, and hopefully, like Tom Parsons, not career-threatening. Without meaning to be harsh though, he's no huge loss to midfield as his best work in more recent games came in attack anyway. Armstrong cried off with injury beforehand also. Our forward options are getting stretched a bit also.

Kerry were incredibly terrible though, particularly in midfield.

Brannigan is still only 22/23 and I do think his shooting can be worked on. Overall I was impressed with his performance, he's probably a similar style player to Stephen O'Brien in stature and pace but offers a lot more to the team than O'Brien does. Great to see Daly back, he was bound to be a bit rusty given it was his first start in nearly 12 months.

Thought Daly looked nervous or something. He kicked a few terrible wides for a lad who is normally a very good point scorer from distance. These ones should have been gimmes for him but he snatched at them. It was his first start for Galway in ages though so maybe understandable that he was a bit skittish.

Might struggle to hold his place as Varley has been doing so well off the bench but maybe no harm in keeping Varley as a bench option either.
« Last Edit: July 17, 2018, 02:16:37 PM by GalwayBayBoy »

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Re: Galway v Kerry. Super 8s Round 1. 15 July Croke Park.
« Reply #198 on: July 17, 2018, 02:35:18 PM »
There is a lot of merit introducing Varley against a tiring defence, has been very effective to date in the championship.  As I mentioned last week, the more timely introduction of subs since the league final has been a welcome progression.  Daly did look nervous on Sun but I think he will get another start this weekend coming.