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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2023
« on: March 21, 2023, 02:08:41 PM »
Galway have had a good league, I know most of us would have been delighted to be in this position before a ball had been kicked and got worse losing Comer & Finnerty in the opening games.

Defensively depth has been added which is surprising Silke & Molloy were already missing but Hernon, O’Flaherty, McGrath & Eoghan Kelly and possibly Mulcahy look comfortable at this level so Joyce will be delighted. O’Flaherty is still u20 whilst McGrath and Hernon would be u21’s and Eoghan Kelly has only been taking football seriously the last few years so definite scope for more improvement. Hernon has played very little football the last 18 months due to injury.

Culhane must be frustrated as he knows he’d have got a decent run with the big guns in attack missing but certainly played his part on Saturday and his 2nd mark was really well worked something Galway probably haven’t used as much as they should.

Fairly sure I heard Fitzmaurice say Molloy will back for the summer, now we’ve all heard is recovery is going well but that would seem very fanciful given the nature of his injury.

As Mouview stated midfield is a worry as McDaid clearly is carrying an injury and think Conroy will struggle to last 70 minutes come the summer. Will need to see more of Maher, not convinced how comfortable he is on the ball but its a position we’re short in; James McLaughlin been unlucky with injuries so far but he’s going to have a lot of hype to live upto.

Goes without saying the issue in net will continue, don’t see Joyce dropping Gleeson.

Galway are going nicely but are still going to rely on top players staying fit, I do think the good news is Galway have more top players then they did last year.

General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: March 13, 2023, 08:43:32 AM »
Ten Hag wants to get after the refs this week, can see why Casemiro was sent off after initially winning the ball but once again it looks like United are losing a player to a dangerous scissor challenge which are going unpunished which is ridiculous. Walker Peters yesterday followed through with left after winning the ball with his right, no need to do that and Garnacho could well be injured.

Match of the day 2 didn't even cover any of the penalty incidents, nailed on handball by the Soton player after Rashford crossing the ball and there's clear clips online of Bazunna catching Rashford with his knee in another incident in the 2nd half. Both are very clear penalties; Andre Mariner on VAR yesterday as he was when Casemiro was sent off against Palace and on Saturday when he decided a blatant red card tackle on Felix wasn't even a yellow card. He's clearly incompetent.

International break coming at the right time, United are tired and would like to think given the 3 goal advantage he should be able to freshen up the squad. I still think in 6 months times United in the same position would be a bit further down the line and would still be able to beat the likes of Soton even with a man down.


General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: March 10, 2023, 09:24:49 AM »
Not sure how good we were or how bad they were, United could have scored 10; Expecting a lot more from Betis, very poor.

Weghorst will ultimately cost United in a big game by missing chances, could easily have had 4 or 5 goals last night. I hope the experiment of playing him in the no 10 role is over, twice early on against Liverpool we were in on goal if he'd made the pass.

GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2023
« on: March 06, 2023, 08:43:50 AM »
Good to see Finnerty back fully fit, thats 5 points from play since been introduced at half time in the Donegal game. Idiotic from Cooke, can't believe he did that in front of the ref. Eoghan Kelly has done really well so far but he's not comfortable on the ball and will get targeted if he doesn't move it on quicker.

McGrath did well, has a great turn of pace. Sweeney has a lot of talent but looks like Joyce is unsure where his best position is, he's got to improve his decision making.

Slightly better from Gleeson on kickouts yesterday but Monaghan definitely let Galway off the hook with this.

Monaghan were tragic though.

GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2023
« on: March 01, 2023, 10:47:03 AM »
Most of the Galway posters on here are naturally a bit pessimistic or as I'd like to call it realism; Under a normal championship I'd very worried with Walsh missing so much of the league and with Comer injured too (always takes him a good few games to get 100% fit) but this year is different but Galway (any other County) could win only 1 of their first 4 championship games this summer and find themselves in a preliminary quarter final.

If Galway had Shane Walsh since the start of the league its not unrealistic to think they'd have 4 wins on the board given the closeness of the loss and those 2 draws, no doubt they'd have lots of smoke blown up their hole from the media so if Galway can avoid relegation without Walsh & Comer there'll be positives to take from it.

GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2023
« on: February 27, 2023, 06:13:20 PM »
A poor poor performance but somehow managed to put themselves in a winning position and yet again game management let them down, 2 poor kick passes led to 2 Donegal scores in the last 10 minutes. Kickouts poor again, Donegal clearly won a fair bit more primary possession and kicked some really bad wides although Galway left a good few behind them too.

Tierney excellent again and Finnerty made a difference when he came in, Comer & Walsh are huge losses; add in Finnerty has only played about 60 minutes out of the 4 games so far and Culhane who was most likely to benefit from Walsh & Comer's absence been injured too has left Galway really short in the full forward line.

6 points might not be enough this year to avoid relegation.

GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2023
« on: February 22, 2023, 12:12:15 PM »
Question was asked and Galway stepped it up after ht, subs all worked with Sweeney having a super showing and Tierney was excellent getting those marks at the crucial times, a tonic victory.

Looked in real trouble 10 minutes into the 2nd half as Tyrone went looking for a goal, certainly didn't look like Galway would go on to score 9 of the next 12 points.

Won't be getting carried away given conditions/pitch etc and if Tyrone had got the goal it may have been a different result but Galway showed great character to dig in with the wind and momentum against them. Tierney stood up with those marks and 3 points from play as did a good few others with Galway missing their 3 best scoring forwards in Walsh, Comer & Finnerty.

Dylan McHugh has really surprised me, didn't look upto it in the Connacht Final against Mayo in Croke Park 18 months ago but delighted to be proved wrong, looks more then comfortable at this level and gave another outstanding display.

GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2023
« on: February 09, 2023, 09:32:34 AM »
The fact that there's a chance that a Division 4 team will qualify because of the luck of the draw by beating other Division 4 teams whilst a Division 1 could miss out says it all, would be a farce.

General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
« on: February 09, 2023, 08:58:01 AM »
United would have won that with Casemiro, the partnership of Sabitzer and Fred didn't look to promising; Fred was dreadful, so poor. He's played really well recently but thats been alongside Casemiro. Rashford has been outstanding for a while, leaving him out wide right with Weghorst looking ponderous at centre forward didn't work. If Martial isn't going to be fit then I hope Rashford plays up front given we've got plenty of options in wide areas,

Garnacho getting a bit of stick which is unfair, he should have gone down when he went round the keeper though; For his first chance Weghorst didn't have the nous to run to the front post which would have dragged the defender with him so Garnacho would have had a lot more time. 

We've so many games and nearly every league games goes right down the last kick of the ball, its bound to play a part. If we beat Barca then March will be the same as Feb, if everyone was fit it wouldn't be much as an issue but Wan Bisaka, Casemiro, Eriksen, McTominay, Anthony & Martial all missed last night.

GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2023
« on: February 08, 2023, 12:23:19 PM »
Galway and Annaghdown forward Damien Comer has received some good news from the results of a scan on the leg he injured in a collision with two Roscommon players last Sunday in Pearse Stadium. The injury happened in the early stages of a National League game in Pearse Stadium, which Galway ultimately lost by 0-9 to 0-8. The game was held up for almost 6 minutes as Comer was stretchered off, but it now appears there was no damage to the cruciate ligaments, but severe bone swelling will require a recovery period of 6 to 8 weeks, almost certainly ruling him out of the remainder of the league. With no surgery required, the Galway football management will be confident of having their All-Star forward back for their opening championship game on April 23rd against Mayo or Roscommon in a Connacht semi-final.

A huge relief its not his cruciate but Comer does take a while to get back to his best after returning from injury. Galway are due to play the winners of Mayo & Roscommon 11 weeks from him getting injured, wouldn't be too optimistic about him having much of an impact.

General discussion / Re: Premier League 2022-2023
« on: February 08, 2023, 08:47:04 AM »
United averaged over 50,000 the season they spent in Div 2, weren't too many day trippers or glory hunters around in those days.

General discussion / Re: Premier League 2022-2023
« on: February 07, 2023, 01:02:53 PM »
Arsenal a bigger club then City and a larger global fanbase made £141m in commercial revenue in the last set of accounts whilst City made £309m in the same department, Chelsea's was at £153m. Doesn't look or sound right does it!!

Their still at it and only for this they wouldn't be challenging for trophies, we could debate all day whether the rules should be in place but they are and clubs are supposed to abide with it. Not sure at what stage their owners get sick of it, must be down 2 billion since the takeover in 2008.

I'm sure some will say the club is worth billions but its clearly not without their inflated commercial revenue and the obvious knock on affects from reduced revenue.

GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2023
« on: February 06, 2023, 01:08:06 PM »
There was soft frees galore during the match, that was no certainly no free at the end. Ryan O'Donoghue certainly knows how to win a free, its bad enough that he's small enough without him ducking into challenges.

GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2023
« on: February 06, 2023, 10:05:44 AM »
Like most of the Galway posters we knew we were in for a tough start although could easily have 4 points but the lack of collective training has come back to bite as we feared. 

Galway aren't serious challengers for an All Ireland without Comer, hoping its not as bad as it looks but rarely is. Not heard anything on Finnerty since the Mayo game but given games are practically every week I doubt he'll play much part in the league and the same goes for Culhane.  Just read Joyce said after the match Finnerty will be out for between 4-6 weeks.

Could well be one of those years, going into the season without Silke & Molloy was bad enough but add in all those injuries to the scoring forwards its to keep positive.

Lets hope others stand up.

GAA Discussion / Re: R.I.P. Farrandeelin
« on: February 06, 2023, 09:55:45 AM »
Thats tragic, leaving such a young family behind.

Sounded like a really great fella, helping out with underage teams in his own club.

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