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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2023
« on: March 20, 2023, 01:16:38 PM »
Just my own thoughts on where teams are at,

Mayo - the real deal. Can they find another 10% to win Sam?
Galway - Inconsistent and stuttering. Flashes of brilliance but not top 3 in country. Regressed from last year.
Kerry - Take out their key men and theyre ordinary. With key men, they can retain Sam. Returning to form, slowly.
Rossies - 3 wins in a row, 3 defeats in a row. Flattered to deceive. Lucky to escape relegation.
Armagh - Playing much more conservatively than '22. Progressed last year but not this year so far.
Tyrone - Only a fool would rule out Tyrone. Between them and Derry for Ulster. Have the players.
Monaghan - The jury is out. If they can stay up that will be a huge achievement. Playing better in attack.
Donegal - Lucky they are in Div 1 cos if they were in Div.2 they'd be relegated from there too. Playing terribly.

Not sure how Galway have regressed? We've been missing a good scatter of front line players for pretty much every league game. Yet, they're still heading into the last round with a chance of a league final. While it hasn't been flashy they already know they have that in their locker with a full deck. I'd say they are delighted to have expanded the viable squad options to be honest.

GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2023
« on: March 19, 2023, 02:50:51 PM »
Clear black. He fell and used his hand to trip Tyrone player. Black card and he had yellow just before half time. Pure stupid by the player.

You might be right. A player in front was blocking the view of the camera but he might have hand tripped him on the ground. Nothing wrong with his initial challenge alright.

GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2023
« on: March 19, 2023, 02:46:11 PM »
That seems awful harsh on McCarron. Think he made a genuine attempt for the ball moving at speed. To see red for it because he got a yellow already before the black card, seems very unfair.

GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2023
« on: March 18, 2023, 08:45:50 PM »
We need to say a few Novenas that John Dalys injury is not serious.
The lynchpin of our defence.

Hopefully just a precaution that he came off but given his injury history youd be worried until word comes out either way.

GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2023
« on: March 17, 2023, 11:23:59 PM »
Galway team named, 3 changes from Monaghan starting 15.
Sean Fitzgerald, John Maher, and Shane Walsh come in for Eoghan Kelly, Rob Finnerty and the suspended Peter Cooke.

Bit of a strange looking side unless there are changes. I guess Cooke is suspended and McDaid is probably carrying a knock.

GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2023
« on: February 26, 2023, 01:20:50 PM »
Gleeson somehow managed to punch the ball up and back towards his own goal. Can't continue with him in nets.

In general though, Galway just not at it at all today. Second to every ball. Lads standing still waiting instead of attacking the ball.

GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2023
« on: February 19, 2023, 03:47:09 PM »
Couldn't get to the Galway game today so watched the game on the box. I must say the Rossies do a lot of diving and play acting. At least they did today. Roscommon 10 there towards the end went down clutching his face in agony when the Armagh player had tapped him on the shoulder. Ref bought it. That's the way it's gone I suppose.

Think there will be 5 or 6 teams in the mix for relegation until the last couple games.

GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2023
« on: February 17, 2023, 08:59:13 PM »
Galway team V Tyrone

Connor Gleeson - Dunmore MacHales
Eoghan Kelly - Moycullen
Sean Kelly - Moycullen
Jack Glynn - Claregalway
Dylan McHugh - Corofin
John Daly - Mountbellew Moylough
Daniel O'Flaherty - Salthill Knocknacarra
Paul Conroy - St James'
Cillian McDaid - Monivea Abbey
Matthew Tierney - Oughterard
Peter Cooke - Moycullen
Johnny Heaney - Killannin
Patrick Kelly - Mountbellew Moylough
Eoin Finnerty - Mountbellew Moylough
Ian Burke - Corofin


Bernie Power - Corofin
Johnny McGrath - Caherlistrane
Cathal Sweeney - Salthill Knocknacarra
Cian Hernon - Bearna
Matthew Barrett - Mountbellew Moylough
John Maher - Salthill Knocknacarra
Paul Kelly - Moycullen
Gerard Davoren - Moycullen
Ryan Monaghan - Oughterard
Nathan Grainger - Claregalway
Robert Finnerty - Salthill Knocknacarra

GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2023
« on: February 08, 2023, 12:18:16 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.

GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2023
« on: February 06, 2023, 11:20:51 PM »
Soft free is such a GAA concept.
Galway got a free yesterday, that wasn't a free to my eyes, a soft one that was tapped over the bar. Ref knew he made a mistake I'd say and gave everything to the Rossies after that, this craic of evening it all up will never change.

That's exactly what I thought at the game. Very very soft free and the Roscommon lads (with some justification) went absolutely bananas with him and after that we couldn't get a decision off him. Few minutes later, McDaid was clearly fouled bursting through on goal and he waved it away. Would have been a tap over free. The decision against Glynn right at the end that led to the winning point was extremely dubious. Looked much more like a foul on Glynn first. The Rossies around us had their heads in their hands as they assumed it was a free in to win the game for Galway. Only to see him pointing back up the field for a free out.

GAA Discussion / Re: R.I.P. Farrandeelin
« on: February 05, 2023, 11:55:31 PM »
Very sad to hear this. He was a mainstay and familiar name on here for very long time. Puts it all in perspective that I was getting myself annoyed over a football match earlier today. RIP.

GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2023
« on: February 05, 2023, 07:09:47 PM »
Doesn't look great.

GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2023
« on: February 05, 2023, 04:46:14 PM »
Honestly one of the worst games of football I've ever seen in Salthill today. Certainly at intercounty level. I've probably seen worse club games alright in the depths of winter but the conditions were pretty good today. Worryingly for Galway with no Walsh, Comer and Finnerty they looked completely devoid of scoring power against the Roscommon blanket defence. And that was probably the difference in the game. Galway were missing their main scorers while Roscommon had them all on the field at various points and that was enough for Roscommon to get a couple late scores and a couple late frees to get over the line. With almost the last kick of the game.

Awful game of football though. Lots of lateral even backwards football. Both sides getting pretty much everyone behind the ball. Had a great view of it from almost the back of the stand. Galway usually tried to leave one maybe two up but Roscommon often had all 15 behind the ball. Especially during the 2nd half. Galway's attack was so slow though that they gave Roscommon plenty of time to funnel players back.

Ref was atrocious. Three Roscommon players got in a shouting match with him mid way through the 2nd half (after a soft enough free in fairness). He booked one of them but it seemed to rattle him and after that they got a very generous whistle from him for the final 15 minutes. Clear foul on McDaid turned down that would have been a tap over point. Fairly dubious free on Glynn who had the ball right at the end that led to the last Roscommon score to win the game. Galway had pushed up looking for the late winner and got caught short on numbers at the back.

That's 2 points Galway have dropped to basically the last kick of the game two weeks on the trot. And with the injury situation I'd say they have a battle on their hands to stay up now. Galway were lucky with injuries last year. Pretty much kept everyone fit and available but very different this year so far.

Not sure what happened to Comer. Went flying in early on for a high ball and I thought he might have ran into the post and knocked himself out. But apparently has been seen on crutches and a protective boot.

GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2023
« on: February 05, 2023, 02:49:40 PM »
Comer stretchered off early on for Galway. Thought he might have ran into the post but apparently hes on crutches and in a moonboot already.

Terrible game. Lot of the jizz went out of it after the long stoppage for the Comer injury.

GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2023
« on: January 28, 2023, 11:38:00 PM »
Probably a fair result in the end although Galway won't be happy with the two giveaways for the final 2 Mayo points. Young Sweeney in particular took the completely wrong option in trying a kick pass out of defence in the dying seconds. If he just held on to it he would probably have been fouled. If he had just booted it off the pitch altogether it was probably all over. Just don't kick it directly to their main forward. A costly mistake for him to learn. Just don't repeat it.

Good game though. Mayo clearly had much more in the legs than Galway had. You would have expected that before the game given how late Galway got back together. Made a difference down the stretch. You could see some of the Galway lads blowing a bit late on. Last Galway free to go ahead looked more like a slip than a foul but Mayo got a few very soft ones themselves from Joe during the 2nd half. He also missed a Galway 45 after the Mayo keeper touched a high ball wide. In fact every official seemed to miss it. Overturned a Galway sideline to make it a hop ball which Mayo won late in the game as well. He was just all over the place with his decisions. For both sides.

Finnerty injury a big worry now. Looked like he kicked the diving Mayo player on the follow through after he kicked a point. Or maybe the Mayo lad landed on him awkwardly. Was hard to see. With Culhane in a moon boot already that is two form forwards who could miss a lot of the league. Shane might only be back for the last couple games as it is. Not sure if Dessie is going to get many more chances. He's just not cutting it at the moment. Not sure why PJ doesn't seem to want to use Owen Gallagher at all. He's a big lad with a burst of pace over the first few yards and usually makes good decisions. Yet, can't get off the bench at all. Even as a sub.

McDaid is such a fabulous player. Mayo were well warned though as every time he picked up the ball there were 3 or 4 descending on him straight away. They weren't going to let him make any of those driving runs but he was still very good apart from the brain fart for the black card. Bit of a worry seeing a big strapping on his knee though. You'd wonder how fit he really is at the moment. For a lad who's had injury troubles in the past.

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