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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 - 2020
« on: January 28, 2020, 11:50:29 PM »
Galway team for Saturday named:
1   Connor Gleeson
2   Johnny Duane
3   Sean Mulkerrin
4   Johnny Heaney
5   Gary O'Donnell
6   John Daly
7   Cillian McDaid
8   Ronan Steede
9   Cein D'Arcy
10   Eamon Brannigan
11   Damien Comer
12   Finnian Ó Laoi
13   Robert Finnerty
14   Shane Walsh
15   Michael Daly

These early team announcements are great, gets people discussing the games if nothing else. Good to see Steede get his chance, hopefully it goes well for him, he's earned it in fairness. It'll be interesting to see how he fares out at the next level. Surprised to see Comer start, there's never a full 70 in him. Same back 6 as the last day which is a worry up against those Kerry forwards. Think Duane is only keeping that corner warm for Liam Silke. Not too sure about the thoughts of Johnny Heaney up against O'Donoghue either  ???

Comer needs the game time now. Missed all last year pretty much. Doubt he'll last the whole match though. Probably off after 50 minutes or so.

Heard Silke interviewed on Parkinson's podcast there recently. More or less admitted he doesn't like playing corner back but Galway have quite a few options at wing-back. Not so much in the corners.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 - 2020
« on: January 26, 2020, 09:55:38 PM »
Saw a tweet that Monaghan were denied a goal when a Galway player (assuming Gleeson or Mulkerrin, I'm trying to think back when it could have occurred) went over the line with the ball, is there any validity to that claim at all? Massive, game changing mistake by the officials if true.

They just showed it there. Didn't look over the line anyway and the umpires couldn't have had a much better view of it. Granted they usually don't see much at the best of times.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 - 2020
« on: January 26, 2020, 06:56:21 PM »
Maurice Deegan.
He was beyond bad.  It’s just so hard to understand his thought process when awarding frees.  We went through a sustained period in the second half where it looked like he decided we were getting no frees and it really brought Mon back into the game at time when we had pushed 5 ahead and it should have been further but sin sceal eile! A win is a win BUT an awful lot to improve on if we are to get anything out of the next 2 games, seems unlikely on the basis of what Kerry and Donegal produced last night.
Any semblance of a kick out strategy today?
I had to make do with radio coverage - but sounded like we struggled a bit around midfield?
Flynn, O Curraoin, Duggan, probably Steede and maybe Tierney to come back into that sector I guess so all is not lost.
How did the fullback line in general do?
Big step up next week.

Thought D'Arcy did alright in midfield actually but 90% of Galway's kickouts in the 2nd half were just short dinks to the spare man. Beggan is really brilliant at picking out runners. Amazing accuracy at distance so Galway couldn't really get at Monaghan's kickouts. Too much standing still at Galway kick outs. Needs to be more players making runs into space.

Mulkerrin was good again. Seems to his spot now until proven otherwise. Not sure if Duane and Heaney will be corner backs come the championships but who knows. Seems like those spots are up for grabs.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 - 2020
« on: January 26, 2020, 06:05:35 PM »
Curate's egg of as game in Salthill marred by a very poor display from Maurice Deegan who seemed hell bent on making the game as close and as long as possible.

Galway, bar a short spell early on, led pretty much the whole game. Difference at HT was Robert Finnerty scored a fine goal for Galway while Monaghan missed a penalty. Was a well hit penalty actually but a great save from the keeper. Confusion over the award of it as Deegan blew for a free, seemed to play advantage and then signalled a penalty almost immediately.

Galway started the 2nd half on top. Finnerty again clean through one on one with the keeper and he somehow blazed over the bar to put 5 between them. I'll be diplomatic and say the next 20 minutes Galway found it extremely difficult to get a decision from Maurice Deegan. Frees were only going one way and it gave Monaghan a foothold back into the game as they got it back to 4, 3, 2 and then 1. On a cold day I'll give Deegan this much, he got the crowd fired up anyway.

Game level with 10 or so to go. Galway edge ahead again. Have a couple of good goal chances that they again blaze over and another punched over. Monaghan have a great goal chance that beat the keeper I think and a Galway defender (Mulkerrin I think) seemed to catch it right on the line. I think a goal then would have put Monaghan ahead approaching the end of normal time.

About 10+ minutes of added time played. Multiple stoppages. Throw balls. Players down injured. I think someone ran on to give Deegan an earful at one stage in the middle of it.

McManus started for Monaghan in the end. They had a pretty strong side out. Galway obviously still missing any Corofin players and Flynn cried off before the start. By the final 10 minutes I think we had 3 or 4 U-20's from last year on the field. Mulkerrin was good again. As was John Daly. Varley again some man to show for and win ball out in front before he tired.

On the debit side if Galway are going to play more open they are going to have to track runners religiously out of defence. There is no blanket there to meet them now and Monaghan had some joy out of corner backs and wing backs sneaking up the field unmarked into space to kick scores.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 - 2020
« on: January 26, 2020, 03:56:50 PM »
Maurice Deegan.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 - 2020
« on: January 26, 2020, 02:34:02 PM »
McManus starts for Monaghan. No Tom Flynn for Galway.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 - 2020
« on: January 26, 2020, 12:03:28 PM »
“Highlights” of the game are up on YouTube....Mayos first goal is about 8 minutes in

Looks like he went for a goal

Definite point attempt that dropped short into the far corner.

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GAA Discussion / Re: All Ireland Club Championships
« on: January 25, 2020, 11:49:36 PM »
Shouldn't be forgotten that it took Oughterard 3 games and 2 last gasp equalising frees from Matthew Tierney to draw those first two games to barely shake off Michael Breathnach's in the county final. Testament to the strength of Galway club football even though people often do nothing but complain about it within Galway. Maybe not as bad as they think.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 - 2020
« on: January 25, 2020, 11:30:49 PM »
Wow. Amazing how people missed Kerry  cynicism. Sean O'Shea shouldhave been sent off. Drove his knee into dubs player on the ground after fouling him. Cowardly cheap shot

Ref signals 6 min injury time. Dubs go in front in 7th minute. Kerry eqaulise in 9th min injury time. Only a few weeks training and Kerry need ref to get a draw.

Aaron Byrne won U21 FOTY undr Dessie and spent last fews years travelling and in US. He's going to be a quality this year for the dubs

Was he the Prince Harry lookalike? Played well alright.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 - 2020
« on: January 25, 2020, 08:49:57 PM »
Donegal probably wondering how they are not well clear by now. Leaving the door ajar.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 - 2020
« on: January 25, 2020, 07:58:41 PM »
I'd agree with BJ Padden on that James Carr goal, a point effort that dropped into the net.

Commentator seemed to think he meant it. Pretty sure it was a point attempt that dropped short into the far corner of the net.

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GAA Discussion / Re: All Ireland Club Championships
« on: January 25, 2020, 06:45:17 PM »
Only one married man on the Oughterard team lol.

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GAA Discussion / Re: All Ireland Club Championships
« on: January 25, 2020, 06:38:06 PM »
Oughterard 2-16 Magheracloone 0-12

Magheracloone pay the price for a lot of first half yellow cards. Two reds followed in the second.

Fair play to the men from the gateway to north Connemara.

Enda Tierney motm I would imagine.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 - 2020
« on: January 24, 2020, 09:27:25 PM »
Kerry taking the league serious anyway. Almost their full side out.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 - 2020
« on: January 23, 2020, 01:55:36 PM »
Monaghan team is about as strong as they could have named bar McManus, this is huge test for a Galway team with 4 league debutants.
That said, this is a home match that Galway simply must get a positive result from, with very tricky away trips to Kerry and Donegal to follow, we don't want to reach Round 4 of the league pointless.

Forecast is for wet and breezy on Sunday too unfortunately.

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