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GAA Discussion / The Sunday Game 2020
« on: May 09, 2020, 02:05:03 PM »

GAA Discussion / Sigerson 2020
« on: November 20, 2019, 03:17:30 PM »
Not long until the Sigerson is up and going after Christmas.

In 2020, the Sigerson will now be a straight knockout competition. It will also be contested over an 18-day period, with the Round of 16 starting on January 11 & 12 and the quarterfinals taking place the following weekend. The semifinals will provisionally then be held on January 22 and the final on January 29.

Division 1 league final is tonight (November 20) at Abbotstown @ 7:30. NUIG v UUJ

GAA Discussion / All-Star trip - more journalists than players!
« on: November 29, 2018, 01:50:14 PM »

When the All-Star footballers of 2017/2018 depart for Philadelphia from Dublin Airport this morning they will do so with more journalists on board than players.

For the first time in the history of the All-Star tour, there will be a team of journalists (15) but only 14 inter-county players as they make their way across the Atlantic Ocean before returning home next Wednesday morning.

Since the All-Star trip was resumed in 2001, there has been a game or exhibition on each of the tours - which alternate between football and hurling every second year - but there is a change of tack this year as focus shifts to coaching underage players in the locality.

Given the nature and timing of the holiday in the off-seasons, players rightly take full advantage of letting their hair down before the new season commences and this has led to many of the recent All-Star games lacking in quality, with little in the way of competition between the two sides.

The GAA has taken the decision to go in "a different direction" but the absence of even an exhibition game eliminates the needs for replacements, thus reducing the travelling party.


GAA Director of Communications Alan Milton outlined how they felt a change of focus was needed: "We just took a different direction, we put the focus on coaching the local kids this year.

"We decided there was more merit in it, as the scorelines from previous years had suggested that whatever competitive streak that was in it previously was no longer there," Milton said.

"So in terms of an exhibition for people, we felt the time of the players would be better used trying to promote the games to youngster and there'll be over 110 kids in the Limerick Field Complex outside Philadephia on Saturday morning.

"We'll be promoting hurling and football and we hope maybe Con O'Callaghan might share some of his hurling expertise with the rest of the All-Star footballers. Every player travelling on the trip is an All-Star so it should be a positive development."

Given the advent of new ventures like the Wild Geese Trophy in Sydney and Fenway Hurling Classic in Boston earlier this month, some question marks hang over the future of the PwC sponsored tour.

With many inter-county squads already back training at this stage of the year and pre-season competitions starting in early January, it remains to be seen whether the All-Stars tour will stay in situ or bite the dust.

GAA Discussion / Redux Connacht final 2018 thread
« on: June 18, 2018, 02:16:41 PM »
Game was less than 24 hours ago so there is probably stuff people want to chat about for the next couple days yet. Do so here. Or don't. Whatever makes you happy.

GAA Discussion / PJ picks his Super 8
« on: April 10, 2018, 04:06:24 PM »

This championship seasons see the inaugural Super 8s, and it’s been a tough task to predict who will get there.

The draw means that when one of Mayo or Galway loses their Connacht clash, they could quickly end up meeting another big gun, such as the losers of Donegal v Cavan or Tyrone v Monaghan in a qualifier — depending on the draw, of course.

While I’ve picked eight teams below, they are not necessarily named in order of the top teams in Ireland. There has to be an acceptance that some quality teams will fall by the wayside after losing in the provinces and getting a tough qualifier draw.

The Super 8s will be interesting, based on who comes through the provinces as champions. By staying in the front door, you are guaranteed to avoid pitfalls, know when you are playing, and what way to alter your training program for the year.

We won’t know the full layout until we nearly get there but there will be two group of 4, as follows:


Group 1                                                                              Group 2

A.                  Leinster Champions                                           A.          Munster Champions

B.                  Ulster Champions                                              B.          Connacht Champions

C.                  Munster Runner up/Qualifer Team                  C.          Leinster Runner up / Qualifer Team

D.                  Connacht Runner up/Qualifer Team               D.          Ulster Runner up / Qualifer Team


Semi Finals:

Group 1 Winner Vs Group 2 Runner Up

Group 1 Runner Up Vs Group 2 Winner


The thing that stands out about Dublin is that nothing really stands out. They are the same machine no matter who plays for them. Who else could cope without the qualities of Diarmuid Connolly, Bernard Brogan, Cian O’Sullivan and Jack McCaffrey for the league campaign and roll on regardless? They have a conveyor belt of talented footballers coming through, and we’ve seen how Niall Scully and now Eoin Murchan have slipped in seamlessly. I will say it again, great credit is due to Jim Gavin for creating this scenario in Dublin GAA.

They will coast to another Leinster title, and that makes them one of just two certainties at this present time to make it through to the Super 8s. Kildare have lost all of their league games while every other challenger in Leinster finished outside the top 12 during the spring.


I see Kerry as the only other nailed-on side for the Super 8s. Clare are a very good team who have been developing for the past three years and have made great progress, but you’d imagine the Kingdom will be too much for them in the Munster semi-final. Once there, Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s side will be into a provincial final that he most likely will win.

They’re not much more of a force this year than in 2017 but they have added some young players — the likes of David Clifford and Sean O’Shea — and they will grow as they get experience at Croke Park. But the team is still lacking a full- and centre-back, which could be their downfall as the season goes on.

They were criticised last year for playing with a sweeper against Mayo and while going man-to-man is very important, everyone has some element of cover in their team. Kerry are often lauded for being this expansive county, but they’re cute enough too in terms of funnelling lads back. They just need the balance, and get these young lads used to opening up space at Croker.


It’s incredible to see the buzz around the place for the Galway v Mayo clash so far from the Connacht SFC meeting on May 13. Club are already organising busloads for a game that is going to be a sell-out. Whoever wins this should end up lifting the provincial crown, even if reigning champions Roscommon should ease to the final in the handier side of the draw.

Mayo have injuries and Lee Keegan is irreplaceable, and I wish him well with his recovery from injury, but Eoin O’Donoghue looks a good option now. Chris Barrett and Keith Higgins will be back in contention for this game. The latter spent the spring hurling for the county, and though you wouldn’t see that in Dublin or Galway, I think he needed it for freshness and it’s no bad thing.

Still, Stephen Rochford hasn’t found that one forward needed to get Mayo over the line in the big games, as this is what cost them down the final stretch against Dublin last year and the year before. Maybe Conor Loftus will be that man but he needs more games on a consistent basis. It’s interesting that they scraped past Donegal in Ballybofey to save their Division 1 bacon, but so easily things could be wildly different if they were going into Connacht off the back of a relegation.

The miles might be on the clock but they’ve shown they know the road to Croke Park.


I can’t call who is going to win between Mayo and Galway, but it’s hard to back against either getting to the latter stages of the championship. There’s been huge progression this year under Kevin Walsh, that’s evidenced in how they won more points than anyone else in spring and gave Dublin a great battle.

Kevin has made them hard to play against, but what pleases me most is that they stand up to the physical stuff and don’t take a step back. You need that edge to become a top team, whereas in the past we might have drifted out of games. The players are working it out on the pitch.

The team is still developing so it’s no surprise to see that they haven’t yet got the experience of how to win on big days at Croke Park, but they’re moving in the right direction. With Damien Comer upfront, they’re looking a serious outfit with a great focal point, and a couple of Corofin lads and Micheal Daly are to come back in.

I think making the Super 8s and possibly an All-Ireland semi-final this year would be huge for this group.


Mickey Harte’s men might not have started the year as they wished but they’re coming into the Ulster championship with a pep in their step. Sean Cavanagh might be gone but what they need now in attack is more pace, and Lee Brennan could well be the solution to that issue.

This team needs more scorers and they need to develop a plan B, something they did not have once Dublin opened them up in last year’s All-Ireland semi-final.

They go through Ulster playing these claustrophobic games where every other side is mimicking them, and struggle to adapt to a new style when they meet the big guns in Croker. I think they need to always leave three or four attackers in the opposition’s half if they want to kick on to the next level.

Because they have a familiar team, it’s about evolving. Peter Harte is a class player but he has been there for a number of years now, and this team needs to start making hay. Time for the breakthrough.


They’re just a strong, consistent Ulster team, and it’s hard to back against them making the Super 8s. As with most teams here, the draw could make a liar of me yet, but they still have Conor McManus. He is one of the best forwards in the country, Jack McCarron is quality, and Conor McCarthy is looking a real find after his impact with UCD.

They don’t have a huge pick but I’d often be up in the county so I know how much Malachy O’Rourke is getting out of them. They have a huge passion for the game up there and they certainly won’t be lacking effort but again like Galway and Mayo they have a huge game against Tyrone up first in the Ulster Championship.


I have them in line for the Super 8s largely because of the draw in Connacht this year. All they have to do is beat the winner of New York v Leitrim and they’re into a provincial final. Even if they lose that, they’re still just a game away from the two groups of four.

I think Kevin McStay is bringing them along all the time and they are a better team than in 2017, when they won the Nestor Cup, and some of the lads who had underage success have now matured.

But they look a bit suspect at the back, as we saw against Cavan recently, so they need to tighten up there.


It’s as simple as this: I think Tipp will beat Cork in Munster. Yes, Kerry are likely to win the provincial final but that leaves the Premier just one win away from the Super 8s, and few teams have the firepower they have in Michael Quinlivan and Conor Sweeney. Again, they could draw a big gun like a Donegal/Cavan or a Mayo/Galway, for example, and that changes everything.

GAA Discussion / The brand spanking Sigerson 2018 thread
« on: December 07, 2017, 03:37:34 PM »
The draws for the 2018 Sigerson and Fitzgibbon Cup competitions have been made throwing up some intriguing clashes for next season.

In the Sigerson Cup, champions St Mary's will begin their title defence against University of Ulster in Round 1 and the stakes will be high with the 10-team third level competition being played on a knock-out basis.

Sigerson Cup Draw:

Prem Round:

AIT v Garda College

Trinity v DkIT

Round 1:

UCC v Prem 1

NUI Galway v IT Sligo

Queens v ITT

DiT v Carlow

St Mary's v UU


Maynooth v UCD

Prem2 v DCU

GAA Discussion / AI minor football championship
« on: July 16, 2017, 06:31:35 PM »
Quarter-final line-up finalised today. To be played August 5.

Kerry v Louth
Dublin v Clare
Galway v Cavan
Derry v Sligo

GAA Discussion / Eir Sport to show live club GAA from May 2017
« on: March 23, 2017, 04:04:14 PM »
TG4 coverage not affected thankfully.

There will be an additional 30 club games broadcast live on television this year, with eir Sport beginning their coverage of the AIB Club Championships from May 2017.

The Irish pay per view channel announced on Thursday that they have secured rights to broadcast live hurling and football club championship games for the next five years. This will be the first time eir Sport, formerly Setanta Sports, will broadcast club games.

The first game to be covered is due some time in May, with a press release containing further details of the games being covered to be released in advance of that.

The deal will not affect TG4’s long-standing coverage of the club championships, with eir Sport offering an alternative fixture during the county championships, and the early rounds of the provincial championships, in particular.

Therefore the 30 matches will largely be made up of the best of the games that TG4 do not cover on whatever given weekend. Increasing the number of county finals and other big club games to be aired live on television. An exciting boost for the club player and championships.

Glen Killane, marketing director of eir TV and Sport said that the annoucnemnt will significantly expand the number of games fans can watch on TV and mobile.

“These are matches that haven’t previously been shown, and we are delighted to open them up to a wider audience.

“We will show some big clashes within the AIB GAA Club Championships while broadcasting from parts of the country that the cameras don’t often visit.

“This will bring eir Sport into the heart of communities all over the country, bringing local stories to life.

GAA Discussion / The county colours thread
« on: January 23, 2017, 08:21:11 PM »
Didn't know the full history of our own county colours until I read this article recently. I'm sure most counties have some interesting stories behind their own. Post them up if you know them anyway.

Did you know that Galway didn't always take to the field in maroon & white?
Up to the early 1930's, the Galway county teams wore blue & gold!
Galway's first All-Ireland titles in football (1925) & hurling (1923) at senior level were won in the colours now worn by Tipperary.
It was 1934 before Galway teams started wearing maroon & white.
When the Galway hurlers won the long delayed 1923 All-Ireland SHC final, played in September 1924, Galway wore blue & gold.
When the Galway footballers lost the 1919 All-Ireland SFC final to Kildare, Galway wore black & amber jerseys.
While in the 1922 final against Dublin, the Galway colours were blue & gold.
By the early 1930's, the Galway County Board had to choose a different colour for the Galway county teams (as the blue & gold was clashing with Tipperary).
Galway hadn't registered their colours with GAA HQ (as instructed as far back as 1913) while Tipperary had registered their colours, as a result, Galway had to make a change.
A new colour was chosen for the county jersey; Green with a white collar & cuffs!
However, on September 15th 1934, eight days before the All-Ireland SFC final between Galway & Dublin, it was announced that Galway would be changing their colours from green & white to maroon & white.
The change was influenced was UCG's Sigerson Cup victory in the 1933-34 season & they were also the reigning county senior football champions. UCG's colours were maroon & white.
The man who captained UCG to those two titles was also the Galway captain, Kilkerrrin's Mick Higgins.
The switch to maroon brought luck with it, Galway defeated Dublin in the 1934 All-Ireland SFC final.
The Galway county hurlers also switched from green & white to maroon & white.
From then on, Maroon & White became the famous colours associated with Galway GAA.
"Maroon & White forever,
No matter where I go"
Jim Carney, The Tuam Herald.

GAA Discussion / 13 young Gaelic footballers to watch in 2017
« on: January 04, 2017, 10:26:20 PM »

AS FANS EAGERLY await the start of the 2017 pre-season competitions, it’s a time to keep an eye out for some new talent in many county squads.
Before Christmas, inter-county managers up and down the country announced winter training panels, with former underage stars included and carrying the hope of glory with them into the new year.
Here, we take a look at 13 players, some who have already made an impression in the senior inter-county ranks, who will be targeting big seasons in 2017.
As always, we’re looking for your feedback on who are the rising young stars to keep an eye out for this year.

1. Colm Basquel (Dublin)

Con O’Callaghan is tipped as a player to watch for Dublin’s footballers in the coming years, having expressed his preference for the big ball code.
But with O’Callaghan on club hurling duty with Cuala next month, and possibly in March also, we’ve chosen Colm Basquel as a player to watch from the Dublin set-up.
2016 was a super year for Basquel, who crowned Ballyboden’s march to AIB All-Ireland senior club glory with an All-Ireland final goal.
He also won a Leinster U21 medal with Dublin and made the bench for the senior final replay victory over Mayo.

2. Mark Bradley (Tyrone)

Mark Bradley’s star is very much on the rise and when his club Killyclogher stormed to Tyrone senior football glory, he scored eight points in the replay victory over Coalisland Fianna.
That haul brought Bradley’s championship tally to 0-30, and saw him finish the campaign as the competition’s top scorer.
A 2012 All-Ireland minor medallist, Bradly made his League and championship debuts at senior level in 2015.
Still a young player, Bradley has already amassed a formidable haul of honours that includes All-Ireland medals at minor and U21 levels, as well as that county SFC win with his club.

3. Conor Loftus (Mayo)

Mayo’s agonising collapse in the All-Ireland final replay against Dublin once again highlighted the need to unearth at least one more reliable scoring forward.
Conor Loftus could be the man to step in and make an impact as he was Mayo’s matchwinner at U21 level against the Dubs in 2016.
Loftus nailed a late point to send Mayo through to the All-Ireland decider, before he scored 2-2 in the final victory against Cork.
Loftus also made an early impression in the senior championship, replacing black-carded Cillian O’Connor against London in Ruislip, and scoring 1-2 in a comfortable victory.

4. Liam Casey (Tipperary)

Steven O’Brien’s decision to remain with the hurlers and Peter Acheson’s move to Dubai has left Tipperary manager Liam Kearns with a midfield conundrum.
Who partners George Hannigan in the Premier County engine room is a question that will be answered in the coming weeks and months but Liam Casey is a live contender.
A 2015 Munster U21 medallist, Cahir man Casey won a Sigerson Cup with UCD last year.
His decision to leave for America was a big blow for Kearns but Casey is back and very much part of the manager’s plans for the 2017 season.

5. Sean Powter (Cork)

Sean Powter is a busy forward with keen eye for goal, but also a creator of scores.
The Douglas clubman made his U21 debut in the 2016 EirGrid Munster final victory over Kerry before going off injured.
The Douglas player was back for the All-Ireland semi-final victory against Monaghan, creating Peter Kelleher’s goal, hitting the post and chipping in with three points.
A prodigious talent, Powter was a key player for St Francis College, Rochestown, as they contested Harty Cup and Corn Uí Mhuirí finals in 2015, before representing the county in both codes at minor level.
Powter made his senior championship debut last year and should see plenty of game time in 2017.

6. Jason Foley (Kerry)

With a rich conveyor belt churning out promising young talent, Jason Foley is certainly one to watch.
Full-back for the Kerry U21s last year, Foley occupied the same position on the All-Ireland minor winning team of 2015.
Foley is a member of Eamonn Fitzmaurice’s senior squad and is a two-time All-Ireland minor medallist, also winning the title in 2014.
Fitzmaurice hasn’t been shy about giving youth its fling and we could also see the likes of Killian Spillane, Gavin White and goalkeeper Shane Murphy at some stage in the season, although White and Murphy are currently club-tied with Dr. Crokes.

7. Luke Flynn (Kildare)

Luke Flynn, an U21 player with Kildare last year, is one of several call-ups to senior manager Cian O’Neill’s panel for the 2017 season.
The Johnstownbridge player is a highly-rated midfielder who featured in defence during the 2016 O’Byrne Cup campaign.
Flynn is one to watch as O’Neill decided to freshen up his backroom staff and panel ahead of the new year.
Luke is younger brother of fellow Kildare player Daniel, who has previous AFL experience.

8. Paul Kingston (Laois)

A new broom looks set to sweep clean in Laois following the appointment of former Tipperary boss Peter Creedon as manager of the county’s senior footballers.
In keeping with a previous move in Tipp, Creedon is already combining both the senior and U21 squads collectively for training.
A number of young players will be evaluated but one player who’s already made his senior championship debut is Paul Kingston, younger brother of Donie.
Paul will shortly celebrate his 23rd birthday and having spent last summer in Boston, he looks set for a big year, if a reported knee injury can be attended to.

9. Ultan Harney (Roscommon)

A 2015 county senior football championship winner with Clann na nGael, Ultan Harney has also tasted Connacht U21 glory with Roscommon.
Injury hampered Harney during the early months of the 2016 season but he returned to feature for Kevin McStay’s seniors.
A key member of Roscommon’s 2013 minor crop, Harney went on to become a key player for the U21s and won two provincial medals in that grade.
Harney was out injured when Roscommon’s quest for three-in-a-row was stopped last year.

10. Darren Nagle (Clare)

Darren Nagle made his senior championship debut for Clare against Sligo in last year’s All-Ireland qualifier.
He joined the panel in 2015, however, and is renowned as a very tidy corner back, quick and hard as nails.
From the Liscannor club, injuries hampered Nagle’s progress in 2016 but he could be set for an extended run in the team if he can put those problems behind him.
It’s a big year for Nagle and Clare as they prepare for life in Division 2 of the Allianz League.

11. Cillian O’Sullivan (Meath)

Cillian O’Sullivan was a member of the Meath team that lost against Dublin in the 2012 All-Ireland minor football final.
But O’Sullivan lost nearly two years of a promising career through injury, before returning to fitness and football in early 2016.
The Moynalvey player made a long-awaited senior championship debut against Louth last summer, having recovered from a back problem.
Looked impressive against Dublin in last year’s Leinster championship clash before the Sky Blues gained a firm stranglehold on proceedings.

12. James Mealiff (Monaghan)

Operating at centre back, James Mealiff was a key member of Monaghan’s 2016 outfit that won a first EirGrid Ulster U21 football crown in 17 years.
From Clones, Mealiff was a member of the Monaghan senior squad for last year’s championship but he’s yet to make his full competitive debut.
That looks set to come in pre-season competition, as Monaghan look ahead to their Division 1 opener against Mayo next month.
Mealiff won an All-Ireland Freshers League Division 1 title with DCU in December 2015.

13. Michael Daly (Galway)

Michael Daly is the son of former Galway star and ex-Roscommon senior team manager Val.
When Galway were knocked out of the Connacht U21 championship last year, Michael was deemed unfortunate to have been sent off early on a second yellow card.
But that setback shouldn’t deter the progress of Daly, who’s already captained his club Mountbellew/Moylough to county minor glory while also appearing in a senior decider.
A midfielder in the underage county ranks, Daly has impressed in attack for his club and he could be given a senior county debut by manager Kevin Walsh this year.

GAA Discussion / Indo's 16 hot prospects to watch in 2016
« on: January 14, 2016, 01:20:50 PM »

It was Dublin's Brian Fenton in 2015 who jumped ahead of most expectations to make a real mark, Kerry's Paul Murphy a year earlier. Is there another young 'bolter' out there who can make that type of impact with their county so early in their careers? We look at 16 potential candidates.

Con O'Callaghan (Dublin)

The lights have been flashing on the talented Cuala dual player since the 2014 minor championship when he hit 4-32 before Dublin's exit to Donegal in an All-Ireland semi-final. Recent O'Byrne Cup exposure illustrates senior management interest but the queue to a prized blue shirt between the numbers of 13 and 15 will be longer than ever this season.

Brian Begley (Kerry)

Double All-Ireland colleges winner with Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibne, at full-back and centre-back, an All-Ireland minor winner in 2014, Begley ticks a lot of boxes in an area where Kerry require more cover. But he's up against the weight of recent history as Eamonn Fitzmaurice hasn't played an U-21 player in a Championship match in three years and has rarely done so in League games either.

Conor Loftus (Mayo)

One of the stars of the 2013 All-Ireland minor win, Crossmolina's Loftus has struggled with injury since, but his appearances over the last two weekends suggest he's firmly in the plans. A direct runner suited more to half-forward than the inside line, his basketball prowess is evident from the quick hands he possesses.

Rory Carr (Donegal)

Rory Gallagher has been busy recruiting a wealth of young talent in the off season to freshen up his squad but Rory Carr, son of former Donegal player Paul, may be best placed to take the biggest leap, provided he can overcome a recent shoulder dislocation. Just out of minor - he featured for St Eunan's in the recent Ulster minor final against Crossmaglen - he has a strong physical presence for his age and could provide an outlet in the full-forward line at some stage.

Cathal Compton (Roscommon)

Currently sidelined with injury, Compton's performances for last year's U-21 side pointed to a big future, his trio of points against Tyrone in the All-Ireland semi-final standing out. With a clean bill of health he could feature in what has been a position of some uncertainty for Roscommon in rceent years.

Ian Maguire (Cork)

Recovered from a back injury picked up last year, the St Finbarr's man offers an option at midfield, where Cork are crying out for cover, if he can avoid a relapse.

Barry McGinn (Monaghan)

McGinn has the ball winning ability and accuracy to make an impact in tandem with Conor McCarthy this year. Another one of the 2013 Ulster minor title winning team - his two goals off the bench helped to swing the game in Monaghan's favour - pace is the only potential drawback for the Doohamlet man, a key figure in the club's intermediate win last year.

Lee Brennan (Tyrone)

Plenty of talented Tyrone underage forwards have failed to deliver on their potential but Brennan's improvement through last year's U-21 championship was noticeable, a campaign he didn't start in but finished with 0-19. Sure to make his mark with Mickey Harte this year.

Ryan Bell (Derry)

A second coming of sorts for the 21-year-old who featured for Brian McIver's seniors in 2013 and won a Division 2 medal before drifting. Can offer Damien Barton real presence at midfield again.

James McEntee (Meath)

Has already put a Championship season down with Meath but will continue to improve and offer real versatility across just about any line. A nephew of former All-Ireland winning midfielder Gerry, he has guided his club Curraha to Leinster junior success in recent months.

Peter Cooke (Galway)

Has been making an impression for his club Moycullen and NUIG and can present options for Kevin Walsh around the half-forward line, where Michael Daly, son of Val, will also be a strong candidate.

Eoin Lowry (Laois)

Lowry is developing into a decent forward who has the skill and the accuracy to offer support to Donie Kingston in the Laois attack later this year.

Shea Heffron (Armagh)

From a long way out Heffernan has been earmarked as a future Armagh defender, with comparisons to Charlie Vernon, and this year he looks like he'll get his chance. Armagh have not been blessed with an over-supply of defenders, and the Clann Eireann man can provide cover across a host of positions.

Thomas Galligan (Cavan)

No shortage of potential movers in Cavan but after his tour de force in last year's McRory Cup final for St Patrick's, the Lacken man, who scores liberally from midfield, has continued his form with the U-21s in recent matches. That rate of progress can take him further over the next few months.

Neil Flynn (Kildare)

Anyone who witnessed his kicking display against Dublin in last year's Leinster U-21 final defeat will have been taken by what Flynn can potentially bring. Scored 11 points of the highest quality that night but went to the US for the summer.

Currently on Cian O'Neill's extended squad, he can offer a reliable free-taking service.

Colm O'Shaughnessy (Tipperary)

He came in at the tail end of last year's senior campaign after impressive U-21 displays and is a tight-marking corner-back, as Tyrone's Lee Brennan is sure to testify. With Tipperary losing key figures, he has the potential to quickly establish himself as a leader.

GAA Discussion / Your county's bogey team
« on: July 03, 2015, 02:39:38 PM »

Article is from a few months ago but only found it today.

GAA Discussion / 8 young players to keep on eye on this Summer.
« on: May 10, 2015, 08:27:31 PM »
Via The 42

1. Brian Fenton – Dublin

A member of Dublin’s All-Ireland U21 winning side in 2014, Fenton was tipped to push on for a senior spot this year.

And the Raheny man has delivered in style, impressing with a string of powerful displays in Jim Gavin’s engine-room.

Fenton also has a keen eye for a score, as demonstrated by his 1-1 haul against Monaghan in the group stages of the Allianz League campaign.

And in the final victory over Cork, Fenton forged a solid midfield partnership with Denis Bastick as the Sky Blues overran the outclassed Rebels.

Fenton will now aim to carry his superb Spring form into the white heat of championship and few would back against him succeeding.

2. Conor Dorman – Cork

Dorman made his senior intercounty debut for Cork in 2014 and also captained the county’s U21s last year.

Colm O’Neill is arguably Cork’s standout player of the 2015 campaign but Dorman’s is also a source of comfort for boss Brian Cuthbert heading into the summer.

Dorman is a hard-running wing-back and his endless energy levels ensure that his direct marker often ends up more preoccupied with the roving Bishopstown man.

Dorman, an engineering student at UCC, made just his second-ever appearance at Croke Park in the League final defeat to Dublin.

But Cork fans will hopefully get used to seeing plenty more of the 21-year-old in action on at the Drumcondra venue this year.

3. Damien Comer – Galway

In March, Comer endured a weekend to forget, as he ended up taking early showers twice in two days.

Comer bagged 1-5 as captain of the Galway U21s against Mayo but received a black card in the closing stages.

And the very next day, he was red carded as the seniors lost out to Laois in Division 2 of the Allianz League.

But Annaghdown dual star Comer is a player of rich quality and even though he wasn’t named in the original starting line-up to play New York in Galway’s championship opener, the ace corner forward bagged 1-4 in the Big Apple when he was drafted in after a bug hit the camp.

4. Colin O’Riordan – Tipperary

O’Riordan was nominated for an Allstar in his debut year at senior level and is the rock around which Tipp will strive for a major breakthrough in the years to come.

O’Riordan was also captain of the Premier County U21s that lost out narrowly to Tyrone in the recent All-Ireland final at Parnell Park but his two late scores, one of them Maurice Fitzgerald-esque from the touchline, will live long in the memory.

Still only 19, O’Riordan already boasts a career CV that is the envy of many as he is a dual All-Ireland minor medallist and a Munster U21 winning captain.

The JK Brackens colossus is a born leader and a key figure for Tipp as they aim to smash the Kerry-Cork duopoly at senior level in Munster.

5. Ultan Harney – Roscommon

It’s already been a memorable season for Roscommon, who claimed promotion to the top flight before claiming the Allianz Football League Division 2 crown outright.

Ultan Harney has been making a big impact off the bench for the seniors after shaking off the injury problems that blighted his 2014 campaign.

A key member of Roscommon’s 2013 minor crop, Harney went on to star for the U21s in last year’s championship, scoring a magnificent goal against Cork in the All-Ireland semi-final.

Harney also bagged three points in this year’s thrilling Connacht U21 final victory over Galway before Tyrone put the shutters up in the All-Ireland semi-final.

6. Hugh McFadden – Donegal

Killybegs star McFadden adapted quickly to senior intercounty football in 2014, kicking two points on his debut against Laois in the Allianz League.

And while Donegal may have suffered a third successive Ulster U21 final defeat this year, McFadden still managed to register five points, including four frees, while operating around the middle of the field.

Multi-talented McFadden played soccer for Finn Harps and Sligo Rovers before committing to Donegal football.

And it was a memorable haul of 2-4 against Sean MacCumhaills in the 2013 Donegal SFC quarter-final that first brought him to the attention of ex-county boss Jim McGuinness.

McFadden is now a regular face in Rory Gallagher’s Donegal senior team and should feature prominently in the summer.

7. Cathal McShane – Tyrone

A host of Tyrone’s All-Ireland U21 winning team, including skipper Kieran McGeary, are tipped to make the step-up to the senior ranks.

Midfielder Cathal McShane is another Red Hand star with a bright future and he made his first full start for Mickey Harte’s seniors against St Mary’s in January’s McKenna Cup clash.

The Owen Roes clubman concentrated on U21 duties for the majority of the campaign to date and it was his superb 49th minute goal that ultimately proved the difference against Tipperary in the U21 final.

McShane was also a key member of the Tyrone minor side that lost the 2013 All-Ireland final to Mayo.

8. Conor McGill – Meath

Former Meath minor captain McGill has held down the full-back position for the county’s senior team this year and manager Mick O’Dowd has been more than impressed.

McGill also represented the Royals at U21 level and he made his senior debut against Galway last February in Division 2 of the Allianz Football League.

Kevin Reilly’s injury opened the door for McGill and while the Ratoath clubman is also comfortable at centre back, his Meath home is on the edge of the square.

A product of Dunshaughlin Community College, McGill is now making waves as a senior player on the back of a promising underage career.

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