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Don't think anyone divides opinion as much as Cillian O'Connor.

I think his behaviour on the field definitely counts against him. At least in the court of public opinion.

As an aside how many of the 22 players on that top scorers list would people select ahead of COC if it was a straight selection?

I mean it's a strange one. Is he even the best Mayo forward of the modern era. I imagine plenty would select McDonald ahead of him and some might even pick Andy Moran.

He'll go down as a Mayo great but he's not in the same class as the best forwards of the last 10 years like Murphy, McManus & Brogan and even now I wouldn't find it too difficult to name 10 other forwards I'd take over him.

According to Colm Keys he averages about 1 point from play per game.

 

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Don't think anyone divides opinion as much as Cillian O'Connor.


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GAA Discussion / Re: Galway V Mayo R4 Qualifier
« on: July 17, 2019, 08:24:01 AM »
I see Mark Gottsche is the new finance operations manager. He'll be responsible for commercial partnerships too.

https://www.tuamherald.ie/sport/roundup/articles/2019/07/17/4177017-galway-gaa-appoint-financeoperations-manager/


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GAA Discussion / Re: County Manager Merry go round
« on: July 16, 2019, 02:14:18 PM »
I came on here in hope of seeing some good news, none yet.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Meath vs Mayo, Croke Park 21/7/19
« on: July 16, 2019, 09:39:35 AM »
We didn’t run out of steam. Not sure we can excuse it all by injuries and fatigue. We appeared totally ambushed by Kerry’s intensity. Pace and tactics from the throw in. Thought we lasted the pace quite well. Just never got going at the level necessary to deal with Kerry yesterday.

You're been very harsh on your lot, I'd have though the previous few weeks exertions would have been mentally very tasking too. Don't get me wrong tactically Horan got a fair bit wrong too and when you only win 30% of your own kickouts during a half of football you've got no chance of winning any game. If Mayo had been able to get hold of their own kickouts they'd have been able to stem the tide and slow Kerry down but they couldn't and Kerry kept gaining momentum.

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Would have been a dreadful week if Galway hadn't won last night, sounds like a very comfortable win. How did Tierney play?

We won't know how good this group are until the next day although I do think this is a poor Mayo team. Galway hammered Mayo u17's & U18's in 2017. I see Solan get plenty of criticism but he can't perform miracles if the players aren't there.

Galway have 4 wins in a row against Mayo at this level. I still maintain they threw away a great opportunity last year to go very far and win against the Dubs in 2017 through poor management.




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Connacht U20 final on tomorrow night at 730 in Tuam. No Youtube coverage for this final unlike the U17 final by the looks of it?

Two teams named

Galway: Oran Burke, Ross Mahon, Seán Mulkerrin, Eoghan McFadden, Liam Boyle, Ciarán Potter, Jack Kirrane, Matthias Barrett, Michael Collins, Matthew Tierney, Gavin Burke, Ben O’Connell, Darragh Silke, Padraig Costello, Rory Cunningham

Mayo: Jamie McNicholas, Jack Coyne, Rory Brickenden, Oisín Mullin, Aaron McDonnell, Conor Beirne, Eoghan McLaughlin, Evan O’Brien, Gavin Durcan, John Gallagher, Paul Towey, Paddy Goldrick, Aidan Orme, Stephen McGreal, Tommy Conroy

Galway have been really hyped up due to the results in the John Kerins competiton, Galway never seems to wear the favourites tag well.

I only saw this bunch once at minor level against Cavan and they were poor, lets hope they live up to the expectation.

They hammered this Mayo team by 13 points at minor in 2017 albeit Evan Murphy is a substantial loss since then but Matthew Tierney was only a sub that day and has really blossomed since. A lot of positional changes on the Mayo side since 2017 so it'll be a lot tighter tonight I imagine.

What happened to Evan Murphy's try out with Galway United, was it cut short due to injury? both have 8 same starters by my county from that minor match.  Daniel Kenny who i recall was big physical lad scored two goals in that match is he still playing football?  I think Tierney was starter Galway U17 team that year.

Tierney did play U17 that year, he's underage for the 20's again next year,

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GAA Discussion / Re: Rossies v Tyrone Hyde Park 13th July 5pm.
« on: July 10, 2019, 09:52:55 AM »
Will it be a sell out? I'm expecting this to be a lot closer than many are expecting.

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U20s results

Dublin 1 17 Wex 0 6
Laois 1 13 Meath 0 7

Interesting to see how Laois will go in the final, this group lost to Kildare 2 years ago by 5 points but reversed that this year and turn a 1 pt victory  two years ago into 9 tonight over Meath. That is quality progress, Dublin though turn boys into men better than anyone else.

What would you put that down too?




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Connacht U20 final on tomorrow night at 730 in Tuam. No Youtube coverage for this final unlike the U17 final by the looks of it?

Two teams named

Galway: Oran Burke, Ross Mahon, Seán Mulkerrin, Eoghan McFadden, Liam Boyle, Ciarán Potter, Jack Kirrane, Matthias Barrett, Michael Collins, Matthew Tierney, Gavin Burke, Ben O’Connell, Darragh Silke, Padraig Costello, Rory Cunningham

Mayo: Jamie McNicholas, Jack Coyne, Rory Brickenden, Oisín Mullin, Aaron McDonnell, Conor Beirne, Eoghan McLaughlin, Evan O’Brien, Gavin Durcan, John Gallagher, Paul Towey, Paddy Goldrick, Aidan Orme, Stephen McGreal, Tommy Conroy

Galway have been really hyped up due to the results in the John Kerins competiton, Galway never seems to wear the favourites tag well.

I only saw this bunch once at minor level against Cavan and they were poor, lets hope they live up to the expectation.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Galway V Mayo R4 Qualifier
« on: July 10, 2019, 09:35:26 AM »
Imo

           Power
Silke OCeallaigh Kerin
McDaid   Daly   Molloy
      Flynn Conroy
Walsh Cooke Brannigan
  Burke Comer OLaoi

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
That Full Back line has been proven to be not up to scratch, Galway will win nothing against good teams with it based on what we've seen so far. Silke looks a HB or nothing based on inter county form to date.
You're going the right direction with the HB line, nothing to say that it will work at all but worth a try.

Silke certainly isn't a corner back, he's a half back. I wouldn't write off any of Kerin, Sean Andy & Kyne. I'd like to see them under different management. I've more worries about Sean Andy than the other two, would like to see how all 3 perform under different management and a different system. Looks like to me Paddy Tally has been a big miss. I'm not sure who else is breaking through in the full back line. Looking at last year u20's side in the fullback line Mulkerrins is back u20 this year, Conor Campbell is joint captain but only the bench and Sean Fitzgerald is on the panel I think but not playing although still underage next year. Eoin McFadden was the best corner back I've seen from the previous 4 teams who've won Connacht, he starts tonight for the 20's. Mulkerrins was an exceptional minor, easily stood out as one of the best players at minor level; Interested to see how he progresses.

I just listened to Parkinson's podcast, they thought Kyne & Sean Andy played well.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Galway V Mayo R4 Qualifier
« on: July 09, 2019, 02:12:29 PM »
Think the injuries situation is being overplayed somewhat. Bar Comer and maybe Conroy at a stretch, because we have a very ordinary team, none of the injury absentees could be said to be a first teamer or a greater loss than what was available.

As for picking a team for next year, the only attempt I could make at it;

1)  Power (though has to prove that he is much better than Lavelle)

2) ??
3) ??
4) ??

5) ??
6)  John Daly
7) ??  Maybe McDaid, needs to improve his footballing ability

8)  ??
9)  ??

10)  ??
11)  ??
12)  ??

13)  O Laoi, perhaps worth an extended run to see what he's made of
14)  Comer, assuming fully fit
15)  Ian Burke, his prior 2 years have shown that he has the necessary ability at this level

I'm not trying to be smart, leaving so many vacancies, it's just that I really don't think any other player is guaranteed a position, such has been their poor form, particularly this season. In defence, SAOC needs to up it big time, Kerin needs to grow up, stop unnecessary fouling and cop-on, Silke maybe more suited to wing-back, Bradshaw and GOD aren't the future, loyal servants though they are. Flynn probably one midfield berth, though there's many of the better Div. 1 teams he would struggle to make; I'd like to see FOC get a good injury-free run, I think he's a better player than Flynn. D'Arcy one for the future hopefully. In the forwards, Brannigan, Heaney, Ml. Daly (too one-paced) are all of a muchness - again, how many would get on the top teams remaining in the Hateful 8s? Shane Walsh, if he couldn't carry his team the past couple of games, then is he ever going to do it? I know he was being fouled a lot unfairly, but he has to rise above that and lead a team, such is his ability.

It wasn't that the Mayo defeat was a particularly bad night, (they played better than v. Roscommon), it's just that it was the culmination of a long run of bad form. In truth, good games under KW have been very few and far between; ( Kildare in Div II final, Roscommon in Connacht replay in '16, Donegal in qualifier 2 years ago, Kildare last year spring most to mind. It was nice to beat Kerry last year also, but the game itself was drab). If the players are at fault for this, then a new panel is needed. If the management is the cause, then it's time for them to go. Changing nothing, which is still most likely, won't change anything. Meanwhile the fans are staying away in increasing numbers.

I can understand why some are been pessimistic but think you're been very harsh especially on Shane Walsh; He's not one of Galways problems. Agree on Daly he hasn't kicked on but would like to see him play under a different manager, not every player has to be blessed with great pace. Agree on Brannigan & Heaney, their good subs to have but I wouldn't have them starting although I do think Brannigan could improve but he's practically missed the whole of this year. Don't agree on FOC, would take Flynn every day over him.

As for injuries when 5 of your 6 midfielders don't start and the 6th has been struggling with injury its bound to affect any team, when I saw the team that started I feared the worst. Add in that Kyne, Comer, Brannigan & McDaid have barely kicked a ball all year and all started its not a great combination

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GAA Discussion / Re: Meath vs Donegal - 3rd time lucky??
« on: July 09, 2019, 01:55:02 PM »
I worry for Meath, I do think they'll perform a lot better this weekend then they did against Clare as the pressure is off but just don't think Meath have the quality required to cause Donegal enough problems. Do Meath have any quality forwards coming through? A few on social media seemed excited by Shane Walsh coming on last weekend.


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GAA Discussion / Re: 2019 is this mayo year
« on: July 09, 2019, 01:51:32 PM »
More like the wooden spoon in the group I’m afraid. Don’t think anyone truly believes we are contenders this year . You’d imagine Horan has a long ish term plan the way you see things developing, I’d expect mayo to be genuine challengers in 20/21 if it all comes together

The time is now, a lot of really top players don't have that long left in them.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Kerry v Mayo - Super 8s Round 1
« on: July 09, 2019, 01:40:34 PM »
I'm sure Kerry will be well up for this, they'll have heard all this week that they were bullied in the league final and nobody likes to hear that sort of talk.

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