Started by Barney, June 23, 2008, 08:23:25 AM
QuoteOn the positive side, he says that the management found it very reassuring to see 'the enthusiasm and the energy' from the players over the winter months. "The one thing that would have pleased me over the last ten weeks — the thing that pleased me the most — is the resilience they have shown, the belief that would have been questioned in the past with Mayo teams. But, of the last four games, Mayo have won them by a single point in very tight finishes.
QuotePadden, A Higgins, Gardiner and Kilcoyne will all have to start the next day. I thought Pat Harte had an absolutely outstanding match, he really is a class act.
QuoteMickey took a calculated gamble that failed to pay off; if it had been successful he would have been hailed as a tactical genius.
QuoteIs O'Mahony still a lucky general?
Quote from: Farrandeelin on July 14, 2008, 11:29:39 PMQuoteIs O'Mahony still a lucky general?Well his luck ran out yesterday if he is. FFS, I still cannot understand the decision to leave Heaney 'on' Joyce. As well as that, Lar said that there should have been intensity from the start, a kind of get in among them, but none. I admit, I was happy when JOM took the job at the start, but he has done nothing new really. I hate to say it but we won't win an AI under O'Mahony. I hope I'm wrong though.
Quote from: rosnarun on July 14, 2008, 08:47:14 PMwhat more do kilcoyne and gardiner have to do to make it on to peoples teams? they swing the game around completly with higgins when they came on bring back our usual quick moving style of play which is my main gripe against austin when he is ther esome of the team seem to think he is a donahy or Cussen type figure and ignorantly blasting the ball into him when in fact Austin is only ever usefull when he gets easy ball on slow ground when he can seem devastating. speaking of which even in the second half the number of high balls sent in between conor and hanley was stupid in the extreme. almost designed to make him look bad. but all in it was a much improve mayo performance and if the manager can put his Ego to one side we could have a right good summer yet. Better i suspect than galway for who if joyce is Marked would have have little enough to offer apart from meehan and even he need the type of quality ball only joyce was providiing. . but as i said before the match poor defending makes all stars of forwards and joyce has probably secured his already.
Quote from: FL/MAYO on July 14, 2008, 11:49:45 PMQuote from: Farrandeelin on July 14, 2008, 11:29:39 PMQuoteIs O'Mahony still a lucky general?Well his luck ran out yesterday if he is. FFS, I still cannot understand the decision to leave Heaney 'on' Joyce. As well as that, Lar said that there should have been intensity from the start, a kind of get in among them, but none. I admit, I was happy when JOM took the job at the start, but he has done nothing new really. I hate to say it but we won't win an AI under O'Mahony. I hope I'm wrong though.Lets face it maybe we just don't have the players, 3 different managers are still basically using the same team as Maughan had in 2004. There have been a few changes in personnel but 3 different management teams have failed to find the key players that might be lurking some where in the county. We cant keep blaming the managers for the players short comings.
QuoteThis is the type of anti logic that drives me nuts. of course if he had done the right thing he would be considered a tactical genius but the fact is that he didn't. doesn't mean he should have been sacked but at least try and keep you reasons rational.
Quote from: GalwayBayBoy on July 14, 2008, 06:09:20 PMAnyway looking forward to the quarter-finals in 4 weeks time what Galway team should be taking the field that day. Something maybe like this?DohertyFitzyHanleyBurkeBradshawBlakeDeccieCullinaneBergin (if fit)N Joyce (if fit)PJBaneClancyMeehanBreathnach???Part of me wants to get Breathnach off the team asap but I think Sammon will persist with him. He will probably swap positions with Bane anyway and move out to the half-forward line. Question is then do you leave out Breathnach and replace him with Conroy or Coleman or do you leave him in the corner and have a straight swap with Armstrong? I think for now Conroy might be better off coming from the bench even though he's definitely a better footballer than Breathnach.Plus if Bergin is fit do you play him? He may be fit enough to play but will have virtually no football behind him. Will be hard for him to be thrown straight into an All-Ireland quarter-final and difficult to see him lasting the whole game. Play him from the start until he's shagged out or keep him in reserve?
Quote from: moysider on July 14, 2008, 11:56:17 PMAs for Gardiner he did well coming on the last day but I prefer a halfback line of say Heaney Howley and O Malley. I was also disappointed Gardiner opted out of an opportunity yesterday to run and draw a challenge on Cullinane. It could have drawn a second yellow for the big man and that would be fair enough in my book because his clothesline on A Higgins was borderline at best and he s a sending off waiting to happen most games it seems. Gardiner should have taken one for the team but kicked a nothing ball down the wing.
QuoteBergin probably wont be fit enough to start and to be honest he will have played no serious football in 3 months so I think the best we can expect from him is possibly 15 - 20 mins at most. He will be needed though and could yet have a vital role to play in the remainder of the championship, even from the bench. Coleman to keep the spot fro now. Other than that, the team above is fair enough. Bradshaw has the makings of a very good attacking half back (my preferred position for him) and is well fit to kick scores when the opportunity arises. Have to say I was delighted with Blakes contribution on Sunday, thought he put he a super 75mins for a lad who has played feck all football in recent months. Breathnach seems to be Sammons lucky charm! Its hard to see him being dropped at this stage but at least we seem to have plenty of options in the forwards now as both Conroy and Armstrong got crucial scores when introduced the last day. Hopefully Nicky is not too badly injured, he is in poor enough form but the fecker has so much natural ability that Croke Park may be the stage for him to really kick start his season. The win on Sunday in Castlebar was a massive boost and the players should be full of confidence heading for the quarters where a victory is vital IMO to the continued development of this squad. We havent won there since 2001 . After that we are in bonus territory this year. We have flaws, one major, but at this stage of the championship I have yet to see a performance from any team that suggests that they are nailed on to win SAM.