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Connacht Final 2019

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Replying To Yondu:  "As the late great Paidi O'Se once said a grain of rice could tip the scale. In what was expected to be a close encounter that huge blow to Roscommon one week before the provincial decider could well swing the balance of this final now."
There were plenty of people who were questioning Harney even starting for Ros against Leitrim and Mayo. I wouldn't see it as a critical factor all of a sudden. Galway are without their best player (Comer), and established starters Duggan, Cooke, Kelly and Kyne, with doubts over O'Currain and Conroy. The injury luck stakes are firmly in Roscommon's favour at this point

PressureKick (UK) - Posts: 82 - 10/06/2019 13:20:39    2192853

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Replying To Belclare:  "And by him missing Enda Smith will start ."
Exactly. Smith is class act. Not sure why he is not starting.

Roscommon have some forwards like Smith that can do real damage, however if we don't implode like the last time they beat us there is nothing to be afraid of. If both teams play to potential we should win. But the hard yards and heavy lifting will need to be done early. As the saying goes don't give a sucker an even break!

Mayonman (Galway) - Posts: 966 - 10/06/2019 13:21:47    2192856

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Kieran Molloy on crutches yesterday with a protective boot on his leg at Corofin v Annaghdown. Anyone know how serious??

fairplay4ever (Galway) - Posts: 314 - 10/06/2019 13:44:08    2192888

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Cant really see Galway not winning this game truth be told. So long as Cox is relatively well shackled and the free count is kept respectable, then there is too much fire power up front

EugeneFox (Galway) - Posts: 158 - 10/06/2019 13:48:58    2192892

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Replying To Belclare:  "And by him missing Enda Smith will start ."
Exactly, Enda Smith is a super player and would cause Galway way more difficulty.

GDL (Galway) - Posts: 327 - 10/06/2019 13:49:09    2192893

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Replying To PressureKick:  "There were plenty of people who were questioning Harney even starting for Ros against Leitrim and Mayo. I wouldn't see it as a critical factor all of a sudden. Galway are without their best player (Comer), and established starters Duggan, Cooke, Kelly and Kyne, with doubts over O'Currain and Conroy. The injury luck stakes are firmly in Roscommon's favour at this point"
Only people questioning him starting was those that didn't know that he is one of out best and most important players. We don't have a like a for like replacement for him either, Enda Smith a totally different type of player and if it wasn't for injury Enda would have started along side Ultan in the team v Leitrim,Mayo.

Comer and Conroy has been injured all year would be different if you lost them a week before the game. The likes of Duggan,Cooke are not established starters for Galway yet and and with Silke,J Daly brought into defence you have better defenders than Kyne.

We only had 3 of last years Connacht final starting team v Mayo so i don't think i'd be making the excuse about missing players especially with the pick that Galway have

ispeakwisdom (Roscommon) - Posts: 2134 - 10/06/2019 14:47:50    2192942

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Replying To fairplay4ever:  "Kieran Molloy on crutches yesterday with a protective boot on his leg at Corofin v Annaghdown. Anyone know how serious??"
Seems silly enough making them play a league game, 2 weeks prior to playing each other in championship.

EugeneFox (Galway) - Posts: 158 - 10/06/2019 14:48:24    2192943

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Replying To ispeakwisdom:  "Only people questioning him starting was those that didn't know that he is one of out best and most important players. We don't have a like a for like replacement for him either, Enda Smith a totally different type of player and if it wasn't for injury Enda would have started along side Ultan in the team v Leitrim,Mayo.

Comer and Conroy has been injured all year would be different if you lost them a week before the game. The likes of Duggan,Cooke are not established starters for Galway yet and and with Silke,J Daly brought into defence you have better defenders than Kyne.

We only had 3 of last years Connacht final starting team v Mayo so i don't think i'd be making the excuse about missing players especially with the pick that Galway have"
Harney is always injured, would be fairly daft to make a lad like that integral to the side.

Galway likely missing Sean Kelly, Molloy, Conroy, Cooke, Duggan & Comer. They'd all be involved if were fit. Despite what you say its a huge blow to Galway missing that many players.

JDF (Galway) - Posts: 313 - 10/06/2019 15:02:00    2192959

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Looking forward to this now. Big calls need to be made by Kevin Walsh. One call that needs to be made is Danny Cummins must be dropped. Failed to score against minnows in London and Sligo. Was given his chance for the season and failed to take it.

JoeJoeLarkin (Galway) - Posts: 17 - 10/06/2019 15:16:52    2192973

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Replying To ispeakwisdom:  "Only people questioning him starting was those that didn't know that he is one of out best and most important players. We don't have a like a for like replacement for him either, Enda Smith a totally different type of player and if it wasn't for injury Enda would have started along side Ultan in the team v Leitrim,Mayo.

Comer and Conroy has been injured all year would be different if you lost them a week before the game. The likes of Duggan,Cooke are not established starters for Galway yet and and with Silke,J Daly brought into defence you have better defenders than Kyne.

We only had 3 of last years Connacht final starting team v Mayo so i don't think i'd be making the excuse about missing players especially with the pick that Galway have"
What do you mean with the pick Galway have? There are over 30 football clubs in Roscommon. There are 40 or so in Galway. Galway has less registered football players than Mayo. Not sure on the Roscommon numbers but cant imagine the difference is huge. Galway play 2 sports, as well as a professional rugby and soccer team. None of the hurling strongholds have any interest in football. The "large pick" argument has no basis in fact

Cunningham deciding to turnover huge amounts of players from last year, or Roscommon players deciding or being unconvinced not to commit is not unlucky. Thats up to the manager. Injuries are unlucky. Roscommon throwing in excuses already on the basis of Harney who was never even a guaranteed starter up until this year, and comparing it to Galway who have been missing a good dozen all season including one of Irelands best forwards is very strange

PressureKick (UK) - Posts: 82 - 10/06/2019 15:29:31    2192988

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Replying To EugeneFox:  "Seems silly enough making them play a league game, 2 weeks prior to playing each other in championship."
Sure that's totally irrelevant.
There's was a full round of club league this weekend - just the luck of the draw that they faced each other in this round.
They were hardly going to call it off for that reason.
Rubbish like that is the reason why the league used to be such a joke. You'd have some teams with 4 player and others with 7 played.
Thankfully they have seen the light and you can't get postponements for the flimsiest of reasons anymore!

galwayman2 (Galway) - Posts: 641 - 10/06/2019 15:50:11    2193001

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Replying To galwayman2:  "Sure that's totally irrelevant.
There's was a full round of club league this weekend - just the luck of the draw that they faced each other in this round.
They were hardly going to call it off for that reason.
Rubbish like that is the reason why the league used to be such a joke. You'd have some teams with 4 player and others with 7 played.
Thankfully they have seen the light and you can't get postponements for the flimsiest of reasons anymore!"
They could have just doubled up the championship fixture with the league game as is what has happened previously. But sure i wouldnt expect a lad of your intellect know that.

EugeneFox (Galway) - Posts: 158 - 10/06/2019 15:54:56    2193005

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Replying To galwayman2:  "Sure that's totally irrelevant.
There's was a full round of club league this weekend - just the luck of the draw that they faced each other in this round.
They were hardly going to call it off for that reason.
Rubbish like that is the reason why the league used to be such a joke. You'd have some teams with 4 player and others with 7 played.
Thankfully they have seen the light and you can't get postponements for the flimsiest of reasons anymore!"
just for the record it was a round without county players

fairplay4ever (Galway) - Posts: 314 - 10/06/2019 15:57:52    2193012

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Replying To PressureKick:  "What do you mean with the pick Galway have? There are over 30 football clubs in Roscommon. There are 40 or so in Galway. Galway has less registered football players than Mayo. Not sure on the Roscommon numbers but cant imagine the difference is huge. Galway play 2 sports, as well as a professional rugby and soccer team. None of the hurling strongholds have any interest in football. The "large pick" argument has no basis in fact

Cunningham deciding to turnover huge amounts of players from last year, or Roscommon players deciding or being unconvinced not to commit is not unlucky. Thats up to the manager. Injuries are unlucky. Roscommon throwing in excuses already on the basis of Harney who was never even a guaranteed starter up until this year, and comparing it to Galway who have been missing a good dozen all season including one of Irelands best forwards is very strange"
Excuse? Ultan Harney was guaranteed starter for this Connacht final and stating the obvious for you its a big blow to lose him for this Connacht final a week before it. The blow would be lessen if we had many months to plan for it like Galway have with Comer.

Galway's pick includes either U21 or club All Ireland winners to bring in making in probably Galway strongest pick since 1998 to 2001. On the topic of other sports we have lost a number of good underage players to rugby, Jack Carty Connacht player of the year would be one example.

The real fact is our turnover had little to do with Cunningham. A number of players had work,travel,study commitments and others with long term injuries. Regardless of what he said one of the main reason why McStay jumped ship earlier than expected was because he knew only a handful of his first choice starters would be available for selection this year. Lastly for all of Galways injuries Kevin Walsh if he wanted too could start 10 or 11 of last years All Ireland semi final team on Sunday and that team included Sweeney and Armstrong who have opted out of the county scene after that game.

ispeakwisdom (Roscommon) - Posts: 2134 - 10/06/2019 15:58:44    2193013

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Replying To fairplay4ever:  "just for the record it was a round without county players"
Exactly, but sure trying to tell Eugene something like that is pointless... For the record Molloy twisted his ankle at Galway training.

Belclare (Galway) - Posts: 363 - 10/06/2019 17:16:08    2193075

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Replying To Belclare:  "Exactly, but sure trying to tell Eugene something like that is pointless... For the record Molloy twisted his ankle at Galway training."
How long is he expected to be out for?

Rocky.Road (Galway) - Posts: 355 - 10/06/2019 17:19:06    2193077

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Replying To EugeneFox:  "They could have just doubled up the championship fixture with the league game as is what has happened previously. But sure i wouldnt expect a lad of your intellect know that."
Less of the personal insults now like a good lad Eugene.

galwayman2 (Galway) - Posts: 641 - 10/06/2019 17:28:06    2193087

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Galway played Kerry in a challenge game
anyone hear anything on it

rhudson (Galway) - Posts: 994 - 10/06/2019 20:03:15    2193168

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With injuries etc for Sunday it's going to be a tough one but here is my team:
Power
Kerin
SA
Silke
GOD
Bradshaw
Daly
Fiontain
Flynn
Mc Daid
Shane
Heaney
Burke
Farragher
O laoi

Maroonedinlongford (Galway) - Posts: 177 - 10/06/2019 20:29:07    2193181

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Replying To rhudson:  "Galway played Kerry in a challenge game
anyone hear anything on it"
Kerry 1-19
Galway 1-17

tribesman125 (Galway) - Posts: 139 - 10/06/2019 21:14:07    2193218

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