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I quite enjoyed it to be honest, wasn't one for the ages but it was a tense parochial provincal game and was never going to be any different, reminded me of the Dublin and Meath games of old.

Was left a little unimpressed by both, both are capable of more or for their sake I hope so.

Mayo showed all the old diffecines, struggling for scores, ill displiane, some players being passengers when the game is in the melting pot and hitting a lot of storable wides. I thought young Coen and Loftus-Cheek showed why they have been on the bench a lot, the game looked to big for them. The young corner back looked a promising prospect. Mayo struggled I thought for anything new, really didn't seem to have a plan b when Galway pushed up,on kick outs. Clarke looked unchatiscially poor, I thought he could have done better for the gol myself.

Galway are an odd one to work out, I'm not sure if they are good because of their defensive system or whether the defensive system is stopping them being better. They have some wonderful players and you wonder what headroom is there as a team if they played expansively. They have a lot going for them, good players, young players with athleticism and physicality and depth. Ultimately though the system and those attributes will get them deep into the championship but also likely to defeat them probably before a final. Looks like the honey moon is over after the league novelty I think they are going to get dogs criticism for their style of play. It will be interesting to see how they handle that.

Both teams will make the S8 in my opinion. So really you are looking at one of the S8s group now being really tough with three top teams.

All that's said I wouldn't be overly surprised if Roscommon went and spoiled all our nice predictions in the Connacht final.

TheUsername (Dublin) - Posts: 1349 - 13/05/2018 19:31:08    2100127

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Replying To PeggyShippen:  "Shocking stuff. Reminds me of the 80s and early 90s connacht championship. All that was missing were the daisies and mongrel terrier on the pitch.
That my friends is why gaelic football is a poor relation to rugby and hurling. God almighty why cant a guy burst through a tackle where his direct opponent cant even legally pull him down . Kicking the ball short ..hand passing to no where. Good job that wasn't on Sky. Reggie from Kent would be cancelling his direct debit .."
Easy to criticize the game today but players do not want to give away possession cheaply, Galway were the better team and will improve. The time period you mention was when Galway won no Connacht titles btw. Roscommon are still favourites to win it. Mayo have a long road ahead.

maroondiesel (Mayo) - Posts: 751 - 13/05/2018 19:37:21    2100135

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Replying To PeggyShippen:  "Shocking stuff. Reminds me of the 80s and early 90s connacht championship. All that was missing were the daisies and mongrel terrier on the pitch.
That my friends is why gaelic football is a poor relation to rugby and hurling. God almighty why cant a guy burst through a tackle where his direct opponent cant even legally pull him down . Kicking the ball short ..hand passing to no where. Good job that wasn't on Sky. Reggie from Kent would be cancelling his direct debit .."
Have you watched any amateur rugby recently? Fat blokes hunting for truffles

essmac (Tyrone) - Posts: 421 - 13/05/2018 19:49:24    2100142

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Replying To PeggyShippen:  "Shocking stuff. Reminds me of the 80s and early 90s connacht championship. All that was missing were the daisies and mongrel terrier on the pitch.
That my friends is why gaelic football is a poor relation to rugby and hurling. God almighty why cant a guy burst through a tackle where his direct opponent cant even legally pull him down . Kicking the ball short ..hand passing to no where. Good job that wasn't on Sky. Reggie from Kent would be cancelling his direct debit .."
Reggie from Kent wouldn't have been watching anyway. He was watching his soccer team today - Manchester United.

Cockney_Cat (UK) - Posts: 490 - 13/05/2018 19:49:55    2100143

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What a dire bloody mess they have made of the grand old game of Gaelic Football.
That was just awful today.Awful.
The Galway/Offaly hurling match last night was 100 times more entertaining.
Entertainment, remember that football fans?

Barnowl94 (Galway) - Posts: 2921 - 13/05/2018 19:50:55    2100144

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Meant to say, really wish Tom Parsons a positive outcome to his injury and a speedy recovery, he looked in awful pain, horrible to see.

All the best Tom, a terrific player.

TheUsername (Dublin) - Posts: 1349 - 13/05/2018 20:03:52    2100151

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all the best to Tom Parsons.. rotten injury. get well soon.

waynoI (Dublin) - Posts: 12568 - 13/05/2018 20:07:04    2100154

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Replying To TheUsername:  "Meant to say, really wish Tom Parsons a positive outcome to his injury and a speedy recovery, he looked in awful pain, horrible to see.

All the best Tom, a terrific player."
Seen a photo of his injury it looks horrific
Hope he comes back he is brilliant player he will be a massive loss for mayo

Galwayjoe86 (Galway) - Posts: 144 - 13/05/2018 20:07:54    2100156

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RTE please do not show a hurling match before football again dreadful game, the hurling wasnt great but just to sit and watch it and excitement it brings and then to watch a half decent game of football where both teams are supposed to challenge for an all ireland? judging by today i dont think so. The most important thing from today is that tom parsons makes a speedy recovery looked a horrible injury

mrsme (USA) - Posts: 105 - 13/05/2018 20:11:05    2100159

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Replying To Barnowl94:  "What a dire bloody mess they have made of the grand old game of Gaelic Football.
That was just awful today.Awful.
The Galway/Offaly hurling match last night was 100 times more entertaining.
Entertainment, remember that football fans?"
Congratulations to the Galway hurlers and footballers this weekend, always great to get off to a winning start in the Championship. Reference the footballers...not an easy match on the eyes to watch but effective and got the win they wanted along with a 8th clean sheet in 9 competitive matches this year.

katser (Galway) - Posts: 15 - 13/05/2018 20:13:31    2100162

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Didn't realise Tom parsons injury was as serious as that. Wishing him a speedy recovery, a terrific player that will be sorely missed by Mayo.

GeniusGerry (Kerry) - Posts: 609 - 13/05/2018 20:28:52    2100173

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It aint a beauty contest!

Sell out in Castlebar today, I'm sure the TV ratings were pretty decent. However ugly people may think the game is, the interest has never been as great.

Ban (Westmeath) - Posts: 842 - 13/05/2018 20:29:45    2100174

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Too many snobby punters using Gaelic football to signal that they have better taste than everybody else. Some of them are old men on a nostalgia trip. Some are D4-heads who can't stand the GAA - Ireland has plenty of those (not confined to D4 any more). Anyway, we've got your point - Gaelic football is awful, ye're wonderful, away and practice your accents. Game was good in parts. Mayo will improve massively; remember how poor they were early stages last year. Good experience for Galway too. Both teams last 4. Parsons injury could be an absence too far for Mayo in terms of an outright win though.

essmac (Tyrone) - Posts: 421 - 13/05/2018 20:30:44    2100176

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It was poor stuff and you'd expect better from these two teams. Sides are set up now with the priority in not losing and the spontaneity and flair has gone from the game. You can't keep blaming Ulster sides for this. Dublin and Kerry are now masters at it.

Ulsterman (Antrim) - Posts: 8959 - 13/05/2018 20:31:35    2100179

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Replying To Barnowl94:  "What a dire bloody mess they have made of the grand old game of Gaelic Football.
That was just awful today.Awful.
The Galway/Offaly hurling match last night was 100 times more entertaining.
Entertainment, remember that football fans?"
Will people stop comparing it to hurling. Often fans watch games for intrigue. Game today was not great no issue with that but I would rather have a system in place than getting cut open like we did against Tipp two years ago. Sport is not romance. And hurling while a better game has had a few boring championships in my time watching sport.

kiloughter (Galway) - Posts: 1211 - 13/05/2018 20:35:54    2100180

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Replying To mon07:  "What a poor game."
Irony is a lot of big games this year between evenly matched teams including your own versus Tyrone are likely to be dour affairs. Fear of losing is a factor. With us KW is definitely making progress and Mayo were gung ho to go through the front door this year from my sources so some credit should be given to Galway given where we were a few yrs ago.

kiloughter (Galway) - Posts: 1211 - 13/05/2018 20:41:21    2100184

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Replying To GeniusGerry:  "Dire stuff for the neutral spectator but I'm sure Galway don't mind. They should win Connaught at their ease now and will be in great shape going in to the last eight. They have a good few things to work on in attack in particular but the footballers look to be there.

By golly do Mayo like to make life hard for themselves, that red from O'Connor was very foolish and probably cost them the game, we see this kind of stuff year after year. I know they are one of the most resourceful teams around but I'd fear for them in the qualifiers with parsons probably out now for a while and Keegan only getting back to fitness. If they get a bad away draw they could be in big trouble."
Well some people have short memories. Anyways I think galway won't get it easy in sligo in a few weeks

ROS1 (Roscommon) - Posts: 1089 - 13/05/2018 20:43:24    2100185

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Congratulations to Galway today it was a great result, I really thought Mayo would win this game by 6/7 points but I was wrong.

To compound matters for Mayo, diarmuid o'connor Getting another red card and Tom parsons horrible knee means moving through the qualifiers could be tough, but they have a big squad and I reckon they will make the super 8s regardless.

I'd like to wish Tom parsons a speedy recovery.

KingdomBoy1 (Kerry) - Posts: 7056 - 13/05/2018 20:44:22    2100187

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Replying To maroondiesel:  "Easy to criticize the game today but players do not want to give away possession cheaply, Galway were the better team and will improve. The time period you mention was when Galway won no Connacht titles btw. Roscommon are still favourites to win it. Mayo have a long road ahead."
Roscommon were thrid favourites now second in fairness but according to some this was the connacht final today

ROS1 (Roscommon) - Posts: 1089 - 13/05/2018 20:48:32    2100190

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Judge the game on its merits , it was poor at best , poor skill set on display , athletes playing in straight jackets , not good to watch regardless of who was playing , things can and will get better

Damothedub (Dublin) - Posts: 4796 - 13/05/2018 20:52:40    2100193

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