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County minor footballers 2017

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Replying To Yondu:  "A fully deserved win for Roscommon U17s this afternoon in the Connacht GAA centre . They led from pillar to post and Galway were only fed on scraps throughout . Got a bit of lifeline with 1-1 against the run of play before half time but could make it count in the 2nd half with the wind.

Should be an easier and a more successful day for Galway minors tomorrow as in Roscommon they have already beaten a better team than Sligo."
Very disappointing result as they could beat these at underage. Very talented bunch of players but have lost a Tedd Webb & the inaugural U17 Connacht final. It would be nice to see them playing more expansively.

moc.dna (Galway) - Posts: 1014 - 09/07/2017 22:30:17    2013487

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Replying To streaker:  "Well done to Stephen and the lads. They were the silver lining on an otherwise very cloudy day. Sean Mulkerrin gets better every time I see him- a badly needed full-back prospect."
I could see him ending up as a centre-back. He's very comfortable on the ball. Maybe Sean Andy at 3 and Mulkerrins at 6 in a few years time.

Marooned (Galway) - Posts: 1755 - 09/07/2017 22:53:45    2013511

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Put them in now a big improvement

bannerarms (Galway) - Posts: 66 - 09/07/2017 23:16:13    2013533

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Any stand out performers apart from the 3 lads from last year?

TheWestIsAwake (UK) - Posts: 529 - 11/07/2017 17:20:06    2015092

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Lads was there many Jarlaths lads playing on Sunday? As a sligofan I'm shocked with the lack of Attractas players playing. Attractas seemed to have had an upper hand over jarlaths the past year.

NewSligofan (Sligo) - Posts: 222 - 11/07/2017 23:09:33    2015319

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Replying To TheWestIsAwake:  "Any stand out performers apart from the 3 lads from last year?"
Liam Boyle is a tidy half-back, usually good for a point or two. Darragh Silke knows where the posts are abd is solid on frees. Padraig Costello in the FF line looks promising too. Goalkeeper Oran Burke wouldn't be out of place on a senior team physically, and marshals his defence well (you could hear him during the semi-final and on Sunday before the crowd noise increased).
Add to this the lads from last year like Murphy and Mulkerrin and theres a good group.

streaker (Galway) - Posts: 381 - 11/07/2017 23:53:42    2015335

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In addition to the above I would include Mattias Barrett and Rory Cunningham as players with the requisite attributes.

Barrett is strong midfielder who can kick a point or two just needs a small bit of coaching to ensure he can maximise his potential.

Cunningham is a rarity in that he can win his own ball,beat a man and take a score, but would need to strengthen up a bit more.

I would hope players like these two and the ones named above are not lost to galway football in the next few years like so many before them.

Galway9 (Galway) - Posts: 59 - 12/07/2017 18:30:02    2015764

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All-Ireland QF set for the afternoon of our seniors qualifier against Donegal.

Galway v Clare. Sat 22 July. Throw-in 1pm.

In CORK!!!

streaker (Galway) - Posts: 381 - 13/07/2017 11:57:06    2016028

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Apologies, that's the hurling QF!!

streaker (Galway) - Posts: 381 - 13/07/2017 12:02:52    2016032

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Replying To moc.dna:  "Very disappointing result as they could beat these at underage. Very talented bunch of players but have lost a Tedd Webb & the inaugural U17 Connacht final. It would be nice to see them playing more expansively."
Beat these? that was a talented Roscommon U17 team the same group of players that won 16 team competition called the Fr Manning cup last year and when Roscommon have talent in their ranks they can beat Galway at any level.

Gaa_lover (USA) - Posts: 2492 - 13/07/2017 14:30:34    2016109

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Anybody know if any date and venue set for galway minors game against cavan

Galway9 (Galway) - Posts: 59 - 26/07/2017 00:43:01    2023598

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Replying To Galway9:  "Anybody know if any date and venue set for galway minors game against cavan"
Carrick on Shannon. Saturday 5th August

gaillimhboy (Galway) - Posts: 272 - 26/07/2017 23:24:23    2024246

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Any team news for Saturdays all Ireland quarter final against cavan

Galway9 (Galway) - Posts: 59 - 03/08/2017 14:14:58    2028430

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Replying To Galway9:  "Any team news for Saturdays all Ireland quarter final against cavan"
Go to tribesmen Gaa Twitter link is on that.

bud14 (Galway) - Posts: 296 - 03/08/2017 14:32:18    2028435

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Replying To bud14:  "Go to tribesmen Gaa Twitter link is on that."
Thanks got it a good team should progress to meet Kerry.

Galway9 (Galway) - Posts: 59 - 03/08/2017 15:21:07    2028454

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Best of luck to our minor footballers today, hopefully they can get to croke park.

Galway9 (Galway) - Posts: 59 - 05/08/2017 08:42:55    2029182

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Hardluck lads, tough second half

suckvalleypaddy (Galway) - Posts: 1351 - 05/08/2017 15:23:51    2029293

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A massive shock, Galway were one of the fancied teams this year. Four points up in the second half & lost by three, a massive turnaround. The three changes made were strange & Harlowe should have started & Tierney was brought on with only 10 minutes left. Oisin Pierson was the danger man yet no plan made for him & he scored 1-3. I feel sorry for the players as there is real talent there, the last four years have seen the best talent emerge in years & yet we are out of the U17 & Minor All Ireland race. Winning Connacht titles has to be expected as at underage Galway are dominating Connacht as we have the population base to produce the players year on year. On the other hand Kerry with a much smaller population base are producing All Ireland winning teams. Despite Galways best talent available in years & these lads are talented, no All Ireland titles at minor or U17. The whole thing needs a massive clear out & complete new management teams brought in as it is the same faces all the time who are been backed by the county coaching officers & football board. A tragedy for lads with talent that they are not getting the best out of them, some people have major issues with communication & don't seem to have the lads with them. You could nearly predict the m'ment teams for U17 & U20 for the next two years & it wil be the same faces & same results.

moc.dna (Galway) - Posts: 1014 - 07/08/2017 13:05:27    2030199

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Replying To moc.dna:  "A massive shock, Galway were one of the fancied teams this year. Four points up in the second half & lost by three, a massive turnaround. The three changes made were strange & Harlowe should have started & Tierney was brought on with only 10 minutes left. Oisin Pierson was the danger man yet no plan made for him & he scored 1-3. I feel sorry for the players as there is real talent there, the last four years have seen the best talent emerge in years & yet we are out of the U17 & Minor All Ireland race. Winning Connacht titles has to be expected as at underage Galway are dominating Connacht as we have the population base to produce the players year on year. On the other hand Kerry with a much smaller population base are producing All Ireland winning teams. Despite Galways best talent available in years & these lads are talented, no All Ireland titles at minor or U17. The whole thing needs a massive clear out & complete new management teams brought in as it is the same faces all the time who are been backed by the county coaching officers & football board. A tragedy for lads with talent that they are not getting the best out of them, some people have major issues with communication & don't seem to have the lads with them. You could nearly predict the m'ment teams for U17 & U20 for the next two years & it wil be the same faces & same results."
Moc.dna - You may have a point about quality of management teams, however changing management teams isn't the the answer on its own. Other counties (Dublin, Kerry and to a lesser extent Cork with Rebel Og setup) have a unified structure for underage representative teams from U14-U21. They have a consistent style of play which players are coached in over a number of years (not that I agree with this structured play which largely aims to mimic the adult tactics and replaces the traditional open free flowing football that used to produce classic minor games). In addition, these better resourced counties have an S&C plan for the kids over a number of years which in the case of Dublin is probably individually tailored.
In Galway, the style of play varies from one management team to the next. Until there is a unified vision, which is resourced and implemented our underage teams will not succeed outside of Connaught. Our recent Connaught successes have come about because there is some structure in place where there was none to speak of and coaching quality has improved somewhat. In the case of the recent minor teams, the strategy was limited to being fitter and stronger than anyone else and hunting in packs for a high pressing game with occasional deployment of a sweeper. There's no time to get the players accustomed to a number of formations in the space of 1-2 years. This will not beat a well prepared Dublin or Kerry team.

What happened in U21 final summed up where we are. A fantastically skillful group of players who were tactically out manoeuvred by a Dublin team who were probably equal in skill but better as a unit than the Galway team.
As I said I don't agree with this imposition of restricted playing structure completely, but its whats required to win these days.

westest (Galway) - Posts: 40 - 08/08/2017 10:22:19    2030838

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Replying To westest:  "Moc.dna - You may have a point about quality of management teams, however changing management teams isn't the the answer on its own. Other counties (Dublin, Kerry and to a lesser extent Cork with Rebel Og setup) have a unified structure for underage representative teams from U14-U21. They have a consistent style of play which players are coached in over a number of years (not that I agree with this structured play which largely aims to mimic the adult tactics and replaces the traditional open free flowing football that used to produce classic minor games). In addition, these better resourced counties have an S&C plan for the kids over a number of years which in the case of Dublin is probably individually tailored.
In Galway, the style of play varies from one management team to the next. Until there is a unified vision, which is resourced and implemented our underage teams will not succeed outside of Connaught. Our recent Connaught successes have come about because there is some structure in place where there was none to speak of and coaching quality has improved somewhat. In the case of the recent minor teams, the strategy was limited to being fitter and stronger than anyone else and hunting in packs for a high pressing game with occasional deployment of a sweeper. There's no time to get the players accustomed to a number of formations in the space of 1-2 years. This will not beat a well prepared Dublin or Kerry team.

What happened in U21 final summed up where we are. A fantastically skillful group of players who were tactically out manoeuvred by a Dublin team who were probably equal in skill but better as a unit than the Galway team.
As I said I don't agree with this imposition of restricted playing structure completely, but its whats required to win these days."
What happened in the U21 final is that Galway went to play the final and Dublin went to play Galway. Michael Daly's marker got the better of him who moved out to centre half back who had him in reverse for the whole game. Galway only came into the game when they brought on the runners, Colin Brady and the like and like so many Galway teams they had no enforcer to make the ultimate call and take one (red card) for the team as so to speak. Young Gavin came on for Dublin at midfield and nobody laid a hand on him. This unfortunately is a trait that can be seen in many Galway teams.

EDH (Galway) - Posts: 347 - 08/08/2017 18:08:41    2031214

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