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What Happened Seán Andy Kelly

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It amazes me how the fortunes of Sean Andy Kelly has dropped from been Young Footballer of the Year to the point where he is not even named on the first 25. Is he injured? He had a very good year for the senior team in 2018. It was reported that Paddy Tally held him in high regard. He has played very little for the present management. He played one game in last year's league and he had a poor game. That doesn't mean he has become a bad player overnight. It appeared to me that he was hung out to dry when he left marking Aidan O'Shea
on his own especially when our team was destroyed out the field. Dublin or any of the top teams wouldn't allow that to happen, they would bring back extra cover. It is very easy for a young player to loose confidence and heart if they are not given match time. I know he lost some form after 2018, first I don't think he is fast enough for the full back position, he is a good reader of the ball and play and should be given a run at centre back in a challenge game or in an in-house game. He is probably the physically strongest player on the panel. With coaching and confidence he could be a player of the Tommy Joe Gilmore calibre.
I religiously read the contributions on this website and most of the them are well informed. I think we all should give full support to Pádraic Joyce and give him a 5 year term. I think it's unfair to compare him with KW, Kevin's era is over for the time being. None of these warriors owe us anything, KW was the best midfielder ever in Galway and Pádraic was one of the best forwards ever in the country. Without these men we wouldn't have won in 1998 and 2001. On a point of history, I believe it didn't help KW when Tally left and also the unfortune of injuries to key players.

Padraiciarchonnacht (Galway) - Posts: 8 - 21/06/2021 22:05:47    2352492

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Replying To Padraiciarchonnacht:  "It amazes me how the fortunes of Sean Andy Kelly has dropped from been Young Footballer of the Year to the point where he is not even named on the first 25. Is he injured? He had a very good year for the senior team in 2018. It was reported that Paddy Tally held him in high regard. He has played very little for the present management. He played one game in last year's league and he had a poor game. That doesn't mean he has become a bad player overnight. It appeared to me that he was hung out to dry when he left marking Aidan O'Shea
on his own especially when our team was destroyed out the field. Dublin or any of the top teams wouldn't allow that to happen, they would bring back extra cover. It is very easy for a young player to loose confidence and heart if they are not given match time. I know he lost some form after 2018, first I don't think he is fast enough for the full back position, he is a good reader of the ball and play and should be given a run at centre back in a challenge game or in an in-house game. He is probably the physically strongest player on the panel. With coaching and confidence he could be a player of the Tommy Joe Gilmore calibre.
I religiously read the contributions on this website and most of the them are well informed. I think we all should give full support to Pádraic Joyce and give him a 5 year term. I think it's unfair to compare him with KW, Kevin's era is over for the time being. None of these warriors owe us anything, KW was the best midfielder ever in Galway and Pádraic was one of the best forwards ever in the country. Without these men we wouldn't have won in 1998 and 2001. On a point of history, I believe it didn't help KW when Tally left and also the unfortune of injuries to key players."
On Sean Andy, I think his physical size was a huge asset to him at u20 level.
Now at senior, with so many big players about (AOS prime example), you need more to your game, and as you said he lacks pace. So much so that I'm not sure he'll get back into that Galway FB line. CB could be an option for him but again, I just don't know if he's mobile enough. It's not the traditional 'holding the centre' role it used to be.

On Kevin Walsh, I think he held a very talented Galway group back. He was far too negative for the quality of footballer at his disposal, not just the likes of Walsh and Comer in the forwards, but some fantastic attacking half backs too. Had he played a more attractive brand, he might even have gotten the likes of Daiti Burke to consider switching codes.

There's been no noticeable improvement from PJ yet, but the style of play is changing and that's a good thing. I wouldn't let one hammering from Kerry get in the way of that. They did the same to a Tyrone team looking to do what PJ is doing. And you won't see Tyrone panicking.

cavanman47 (Cavan) - Posts: 4552 - 22/06/2021 10:47:33    2352549

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Replying To cavanman47:  "On Sean Andy, I think his physical size was a huge asset to him at u20 level.
Now at senior, with so many big players about (AOS prime example), you need more to your game, and as you said he lacks pace. So much so that I'm not sure he'll get back into that Galway FB line. CB could be an option for him but again, I just don't know if he's mobile enough. It's not the traditional 'holding the centre' role it used to be.

On Kevin Walsh, I think he held a very talented Galway group back. He was far too negative for the quality of footballer at his disposal, not just the likes of Walsh and Comer in the forwards, but some fantastic attacking half backs too. Had he played a more attractive brand, he might even have gotten the likes of Daiti Burke to consider switching codes.

There's been no noticeable improvement from PJ yet, but the style of play is changing and that's a good thing. I wouldn't let one hammering from Kerry get in the way of that. They did the same to a Tyrone team looking to do what PJ is doing. And you won't see Tyrone panicking."
Daithi Burke is a hurler not a footballer, yes he has won a few AI's with one of the best club team's to ever play the game but Senior football is a big difference as Lundy, Steede, Silke and co have realised when throwing on a Galway jersey. There was no talk of switching codes , he is an all star hurler but not up to county standard at football.

cavan.galway (Galway) - Posts: 112 - 22/06/2021 11:29:28    2352566

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Gone are the days of the big full back, they have to be athletic now and must have pace

tommy132 (Mayo) - Posts: 486 - 22/06/2021 15:44:49    2352640

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Replying To cavan.galway:  "Daithi Burke is a hurler not a footballer, yes he has won a few AI's with one of the best club team's to ever play the game but Senior football is a big difference as Lundy, Steede, Silke and co have realised when throwing on a Galway jersey. There was no talk of switching codes , he is an all star hurler but not up to county standard at football."
Some club team to be one of the best ever when one of their midfielders was "not a footballer"! He'd have been a great addition to the squad.

cavanman47 (Cavan) - Posts: 4552 - 22/06/2021 16:58:46    2352662

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Replying To cavanman47:  "Some club team to be one of the best ever when one of their midfielders was "not a footballer"! He'd have been a great addition to the squad."
There is a reason he only plays hurling, while we are at it lets start joe canning at 14 for the footballers. He is a good club player for Corofin but he isn't good enough to start for the county, his midfield partner for corofin Steede ( who is better ) can't get a look in at county level, explain that one?

cavan.galway (Galway) - Posts: 112 - 23/06/2021 09:12:42    2352755

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The thing with U20 is that you're only encountering the best players who are within a year or so of your own age. Most of those players are themselves undeveloped and far from the finished article. Then you're brought into the senior panel and every forward you're marking from Div 4 standard right up is likely stronger and has more game nous than anything you got to mark underage. All the talent people talked about is then put into its proper context and if you don't strengthen, develop and mature people maybe unfairly scratch their heads and ask how come someone so talented failed to make the grade? I think too many people confuse potential with talent. Sean Andy may still have potential, but I think loading him with unrealistic expectations is something he might do better without. I hope he has a second coming... Mayo's Boyler was dropped back in the day before he got a second chance and made his mark.

Pericles (Mayo) - Posts: 2451 - 23/06/2021 14:34:42    2352864

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Replying To cavan.galway:  "There is a reason he only plays hurling, while we are at it lets start joe canning at 14 for the footballers. He is a good club player for Corofin but he isn't good enough to start for the county, his midfield partner for corofin Steede ( who is better ) can't get a look in at county level, explain that one?"
I suppose I'd explain it in the same way I have already. .

Walsh's tactics and selection has held Galway back. I think most people would agree that Corofin should've provided the spine of the Galway team during his tenure, similar to Cross in Armagh.

cavanman47 (Cavan) - Posts: 4552 - 24/06/2021 07:49:12    2352988

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Replying To cavanman47:  "I suppose I'd explain it in the same way I have already. .

Walsh's tactics and selection has held Galway back. I think most people would agree that Corofin should've provided the spine of the Galway team during his tenure, similar to Cross in Armagh."
Sean Andy OKelly was a fine footballer, loved watching him, however, I never seen him take a game by the scruff of the neck and win it on his own (you know what I mean) he had drive but not that much..thats why some players just fade, confience goes too..often the less skill full fellah will develop more as he has to work that bit harder to make it...the so called acomplished fellah thinks he has got it all and as posters said, you are found out then at senior level where its marking fellahs older and younger with different lenghths of careers and experience...

Fairplayalways (Offaly) - Posts: 866 - 24/06/2021 15:25:47    2353102

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Replying To cavanman47:  "I suppose I'd explain it in the same way I have already. .

Walsh's tactics and selection has held Galway back. I think most people would agree that Corofin should've provided the spine of the Galway team during his tenure, similar to Cross in Armagh."
Thank you - for not answering the question.

cavan.galway (Galway) - Posts: 112 - 25/06/2021 09:49:33    2353208

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No pace for senior game at full back

kerry4sam21 (Kerry) - Posts: 60 - 14/07/2021 08:48:38    2359645

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