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Lee Keegan Appreciation

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Watched the game back last night and didn't realise at the time how well Lee played. Once again in an AI final he was immense and IMO was man of the match. Its increasingly looking likely he won't get his hands on Sam and it really is a travesty. Always performs on the big day and usually under adverse conditions. Must surely be Mayo's greatest ever player and up there with the greatest defenders to have played the game. A fantastic warrior. A 5th All Star beckons (although i doubt this will be any consolation to him) and possibly another player of the year nomination. Here is a good link of the analysis of Lee's play on the day! (https://www.mayonews.ie/sports/37379-lee-s-performance-for-the-ages)

maximus02 (Longford) - Posts: 133 - 15/09/2021 16:36:33    2380937

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Replying To maximus02:  "Watched the game back last night and didn't realise at the time how well Lee played. Once again in an AI final he was immense and IMO was man of the match. Its increasingly looking likely he won't get his hands on Sam and it really is a travesty. Always performs on the big day and usually under adverse conditions. Must surely be Mayo's greatest ever player and up there with the greatest defenders to have played the game. A fantastic warrior. A 5th All Star beckons (although i doubt this will be any consolation to him) and possibly another player of the year nomination. Here is a good link of the analysis of Lee's play on the day! (https://www.mayonews.ie/sports/37379-lee-s-performance-for-the-ages)"
Yeah, Keegan was immense again on Saturday, shame we can't clone him, LOL. He has been excellent in all the finals he played in (even the one he got black carded in) and is probably Mayo's greatest ever footballer at this stage.

It's hugely disappointing for him that he won't end his career with a celtic cross but at least he won an All-Ireland with Westport, which might provide some consolation to him.

It was nice to see the respect between Peter Harte and himself after the game as they carried around their young children.

Gleebo (Mayo) - Posts: 1973 - 15/09/2021 17:24:48    2380950

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Arguably best footballer without a Celtic cross at this stage.

wexico15 (Wexford) - Posts: 3833 - 15/09/2021 18:03:36    2380956

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I'm not a fan of Mayo but I have to say Lee Keegan is as good a player as I've seen. Whole hearted and committed. The battles between himself and Diarmuid Connolly were intriguing. Always gives 100%.

Bon (Kildare) - Posts: 1391 - 15/09/2021 18:12:35    2380958

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Great player but MOTM, no.

sean og (Armagh) - Posts: 1036 - 15/09/2021 18:59:16    2380965

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I like keegan but would he be better than Higgins?

KingdomBoy1 (Kerry) - Posts: 13787 - 15/09/2021 19:29:57    2380969

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Lee has been a fantastic player for Mayo. He has taken on the best in the country and emerged overall on top scoring some incredible inspirational scores.
Hope he is not finished playing,. This Mayo team with Lee at its heart can still compete for All Ireland honours. Lee has plenty to contribute and with some small changes can win the ultimate. Few deserve it more.

carlowman (Carlow) - Posts: 1637 - 15/09/2021 19:29:57    2380970

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Replying To sean og:  "Great player but MOTM, no."
If Mayo had won he'd likely have been given MOTM. One national newspaper rated 4 or 5 Tyrone players as 8 out of 10, and for Mayo only Stephen Coen got that rating because they rated Lee 9 out of 10. It's a matter of opinion who was the best performer last Saturday and I've no argument with one of the many superb Tyrone players getting that acknowledgment, but there's no disputing that Lee's record over the years would stand up in any era, as an effective defender as well as the top scoring back (all from play) of all time.

I think this last decade has seen some of the best half backs ever to play the game, but the best full backs imo (maybe the McGee's apart) all belong to another time.

Pericles (Mayo) - Posts: 2451 - 15/09/2021 19:52:59    2380972

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Lee Keegan...an immense player,a truly skilful player and whether in the half back or full back line a brilliant defender...totally dependable and from either line can instigate and lead an attack and be on the end of it to score.Up there as one of the great players in gaelic football.I mentioned him in my post after semi final and was hoping he would win an AI but alas not this year.I see similarities between him and Ciaran Carey of my own county though different codes.

ONdeDITCH (Limerick) - Posts: 865 - 15/09/2021 20:13:52    2380975

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Replying To KingdomBoy1:  "I like keegan but would he be better than Higgins?"
Yes.

TheFlaker (Mayo) - Posts: 7297 - 15/09/2021 21:02:25    2380985

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Replying To KingdomBoy1:  "I like keegan but would he be better than Higgins?"
Literally no comparison between the 2 for me.

Keegan is one of the best we'll ever see.

MesAmis (Dublin) - Posts: 13404 - 15/09/2021 21:05:33    2380986

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Tyrone deserved their win but I don't care what anyone says Mayo can hold their heads high. There are 30 counties behind them. Many who give anything to get where they have got to. A lot of totally unjustified criticism from sources who could not hit the side of a barn with the ball. Mayo get back up on the horse again and if the success of taking one more step happens it will mean even more. If not you can say you went where more dream about going than gets there.

Canuck (Waterford) - Posts: 1644 - 15/09/2021 21:09:04    2380989

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Replying To KingdomBoy1:  "I like keegan but would he be better than Higgins?"
In ways it's hard to compare the two KB1 because they both played a different kind of game. Keith was a fantastic natural footballer and was also really a halfback despite playing 90% of games in the FB line. He was a more stylish ball carrier who could change pace in a heartbeat, but to get a job done Lee was the man given the toughest assignments. His record in sticking to his task while still being able to turn the tables is arguably unsurpassed. People will have their preferences and it's fair enough. As a defender Boyler was somewhere between the two, as was Chris Barrett. Again they were all natural halfbacks. Mayo was and to some extent still is a team of halfbacks and half forwards who are less comfortable in the confines of the corners.

Pericles (Mayo) - Posts: 2451 - 15/09/2021 21:49:15    2381005

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I think we've seen a renaissance of Keegan this year. He was arguably the best footballer in the country in 16 and 17 but in 19 and 20 I thought he'd fallen a lot and looked like he was coming to an end. This year he's been revitalised. Now I wouldn't say he's at 16 17 levels but he is one of the best backs in the country.

Kerry15 (Kerry) - Posts: 864 - 15/09/2021 22:47:40    2381019

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Replying To Pericles:  "In ways it's hard to compare the two KB1 because they both played a different kind of game. Keith was a fantastic natural footballer and was also really a halfback despite playing 90% of games in the FB line. He was a more stylish ball carrier who could change pace in a heartbeat, but to get a job done Lee was the man given the toughest assignments. His record in sticking to his task while still being able to turn the tables is arguably unsurpassed. People will have their preferences and it's fair enough. As a defender Boyler was somewhere between the two, as was Chris Barrett. Again they were all natural halfbacks. Mayo was and to some extent still is a team of halfbacks and half forwards who are less comfortable in the confines of the corners."
I get what you're saying Pericles, in fairness I always looked at Higgins as a player I'd have in my team above all others he was a great man marker then I'd have Michael Murphy at number 2 and keegan 3.

KingdomBoy1 (Kerry) - Posts: 13787 - 15/09/2021 22:48:00    2381020

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Lee is so good that he would even make the Dublin squad.

BlueBeret (Dublin) - Posts: 37 - 15/09/2021 23:54:46    2381029

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Great player and teak tough.

realdub (Dublin) - Posts: 8277 - 16/09/2021 00:07:25    2381031

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Replying To KingdomBoy1:  "I like keegan but would he be better than Higgins?"
oh yes he is . lee keegan is the best player in any county who does not have an all ireland medal

mickcunningham (Westmeath) - Posts: 1379 - 16/09/2021 07:19:36    2381035

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Replying To maximus02:  "Watched the game back last night and didn't realise at the time how well Lee played. Once again in an AI final he was immense and IMO was man of the match. Its increasingly looking likely he won't get his hands on Sam and it really is a travesty. Always performs on the big day and usually under adverse conditions. Must surely be Mayo's greatest ever player and up there with the greatest defenders to have played the game. A fantastic warrior. A 5th All Star beckons (although i doubt this will be any consolation to him) and possibly another player of the year nomination. Here is a good link of the analysis of Lee's play on the day! (https://www.mayonews.ie/sports/37379-lee-s-performance-for-the-ages)"
Morgan would have been my man of the match, but Keegan along with I thought Stephen Coen both were the stand outs for Mayo. He has had some great All Ireland final performances and had a brilliant year this year I think he is probably the best Mayo player ever or definitely in the last 20 or 30 years. The likes of Boyle, Higgins, Andy Moran and Ciaran McDonald would be up there as well, but Keegan has continuously performed in the big days.

CartaDubh (Clare) - Posts: 26 - 16/09/2021 09:03:55    2381040

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Mayo have won 3 All-Irelands, 1936, 50 and 51 so I'd estimate there are at least 50 Mayo players who are greater than Lee Keegan because they have all-ireland medals. This thread could only be written about a Mayo player. I would die of embarrassment if Galway lost an All-Ireland final and someone was appreciating one of our loser players. After Tyrone scored their second goal last Saturday Lee Keegan scored a point and set up another within 2 minutes. Why couldn't he have done that 3 minutes earlier? The game was effectively over so the pressure came off him and he was able to perform. When the game was there to be won he was pretty anonymous and the build up to the second goal came right through his channel. The greatest Mayo player ever wouldn't drop the ball into Stephen Cluxton's hands from 25 yards out when a point would have finished the game.
Final note: amazing to see Mayo people posting here. If I supported a team that lost 11 finals in a row I'd be in hiding for months. I certainly wouldn't be out praising a player who played in over half of those finals!

Mailman98 (Galway) - Posts: 318 - 16/09/2021 10:19:36    2381056

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