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Lee Keegan Appreciation

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One the best players I've seen in my time. He has delivered his best performances in the biggest days, which is the mark of a true great.
The bigger the challenge, the better he got.
Funnily enough, he hasn't looked as good playing against Galway as he has in All-Ireland finals and we've given him a few tough days, but none of those games have been on the biggest stage.
Lee probably doesn't consider us worthy of one of his trademark performances. :)

WanPintWin (Galway) - Posts: 1184 - 16/09/2021 11:01:14    2381065

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Replying To Mailman98:  "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!"
Congratulations and fair play Mailman98. I'm just going to have to assume you're a ridiculously high acheiver and serial winner when you consider a lad that has performed well in 7 All Ireland finals a loser player! Good man!!!

maximus02 (Longford) - Posts: 133 - 16/09/2021 11:22:37    2381067

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Replying To KingdomBoy1:  "I like keegan but would he be better than Higgins?"
Not a lot in it but Keegan for me. Thought he was possibly on the wane the last couple of seasons but has been rejuvenated the last 2 matches and should pick up his 5th all star. Always produces on the big day! If he hangs about might be worth giving him the captaincy for a season.

maximus02 (Longford) - Posts: 133 - 16/09/2021 11:27:45    2381068

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Replying To maximus02:  "Congratulations and fair play Mailman98. I'm just going to have to assume you're a ridiculously high acheiver and serial winner when you consider a lad that has performed well in 7 All Ireland finals a loser player! Good man!!!"
Performed well in 7 All-Irelands. Well congratulations, there's something to tell the grandkids as they search the house for All-Ireland medals. Oh and by the way, in case anyone has been misled by an earlier post from a Mayo supporter here, Lee's All-Ireland win with Westport was at Intermediate level which I don't think too many intercounty players would crow about.

Mailman98 (Galway) - Posts: 318 - 16/09/2021 11:46:37    2381070

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I must be the only one who thinks Higgins was over-rated. Far better at carrying the ball forward than in the bread and butter stuff expected of a corner-back. Prove is in the pudding when Lee Keegan was always the go-to shut-down marker, and Barrett even excelled on the biggest stage from a defensive viewpoint more than Higgins.

Keegan could keep his direct opponent scoreless and still get up the field for a score- in fact, last year (probably his worst year in a jersey for Mayo) was the only time he didn't score in an All-Ireland final, and he has scored 2-4 in the others combined. The ultimate competitor who I hope more than anyone ends up with a medal by the time he hangs up his boots.

beano (Wexford) - Posts: 959 - 16/09/2021 12:02:42    2381075

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The post is good, the heading abit of "your a lovely fellah Lee but"..excellent player, he wont be the first or the last in both codes that could end up never winning an AI medal...his amount of finals played in does make it all the more remarkable...

Fairplayalways (Offaly) - Posts: 866 - 16/09/2021 12:04:08    2381076

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Replying To maximus02:  "Not a lot in it but Keegan for me. Thought he was possibly on the wane the last couple of seasons but has been rejuvenated the last 2 matches and should pick up his 5th all star. Always produces on the big day! If he hangs about might be worth giving him the captaincy for a season."
Actually you raised a good point there, why didn't Lee get the captansy? I take it that Cillian O'Connor was the captain before he got injured and then it fell to O'Shea for some reason but in fairness it should have gone to keegan shouldn't it?

KingdomBoy1 (Kerry) - Posts: 13787 - 16/09/2021 12:06:26    2381077

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Replying To Mailman98:  "Performed well in 7 All-Irelands. Well congratulations, there's something to tell the grandkids as they search the house for All-Ireland medals. Oh and by the way, in case anyone has been misled by an earlier post from a Mayo supporter here, Lee's All-Ireland win with Westport was at Intermediate level which I don't think too many intercounty players would crow about."
As bad as we are we're living rent free in your head. Let it out there trollman.

GreenandRed (Mayo) - Posts: 6284 - 16/09/2021 12:54:59    2381082

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A great player and very unlucky not to have picked up a Celtic Cross or two.
He lets himself down at times though with his ****house tactics, whether it be throwing GPS or laughing in the face of opponents after a missed chance. I'm sure Conor McKenna will have a wee smile to himself when he's putting his All Ireland medal on the mantlepiece.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 7445 - 16/09/2021 14:28:33    2381097

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Replying To beano:  "I must be the only one who thinks Higgins was over-rated. Far better at carrying the ball forward than in the bread and butter stuff expected of a corner-back. Prove is in the pudding when Lee Keegan was always the go-to shut-down marker, and Barrett even excelled on the biggest stage from a defensive viewpoint more than Higgins.

Keegan could keep his direct opponent scoreless and still get up the field for a score- in fact, last year (probably his worst year in a jersey for Mayo) was the only time he didn't score in an All-Ireland final, and he has scored 2-4 in the others combined. The ultimate competitor who I hope more than anyone ends up with a medal by the time he hangs up his boots."
To be honest I'd be in agreement with you on Higgins. A very good footballer but always felt he was a little overrated.

Keegan streets ahead for me.

MesAmis (Dublin) - Posts: 13404 - 16/09/2021 14:43:54    2381100

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Replying To Mailman98:  "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!"
Its appreciating a player who has been consistently excellent for years. Nothing wrong with that.

Its unfortunate for him that he will likely end his career, as likely will Conor McManus from my own county, without winning Sam.

He was excellent for Mayo last saturday, not his fault some of his team mates didnt perform on the day. If anything, his unfortunate record of losing finals makes its even more impressive that he continues to excel and doesn't just give up.

On your final note.... Galway have just lost three connacht finals in a row. If they lose another 3 or 4 are you going to go in to hiding? Probably better for all if you did....but it would prove you are no fan.

Gator (Monaghan) - Posts: 217 - 16/09/2021 15:00:56    2381107

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Replying To KingdomBoy1:  "I like keegan but would he be better than Higgins?"
For me Keegan is much better.....and I think Higgins was a very good player for Mayo.

Gator (Monaghan) - Posts: 217 - 16/09/2021 15:02:01    2381108

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Replying To Mailman98:  "Performed well in 7 All-Irelands. Well congratulations, there's something to tell the grandkids as they search the house for All-Ireland medals. Oh and by the way, in case anyone has been misled by an earlier post from a Mayo supporter here, Lee's All-Ireland win with Westport was at Intermediate level which I don't think too many intercounty players would crow about."
They should print up your posts and give them to the kids just so they can understand how high the bar is set and not to bother.

Friend of mine from Meath whose son idolised Lee Keegan growing up and now he's involved in the Meath underage squads. Does that not sound worthy to you?

I know you're a WUM Mailman, but you might take on board the old saying about having nothing good to say..?

Pericles (Mayo) - Posts: 2451 - 16/09/2021 15:25:44    2381114

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Lee Keegan can hold his head high, one of the best defenders of his generation. A warrior on the field and a gentleman off it.

tireoghainabu (Tyrone) - Posts: 176 - 16/09/2021 15:53:51    2381124

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Replying To GreenandRed:  "As bad as we are we're living rent free in your head. Let it out there trollman."
Like Galway's 5 football All Irelands since 1951 are living rent free in the heads of every Mayo player and fan. Galway are your real curse.

Mailman98 (Galway) - Posts: 318 - 16/09/2021 16:14:03    2381130

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Replying To Lockjaw:  "A great player and very unlucky not to have picked up a Celtic Cross or two.
He lets himself down at times though with his ****house tactics, whether it be throwing GPS or laughing in the face of opponents after a missed chance. I'm sure Conor McKenna will have a wee smile to himself when he's putting his All Ireland medal on the mantlepiece."
A fine post. When the sledging stops the winning might start.

Mailman98 (Galway) - Posts: 318 - 16/09/2021 16:15:07    2381132

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Replying To Pericles:  "They should print up your posts and give them to the kids just so they can understand how high the bar is set and not to bother.

Friend of mine from Meath whose son idolised Lee Keegan growing up and now he's involved in the Meath underage squads. Does that not sound worthy to you?

I know you're a WUM Mailman, but you might take on board the old saying about having nothing good to say..?"
It just goes to show how bad Meath have gone when their young fellas have to look to perennial nearly men from outside the County as their role models. Had he no Internet so he could show the child a few videos of the great Martin O'Connell or Liam Harnan? Great mean and winners to boot.

Mailman98 (Galway) - Posts: 318 - 16/09/2021 16:20:03    2381133

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Replying To Mailman98:  "Like Galway's 5 football All Irelands since 1951 are living rent free in the heads of every Mayo player and fan. Galway are your real curse."
That's it trollman. Keep taking the meds

GreenandRed (Mayo) - Posts: 6284 - 16/09/2021 16:39:53    2381140

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posters comparing Lee Keegan situation to Conor McManus and other current stars not probably winning an All Ireland medal..thats abit misleading in argument. Conor McManus and others havent played in multiple All Ireland finals and lost everyone of them, that is the unique thing about Keegan and O'Shea...some of the names comparing him to havent even reached an All Ireland so its a totally different scenario...Dermot Earley senior was one of the best footballers ever in Ireland but was only in one final in 1980 and lost in it...countless of others from all counties since too havent even won a provincial let alone lose multiple finals....Gary Brennan from Clare, would have made most so called stronger counties starting 15 but will be forgot about outside Clare in a few years time...it happens...

Fairplayalways (Offaly) - Posts: 866 - 16/09/2021 17:04:03    2381145

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Replying To Mailman98:  "It just goes to show how bad Meath have gone when their young fellas have to look to perennial nearly men from outside the County as their role models. Had he no Internet so he could show the child a few videos of the great Martin O'Connell or Liam Harnan? Great mean and winners to boot."
His dad played for Meath but he isn't a twat so he could see the benefit of his son admiring a great player who wasn't the subject of a history lesson. If it's any consolation to your bitter side (and I suspect you could have one) the young fella has grown out of it slightly because he now has ambitions to play for his own county, even if that's at the risk of becoming a nearly man himself one day.

Pericles (Mayo) - Posts: 2451 - 16/09/2021 17:17:15    2381148

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