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Replying To tommy k:  "Yes all those players you mentioned plus Rory Cunningham should get more game time. Another player I like is Paul Mannion of Kilconly as he is very direct and accurate and I hope PJ and co. will soon give him a chance. Glenn Kelly of Monivea- Abbey is another option."
Mannion had a few chances in the past but wasn't able to push on. Was invited into the development panel at the end of last year, following a good campaign with his club, but declined. Don't really blame him, he's not that young any more. Not sure if Kelly is still with the U20 panel; needs to push himself harder.

Triffic (Galway) - Posts: 124 - 19/02/2024 13:13:30    2526951

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Replying To tommy k:  "Yes that must be the Salthill understanding and Salthill had a large contingent in action with Maher, Finnerty, Sweeney and O'Flaherty when he came on. Midfield is still a problem - couldn't help but think what a loss Cooke appears to be at this juncture as Maher, Darcy etc. are just not at that level. I think with all the injured players back and firing on all cylinders we are a match for anyone bar perhaps Dublin and Kerry. I would like the players and the forwards in particular to play with a bit more abandon like in the second half when it opened up a bit. Don't think McHugh and Molloy are in top form yet but hopefully that will come in time."
I'm not sure why you're putting Maher in the same bracket as D'Arcy. Maher has played of football for Galway since getting his run at the start of last year. He has impressed in a lot of games. He's a physical player who gives us much-needed grit around the middle. He works very hard, doesn't shirk tackles and is well able to win his own ball. He has plenty football in him too. I think he's a very important part of our team.
D'Arcy has played very little yet, since making his way back into the team this year. We've yet to see what he can offer.

WanPintWin (Galway) - Posts: 2030 - 19/02/2024 13:50:54    2526965

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Replying To Trucker1:  "Wouldn't rule out the two young lads yet. Yesterday was a tough day for them but it was a horrible day to be in the full forward line, slow ball in and Tyrone were very deep. They have quality and I think both will have an impact as the year goes on. Tomo Culhane another option who should have an impact"
No definitely wouldn't rule them out either. They should be given more game time in the remaining league.

hopballref (Galway) - Posts: 376 - 19/02/2024 13:51:12    2526967

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Had hoped we would see more from O'Curraoin and O'Conghaile yesterday as we badly need a new forward or two to put their hands up for selection but both were fairly anonymous. It didn't help that Galway were attacking so slowly that Tyrone could get everyone back and set up in defence. There was very little space up there for them. Given the injuries they may as well get another run out in the next game.

PJ on GBFM said that both Walsh and Comer are not close to being back yet so we may not see much of them in the league. Conroy and Tierney injured now so will be tough going against a flying Derry next weekend.

Marooned (Galway) - Posts: 2206 - 19/02/2024 13:53:23    2526968

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Looking at the injuries, the selection may need to be pragmatic and go defensive versus Derry, if Conroy and Tierney are now injured.
1.Gleeson
2.McGrath
3.Fitzgerald
4.Mulkerrins
5.McHugh
6.Daly
7.Molloy or O'Flaherty
8.Maher
9.Sean Kelly
10.Heaney
11.O'Curraoin/N.Daly
12.Sweeney
13.Cunningham/McCabe/Culhane
14.Finnerty
15.O'Conghaile

GDL (Galway) - Posts: 716 - 19/02/2024 14:37:53    2526986

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Galway now the same price (4/1) with the bookies to make the league final as they are to be relegated. Roscommon, Monaghan, Tyrone and Dublin all shorter prices to be relegated.

galway19 (Galway) - Posts: 671 - 19/02/2024 15:46:43    2527016

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Replying To WanPintWin:  "I'm not sure why you're putting Maher in the same bracket as D'Arcy. Maher has played of football for Galway since getting his run at the start of last year. He has impressed in a lot of games. He's a physical player who gives us much-needed grit around the middle. He works very hard, doesn't shirk tackles and is well able to win his own ball. He has plenty football in him too. I think he's a very important part of our team.
D'Arcy has played very little yet, since making his way back into the team this year. We've yet to see what he can offer."
D'Arcy has played for Galway in the past at midfield and he seemed to be a promising player at underage but he has not progressed in the way he should have so I don't think he deserves to be on the current team ahead of other players and he is certainly not a forward. Was surprised Ger Davoren was not brought on instead of him as he is good at winning aerial possession given Gleeson was mainly kicking it out long yesterday.

tommy k (Galway) - Posts: 3314 - 19/02/2024 15:51:14    2527019

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I will have a go at picking team v Derry without conroy and tierney if inj

Gleason
McGrath. Fitzgerald. Mulkerrins

Mchugh. Daly. Molloy

Maher / Darcy

Heaney. Niall Daly. Sweeney

Finnerty. Cunningham. O curraine

Don't think they will start Sean Kelly
Think they use flaherty as impact sub again
Need fresh legs after 45 mins I'd think even if conroy is fit he prob needs. A rest anyway and bring on with 20 left if fit of course

Kickitout (Galway) - Posts: 831 - 19/02/2024 15:53:18    2527020

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Replying To tommy k:  "Yes all those players you mentioned plus Rory Cunningham should get more game time. Another player I like is Paul Mannion of Kilconly as he is very direct and accurate and I hope PJ and co. will soon give him a chance. Glenn Kelly of Monivea- Abbey is another option."
You really have absolutely no clue of football in Galway.

Galwaymaster9 (Galway) - Posts: 390 - 19/02/2024 16:27:34    2527034

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That was important and hard earned win in Omagh. Defensively very good and Tyrone was lucky to score 0-12. Johnny Heaney probably one of Galways most underrated players was the stand out player on show IMO.


Derry up next and Galway have a great record against them however hard to see a win with the form of Derry at the moment and Conroy, Tierney doubtful. Match against Monaghan a big one and a win there should retain Div 1 status I'd reckon.

Drax_the_destroyer (UK) - Posts: 77 - 19/02/2024 17:30:47    2527062

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Replying To Galwaymaster9:  "You really have absolutely no clue of football in Galway."
Give us your "expert opinion" then master! lol

tommy k (Galway) - Posts: 3314 - 19/02/2024 19:09:30    2527074

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Poor Gleeson is so slow with his kickouts but are players moving for him to get the ball out to. From the few behind goal shots there wasnt much of an outlet. We have a chance as we dont fear Derry but they are flying and will be a hard team to beat. I liked O Flaherty when he came in, he has to have a role. If PJ is to go this year by bringing in the two young lads up front and bringing Egan and McCabe into the squad he is building us for the future. I'm not sure what our strongest team if all are fit but you would be thinking if we moved Kelly up the pitch (if we can afford to) he would be a serious threat. You would want to see lads taking on their men instead of turning back and the few times we directly attacked like for the Sweeney goal we looked more like the Galway of old. I dont believe and a I accept its the modern game, that this lateral and back passing suits us. It probably depends who we are playing, when we get to Dublin and Kerry they will let us play and we will see where we really are.

JahTribe (Galway) - Posts: 72 - 19/02/2024 20:37:11    2527088

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do not take the bait people! tommy has been at this for years!

cavan.galway (Galway) - Posts: 182 - 19/02/2024 21:45:08    2527096

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Replying To galwayman2:  "They're both good players. We'll see the best of them hopefully in 2-3 years time. It's very hard to come straight in at 19-20 years of age in the modern game and excel.
Same with Egan, McCabe and Sam O'Neill."
Was in Tyrone yesterday and the first half was a hard watch . Tyrone were very poor and we should have beaten them by 5 or 6 points .We took them apart when we ran at them but then with 10 minutes to go tried to play keep ball instead of moving quickly and its not our forte. Impressed with Daniel Flaherty yesterday. To be honest I was one questioning his position on the panel after the FBD and Mayo games and am delighted to be proved wrong.
Hearing Shane's injury was an 8 to 10 week break. Would like to see Paddy Egan tried for at least 30 minutes against Derry . Big leap up for him but nothing to lose given our injury problems and fortune sometimes favours the brave. I'm told himself and Ciaran Brady destroyed Cian Darcy and Michael Dara MacAuley earlier this summer in a challenge when Corofin played Ballyboden???

fairplay4ever (Galway) - Posts: 415 - 19/02/2024 23:57:46    2527115

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Replying To JahTribe:  "Poor Gleeson is so slow with his kickouts but are players moving for him to get the ball out to. From the few behind goal shots there wasnt much of an outlet. We have a chance as we dont fear Derry but they are flying and will be a hard team to beat. I liked O Flaherty when he came in, he has to have a role. If PJ is to go this year by bringing in the two young lads up front and bringing Egan and McCabe into the squad he is building us for the future. I'm not sure what our strongest team if all are fit but you would be thinking if we moved Kelly up the pitch (if we can afford to) he would be a serious threat. You would want to see lads taking on their men instead of turning back and the few times we directly attacked like for the Sweeney goal we looked more like the Galway of old. I dont believe and a I accept its the modern game, that this lateral and back passing suits us. It probably depends who we are playing, when we get to Dublin and Kerry they will let us play and we will see where we really are."
It's a bit of both.

He's generally not prepared, can't understand why every time the ball goes out the field he can't put a ball and tee to one side(sometimes he does but not always) and then sprint out quicker, he ambles out.
If your keeper can have the ball and tee ready and sprint out you'd probably get about 50% away under no pressure.

But our set up is also poor, our backs bunch and then slowly run back into space and occupy it.
It's so poor to look at and achieves nothing, the key is to open space and let someone else run into it, not to occupy it stationary.
Our half forwards just turn their back on the play and run forward, you'd never see them do a 180 and make a bee line into space out the wing and it put in front of them.

You'll find it very hard to win an AI if you're giving up loads of our kick outs and pressing poorly.
I really believe we would have won 2022 if our restarts weren't so poor, in the first half we lost a fair few of ours and none of Kerry's and it kept them in the game, reverse that stat and we'd have been out of sight.

Gilberto_Eire (Galway) - Posts: 57 - 20/02/2024 00:03:31    2527116

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Replying To JahTribe:  "Poor Gleeson is so slow with his kickouts but are players moving for him to get the ball out to. From the few behind goal shots there wasnt much of an outlet. We have a chance as we dont fear Derry but they are flying and will be a hard team to beat. I liked O Flaherty when he came in, he has to have a role. If PJ is to go this year by bringing in the two young lads up front and bringing Egan and McCabe into the squad he is building us for the future. I'm not sure what our strongest team if all are fit but you would be thinking if we moved Kelly up the pitch (if we can afford to) he would be a serious threat. You would want to see lads taking on their men instead of turning back and the few times we directly attacked like for the Sweeney goal we looked more like the Galway of old. I dont believe and a I accept its the modern game, that this lateral and back passing suits us. It probably depends who we are playing, when we get to Dublin and Kerry they will let us play and we will see where we really are."
It definitely showed that when the lads ran at their opponents they beat them and scored.Its not something you can do for 70 mins but should be done more.Management don't seem to want to use the goalkeeper as an extra player really like most top teams are, so Conor Gleeson will be in goals.Its hard to watch young lads that can run for Ireland and won an under 20 All Ireland playing attacking football playing the ball back and forth like basketball but c'est la vie.They are doing what they have told to do.

Alwaysencourage (Galway) - Posts: 215 - 20/02/2024 10:00:13    2527150

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Replying To Alwaysencourage:  "It definitely showed that when the lads ran at their opponents they beat them and scored.Its not something you can do for 70 mins but should be done more.Management don't seem to want to use the goalkeeper as an extra player really like most top teams are, so Conor Gleeson will be in goals.Its hard to watch young lads that can run for Ireland and won an under 20 All Ireland playing attacking football playing the ball back and forth like basketball but c'est la vie.They are doing what they have told to do."
I thought the difference between the 2 keepers was stark. When Galway dropped in numbers like Tyrone were doing, Morgan was able to join the line and even got through for a point and set up one with a clever pass in the second half. I watched the Kerry Mayo highlights and Kerry work the ball to Clifford but Shane Ryan has joined the attack meaning 14 man Mayo can't really double up on Clifford. I really can't fathom at this stage why we haven't even explored the option.

smallfrank (Galway) - Posts: 361 - 20/02/2024 10:26:21    2527155

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Replying To smallfrank:  "I thought the difference between the 2 keepers was stark. When Galway dropped in numbers like Tyrone were doing, Morgan was able to join the line and even got through for a point and set up one with a clever pass in the second half. I watched the Kerry Mayo highlights and Kerry work the ball to Clifford but Shane Ryan has joined the attack meaning 14 man Mayo can't really double up on Clifford. I really can't fathom at this stage why we haven't even explored the option."
Because Shane Ryan and Morgan are better footballers than Gleeson. Gleeson would only be in the way. Dublin won an All Ireland and Cluxton didn't cross 45, and is also the best goalkeeper of all time. Leave Gleeson where he is.

hopballref (Galway) - Posts: 376 - 20/02/2024 11:20:10    2527165

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Replying To smallfrank:  "I thought the difference between the 2 keepers was stark. When Galway dropped in numbers like Tyrone were doing, Morgan was able to join the line and even got through for a point and set up one with a clever pass in the second half. I watched the Kerry Mayo highlights and Kerry work the ball to Clifford but Shane Ryan has joined the attack meaning 14 man Mayo can't really double up on Clifford. I really can't fathom at this stage why we haven't even explored the option."
You'd need an outfield player in goals to make that work. I think Ryan plays outfield for his club. Same with the Armagh goalie. If Gleeson was told to come up the field he'd be targeted big time for a turnover and it wouldn't be his fault. He's a goalkeeper only. Cluxton is too. Imagine what we'd be like with a Cluxton. We'd be running into space all game, like the second half last Sunday. It'd be a game changer for us.

jam83 (Galway) - Posts: 129 - 20/02/2024 12:04:12    2527171

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There is rule change coming to football, to make it more agreeable on the eye. New president Jarlath Burns has it on his agenda. An obvious and handy start to these changes would be to keep goalies in the goals, and possibly limit open play passes to the keeper as well.

Pope_Benedict (Galway) - Posts: 3410 - 20/02/2024 12:30:32    2527174

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