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Replying To rorysboys:  "Yea interesting. In my eyes I cudnt ignore eamon mc gee or Rory kav. At who's expense probably ciaran Thompson and mark mc Hugh but in fairness to mark he had a specific role which very few could do"
Mark McHugh definitely can't be ignored. His role in the team in 2012 as a sweeper was vital. Eamonn McGee should have been an all star in 2012, he was very close to getting man of the match in the final. McCole has improved, but he's nowhere near the levels Eamonn McGee reached in 2011, 2012.

greenfan (Donegal) - Posts: 459 - 23/02/2024 12:37:22    2527696

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Replying To peiledoir20:  "I'm not sure liability is the right term but he has been badly exposed in a couple of games in the last couple of years. I recall two of the teams most senior players calling to the bench to have him taken off in 2022 against Armagh. And it wasn't because he was injuried. I always found him more capable in games this time of years but come the summer he would struggle with the harder ground and faster pace, as is the case with most big men. Horses for courses as they say. He still has his uses."
I want to give you the benefit of the doubt as no doubt we haven't seen the best of Hugh in nearly two years, but this feels disingenuous.

McFadden played 60 in the Ulster win v Armagh in 2022 and was a stand-out performer. He came off on late in second half after helping the team build a 6-point lead.

He picked up a concussion in the semi-final v Cavan coming off after half-time, and three weeks later played in extra time in the final loss v Derry. He didn't feature in the heavy loss to Armagh later a few weeks later. Concussions are tricky and need to be carefully managed. I can only guess he wasn't cleared to play more than x amount of minutes, and wasn't risked by Bonner. One way or another, he was missed in that defeat to Armagh as Jason Duffy and Jarlath Óg roasted us in the middle.

SurelyToGod (Donegal) - Posts: 371 - 23/02/2024 13:24:59    2527709

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Replying To rorysboys:  "Yea interesting. In my eyes I cudnt ignore eamon mc gee or Rory kav. At who's expense probably ciaran Thompson and mark mc Hugh but in fairness to mark he had a specific role which very few could do"
We all know how things panned out, and there's no point here in rehashing old arguments. But pound for pound, Kevin Cassidy was surely one of the best players in that first McGuinness era. A two time All-Star and a colossus in the green and gold when in his prime.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 9103 - 23/02/2024 13:28:40    2527712

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Replying To Commodore:  "Well it looking likely that Aaron Doherty will finally get consistent game time in the coming weeks, so we should see what he can do hopefully. He definitely looked energetic and lively when he came on as a sub against Fermanagh."
Why is it looking lively

TheRock2121 (Donegal) - Posts: 1135 - 23/02/2024 15:31:15    2527738

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Replying To peiledoir20:  "I'm not sure liability is the right term but he has been badly exposed in a couple of games in the last couple of years. I recall two of the teams most senior players calling to the bench to have him taken off in 2022 against Armagh. And it wasn't because he was injuried. I always found him more capable in games this time of years but come the summer he would struggle with the harder ground and faster pace, as is the case with most big men. Horses for courses as they say. He still has his uses."
Agree with the Armagh game. He was coming back from injury then and the same with the Derry game in ET when he came on and was badly exposed. So important to keep that in mind but I do agree midfield cannot be the place we play him. I see Jim has him in full forward already at spells. I think in here he could be effective. He set up Paddy's point near the end.

TheRock2121 (Donegal) - Posts: 1135 - 23/02/2024 15:37:22    2527739

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C.Ward
B.McCole
S.McMenamin
Eoghan Ban
R.McHugh
H.McFadden
J.McGee
C.McGonagle
C.Thompson
M.Langan
N.O'Donnell
J.Brennan
O.Gallen
P.Mogan
The above all played against Fermanagh in 2019 in Letterkenny.
Patton wasn't playing that day and McBrearty and O'Baoill were injured.
There won't be many outside that 17 players on a first 15 for 2024.You would have to say a fairly experienced bunch of players with 2 ulster titles under their belt.We have the likes of Curran,Doherty,McColgan,C.O'Donnell,S.O'Donnell,McKelvey and now Moore seems to be the mix.Hopefully these new boys will push the older guys for places.

gunman (Donegal) - Posts: 1054 - 23/02/2024 16:01:07    2527744

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Replying To Lockjaw:  "We all know how things panned out, and there's no point here in rehashing old arguments. But pound for pound, Kevin Cassidy was surely one of the best players in that first McGuinness era. A two time All-Star and a colossus in the green and gold when in his prime."
No doubting Cassidy's footballing ability but he didn't toe the line with Jim's rules and that ultimately cost him a Celtic Cross in the end.

peiledoir20 (Donegal) - Posts: 791 - 23/02/2024 16:54:48    2527748

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Replying To peiledoir20:  "No doubting Cassidy's footballing ability but he didn't toe the line with Jim's rules and that ultimately cost him a Celtic Cross in the end."
Maybe Jim has mellowed in his old age .. because the 2 players who broke rules recently are still in the panel. Or maybe we don't have enough players in their position to replace them...

greenfan (Donegal) - Posts: 459 - 23/02/2024 19:45:10    2527772

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Replying To greenfan:  "Maybe Jim has mellowed in his old age .. because the 2 players who broke rules recently are still in the panel. Or maybe we don't have enough players in their position to replace them..."
Two midfielders?

BrehonBlonde (Monaghan) - Posts: 29 - 23/02/2024 23:48:33    2527797

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Replying To greenfan:  "Maybe Jim has mellowed in his old age .. because the 2 players who broke rules recently are still in the panel. Or maybe we don't have enough players in their position to replace them..."
Depends what they did, if they did anything. Cassidy was the only one who went and didn't come back. Hanlon was dropped and then got back in I recall. So wouldn't think he's mellowing at all but more of a case by case situation.

Donegal_abroad (Donegal) - Posts: 1319 - 24/02/2024 07:34:44    2527801

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Best wishes to Abbey VS this afternoon. I just can't see them getting beat.

Ulsterchamps72 (Donegal) - Posts: 73 - 24/02/2024 11:10:04    2527825

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Greenfan no need to talk about individual mistakes of indiscipline in the camp, management will deal with that I'm sure every county has issues but we seem always willing to blurt about our own.

Tyrion (Donegal) - Posts: 159 - 24/02/2024 11:30:43    2527827

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Ready to roll.Looks like a good day.Despite all the problems we had last year the game was tight enough.The ref gave some very bad decisions against us if you recall enabling Armagh to win by 3 points.

gunman (Donegal) - Posts: 1054 - 25/02/2024 09:45:13    2527962

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Just back from armagh, trying to make sense of the game, could have been well home had we taken 1 or 2 of the goal opportunities we had, was delighted we hot out with a point in the end, armagh had all their big guns on by the end. Great fight from the lads, alot of poor turnovers and misplaced passes from us, the league is the place for them, hopefully thuis will be rectified come championship. Ryan mchugh very good again, mcgonigle too. Paddy good in first half less effective in second. Shane O donnel made a difference in second half too.

totalrecall (Leitrim) - Posts: 912 - 25/02/2024 18:53:31    2528082

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Replying To SouthOfTheGap:  "I've a major question mark after Saturday? Maybe Eunansforever may be able to answer.

What was the noise that kept going off every 5 minutes?"
Prob Rory logging into hogs stand bluffing

eunans4ever (Donegal) - Posts: 1595 - 25/02/2024 19:14:19    2528089

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What has happened our support - dreadful turn out in Armagh today - really really poor

eunans4ever (Donegal) - Posts: 1595 - 25/02/2024 19:15:15    2528091

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Replying To eunans4ever:  "What has happened our support - dreadful turn out in Armagh today - really really poor"
Wud say 500 at the most may be wrong as I was in the terrace. The 20e tickets ar a factor aswell.

Tyrion (Donegal) - Posts: 159 - 25/02/2024 20:44:38    2528115

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Replying To Tyrion:  "Wud say 500 at the most may be wrong as I was in the terrace. The 20e tickets ar a factor aswell."
Shocking support for top of table clash. A few Donegal supporters in Stand but very dissappointing. If €20 keeps fans away, thats awful. Supporters that were in Armagh today should be first to get Tickets for Celtic Park......

Scenicparish (Donegal) - Posts: 264 - 25/02/2024 21:51:45    2528138

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Ridiculous time for a game 3pm not giving people time to digest their Sunday lunch.It also clashed with the Carabao Cup Final and the France v Italy Rugby game.Armagh people seem to have no interest in those big events at all.

gunman (Donegal) - Posts: 1054 - 25/02/2024 23:38:21    2528156

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Replying To gunman:  "Ridiculous time for a game 3pm not giving people time to digest their Sunday lunch.It also clashed with the Carabao Cup Final and the France v Italy Rugby game.Armagh people seem to have no interest in those big events at all."
Yea you forgot to put down that Sunday doesn't suit the massive donegal support either. I forgot Saturday is not ideal either we're all working and can't get off.. the Armagh support were fantastic yesterday a proper gaa county, bit like mayo no success but always follow there team.

rorysboys (Donegal) - Posts: 2388 - 26/02/2024 07:52:30    2528182

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