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Shandonagh are clear favourites and rightly so with what they have achieved in this championship. However, anything can happen on county final day. St. Marys are similar to Shan in many ways and have impressed with wins against Malachys, Tang and in the replay against Bun. Two young teams. It will go down to who handles the pressure better on the day as it is a relatively new situation for both sets of players.

kevinno.8 (Meath) - Posts: 23 - 20/10/2017 16:07:48    2056613

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Replying To kevinno.8:  "Shandonagh are clear favourites and rightly so with what they have achieved in this championship. However, anything can happen on county final day. St. Marys are similar to Shan in many ways and have impressed with wins against Malachys, Tang and in the replay against Bun. Two young teams. It will go down to who handles the pressure better on the day as it is a relatively new situation for both sets of players."
Shandonagh's too loose!

JohnyDuncan (UK) - Posts: 84 - 20/10/2017 19:05:44    2056683

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Great win for the Bridge delighted for them most had them written off before the game began. Tom Molloy was a massive loss for Shan and they will be back.

iarmhi919 (Westmeath) - Posts: 216 - 22/10/2017 18:40:53    2057016

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What a day for The Bridge, as expected by a lot of people it was a tight game with Shandonagh favourites but The Bridge dug it out, wild celebrations tonight I'm sure! Fair play to them.

badger11 (Westmeath) - Posts: 36 - 22/10/2017 18:49:40    2057021

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Management surely to blame on Shandonaghs part! Fair play to the bridge.

JohnyDuncan (UK) - Posts: 84 - 22/10/2017 19:11:06    2057029

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Replying To JohnyDuncan:  "Management surely to blame on Shandonaghs part! Fair play to the bridge."
I wouldnt heap too much blame onto the management team. Shandonagh have a very young team, they looked much younger than the Bridge. If any mistake was made it was that they went very defensive in the second half when they were a few points up and invited the Bridge onto them. The momentum then builded for the Bridge and they took some fantastic scores. It was a game that, for me, never really caught fire. To be honest, I dont think either team are ready for Senior Championship fare.

Meridian (Westmeath) - Posts: 482 - 23/10/2017 09:30:21    2057133

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As a neutral I couldn't get over bad the standard of football was at the intermediate final. I thought Shandonagh were a better team but the final score line says otherwise. Gareth Carr stood out for me for Shandonagh. I can't see Rochfortbridge doing a whole lot in Leinster.

Matthew (None) - Posts: 897 - 23/10/2017 10:16:46    2057153

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Replying To Meridian:  "I wouldnt heap too much blame onto the management team. Shandonagh have a very young team, they looked much younger than the Bridge. If any mistake was made it was that they went very defensive in the second half when they were a few points up and invited the Bridge onto them. The momentum then builded for the Bridge and they took some fantastic scores. It was a game that, for me, never really caught fire. To be honest, I dont think either team are ready for Senior Championship fare."
Shandonagh certainly have many young players, but so do Rochfortbridge, so I don't think they can use inexperience as an excuse. Bridge players had never been in an intermediate final before. They might have 1/2 who played in 2008 junior final. Shandonagh had 3/4 lads from 2007 inter final, plus a man who has played in 6 senior finals.
Shandonagh will be back for sure. Their young players are very good and will learn from this. Bridge will have a good shot at staying up next year and if they do, can build on that.

jamsie (Westmeath) - Posts: 242 - 23/10/2017 10:36:39    2057163

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Replying To Meridian:  "I wouldnt heap too much blame onto the management team. Shandonagh have a very young team, they looked much younger than the Bridge. If any mistake was made it was that they went very defensive in the second half when they were a few points up and invited the Bridge onto them. The momentum then builded for the Bridge and they took some fantastic scores. It was a game that, for me, never really caught fire. To be honest, I dont think either team are ready for Senior Championship fare."
I wouldn't use youth as an excuse. St marys also a very young team.

soreknee (Westmeath) - Posts: 114 - 23/10/2017 10:59:36    2057169

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Congrats to the bridge but hard luck to shandonagh,I know it sounds a bit crazy but I actually think Shandonagh are better off not winning this,they are not ready for senior football another year will do them good at inter.St.marys fantastic win but I can't see anything but a relegation next year,that team won't win any games in senior championship,they are automatically in a relegation playoff with maryland in my opinion.

footiemad (Westmeath) - Posts: 733 - 23/10/2017 11:28:48    2057180

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Shandonagh lost it because of their attitude .... and believing posts on this site telling them they had it won before they kicked a ball

jfd (Westmeath) - Posts: 176 - 23/10/2017 11:33:36    2057181

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The Mayo of Westmeath football

Dote (Westmeath) - Posts: 208 - 23/10/2017 12:08:21    2057195

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Replying To soreknee:  "I wouldn't use youth as an excuse. St marys also a very young team."
Sorry, i wasnt suggesting youth was the reason. I was just saying i thought they looked a very young team. The bottom line is the Bridge wanted it more and for the last 15 minutes you could only see 1 winner.

Meridian (Westmeath) - Posts: 482 - 23/10/2017 12:12:43    2057198

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Knew the occasion would get to Shan , the Bridge will struggle in senior next year but you never know what could happen.

iarmhi919 (Westmeath) - Posts: 216 - 23/10/2017 13:17:23    2057221

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congrats to my near neighbours st marys

mickcunningham (Westmeath) - Posts: 1157 - 23/10/2017 14:28:49    2057243

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Poor aul Shan, always the bridesmaids...... Always seem to make semis or finals but just fall short.

Chops (Westmeath) - Posts: 775 - 23/10/2017 16:25:01    2057283

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Don't see many giving St. Marys much credit on this forum. 4 players over the age of 23 on their team so no point in using youth as an excuse for Shandonagh. St. Marys were well coached, incredibly fit, showed great heart and discipline in the dying minutes(defended a 1 point lead for over 6 minutes against a strong breeze) and a huge never-say-die attitude to win this game. Ian Bradley learned a lot about his team as the championship progressed and he proved it yesterday. Remember they lost 1 of their best forwards to a serious injury in semi-final as well. Do you honestly think they are looking at next year yet??? Bask in the glory lads cos you have earned it.

bruceistheboss (Westmeath) - Posts: 11 - 23/10/2017 16:38:16    2057290

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Well done st marys first inter tiltle since 2004. Moving in the right direction with a young team. Division 1 football helped there cause even thou they did get relegated this yr

Mattyreilly (Westmeath) - Posts: 90 - 23/10/2017 17:43:39    2057311

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Replying To Chops:  "Poor aul Shan, always the bridesmaids...... Always seem to make semis or finals but just fall short."
well Done to St Marys worked hard as a team and kept at it , They focused on the Game itself .. Shandonagh had all arranged for the Afters but forgot that they would have to win the game ? where were they going with 48 on the panel

nearlymadeit (Westmeath) - Posts: 74 - 23/10/2017 19:19:44    2057329

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Replying To nearlymadeit:  "well Done to St Marys worked hard as a team and kept at it , They focused on the Game itself .. Shandonagh had all arranged for the Afters but forgot that they would have to win the game ? where were they going with 48 on the panel"
their shirts looked well

valley84 (Westmeath) - Posts: 1654 - 23/10/2017 22:03:13    2057383

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