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Hard one to call, Mayo badly need to keep 15 players on the pitch, no stupid off the ball incidents, COC actually playing a game instead of trying to get opponents booked, AOS to get off his arse and play as good as we know he can, our forwards need to show up and stop relying on Andy Moran and O'Connor frees for our scores, nobody wants to lose and end up in the early rounds of the qualifiers, Mayo should have won in Salthill last year, they held Galway to a few scores in the 1st half against of a strong gale and should have been in the driving seat for the 2nd half with the aid of the wind but they walked out onto the pitch with no game plan, you can't do that against a team like Galway and Galway deservedly won that match, will Mayo make that same mistake again, who knows but I think Mayo want to go through the front door this year, Mayo to win by a few points

riverboys (Mayo) - Posts: 1221 - 07/05/2018 22:47:42    2097175

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And so the build up intensifies this week....really looking forward to this game now. Health and safety officers were onsite at MacHale Park on Friday as the Connacht council were looking to get the capacity increased due to demand.

yew_tree (Mayo) - Posts: 9010 - 08/05/2018 09:22:12    2097204

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Replying To MayoDan:  "No chance Hanley will be starting this game. He's only played 2 months of Gaelic football in the guts of 4 years.

Kevin Mc, Aidan and DO'C will be our half forward line. Full forward line will be Andy + 2 out of Cillian/Loftus/Doherty."
When it comes down to it Dan, you'll probably be proven right, but personally I don't see DOC keeping a place in the HF line this year if his form doesn't show some sort of consistency. I know he's had injuries, but we just aren't seeing anything close to his full potential considering his talent. I also think that the advent of young O'Donoghue provides the option of re-siting Keith Higgins further forward (done before, I know), possibly in the HF line where his ability to change pace could punch holes in the Galway rearguard. Our FF line picks itself when you're facing an opposition (Dublin, Kerry, or even the Rossies) who enable you to kick the ball in, but that opposition isn't the likes of Galway, who (like Tyrone) will pounce on anything that isn't on the money and come back looking for interest. This is the game they play.

Another variable is that Mayo haven't been right preparedness wise at this time of the year since Rochford took over, rightly with a view to peaking later. Connacht's crazy groundhog day draw (which should be adjusted to avoid getting the same fixtures every year) hasn't done either Galway or Mayo a favour these last 3 years, with Mayo holding back and Galway going too soon. Having won the league it's hard not to think that overall Galway should still be ahead of Mayo again in the peaking department. Not long to wait to find out.

Pericles (Mayo) - Posts: 1742 - 08/05/2018 09:43:26    2097206

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This fixture is getting me giddy.
Castlebar is going to be black with people and I believe atmosphere wise it will be the biggest game in Connacht in years.
Very hard to call at this stage, Imagine Galway v Mayo in the super 8s group together.

We can only dream

TribalThing (Galway) - Posts: 46 - 08/05/2018 10:28:29    2097218

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Replying To Pericles:  "When it comes down to it Dan, you'll probably be proven right, but personally I don't see DOC keeping a place in the HF line this year if his form doesn't show some sort of consistency. I know he's had injuries, but we just aren't seeing anything close to his full potential considering his talent. I also think that the advent of young O'Donoghue provides the option of re-siting Keith Higgins further forward (done before, I know), possibly in the HF line where his ability to change pace could punch holes in the Galway rearguard. Our FF line picks itself when you're facing an opposition (Dublin, Kerry, or even the Rossies) who enable you to kick the ball in, but that opposition isn't the likes of Galway, who (like Tyrone) will pounce on anything that isn't on the money and come back looking for interest. This is the game they play.

Another variable is that Mayo haven't been right preparedness wise at this time of the year since Rochford took over, rightly with a view to peaking later. Connacht's crazy groundhog day draw (which should be adjusted to avoid getting the same fixtures every year) hasn't done either Galway or Mayo a favour these last 3 years, with Mayo holding back and Galway going too soon. Having won the league it's hard not to think that overall Galway should still be ahead of Mayo again in the peaking department. Not long to wait to find out."
Whether DO'C is playing to his potential is up for debate. He was still one of our top scorers in the league as well as the work rate he provides. I would like to see Higgins at half back in Keegan's absence but not in the forwards. His shooting is too poor to play there.

MayoDan (Mayo) - Posts: 69 - 08/05/2018 10:36:49    2097221

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Replying To MayoDan:  "Whether DO'C is playing to his potential is up for debate. He was still one of our top scorers in the league as well as the work rate he provides. I would like to see Higgins at half back in Keegan's absence but not in the forwards. His shooting is too poor to play there."
Agree, Keith is a bit hit and miss without the camán! But his footwork and control as a ball carrier, plus his virtually instant change of pace to find space by reading the movement of other players, is a valuable key that would create chances for others. It's going to have to be something like that, or letting the likes of Jason Doherty, Conor Loftus or Cillian (whoever plays) drift out to try for hit and hope long range shots. Andy as usual will likely find himself doing a lot of running without the ball, but it's going to be congested. The Galway kickout strategy will be interesting.

Maybe I'm being a bit hard on DO'C, but I believe he has a lot more in him. Maybe he'll prove the key man come Sunday...

Pericles (Mayo) - Posts: 1742 - 08/05/2018 12:48:29    2097262

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It's only Tuesday and I'm already bouncing for this one!!

Hopefully a dry day for a change. The downpours of the last few years were only bearable because we got the right result!!

Mayonman (Galway) - Posts: 628 - 08/05/2018 13:06:21    2097267

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No doubting the Man of the the match, indeed the man of the century will be Roscommon's Andy Moran next weekend. Looking forward to the game

WaitingInTheLongGrass (Roscommon) - Posts: 15 - 08/05/2018 16:26:23    2097331

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Replying To WaitingInTheLongGrass:  "No doubting the Man of the the match, indeed the man of the century will be Roscommon's Andy Moran next weekend. Looking forward to the game"
Kissing the badge no doubt

AustinGleeson6 (Galway) - Posts: 223 - 08/05/2018 16:31:31    2097334

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Replying To WaitingInTheLongGrass:  "No doubting the Man of the the match, indeed the man of the century will be Roscommon's Andy Moran next weekend. Looking forward to the game"
Roscommon by birth, Mayo by the grace of God!

Pericles (Mayo) - Posts: 1742 - 08/05/2018 18:25:35    2097358

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Replying To Pericles:  "Roscommon by birth, Mayo by the grace of God!"
Thought Andy was born in Mayo general ??

yew_tree (Mayo) - Posts: 9010 - 08/05/2018 19:52:56    2097386

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Replying To WaitingInTheLongGrass:  "No doubting the Man of the the match, indeed the man of the century will be Roscommon's Andy Moran next weekend. Looking forward to the game"
And very grateful we are to you for letting us have him. Thanks Roscommon. Have ye any more like him we could borrow?

Llaw_Gyffes (Mayo) - Posts: 848 - 08/05/2018 20:36:06    2097396

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Replying To yew_tree:  "Thought Andy was born in Mayo general ??"
I bow to your superior insider knowledge there Yew... so he's not even a Rossie even by that circumstance!

I'd be having Diarmuid Murtagh, if they're offering...?

Pericles (Mayo) - Posts: 1742 - 09/05/2018 10:19:04    2097474

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Replying To GGdub:  "Mayo to win this one..far more big game experience than galway.forget about the league with mayo they were'nt arsed..galway a decent enough side but after seeing them up close against dublin in the league final,they wouldnt be for me..they showed their hand way too early this year. everyone who plays them knows exactly what way there going to set up.they can only play 1 way at the moment.ultra defensive quick counter .mayo to win this by a minimum of 4points to spare.."
The 'big game experience' didn't count for much in 2016 and 2017, did it... As for this 'ultra defensive' stuff, as Comer and many others have pointed out recently, you could just as easily apply the 'ultra defensive quick counter' dismissal to Dublin. And most other teams. Too many listening to O'Rourke and Spillane.

marooney (Galway) - Posts: 55 - 09/05/2018 17:46:47    2097637

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Interesting how all the "anti provincial pundits" are really looking forward to the local derby. Long may the provincial c'ships continue. Should be a cracking game with both counties having extended seasons this year. Massive pressure on Rochford as he has a major maroon monkey on his back. May the best team win, Gaillimh Abu

suckvalleypaddy (Galway) - Posts: 967 - 09/05/2018 20:10:21    2097666

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I think Mayo will shade it, though a draw wouldn't surprise me, if Mayo do lose it is likely the end of this team that's more or less been together since 2011. should be a cracker.

Tirchonaill1 (Donegal) - Posts: 278 - 09/05/2018 21:14:00    2097679

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Replying To Tirchonaill1:  "I think Mayo will shade it, though a draw wouldn't surprise me, if Mayo do lose it is likely the end of this team that's more or less been together since 2011. should be a cracker."
Been hearing for a long time now that mayo are 1 loss away from it being the end of the team , surely people are getting as sick of saying it as much as listening to it lol
Wouldn't be surprised if mayo lose to us on Sunday and are still at the business end of things in the championship

Galwayjoe86 (Galway) - Posts: 144 - 09/05/2018 21:29:33    2097683

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"Mayo are finished" has been a favourite of GAA people for 25 years but we are still here competing.

yew_tree (Mayo) - Posts: 9010 - 09/05/2018 22:23:36    2097702

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Replying To suckvalleypaddy:  "Interesting how all the "anti provincial pundits" are really looking forward to the local derby. Long may the provincial c'ships continue. Should be a cracking game with both counties having extended seasons this year. Massive pressure on Rochford as he has a major maroon monkey on his back. May the best team win, Gaillimh Abu"
In Darragh o'sé article in the independent today he reckons this game will only be a bit of shadow boxing and doesn't think the result will have any bearing on either team making it to the super 8s.

He reckons neither team will go at 100% as both teams will try to time their run to coincide with the super 8s and possible semifinal and final.

KingdomBoy1 (Kerry) - Posts: 7053 - 09/05/2018 22:34:52    2097705

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Replying To KingdomBoy1:  "In Darragh o'sé article in the independent today he reckons this game will only be a bit of shadow boxing and doesn't think the result will have any bearing on either team making it to the super 8s.

He reckons neither team will go at 100% as both teams will try to time their run to coincide with the super 8s and possible semifinal and final."
I love Darragh's articles every Wednesday and today's is great but he's wrong about mayo/Galway not going 100% , they both have no choice but to. First of all it's Mayo/Galway then we all know the dangers of the qualifiers and the loser if it makes the super 8's is in a group with two provincial champions. It's a massive game with both team giving it everything they've got.

clondalkindub (Dublin) - Posts: 8987 - 09/05/2018 23:09:59    2097716

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