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Fairly comfortable in the end. I predicted a 6+ victory for the dubs but even I didn't see it being much more than that. It's all well and good saying if the penalty went in then it would have been a different game but I still don't think the outcome would have changed. Galway ultimately lacked composure in front of goal and never gave themselves a proper fighting chance. This Dublin team are phenomenal at what they do. The talk of having to re-structure the game/split Dublin or whatever else is thrown out there is lunacy. Success is a cyclical thing and Dublin's cycle will come to an end. The same as all the great teams in every sport. We have a serious squad right now but take a look at 4 of the 6 subs yesterday and their ages. Darren Daly 31, Michael Fitzsimons 30, Paul Flynn 32, Kevin McManamon 31, MDMA 31. All are 30+ and won't be around much longer and then throw in the mix the +30s of the starting team and players who I'd argue are absolutely crucial to our success namely Cluxton and O'Sullivan.

Combine that with the "feeder teams" not exactly shooting the lights out this year- the minors were out of Leinster early this year with a defeat to Wicklow at home a particularly poor result. The 20s lost to Kildare by 8pts in the Leinster final and if anyone wants to look even further and as recent as yesterday then the U.16s were hammered by Cavan in the Gerry Reilly quarter final on a scoreline of 6-15 to 1-17!

TrueBlue35 (Dublin) - Posts: 34 - 13/08/2018 10:31:27    2132580

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Replying To blacknamber:  "Galway lack of ambition yesterday was sad to see. What an opportunity to go toe to toe wit da dubs an test yourself instead they made it easy for them. Walsh comin out after sayin they were happy wit their progress this year is more rubbish...looked the day they beat Kerry that was their AI and so it panned out...it was downhill all the way from there.."
Lack of ambition - do you mean similar to the way Kerry set-up against Galway?
Galway have come from a low base, were favourites to get relegated from Division 1 this year, so it's definitely progress.
Unfortunately, you couldn't say the same for Kerry, they're not even in the top 4 teams in the country

The only team capable of taking on the Dubs were Mayo, as they were the only team capable of going toe-to-toe with them over the last 4 years. As a Galway man, I'd be looking to get Donie Buckley into our set-up

Bosco98 (Galway) - Posts: 100 - 13/08/2018 10:34:53    2132582

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So, This game went pretty much exactly how i felt it would go.

As ive said already, People who where putting Galway up as this team that will worry Dublin and push them to the brink was always going to be a massive ask and I was never taken in by the hype around them. They played Dublin twice this year and on neither occasion managed to get over the finish line despite having the advnatage of a fitter panel and being ahead of Dublin in terms of preperation as Dublin where still off galavanting in early january on their team holiday while Galway would have already been back.

Simple facts are that Dublin will have been preparing for this semi final. They wont admit it publicly, but they arent overly bothered by league games, its about winning sam. Were a much more focused and prepared team for the semi and i believe Dublin continue to be underestimated by many.

Were simply brilliant and good luck to Tyrone in the final cause they will need all the luck and more to stand a chance.

waynoI (Dublin) - Posts: 12958 - 13/08/2018 11:59:08    2132646

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my analysis would be that the Galway half back line were nowhere near the level needed to put some pressure on Dublin.

put the Mayo half back line of Keegan/Durcan/Boyle from 2 years ago into that team and it would be a different proposition. Its the area Galway will need to look at if they want to really contend

centerfield (Mayo) - Posts: 222 - 15/08/2018 01:35:14    2133454

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Replying To kiloughter:  "A fair analysis. Look some counties are improving unknown to a few posters who only look at results. The three I feel as evidenced in recent times are us, Kildare and Donegal. We have a lot of youth lining themselves up and when the Dublin cycle plateau's the hope is we among a few other counties will challenge further for honours. For all the criticism of Leinster particularly by some Ulster posters I do believe Kildare will go toe to toe with the Dubs in time. It is not all bleak and we should acknowledge this great Dublin team who depth wise are better than 2 to 3 years ago. Yes the GAA have major issues regarding funding etc but that should not take from what Dublin achieved. My only little gripe on a few Dub fans is the English style jeering from the Hill when opposition free takers are lining up frees. I have little sympathy for the overpaid galactios across the water who suffer this regularly but insulting to amateur sportspeople giving their body and soul to the cause. Bit wearying and a few Dubs around me in the Cusack were embarrassed."
Today's 2 All Ireland Final's prove that Booing by fans as their opponents are taking free is widespread.

It happened in both the Senior and Minor, yes Minor, HURLING Finals today.

It is So easy to say only the Dubs on the Hill do it....

Plenty of fans doing it today also including Galway fans at the Minor game...

Just saying, that's all.....!

Fionn (Dublin) - Posts: 2581 - 19/08/2018 20:11:53    2134501

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Replying To Fionn:  "Today's 2 All Ireland Final's prove that Booing by fans as their opponents are taking free is widespread.

It happened in both the Senior and Minor, yes Minor, HURLING Finals today.

It is So easy to say only the Dubs on the Hill do it....

Plenty of fans doing it today also including Galway fans at the Minor game...

Just saying, that's all.....!"
Only when they feel the free shouldn't be a free. It's didn't happen in general when Galway or limerick were taking frees.

galwayfball (Galway) - Posts: 730 - 19/08/2018 20:25:49    2134506

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Replying To Fionn:  "Today's 2 All Ireland Final's prove that Booing by fans as their opponents are taking free is widespread.

It happened in both the Senior and Minor, yes Minor, HURLING Finals today.

It is So easy to say only the Dubs on the Hill do it....

Plenty of fans doing it today also including Galway fans at the Minor game...

Just saying, that's all.....!"
The morale high ground brigade won't like being told that other counties besides Dublin do it or they didn't hear it or it wasn't booing or some other lame excuse.

Dubsfan28 (Dublin) - Posts: 1944 - 19/08/2018 20:49:28    2134513

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Replying To galwayfball:  "Only when they feel the free shouldn't be a free. It's didn't happen in general when Galway or limerick were taking frees."
Oh so does make it ok to do it then ....?????

Ealry in the Minor game the Galway fans were at it... And no, it wasnt a dubious decision to award the free against them...

Fionn (Dublin) - Posts: 2581 - 19/08/2018 21:06:16    2134524

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Replying To galwayfball:  "Only when they feel the free shouldn't be a free. It's didn't happen in general when Galway or limerick were taking frees."
So you're saying it DID happen?

Dubsfan28 (Dublin) - Posts: 1944 - 19/08/2018 21:27:17    2134540

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Replying To Fionn:  "Oh so does make it ok to do it then ....?????

Ealry in the Minor game the Galway fans were at it... And no, it wasnt a dubious decision to award the free against them..."
Nope it's not ok it should never happen. It's more prominent from dublin fans (And not because there's more of ye mayo travel in large numbers and you rarely hear it) but no I don't think it was right. You can't say well they do it too so it's all fine. I don't do it at matches even if I don't agree with the free and if you don't do it either then fine.

I don't have my Galway goggles on the worst treatment I have ever witnessed is by a small group of Galway "fans" booing our goalie last year.

Don't treat be disrespectful towards players. Not that difficult. A child would use the excuse everyone else is doing it

galwayfball (Galway) - Posts: 730 - 19/08/2018 22:40:06    2134568

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The Mayo fans are the worst I have heard at this booing, never heard much from the Dubs far as I can remember, I hate to hear it at matches, also this craic nowadays of trying to put the free taker off, walking/running in his line if sight etc. to have to win like this I think I'd rather lose, I often applaud a great score from an opposing team,
I suppose it's the way society is going nowadays unfortunately.

Tirchonaill1 (Donegal) - Posts: 512 - 19/08/2018 22:53:13    2134573

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Replying To galwayfball:  "Nope it's not ok it should never happen. It's more prominent from dublin fans (And not because there's more of ye mayo travel in large numbers and you rarely hear it) but no I don't think it was right. You can't say well they do it too so it's all fine. I don't do it at matches even if I don't agree with the free and if you don't do it either then fine.

I don't have my Galway goggles on the worst treatment I have ever witnessed is by a small group of Galway "fans" booing our goalie last year.

Don't treat be disrespectful towards players. Not that difficult. A child would use the excuse everyone else is doing it"
I'm glad you're also acknowledging that not only do Galway fans boo but also Mayo fans too, you may even start to realise that every county teams fans do boo, not right of course, but it does happen outside of the capital as much as people try bury their heads in the sand about it.

Dubsfan28 (Dublin) - Posts: 1944 - 19/08/2018 23:04:37    2134577

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Replying To galwayfball:  "Nope it's not ok it should never happen. It's more prominent from dublin fans (And not because there's more of ye mayo travel in large numbers and you rarely hear it) but no I don't think it was right. You can't say well they do it too so it's all fine. I don't do it at matches even if I don't agree with the free and if you don't do it either then fine.

I don't have my Galway goggles on the worst treatment I have ever witnessed is by a small group of Galway "fans" booing our goalie last year.

Don't treat be disrespectful towards players. Not that difficult. A child would use the excuse everyone else is doing it"
"more prominent from dublin fans" yet more prejudice and boo hoo from probably the worst fans in the country for sour grapes. Of course every fans do it, I don't see anything at all wrong with it, if it puts a free taker off he shouldn't be taking them.

arock (Dublin) - Posts: 3842 - 20/08/2018 00:37:13    2134588

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A lot of galway posts propping up here after the loss to limerick - I guess the shmallball isnt that good anymore!

Galway did have a good game plan and certainly had their chances against the dubs. Would wonder why brannigan took the penalty though. Bit more experience for next and they can definitely push the dubs further

WaitingInTheLongGrass (Roscommon) - Posts: 123 - 20/08/2018 08:05:28    2134613

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