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Replying To JoeSoap:  "Eoghan Bán Gallagher has apparently picked up a serious injury in training and will be out for a length period. A huge loss for Donegal."
Big loss alright - conversely nothing coming out of the Kerry camp as per usual! They could all be injured and you'd know nothing about it, which is frustrating when your a supporter but maybe it's a good thing at times like this.
No one seems to know if JOD's substitution at half time was because of picking up a knock or simply that he wasn't getting into the game enough.

TheHermit (Kerry) - Posts: 5417 - 18/07/2019 09:53:02    2212653

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Replying To wfkerry:  "The point im making hearing the same trash talk as i
heard in 14 how good Donegal are and what they
would do to Kerry a similar thing could happen on
Sunday i wouldnt be too cocky if i were ye just because
ye won a few games yer backs didnt look great when Meath
put the heat on dont write off the Kerry boys"
Where are you hearing all this?

Donegalman (None) - Posts: 3744 - 18/07/2019 09:55:15    2212654

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Eoin ban out. Not good.

Donegalman (None) - Posts: 3744 - 18/07/2019 10:14:32    2212663

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Replying To TheHermit:  "Big loss alright - conversely nothing coming out of the Kerry camp as per usual! They could all be injured and you'd know nothing about it, which is frustrating when your a supporter but maybe it's a good thing at times like this.
No one seems to know if JOD's substitution at half time was because of picking up a knock or simply that he wasn't getting into the game enough."
Usually all would be quiet out of our camp too but it'd be hard to keep something like this under wraps I would imagine!

McGrath is supposedly a doubt too, would really favour Kerry if we're missing both.

JoeSoap (Donegal) - Posts: 976 - 18/07/2019 10:40:58    2212673

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Balls! The injury to Eoghan Ban is serious by all accounts and his season is over. What a pity as he has grown into one of our most influential players. He would have relished the big test in Croke Park this weekend but sadly it's not to be.

We can't cry too much though when you look at the injuries Mayo have suffered. It'll be up to the man coming in to somehow try and fill Eoghan's boots. I'm thinking our other Eogahn (McHugh) might be in line? He has shown good form in his appearances this year and crucially also offers blistering pace.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 6707 - 18/07/2019 10:41:11    2212674

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I must say I find Donegal fans to be cagey about this game, most of the people on here saying Donegal will win are not from Donegal. I've friends up there from college and they are reluctant to call it either way.

It was the same in 2014. Donegal were supposedly only travelling to collect the Sam Maguire but all the bluster and hype was coming from anti Kerry people who were dying to see us beaten. Donegal fans are very level headed and passionate about their team in my experience.

GeniusGerry (Kerry) - Posts: 1747 - 18/07/2019 10:42:33    2212677

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Replying To TheHermit:  "Big loss alright - conversely nothing coming out of the Kerry camp as per usual! They could all be injured and you'd know nothing about it, which is frustrating when your a supporter but maybe it's a good thing at times like this.
No one seems to know if JOD's substitution at half time was because of picking up a knock or simply that he wasn't getting into the game enough."
JOD had more hamstring trouble and they took him off as a precaution is what I heard.

GeniusGerry (Kerry) - Posts: 1747 - 18/07/2019 10:51:52    2212685

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Replying To Lockjaw:  "Balls! The injury to Eoghan Ban is serious by all accounts and his season is over. What a pity as he has grown into one of our most influential players. He would have relished the big test in Croke Park this weekend but sadly it's not to be.

We can't cry too much though when you look at the injuries Mayo have suffered. It'll be up to the man coming in to somehow try and fill Eoghan's boots. I'm thinking our other Eogahn (McHugh) might be in line? He has shown good form in his appearances this year and crucially also offers blistering pace."
Eoghan would be the natural replacement going forward but he wouldn't be a natural defender.

These things happen & can sometimes bring the squad closer with everyone realising that they have to produce a bit more to make up for the loss.

MuckrossHead (Donegal) - Posts: 4959 - 18/07/2019 10:53:42    2212689

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Replying To GeniusGerry:  "JOD had more hamstring trouble and they took him off as a precaution is what I heard."
Will that man every again get a run of games at full fitness I wonder - what must it all be doing to him mentally :(

TheHermit (Kerry) - Posts: 5417 - 18/07/2019 10:59:02    2212690

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Eoin Ban is another huge loss to Donegal, like Durkan last week these guys are irreplaceable. Such a pity , was also looking forward to him and White racing after each other at some stage ,it would of been some sight.

clondalkindub (Dublin) - Posts: 9926 - 18/07/2019 11:05:26    2212693

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Shame about Gallagher, hope he recovers soon. Counties who make it this far need to modify training drills to protect players while still keeping them loose, what a calamity.

suckvalleypaddy (Galway) - Posts: 1345 - 18/07/2019 11:17:01    2212696

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Replying To Lockjaw:  "Balls! The injury to Eoghan Ban is serious by all accounts and his season is over. What a pity as he has grown into one of our most influential players. He would have relished the big test in Croke Park this weekend but sadly it's not to be.

We can't cry too much though when you look at the injuries Mayo have suffered. It'll be up to the man coming in to somehow try and fill Eoghan's boots. I'm thinking our other Eogahn (McHugh) might be in line? He has shown good form in his appearances this year and crucially also offers blistering pace."
I'd be surprised to see Eoin come in to the half-back line. I do see him starting for his pace and running ability but in the half-forwards. I think we're more likely to see Daire O'Baoil or Leo come in to the half-backs as a replacement. Both very different players, O'Baoil has the running ability but Leo has the experience.

If Paddy McGrath is out too then you could see both in there, or else Eamon Doherty to do more of a man-marking job. Caolan Ward and Paul Brennan options as well.

We've good depth and good talent there as replacements but no doubt that EBG is one of our star players and a huge loss.

JoeSoap (Donegal) - Posts: 976 - 18/07/2019 11:23:02    2212698

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Replying To MuckrossHead:  "Eoghan would be the natural replacement going forward but he wouldn't be a natural defender.

These things happen & can sometimes bring the squad closer with everyone realising that they have to produce a bit more to make up for the loss."
Yeah McHugh wouldn't be as natural a defender. But look this is what squads are for and where management earn their corn. It's a huge loss for sure but like you say it'll be up to the others to negate the loss.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 6707 - 18/07/2019 11:25:39    2212703

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Replying To TheHermit:  "Will that man every again get a run of games at full fitness I wonder - what must it all be doing to him mentally :("
Kboy reckons it's psychological and at this stage I wouldn't rule it out. Either that or he is completely and utterly hexed. If he got a run of a season or so without injury he could still be very good. All these niggly things disrupt form and training etc.

GeniusGerry (Kerry) - Posts: 1747 - 18/07/2019 11:36:44    2212708

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Would it not make more sense to have this game in Pearse Stadium? It is about halfway between both counties, on the western seaboard?. Fixing Croke Park as a neutral venue, for counties like Donegal, Mayo, Kerry, is unfair on supporters in those counties, they have to travel across the country to the game, with all the expense and time involved. Last year Galway played Kerry in Croke Park, another huge trip for supporters.
Regarding the result, Kerry might just get a narrow win.

thelongridge (Offaly) - Posts: 1215 - 18/07/2019 11:44:39    2212714

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This is as worse than losing Paddy last year. Eoghan Ban is amazing. Croke Park would have suited him.

TheRock2121 (Donegal) - Posts: 436 - 18/07/2019 11:50:37    2212715

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Replying To clondalkindub:  "Eoin Ban is another huge loss to Donegal, like Durkan last week these guys are irreplaceable. Such a pity , was also looking forward to him and White racing after each other at some stage ,it would of been some sight."
EBG being out for Donegal opens things up nicely now for Dublin, Mayo crippled with injuries Donegal picking up injuries Kerry picking up injuries.

Dublin players never seem to get injured and ye got Connolly and o'carroll back.

The chasing is falling away slowly but surely.

KingdomBoy1 (Kerry) - Posts: 10541 - 18/07/2019 12:10:17    2212722

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Replying To thelongridge:  "Would it not make more sense to have this game in Pearse Stadium? It is about halfway between both counties, on the western seaboard?. Fixing Croke Park as a neutral venue, for counties like Donegal, Mayo, Kerry, is unfair on supporters in those counties, they have to travel across the country to the game, with all the expense and time involved. Last year Galway played Kerry in Croke Park, another huge trip for supporters.
Regarding the result, Kerry might just get a narrow win."
You might not realise it but Galway is further from most of Donegal than Dublin.I am sure both counties would rather play in Croke Park.

gunman (Donegal) - Posts: 623 - 18/07/2019 12:35:16    2212728

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Massive blow for donegal.

A speed merchant who can play.

Apart from Dublin every other county needs a full deck

IamDonegal (Donegal) - Posts: 134 - 18/07/2019 12:42:56    2212731

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Replying To thelongridge:  "Would it not make more sense to have this game in Pearse Stadium? It is about halfway between both counties, on the western seaboard?. Fixing Croke Park as a neutral venue, for counties like Donegal, Mayo, Kerry, is unfair on supporters in those counties, they have to travel across the country to the game, with all the expense and time involved. Last year Galway played Kerry in Croke Park, another huge trip for supporters.
Regarding the result, Kerry might just get a narrow win."
Given what a nightmare Galway is for traffic etc I'd say most Kerry fans would rather travel the well known route to Croker, even with the new motorway up there from Limerick

TheHermit (Kerry) - Posts: 5417 - 18/07/2019 12:56:57    2212735

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