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Meath V Donegal

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Replying To nobull456:  "Yes I think Andy would think that was a poor call on his part. McMahon is now a hard worker. No room for any player standing back now. Loyalty can only go so far Again Andy is wiser now and will act accordingly no doubt!"
And, speaking of loyalty, I dont want to be little Mickey Burke loyal and 100% commitment to the Meath cause. But why have him on the bench if he not going to play him ? The last time I think Mickey played was against Kildare in the League. did he get a run out against Fermanagh. I am not sure. I see Eoin Lynch was the Maor Uisce against Clare, Surely it should be the other way around Mickey would be ideal for this role. And Lynch gaining experience as part of the squad. For example Bernard Brogan is busting a gut at training and cant even get on the match day squad for Dublin.

bobkarlgees (Meath) - Posts: 1113 - 15/07/2019 19:08:43    2211541

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Replying To Reco:  "Brennan injured ??"
Cannot continue to flog a dead horse. Brennan had more than enough chances to make the jersey his own. Poor displays from dead ball and play in Offaly, Carlow, Laois and Dublin game was enough.

I was delighted he got his point against Clare from the bench. I thought it was him putting his hand up to Management for selection but reality is Devine has his spot now and has taken it running and theres too many lads in ahead of him like McEntee, Walsh, McGovern, Reilly, O'Reilly.

Royalio11 (Meath) - Posts: 718 - 15/07/2019 19:34:24    2211550

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Replying To royaldunne:  "Well said. 100% agree"
And i think Graham had a massive impact yesterday, kickout and keeper are fine and the slow transition of ball from defence to attack is genius. Conlon should have been left on and if Brennan was there we would have won it.

Analyst (Meath) - Posts: 1199 - 15/07/2019 23:21:06    2211679

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Replying To Ashrules:  "In Fairness to players. As neither sidelines or frees are taken from the ground anymore youngsters no longer kick balls off the ground. This means that It is very difficult for lads to step up like Andy Colgan and be able to take kick outs well consistently.
Try taking a ball out to a pitch and kicking it off the ground and see how many good kicks you will get out of 10 . it would be an eye opener"
He plays in goal for his club, has done all the way up I assume he kicks plenty of dead balls in training, he just can't deliver to the standard required.
I do take your point in relation to dead balls but only as far as outfield players go goalies should be well used to kicking it out.

BoynesideBlue (Meath) - Posts: 130 - 15/07/2019 23:22:01    2211681

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Replying To Eri:  "yea agree with alot of the points that have been said.

Firstly: agreed about the fans. Very bad show from Meath fans yesterday. I dont buy the 6 hour round trip cop out, sure we all had to that! I noticed especially that of the fans who were there, generally they were over 30 age group. So few young people coming to support the team in recent years.

Thought our backs played extremely well for the most part. I know the scoreline suggests otherwise but that was a blitz in the last 10 minutes to be fair.

Havent seen it mentioned at all but for me Gallaghers back card was a turning point. We had just got on top, you could feel the pressure around the stadium on Donegal and then he did that, they got a free, he (who I thought had a solid game) was taken off, defence had to shuffle abit, they scored and the momentum changed.

Kick outs, discussed to death, but they were a killer and resulted in at least 3 points for Donegal

I thought near the end, there was a bit of panic in the forward line, going for goal, whilst had they had just focused abit, taken their points ( before the 2nd Donegal goal) they would have been level or close to level again.

I really like Conlon, and hes done well, but I just dont think he should be starting yet. Better impact I think. I reckon give Walsh a crack at it next sunday.

Graham Reilly, used to have alot of time for him, dont anymore, simple. Hes not up for it, he wanders around waiting for the ball to be given, no pace, no will and shouldnt get on for a game like we had yesterday. And for anyone who says sure who else, well my answer is anyone, thats how bad O thought he was."
If Gallagher had not taken that black card , Meath would have been in big trouble …… He literally took it for the team

Chaisleain_Abu (Meath) - Posts: 202 - 17/07/2019 15:53:54    2212403

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Replying To Chaisleain_Abu:  "If Gallagher had not taken that black card , Meath would have been in big trouble …… He literally took it for the team"
Yea absolutely, had to do it, but I just personally thought it changed the game for us...

Eri (Meath) - Posts: 44 - 17/07/2019 19:22:25    2212499

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Replying To Eri:  "Yea absolutely, had to do it, but I just personally thought it changed the game for us..."
Yes agreed on that, the black card was a massive turning point. No doubt about it Gallagher had to take him down. The funny thing is we probably would have made a change at the back anyway, Gallagher and Lavin were doing very well but we were clearly tiring. It just felt like the black card gave Donegal that extra impetus. It certainly lifted the crowd and from that point on Donegal really upped the tempo.

men_of_49 (Meath) - Posts: 1962 - 17/07/2019 22:22:26    2212570

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Replying To men_of_49:  "Yes agreed on that, the black card was a massive turning point. No doubt about it Gallagher had to take him down. The funny thing is we probably would have made a change at the back anyway, Gallagher and Lavin were doing very well but we were clearly tiring. It just felt like the black card gave Donegal that extra impetus. It certainly lifted the crowd and from that point on Donegal really upped the tempo."
Pity we didn't have Ronan Ryan fit to come in.

bobkarlgees (Meath) - Posts: 1113 - 18/07/2019 16:20:55    2212823

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Replying To men_of_49:  "Yes agreed on that, the black card was a massive turning point. No doubt about it Gallagher had to take him down. The funny thing is we probably would have made a change at the back anyway, Gallagher and Lavin were doing very well but we were clearly tiring. It just felt like the black card gave Donegal that extra impetus. It certainly lifted the crowd and from that point on Donegal really upped the tempo."
Yep would be good to have another specialist man marker to come into the team towards the end of the game. Lavin has been excelling at corner back for the last two seasons but Gallagher isn't at the same level yet. He's always likely to give up a couple of scoreable frees a game and he's liable for at least a yellow card. So when that happens we need to have a replacement at the ready who can do the same job. Ronan Ryan seems to be that person once he's back fit and he was selected at 4 for most of the league so hopefully we've three corner backs who can do a job.

brian (Meath) - Posts: 733 - 18/07/2019 17:22:26    2212843

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