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Congrats to Kilcoo and commiserations to Boden. Boden looked leggy to me and i wouldn't be surprised if many heads had turned toward county with a new manager and maybe new slots up for grabs.

But taking nothing away from Kilcoo, more then worthy winners on the day, i thought they took their goals really well after some shocking defending and really controlled possession well. Enjoyed watching some of their players and its great to see Down being represented in the later stages of a competition. Well done to all involved.

Lets not do the David and Goliath thing, Mickey Moran and his team are not there for the promise of free parking spots at the club ground.

TheUsername (Dublin) - Posts: 3282 - 05/01/2020 10:23:00    2257457

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Good wins for Corofin and Kilcoo.

Great to see a new club in the final. Kilcoo deserved their win and could have won by more I felt. Boden had a lot of ball but were ineffective with it. I've never rated them highly, well organised and you have to be at your best to beat them but that's about it for me.

Corofin would have destroyed them imo. Kilcoo will give the Galway lads a better game of it but still think it'll be three in a row for Corofin.

MesAmis (Dublin) - Posts: 12873 - 05/01/2020 11:42:48    2257468

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Replying To TheUsername:  "Congrats to Kilcoo and commiserations to Boden. Boden looked leggy to me and i wouldn't be surprised if many heads had turned toward county with a new manager and maybe new slots up for grabs.

But taking nothing away from Kilcoo, more then worthy winners on the day, i thought they took their goals really well after some shocking defending and really controlled possession well. Enjoyed watching some of their players and its great to see Down being represented in the later stages of a competition. Well done to all involved.

Lets not do the David and Goliath thing, Mickey Moran and his team are not there for the promise of free parking spots at the club ground."
Agree with you about the goals, when Kilcoo had a goal on they went for it, was the difference in the end, they were hungrier for the first 50 minutes or so, be a good final

mhunicean_abu (Monaghan) - Posts: 766 - 05/01/2020 11:45:42    2257469

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Kilcoo were outstanding yesterday, in control of the game from start to finish, there game management was excellent they sucked ballyboden in then hit them with pace from everywhere and boden could not cope with this.
One thing which seemed to be part of there game plan was taking players out off the ball every time kilcoo attacked players were hit before there runs and how they only got 2 black cards was shocking, i was expecting a lot more from boden but only 3 points from play sums up there day.

Regarding final Crofin will be big favourites but kilcoo our fit, v skilful and have a serious hunger in them and with mickey moran on the sideline you just never know, it will be a cracker in croker.

One side note, not one kilcoo player started for Down in last years ulster opening game against Armagh unbelievable.

Yourjoking (USA) - Posts: 485 - 05/01/2020 12:24:51    2257481

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I fear for Slaughtneil here, there could be 20+ points in it.

Ulsterman (Antrim) - Posts: 9217 - 05/01/2020 13:51:26    2257498

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Couple of good games yesterday - well done to both winning clubs and commiserations to the two losing teams. Have to say Mickey Moran must be up there with the top managers of the last few decades. Remember him taking a club sessions of ours years (couple of decades) ago before a County semi final and he has a way of talking to players where you listen and absorb what he says. I can understand how he manages to take teams and get the most out of the players available.

One thing though on the point being made to use Kilcoo as an example of how you don't need money to be successful - I would be surprised if Mickey isn't getting a few pounds for his expertise and trouble which, if he is, kinda nullifies the money argument.

Offside_Rule (Antrim) - Posts: 3968 - 05/01/2020 14:02:25    2257506

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Referees a joke in Slaughtneil and Ballyhale.

gaelicgab (USA) - Posts: 863 - 05/01/2020 14:29:37    2257512

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Replying To Ulsterman:  "I fear for Slaughtneil here, there could be 20+ points in it."
Slaughtneil giving Ballyhale bags of it! Only a point down at half time but Ballyhale will have the breeze in the 2nd half.

MesAmis (Dublin) - Posts: 12873 - 05/01/2020 14:32:41    2257513

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Replying To gaelicgab:  "Referees a joke in Slaughtneil and Ballyhale."
One thing I never get is why not have a ref from outside the Province of the teams involved (club and County games). A Tipp man is a bit close to KK for my liking and doubt they would have had an Antrim ref in charge today - despite proximity to Newry.

Offside_Rule (Antrim) - Posts: 3968 - 05/01/2020 15:06:02    2257519

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Slaughtneil are a credit, what a club they are.

Congrats to Ballyhale, their class shone through in the end, they were pushed all the way for it,

patk (Monaghan) - Posts: 849 - 05/01/2020 15:24:29    2257520

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Replying To gaelicgab:  "Referees a joke in Slaughtneil and Ballyhale."
In what sense?

InishowenMan (Donegal) - Posts: 216 - 05/01/2020 15:26:49    2257521

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Replying To MesAmis:  "Slaughtneil giving Ballyhale bags of it! Only a point down at half time but Ballyhale will have the breeze in the 2nd half."
Apologies to Slaughtneil. They were brilliant and very unlucky. Some decisions went against them but they are powerful men and a great club.

Ulsterman (Antrim) - Posts: 9217 - 05/01/2020 15:30:35    2257526

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Replying To Ulsterman:  "Apologies to Slaughtneil. They were brilliant and very unlucky. Some decisions went against them but they are powerful men and a great club."
Couple of decisions here and there but ultimately Ballyhale just shaded it, scoreline flattered them but.

Slaughtneil are some club, no doubt about that. Gutted for them today.

MesAmis (Dublin) - Posts: 12873 - 05/01/2020 15:40:15    2257527

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Great game between ballyhale and slaughtneil. Shamrocks big names put their hands up when it counted near the end. I thought the interviews/analysis was ever so slightly patronising towards slaughtneil, which I feel was not needed. That said congrats to ballyhale on a hard fought win.

Bon (Kildare) - Posts: 825 - 05/01/2020 15:49:43    2257530

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Replying To InishowenMan:  "In what sense?"
Well you would think an experienced referee like Fergal Horgan would have cottoned on to Colin Fenelly at this stage .Regularly overcarries the ball into contact ,shakes his head about a little and is invariably awarded a free .Serial offender for a number of years with club and county and is rarely pulled on it. Still a tremendous player otherwise

UtahBlaine (Galway) - Posts: 12 - 05/01/2020 16:02:45    2257536

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Was a good game. Slaughtneil started brightly but when Ballyhale got settled into the game they hurled well. From what I seen Slaughtneil got away with more than Ballyhale did! Reid exceptional from the dead ball as expected. Slaughtneil stayed in until the end and fought well but I had a feeling Ballyhale had another gear in them when needed.

InishowenMan (Donegal) - Posts: 216 - 05/01/2020 16:28:53    2257544

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Replying To UtahBlaine:  "Well you would think an experienced referee like Fergal Horgan would have cottoned on to Colin Fenelly at this stage .Regularly overcarries the ball into contact ,shakes his head about a little and is invariably awarded a free .Serial offender for a number of years with club and county and is rarely pulled on it. Still a tremendous player otherwise"
does that in every game he plays took 9 steps against limerick in last years all ireland semi final aswell it will only change if mentioned on sunday game but that wont happen

leftback (Limerick) - Posts: 51 - 05/01/2020 17:07:48    2257551

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Brilliant stuff of dreamsfrom KIlcoo, hope they can complete the task and become All Ireland champions, Corofin will be very hard to beat though.

Tirchonaill1 (Donegal) - Posts: 806 - 05/01/2020 17:36:03    2257561

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Congrats to Boras. well deserved and hope ye win final. St. Thomas have a problem on the sideline, allowing opposition to use a sweeper when trailing is unforgivable. Self-inflicted defeat in some ways with poor shot options losing long balls aimlessly to seven defenders.

suckvalleypaddy (Galway) - Posts: 1343 - 05/01/2020 18:14:09    2257575

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Thank god hurling prevailed in Newry, the sledging and behaviour of the slaughneil players let themselves down a bucket full.A club the promotes themselves as the ultimate Gaa club have no perch to sit on, no respect for the opposing opposition, continually shouted abuse and booed T.J at every free, thank god their air horns ran out.
Mcgrath was an embarrassment- obviously sent out to put big Cody off his game, no intention of hurling against him so let's drag him down a level- not to mention breaking a players stick in half and throwing Another two hurls off the pitch which he got booked for, their manager couldn't control his emotions either, twice trying to put T.J off his free taking in sight of everyone in the stand, I understand some teams have a whatever it takes to win attitude but this won't work on the big stage-was a pity too because without being set up like this the slaughneil team can hurl a bit too.
Role on the final...

Jab.Lift (Down) - Posts: 31 - 05/01/2020 18:45:11    2257585

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