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Mayo Vs Donegal

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Savagely entertaining game from these two counties, and while I'll always have a soft spot for Donegal having worked there and with a lose family connection, who could deny Mayo the tie? Mayo are never beaten till the final whistle goes, and they showed that today.

Congrats to both counties, and thanks for a lovely a lovely afternoon's entertainment here on the west coast of the US.

festinog (Galway) - Posts: 2853 - 25/01/2020 23:21:59    2262347

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Well said, you would think by all press and social media that the only game on last night was Dublin v Kerry...makes me sick how everyone focus on Dublin and Kerry

RoryGall35 (Donegal) - Posts: 83 - 26/01/2020 10:11:33    2262406

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Replying To festinog:  "Savagely entertaining game from these two counties, and while I'll always have a soft spot for Donegal having worked there and with a lose family connection, who could deny Mayo the tie? Mayo are never beaten till the final whistle goes, and they showed that today.

Congrats to both counties, and thanks for a lovely a lovely afternoon's entertainment here on the west coast of the US."
It's a bit of a reverse of what happened v yourselves in the FDB game Festy, so good to snatch something at the death. Donegal will have more regrets, especially the period coming up to half time when they missed a lot of decent chances. Murphy's contribution was huge.

I was keeping an eye on the other game too... wasn't surprised at the strength of the Kerry team, since they wanted to lay down a marker, but was taken aback at the 15 the Dubs put out... I was expecting a more diluted line-up. Can't see either of these teams dropping many points given they both seem to have eyes on the silverware.

Galway should take the points later... certainly I expect ye'll put up a winning score.

Pericles (Mayo) - Posts: 2102 - 26/01/2020 12:18:29    2262447

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Great game for the neutral with the usual drama Mayo inevitably bring. Disappointing from a Donegal perspective given the first half dominance was not fully capitalised on. The final result should have been beyond doubt even with the goal at the end. Fair play to Mayo for ramping up the intensity in the second half and making a real game of it. A little worrying that in those circumstances there was an over reliance on Michael Murphy though to be fair Ban showed what we had missed in the latter stages of the super eights. In fairness the game at Croker was also a cracker especially the first half.

panamasam (Australia) - Posts: 2323 - 26/01/2020 12:40:24    2262454

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Very entertaining game of football ,shame this game and the Dublin Kerry game were on the same time.
Mayo need to cut out the amount of frees they give away from scoring positions especially when there is a genius on the pitch like Murphy like I might be wrong with this but doengal must of scored over 10pts from frees
James durkan did excellent when he came on.
Great to see ban Gallagher back for Donegal exceptional player and also parsons getting another run out of mayo

Galwayjoe86 (Galway) - Posts: 258 - 26/01/2020 13:51:03    2262482

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Replying To Galwayjoe86:  "Very entertaining game of football ,shame this game and the Dublin Kerry game were on the same time.
Mayo need to cut out the amount of frees they give away from scoring positions especially when there is a genius on the pitch like Murphy like I might be wrong with this but doengal must of scored over 10pts from frees
James durkan did excellent when he came on.
Great to see ban Gallagher back for Donegal exceptional player and also parsons getting another run out of mayo"
Too be fair both teams had Debutantes and many inexperienced players out there ..
Always going to happen.

BeJasus (UK) - Posts: 224 - 26/01/2020 15:14:38    2262500

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Yeah a very enjoyable game for sure, high scoring for a first round game although there was plenty of sloppy mistakes too which seemed natural in the early season.

Mayo showed great character and I felt Aidan O Se made a difference, more drive about Mayo with him in the team.

Michael Murphy was wonderful once more, there are no words left for him, he's just a force of nature. Eoghan Ban was very good for us, good cohesion on the ball for Donegal and plenty of chances created which is positive. Also we drove the scoreboard on throughout the game quite well. New lads did fairly well.

Just a sickener to let in that goal on the last kick.

Two things were disappointing; firstly we had 15 men back trying not to concede a goal yet Durcan had a free shot at goal.

Secondly, retreating everyone into a defensive shape and the runners not engaging the Mayo players in tackles on the way back the pitch was frustrating. Would make much more sense that we would do that than start engaging from our own 45 yard line back the way.

Donegal_abroad (Donegal) - Posts: 842 - 26/01/2020 15:35:13    2262505

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After all the negativity about Mayo it was good to see them back. Well done Donegal too.

galwayford (Galway) - Posts: 1802 - 26/01/2020 21:02:23    2262658

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Replying To Pericles:  "It's a bit of a reverse of what happened v yourselves in the FDB game Festy, so good to snatch something at the death. Donegal will have more regrets, especially the period coming up to half time when they missed a lot of decent chances. Murphy's contribution was huge.

I was keeping an eye on the other game too... wasn't surprised at the strength of the Kerry team, since they wanted to lay down a marker, but was taken aback at the 15 the Dubs put out... I was expecting a more diluted line-up. Can't see either of these teams dropping many points given they both seem to have eyes on the silverware.

Galway should take the points later... certainly I expect ye'll put up a winning score."
We scrapped over the finish line, but got there in the end. Nerve wracking stuff.

Interesting take on the DvsK game Perry. I wonder if both teams sent out strong sides given the symbolism involved: first game since the AI final, in Crocker, laying down the gauntlet etc etc. how they approach subsequent games will tell a lot. I'll say this, if D and K want to obsess over each other while ignoring the rest of us mere mortals, I won't have any complaints.

festinog (Galway) - Posts: 2853 - 26/01/2020 21:20:58    2262671

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Noticed in first half that a lot of Mayo players were loosing their footing and falling even when they were not being tackled. They obviously had the wrong boots on for the condition of the pitch. Surely the Manager or Ciaran McDonald should have seen this during the warm up and got them to change their boots. Small things like this are the difference in tight games.

culmore (None) - Posts: 1398 - 27/01/2020 10:00:46    2262792

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Very decent start to the league, considering the tough, windy conditions and the amount of starters both teams had missing. Mayo were definitely blessed to escape from Ballybofey with a point considering the amount of scorable wides Donegal kicked.

Mayo had major difficulties winning possession of their kickout and although I am a big Clarke fan, he struggled a bit here (would still have him over Hennelly, that's another story though). The new kickout rules have probably seen off the short restarts and teams will probably target him to go long. Our forward line also looked very disjointed, which maybe shouldn't have been a surprise with the lack of experience on show there.

Aido's introduction along with that of Kevin McLoughlin definitely steadied the ship round the middle, denying Michael Murphy the dominance he had enjoyed up til then (does that man ever have a bad game?). I thought Tommy Conroy and James Durcan also had huge games when they came on. Padraig O' Hora also made a very assured start in the backline.

Donegal will be disappointed not to have claimed full points here, but it doesn't really get much easier for Mayo either, with the Dubs in MacHale Park next week.

Gleebo (Mayo) - Posts: 1796 - 27/01/2020 10:10:14    2262794

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