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U20 Football Championship 2020

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The provincial u20 championships have started. I think it will be one of Kerry, Cork, Galway or Tyrone who will win this U20 All Ireland. Some real top quality young players will be on show like Blake Murphy and Mark Cronin (Cork), Matthew Tierney (Galway), Oisin Mullin (Mayo), Ciaran Archer (Dublin), Shane Walsh (Meath), Darragh Canavan and Joe Oguz (Tyrone), Aaron Mulligan (Monaghan), Donal O'Sullivan and Paul O'Shea (Kerry). These are all potentially stars of the future.

Kerry15 (Kerry) - Posts: 560 - 13/02/2020 12:12:14    2267493

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Replying To Kerry15:  "The provincial u20 championships have started. I think it will be one of Kerry, Cork, Galway or Tyrone who will win this U20 All Ireland. Some real top quality young players will be on show like Blake Murphy and Mark Cronin (Cork), Matthew Tierney (Galway), Oisin Mullin (Mayo), Ciaran Archer (Dublin), Shane Walsh (Meath), Darragh Canavan and Joe Oguz (Tyrone), Aaron Mulligan (Monaghan), Donal O'Sullivan and Paul O'Shea (Kerry). These are all potentially stars of the future."
Watch out for Luke Swan, Dublin, reminds me of Con O'Callaghan when he was underage, only bigger and maybe even better.

sligo joe (Dublin) - Posts: 191 - 13/02/2020 13:14:19    2267506

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I can't see Galway winning it, its a really young team with only 4 or 5 of the starting team that beat Mayo overage for next year.

Do Cork have anyone on the team from last year?

Its a great competition, shame we don't see more games televised.

TheBishop (Galway) - Posts: 41 - 13/02/2020 14:18:05    2267521

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Replying To TheBishop:  "I can't see Galway winning it, its a really young team with only 4 or 5 of the starting team that beat Mayo overage for next year.

Do Cork have anyone on the team from last year?

Its a great competition, shame we don't see more games televised."
I think Cork have 4 starters from last year underage. You're probably right about Galway. They are a talented team but Kerry, Cork and Tyrone are probably the most likely winners.

Kerry15 (Kerry) - Posts: 560 - 13/02/2020 14:46:15    2267526

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What about Kildare, Meath and Roscommon, do they not have good teams coming through

mhunicean_abu (Monaghan) - Posts: 770 - 13/02/2020 20:47:51    2267578

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Replying To mhunicean_abu:  "What about Kildare, Meath and Roscommon, do they not have good teams coming through"
Meath won the Leinster U17 championship in 2017. Roscommon reached the U17 AI final that summer beating both Galway and Kerry on route so both should be fairly strong.

Yondu (UK) - Posts: 316 - 13/02/2020 21:34:52    2267583

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Replying To mhunicean_abu:  "What about Kildare, Meath and Roscommon, do they not have good teams coming through"
Wouldn't think they'd be winning it

Kerry15 (Kerry) - Posts: 560 - 13/02/2020 22:01:26    2267586

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Hard competition to predict. The overlap with schools football has surely been a challenge for most teams and maybe more so in the North as on average think they finish school a little older. I'm sure plenty under 19 players concentrating more on the mccrory than under 20 intercounty. Monaghan should be good having won the last 2 ulster minors and they also won their under 20 league competition. Think down could also be on the up at this age group.

Ulsterchamps_32 (Donegal) - Posts: 281 - 13/02/2020 22:50:38    2267595

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Replying To Yondu:  "Meath won the Leinster U17 championship in 2017. Roscommon reached the U17 AI final that summer beating both Galway and Kerry on route so both should be fairly strong."
Roscommon beat a Galway team without their 5 best players who were been rested for the Connacht u18 final.

TheBishop (Galway) - Posts: 41 - 14/02/2020 10:55:03    2267631

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Replying To TheBishop:  "Roscommon beat a Galway team without their 5 best players who were been rested for the Connacht u18 final."
Only two from the side that beat Mayo in the U17 semi final didn't play in that final. Roscommon were missing 3 or 4 key players due to injury so that excuse can't really be used.

Yondu (UK) - Posts: 316 - 14/02/2020 14:47:25    2267684

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Replying To Kerry15:  "The provincial u20 championships have started. I think it will be one of Kerry, Cork, Galway or Tyrone who will win this U20 All Ireland. Some real top quality young players will be on show like Blake Murphy and Mark Cronin (Cork), Matthew Tierney (Galway), Oisin Mullin (Mayo), Ciaran Archer (Dublin), Shane Walsh (Meath), Darragh Canavan and Joe Oguz (Tyrone), Aaron Mulligan (Monaghan), Donal O'Sullivan and Paul O'Shea (Kerry). These are all potentially stars of the future."
Unfortunately Oisin Gallen is injured, he would certainly be close to the top of any list of future stars. He missed the same championship last year cause of that crap rule in place. Another player I would have on that list is Conor O'Donnell but the Donegal injury curse strikes again. One player who is highly touted and not injured is Aaron Doherty so could be one to watch.

As for the championship itself it is not easy to predict....just look at last year. From an Ulster perspective the winners will probably come from Tyrone (the AI winners from 3 years ago at U-17) or Monaghan. I would give Donegal a huge chance were it not for the injuries. Themselves and Tyrone were very closely matched at under 17. While Monaghan beat us the last couple of years at minor talent wise we were as good but poorly coached. These 2 meet in the quarters tomorrow and I think it will be a close run game with the winners likely to be Tyrone's main challengers.

Anybody know if Tyrone have many of last years team available?

panamasam (Australia) - Posts: 2342 - 14/02/2020 18:47:40    2267732

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Replying To panamasam:  "Unfortunately Oisin Gallen is injured, he would certainly be close to the top of any list of future stars. He missed the same championship last year cause of that crap rule in place. Another player I would have on that list is Conor O'Donnell but the Donegal injury curse strikes again. One player who is highly touted and not injured is Aaron Doherty so could be one to watch.

As for the championship itself it is not easy to predict....just look at last year. From an Ulster perspective the winners will probably come from Tyrone (the AI winners from 3 years ago at U-17) or Monaghan. I would give Donegal a huge chance were it not for the injuries. Themselves and Tyrone were very closely matched at under 17. While Monaghan beat us the last couple of years at minor talent wise we were as good but poorly coached. These 2 meet in the quarters tomorrow and I think it will be a close run game with the winners likely to be Tyrone's main challengers.

Anybody know if Tyrone have many of last years team available?"
From the team they have named tonight. 7 Lorcan Quinn; Cormac Monroe, Antoin Fox; Matthew Murnaghan, Joe Oguz;, Darragh Canavan,Ethan Jordan.

Yondu (UK) - Posts: 316 - 14/02/2020 20:49:00    2267748

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Replying To Yondu:  "From the team they have named tonight. 7 Lorcan Quinn; Cormac Monroe, Antoin Fox; Matthew Murnaghan, Joe Oguz;, Darragh Canavan,Ethan Jordan."
Thanks for that Yondu. Seen the Tyrone under 20 side live once last year and came away thinking they would win Ulster and go very close outside the province. Proved right on the first count and losing a player when in a positive position cost them against Cork in the semi. That is a healthy number of players eligible again this year. They would be idea of Ulster champions at least.

panamasam (Australia) - Posts: 2342 - 14/02/2020 21:08:51    2267752

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Tyrone won the U17 Minor All Ireland, 3 years ago.
Darragh Canavan to the forefront. They will be one of the favourites for the All Ireland, not just Ulster.

FoolsGold (Cavan) - Posts: 2096 - 15/02/2020 07:58:11    2267787

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When Tyrone have Armagh beat (at home) they'll be sick of them, isn't there 5 or 6 of the Armagh lads with the seniors? Donegal get over us and have their full squad available, they would be my choice for Ulster. One thing for sure it will be competitive in all provinces

mhunicean_abu (Monaghan) - Posts: 770 - 15/02/2020 14:08:06    2267819

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Replying To panamasam:  "Unfortunately Oisin Gallen is injured, he would certainly be close to the top of any list of future stars. He missed the same championship last year cause of that crap rule in place. Another player I would have on that list is Conor O'Donnell but the Donegal injury curse strikes again. One player who is highly touted and not injured is Aaron Doherty so could be one to watch.

As for the championship itself it is not easy to predict....just look at last year. From an Ulster perspective the winners will probably come from Tyrone (the AI winners from 3 years ago at U-17) or Monaghan. I would give Donegal a huge chance were it not for the injuries. Themselves and Tyrone were very closely matched at under 17. While Monaghan beat us the last couple of years at minor talent wise we were as good but poorly coached. These 2 meet in the quarters tomorrow and I think it will be a close run game with the winners likely to be Tyrone's main challengers.

Anybody know if Tyrone have many of last years team available?"
It's an awful pity Oisin Gallen is injured he's probably the best u20 footballer in the country.

Kerry15 (Kerry) - Posts: 560 - 15/02/2020 15:28:47    2267824

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Apparently Meath have a strong team this year. They could be an outside bet to win it. They've a couple of forwards who have been playing with the Senior team. They're probably favourites for Leinster, not sure if Dublin are great.

Kerry15 (Kerry) - Posts: 560 - 15/02/2020 15:32:59    2267825

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Offaly edged out by a strong kildare team. Disappointed not to go through and the conditions worked against us massively. A better day would have suited us but congrats to kildare who put in serious effort too.

tulachmhór (Offaly) - Posts: 140 - 15/02/2020 16:03:37    2267831

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Replying To Kerry15:  "Apparently Meath have a strong team this year. They could be an outside bet to win it. They've a couple of forwards who have been playing with the Senior team. They're probably favourites for Leinster, not sure if Dublin are great."
Dublin 11/10 Kildare 5/2 and Meath 10/3, Laois 10/1, Westmeath 16/1, for Leinster, and Cork 10/3 are bookies favs for All Ireland followed by Kerry 7/2 and Dublin 11/2

sligo joe (Dublin) - Posts: 191 - 15/02/2020 18:10:18    2267853

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Replying To Kerry15:  "Apparently Meath have a strong team this year. They could be an outside bet to win it. They've a couple of forwards who have been playing with the Senior team. They're probably favourites for Leinster, not sure if Dublin are great."
Unlike most counties I think it is very difficult to judge a Dublin under 20 side based on what they done as minors. Given the playing numbers and support networks they have available, Dublins young players can show massive improvements in their development or players previously under the radar can come to the fore.

panamasam (Australia) - Posts: 2342 - 15/02/2020 18:16:21    2267855

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