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Replying To Tirchonaill1:  "Donegal are under no illusions where Tyrone are concerned, they hardly got out of 3rd gear the last day, it was just a run out for them I think, Declan Bonner will not be fooled by Mickeys tactics so it's going to take a massive effort to beat them in the Championship, Conor McKenna is only going to improve the more he gets used to gaelic football and the round ball again, a hell of a player to have and he is going to take some watching.
Can't wait for Nov 1st, the league game in Tralee is a dead rubber for us but Kerry could still win the league depending on other results I think? we may play a few of the fringe players on Saturday and keep the big guns ready for Tir Eoghain."
Yep, kerry only need a victory over Donegal to win league. Galway imploded last weekend, although Mayo were class in fairness.
Donegal should try a few fringe players alright.
No point in players getting injured or sent off in what is a meaningless game for them.

Conor McKenna is some player, and as you say - he will only get better.
Tyrone have an important game this weekend to avoid relegation but as others have said elsewhere - I dont think MH will risk players in order to stay in Div.1, when there is a winner take all game v Donegal so close around the corner.

Fionn (Dublin) - Posts: 3309 - 20/10/2020 16:25:05    2299662

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Replying To Fionn:  "Yep, kerry only need a victory over Donegal to win league. Galway imploded last weekend, although Mayo were class in fairness.
Donegal should try a few fringe players alright.
No point in players getting injured or sent off in what is a meaningless game for them.

Conor McKenna is some player, and as you say - he will only get better.
Tyrone have an important game this weekend to avoid relegation but as others have said elsewhere - I dont think MH will risk players in order to stay in Div.1, when there is a winner take all game v Donegal so close around the corner."
I don't know. MH likes to have Tyrone in div 1 but he prob caught in two minds. Donegal actually have a slim chance of winning the league also if they beat Kerry but Dublin and Galway would have to draw. Also that game not on till Sunday while they play Kerry sat. I wonder will they make a lot of changes and hold the big guns for Tyrone a week later.

CiarraiMick (Dublin) - Posts: 715 - 20/10/2020 16:43:02    2299666

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Replying To Fionn:  "Yep, kerry only need a victory over Donegal to win league. Galway imploded last weekend, although Mayo were class in fairness.
Donegal should try a few fringe players alright.
No point in players getting injured or sent off in what is a meaningless game for them.

Conor McKenna is some player, and as you say - he will only get better.
Tyrone have an important game this weekend to avoid relegation but as others have said elsewhere - I dont think MH will risk players in order to stay in Div.1, when there is a winner take all game v Donegal so close around the corner."
Conor Glass will be some addition for Derry as well when he gets going. Other than David Clifford, I can't recall a minor player being so utterly dominant at that level. He beat Donegal on his own in 2015 I think it was with a magnificent display.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 7084 - 20/10/2020 16:45:52    2299667

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Replying To Tirchonaill1:  "Donegal are under no illusions where Tyrone are concerned, they hardly got out of 3rd gear the last day, it was just a run out for them I think, Declan Bonner will not be fooled by Mickeys tactics so it's going to take a massive effort to beat them in the Championship, Conor McKenna is only going to improve the more he gets used to gaelic football and the round ball again, a hell of a player to have and he is going to take some watching.
Can't wait for Nov 1st, the league game in Tralee is a dead rubber for us but Kerry could still win the league depending on other results I think? we may play a few of the fringe players on Saturday and keep the big guns ready for Tir Eoghain."
If we beat Donegal in Tralee on Saturday we win the league, we won't be dependent on any1 else's results.

I hope ye bring yer full team and yer A game as ye still have a chance of winning the league yer selves if ye beat us although that would be dependent on other results.

This will be our last big test before we play Cork on November 8th so we could do with a good test, personally I'd rather be playing ye in killarney rather than Tralee as its a bigger pitch..

KingdomBoy1 (Kerry) - Posts: 11843 - 20/10/2020 17:51:07    2299679

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Replying To KingdomBoy1:  "If we beat Donegal in Tralee on Saturday we win the league, we won't be dependent on any1 else's results.

I hope ye bring yer full team and yer A game as ye still have a chance of winning the league yer selves if ye beat us although that would be dependent on other results.

This will be our last big test before we play Cork on November 8th so we could do with a good test, personally I'd rather be playing ye in killarney rather than Tralee as its a bigger pitch.."
You think Declan Bonner is going to send his best players to Kerry, a 5/6 hour journey down to give Kerry a match before the Cork game and pick up injuries. I'd say Tyrone in Ballybofey is his priority.

EDH (Galway) - Posts: 357 - 20/10/2020 18:48:47    2299693

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Replying To KingdomBoy1:  "If we beat Donegal in Tralee on Saturday we win the league, we won't be dependent on any1 else's results.

I hope ye bring yer full team and yer A game as ye still have a chance of winning the league yer selves if ye beat us although that would be dependent on other results.

This will be our last big test before we play Cork on November 8th so we could do with a good test, personally I'd rather be playing ye in killarney rather than Tralee as its a bigger pitch.."
We won't be bringing our full team. Tyrone is the priority. We'll have to face Armagh and Monaghan/Cavan if we beat them.

Rolo2010 (Donegal) - Posts: 204 - 20/10/2020 19:53:41    2299713

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Replying To EDH:  "You think Declan Bonner is going to send his best players to Kerry, a 5/6 hour journey down to give Kerry a match before the Cork game and pick up injuries. I'd say Tyrone in Ballybofey is his priority."
I don't know to be honest, I'm hoping he will, nothing worse than watching a challenge match, the last time they came down to Tralee was under Rory Gallagher and there was Holy war, there was lads skelping mad and then a lovely game of football broke out, Brian Sheehan kicked some outrageous points that day into a gale, it would be worth a look if its on YouTube.

KingdomBoy1 (Kerry) - Posts: 11843 - 20/10/2020 20:28:30    2299720

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Replying To katser:  "Roscommon can afford to rest their big players v Cavan and then have the luxury of 2 weeks break before CFC Semi Final
Mayo will need their big players in order to beat Tyrone, then play Leitrim a week later. By the time they face Roscommon it will be 4 consecutive weekends in a row.
Can definitely see Mayo getting "bogged down" and ambushed v Roscommon."
Going by the size of their squad now, they could rotate v Leitrim keeping the squad fresh for Roscommon..

BeJasus (UK) - Posts: 263 - 20/10/2020 21:01:39    2299737

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Replying To Rolo2010:  "We won't be bringing our full team. Tyrone is the priority. We'll have to face Armagh and Monaghan/Cavan if we beat them."
Exactly...

Anyone who thinks Donegal are going to play their strongest team and bring their A game to kerry, hasnt got a clue..

It is a nothing game for Donegal, with Tyrone in the Championship just around the corner.

Why would you risk it - no one would....!

Fionn (Dublin) - Posts: 3309 - 20/10/2020 21:23:30    2299742

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Replying To Fionn:  "Exactly...

Anyone who thinks Donegal are going to play their strongest team and bring their A game to kerry, hasnt got a clue..

It is a nothing game for Donegal, with Tyrone in the Championship just around the corner.

Why would you risk it - no one would....!"
I don't think Donegal will play a full strength team.Even if they beat Kerry the Dubs and Galway have to draw for them to win league.In my opinion it would be very risky to play full strength with the Tyrone game a week away but maybe he DB wants to keep momentum going.For Kerry they want to win league so one would imagine they ll go with a fairly strong team.

CiarraiMick (Dublin) - Posts: 715 - 20/10/2020 22:23:42    2299764

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Replying To Rolo2010:  "We won't be bringing our full team. Tyrone is the priority. We'll have to face Armagh and Monaghan/Cavan if we beat them."
I just read an interview with Declan bonner and he said he coming down with a full squad and he's coming to win, and that's the job, helter skelter.

KingdomBoy1 (Kerry) - Posts: 11843 - 20/10/2020 22:36:51    2299771

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Replying To BeJasus:  "Going by the size of their squad now, they could rotate v Leitrim keeping the squad fresh for Roscommon.."
That's an option too, hopefully Leitrim will be able to field a team for that match. CFC Final is weekend after the Roscommon Semi Final.

katser (Galway) - Posts: 1089 - 20/10/2020 22:47:56    2299775

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Replying To KingdomBoy1:  "I just read an interview with Declan bonner and he said he coming down with a full squad and he's coming to win, and that's the job, helter skelter."
Well there's a theory that there's no better training than good competitive matches, but I think he'd be have to be crazy to risk injury and not have key players fresh for the Tyrone game just 8 days later,
great opportunity to give the other lads a run out and test themselves against one of the best teams in the country, it can only do them good, can't see the point of playing the the likes of Michael or Ryan,
the game is on Sky I think so it's going to be a Radio job for me.
If we don't get our game plan right for Tyrone then that's it for the season so there's no room for slip ups.
Kerry and Dublin will likely coast to the All Ireland semi's, Ulster and Connacht champions will be battered and bruised by the time they reach semi final stage.

Tirchonaill1 (Donegal) - Posts: 1092 - 21/10/2020 00:01:30    2299796

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Replying To Tirchonaill1:  "Well there's a theory that there's no better training than good competitive matches, but I think he'd be have to be crazy to risk injury and not have key players fresh for the Tyrone game just 8 days later,
great opportunity to give the other lads a run out and test themselves against one of the best teams in the country, it can only do them good, can't see the point of playing the the likes of Michael or Ryan,
the game is on Sky I think so it's going to be a Radio job for me.
If we don't get our game plan right for Tyrone then that's it for the season so there's no room for slip ups.
Kerry and Dublin will likely coast to the All Ireland semi's, Ulster and Connacht champions will be battered and bruised by the time they reach semi final stage."
Ya eir sport have the game I think,

You could look at it as ye'll be battered and bruised or battle hardened and tested, we'll be pretty raw going into a semifinal that why we need a good tester from Donegal in Saturday.

KingdomBoy1 (Kerry) - Posts: 11843 - 21/10/2020 11:10:27    2299849

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Donegal lads are driving down individually on Friday afternoon/evening apparently.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 7084 - 21/10/2020 12:19:01    2299881

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Replying To Lockjaw:  "Donegal lads are driving down individually on Friday afternoon/evening apparently."
That's a fair spin, iv done it many times myself.

KingdomBoy1 (Kerry) - Posts: 11843 - 21/10/2020 13:02:23    2299893

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Replying To Fionn:  "Exactly...

Anyone who thinks Donegal are going to play their strongest team and bring their A game to kerry, hasnt got a clue..

It is a nothing game for Donegal, with Tyrone in the Championship just around the corner.

Why would you risk it - no one would....!"
Only reason they would travel would be to sharpen up for Tyrone game, given their county's high incidence rate. If it was good enough for Longford to concede at home, with a slim chance, would it not be puudent for Donegal to concede too with nothing to play for??

mhunicean_abu (Monaghan) - Posts: 809 - 21/10/2020 13:22:51    2299904

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Replying To KingdomBoy1:  "That's a fair spin, iv done it many times myself."
If they beat Kerry I heard they are allowed stop in Supermacs Ballindine on the way home ;)

yew_tree (Mayo) - Posts: 10354 - 21/10/2020 13:23:58    2299906

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Replying To Lockjaw:  "Donegal lads are driving down individually on Friday afternoon/evening apparently."
Are they bringing caravans with them? Are Hotels supposed to close for Level 5.

katser (Galway) - Posts: 1089 - 21/10/2020 14:03:23    2299924

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Replying To KingdomBoy1:  "That's a fair spin, iv done it many times myself."
Aye the lads from up the county will have a wild trek e.g. Gaoth Dobhair, Carndonagh...

it'll be worse on the way home after a hard game

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 7084 - 21/10/2020 14:15:40    2299933

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