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Replying To peiledoir20:  "Everybody has been affected financially by the pandemic, except the GAA who got a nice 'little' support package of 15 million from the Government yet they insist on charging these exorbitant entry fees into games.

They are so much out of touch with the grassroots it's frightening."
You're spot on. Prices are already way to high but the scary thing is they could keep putting them up. Soon nobody will be attending games.

This weekends final for example, with it being in TV, hard to expect many neutrals to be going having to fork out so much.

FootballGuy (Donegal) - Posts: 136 - 03/11/2021 17:00:30    2388307

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Replying To FootballGuy:  "You're spot on. Prices are already way to high but the scary thing is they could keep putting them up. Soon nobody will be attending games.

This weekends final for example, with it being in TV, hard to expect many neutrals to be going having to fork out so much."
If you don't want to pay the admission fee , then don't go, its the same as complaining about the price of fags and booze if you don't like the price give them up. Its a free Country with free choice.

jacktheboy (Donegal) - Posts: 182 - 05/11/2021 11:28:22    2388454

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Well how do we see this one going?

I think Eunans will need a couple of goals, and the earlier they can get them the better if they're to have a chance of upsetting the Naomh Chonaill machine. I think if the game descends into cat and mouse, score for score then the Glenties men will prevail. They are masters at grinding out the win and have all the experience and know-how needed to close out tight games.

Prediction: Naomh Chonaill 1-10 - 0-11 St Eunans

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 7467 - 05/11/2021 11:59:26    2388461

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Replying To Lockjaw:  "Well how do we see this one going?

I think Eunans will need a couple of goals, and the earlier they can get them the better if they're to have a chance of upsetting the Naomh Chonaill machine. I think if the game descends into cat and mouse, score for score then the Glenties men will prevail. They are masters at grinding out the win and have all the experience and know-how needed to close out tight games.

Prediction: Naomh Chonaill 1-10 - 0-11 St Eunans"
All this talk of Machine and that its going to be so hard for Eunans to win I don't buy into at all.
Yes we were the better team against Gweedore and Kilcar. In the Gweedore game I really think it was lost on the sideline they took off a young player that was getting acres of space to bring on an aged slow player which didn't bring that much to the game and in turn played into our hands. As for the Kilcar game they imploded when they started going for goal with 10 mins plus injury time remaining I really think these games were alot closer than people are letting on.

Now as for Eunans there is never much in these game and i don't see it being different this weekend with it being a low scoring game with only a kick of the ball in it either way. I also don't see it being good for a neutral

naomh_conaill_4 (Donegal) - Posts: 410 - 05/11/2021 13:25:38    2388472

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Replying To jacktheboy:  "If you don't want to pay the admission fee , then don't go, its the same as complaining about the price of fags and booze if you don't like the price give them up. Its a free Country with free choice."
Free country with free choice.. There's also free speech as well here so if you don't like what I have to say then ignore and move on.

Somebody complaining about somebody complaining.. Bit ironic that jacktheboy, no?

FootballGuy (Donegal) - Posts: 136 - 05/11/2021 13:36:00    2388473

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Replying To naomh_conaill_4:  "All this talk of Machine and that its going to be so hard for Eunans to win I don't buy into at all.
Yes we were the better team against Gweedore and Kilcar. In the Gweedore game I really think it was lost on the sideline they took off a young player that was getting acres of space to bring on an aged slow player which didn't bring that much to the game and in turn played into our hands. As for the Kilcar game they imploded when they started going for goal with 10 mins plus injury time remaining I really think these games were alot closer than people are letting on.

Now as for Eunans there is never much in these game and i don't see it being different this weekend with it being a low scoring game with only a kick of the ball in it either way. I also don't see it being good for a neutral"
Yeah it'll be tight and probably not a great watch for the neutrals. Not that Eunans or Naomh Conaill will care. Finals are for winning. Eunans won't fear them, the games in the last few years have been so close. It could come down to who has the better free takers on the day or whichever team makes the fewest mistakes. Fie margins.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 7467 - 05/11/2021 13:42:07    2388475

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Replying To jacktheboy:  "If you don't want to pay the admission fee , then don't go, its the same as complaining about the price of fags and booze if you don't like the price give them up. Its a free Country with free choice."
There are plenty families who would like to go but simply can't afford it because the gaa are setting prices too high at a time when they should have more consideration for people who have been through so much in the last couple years.

greenfan (Donegal) - Posts: 45 - 05/11/2021 17:00:04    2388495

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Kickouts are interesting in this. St nauls and St Michaels gave them up and eliminated patton until the very end. He caught St nauls with a lovely ping to niall O'donnell that should have resulted in a goal. NC have been pushing up on kickouts but will they against St eunans. It they do and patton can get a few long ones away eunans need to go for the jugular and try and work a goal or two.

Mcgrath's kickouts are not as dangerous as pattons and St eunans should push up. If nc don't push up then St eunans should be able to control the game. That could also make an really low scoring game as eunans will likely be very cautious in attack. They won't want to turn the ball over. NC nearly always win that type of game but eventually you'll lose a tight game. NC are very good defensively but not maybe more so pressurising the ball all over the field than they were a few years ago.

Ultimately it's hard to bet against NC. They have had a tough draw and got through it well. It's hard to see it being a great game though so viewer beware.

Ulsterchamps_32 (Donegal) - Posts: 475 - 06/11/2021 09:32:27    2388511

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Replying To LetterkennyMan:  "E4E - they removed all county forums a few weeks back (bar 1 or 2 for some reason, e.g. Cavan) - bad decision in my opinion."
Thanks for letting me know - much appreciated.

That's very disappointing - haven't posted as much the last few years as would of done previously but I still enjoyed reading the donegal forum.

I would of thought that the donegal forum was active enough to warrant keeping Like a few others..

eunans4ever (Donegal) - Posts: 1230 - 06/11/2021 10:03:47    2388513

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Replying To AudiMan:  "Hi eunans4ever: You have been found. How are youse fixed for the final, will the hurlers be on the pitch or on the ditch."
We will be ready….

Egg on face on the hurlers ….

eunans4ever (Donegal) - Posts: 1230 - 06/11/2021 10:04:48    2388514

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Replying To ryan:  "I see the Eunans chairman on his weekly podcast talking shop was asked about dual players and he said he would rather not comment on it. Obviously there was an issue a few weeks ago and the rumours are true after hearing that."
Don't let the truth get in the way of what he actually said - he did comment plenty on the topic - he said he'd rather not which is understandable but he still have his view on it..

eunans4ever (Donegal) - Posts: 1230 - 06/11/2021 10:06:34    2388515

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The tickets prices are steep enough. Are u16s free?

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 7467 - 06/11/2021 11:12:53    2388529

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Poor game this. If this is the standard of the best 2 teams in Donegal then I'd not like to see the rest.

ahsure. (Galway) - Posts: 1301 - 07/11/2021 16:26:24    2388634

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Didn't see that coming. Hard to escape the conclusion that NC played their final against Kilcar because they were brutal today.
Still they will have a chance to redeem themselves in the 2020 final replay, although they will have to plan without Charlie McGuinness who looks set for a lengthy ban after his antics today.

MuckrossHead (Donegal) - Posts: 5014 - 07/11/2021 17:08:32    2388645

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Glenties really not at the races there today. Eunans not taking the ball into the tackle, efficient play and serious possession. Difference in the two keeper stark. Eunans had their homework done, will be strong in Ulster as Kavanagh seems well clued in.

Donegal_abroad (Donegal) - Posts: 1024 - 07/11/2021 17:48:00    2388651

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Replying To MuckrossHead:  "Didn't see that coming. Hard to escape the conclusion that NC played their final against Kilcar because they were brutal today.
Still they will have a chance to redeem themselves in the 2020 final replay, although they will have to plan without Charlie McGuinness who looks set for a lengthy ban after his antics today."
Is the replay announced? I haven't heard anything about it. And would Kilcar even want to play a replay at this stage? Haing lost the 2020 final and losing heavy in the last 2021 semi I would imagine that would draw a line under the debacle.

Congrats to Eunans, they were very impressive from the get go today and thoroughly deserved the win. NC didn't show up on the day. Hope they go on to give Ulster a good rattle now!!

FootballGuy (Donegal) - Posts: 136 - 07/11/2021 19:01:24    2388656

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After that display today looks like Bonner may go for Caolan Ward as full back for next year. He had a very good game today, good hands,pace and great use of the ball

jacktheboy (Donegal) - Posts: 182 - 07/11/2021 19:05:37    2388657

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Replying To Donegal_abroad:  "Glenties really not at the races there today. Eunans not taking the ball into the tackle, efficient play and serious possession. Difference in the two keeper stark. Eunans had their homework done, will be strong in Ulster as Kavanagh seems well clued in."
Eunans were the younger, fitter and by far the better side on the day. No complaints. We take our beating, and wish eunans the best of luck in ulster.
To our older boys, time catches up eventually, but they owe us nothing, several great days out for both club and county and can hold there heads up high. Think the next few years will be a rebuilding job for whatever manager is in charge.
I had a feeling eunans were going to surprise us, and people were reading to much into our previous two games. Kilcar and gweedore were poor this year.
Lets hope the year and next year coming will be a good one for donegal

The keeper (Donegal) - Posts: 454 - 07/11/2021 19:22:42    2388662

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Well done St. Eunan's, I didn't see that coming I have to admit I strongly fancied Glenties after them beating GD and Kilcar, fully deserved victory best team by a country mile today, disappointed with McGuinness's antics, he deserves a ban and I hope he learns from it, NC weren't at the races at all, I kept waiting for them to kick into gear but it never happened, some great individual performances today from the ST Eunan's team,
be funny now if Kilcar beat Glenties in the replay of the 2020 final, strange times.

Tirchonaill1 (Donegal) - Posts: 1822 - 07/11/2021 19:56:55    2388668

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Replying To ahsure.:  "Poor game this. If this is the standard of the best 2 teams in Donegal then I'd not like to see the rest."
Poor advert today but finals can be strange games sometimes, thought St Eunan's showed some real class but NC were so poor today, I think Donegal football is in a good enough state despite everything, just hope we get a good run next year, hopefully St Eunan's can go on now and win Ulster.

Tirchonaill1 (Donegal) - Posts: 1822 - 07/11/2021 20:01:53    2388669

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