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Replying To tribesman125:  "Clare were diabolical in fairness. So many kick passes into Kerry hands therefore were caught so many teams un-set defensively so of course Kerry had free reign to run at them and go for the jugular each time. No chance they will have it as easy in the groups. We will get a good look of where Kerry are at before our game on Saturday Week."
I'd agree with this. I've seen a few pronouncements about Kerry looking great on Sunday, but from watching the game I'd reserve my judgement until we get into the thick of the championship.
Clare made an incredible about of poor errors under little to no pressure. In fairness they were trying to go at Kerry, but they were wide open at the back. I couldn't believe the amount of space they left back there. It reminded me of their quarter-final against Derry last year in Croker.
They got hammered on the counter from a lot of the cheap turnovers they gave away.
Kerry will always crucify a team that does that.

WanPintWin (Galway) - Posts: 1917 - 11/05/2023 14:32:08    2477628

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Replying To tribesman125:  "Clare were diabolical in fairness. So many kick passes into Kerry hands therefore were caught so many teams un-set defensively so of course Kerry had free reign to run at them and go for the jugular each time. No chance they will have it as easy in the groups. We will get a good look of where Kerry are at before our game on Saturday Week."
You will, if you have GAAGO!!

Pope_Benedict (Galway) - Posts: 3302 - 11/05/2023 14:48:08    2477631

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Tyrone are aiming to put us back on our backsides on Saturday week. I'm told they're using the 'ambush' lingo, not surprising. And hardly an ambush when we know exactly how dangerous they can be and what they bring, especially after their layoff and lengthy prep for this. It'll be a real battle. Great! This is where our lads want to be and I think it's becoming more and more apparent that we've a group of warriors emerging in maroon now. Lots of lads stepping up as leaders all over the field and everyone taking full responsibility for their job. It's great to see. The training and As v Bs have serious bite in it now, by all accounts. The increased panel depth and quality are helping drive this.
Our forward unit is hugely capable but I'm convinced is capable of much more. I think, for one thing, they need more set patterns and plays to help gel. We're making clear runs from the corners that aren't getting hit in time or at all. We're not seeing the big guns clicking on the same day, which suggests more individual and slightly disjointed play than a truly slick, well oiled forward machine. Our defensive work under CON is categorically improving and we need to see some of that same cohesion and seamless movement upfront to inflict max damage. We've the individual weapons to do so but the power of the collective will far outweigh individuals stepping up on a given day. Tierney is now solidifying a reputation as a marquee forward, I don't care if it was Sligo or not - he landed an all time record individual score in a Connacht final - in this day and age of massed defences, that's some shooting. 2-7 from 9 attempts. He needs to drive home the consistency now and he'll be in the very top tier of elite forwards in the country. Getting him, Shane, Damo, Burke, Cooke and Heaney, Finnerty, Tomo too, all moving slickly with more seamless interplay will be the key to really dismantling the best defences in the country. For the business end of the season we can't rely on the possibility of one guy stepping up and shooting the lights out, carrying the rest of our forwards. That won't always happen. If we want Sam (we've every right to be targeting this) then it needs to be a slicker unit with a spread of scorers from all angles and then you might have an outperformer on a given day on top of this.
Areas I'm sure we're still working on are kickouts (fine against Sligo but no real gauge of progress, this area will be tested by the top handful of teams), control of the square under dropping ball (a known weak spot and being targeted by other counties, one keeper of ours deemed by outsiders to be shy of contact - so you need contact drills galore in the square to show nobody is going to behead you, you just have to meet fire with a bigger fire and boss the area. Oh and don't fist it over the bar to safety, soccer style, that's worth the same to them as an outside of the boot screamer from 50 yards! Send it to the corners!) Also, fielding and breaks a major one for work - we're certainly not there yet. The progress is serious though and these are exciting times for Galway senior football. Roll on the Tyrone game!

togoutlads (Galway) - Posts: 835 - 12/05/2023 14:11:19    2477875

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Replying To togoutlads:  "Tyrone are aiming to put us back on our backsides on Saturday week. I'm told they're using the 'ambush' lingo, not surprising. And hardly an ambush when we know exactly how dangerous they can be and what they bring, especially after their layoff and lengthy prep for this. It'll be a real battle. Great! This is where our lads want to be and I think it's becoming more and more apparent that we've a group of warriors emerging in maroon now. Lots of lads stepping up as leaders all over the field and everyone taking full responsibility for their job. It's great to see. The training and As v Bs have serious bite in it now, by all accounts. The increased panel depth and quality are helping drive this.
Our forward unit is hugely capable but I'm convinced is capable of much more. I think, for one thing, they need more set patterns and plays to help gel. We're making clear runs from the corners that aren't getting hit in time or at all. We're not seeing the big guns clicking on the same day, which suggests more individual and slightly disjointed play than a truly slick, well oiled forward machine. Our defensive work under CON is categorically improving and we need to see some of that same cohesion and seamless movement upfront to inflict max damage. We've the individual weapons to do so but the power of the collective will far outweigh individuals stepping up on a given day. Tierney is now solidifying a reputation as a marquee forward, I don't care if it was Sligo or not - he landed an all time record individual score in a Connacht final - in this day and age of massed defences, that's some shooting. 2-7 from 9 attempts. He needs to drive home the consistency now and he'll be in the very top tier of elite forwards in the country. Getting him, Shane, Damo, Burke, Cooke and Heaney, Finnerty, Tomo too, all moving slickly with more seamless interplay will be the key to really dismantling the best defences in the country. For the business end of the season we can't rely on the possibility of one guy stepping up and shooting the lights out, carrying the rest of our forwards. That won't always happen. If we want Sam (we've every right to be targeting this) then it needs to be a slicker unit with a spread of scorers from all angles and then you might have an outperformer on a given day on top of this.
Areas I'm sure we're still working on are kickouts (fine against Sligo but no real gauge of progress, this area will be tested by the top handful of teams), control of the square under dropping ball (a known weak spot and being targeted by other counties, one keeper of ours deemed by outsiders to be shy of contact - so you need contact drills galore in the square to show nobody is going to behead you, you just have to meet fire with a bigger fire and boss the area. Oh and don't fist it over the bar to safety, soccer style, that's worth the same to them as an outside of the boot screamer from 50 yards! Send it to the corners!) Also, fielding and breaks a major one for work - we're certainly not there yet. The progress is serious though and these are exciting times for Galway senior football. Roll on the Tyrone game!"
Yea I agree breaks is something we are weak on.

Reason for this could be realistically the players names 7-12 at the weekend are all suited to playing midfield and are kick out targets.

Whilst this gives great options for fetching these big lads arnt suited to getting on breaks.

Getting molloy back 100% would be a huge boost in this area and sacrifice maybe Cooke or Conroy to impact sub

jm25 (Galway) - Posts: 1159 - 12/05/2023 15:22:33    2477902

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The camp has gone very quiet! Hoping there's a massive performance brewing and that we'll come out of the blocks like lightning in what looks likely to be a warm and sunny Pearse on Saturday evening.
I think we absolutely have to get a win here. Westmeath have zero expectations on their shoulders and they will throw everything at us, so that won't be a simple one by any means and will be that bit harder to motivate for. Armagh will be gunning for us, so it becomes essential to get a win against Tyrone imo. Paul Flynn still rates them the best in Ulster and they've been planning for this one for a while. We'll need to be more than ready for them.
Looking forward to hitting Salthill on Saturday. Roll on a long hot summer for Galway!!

togoutlads (Galway) - Posts: 835 - 16/05/2023 12:07:54    2478934

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Who will be in goal and what will the kick out strategy be on Saturday? I wouldn't like to see long balls bombed out to the middle with Kennedy and Kilpatrick underneath them. They are two good fetchers.

galway19 (Galway) - Posts: 516 - 17/05/2023 10:42:23    2479188

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Who do we have to take Darragh Canavan.
I thought he looked unmarkable at times against Monaghan.

smallfrank (Galway) - Posts: 290 - 17/05/2023 11:33:28    2479217

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Replying To smallfrank:  "Who do we have to take Darragh Canavan.
I thought he looked unmarkable at times against Monaghan."
Glynn or McGrath you'd imagine

togoutlads (Galway) - Posts: 835 - 17/05/2023 12:22:58    2479230

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Replying To smallfrank:  "Who do we have to take Darragh Canavan.
I thought he looked unmarkable at times against Monaghan."
Not sure realistically there's very little 1v1 nowadays but Canavan is on fire this year. I'd prob give McGrath job he did well on ROD in league final and was outstanding v Roscommon

Tyrone have good defenders who match up well v our main forwards Comer v Mcnamee Walsh v Hampsey & Tierney v Meyler . If we can get 2 out of 3 winning their battle will go a long way to getting job done

jm25 (Galway) - Posts: 1159 - 17/05/2023 12:40:38    2479236

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Championship week, Its hard beat. Really hope there is a huge turnout on Saturday as the weather will be good and hopefully the Galway football even better. Players should need no motivation for a home game like this against one of the traditional big dogs and recent champions.

Be interesting to see a team. Personally i would field the same 15 with Conroy and Power back in for Finnerty and Gleeson with McDaid at 7. Conroy to gas out for 50/60 mins and then looking to Finnerty as our 'shooter' from the bench to kick one or two from play when its needed, because it will be tight. Sweeney also to come off the bench been really pleased with his progress this year.

Hopefully some good work has been done on kickouts last week and again this week. Matchups will be huge but if we play to our strengths, thrive off the home crowd and continue to demonstrate professionalism and strong game management then I think we should be able to get the job done, Gaillimh Abu.

tribesman125 (Galway) - Posts: 173 - 17/05/2023 14:58:52    2479274

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Replying To Pope_Benedict:  "You will, if you have GAAGO!!"
Speaking of that - anyone know if there is any pub in Salthill that has Gaa Go?

galwayman2 (Galway) - Posts: 1185 - 17/05/2023 16:41:00    2479287

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Replying To jm25:  "Not sure realistically there's very little 1v1 nowadays but Canavan is on fire this year. I'd prob give McGrath job he did well on ROD in league final and was outstanding v Roscommon

Tyrone have good defenders who match up well v our main forwards Comer v Mcnamee Walsh v Hampsey & Tierney v Meyler . If we can get 2 out of 3 winning their battle will go a long way to getting job done"
Some good defenders alright but collective defending is the issue for Tyrone and their last three championship games Tyrone have conceded 2-17,1-18 and 1-16.

Galway in comparison have conceded in league and championship this year an average of 12 points per match. I think Galway will win by at least 3 points and could well be double that if Tyrone defend as poorly as they have in their last three championship games.

Gaa_lover (USA) - Posts: 3241 - 17/05/2023 17:44:32    2479295

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Replying To galwayman2:  "Speaking of that - anyone know if there is any pub in Salthill that has Gaa Go?"
Haha, Just thinking that myself. Dont think Trends or Lonnergans do..

MaroonedinDublin (Galway) - Posts: 28 - 18/05/2023 08:39:57    2479343

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Replying To MaroonedinDublin:  "Haha, Just thinking that myself. Dont think Trends or Lonnergans do.."
Wonder would Wards have it

galwayman2 (Galway) - Posts: 1185 - 18/05/2023 10:21:12    2479366

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A nice team named. It's looking fairly settled. I'd still have Bernie in goals though.

togoutlads (Galway) - Posts: 835 - 19/05/2023 10:42:09    2479593

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Niall Daly back on the bench. Must be his first appearance in a while.

galway19 (Galway) - Posts: 516 - 19/05/2023 11:52:44    2479610

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Should be a good game that we probably need to win. Need to go for goals and probe that Tyrone defence I expect Tierney and Cooke to cause big problems for the Tyrone half back line. They will also need to worry about Comer, Walsh and Burke so while Tyrone is a hard match its also a very difficult one for their defence.

PancakeWard (Galway) - Posts: 86 - 19/05/2023 15:58:12    2479671

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Replying To togoutlads:  "A nice team named. It's looking fairly settled. I'd still have Bernie in goals though."
I often wonder why some people use the plural when talking about the goalkeeper's slot. Surely, he/she can only occupy one goal at a time.

Anyway, this match will boil down to the influence the Canavans can bring to bear. You get the impression they are both due to explode onto the scene - some talents fair play..

Really (Galway) - Posts: 554 - 19/05/2023 22:41:39    2479721

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Replying To PancakeWard:  "Should be a good game that we probably need to win. Need to go for goals and probe that Tyrone defence I expect Tierney and Cooke to cause big problems for the Tyrone half back line. They will also need to worry about Comer, Walsh and Burke so while Tyrone is a hard match its also a very difficult one for their defence."
We don't need to win it.
We can lose against tyrone, and lose against armagh, and still more than likely reach the quarter finals.

Galway9801 (Galway) - Posts: 1561 - 19/05/2023 23:22:27    2479722

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Replying To Really:  "I often wonder why some people use the plural when talking about the goalkeeper's slot. Surely, he/she can only occupy one goal at a time.

Anyway, this match will boil down to the influence the Canavans can bring to bear. You get the impression they are both due to explode onto the scene - some talents fair play.."
Goalkeepers tend to have to play in both goals . We normally switch ends at half time, at least in the games I've seen! I'm therefore comfortable using the plural. Hope that doesn't overly perturb you. Bernie should play in goals - both of them!

togoutlads (Galway) - Posts: 835 - 20/05/2023 06:20:49    2479732

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