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Replying To TheBishop:  "The John Daly stuff is getting ridiculous, possibly at fault for one score when Murray went passed him down their right handside near the end but it was hardly a glaring error. I'd be far more concerned about Sean Kelly & Heaney who were responsible for at least 4 scores between them with some lazy defending. It would have been more only for 2 bad misses from Paul Cassidy & Ethan Doherty.

I do think Galway would have got more scores if they'd needed them but Joyce will be more concerned about the defending, Derry got too many easy scores. McGuigan kicked 2 brilliant scores from play, there's no way he was getting an easy score off McGrath.

Derry are still a really good side, if they have everyone fit they won't be far away so lots of positives to take from beating them."
Yeah, certainly Heaney is off a bit, giving away possession, losing the ball and getting turned over too easily at times. Shane Walsh has to eliminate the odd bizarre cross field pass that get so easily intercepted and that he's done for years. Daly needs to considerably speed up his movement on the ball - far too ponderous and it will get targeted.

togoutlads (Galway) - Posts: 928 - 24/05/2024 12:00:59    2546789

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One worry I would have on reflection is the ease Derry got their shots away in the first half, okay fair enough maybe some of them were out of range with the wind etc. but I just felt that our backs communication and intensity was a bit off (compared to last year).

That is the main nagging doubt in my mind but I am hoping that will improve as the summer goes on. It will need to as Kerry or the Dubs won't be as forgiving.

Overall we are moving in the right direction though, two big wins in the last month that has really brought our season back on track. Let's push on now.

ahsure. (Galway) - Posts: 1617 - 24/05/2024 12:13:14    2546796

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Replying To ahsure.:  "One worry I would have on reflection is the ease Derry got their shots away in the first half, okay fair enough maybe some of them were out of range with the wind etc. but I just felt that our backs communication and intensity was a bit off (compared to last year).

That is the main nagging doubt in my mind but I am hoping that will improve as the summer goes on. It will need to as Kerry or the Dubs won't be as forgiving.

Overall we are moving in the right direction though, two big wins in the last month that has really brought our season back on track. Let's push on now."
I said it here before and will say it again that the defence and particularly the half-back line need to tighten up big-time to have a chance at challenging for an AI. As you mentioned, the likes of Dublin or Kerry will not miss some of the chances Derry missed the last day.

tommy k (Galway) - Posts: 3470 - 24/05/2024 16:48:06    2546876

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Replying To tommy k:  "I said it here before and will say it again that the defence and particularly the half-back line need to tighten up big-time to have a chance at challenging for an AI. As you mentioned, the likes of Dublin or Kerry will not miss some of the chances Derry missed the last day."
I thought are backs are doing a reasonable good job. You can't keep good players quiet for a full game. A lot of the Derry shots that fell short were taken from the stand side, under pressure and from distance. The wind was coming across the pitch to the corner, so it really gave an advantage kicking from the sideline opposite the stand but not so much from the stand side.

Out attack is getting quicker and more incisive. More to do but definite upward curve here. The recycle, in particular, is being done at a much higher pace rather than just ambling over and back across the pitch. This is crucial to find gaps. Nothing wrong with recycling as long as it is done with intensity.

Any word on Comer, Kelly, Finnerty?

If any doubt, I would rest them this week. We cannot have them on half a leg against Armagh. That is not to take Westmeath lightly, but playing injured players rarely works out well. With Tierneys form and McDaid's return we should have enough to cover them in the short term.

Mayonman (Galway) - Posts: 1869 - 27/05/2024 12:46:21    2547595

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From what I've heard, the news about Finnerty and Comer's injuries isn't good. Finnerty is unlikely to play again this year, and Comer would only be back if we reach the semifinal.

Galway4ever (Galway) - Posts: 217 - 28/05/2024 07:06:47    2547800

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Replying To Galway4ever:  "From what I've heard, the news about Finnerty and Comer's injuries isn't good. Finnerty is unlikely to play again this year, and Comer would only be back if we reach the semifinal."
Heard something different so not sure where the truth lies.

Triffic (Galway) - Posts: 135 - 29/05/2024 12:10:06    2548118

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Replying To Triffic:  "Heard something different so not sure where the truth lies."
What did you hear?

centrefield99 (Galway) - Posts: 135 - 29/05/2024 13:10:16    2548145

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Replying To Galway4ever:  "From what I've heard, the news about Finnerty and Comer's injuries isn't good. Finnerty is unlikely to play again this year, and Comer would only be back if we reach the semifinal."
That would be awful news if it's true as both players were at the top of their game and Finnerty in particular was in the best form of his intercounty career. I keep wondering why are all these continuous injuries happening to our best players - surely its not a coincidence?

tommy k (Galway) - Posts: 3470 - 29/05/2024 13:41:13    2548154

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Replying To centrefield99:  "What did you hear?"
Comer might be a few weeks, Finnerty a couple longer. Neither should be out for the year, but could be wrong of course. This week's local papers may have a better update.

Triffic (Galway) - Posts: 135 - 29/05/2024 15:05:50    2548175

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While Westmeath will play us tough, I think we should beat them which brings us to the Armagh game which will probably determine who will top the group and get a bye into the quarterfinal, this will be a key game in so many ways and is a game that we have to win.
Hopefully we can continue with our recent upward trajectory with a bit of luck in the injury front.

Galway4ever (Galway) - Posts: 217 - 29/05/2024 17:03:35    2548206

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Replying To Galway4ever:  "While Westmeath will play us tough, I think we should beat them which brings us to the Armagh game which will probably determine who will top the group and get a bye into the quarterfinal, this will be a key game in so many ways and is a game that we have to win.
Hopefully we can continue with our recent upward trajectory with a bit of luck in the injury front."
You cannot take anything for granted as the hurlers found out last Sunday - there are no "easy games" anymore so the attitude has to be "one game at a time" to use that old GAA cliché!

tommy k (Galway) - Posts: 3470 - 29/05/2024 17:51:37    2548221

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Replying To Galway4ever:  "While Westmeath will play us tough, I think we should beat them which brings us to the Armagh game which will probably determine who will top the group and get a bye into the quarterfinal, this will be a key game in so many ways and is a game that we have to win.
Hopefully we can continue with our recent upward trajectory with a bit of luck in the injury front."
Everyone is talking 'trajectory' these days. Seems to be the new GAA management buzzword these weeks. Listening to Donoghue, the Dublin Galway result was all 'in the traj' not the tealeaves at all.

Pope_Benedict (Galway) - Posts: 3705 - 29/05/2024 18:12:36    2548230

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If both comer and Finnerty out they big losses comer plagued with injuries last 3-4 years he only came on as sub v Westmeath last year then missed Armagh match and went off ht v mayo in 12,'months he prob only played 3-4 matches also looking at Sean Kelly last day as well he could be struggling also with injuries, 3 weeks ago Galway had full hand to pick from now they could be without 3 starters again ,,

Kickitout (Galway) - Posts: 898 - 29/05/2024 18:58:37    2548238

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Replying To Galway4ever:  "While Westmeath will play us tough, I think we should beat them which brings us to the Armagh game which will probably determine who will top the group and get a bye into the quarterfinal, this will be a key game in so many ways and is a game that we have to win.
Hopefully we can continue with our recent upward trajectory with a bit of luck in the injury front."
The best result so possibly for Galway this weekend is ourselves and armagh winning. Facing into armagh with them needing a win could be a tricky task like what happened last year aswell as with comer and finnerty likely to be missing. Win the next 2 games get the bye and it would be brilliant to have a fully fit team for a quater final

Galway456 (Galway) - Posts: 67 - 29/05/2024 19:13:26    2548241

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Does anyone know of any supporters bus travelling to game on Sunday? Any help on this appreciated.

gaillimhboy (Galway) - Posts: 350 - 29/05/2024 20:07:44    2548247

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Replying To Galway456:  "The best result so possibly for Galway this weekend is ourselves and armagh winning. Facing into armagh with them needing a win could be a tricky task like what happened last year aswell as with comer and finnerty likely to be missing. Win the next 2 games get the bye and it would be brilliant to have a fully fit team for a quater final"
Surely it would be better for us if Derry win? Assuming we win pretty cosily and Derry win we would have a massive edge on scoring difference and then we could afford to lose the last game and still finish top.

galway19 (Galway) - Posts: 739 - 30/05/2024 08:40:25    2548287

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No Comer, Finnerty or Sean Kelly for the weekend. McDaid to start

Comer & Finnerty be out 6 weeks or around that. Hopefully back for a QF

Flemenstar200 (Galway) - Posts: 50 - 30/05/2024 09:52:29    2548301

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Best possible result for Galway, assuming they win, is Derry to win by 1 point

A Derry win gives a chance Galway can lose to Armagh and still top the group on score difference. That would've happened last year had Tyrone not drawn v Westmeath as 1/8 favorites

Armagh draw/win and Galway Draw/win will leave a straight top of the table shootout with Armagh in the final game

PressureKick (UK) - Posts: 229 - 30/05/2024 09:56:13    2548302

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Replying To Flemenstar200:  "No Comer, Finnerty or Sean Kelly for the weekend. McDaid to start

Comer & Finnerty be out 6 weeks or around that. Hopefully back for a QF"
Disaster that. Realistically we won't be getting to a quarter final without them.

jobseekersbent (Galway) - Posts: 382 - 30/05/2024 10:10:51    2548305

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Replying To galway19:  "Surely it would be better for us if Derry win? Assuming we win pretty cosily and Derry win we would have a massive edge on scoring difference and then we could afford to lose the last game and still finish top."
I will be surprised if we win 'pretty cosily' if it is true about our critical absentees. On that basis I would grab any kind of win and sincerely hope the injured guys are back ASAP.

kiloughter (Galway) - Posts: 1972 - 30/05/2024 11:01:49    2548324

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