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Replying To galwayman2:  "I'd have taken a 4 point win before throw in.
I know we were missing our two most consistent forwards but we have to stop replacing them with defenders/midfielders.
We had only two guys who are natural forwards playing today - Walsh & Tierney.
And even at that, Tierney imo is probably more of a midfielder than a forward at this level.
It's pointless bringing Hernon in to play in forwards.
D'arcy is a midfielder. McDaid is a half back or midfielder. Heaney is a natural half back who has been converted to a wing forward (and a good one at that). Same with Sweeney when he plays - he is a wing back but they play him as a forward. They've done it with Molloy several times also."
I agree totally with u I posted something similar few weeks ago galway management keep playing players out position match v mayo Molloy in forwards taken off Kelly when fit Is a defender hernon defender Mcdaid midfielder or wing back galway prob only county in Ireland that does this all the tome when Kelly is back where does he play ?? Unless galway start playing forwards in forwards especially full forward line they won't get 2 much further even yesterday with all that misssing o curraine and o connagje should have started ,, I be interested what team posters on here would pick with everyone fit ??

Kickitout (Galway) - Posts: 898 - 03/06/2024 09:39:26    2549102

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Replying To jam83:  "Jesus Christ how are the injuries so regular but also so severe. Same 3 main players were missing for practically the whole league and now they're out for weeks and weeks again, when yet again we're facing Armagh. All 3 made their own way off the pitch against Derry yet a month's rest isn't even enough it seems, or it'll be very tight to get even 2 of them. It's unbelievable."
Pj like most managers is incredibly stubborn. That S&C setup in Galway is one of the worst in div 1&2 why hasn't that changed since kw time? Some lads here will say s&c has nothing to do with it but it does, their recovery programmes and gym programmes should be tailored for their individual recovery, seen one of the injured trio in doing bicep curls and a random mix.
If pj is still there in 25 he needs to look at rejuvenating that side of things clean house and bring on some new stuff, like Ronaldo at utd same set up 10 years ago.
It will go along way to keeping lads fit and able to take some knocks

Sportsfanatic90 (Westmeath) - Posts: 219 - 03/06/2024 09:42:24    2549103

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Replying To systematic:  "D'Arcy is playing Cooke's role from last year, we need a big athlete in half forward line. To be fair we've seen him play a good few games for the strane at 11 or 14. Guess he plays 8 for ballyboden but I guess watching them is more exciting than Galway championship.

Whatever about D'Arcy, you are totally wrong about Heaney just go to a killannin match some time this autumn he always plays 11. Heaney is a natural forward just some people saw him playing in backs under KW and made assumptions.

SK need Sweeney in half back line and have the opposite problem that Galway have - too many forwards and not enough backs. He scores about the same amount that he does for Galway. Don't think it's unreasonable to have him in forwards really."
McDaid has played a good bit as a forward for Monivea also.

Trucker1 (Galway) - Posts: 386 - 03/06/2024 10:48:34    2549123

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Replying To Kickitout:  "I agree totally with u I posted something similar few weeks ago galway management keep playing players out position match v mayo Molloy in forwards taken off Kelly when fit Is a defender hernon defender Mcdaid midfielder or wing back galway prob only county in Ireland that does this all the tome when Kelly is back where does he play ?? Unless galway start playing forwards in forwards especially full forward line they won't get 2 much further even yesterday with all that misssing o curraine and o connagje should have started ,, I be interested what team posters on here would pick with everyone fit ??"
Some posters seem to think of S Kelly as a defender but fail to realise he played all his underage and club football as a forward or midfielder up until P Joyce converted him as a stopgap fullback, I presume he saw that his greater footballing skills and workrate as being needed to solve a position which seemed devoid of a top tier contender at that time.He was withdrawn injured v Mayo in Croke Park a number of years ago when Galway were ahead subsequently collapsed and again last year played when obviously injured, he has only played once for his club since so to expect him to return and re adjust to returning to immediate top class performances.

backtooldwall (Galway) - Posts: 81 - 03/06/2024 10:58:27    2549125

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Replying To Galway456:  "That will be a hard task without key men, armagh are on fire here"
Armagh beat Westmeath by 5 points at home. Galway beat them by 4 points in Mullingar. Not a big difference there.
Did you see Lee Keegan blowing up Galway on TV and saying they are real contenders for Sam. Galway are not contenders for Sam and he knows that well.

crafty (Galway) - Posts: 253 - 03/06/2024 12:14:52    2549143

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Replying To LárBáire:  "Heard PJs post match comments on the radio on the way home, he hinted that 2 of the 3 out injured might be available to get on the panel in 2 weeks time but didn't seem brimming with confidence."
Doesn't sound good for Comer and Sean Kelly. Without them have to make this game into war of attrition and try to earn the win by any means possible. Armagh looking good but are they better than Mayo who Galway have already beaten this year? topping the table could be huge. Could end up reaching All Ireland semi final if done and 2nd in the table...well we seen what happened last year for a season that promised so much.

Drax_the_destroyer (UK) - Posts: 171 - 03/06/2024 13:43:06    2549170

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A good win yesterday against a really well organised team, tomo was the big difference and he's movement was so much better that McDaid not his fault he's not an inside forward, the one worry I have is Glynn and McGrath could be under pressure from high ball the next day out, they both had great game's yesterday but i would be worried they might get exposed, really looking forward to this one

Fox.1n.7he.b0x (Galway) - Posts: 112 - 03/06/2024 14:24:35    2549181

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Replying To crafty:  "Armagh beat Westmeath by 5 points at home. Galway beat them by 4 points in Mullingar. Not a big difference there.
Did you see Lee Keegan blowing up Galway on TV and saying they are real contenders for Sam. Galway are not contenders for Sam and he knows that well."
He has to say that as we beat his beloved mayo and he can't fathom mayo not being Sam contenders.

systematic (Galway) - Posts: 87 - 03/06/2024 14:41:49    2549184

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Replying To backtooldwall:  "Some posters seem to think of S Kelly as a defender but fail to realise he played all his underage and club football as a forward or midfielder up until P Joyce converted him as a stopgap fullback, I presume he saw that his greater footballing skills and workrate as being needed to solve a position which seemed devoid of a top tier contender at that time.He was withdrawn injured v Mayo in Croke Park a number of years ago when Galway were ahead subsequently collapsed and again last year played when obviously injured, he has only played once for his club since so to expect him to return and re adjust to returning to immediate top class performances."
It was actually Kevin Walsh who moved him to 2 and let him attack from there.

Jellybaby (Dublin) - Posts: 345 - 03/06/2024 15:05:08    2549190

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Replying To crafty:  "Armagh beat Westmeath by 5 points at home. Galway beat them by 4 points in Mullingar. Not a big difference there.
Did you see Lee Keegan blowing up Galway on TV and saying they are real contenders for Sam. Galway are not contenders for Sam and he knows that well."
Keegan is correct. You are contenders, the same as Dublin, Donegal,and Kerry. He didn't say you were going to win it. He's paid to do a job, if he's not up to scratch and makes silly statements he won't be around next year. Galway are the strongest team in Connacht and Derry seem to be in freefall. Armagh in the heat of battle struggle with the pressure, Tyrone are probably a dark horse. MC Daid is back and if Galway can get Kelly and Comer back on the pitch they will be very formidable. Galway are not saying much about the injured players and when Mgt do talk you can believe anything they say.

eoinog (Sligo) - Posts: 1785 - 03/06/2024 15:47:15    2549194

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Replying To Jellybaby:  "It was actually Kevin Walsh who moved him to 2 and let him attack from there."
It was Joyce in the league in 2020. There was rumours of Kelly moving to full back for the 2019 qualifier game against Mayo after Sean Andy had poor Connacht final, which seemed like a completely left field move. Kelly has played there for Moycullen before. In the end KW went with Declan Kyne

Joyce moved Kelly to no.2 where he'd his breakout game in a comeback v Donegal in the league (Heaney in the other corner back position, each scoring a goal) and Kelly's performance on AOS in the covid Connacht game that year solidified himself at no.3

PressureKick (UK) - Posts: 229 - 03/06/2024 16:28:59    2549215

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Replying To eoinog:  "Keegan is correct. You are contenders, the same as Dublin, Donegal,and Kerry. He didn't say you were going to win it. He's paid to do a job, if he's not up to scratch and makes silly statements he won't be around next year. Galway are the strongest team in Connacht and Derry seem to be in freefall. Armagh in the heat of battle struggle with the pressure, Tyrone are probably a dark horse. MC Daid is back and if Galway can get Kelly and Comer back on the pitch they will be very formidable. Galway are not saying much about the injured players and when Mgt do talk you can believe anything they say."
9 weeks ago Derry were bigtime contenders, according to Sunday Game analysts.

Pope_Benedict (Galway) - Posts: 3705 - 03/06/2024 16:53:14    2549222

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Replying To PressureKick:  "It was Joyce in the league in 2020. There was rumours of Kelly moving to full back for the 2019 qualifier game against Mayo after Sean Andy had poor Connacht final, which seemed like a completely left field move. Kelly has played there for Moycullen before. In the end KW went with Declan Kyne

Joyce moved Kelly to no.2 where he'd his breakout game in a comeback v Donegal in the league (Heaney in the other corner back position, each scoring a goal) and Kelly's performance on AOS in the covid Connacht game that year solidified himself at no.3"
I don't know who started playing him as a defender but it was correct call big time and putting him in forwards is madness he great coming from deep and Hernon much same type player ,, it's extremely rare for Sean Kelly to kick the ball and as a forward it's a priority in my mind ,, I'd definitely play him when he fit

Kickitout (Galway) - Posts: 898 - 03/06/2024 17:47:37    2549236

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Replying To Trucker1:  "McDaid has played a good bit as a forward for Monivea also."
He has because he's a class player and is versatile so can do a more than decent job at club level up top.
County is a different ball game.
Same as Sean Kelly in my opinion - his best displays are always when he is facing the opposition goal and can attack from there.

galwayman2 (Galway) - Posts: 1260 - 03/06/2024 18:39:49    2549251

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It's not about being a forward it a back. The middle 8 positions can be interchangeable to a degree. However imo u do need at least one specialised inside forward. Someone used to making runs for incoming ball rather than off the shoulder. It gives a team an extra dimension.

Tough win but a win.

Sounds like the players are close and might be playing if it was make it break against Armagh but won't be risked as we are already qualified.

Mcgrath and Glynn are both excellent but as a combo, lack height. They need to ensure not to get isolated.

Tierney playing very well and Shane improving every game.

I was a bit surprised COC didn't get a run.

Thought Tomo did well and good to see Sweeney back.

Mayonman (Galway) - Posts: 1869 - 03/06/2024 21:38:14    2549289

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If we could get the below team on the field, I think we are as good as anyone, you can see the frustration in Joyce when speaking about injuries.
Gleeson, McGrath, Fitzgerald, Glynn, Silke, McGrath, Kelly, McDaid, Maher, Sweeney, Heaney, Tierney, Finnerty, Comer, Walsh
Conroy, Daly, Molloy, Flaherty, O'Curraoin to come in.

hopballref (Galway) - Posts: 393 - 04/06/2024 08:56:55    2549335

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Sunday 16 June
Sligo, 1.45pm: Galway v Armagh (RTE)
Portlaoise, 3pm: Kerry v Louth
Breffni Park, 3pm: Monaghan v Meath (GAAGO)
Hyde Park, 3.45pm: Dublin v Mayo (RTE)

martinjoe (Mayo) - Posts: 512 - 04/06/2024 14:29:34    2549429

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Replying To martinjoe:  "Sunday 16 June
Sligo, 1.45pm: Galway v Armagh (RTE)
Portlaoise, 3pm: Kerry v Louth
Breffni Park, 3pm: Monaghan v Meath (GAAGO)
Hyde Park, 3.45pm: Dublin v Mayo (RTE)"
Can't really complain about that venue selection from a Galway perspective. Markievicz Park a bit on the small side but after the poor crowd in Carrick for the same two teams a year ago it's to be expected.

LárBáire (Galway) - Posts: 35 - 04/06/2024 16:41:14    2549483

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Armagh slight favourites for the game at even money with Galway 11/10

tribesman125 (Galway) - Posts: 175 - 04/06/2024 20:30:04    2549525

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Replying To tribesman125:  "Armagh slight favourites for the game at even money with Galway 11/10"
It's a shame there's no penalties, if it's tied. A draw will do Armagh for once!!

Pope_Benedict (Galway) - Posts: 3705 - 04/06/2024 21:01:09    2549538

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