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Was a shame not to win that.

Just bang those 2 kickouts long, we don't concede the 'handy' 1-1 legup, collect our 4 point win, and rest up for the qfinals. Or is that being overly simplistic?

Pope_Benedict (Galway) - Posts: 3705 - 16/06/2024 20:26:18    2552011

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McGrath rightly got a lot of praise all year but he struggled today on Turbitt.
Sean Kelly is anonymous at the moment and the change of position isn't suiting him.
Dylan McHugh was excellent today, with and without the ball. Walsh, Finnerty, Tierney, McDaid in patches but none look fully match fit.
Too reliant on Conroy which is a worry.
Need freshness now more than ever in the next couple of weeks, panel will be tested and players are going to have to be used. I'd be thinking O'Curraoin, McCabe, Hernon, O'Flaherty, O'Conghaile, Culhane to get minutes and try and keep others fresh for a quarterfinal

smallfrank (Galway) - Posts: 395 - 16/06/2024 20:27:20    2552012

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Thought we played really well today and dominated a good team.

Two silly mistakes in a row from kick outs cost us. Good teams capitalise on that.

Now is the time to hold our nerve. We will play either Cork, Monaghan or Rossies at home. If Damo is not fully fit do not select him. If we play 90% of today's level we should win but after this round we will need him fully fit. No point putting him at risk.

Mayonman (Galway) - Posts: 1869 - 16/06/2024 20:52:46    2552024

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Replying To Pope_Benedict:  "I've never heard 'talk' of Armagh as All Ireland dark horses. Is it the pub you frequent?"
In fairness I have read many an article and heard plenty of so called experts putting Armagh in the frame as dark horses for the All Ireland. I think the demolition job on Derry convinced a lot of these experts. They are a very decent team but in reality there are probably only 2 teams in the hunt for Sam. If ye lads had a full squad to pick from then maybe ye could be put in there also.

ComainRos (Roscommon) - Posts: 120 - 16/06/2024 20:54:36    2552026

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Could, should have won today! We lost control when the two Seans had to leave the field.There are basic mistakes made that would not be countenanced from an U13 team ie calling for a short sickout and waiting for it to come to you also trying such a soft kick into the danger area. This scenario has had many posters predicting it for some time, are the backroom the only ones surprised?

backtooldwall (Galway) - Posts: 81 - 16/06/2024 21:02:20    2552029

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Replying To JahTribe:  "What's the GAA rush to put teams under pressure by having games week in, week out when the stadiums will be empty by mid-July. Derry, Roscommon, Cork and Monaghan should be out of the All-Ireland at this stage and we should be down to the last 8. This ridiculous preliminary QF is set up to punish teams that finish 2nd while rewarding teams that should be out by giving them yet another last chance."
I think the system is unfair as the provincial winners don't have any advantage in the round robin - in fact they seem to be at a disadvantage. You would be better off being knocked out in the semifinal of your province if you are in division 1 or 2 as it means an extra week or two of resting and clearing up any injuries for the round robin. That seems a crazy system to me. In saying that, Galway are again (like last year) the only provincial winners not to top their group so are now forced yet again to play 2 or 3 weeks in a row (provided they win next week of course).

tommy k (Galway) - Posts: 3470 - 16/06/2024 21:03:21    2552031

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Time to start fresher legs in a few areas next week..
Rest Conroy, D'Arcy and one or two more...

Belclare7 (Galway) - Posts: 63 - 16/06/2024 21:42:54    2552054

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Replying To MachaireConnacht:  "For the second kick out that led to a point, the Galway player seemed to be standing still waiting for the ball to come into his hands. Is there not a responsibility on the outfield players to go to it with initiative? I wouldn't knock the keeper for that one."
Agreed, but the short kickouts have been problematic for a while and whether it's the keeper or the sideline calling it, it's mad either way.

Ailteoir (Galway) - Posts: 873 - 16/06/2024 22:00:14    2552061

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Replying To Belclare7:  "Time to start fresher legs in a few areas next week..
Rest Conroy, D'Arcy and one or two more..."
Unfortunately, Galway need to gamble with their selection next weekend. I'd be confident against all possible opposition, bar Cork. They are, imo, the side we need to avoid. On their day, they have a strong, and scoring half back line, formidable midfield and a few scoring forwards of the highest calibre.

AnCrúiscínLán (Galway) - Posts: 102 - 16/06/2024 22:20:18    2552066

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Stating the obvious, but really Galway should have won by 5/6 points today. I thought you had won, until that error with the kick out. I see Damian Comer in a tracksuit today. You need him along with Shane Walsh and Rob Finnerty fit and playing together.

thelongridge (Offaly) - Posts: 1827 - 16/06/2024 23:11:54    2552086

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I disagree. I think Galway unravelled when Sean kelly left the pitch today, and he's got the smarts as well as the skill, he's a very clever player and that's what they lacked. It the first match I didn't attend in person. On the TV you could see Sean lining up a lot and running for the ball, and not getting seen. The lads screwed up. Not sharp or clever. I think they need to work on the kick outs, yes, but there were far weaker players on the team today that I won't name as it's not fair. Onwards and upwards. We are still in the championship and that's what matters.

Gearoid1998ffowaed (Galway) - Posts: 91 - 16/06/2024 23:16:15    2552087

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My two cents on it today.
We played quite well for like long spells and as many have mentioned we were controlling the game well. Armagh were definitely going to need a goal to get back into it and never looked likely to create one themselves.
The result is a sickener given that we should have seen that out comfortably. The kickout for the goal was obviously a poor error, but I actually thought the defending after that was bad too. We made it very easy for Kelly to score. He should have been forced wide and made to shoot from the tighter angle at worst. He cut back inside far too easily.
Even that aside, we left a lot of good scoring chances behind in the 3rd quarter. Two close range handpass points falling short and we snatched at a few other kicks.
Tomo's effort would have likely finished the game. He never opened up his body for the shot and got his angle all wrong. Even on the very last play after Armagh equalised, I thought we could have kept it moving and tried to work a shot. There was time on the clock and the ref wasn't going to blow that early.
Trying to play for the mark was very risky and it didn't pay off.
No choice but to dust ourselves down, go out next week and deliver. It's not a time for crying. Get on with it and show the potential that's in this team.

WanPintWin (Galway) - Posts: 2102 - 16/06/2024 23:25:54    2552090

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Replying To tommy k:  "I think the system is unfair as the provincial winners don't have any advantage in the round robin - in fact they seem to be at a disadvantage. You would be better off being knocked out in the semifinal of your province if you are in division 1 or 2 as it means an extra week or two of resting and clearing up any injuries for the round robin. That seems a crazy system to me. In saying that, Galway are again (like last year) the only provincial winners not to top their group so are now forced yet again to play 2 or 3 weeks in a row (provided they win next week of course)."
Infairness over the past 2 years galway are the only team to win there provincial and now get through. So maybe they need to look at themselves. They had the game won today and messed it up

cds (Armagh) - Posts: 6 - 16/06/2024 23:33:54    2552095

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Replying To cds:  "Infairness over the past 2 years galway are the only team to win there provincial and now get through. So maybe they need to look at themselves. They had the game won today and messed it up"
100%. The system has nothing to do with it and is only an excuse. The lads know they should have closed this out today and it's up to them to put it right.

WanPintWin (Galway) - Posts: 2102 - 17/06/2024 00:04:09    2552107

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Replying To AnCrúiscínLán:  "Unfortunately, Galway need to gamble with their selection next weekend. I'd be confident against all possible opposition, bar Cork. They are, imo, the side we need to avoid. On their day, they have a strong, and scoring half back line, formidable midfield and a few scoring forwards of the highest calibre."
I think the main reason why you want to avoid Cork is because they are coached by Kevin Walsh who knows all about Galway and will have traps set in place.

Gaa_lover (USA) - Posts: 3432 - 17/06/2024 00:25:18    2552112

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Really disappointing result today, we fell apart once Sean Mulkerrins went off and substitutions didn't work.

Really disappointed for the lads, we were by far the better team,but this has happened too often under this management team

We will probably win next weekend but with injuries and playing 3 weeks in a row I think our season will be over in 2 weeks time

Coolmore (Galway) - Posts: 2 - 17/06/2024 01:17:06    2552121

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Replying To cds:  "Infairness over the past 2 years galway are the only team to win there provincial and now get through. So maybe they need to look at themselves. They had the game won today and messed it up"
If you read my post carefully that is exactly what I said! Galway were the better team for the vast majority of the game and practically handed the draw to Armagh on a plate by making some stupid errors like the short kick-out that went astray, the balls into the Armagh goalie's hands etc. The likes of Dublin or Kerry over the last number of years at least would normally never do that.

tommy k (Galway) - Posts: 3470 - 17/06/2024 04:39:06    2552128

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It's very simple and the truth hurts but there is one reason we screwed this game up. As Marty Morrissey said in summary on his commentary that I just watched back, "2 kickouts changed the game. A goal and a point conceded."
The loyalty stuff with Gleeson is admirable in some ways but it's absolutely costing us wins. Nothing has changed in truth. Our restarts are still a calamity.

togoutlads (Galway) - Posts: 928 - 17/06/2024 07:14:50    2552132

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Replying To tommy k:  "I think the system is unfair as the provincial winners don't have any advantage in the round robin - in fact they seem to be at a disadvantage. You would be better off being knocked out in the semifinal of your province if you are in division 1 or 2 as it means an extra week or two of resting and clearing up any injuries for the round robin. That seems a crazy system to me. In saying that, Galway are again (like last year) the only provincial winners not to top their group so are now forced yet again to play 2 or 3 weeks in a row (provided they win next week of course)."
You can take the view of winning provincials doesn't matter and you could get a good enough draw but if you didn't win connacht you could have got a draw of Dublin, armagh and Cork. With winning connacht galway avoid the two big guns in kerry and dublin. Unlike the ulster and leinster champions the connacht champions also get two weeks break between all the group games. The travel distances were not far this year. You just should have closed out yesterday in a game you had complete control of.

Ulsterchamps_32 (Donegal) - Posts: 759 - 17/06/2024 08:22:15    2552145

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I don't think Galway will ever take Monaghan for granted. We learned our lesson there before. But if this group of Galway players and mgmt have serious ambitions, then we need to be putting this game away with some real intent and a blistering performance. If, in the next few weeks, we want to be even considered in the same bracket as a Kerry or Dublin, then we have to be putting down a marker and a statement of intent next weekend in Pearse. Rip into them, lads. We'll be there to support ye! This is it. This is the business end of things now, time we drove it up another gear.

togoutlads (Galway) - Posts: 928 - 17/06/2024 08:52:47    2552151

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