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Replying To FieldsMaster:  "Was that a very inept display by Galway minor footballers last evening. Poor fetching, jogging out to meet the ball when a sprint was required, missing clear cut goal chances. They may not be good footballers but some of them had very nice hair styles (though prize of 'hair of the game' goes to the Mayo physio) and why bother with those gum-shields when they have them sticking out of the mouth like a cigarette. Watching that game I nearly pulled out my own little bit of hair !!"
Come on, these lads are 15, 16 and 17 year old give them a break.

ponga (Mayo) - Posts: 605 - 07/06/2022 10:04:27    2422859

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Mayo by far the better stronger footballing team
They have some outstanding players like Mc Gonagle and Hurley
They are superbly coached team allways played the right ball into their forwards
Their tackling and defending was top class for a young team
However once again Galway to me looked like a poorly coached team
Sitting back letting Mayo have the ball didnt work
Galways play was too slow also
They should have pushed on Mayo more
A s the Mayo lads had plenty of time to kick in lovely balls to Hurley and co
Where as Galway couldnt get any good ball in to the forwards
I think theres a lot more in Galway
They allways seemed to take wrong option
The passing was very sloppy at times ,
Defending once again was poor as in other games
Even though Mayo won by 6 Galway had plenty of chances but poor play let them down
I would hope that Galway can play a lot better next day out because its in them
Dublin will prob set up a bit like Mayo so Galway should prepare for this

rhudson (Galway) - Posts: 1433 - 07/06/2022 10:28:38    2422879

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Replying To ponga:  "Come on, these lads are 15, 16 and 17 year old give them a break."
I agree with the concept of going easy on lads because of their age. But constructive criticism is no harm. When you pull on the maroon jersey, it as an honour and it is an associated opportunity to gain praise. Similarly it is a responsibility and an associated opportunity to attract criticism. that's the nature of elite sport. So silly comments on hairstyles...no. But fair criticism on the ineptness of the performance ( in particular the terrible rate of bad turnovers) is valid.

anotheralias (Galway) - Posts: 397 - 07/06/2022 11:16:55    2422912

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Replying To AnCrúiscínLán:  "Given their resources and geographical catchment area, Corofin should be able to field 2 senior trams. Name one team - Corofin - and the other Belclare. Who knows with all the talent available, you could expect them to meet in a county senior final. How bad!...."
Is that a salty MM man? Given their resources and geographical catchment area, MM should be able to field 2 senior trams. Name one team - Mountbellew - and the other Moylough.

systematic (Galway) - Posts: 50 - 07/06/2022 11:21:40    2422914

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Replying To systematic:  "Is that a salty MM man? Given their resources and geographical catchment area, MM should be able to field 2 senior trams. Name one team - Mountbellew - and the other Moylough."
I used to live in ballinastack area of galway. If I left my house it took me about 15 mins to drive to the other side of Caroline parish to belclare. It was around 6 miles I remember. I can see his point. Was a very large catchment area. Compare that to somewhere like milltown

Gumball (Donegal) - Posts: 34 - 07/06/2022 11:48:54    2422934

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Hard to make a case for the minor management to be kept on after this year. They've had a fairly rotten 3 years in charge unless they pull off an unlikely win against Dublin next weekend. I don't think they won a single game of significance in 3 years. Huge contrast with the previous management who had the minors in 3 All-Ireland finals in 4 years.

Marooned (Galway) - Posts: 1946 - 07/06/2022 11:54:40    2422938

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Replying To giveitlong:  "So most likely we will be meeting Armagh or Cork next, if we cant draw Mayo or Ross. I think Mayo will get over Kildare and Armagh looked really good yesterday. If the bookie is right there will be 3 Connacht teams in the last 8, which is great."
I think if you'd told Joyce at the beginning of the year Galway would be in this position he'd have been delighted.

Armagh have as many issues as Galway with kickouts and they've got injury issues around the middle should it be them Galway play.

Its a great opportunity whoever they play, lets hope they take it.

TheBishop (Galway) - Posts: 161 - 07/06/2022 11:56:10    2422941

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Replying To ponga:  "Come on, these lads are 15, 16 and 17 year old give them a break."
Absolutely.Do you think these lads went out to lose the game?Seriously Galway supporters always criticise instead of saying well the backs held a good Mayo team to 13 points and if they had a bit of luck goalwise could have won.By the way they weren't given a stonewall penalty which if they had scored would have really brought them back into it at a crucial time.These are young lads who have given up a huge amount of their spare time to play and train.They have a huge amount of pride putting on that jersey every single time and all you can do is comment on their hairstyle?You actually should be ashamed.

Alwaysencourage (Galway) - Posts: 13 - 07/06/2022 12:05:14    2422948

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Replying To anotheralias:  "I agree with the concept of going easy on lads because of their age. But constructive criticism is no harm. When you pull on the maroon jersey, it as an honour and it is an associated opportunity to gain praise. Similarly it is a responsibility and an associated opportunity to attract criticism. that's the nature of elite sport. So silly comments on hairstyles...no. But fair criticism on the ineptness of the performance ( in particular the terrible rate of bad turnovers) is valid."
Commenting on hairstyles is not constructive criticism,it's personal.Plus criticism is only constructive if you also see what Galway did well like keeping a good Mayo forward line to only 13 points.

Alwaysencourage (Galway) - Posts: 13 - 07/06/2022 12:09:20    2422950

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Replying To Marooned:  "Hard to make a case for the minor management to be kept on after this year. They've had a fairly rotten 3 years in charge unless they pull off an unlikely win against Dublin next weekend. I don't think they won a single game of significance in 3 years. Huge contrast with the previous management who had the minors in 3 All-Ireland finals in 4 years."
Don't like to be negative towards those doing their best but the appointment of current minor mgmt has been a mystery to me, esp when the county has mgmt talant available.

giveitlong (Galway) - Posts: 1124 - 07/06/2022 12:23:01    2422963

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Yes I was disappointed with that insipid performance last night. You'd suspect that'll be the end of the road for Glynn if we bow out to the Dubs.

ahsure. (Galway) - Posts: 1410 - 07/06/2022 12:41:39    2422974

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Replying To Alwaysencourage:  "Commenting on hairstyles is not constructive criticism,it's personal.Plus criticism is only constructive if you also see what Galway did well like keeping a good Mayo forward line to only 13 points."
You should have read my post properly before you commented
I said "So silly comments on hairstyles....no"
Also constructive critiscism does not mean praise. Constructive criticism is giving feedback in areas that can be improved, like our poor turnover rate. It can help sometimes to balance this with positives , but lets call a spade a spade there was little to be constructively positive about yesterday. The concession of "only 13 points" was a bit of a reflection on Mayo's wastefulness

anotheralias (Galway) - Posts: 397 - 07/06/2022 12:43:27    2422975

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Replying To anotheralias:  "You should have read my post properly before you commented
I said "So silly comments on hairstyles....no"
Also constructive critiscism does not mean praise. Constructive criticism is giving feedback in areas that can be improved, like our poor turnover rate. It can help sometimes to balance this with positives , but lets call a spade a spade there was little to be constructively positive about yesterday. The concession of "only 13 points" was a bit of a reflection on Mayo's wastefulness"
Apologies the hairstyle comment was not meant to be directed at you but an earlier post.But it is extremely negative to say that there was nothing redeeming about yesterday.Some of the backs had very good games and kept their Mayo counterparts scoreless when they were marking them.I agree about constructive criticism but its needs to be tempered with some positivity.Those young lads know they didn't play as they can play.They don't need to be told it over and over.

Alwaysencourage (Galway) - Posts: 13 - 07/06/2022 13:10:56    2422998

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The displays of our Minor and U20 teams this year were very poor. I would give the U20's a bit of a pass because the conditions were terrible and I believe no game should have been played that night especially a knock out game.

The minor team looked poorly coached, they seemed to lack team work. Also Mayo just looked in much better physical condition. You always felt when there was contact there would only be one winner.

Saying that you can often find a couple of gems in teams that win nothing and sometimes a well balanced underage team that wins things does not have any star quality to step to the next level. I liked our goalkeeper last night. His kickout technique was superb. No big long run, just a couple of steps back and bang. That big long run up kills Gleeson for the seniors (as well as the kicking tee slowing him down).

We really need to sort out the underage set up. Has there been any appointments to oversee it? I saw the hurling board put some proposals up previously but don't remember anything from the Football side. We need to have an integrated player pathway to the senior side. Maybe I am wrong but it seems to me very much hit and miss and some years we get lucky because of exceptional work done by individual coaches at clubs.

Mayonman (Galway) - Posts: 1623 - 07/06/2022 13:21:24    2423006

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The players are only young lads, I don't think they were helped by the line though.
Monaghan is a good player but he was getting the wrong ball all the first half and then just started wandering out.
They were going for goals with 20 minutes left when 4 down, needed to be called from the line.
The lad on Hurley was left burned until halfway through the second half, crazy that there wasn't a change.
When Mayo dropped a body in front of the full back line we kept kicking it into him??
U11s are told to find a player, we looked like a team that hadn't focused on the basics, that's all Mayo did and they did it well.
We need to have a good think about who we give these teams to, the likes of Stephen Joyce was a perfect appointment.
The gum shield hanging out of the mouth, is that not a black card offence

smallfrank (Galway) - Posts: 81 - 07/06/2022 13:24:12    2423009

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I heard minor management on GBFM after basically saying that Mayo were bigger and stronger than us. Sure what could we do or words to that effect. Now I may be mistaken but there didn't look to be a significant size difference between the teams to my naked eye anyway. I don't even think there is much a talent difference between the teams. The biggest difference looked in coaching. Mayo were well drilled. Had a defensive system in place, got numbers back and got a lot of their scores on the break after turning Galway over. And had a couple of lads with pace up front who took advantage of the space afforded to them. They played the game on their terms throughout. Galway sadly looked clueless. Some credit must go the players who fought really hard in the 2nd half and could have had a goal or two had a couple passes gone to hand. Unfortunately they were not put in a position to win.

Marooned (Galway) - Posts: 1946 - 07/06/2022 13:42:48    2423025

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Galway minor management learnt nothing from Tuam beating against Mayo. That evening Mayo sat back in numbers to frustrate and killed Galway on the counter attack.

Seemed to be just a plan A of relying on Costello, Monaghan to do the business but when they are bottled up the lads on the sideline are left scratching their heads. Have the tough Quarter final against the Dubs now and just 6 days to prepare for it.

Yondu (UK) - Posts: 633 - 07/06/2022 17:01:26    2423146

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Replying To Marooned:  "I heard minor management on GBFM after basically saying that Mayo were bigger and stronger than us. Sure what could we do or words to that effect. Now I may be mistaken but there didn't look to be a significant size difference between the teams to my naked eye anyway. I don't even think there is much a talent difference between the teams. The biggest difference looked in coaching. Mayo were well drilled. Had a defensive system in place, got numbers back and got a lot of their scores on the break after turning Galway over. And had a couple of lads with pace up front who took advantage of the space afforded to them. They played the game on their terms throughout. Galway sadly looked clueless. Some credit must go the players who fought really hard in the 2nd half and could have had a goal or two had a couple passes gone to hand. Unfortunately they were not put in a position to win."
the result/performance is no surprise to me..
there game management is very very poor and gave little or no help to those young
lads on the pitch who to be fair gave everything
galway also did have a stone wall penalty turned away plus one or two half chances and they
kicked a few bad wides so they could of even ben a bit closer to mayo who where the better
team on the night..
this management team are clearly not up to.
look at the job Stephen joyce did for a number of years..
practically won Connacht every year and should of won an all ire v cork a few years ago..
he made us hugely competitive at this grade and very hard to beat..

all the very best lads against dublin..all ye can do is leave everything out on
the pitch and i hope the management team and help this time around..

gbay (Galway) - Posts: 222 - 07/06/2022 20:15:45    2423202

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Replying To Marooned:  "I heard minor management on GBFM after basically saying that Mayo were bigger and stronger than us. Sure what could we do or words to that effect. Now I may be mistaken but there didn't look to be a significant size difference between the teams to my naked eye anyway. I don't even think there is much a talent difference between the teams. The biggest difference looked in coaching. Mayo were well drilled. Had a defensive system in place, got numbers back and got a lot of their scores on the break after turning Galway over. And had a couple of lads with pace up front who took advantage of the space afforded to them. They played the game on their terms throughout. Galway sadly looked clueless. Some credit must go the players who fought really hard in the 2nd half and could have had a goal or two had a couple passes gone to hand. Unfortunately they were not put in a position to win."
A lot of the comments and criticisms here of the minor team are way off the mark. There is a lot of focus on poor coaching and management. As I saw the game, the Galway players were every bit a nos good and equally skillful and committed as the Mayo lads. The reason Galway were beaten is quite simple: they gave the ball away numerous times to the opposition when under no pressure whatever. How many times were handpasses and footpasses and short free kicks misdirected and sent directly into the grateful arms of Mayo players. This was soul-destroying and must have proved very dispiriting. The game is all about possession now. Teams who needlessly give the ball away time after time are effectively beating themselves. It must have been hard for the manager and coaches to watch. Players at this stage of their careers should be able to pass the ball. If this can be corrected, it wouldn't surprise me at all if Galway go on to win the All Ireland via the back door.

FatLadySinging (Galway) - Posts: 33 - 07/06/2022 21:24:40    2423215

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Mayo were stronger then Galway, Galway coped very well at midfield as did Travers at centre half back but Mayo were certainly more powerful then our lads. Galway forwards were trying to force a goal, could have been a lot closer if they kept tipping away at the points in that 2nd half.

TheBishop (Galway) - Posts: 161 - 08/06/2022 11:30:59    2423293

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