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Replying To TheBishop:  "Agree on the above. Daly back in the squad anyway.

Would like to see McDaid given a run in midfield."
You could be onto something there.
I go back to that Ruane goal in the Connacht Final, now 2 things. 1. Our lads couldn't stay with him, so whatever options you consider need to be mobile and 2. Against Tyrone he got sent off as he got frustrated, every time he went to run he was checked.(Good coaching/tactics) but he was never going to get a goal like the Connacht Final against Tyrone.
Sean Kelly, Paul Kelly, McDaid or even Heaney options for the middle.

smallfrank (Galway) - Posts: 29 - 14/01/2022 10:29:35    2394844

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Team for tonight:

Flaherty

McDaid
Fitzgerald
Silke

McHugh
Sean Kelly
Heaney

Conroy
Paul Kelly

McWalter
Gallagher
O Laoi

Patrick Kelly
Finnerty
Conneely

Bench
Gleeson
Glynn
Gill
Sweeney
Molloy
Liam Costello
McLoughlin
Tierney
Walsh
Culhane
Canney

galway19 (Galway) - Posts: 151 - 14/01/2022 10:43:17    2394846

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Replying To BLT:  "Someone calling for Ciaran Duggan saying he was superb in 2018... We are now in 2022 and he has barely kicked a ball since ! D'Arcy from Caherlistrane isn't good enough but then again, neither is Barret from Leitir Mor so it looks like its a patch up job at midfield and a rotation of Conroy, Comer, Tierney and 1 more.

They need to beg John Daly to return to the fold."
They don't need to beg John Daly. He's already on the panel. Are you talking about Michael Daly?
We're definitely short of options in midfield with Cooke gone and Flynn not on the panel.
Midfielders need to be very mobile in today's game, but also need a real physical presence.
The likes of Fenton, Ruane and O'Connor in Kerry cover a huge amount of ground, compete well in the air and are also very comfortable getting forward.
I think McLaughlin is a serious prospect, but he's still very young.

WanPintWin (Galway) - Posts: 1243 - 14/01/2022 11:03:48    2394851

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Replying To WanPintWin:  "They don't need to beg John Daly. He's already on the panel. Are you talking about Michael Daly?
We're definitely short of options in midfield with Cooke gone and Flynn not on the panel.
Midfielders need to be very mobile in today's game, but also need a real physical presence.
The likes of Fenton, Ruane and O'Connor in Kerry cover a huge amount of ground, compete well in the air and are also very comfortable getting forward.
I think McLaughlin is a serious prospect, but he's still very young."
I wonder will McLaughlin even be on the senior panel later in the year? He's still eligible for the U-20's for one more year I think so may be with them for their campaign. That said Galway look a bit threadbare in midfield with a combination of older legs (Conroy) and Tierney (not really his best position) being used in there and no Flynn on the panel. There's definitely a spot up for grabs there.

Marooned (Galway) - Posts: 1898 - 14/01/2022 11:55:02    2394865

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Replying To Marooned:  "I wonder will McLaughlin even be on the senior panel later in the year? He's still eligible for the U-20's for one more year I think so may be with them for their campaign. That said Galway look a bit threadbare in midfield with a combination of older legs (Conroy) and Tierney (not really his best position) being used in there and no Flynn on the panel. There's definitely a spot up for grabs there."
Conor Raftery is on the panel and never gets mentioned by anyone posting when discussing midfield. He's still v young of course but was massively influential for galway minors and u-20 teams at midfield. Very strong, serious fielder, great engine, needs some work on speed (but Galway's new S&C coach is said to be an expert in that - everyone can get faster). He captained galway minors to a Connacht title and to the all ireland final in 2018, so he's a leader. He was and is every bit as good as some other young midfield candidates getting an awful lot of coverage recently.

togoutlads (Galway) - Posts: 553 - 14/01/2022 12:22:53    2394870

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Replying To smallfrank:  "You could be onto something there.
I go back to that Ruane goal in the Connacht Final, now 2 things. 1. Our lads couldn't stay with him, so whatever options you consider need to be mobile and 2. Against Tyrone he got sent off as he got frustrated, every time he went to run he was checked.(Good coaching/tactics) but he was never going to get a goal like the Connacht Final against Tyrone.
Sean Kelly, Paul Kelly, McDaid or even Heaney options for the middle."
I've said for 2-3 years that we should be trying Sean Kelly as a midfielder. He's the modern, super engine, ball carrying, 'box to box' midfielder. See his goal online for NUIG in the Sigerson the other night from a midfield possession he won and soloed the rest of the field to rattle it to the net.

togoutlads (Galway) - Posts: 553 - 14/01/2022 12:47:45    2394873

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Replying To togoutlads:  "I've said for 2-3 years that we should be trying Sean Kelly as a midfielder. He's the modern, super engine, ball carrying, 'box to box' midfielder. See his goal online for NUIG in the Sigerson the other night from a midfield possession he won and soloed the rest of the field to rattle it to the net."
Interesting to see how he gets on at 6 tonight. No bother to him, super athlete.

ahsure. (Galway) - Posts: 1306 - 14/01/2022 13:05:48    2394878

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Replying To togoutlads:  "Conor Raftery is on the panel and never gets mentioned by anyone posting when discussing midfield. He's still v young of course but was massively influential for galway minors and u-20 teams at midfield. Very strong, serious fielder, great engine, needs some work on speed (but Galway's new S&C coach is said to be an expert in that - everyone can get faster). He captained galway minors to a Connacht title and to the all ireland final in 2018, so he's a leader. He was and is every bit as good as some other young midfield candidates getting an awful lot of coverage recently."
He was probably overshadowed the last few years at underage level by McLaughlin, Paul Kelly & Tierney so that he doesn't get mentioned as much. Hope he gets a chance by I wouldn't rate him as highly as the other 3.

TheBishop (Galway) - Posts: 136 - 14/01/2022 13:29:51    2394885

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Replying To togoutlads:  "Conor Raftery is on the panel and never gets mentioned by anyone posting when discussing midfield. He's still v young of course but was massively influential for galway minors and u-20 teams at midfield. Very strong, serious fielder, great engine, needs some work on speed (but Galway's new S&C coach is said to be an expert in that - everyone can get faster). He captained galway minors to a Connacht title and to the all ireland final in 2018, so he's a leader. He was and is every bit as good as some other young midfield candidates getting an awful lot of coverage recently."
Agreed Raftery looked like a real quality player at minor and u20. Hopefully he brings that form into the senior setup.
It's a pity Michael Daly isn't involved (aside from his potential ban he wasn't going into the squad anyway),
Think middle of the park would be an ideal spot for him. He probably lacks the pace needed for the wing where he was often deployed.

galwayman2 (Galway) - Posts: 950 - 14/01/2022 14:37:19    2394897

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We are getting slaughtered on our own kickout, we are wide open at the down the middle and we are leaving 30 yards of space in front of our full back line and going 1v1 with Cox and Donie Smith

smallfrank (Galway) - Posts: 29 - 14/01/2022 18:11:24    2394930

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Well done Galway, a good start to the year. Nice to win. Absolutely loads to work on, massive room for improvement but it's a competition won.

togoutlads (Galway) - Posts: 553 - 14/01/2022 19:40:27    2394943

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Is Cian Hernon still U20? He looked a super prospect on the same team that won U20's with Tierney etc

Mayonman (Galway) - Posts: 1484 - 14/01/2022 20:20:16    2394953

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Good run out.

Nice to get win but while there was some good individual performances I thought we defended poorly as a unit. Looked open. Compared to Mayo game when I thought as a unit we looked very compact defending. Possible all the changes don't help.

Dessie C had another poor day at the office. I rate him but he needs to start producing.

Gallagher looked a useful addition at 11.

Any word on Mulkerrins injury

Mayonman (Galway) - Posts: 1484 - 14/01/2022 20:30:24    2394956

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Replying To togoutlads:  "Well done Galway, a good start to the year. Nice to win. Absolutely loads to work on, massive room for improvement but it's a competition won."
A win is important for the morale. Delighted to see Cian O Neil up front and very vocal at the breaks.
We have loads of issues and better teams will cause us lots of problems at the back. The Rossies blanket under Poacher was very structured whereas we were still leaving loads of space. Loads of work for our management

Belclare (Galway) - Posts: 594 - 14/01/2022 20:47:48    2394960

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Three Amigos still in tow. God help us.

FallenStar (Galway) - Posts: 370 - 14/01/2022 20:53:17    2394961

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Replying To smallfrank:  "We are getting slaughtered on our own kickout, we are wide open at the down the middle and we are leaving 30 yards of space in front of our full back line and going 1v1 with Cox and Donie Smith"
We really mixed the good with the bad and conceded way too much but great to get the win.

The Good
Liam Silke, switched on to Cox after 4 minutes and gave an exhibition of tight defending. Never gave Cox a sniff.
Sean Kelly, very little more to be said about him, unlucky not to get a goal.
Heaney, points with both feet and a 45, also cracked the bar.
Paul Conroy, points with both feet, does it every day.
Gallagher, I was impressed, made 2 points for Finnerty, has pace
Patrick Kelly, rarely wastes possession, tall and good pace.
Finnerty, real streak player, 5 from play.
Tony Gill, very good for his age, very intelligent player
Sweeney, made an impact , 2 points. another with pace.

The Bad
Flaherty, he's young so allowed an off day, 59% on our own kickouts and should not be allowing that one hop the bar, Power on crutches so one less option.
McDaid, 3 points for Cox after 4 minutes, switched then, taken off at 24, hard to see it with McDaid.
McWalter, made the goal but dropped one short, unlucky to be hooked at 24.
O'Laoi, fouled, gave ball away, left one short and seemed to drop the head, came off on 44.
Conneely, loses the 50/50 balls, yellow on 30, off at half time, needs to bulk up for this level. Needs to be in the same shape as Ryan O'Donoghue or Tommy Conroy I think.

smallfrank (Galway) - Posts: 29 - 14/01/2022 21:18:46    2394966

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Decent performance. Ros missing murtaghs and pearsez lads so lets not go too crazy. But we should have won by a lot more than 2 points given our dominance.. And plenty of reasons for optimism.

anotheralias (Galway) - Posts: 246 - 14/01/2022 21:25:45    2394967

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While it's only January, things are positive.
New captain with a total football focus and leads on the field
New vice captain that does likewise
New S & C that has a serious cv and experience
New coach that seems to have had an impact. If nothing else getting Shane to be a provider aswell as a finisher
New young faces that are not afraid. Paddy Kelly. Top class. Eoin Gallagher is a real potential game changer.
Fitzgerald raw and a bit of a tick toc head but has potential. Many more as well.
A new goalie while against Mayo was sublime will have learned a lot from this evening.
It's has been less about the sideline and more about the players.
League will be interesting but as a big PJ and co doubter pleasantly surprised to date.

galwaygoal (Galway) - Posts: 149 - 14/01/2022 21:47:38    2394971

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Replying To smallfrank:  "We really mixed the good with the bad and conceded way too much but great to get the win.

The Good
Liam Silke, switched on to Cox after 4 minutes and gave an exhibition of tight defending. Never gave Cox a sniff.
Sean Kelly, very little more to be said about him, unlucky not to get a goal.
Heaney, points with both feet and a 45, also cracked the bar.
Paul Conroy, points with both feet, does it every day.
Gallagher, I was impressed, made 2 points for Finnerty, has pace
Patrick Kelly, rarely wastes possession, tall and good pace.
Finnerty, real streak player, 5 from play.
Tony Gill, very good for his age, very intelligent player
Sweeney, made an impact , 2 points. another with pace.

The Bad
Flaherty, he's young so allowed an off day, 59% on our own kickouts and should not be allowing that one hop the bar, Power on crutches so one less option.
McDaid, 3 points for Cox after 4 minutes, switched then, taken off at 24, hard to see it with McDaid.
McWalter, made the goal but dropped one short, unlucky to be hooked at 24.
O'Laoi, fouled, gave ball away, left one short and seemed to drop the head, came off on 44.
Conneely, loses the 50/50 balls, yellow on 30, off at half time, needs to bulk up for this level. Needs to be in the same shape as Ryan O'Donoghue or Tommy Conroy I think."
Agree that the two new lads you would have to be impressed with are Gallagher and Patrick Kelly. We are at the point with Sean Kelly now where you just expect a 9/10 performance every game. Such a good player.

galway19 (Galway) - Posts: 151 - 15/01/2022 10:27:07    2394982

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Great to win
We look light in midfield generally
Mc Daid is no corner back, not sure if he is good enough
Fitzgerald and Silke good
Heaney strong and Kicking 50's
Gallagher grew into it
Dessie struggling
I like paddy Kelly
Sean Kelly and Conroy are different gravy
Who is the new S&C??
Also seem to be making better ingame changes than in the last 2 years, hopefully the influence of O Neill

Maroonedinlongford2 (Galway) - Posts: 23 - 15/01/2022 10:48:23    2394987

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