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I think we've done really well on long kick outs, fielding and breaking ball etc. But your never going to get more than 60-65% return on this.

We need a get out of jail kick out for when the real pressure comes on. If they flood the press can we free up someone or isolate one of our better fielders to go over the press.

I really believe all we have done this year has been in spite of our kick out. If we can finally nail that it is a huge opportunity to move our play to the next level.

Hugely excited. Think we have a real chance even though everyone bar the bookies rekons Armagh will win.

Gaillimh abù

Mayonman (Galway) - Posts: 1620 - 21/06/2022 11:12:37    2426539

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Replying To Mayonman:  "I think we've done really well on long kick outs, fielding and breaking ball etc. But your never going to get more than 60-65% return on this.

We need a get out of jail kick out for when the real pressure comes on. If they flood the press can we free up someone or isolate one of our better fielders to go over the press.

I really believe all we have done this year has been in spite of our kick out. If we can finally nail that it is a huge opportunity to move our play to the next level.

Hugely excited. Think we have a real chance even though everyone bar the bookies rekons Armagh will win.

Gaillimh abù"
Great position to be in. Everyone is picking Armagh but the bookies won't move it away from a 50-50 game. They obviously dont rate this Armagh defence especially.

galway19 (Galway) - Posts: 180 - 21/06/2022 11:18:59    2426543

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Our biggest issue with winning breaking ball from our kickouts has been late in games. Our retention rate from longer kickouts in the first half against Mayo and Roscommon was good. It dropped off drastically as the second half of both games wore on.
A lot of this was due to us having dropped deeper trying to protect the lead, leaving fewer numbers around the middle. If we do have a lead late on against Armagh, I hope we don't see the same tactic again. The best way to take pressure off our defence is to win our kickout and stop giving away possession, which only invites attack after attack.
We need to keep numbers further out, competing for the ball and pressuring when not in possession.

WanPintWin (Galway) - Posts: 1432 - 21/06/2022 11:25:32    2426548

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Maybe I have no leg to stand on because they hammered us the last day out but I really don't see the hype with Armagh. They have a special special player in Rian O'Neill and handy forwards but if you get a handle on Rian it stifles the entire Armagh attack. I think they are weak defensively, some good individuals but overall I think Shane Walsh, Comer and Conroy, if they are on song, are much too good for them. I think Donegal did not expose them enough on their own kickouts because you can get lots of joy there. When we had the upper hand we just kicked points instead of going for the jugular.

I think it will be a tight enough game but I think if Galway have their heads screwed on they will win in my opinion. The hype around Armagh is insane, I don't blame people within Armagh at all of course you'd be excited and they play some nice stuff. I just don't think they are anywhere near as good as some are making out. In my view they haven't shown that they can mix things up in terms of play, they need the game to be a kicking, helter skelter, 50/50 game to flourish. Galway have shown that they're willing to go back to a defensive, retention game if they need to. I think that flexibility and ability to adapt will come in handy this weekend.

JoeSoap (Donegal) - Posts: 1409 - 21/06/2022 11:33:12    2426557

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Great interview with Shane - https://www.independent.ie/sport/gaelic-games/gaelic-football/centre-stage-holds-no-major-fears-for-galways-master-of-disguise-shane-walsh-41772593.html

galway19 (Galway) - Posts: 180 - 21/06/2022 11:35:54    2426558

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Replying To rhudson:  "You have covered one of our major failings well there for sure
If you dont win the breaking ball youre gonna be in trouble
While a lot of talk has been about Rian O Neill Soupy Cambell is the man to watch
Hes the playmaker creator on this team roams the field can also kick a good score too
He needs to be closed down he seemed to have lot of space v donegal"
Again, maybe I've no leg to stand on, but Soupy is a talent for sure but I think he sort of sums up the hype in Armagh for me. He will just as easily be shackled, disappear, make bad decisions and give the ball away or kick bad wides on three or four possessions in a row. His missed goal chance against Donegal sort of sums him up for me. How does he miss that? And then he might kick a point from the sideline at the 13 yard line from his wrong foot when they're 9 points down.

Rian is the playmaker, leader, scorer, captain. If you get a handle on him, you're well on the way to winning. Easier said than done obviously.

Maybe I'm tempting fate here and Armagh will blow me away at the weekend but until it happens, I'll still be a skeptic haha

JoeSoap (Donegal) - Posts: 1409 - 21/06/2022 11:39:44    2426561

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I see it as a 50/50 for sure. Looking forward watching Shane Walsh live in action, top 5 forward in the country for sure, exceptional off both feet too. Croke park suits Rian for sure, nice and open so hoping he can play a stormer for us. Either way, it'll be S-Walsh Or R-O'Neill who has the biggest say in whatever team will progress. And whoever does, sure we can still share a few friendly pints after the game.

37E-De-Gee (Armagh) - Posts: 1 - 21/06/2022 11:53:51    2426570

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Replying To galway19:  "Great interview with Shane - https://www.independent.ie/sport/gaelic-games/gaelic-football/centre-stage-holds-no-major-fears-for-galways-master-of-disguise-shane-walsh-41772593.html"
"I never see football as a chore. There are chores in the wintertime when you have to go run up a block of fitness but other than that, when you get a football in your hands it is a ball of magic really. It is what you can do with it. That is something I have based my game around."

Please god we get more Shane Walsh's in and amongst the game.

JoeSoap (Donegal) - Posts: 1409 - 21/06/2022 11:55:57    2426573

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There is a brilliant interview article with Shane Walsh on the Gaaa .ie site
One of the bestt ive seen going into detail about his skills and love for the game

rhudson (Galway) - Posts: 1431 - 21/06/2022 12:10:21    2426587

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Nice low key build up around Galway. All is quiet! Can't wait for the day in Croke Park. I'm hoping we'll see our lads burst out that tunnel like men that just won't be stopped on their mission. Time for the maroon and white to put a firm stamp on Croke Park again. We're long enough looking on at other counties. Own the time and own the place. Gaillimh Abú!!

togoutlads (Galway) - Posts: 669 - 22/06/2022 13:00:24    2426828

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Replying To togoutlads:  "Nice low key build up around Galway. All is quiet! Can't wait for the day in Croke Park. I'm hoping we'll see our lads burst out that tunnel like men that just won't be stopped on their mission. Time for the maroon and white to put a firm stamp on Croke Park again. We're long enough looking on at other counties. Own the time and own the place. Gaillimh Abú!!"
Nice and low key is right! Is that a good or bad thing tho? I predict Galway by 4

BigBadBill27 (Galway) - Posts: 13 - 22/06/2022 13:46:03    2426843

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Are Ciaran Duggan and Tom Flynn still playing with Galway?

F4 (Kilkenny) - Posts: 21 - 22/06/2022 21:06:04    2426950

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Replying To F4:  "Are Ciaran Duggan and Tom Flynn still playing with Galway?"
Neither of them are currently involved.

tribesman125 (Galway) - Posts: 146 - 23/06/2022 09:43:49    2426973

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Is there a former member of the FB line involved?

Maroonedinlongford2 (Galway) - Posts: 36 - 23/06/2022 10:26:37    2426991

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Replying To tribesman125:  "Neither of them are currently involved."
Its a pity . These 2 as well as Peter Cooke and Michael Daly would give us huge options around the middle. We can't expect 70 minutes of full tilt out of P Conroy in Croke Park and Cillian McDaid ( although he has been fantastic) is not an out and out midfielder. But it is what it is, and I trust that our management team have contingencies in place.

anotheralias (Galway) - Posts: 385 - 23/06/2022 10:59:01    2427005

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Where Cein Darcy?

F4 (Kilkenny) - Posts: 21 - 24/06/2022 14:45:19    2427279

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Be great if we could get Mike Daly .Adrian Varley. ;Peter Cooke. Ian Burke back for next year
Plus James mc Laughlin back from injury too will be a bonus
Hopefully all the younger lads will also improve with time and experience

rhudson (Galway) - Posts: 1431 - 24/06/2022 16:55:18    2427306

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Replying To F4:  "Where Cein Darcy?"
Not good enough had plenty of chances

Sportsfanatic90 (Westmeath) - Posts: 118 - 24/06/2022 17:06:30    2427308

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Colm O'Rourke has predicted Armagh to win i see.

Round 7 of the league he predicted Galway to beat Roscommon - he was wrong.

League final he predicted Galway to beat Roscommon - he was wrong

Connacht Championship quarter final he predicted Mayo to win - wrong

Connacht final he predicted Roscommon to win- wrong again.

He has also predicted Monaghan, Kildare to beat Mayo and Roscommon to beat Clare.

Yondu (UK) - Posts: 631 - 24/06/2022 17:22:47    2427309

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Replying To togoutlads:  "Nice low key build up around Galway. All is quiet! Can't wait for the day in Croke Park. I'm hoping we'll see our lads burst out that tunnel like men that just won't be stopped on their mission. Time for the maroon and white to put a firm stamp on Croke Park again. We're long enough looking on at other counties. Own the time and own the place. Gaillimh Abú!!"
Agreed. All seems quiet within the camp too which is a good sign… I think.

ahsure. (Galway) - Posts: 1403 - 24/06/2022 19:06:40    2427328

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