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Congrats to Strokestown on their win today. Hard luck to Boyle, it was harsh on any team to lose it.

The loss of McKeon didn't help Boyles cause as it took away a big threat inside and allowed Strokestown to focus more defensive efforts on other areas. I thought David Neary played the sweeper role excellently for them and Colm Neary is a great talent - I believe he is still under 20 for at least one if not two more years. Sean Mullooly showed what Ros are missing and to me he is still easily one of the best in the county. Great pity that injuries look to have halted his county career.

Boyle will feel they should have at least snatched a draw - Donie Smith was their man man and kicked some great scores. He's probably the only player in the county capable of kicking that equaliser. I thought the ref should have blown it up there as the 4 mins added time was up. Having said that it was very naive from Boyle, their bench was celebrating as if the final whistle had gone, they allowed Mullooly to run 40 yards unopposed from the kickout and this ultimately set up the winner. The deployment of Enda Smith as a wing back for about 45 mins was very strange, to me he still looks injured and a break will probably do him no harm. He's the most talented player in the county and having him that deep serves no purpose.

Best wishes to both Cian McKeon and Paddy Brogan, following their injuries.

Primrose_and_blue (Roscommon) - Posts: 40 - 23/10/2022 18:20:38    2445146

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Congratulations John Rogers and Strokestown. We had John in Clonguish and a bigger gentleman and pure football fanatic you could not meet. Delighted for all involved. Hard luck Boyle, a very difficult way to lose

liosbreac6265 (Longford) - Posts: 65 - 23/10/2022 18:27:40    2445149

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Congrats to Strokestown on their victory after an enjoyable final with a big crowd. Thought strokestown were brilliant when Boyle got the equaliser with Donies great free. He took it about 10 metres in from where foul happened. Strokestown seized the moment and worked it brilliantly to get the winning score. Boyle may have a few regrets but over the 60 mins plus Stroketown were the more polished and balanced team and should have won it a bit more comfortably.

I thought the referee was excellent and tbf to both teams they made it easier for him. A lot of Boyle supporters would argue why didn't he blow it for extra time but there was two stoppages in the 4 added minutes so well justified to play the additional time. It goes to show how good some refs in roscommon are.

Really hope for the best for Cian McKeon but I fear the worse. Looks like it could be cruciate and hopefully I'm wrong. Knee just buckled under him. Be a huge loss for Roscommon amd Boyle but he is young enough to come back stonger for it. Best wishes also to Paddy Brogan as well.

I don't think Strokestown will trouble Galway or mayo champions and in fact they could get a trimming and I daresay it was probably one of rhe more open championships and the weakest one in years with no stand out team. Hope its not a sign for the county team for years to come.

Hopefully we will have a new manager by mid week let them get on with the job in hand now.

SmokieRoss (Roscommon) - Posts: 248 - 23/10/2022 19:15:23    2445161

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Congrats to Strokestown. Despite the conditions, it was a gripping game. Unreal point from Donie Smith and I thought the ref should have blown it up there as well but you have to admire Strokestown. Still weren't prepared to play for a draw. Are the Comptons available for county? Be great to get them and Mulloolly back.

I hope I'm wrong but I can't see them troubling the Mayo or Galway teams either in the Connacht championship.

MachaireConnacht (Roscommon) - Posts: 329 - 23/10/2022 19:38:10    2445164

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Replying To SmokieRoss:  "Congrats to Strokestown on their victory after an enjoyable final with a big crowd. Thought strokestown were brilliant when Boyle got the equaliser with Donies great free. He took it about 10 metres in from where foul happened. Strokestown seized the moment and worked it brilliantly to get the winning score. Boyle may have a few regrets but over the 60 mins plus Stroketown were the more polished and balanced team and should have won it a bit more comfortably.

I thought the referee was excellent and tbf to both teams they made it easier for him. A lot of Boyle supporters would argue why didn't he blow it for extra time but there was two stoppages in the 4 added minutes so well justified to play the additional time. It goes to show how good some refs in roscommon are.

Really hope for the best for Cian McKeon but I fear the worse. Looks like it could be cruciate and hopefully I'm wrong. Knee just buckled under him. Be a huge loss for Roscommon amd Boyle but he is young enough to come back stonger for it. Best wishes also to Paddy Brogan as well.

I don't think Strokestown will trouble Galway or mayo champions and in fact they could get a trimming and I daresay it was probably one of rhe more open championships and the weakest one in years with no stand out team. Hope its not a sign for the county team for years to come.

Hopefully we will have a new manager by mid week let them get on with the job in hand now."
I'd agree with a lot of that. Disappointing way for Boyle to lose their first final in 95 years but Strokestown were marginally the better team today. I felt that Boyle were too defensive for a team with 3 county players in their forward line.. Cian McKeon was a big loss. Best wishes to him and to all the injured players on a quick recovery. Strokestown likely won't win the Connacht title but it's been a great year for them. I wouldn't be downbeat at all about the county team. There are plenty of good young footballers in Roscommon and Colm Neary is one of them. He looks a real talent. We await next week's appointment and see where it goes from there.

endgame (Roscommon) - Posts: 1831 - 23/10/2022 19:38:11    2445165

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Apparently Davy Burke was there today

MachaireConnacht (Roscommon) - Posts: 329 - 23/10/2022 19:38:45    2445167

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Replying To SmokieRoss:  "Congrats to Strokestown on their victory after an enjoyable final with a big crowd. Thought strokestown were brilliant when Boyle got the equaliser with Donies great free. He took it about 10 metres in from where foul happened. Strokestown seized the moment and worked it brilliantly to get the winning score. Boyle may have a few regrets but over the 60 mins plus Stroketown were the more polished and balanced team and should have won it a bit more comfortably.

I thought the referee was excellent and tbf to both teams they made it easier for him. A lot of Boyle supporters would argue why didn't he blow it for extra time but there was two stoppages in the 4 added minutes so well justified to play the additional time. It goes to show how good some refs in roscommon are.

Really hope for the best for Cian McKeon but I fear the worse. Looks like it could be cruciate and hopefully I'm wrong. Knee just buckled under him. Be a huge loss for Roscommon amd Boyle but he is young enough to come back stonger for it. Best wishes also to Paddy Brogan as well.

I don't think Strokestown will trouble Galway or mayo champions and in fact they could get a trimming and I daresay it was probably one of rhe more open championships and the weakest one in years with no stand out team. Hope its not a sign for the county team for years to come.

Hopefully we will have a new manager by mid week let them get on with the job in hand now."
Is pessimism a normal trait for you? The Connacht winner came from Roscommon in January so i doubt it suddenly became one of the weakest championships in years. You should be pleased with the the new winner and novel pairing in the final that's only good for any county instead of one stand out team dominating.

Not sure how Strokestown will do in Connacht a lot will depend on how serious they take it. Teams that are competitive in Connacht are normally strong defensively and Strokestown look to be that.

All the best to Cian McKeon, for that to happen in a county final is awful for the lad.

Yondu (UK) - Posts: 733 - 23/10/2022 19:54:11    2445172

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Replying To SmokieRoss:  "Congrats to Strokestown on their victory after an enjoyable final with a big crowd. Thought strokestown were brilliant when Boyle got the equaliser with Donies great free. He took it about 10 metres in from where foul happened. Strokestown seized the moment and worked it brilliantly to get the winning score. Boyle may have a few regrets but over the 60 mins plus Stroketown were the more polished and balanced team and should have won it a bit more comfortably.

I thought the referee was excellent and tbf to both teams they made it easier for him. A lot of Boyle supporters would argue why didn't he blow it for extra time but there was two stoppages in the 4 added minutes so well justified to play the additional time. It goes to show how good some refs in roscommon are.

Really hope for the best for Cian McKeon but I fear the worse. Looks like it could be cruciate and hopefully I'm wrong. Knee just buckled under him. Be a huge loss for Roscommon amd Boyle but he is young enough to come back stonger for it. Best wishes also to Paddy Brogan as well.

I don't think Strokestown will trouble Galway or mayo champions and in fact they could get a trimming and I daresay it was probably one of rhe more open championships and the weakest one in years with no stand out team. Hope its not a sign for the county team for years to come.

Hopefully we will have a new manager by mid week let them get on with the job in hand now."
Are you defining it as a weak championship this year just because the "big 3" haven't featured?

If so that's disrespectful to other clubs.

Rossie2022 (Roscommon) - Posts: 16 - 23/10/2022 20:21:20    2445179

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I remember on here around 4 years ago posters total wrote off the chances of the county team in 2019 after the county champions Clann was destroyed by Corofin. In reality it had little or no connection as Roscommon went on to win Connacht beating both Mayo and Gaway on their home patches.

I think some people watches these club games and expect to see the same or similar quality as they see in inter county matches. That's not going to happen. In recent weeks i watched club action in Kerry,Mayo and Dublin high on effort but low in quality and you wouldn't have known there was county players in action at all.

Club football this time of year played Autumn.winter on heavy,slippy pitches will rarely are high quality and sure even the current AI champions are not good to watch but know how to win tight matches. Determination,work rate and the best defences wins county,provincial or All Ireland club titles.

Gaa_lover (USA) - Posts: 2948 - 23/10/2022 20:23:36    2445180

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Replying To MachaireConnacht:  "Apparently Davy Burke was there today"
In a hoodie?

Seanfanbocht (Roscommon) - Posts: 503 - 23/10/2022 20:39:24    2445185

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Replying To MachaireConnacht:  "Apparently Davy Burke was there today"
So was Bernard Flynn

Champotime18 (Leitrim) - Posts: 365 - 23/10/2022 21:09:44    2445188

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Replying To Champotime18:  "So was Bernard Flynn"
Great to see a Laythrum buck coming to our Co Final

Seanfanbocht (Roscommon) - Posts: 503 - 23/10/2022 21:38:53    2445190

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Talking to Strokestown lads they say a few of their important players have plans to go travelling so that will likely ruin whatever chance they have of giving Connacht a right good rattle.

Won the title they wanted most and all the best to them. Will Boyle get another get chance as good to claim a county title? They certainly have enough talent in their ranks, hopefully Cian McKeon is back for next years championship and had to deal with the loss of Oisin Cregg. Then you have Enda Smith who was only half fit throughout this campaign.

The_analyser (Roscommon) - Posts: 3308 - 23/10/2022 21:53:41    2445194

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Replying To Seanfanbocht:  "Great to see a Laythrum buck coming to our Co Final"
I doubt someone from Leitrim knows who was or wasn't in Hyde Park this afternoon.

Gaa_lover (USA) - Posts: 2948 - 23/10/2022 21:56:00    2445195

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Tough one to take yesterday. Cian picking up a nasty knee injury early yesterday was hard on the team to . Really expected ref to blow up after donie scored and we were very slow to get organised and stop strokestown getting the winner. I hope Cian Smith gives it one more year and see what happens then he leaves and steps up to maybe county underage as manager Coach whatever he decides. I just think he has a massive future In management and few more years experience in managing different clubs underage intercounty or whatever will do him no harm. Well done to all the lads and heads up and go again next year . As for the county senior manager announcement on Wednesday I think everyone in the Hyde yesterday had one eye on the game and the other to see if they could spot a certain someone. People saying Burke was there but I don't know I didn't see anyone. If he was then he's going to be announced Wednesday night. Also well done to Strokestown and hope Paddy Brogan was ok after his injury yesterday.

dave1988 (Roscommon) - Posts: 893 - 24/10/2022 13:32:02    2445257

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The dust has settled on what was our most open and interesting club championship in years, topped off with the novel pairing in the final and the biggest attendance we had at a final for many years.

My team of the senior championship.

Niall Curley (Strokestown) close call between himself and Rob Kearney of Boyle both very consistent and possible options for the new senior Roscommon manager

Daniel Casey (Boyle) fine season for the teenager like his uncle he has the makings of a good defender

Brian Stack (Brigids) one of the first year that Brigids deployed him at full back and he was one of their stand out players.

David Neary (Strokestown) provided good leadership in his captains role, probably should have got more game time for the county senior but perhaps size went against him?

Colm Neary (Strokestown) hugely talented young player and probably saved his best club performance for the final.

Sean Purcell (Boyle) 37 years old and rolled back the years with a steady championship

Sean Mulooly (Strokestown) played mostly at full back but made his surging runs from this position that drove Strokestown on especially in the last 3 knock out games

Cathal Compton (Strokestown) One of the champions best and most consistent players, his talent was never in question keeping him fit has been the issue

Mark Purcell (Roscommon Gaels) stood out in most the games I've seen for Ros Gaels and very good when they knocked out the defending championship Pearses.

Richard Hughes (Roscommonn Gaels) deployed in this position and showed well with a number of good scores. Worth looking at playing him there for Roscommon?

Donie Smith (Boyle) Donie couldn't have done much more to win the county title for Boyle. 4-20 he scored only Andy Glennon scored more. A true leader for his side probably would be MOTM yesterday had Boyle won.

Cian McKeon (Boyle) Cian was superb all championship scoring on average 6 points per game and what if he played the full game yesterday. Hopefully in the years ahead he gets another final to play in.

Ben O'Carroll (Brigids) another young talented footballer with a bright future ahead of him and he even stood out in defeat to Boyle.

Diarmuid McGann(Strokestown) At an age now where he's providing great leadership and the champions top scorer with 2-24. Played a big role in the championship winning score. Deserves more game time at county level.

Daire Cregg (Boyle) well marshalled in the 2nd half yesterday before that he kicked two scores fine score from play 1st half. His performance against Clann was probably the best individual display in this years championship


Others that was unlucky to miss out Evan McGrath,Paddy Brogan,Andy Glennon,Jack Casey,Conor Flanagan,Ryan Galvin,Conor Daly,Tim Lambe,Kieran Kilcline,Paul McGrath to name but a few.

The_analyser (Roscommon) - Posts: 3308 - 24/10/2022 16:31:12    2445286

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Thanks for that information.
As a Rossie living in Dublin I did not get a chance to go to as many matches as some of the regular posters. It is great to see what players have done very well in the local championships. If you had to pick only 15 players from all the senior, intermediate and junior championships would you have included any other players from the intermediate/junior teams by any chance. I won't ask you to say who you might leave out of your original team!

letsgetgoing (Roscommon) - Posts: 96 - 24/10/2022 21:03:49    2445311

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Replying To Gaa_lover:  "I doubt someone from Leitrim knows who was or wasn't in Hyde Park this afternoon."
I happen to be at the game as I go to college with 2 strokestown lads. I don't even no if Bernard flynn Is interested in the job but he was going in the gate the same time as myself. He may have connections to one of the teams for all I know.

Champotime18 (Leitrim) - Posts: 365 - 25/10/2022 09:41:18    2445322

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Replying To The_analyser:  "The dust has settled on what was our most open and interesting club championship in years, topped off with the novel pairing in the final and the biggest attendance we had at a final for many years.

My team of the senior championship.

Niall Curley (Strokestown) close call between himself and Rob Kearney of Boyle both very consistent and possible options for the new senior Roscommon manager

Daniel Casey (Boyle) fine season for the teenager like his uncle he has the makings of a good defender

Brian Stack (Brigids) one of the first year that Brigids deployed him at full back and he was one of their stand out players.

David Neary (Strokestown) provided good leadership in his captains role, probably should have got more game time for the county senior but perhaps size went against him?

Colm Neary (Strokestown) hugely talented young player and probably saved his best club performance for the final.

Sean Purcell (Boyle) 37 years old and rolled back the years with a steady championship

Sean Mulooly (Strokestown) played mostly at full back but made his surging runs from this position that drove Strokestown on especially in the last 3 knock out games

Cathal Compton (Strokestown) One of the champions best and most consistent players, his talent was never in question keeping him fit has been the issue

Mark Purcell (Roscommon Gaels) stood out in most the games I've seen for Ros Gaels and very good when they knocked out the defending championship Pearses.

Richard Hughes (Roscommonn Gaels) deployed in this position and showed well with a number of good scores. Worth looking at playing him there for Roscommon?

Donie Smith (Boyle) Donie couldn't have done much more to win the county title for Boyle. 4-20 he scored only Andy Glennon scored more. A true leader for his side probably would be MOTM yesterday had Boyle won.

Cian McKeon (Boyle) Cian was superb all championship scoring on average 6 points per game and what if he played the full game yesterday. Hopefully in the years ahead he gets another final to play in.

Ben O'Carroll (Brigids) another young talented footballer with a bright future ahead of him and he even stood out in defeat to Boyle.

Diarmuid McGann(Strokestown) At an age now where he's providing great leadership and the champions top scorer with 2-24. Played a big role in the championship winning score. Deserves more game time at county level.

Daire Cregg (Boyle) well marshalled in the 2nd half yesterday before that he kicked two scores fine score from play 1st half. His performance against Clann was probably the best individual display in this years championship


Others that was unlucky to miss out Evan McGrath,Paddy Brogan,Andy Glennon,Jack Casey,Conor Flanagan,Ryan Galvin,Conor Daly,Tim Lambe,Kieran Kilcline,Paul McGrath to name but a few."
Really good post The analyser. I always love club championship and try to see as many games as possible. Naturally having more interest in our close neighbours in particular Roscommon and Galway. Great to see that you have a mixture of big names, experienced players and young lads. Bodes well for the future. Now just get the right management team in place and let's have at it. Any word on that yet? Once again thanks for the well structured lost.

ponga (Mayo) - Posts: 621 - 25/10/2022 10:14:49    2445331

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Replying To Champotime18:  "I happen to be at the game as I go to college with 2 strokestown lads. I don't even no if Bernard flynn Is interested in the job but he was going in the gate the same time as myself. He may have connections to one of the teams for all I know."
That was a ridiculous comment by a so called 'Gaa lover'..people from outside counties regularly attend different finals ..

spion7 (Roscommon) - Posts: 39 - 25/10/2022 10:40:39    2445337

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