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No major shocks in the SFC this weekend. GD took a good win out of Glenfin, Glenties eventually pulled away from Killybegs. All other results went as expected.

Glen took a bit of a surprise hammering from 14 man Downings and Buncrana are motoring well. Should be a good battle between both those teams on saturday evening. After a great league campaign Malin are now surprisingly in the relegation play offs. Termon continuing their good form.

Gaels found the going tough in Na Rossa on Saturday. Winner takes all decider now in Moville on Saturday evening with Carn and Gaels already through. I see Eunans had a sprinkling of a few first teamers on Saturday evening in the Park. Good to see Conor Morrison back on the pitch. He will be an important part of Donegals plans going forward.

peiledoir20 (Donegal) - Posts: 373 - 22/08/2022 10:31:45    2438230

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Championship need a serious look at , one example a team like Milford playing senior when its doubtful they would win Junior.and other teams playing Junior when they should be in a higher grade.

jacktheboy (Donegal) - Posts: 282 - 22/08/2022 11:09:06    2438239

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Replying To letterkennyGuy:  "O'Rourke, seriously lads!
Stop kidding yourselves and secretly hoping it will be a good appointment.
In my opinion it will be the same tripe as when he was with Monaghan and don't think for another minute it won't be.
For example:
Say want ye want about mc Geeney and Armagh ( I certainly ain't their biggest fan) but credit where due he tries to play a bit of attacking football with the ok-ish squad that he has.
O'Rourke will be no better than Rory Gallagher was!"
I can see the argument but ultimately O'Rourke delivered 2 Ulster titles with Monaghan, they won nothing before him for years or nothing since he left. They were a very difficult team to beat and the word I would use is intensity. Monaghan under him rarely were without it and he also was a point away from an AI final with them if memory serves me right. We have lacked serious high level intensity now for a number of years in my view and it's evident against big teams. There would be no lack of it under O'Rourke in my view. He brought The Loup in Derry to a surprise Ulster title and Glen to a first Derry title ever. The man has the credentials. Of all the names being bandied about I do not see a better one. What worries me is we pick someone unproven internally and potter away as a mid level team for a few years again.

Donegal_abroad (Donegal) - Posts: 1176 - 22/08/2022 11:42:10    2438244

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Be aware be aware ……..

eunans4ever (Donegal) - Posts: 1331 - 22/08/2022 11:53:00    2438248

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Replying To jacktheboy:  "Championship need a serious look at , one example a team like Milford playing senior when its doubtful they would win Junior.and other teams playing Junior when they should be in a higher grade."
They should do what the border club are doing and enter their first team in the second team championship...

peiledoir20 (Donegal) - Posts: 373 - 22/08/2022 12:26:09    2438260

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Replying To jacktheboy:  "Championship need a serious look at , one example a team like Milford playing senior when its doubtful they would win Junior.and other teams playing Junior when they should be in a higher grade."
Must be that time of year when Jack posts on all things Milford. Bit of a grudge coming across there.

Obviously Milford aren't competing in senior but to say they wouldn't win Junior is a bit of a sretch. I remember a time when people used to criticise Milford for being in the Junior Final every second year. Now they are being criticised for getting beat at senior.

Hammered Bundoran in the play off semi final last year and looked to be making progress but haven't kicked on this year. Nauls, Masters also struggling at this level and along with Milford might be better in Intermediate but there's no need to disrespect clubs in the manner you continue to.

ballboy101 (Donegal) - Posts: 174 - 22/08/2022 16:16:08    2438294

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Was home at weekend and took in few games first one was tough watch ardara v aodh rua, ballyshannon happy to sit back and faded out in second half but hung on. At maccumhaills v four masters game too, game not hectic but Oisin gallen was outstanding, scored one of best goals Ive seen in a while took ball on 45 ran through soloing off each foot beating defenders and buried it. Hoping he can get run at county level. Bradley Walsh also kicked some nice points be good to see him get few McKenna cup and league games. Things taking shape hard to argue that senior championship may be better at 12 teams and intermediate pick up 4 teams make it better too. Another big weekend ahead.

DonegalDanny92 (Donegal) - Posts: 23 - 22/08/2022 18:17:32    2438307

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Replying To ballboy101:  "Must be that time of year when Jack posts on all things Milford. Bit of a grudge coming across there.

Obviously Milford aren't competing in senior but to say they wouldn't win Junior is a bit of a sretch. I remember a time when people used to criticise Milford for being in the Junior Final every second year. Now they are being criticised for getting beat at senior.

Hammered Bundoran in the play off semi final last year and looked to be making progress but haven't kicked on this year. Nauls, Masters also struggling at this level and along with Milford might be better in Intermediate but there's no need to disrespect clubs in the manner you continue to."
I believe the Tyrone League/Championship format would suit Donegal. Three Divisions, Three Championships Senior, Intermediate and Junior then the corresponding B Championships in each grade. If you are playing Division 1 league then you are playing senior and so fourth. The majority of Junior Championships this past 10+ years have been won by a team playing a league division above their opponents, that doesnt give Junior clubs much of a chance at competing in their own Championship. How are these teams expected to beat a Divison 2 side when they are playing Divison 3 sides all year ? How can they reach that standard if theyre not playing it week in week out ? Something needs to change when A teams are playing in the Junior B

hisir (Donegal) - Posts: 15 - 22/08/2022 18:46:44    2438311

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Replying To hisir:  "I believe the Tyrone League/Championship format would suit Donegal. Three Divisions, Three Championships Senior, Intermediate and Junior then the corresponding B Championships in each grade. If you are playing Division 1 league then you are playing senior and so fourth. The majority of Junior Championships this past 10+ years have been won by a team playing a league division above their opponents, that doesnt give Junior clubs much of a chance at competing in their own Championship. How are these teams expected to beat a Divison 2 side when they are playing Divison 3 sides all year ? How can they reach that standard if theyre not playing it week in week out ? Something needs to change when A teams are playing in the Junior B"
Senior championship is a bore at moment should go back to old way . Home and away and play off if required. Too many teams in it at least 6 teams in it the moment who would struggle to win intermediate. The intermediate is more balanced it's hard to pick a winner. As I said before div 2 teams like moville and letterkenny gaels shudnt be allowed in junior it's not fair on the smaller teams.. I confidently predict that st eunans will win senior and the gaels will win junior. The intermediate I think will be between dungloe and buncrana with buncrana my slight favourites at the moment.

rorysboys (Donegal) - Posts: 1812 - 23/08/2022 12:38:15    2438387

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Replying To hisir:  "I believe the Tyrone League/Championship format would suit Donegal. Three Divisions, Three Championships Senior, Intermediate and Junior then the corresponding B Championships in each grade. If you are playing Division 1 league then you are playing senior and so fourth. The majority of Junior Championships this past 10+ years have been won by a team playing a league division above their opponents, that doesnt give Junior clubs much of a chance at competing in their own Championship. How are these teams expected to beat a Divison 2 side when they are playing Divison 3 sides all year ? How can they reach that standard if theyre not playing it week in week out ? Something needs to change when A teams are playing in the Junior B"
Yeah I agree with this, would definitely make things a lot more competitive. Very demoralising for players competing in a championship they have no chance of winning.

Problem is how do you do promotion/relegation, through championship or leagues? You could jave a situation where the same team could win the intermediate a few years in a row.

ballboy101 (Donegal) - Posts: 174 - 23/08/2022 14:16:41    2438423

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Replying To rorysboys:  "Senior championship is a bore at moment should go back to old way . Home and away and play off if required. Too many teams in it at least 6 teams in it the moment who would struggle to win intermediate. The intermediate is more balanced it's hard to pick a winner. As I said before div 2 teams like moville and letterkenny gaels shudnt be allowed in junior it's not fair on the smaller teams.. I confidently predict that st eunans will win senior and the gaels will win junior. The intermediate I think will be between dungloe and buncrana with buncrana my slight favourites at the moment."
Have been very impressed with Downings of late and they have serious attacking threat and could be dark horses.

Naomh Mhuire back as a formidable team with Danny O'Donnell at the helm. Termon can't be discounted either.

Just shows how open this championship is compared to senior.

ballboy101 (Donegal) - Posts: 174 - 23/08/2022 14:19:17    2438424

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Replying To ballboy101:  "Have been very impressed with Downings of late and they have serious attacking threat and could be dark horses.

Naomh Mhuire back as a formidable team with Danny O'Donnell at the helm. Termon can't be discounted either.

Just shows how open this championship is compared to senior."
I would still fancy Glen outright. Sometimes you need that defeat in the group stage to get a well needed wake up call. Downings were beat in the Junior group stages last year and regrouped well.

peiledoir20 (Donegal) - Posts: 373 - 23/08/2022 15:30:44    2438436

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Replying To peiledoir20:  "I would still fancy Glen outright. Sometimes you need that defeat in the group stage to get a well needed wake up call. Downings were beat in the Junior group stages last year and regrouped well."
Glen are miles off it.

TheRock2121 (Donegal) - Posts: 875 - 23/08/2022 18:34:53    2438465

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Replying To peiledoir20:  "I would still fancy Glen outright. Sometimes you need that defeat in the group stage to get a well needed wake up call. Downings were beat in the Junior group stages last year and regrouped well."
Saw Glen against Downings at the weekend, they're miles away. Teams are putting man markers on Aaron Doherty and he's having no influence.

greenfan (Donegal) - Posts: 165 - 23/08/2022 19:44:22    2438473

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Replying To TheRock2121:  "Glen are miles off it."
One swallow doesn't make a summer.

Time will tell.

peiledoir20 (Donegal) - Posts: 373 - 23/08/2022 20:28:02    2438488

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Replying To TheRock2121:  "Glen are miles off it."
Hi TheRock2121: A bit like your score in the donegalchampionship predictions round 1. Not like you sir.

AudiMan (Donegal) - Posts: 562 - 23/08/2022 21:04:08    2438490

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Is there any possibility that our new manager has been appointed already, but just hasn't been announced yet?

Anything is possible at the minute with the lack of information. They seem to be operating under the proviso that No News Is Good News.

I don't want a Zoom link to the County Board meeting, but surely the complete lack of anyinformation is worrying.

I know the Mayo model was far from ideal, but either is this. Monaghan have tried our model of keeping it quiet, but the Irish News report this morning is that the three candidates they interviewed have all pulled out. Meanwhile Mayo have their man.

SouthOfTheGap (Donegal) - Posts: 306 - 24/08/2022 11:55:31    2438539

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Replying To SouthOfTheGap:  "Is there any possibility that our new manager has been appointed already, but just hasn't been announced yet?

Anything is possible at the minute with the lack of information. They seem to be operating under the proviso that No News Is Good News.

I don't want a Zoom link to the County Board meeting, but surely the complete lack of anyinformation is worrying.

I know the Mayo model was far from ideal, but either is this. Monaghan have tried our model of keeping it quiet, but the Irish News report this morning is that the three candidates they interviewed have all pulled out. Meanwhile Mayo have their man."
North Korea are looking on taking notes at this stage.

peiledoir20 (Donegal) - Posts: 373 - 24/08/2022 12:20:15    2438543

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Replying To AudiMan:  "Hi TheRock2121: A bit like your score in the donegalchampionship predictions round 1. Not like you sir."
The cream will rise.

TheRock2121 (Donegal) - Posts: 875 - 24/08/2022 14:34:35    2438565

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Replying To greenfan:  "Saw Glen against Downings at the weekend, they're miles away. Teams are putting man markers on Aaron Doherty and he's having no influence."
Sure what's new.

Glen will get to a semi final and lose which is the annual sign to herald the beginning of the end of the football championships.

Samsforthehills (Donegal) - Posts: 1062 - 24/08/2022 15:48:41    2438577

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