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Replying To Samsforthehills:  "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."
I think that comment is uncalled for.

What a lot of people don't realise is that the majority of that Glen team are based in Dublin and further a field. Bad enough driving to Donegal Town from Dublin and the likes never mind having to go into Glen. Those lads deserve credit for trekking up and down the N3 every year to aid their club.

Glen have a great history and were one of the top dogs in the early 90s but more players were based around home then. They are one of the most isolated clubs in the country never mind the county and deserve great credit for keeping things going in there to a good standard against the odds.

peiledoir20 (Donegal) - Posts: 373 - 24/08/2022 16:55:32    2438590

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So Brian McEniff said he heard only two candidates in the running for the Donegal job
1. Sean Paul Barrett
2. Malachy O'Rourke

Sean Paul Barrett will get nominated or mentioned every time the position is up for grabs, its obvious he has serious political clout in the Milford region, but I still have never seen anything put forward by any of his fans to support why he would be the best candidate. Maybe he is great, but surely some evidence as to why he is a stand out candidate should be offered?

Malachy O'Rourke did a phenomenal job with Monaghan, he harnessed their quality players and took them to next level and had a lot of success along the way. He has since had success with Watty Grahams, although most in Derry will point out that that club was coming anyway before he took over. But he is a proven entity.

Not sure why Martin McHugh has dropped out of the race, he seemed to be the only sure ticket with Maxi Curran and Mark McHugh a few weeks back.

Commodore (Donegal) - Posts: 872 - 25/08/2022 09:06:57    2438616

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Jesus lads, there is some amount of perfect clubs in Donegal gauging by the amount of **** slinging goes on at other on here!

beidhmeanseo (Donegal) - Posts: 95 - 25/08/2022 09:11:24    2438617

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Does anybody think the current champions can be dethroned and if so by who and how ?

eunans4ever (Donegal) - Posts: 1331 - 25/08/2022 15:44:01    2438686

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Replying To eunans4ever:  "Does anybody think the current champions can be dethroned and if so by who and how ?"
I suppose the fact they won't have had a test may be an issue, that being said they got over the line last year and have that experience to call on now so it is less of an issue.

They're a good bit ahead of the rest of the pack athletically so unless its a naomh conaill on a wet winters (!?) day it is difficult to see them getting caught if they have the heads right. If they met Kilcar you feel they would have the man markers to deal with Paddy and then I think overall they're probably ahead of Kilcar generally but that would be an interesting one.

Samsforthehills (Donegal) - Posts: 1062 - 25/08/2022 16:32:05    2438693

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Replying To eunans4ever:  "Does anybody think the current champions can be dethroned and if so by who and how ?"
I think Eunans will be difficult to topple. Glenties and Gweedore look to be gone back a bit. Kilcar might be the team to do it, but even then I think nearly everything would have to go right for them on the day. Any team is susceptible to a knock out blow on a given day if they're not "at it" so to speak. But I think Kavanagh has the Eunans lads well tuned in.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 8165 - 25/08/2022 16:40:01    2438697

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Replying To eunans4ever:  "Does anybody think the current champions can be dethroned and if so by who and how ?"
Do I think St Eunans will be dethroned? No, my gut feeling is that last season was the start of a run for what is a relatively young side full of quality players all over the pitch. I suspect Eunans will be top of the heap for the next 4-5 years for sure.

Can any of the others beat them? Yes Naomh Conaill and Kilcar would seem best placed to tackle them in terms of overall strength and experience, however on any given day the likes of St Michaels, Gaobh Dobhair and a couple of other teams could cause an upset.

The key reason I think St Eunan's will like win it again is the squad depth and quality they possess all over the pitch, they have an ambundance of attacking and defensive players, they have energy, physicality and pace.

Commodore (Donegal) - Posts: 872 - 26/08/2022 08:43:22    2438719

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Whats happening about a new Manager for the Senior team does anyone know. Has anyone even been nominated by Clubs ?

jacktheboy (Donegal) - Posts: 282 - 26/08/2022 18:55:54    2438773

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Replying To jacktheboy:  "Whats happening about a new Manager for the Senior team does anyone know. Has anyone even been nominated by Clubs ?"
More chance of finding out who killed Michael Collins!

Donegal_abroad (Donegal) - Posts: 1176 - 27/08/2022 09:34:37    2438788

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Replying To eunans4ever:  "Does anybody think the current champions can be dethroned and if so by who and how ?"
Kilcar would look best placed to dethrone them. Their younger players coming through over the last few years seem to have helped their defence and their main players are still are close of enough to their peak to keep them a real option. Naomh conaill is the other obvious team. Though think with Anthony Thompson and Leo mcloone being past their best hinders them. Leo mcloone pulled them over the line to win titles in the past but he won't be able to do that. They still have ciaran Thompson at a very high level and their average player and strength in depth is very good. I'm just not sure they are as good as they once were.

None of those two teams have a keeper like patton who can ping the kickout and can catch teams out like bundoran last week. Teams won't be able to target his kickout the way say st eunans went after NC last year. They got the important goal and a number of points from putting pressure on the NC kickout. I would not underestimate this area when the championship gets to the business end.

Maybe a question on St eunans. They had a bunch of very talented players from niall o'donnell age group (24) to kieran tobins age group (20). After that though their under age seems to have regressed. I don't think they've had any County minors for the last three years and don't think last years minors were in division 1 of the all county league and are bottom this year. It seems a bit of a pity with the population that letterkenny has. Is there a reason for this?

Ulsterchamps_32 (Donegal) - Posts: 668 - 27/08/2022 09:52:01    2438789

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Replying To Commodore:  "So Brian McEniff said he heard only two candidates in the running for the Donegal job
1. Sean Paul Barrett
2. Malachy O'Rourke

Sean Paul Barrett will get nominated or mentioned every time the position is up for grabs, its obvious he has serious political clout in the Milford region, but I still have never seen anything put forward by any of his fans to support why he would be the best candidate. Maybe he is great, but surely some evidence as to why he is a stand out candidate should be offered?

Malachy O'Rourke did a phenomenal job with Monaghan, he harnessed their quality players and took them to next level and had a lot of success along the way. He has since had success with Watty Grahams, although most in Derry will point out that that club was coming anyway before he took over. But he is a proven entity.

Not sure why Martin McHugh has dropped out of the race, he seemed to be the only sure ticket with Maxi Curran and Mark McHugh a few weeks back."
For any county you'd like to see some form of succession planning. You'd like to see managers working at underage, understanding the players and the teams and then taking over in due course. The way mickey harte came through in tyrone, Jim mcguinness with the under 21s and then seniors. Declan Bonner at under 16 through to under 21 winning a two ulsters. SP barret has done this and is the last manager to win a minor ulster. He also did a very good job with one of the under 20 teams a few years ago. He was without 3 of his three best players in shane o'donnell, conor o'donnell (carn) and oisin gallen and got them to the ulster final. I also never head him complaining about it and that's a good characteristic to have. On the basis of this underage work he's surely entitled to go for it and be considered.

Ulsterchamps_32 (Donegal) - Posts: 668 - 27/08/2022 10:44:59    2438795

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Dont believe the reports about who apparently are the candidates.MOR i very much doubt it it seems a stupid rule that a club nominates a person without his knowledge.

neutral (None) - Posts: 334 - 27/08/2022 13:29:56    2438811

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Replying To neutral:  "Dont believe the reports about who apparently are the candidates.MOR i very much doubt it it seems a stupid rule that a club nominates a person without his knowledge."
Reports are more believable when it came from Brian Mceniff who's well informed on what he hears.

Yondu (UK) - Posts: 732 - 27/08/2022 14:54:44    2438814

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https://m.independent.ie/sport/gaelic-games/gaelic-football/jack-cooney-steps-down-as-westmeath-football-manager-to-take-up-role-with-the-gaa-41941364.html

It looks like my outside bet is gone.

SouthOfTheGap (Donegal) - Posts: 306 - 27/08/2022 16:04:58    2438822

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Problem with either Barrett or O'Rourke I don't think either represent a departure in the style of football required to compete at the business end of the championship

totalrecall (Leitrim) - Posts: 674 - 28/08/2022 17:32:27    2438923

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Barrett has expierience with both county minor and under 20s and I would suspect he is the only one nominated by a club, he should be given the job now.

jacktheboy (Donegal) - Posts: 282 - 29/08/2022 10:21:58    2438979

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Well how do we see things after the latest round of championship action?

In the senior Gaoth Dobhair made surprisingly light work of MacCumhaills. Daire O'Baoíll is back and Niall Friel came on. If the likes of Carroll and MacNiallais could get up to speed then they might have a say yet. Harkin and Donal McBride both had good outings.
As expected, Eunans comfortably saw off CCF. They are tipping away nicely.
Glenties were also comfortable enough winners at the Bridge. They did a good job in shutting Michael Langan down and Brendan McDyre was very prominent. He has been a brilliant club player over the years.
Glenswilly upped the gears in the second half to see off neighbours Glenfin. Glenfin are badly missing Gerard Ward's scoring output. Glenswilly could be very awkward opponents for any team in the quarters.
Kilcar had a comfortable win - they haven't really been tested yet but they're just beating everything that's put in front of them well.
Aodh Ruadh similarly are just going about their business beating whatever is thrown at them. It's hard to tell how good they really are yet though.
Four Masters had a good win over Bundoran which should help their development and Killybegs also saw off Milford with a minimum of fuss.

Looking at the fixtures ahead, and I haven't really analysed the various permutations but I'd predict the quarter final lineup to be Eunans, Gaoth Dobhair, Kilcar, Glenties, Aodh Ruadh, St Michaels, Glenswilly and Killybegs.

The intermediate quarter final lineup is very interesting and competitive. Two week break for the teams now but at this stage I'd give Dungloe, Termon, Downings and a hesitant vote for Naomh Columba to reach the semis.

In the junior Letterkenny Gaels are flying - but I'd expect to see Na Rossa and Carndonagh really put it up to them.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 8165 - 29/08/2022 12:00:23    2439000

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Replying To jacktheboy:  "Barrett has expierience with both county minor and under 20s and I would suspect he is the only one nominated by a club, he should be given the job now."
Bonner should still be manager. Where's all these potential managers that people on here were on about. None of them interested.. only 2 nominations and with the silence it's pretty obvious that the two are not wanted..

rorysboys (Donegal) - Posts: 1812 - 29/08/2022 12:07:19    2439002

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Replying To rorysboys:  "Bonner should still be manager. Where's all these potential managers that people on here were on about. None of them interested.. only 2 nominations and with the silence it's pretty obvious that the two are not wanted.."
I am sure Bonner is happy enough to have time away from it.

He was down watching his sons play for his club last week and no doubt he enjoyed it.

peiledoir20 (Donegal) - Posts: 373 - 29/08/2022 12:31:03    2439011

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Replying To jacktheboy:  "Barrett has expierience with both county minor and under 20s and I would suspect he is the only one nominated by a club, he should be given the job now."
Hi jacktheboy: He didn't inspire much confidence yesterday the way he had Sean Mac Cumhaills prepared down in Gweedore.

AudiMan (Donegal) - Posts: 562 - 29/08/2022 13:19:09    2439021

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