Post by ahascraghwanderer on Mar 22, 2014 1:43:30 GMT
Just read this in work and how sad to see it. Poor man was unlucky with injuries and this news sets the footballers back a bit now . Good to him and thanks for the memories michael! Proud to say I am from the same neck of the woods!!
Post by ahascraghwanderer on Mar 22, 2014 21:08:32 GMT
His wife sharon denied that he has retired but is taking time out to see if his injury can heal . Hopefully we will see him back in a maroon shirt ! Poor result for u21s but nice to see Leitrim in a Connacht final as well .
Yeah, I was surprised at the way the Meehan statement was interpreted by the media, particularly the Irish Independent which I read this morning. They had it that he was definitely retired, but maybe the optimist in me read it as there being a chance that we would see him again. I'm glad to hear that he and his family share that optimism, because even a half fit Meehan has a lot to offer to Galway. He is a class act, as he showed again last year, and knowing some of the younger panelists, I get the vibe that they all really look up to Mike and that he is a great mentor to them. Here's hoping it's not the end.
With regards the u21s, that is a shocking result. I know they had some injuries, and that that the midfield in particular was lacking from last year due to the ineligibility of the twin towers O Curraoin and Flynn. However, I still expected a team with a large number of last year's All Ireland winning side to have enough to beat Leitrim. They will be massively disappointed with that, and rightly so.
The Leitrim result just highlights how bad Galway football is at present.
33k population, so they probably have about 500 eligible at that age never mind if they're even male or playing sport. Piss poor really and just not acceptable whatever way you want to gloss it.
As bad as things get around here in relation to the hurling, it's still a far cry away from the demise in the football. We haven't won a Connacht in 7 years, can you imagine if we were in a harder province like Ulster?.
Another problem unlike the hurling is the void in underage. Bar the two U21s we're rarely getting out of Connacht in Minor and U21, if you compare us to Cavan after the 2011 final they've pushed on at senior while we're heading backwards.
25 years without an AI might be hard to stomach but there have been good days, and successes(albeit at club and underage). Compare that to the football where we haven't won in Croke Park in 13 years, barely won a qualifier in the same period and being given no optimism with underage.
Think it's time they had a review like what happened with the hurling a few years ago.
Galway are 3rd in the listings for football titles, it's just unacceptable to see how things have gone the past 13 years. Should never be sinking to levels comparable to Sligo/Offaly/Wicklow etc(sadly can't even say someone like Laois or Roscommon as we're obviously even below them)
Where is the Laois Down game on. I'd fancy them to get a result if it's at home. Unlikely we will get anything in Monaghan
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Unfortunately it's in Laois.
However with it being unlikely Galway get anything from Monaghan, it's also unlikely Armagh will get anything from Donegal as both are on 9 points so need to win to avoid being sucked into any deciders with the two chasing on 7(Meath and I think the second is Down).
So at least both Down and Donegal are heading into their games needing wins.
They've shown flashes this year, so maybe a result next week isn't out of the question. While undoubtedly Donegal and Monaghan seem a class above the rest, if they can take their chances they'll be in with a shout.
Like the hurlers they seem to be very wasteful and taking poor decisions in good positions(with the difference being the hurlers are defending better) but Monaghan are prone to lapses as well.
I watched them play Armagh a few weeks back and while they were destroying Armagh early on(think Armagh had a man sent off early as well), Armagh did manage to get it back to about 3 from a 9-11 deficit before falling away late. Armagh also missed a penalty in the first half.
EDIT: The lead was 10, and they got it back to 1 before the player was sent off and fell to a 10 point defeat with an injury time goal making it seem bigger than it was.
Really can't afford to drop to D3, it would be akin to Offaly falling down, the standard just isn't good enough prep for Championship. While D1 would be great, even D2 has enough quality to get a good gauge of what way to go in the summer.
As far as i hear Gary Sice has been removed from the panel by management, bit of a disappointing reaction from him to be honest, and he'd a good addition to any panel. Nobody has a god given right to start for alway in either code. Footballers deserve credit for beating Armagh, i didn't see so had to rely on Ollie Turner on GBFM. When Armagh drew level you would have to feared the worst. Credit to the players that they dug it out in the end. Monaghan have already been promoted so they don't have as much at stake. As a result they could be beatable.
Monaghan aren't quiet there yet although it would take a combination of results for them not to get up. They will be out to put Galway to bed and make sure of promotion. Since the Laois debacle, Galway have picked up 5 out of 6 points and it really should have been 3 wins from 3. While I think a Galway victory up there is unlikely, stranger things have certainly happened. A good start in Clones for Galway, and you'd never know.
Eoin Concannon and Johnny Duane to return to panel after being dropped for internal disciplinary reasons. Wouls like to see Sice back but bridges seem to have been burned. Be good to get an away win on Sunday but we need to match whatever Laois do against Down.
Galway team named for Monaghan clash. 1. Tom Healy 2. Donal O'Neill 3. Finian Hanley 4. Joss Moore 5. Gareth Bradshaw 6. Gary O'Donnell 7. Paul Varley 8. Fiontan O'Curraoin 9. Tom Flynn 10. Micheal Lundy 11. Eddie Hoare 12. James Kavanagh 13. Michael Martin 14. Paul Conroy 15. Sean Armstrong
Will have their work cut out for them in Clones but no less than the hurlers there seems to be a pettern to the selections. Here's hoping.
Footballers lost in Monaghan 0-13 to 0-12 but stay up because Armagh also lost. Tom Healy was sent off on a straight red. Back to losing 1 point games again. But we'll take Division 2 over Division 3 for another year.
Ya listening to Ollie Turner on GBFM he seemed happy enough with the performance, don't really get being happy with one point defeats myself. Apparently the reaction to Healy being sent off was good with Shane Walsh getting a wonder score at the end. Turners reaction to that point was absolutely hilarious, there was silence for about 5 seconds with a massive roar of "NO WAY!!" Unfortunately that wasn't to be the score to get the draw Galway probably deserved. Joss Moore and Michael Lundy both appear to be good additions this year, Gary O'Donnell has the troublesome CB position covered for the summer as well. Division 2 status for another year and I'm much more hopeful that there won't be an embarrassing result in Ruslip.
Gary O'Donnell would probably rival Tony Og Regan as the most maligned intercounty player of the last decade in Galway football & hurling combined, on forums and ditches etc. Regan's reputation in this regard became so solid, that we appeared to enter the 2013 season with the notion that dropping him, and replacing him with an unproven player, was our most critical action item for team development in the aftermath of losing an All-Ireland final replay. Against that backdrop, it will be quite remarkable if O'Donnell suddenly emerges as a no6 of the highest quality, or indeed even has the 'troublesome CB position covered for the summer', as you indicate that he might. The 'trouble' with the footballers at the moment is that the vast bulk of positions from 1 to 15 are 'troublesome', especially when facing opposition like Mayo, and teams of that div1 calibre.
Staying up in Division 2 is very important. However again not finishing out games is a big worry.
However would prefer to see a run through the qualifiers again for this team. Whilst once more there will be a number of very strong ulster teams coming through the qualifiers there is the chance of building up momentum by playing a number of sucessive games (though perhaps we did use up all the luck of the draw last year!)
We are still 10-15 points back of Mayo at present. Mayo continue to be at least a top 4 side and top 4-6 teams are well ahead of pack in my view. Getting to a connaught final against mayo and having to face a team coming off strong qualifier momentum in the space ot 7-14 days is not a situation that we have shown an ability to manage.
Minors lost today against Leitrim in the minor league despite leading 0-9 to 0-3 at half time. Final score was 1-7 to 0-9 so we didn't score in the second half. Was the wind that big a factor? Fair play to Leitrim.
Looks like the ladies are going to put a trophy on the sideboard. Needed to win this after losing out for the last two years. seemed very strong for Div 2. Will need to sharpen up for Mayo in the Connacht semi in a few weeks.
Fair play to you Shambolic doing your bit for the football thread. Hopefully lads like O Curraoin and Flynn can really start to come in to their own and act on the obvious talent they have. If they could come through this with a good win and no injuries id be happy but they will need the likes of Conroy and Armstrong the next day out. Best of luck to the team and anyone travelling on Sunday. Gaillimh Abu