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Blame Tyrone For Tribesmen's Success

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Replying To yew_tree:  "O Rourke always had a love in with Galway until now. I remember him tipping Galway to beat Mayo in 2013 much to the disbelief of Brolly and Spillane pre match.

He has changed his tune but what should Galway do? Go back to playing loosing football? I'm sure Galway fans are happier at winning. Also I wouldn't describe Galway as ultra defensive...they break at speed. It's good football in my opinion."
ditto tyrone...

mayotyroneman (Tyrone) - Posts: 1462 - 03/03/2018 14:42:23    2081702

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KEVIN WALSH IN AN INTERVIEW IN IRISH TIMES ON GALWAY STYLE OF PLAY.

"What you are asking is about style or system. And you are right: it doesn't bother me what people say about it. Some people don't even see the match. Sometimes we conceded high enough in the league last year, but there are certain games you go with what the opposition is like. Sometimes you are going to concede more and sometimes you are going to score (more). If you feel there is a shootout, then you have a shootout. If there are games in which you need to protect, you do that. We aren't just trying to develop one system.

"We are still learning what is out there, so we have to get to a point where we are adaptable to play the different kind of opposition we might face. And whether people from outside see it as a counter-attacking or an ugly style or whatever - people will see what they want to see. We just have to get the best out of our players."

Cornetto2 (Galway) - Posts: 71 - 03/03/2018 22:01:20    2081768

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Tomas o se on the independent today is in no doubt Galways system is like Tyrone which the dubs showed up so badly last year.
Speaking on Kerry's style to beat the dubs he says:

"And playing the way Galway played in Tralee is not the answer.

"Eamonn Fitz knows that. He knows you need to man up against Dublin or get blown away. In other words, if you don't throw punches, you don't hurt them. Tyrone had that message handed to them last August in big, bright letters. Unless they change, it'll happen again."

Calling for 'more clarity in Kerry's game plan', Ó Sé - who is currently preparing for an All-Ireland Club SFC final appearance with Nemo Rangers - reveals his blueprint for breaking down a blanket defence.

"The movement of the Dubs' forwards is absolutely constant and it's always buttressed by attacking half-backs.

Cornetto2 (Galway) - Posts: 71 - 03/03/2018 22:40:36    2081770

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I would've called it ugly last year. This year I think it's great to watch.

Last year lots of bodies back but didn't really tackle the ball. Just bodies. This year real intensity in the tackle, good technoque, lots of turnovers.

Last year attacks were slow and laborious this year once we turnover the ball we attack with huge pace, incision and more numbers.

Think because our defence is tightened up players are more confident to commit to attack.

Long may it continue. Early yet though. We are still struggling for primary possession on our own kick out. 13th May is D Day!

Mayonman (Galway) - Posts: 656 - 03/03/2018 23:02:22    2081771

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Replying To mayotyroneman:  "yes wan...and ditto tyrone..you could easily have been repeating there what mickey harte says about his own team...good man for sticking up for tyrone football"
I haven't seen enough of Tyrone to comment, apart from our first game in Tuam. They weren't great that day, and really struggled to create too many openings.
It was the first outing of the league however, and conditions were also pretty poor.

WanPintWin (Galway) - Posts: 157 - 03/03/2018 23:08:22    2081774

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Let them stay out on the Atlantic seaboard with their puke football.....they have ruined the beautiful game as we know it........the world has ended......we all may as well give up......and maroon, maroon??? What's all that about? Grrrrrrrrrr!

Ulsterman (Antrim) - Posts: 8998 - 03/03/2018 23:58:27    2081779

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Where is Brolly on all this? Letting COR get all the attention? surprising

maroondiesel (Mayo) - Posts: 761 - 04/03/2018 13:03:42    2081792

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Replying To Ulsterman:  "Let them stay out on the Atlantic seaboard with their puke football.....they have ruined the beautiful game as we know it........the world has ended......we all may as well give up......and maroon, maroon??? What's all that about? Grrrrrrrrrr!"
Never change señor!

festinog (Galway) - Posts: 2325 - 04/03/2018 21:55:36    2081860

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Galway have been playing roughly this system for the past couple years. It's not new. Only difference now is that they have a few new players and they are much better at it. I know Paddy Tally is from Tyrone but Donegal under McGuiness is probably a more accurate comparison than Tyrone.

Bit early to say it's a success. We've won a few league games. That's all. At least they seem to be heading in the right direction.

Marooned (Galway) - Posts: 1486 - 05/03/2018 15:05:26    2081945

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Galway are starting to play like Donegal in 2012 but have a way to go yet to be All Ireland contenders, not sure if they have the players to play that flat out transition game, time will tell,
we had a great bunch of players, battle hardened and rejuvenated by a one off leader in McGuinness, the greatest managerial achievement I have ever seen in any sport considering where we were in 2010 when he got the job,
Galway are going to be hard to beat and I think they'll beat Mayo, Galway always seemed to me like a great team to get goals,
super 8's could be good, we'll have to wait and see. roll on Summer.

Tirchonaill1 (Donegal) - Posts: 301 - 05/03/2018 21:47:35    2082065

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Success?? we won 4 games and everyone is getting carried away.. Mayo are the best team in the West and will win Connacht and Sam this year!

Belclare1 (Galway) - Posts: 1340 - 06/03/2018 08:02:40    2082116

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Galway have been playing with a blanket defense since Kevin Walsh took over, not sure there is anything new in that except that they have become very good at it. However now that they are becoming successful they can expect flak, that is just the nature of it. They have some excellent forwards with pace to burn so can play the blanket defence whilst counter-attacking at speed. But has the game moved on now? Donegal played this way for 3 years under Rory Gallagher and didn't have any success. The two most defensive teams Donegal have faced in the league this year have been Galway and Kildare, so the blanket defence is alive and well.

It would be good to see Galway stepping up and challenging the likes of Dublin. We could do with a team coming along and shaking the championship up. The more success Galway have the more criticism they can expect but if I was a Galway fan I wouldn't care less about that.

Green_Gold (Donegal) - Posts: 1153 - 06/03/2018 09:27:46    2082129

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Doing well in the league, while nice ultimately means nothing in the quest for Sam. Our goal this year has to be super 8 football and the most direct route to that runs straight through mayo in may. I don't think this squad will be losing the run of themselves winning a few games in February and March. It's all about peaking at the right time. I trust Kevin will have us doing that. Hon the tribes!!!

tribeinbrum (Galway) - Posts: 4125 - 06/03/2018 10:03:54    2082134

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It's ridiculous that punditry has yet to move on from 2002.

Analyse the games please.

Pundits saying the exact same thing since the turn of the millennium. Seriously boring.

MesAmis (Dublin) - Posts: 11763 - 06/03/2018 10:20:36    2082138

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Replying To tribeinbrum:  "Doing well in the league, while nice ultimately means nothing in the quest for Sam. Our goal this year has to be super 8 football and the most direct route to that runs straight through mayo in may. I don't think this squad will be losing the run of themselves winning a few games in February and March. It's all about peaking at the right time. I trust Kevin will have us doing that. Hon the tribes!!!"
Yep that connacht final in May should be Galways main aim.

OhtobeARossie (Roscommon) - Posts: 1093 - 06/03/2018 13:09:43    2082184

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Replying To suckvalleypaddy:  "nobody in Galway is getting carried away with "success" we are delighted to stay in div 1 of course and hope to win in Castlebar in May. Yes it is laughable that a man from the land of tough greats like Mick Lyons, Colm Coyle and the bold Colm O Rourke himself is calling Galway a bit ugly. If you study the stats, Galway have double the footpassing than Mayo, Kildare, Tyrone and probably the rest of div. 1. Now in fairness to O Rourke, Galway are tougher and penetrate defenses more easily this season and he also said that Galway have good footballers that are likely to improve. Galway get bizarre black cards for sure and need to be streetwise when dealing with characters like Cillian O Connor and Lee Keegan in particular. Tally has done a good job imo and I have no problem with Colm O Rourke, he was fair enough there."
Where have you seen the stats on foot passing?

Galway certainly look to kick the ball into the forwards a lot more than Tyrone have done in recent years but would be interesting to see what the stats are.

JDF (Galway) - Posts: 115 - 06/03/2018 13:43:49    2082193

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Replying To suckvalleypaddy:  "nobody in Galway is getting carried away with "success" we are delighted to stay in div 1 of course and hope to win in Castlebar in May. Yes it is laughable that a man from the land of tough greats like Mick Lyons, Colm Coyle and the bold Colm O Rourke himself is calling Galway a bit ugly. If you study the stats, Galway have double the footpassing than Mayo, Kildare, Tyrone and probably the rest of div. 1. Now in fairness to O Rourke, Galway are tougher and penetrate defenses more easily this season and he also said that Galway have good footballers that are likely to improve. Galway get bizarre black cards for sure and need to be streetwise when dealing with characters like Cillian O Connor and Lee Keegan in particular. Tally has done a good job imo and I have no problem with Colm O Rourke, he was fair enough there."
Do you have a link to the stats? You be an interesting read.

The_Fridge (Tyrone) - Posts: 1195 - 06/03/2018 14:12:29    2082206

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Replying To Belclare1:  "Success?? we won 4 games and everyone is getting carried away.. Mayo are the best team in the West and will win Connacht and Sam this year!"
Belclare, I cant argue against the fact that Mayo could possibly win Connacht and Sam this year. But the way you disrespect your own county really annoys me. They have won 4 in 4 in Div 1, that is a good acheivement (be greatful) its massive progress from what they were like 4-6 years ago. Dont forget they are on a 4 or 5 win streak against Mayo. On May 13th it can go anyway but I honestly think Galway will come out victorious and win Connacht. Will Galway win Sam? Not yet, I give it 1 or 2 years till we see Sam in Galway. Time will only tell. Cheer up Lad!!!

oakleafersir (Derry) - Posts: 659 - 06/03/2018 20:43:57    2082312

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Replying To oakleafersir:  "Belclare, I cant argue against the fact that Mayo could possibly win Connacht and Sam this year. But the way you disrespect your own county really annoys me. They have won 4 in 4 in Div 1, that is a good acheivement (be greatful) its massive progress from what they were like 4-6 years ago. Dont forget they are on a 4 or 5 win streak against Mayo. On May 13th it can go anyway but I honestly think Galway will come out victorious and win Connacht. Will Galway win Sam? Not yet, I give it 1 or 2 years till we see Sam in Galway. Time will only tell. Cheer up Lad!!!"
Oafleafer you really should know belclare at this stage. His comment is tongue in cheek and he has an intense dislike for Mayo.

yew_tree (Mayo) - Posts: 9084 - 06/03/2018 21:18:23    2082323

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Replying To The_Fridge:  "Do you have a link to the stats? You be an interesting read."
Thanks for the question, I jot down stats at half and full-time from the telly, very avant-garde. Galway still quasi-traditional. Good luck on Saturday.

suckvalleypaddy (Galway) - Posts: 978 - 06/03/2018 21:24:15    2082327

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