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Cunningham will need time, he must be 24/25 and never played senior football before even at club level so you can't expect him to come in straight away and hit the ground running. He may never make it at this level but at least see how he's progressing next year before writing him off!!

TheBishop (Galway) - Posts: 260 - 29/02/2024 14:54:21    2528942

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So by ur reckoning unless u play senior club football ur no up 2 it ; so basically pick from the 16 senior teams and the rest are no good ,, Cunningham without doubt best forward in intermediate football last number of years it's not his fault the club are intermediate,,,

Kickitout (Galway) - Posts: 831 - 29/02/2024 15:51:36    2528952

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Replying To Kickitout:  "So by ur reckoning unless u play senior club football ur no up 2 it ; so basically pick from the 16 senior teams and the rest are no good ,, Cunningham without doubt best forward in intermediate football last number of years it's not his fault the club are intermediate,,,"
Cunningham has had one year of intermediate football for a small club who were lucky to stay up. He would be more ready for county football if he was playing with a senior club and therefore with and against better players every week. Those are just facts.

PierreBezuhov (UK) - Posts: 226 - 29/02/2024 17:28:54    2528962

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Replying To PierreBezuhov:  "How would playing intermediate, and bearing in mind this guy has been a junior player for most of his adult life, be irrelevant?"
Because a good quality player can come from any club. It's a team sport.
Shane Walsh was an intermediate club player for years while playing for Galway. Cork won an All-Ireland in 2010 with half the team playing for junior and intermediate clubs.
Ruling people put based on the strength of their club is nonsense.
He may or may not be good enough, but the best way to find out is to give him a chance and see how he performs.

WanPintWin (Galway) - Posts: 2031 - 29/02/2024 17:47:43    2528967

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Replying To PierreBezuhov:  "Cunningham has had one year of intermediate football for a small club who were lucky to stay up. He would be more ready for county football if he was playing with a senior club and therefore with and against better players every week. Those are just facts."
"A club that we're lucky to stay up" . They made an intermediate semi final losing to dunmore in 2021, and lost two quarter finals to a strong corofin team and kilconly. Ludicrous statement

gaamad26 (Galway) - Posts: 6 - 29/02/2024 19:01:27    2528971

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Replying To PierreBezuhov:  "Cunningham has had one year of intermediate football for a small club who were lucky to stay up. He would be more ready for county football if he was playing with a senior club and therefore with and against better players every week. Those are just facts."
How u reckon he had one year intermediate brendans have being intermediate last 3 years he has 2 minor Connacht titles one under 20 actually scored 2 points from play v dubs in semi that year I think some posters on here should start following the darts might be easier ,,

Kickitout (Galway) - Posts: 831 - 29/02/2024 20:11:55    2528977

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The Cliffords from Kerry play with an intermediate club and when they first played for Kerry they were junior.In Micko Dwyers time he scoured the county and got players from intermediate junior and junior b to play for the county and some of them like John Egan were just brilliant.If a player is good enough he is good enough.Even Dublin had a few aswell asaik.

CiarraiMick (Dublin) - Posts: 3668 - 29/02/2024 20:33:50    2528979

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Replying To CiarraiMick:  "The Cliffords from Kerry play with an intermediate club and when they first played for Kerry they were junior.In Micko Dwyers time he scoured the county and got players from intermediate junior and junior b to play for the county and some of them like John Egan were just brilliant.If a player is good enough he is good enough.Even Dublin had a few aswell asaik."
True, CiarraiMick. You can add Brendan Lynch and Paudie Lynch from the beautiful village of Beaufort to that list. Of course, they were lucky to be involved with UCC that boasted such greats as Ray Cummins, Brendan Cummins, Billy Morgan, Denis Coughlan and Moss Keane. If a player is made of the right stuff...

Really (Galway) - Posts: 585 - 29/02/2024 21:46:49    2528991

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Replying To CiarraiMick:  "The Cliffords from Kerry play with an intermediate club and when they first played for Kerry they were junior.In Micko Dwyers time he scoured the county and got players from intermediate junior and junior b to play for the county and some of them like John Egan were just brilliant.If a player is good enough he is good enough.Even Dublin had a few aswell asaik."
You are 100% correct also the great Kilkenny team managed by Cody had several players from intermediate and junior clubs it was only recently that Walter Walshes club won the all Ireland junior club tital Nickey English was another guy that only ever played junior club hurling it didn't do him any harm as he is rated one of tipps greatest ever hurlers a lot of this looking down on intermediate or junior level players is nothing but snobbery

minor77 (Galway) - Posts: 223 - 29/02/2024 22:14:13    2528993

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Replying To PierreBezuhov:  "Cunningham has had one year of intermediate football for a small club who were lucky to stay up. He would be more ready for county football if he was playing with a senior club and therefore with and against better players every week. Those are just facts."
Let's give the lad a chance and see how he gets on.
He may or may not be up to it.
We'll soon find out.
The two pivotal positions In our forward line are both taken up by midfielders for some bizarre reason - at least he is an actual forward..

galwayman2 (Galway) - Posts: 1230 - 29/02/2024 23:05:44    2528998

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Galway v Monaghan

Glesson
McGrath
Fitzgerald
Mulkerrin
McHugh
J Daly
O'Flaherty
Conroy
Maher
Heaney
Darcy
Sweeney
Finnerty
N Daly
Cunningham

Subs

Burke
Molloy
Boyle
S Kelly
E Kelly
Glynn
Brady
O'Curraoin
O'Conghaile
Egan
McCabe

Marooned (Galway) - Posts: 2207 - 29/02/2024 23:18:41    2529000

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Replying To PierreBezuhov:  "How would playing intermediate, and bearing in mind this guy has been a junior player for most of his adult life, be irrelevant?"
Because there are an abundance of footballers who made it playing intermediate football - Derek Savage and Shane Walsh probably being Galway's best. Also do you're research, he only played 2 years junior football and the rest intermediate (he is about 24). Sigerson, county minor and U-20 aren't a bad level either but you probably skipped those grades and went straight to top. Anyway, PJ knows best and he is starting this weekend so best of luck to the lad

hopballref (Galway) - Posts: 377 - 01/03/2024 08:04:07    2529010

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Plenty of good players playing in lower levels in galway. Cunningham deserves a start and I hope he does well, and at least he is a forward starting in forwards, they seem rare in galway now!

Dunmore10 (Galway) - Posts: 120 - 01/03/2024 09:37:56    2529019

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Replying To WanPintWin:  "Because a good quality player can come from any club. It's a team sport.
Shane Walsh was an intermediate club player for years while playing for Galway. Cork won an All-Ireland in 2010 with half the team playing for junior and intermediate clubs.
Ruling people put based on the strength of their club is nonsense.
He may or may not be good enough, but the best way to find out is to give him a chance and see how he performs."
Who ruled him out? The point I was making was that he would be a better player and more ready for inter-county football if he was playing at a higher level with his club. That's all.

There are some very poor examples being used here - the Kerry lads mentioned all play Senior football with their divisional sides, which exist for the purpose of allowing them to improve by competing at a better standard. Shane Walsh left his club - and he had his struggles at intermediate - to play at a better standard.

There's also a long tradition in Galway of players with county ambitions from intermediate or junior clubs transferring to play their club football at a higher level, often at the behest of county management.

PierreBezuhov (UK) - Posts: 226 - 01/03/2024 09:53:21    2529024

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Replying To PierreBezuhov:  "Who ruled him out? The point I was making was that he would be a better player and more ready for inter-county football if he was playing at a higher level with his club. That's all.

There are some very poor examples being used here - the Kerry lads mentioned all play Senior football with their divisional sides, which exist for the purpose of allowing them to improve by competing at a better standard. Shane Walsh left his club - and he had his struggles at intermediate - to play at a better standard.

There's also a long tradition in Galway of players with county ambitions from intermediate or junior clubs transferring to play their club football at a higher level, often at the behest of county management."
Shane Walsh performed at a very high level for Galway on numerous occasions well before he moved to Kilmacud. In fact all of his best intercounty performances were delivered before he played game for Kilmacud. There are many players across the country from clubs below senior, who have performed well for their county sides.
His club's status is irrelevant as far as I'm concerned. I'm more interested in seeing how he performs for Galway. He may or may not be good enough, but whether Ballygar are junior, intermediate or senior won't be the determining factor in that.

WanPintWin (Galway) - Posts: 2031 - 01/03/2024 12:17:55    2529051

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Replying To gaamad26:  ""A club that we're lucky to stay up" . They made an intermediate semi final losing to dunmore in 2021, and lost two quarter finals to a strong corofin team and kilconly. Ludicrous statement"
You Roscommon types sure are sensitive.

crankyincorofin (Galway) - Posts: 78 - 01/03/2024 14:17:20    2529071

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Very hard to join a senior I/c set up and thrive straight away coming from lower grades. Once u are out of the system others make huge gains on your from athletic and S&c point of view.

What that does mean is u have more upside as u catch up on these things. Give the lad a chance. He's earned his spot. He may need a few games but could be the diamond we need.

Mayonman (Galway) - Posts: 1825 - 01/03/2024 14:39:58    2529076

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Galway left a lot of scores behind them against Derry, obviously the Daly goal chance and off all the missed there's was definitely 4 or 5 easy enough point chances missed. Heaney, Finnerty, McHugh, O'Conghaile & Maher all missed relatviely easy chances.

Galway should have easily scored 2-15, oddly enough it was probably Galways best performance given the opposition too.

TheBishop (Galway) - Posts: 260 - 01/03/2024 15:03:39    2529083

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Very bad weather, It will make the going soft to heavy. It will be a slugfest and we have the players to battle as the Derry game showed.

JahTribe (Galway) - Posts: 72 - 01/03/2024 18:17:52    2529119

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Replying To TheBishop:  "Galway left a lot of scores behind them against Derry, obviously the Daly goal chance and off all the missed there's was definitely 4 or 5 easy enough point chances missed. Heaney, Finnerty, McHugh, O'Conghaile & Maher all missed relatviely easy chances.

Galway should have easily scored 2-15, oddly enough it was probably Galways best performance given the opposition too."
I agree, We obviously started poorly conceding the goal and all that but we played ourselves into the game but we never recovered from not talking the goal chance which would have put us ahead, and then conceding the penalty and black cards which happened shortly afterwards.
Derry are a good enough side but are in similar position to where we were last year fielding very strong teams in the league and may find it hard to keep that momentum going as the year progresses.
If Galway beat Monaghan and manage to stay up this could possibly be looked as a positive league campaign if the injured players come back, as while not setting the world alight we have options on every line of the field which we didn't have in the past.
I'm cautiously optimistic that if we get our key players back to fitness and form we could have a good summer.

Galway4ever (Galway) - Posts: 208 - 01/03/2024 19:05:09    2529123

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