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At the risk of being pilloried I suggest our senior team should withdraw from the Connacht Championship and remaining league games with immediate effect for the following reasons;
1) we will get the mother of all hammerings below in Salthill
2) the cost of training a panel for this one game - I know there is potentially one league game, but if we lost this game we are effectively outside of a promotion opportunity leaving the last match as almost null and void.
3) the possible impact on panel members of contracting the virus as they are invariably travelling home from all over the country and in particular those who maybe working/attending college in the more affected counties of Dublin, Donegal etc
4) the potential impact of spreading the virus to the relations of the panel members
5) It is the right thing to do in the current climate

yours etc Leyny

leyny (Sligo) - Posts: 47 - 07/10/2020 09:46:06    2296189

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Replying To leyny:  "At the risk of being pilloried I suggest our senior team should withdraw from the Connacht Championship and remaining league games with immediate effect for the following reasons;
1) we will get the mother of all hammerings below in Salthill
2) the cost of training a panel for this one game - I know there is potentially one league game, but if we lost this game we are effectively outside of a promotion opportunity leaving the last match as almost null and void.
3) the possible impact on panel members of contracting the virus as they are invariably travelling home from all over the country and in particular those who maybe working/attending college in the more affected counties of Dublin, Donegal etc
4) the potential impact of spreading the virus to the relations of the panel members
5) It is the right thing to do in the current climate

yours etc Leyny"
leyny. You are expecting a heavy defeat for your team in Salthill.
While a Galway win is the most likely outcome there are several reasons to hope.
Last year with a bit more self belief Sligo might have actually beaten Galway who were subsequently unable to overcome Roscommon in Salthill. The difference last year was only a stronger bench for the tribesmen, remember Sligo were only 2 points down at HT. This year is different to any other. Look at what is happening in the English Premiership. Liverpool have let in 7 goals for the first time in nearly 60 years. Corofin 3-in-a-row All Ireland holders did not make the county final, and the team that dethroned them did not go on to win it either. First time county champs in Galway and Knockmore causing a surprise in Mayo. Sligo are a Championship team, last year they had the worst record in the NFL, not getting a single point in all games, and then put in a mighty effort v Galway. They are, based on the League, a better team this year.

giveitlong (Galway) - Posts: 1043 - 07/10/2020 12:36:30    2296229

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Replying To giveitlong:  "leyny. You are expecting a heavy defeat for your team in Salthill.
While a Galway win is the most likely outcome there are several reasons to hope.
Last year with a bit more self belief Sligo might have actually beaten Galway who were subsequently unable to overcome Roscommon in Salthill. The difference last year was only a stronger bench for the tribesmen, remember Sligo were only 2 points down at HT. This year is different to any other. Look at what is happening in the English Premiership. Liverpool have let in 7 goals for the first time in nearly 60 years. Corofin 3-in-a-row All Ireland holders did not make the county final, and the team that dethroned them did not go on to win it either. First time county champs in Galway and Knockmore causing a surprise in Mayo. Sligo are a Championship team, last year they had the worst record in the NFL, not getting a single point in all games, and then put in a mighty effort v Galway. They are, based on the League, a better team this year."
Your good craic ,games as far as im aware are not won or lost at ht(sligo lost by 16pts!) ,so wen liverpool lose 7-2 ,sligo have a great chance of beating galway ,ha ha ,is ur real name tommy tiernan ?ha ha

Timmy86 (Sligo) - Posts: 147 - 07/10/2020 13:31:07    2296247

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Firstly is the game not in Markievicz Park ?
I would not agree with not playing the game if covid rules allow games to be played.. We will not win but we knew that last Oct when the original draw was made. Pulling out of games now isn't going to save much money. No point in thinking of not spreading covid at this stage unless the other 31 teams do likewise. Personally I don't think a championship should be ran at all this year. And as for the fools that allowed 2 other county teams use Markievicz Park when one county was already on Level 3, words for once fail me.

eoinog (Sligo) - Posts: 817 - 07/10/2020 13:45:44    2296251

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Replying To eoinog:  "Firstly is the game not in Markievicz Park ?
I would not agree with not playing the game if covid rules allow games to be played.. We will not win but we knew that last Oct when the original draw was made. Pulling out of games now isn't going to save much money. No point in thinking of not spreading covid at this stage unless the other 31 teams do likewise. Personally I don't think a championship should be ran at all this year. And as for the fools that allowed 2 other county teams use Markievicz Park when one county was already on Level 3, words for once fail me."
We had Galway in Markievicz last year so it's their turn to host it. I agree though while we haven't much hope of winning I think it'd be a bigger disgrace not to field a team. Maybe those who are taking charge of teams should do like the rest of us and take a pay cut as at the end of the day it's meant to be a voluntary job and 'expenses' only. We were never awash with cash in Sligo and I'd imagine this year is ten times as bad!

Sligoman1234 (Sligo) - Posts: 77 - 08/10/2020 23:37:02    2296497

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What 15 are we looking at for the remaining two league games and then the trip to Salthill? Any new faces into the panel?

downsouth18 (Sligo) - Posts: 14 - 09/10/2020 12:06:59    2296544

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We are gone over a thousand cases a day for the virus. How stupid and greedy are the GAA going to look if they continue to pursue football to the detriment of people's health, work and livelihood. Roscommon Bus parked in Boyle today where a meeting/function/ which included caterer's was taking place. I applaud the people who rang the guards and reported them. How could anyone not miss that dreadful looking bus.

eoinog (Sligo) - Posts: 817 - 10/10/2020 22:01:52    2296738

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Replying To eoinog:  "We are gone over a thousand cases a day for the virus. How stupid and greedy are the GAA going to look if they continue to pursue football to the detriment of people's health, work and livelihood. Roscommon Bus parked in Boyle today where a meeting/function/ which included caterer's was taking place. I applaud the people who rang the guards and reported them. How could anyone not miss that dreadful looking bus."
Good to see that Sligo bows down to our neighbours once again and allowed a game between Roscommon and Donegal in the Centre of Excellence yesterday following on from Mayo and Donegal last week in Markievicz. Theres kids at underage level who can't get in to play in either and for the sake of a few euro we let two of the worst preforming COVID counties in to our facilities!

Sligoman1234 (Sligo) - Posts: 77 - 11/10/2020 11:55:36    2296781

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Best of Luck to the U17s against Mayo on Sunday at 2pm. The game is going to streamed live on Connacht GAA.

Given what I witnessed in the A club Final I am excited about this match. We have some great players coming through so for me the quality is there. Obviously having the Manager and 5 players from St Molaise Gaels involved is fantastic to see from a personal point of view. Manning cup champions not so long back beating a good Laois team so they know what winning looks like.

Best of luck to all involved.

Sligonian (Sligo) - Posts: 1543 - 18/12/2020 01:25:45    2323330

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What a win, Sligo 1-9 Mayo 1-7, massive result. The work rate and intensity and winning mindset evident throughout were a sight to behold for the full match, no let up. We didn't allow Mayo to settle. Management used great tactics, swarm defensive set up around the ball. As complete a performance as I have seen from a Sligo team. A Sligo team with pace and mobility throughout and ball-winning ability in midfield. Great game management after Mayo's late goal. We thoroughly deserved it. Well done Darragh and the management team and all the players. Couldn't be prouder and a timely boost. Final V Roscommon who hammered Galway in the other semi-final.

Sligonian (Sligo) - Posts: 1543 - 20/12/2020 15:42:46    2324620

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Well done to the minors, really good performance and fully deserved to beat Mayo on the day. Would be fantastic if they can beat Roscommon next day out but given they dismissed Galway fairly easily not a simple task. Opportunity knocks though. Well done to all involved.

maximus_1 (Sligo) - Posts: 15 - 21/12/2020 16:08:47    2325126

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Great win for the minors and I'd echo the sentiments above regarding work rate. I see the final is down for the 29th, I really hope the team can keep their feet on the ground over the Christmas and if they bring the same intensity and desire the next day they will be in with a shout.

A connacht title or 2 at U-17 or U-20 is worth more to us than promotion from div 4 imo

republican (Sligo) - Posts: 272 - 21/12/2020 18:53:37    2325193

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Wow! Final is now moved to St Stephens Day, bit harsh on both teams but given the current climate I'm sure they wont mind.

Looking forward to this now.

republican (Sligo) - Posts: 272 - 22/12/2020 19:08:37    2325490

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If there is one thing you do this week make sure you have your Sligo flag out on road from Cliffoney to Bellaghy. Show the lads our support. Massively tough not being there to roar us on but let's all do what we can. A serious group of management and players have given us a massive boost and the hope that we all needed and more to come. Sligeach Abu.

Sligonian (Sligo) - Posts: 1543 - 23/12/2020 18:10:14    2325715

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We managed to blow another Connacht Minor Title. I didn't jump on the bandwagon when we beat Mayo that we were in with a chance of a Connacht title. I have spoken so much for the last few months about internal politics and it was all there for all to see in the final. All mgt who had a son of the correct age quiet bizzarely were on the panel while other players capable of making a difference were not on the panel. I am sick of gallant defeats where we blame the weather the referee, linesman, venue or anything else that we believe conspire to beat us. The answers are much closer to home.

eoinog (Sligo) - Posts: 817 - 03/01/2021 14:55:00    2325865

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Replying To eoinog:  "We managed to blow another Connacht Minor Title. I didn't jump on the bandwagon when we beat Mayo that we were in with a chance of a Connacht title. I have spoken so much for the last few months about internal politics and it was all there for all to see in the final. All mgt who had a son of the correct age quiet bizzarely were on the panel while other players capable of making a difference were not on the panel. I am sick of gallant defeats where we blame the weather the referee, linesman, venue or anything else that we believe conspire to beat us. The answers are much closer to home."
As far back as 40years ago (that far back from what im told ) and this laat 20 from what ive seen ,thats whats been going on ,mgt sons playing etc etc ,minor should be an outside manager and selectors with no ties to the players and put an end to it

Timmy86 (Sligo) - Posts: 147 - 05/01/2021 13:27:20    2326107

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We beat Mayo and were competitive in the Final particularly conditioning wise, for years we have physically been behind. That is progress, don't throw the baby out with the bath water.

MrUnderhill (Sligo) - Posts: 16 - 07/01/2021 13:03:33    2326457

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Replying To eoinog:  "We managed to blow another Connacht Minor Title. I didn't jump on the bandwagon when we beat Mayo that we were in with a chance of a Connacht title. I have spoken so much for the last few months about internal politics and it was all there for all to see in the final. All mgt who had a son of the correct age quiet bizzarely were on the panel while other players capable of making a difference were not on the panel. I am sick of gallant defeats where we blame the weather the referee, linesman, venue or anything else that we believe conspire to beat us. The answers are much closer to home."
One of the backroom team sons man marked Mayos beat forward out of the game. Another son belonging to a backroom team member scored a brilliant goal and was dangerous throughout.

Very unfair on them players.

Managers son unfortunately missed the Mayo game due to unfortunate circumstances but was drafted in to the 24 for the final along with 2 other players who missed the semi Final. He seen no match time.

Talk to anyone involved at club level in this age group and they will tell you the best team was out. We need to take of our club bias hats.

The final was played in freak conditions. I wouldn't be holding judgements on 16/17 year olds in them conditions.

Walsh and O'Reilly are the 2 I believe will be featuring on the senior panel in the next 3/4 years.

NewSligofan (Sligo) - Posts: 236 - 07/01/2021 17:36:38    2326510

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Replying To NewSligofan:  "One of the backroom team sons man marked Mayos beat forward out of the game. Another son belonging to a backroom team member scored a brilliant goal and was dangerous throughout.

Very unfair on them players.

Managers son unfortunately missed the Mayo game due to unfortunate circumstances but was drafted in to the 24 for the final along with 2 other players who missed the semi Final. He seen no match time.

Talk to anyone involved at club level in this age group and they will tell you the best team was out. We need to take of our club bias hats.

The final was played in freak conditions. I wouldn't be holding judgements on 16/17 year olds in them conditions.

Walsh and O'Reilly are the 2 I believe will be featuring on the senior panel in the next 3/4 years."
If you read my post you will notice that I spoke of the panel, and not the team. The 2 lads on the team that you mentioned were there totally on merit. It's the others that got no game time in Manning Cup or Ulster League but were brought along for the spin I am annoyed at. Conditions were horrendous for both teams. We hadn't scored by the 55th minute. At that stage Roscommon had scored both with and without the wind. We got 2 points and the goal we got was extremely fortunate. You could hardly say that it came straight off the training pitch. We were unfortunate that we lost a back through injury for the final and also one of the best forwards due to close contact. I am involved in underage football for years and I know all of those lads and the people I speak to certainly do not agree with your point that the best players were on the panel. I would expect O Reilly, Walsh, Mulligan, White, Marren, at least to kick on and play senior. It was also fantastic to see the Curry midfielder back playing.

eoinog (Sligo) - Posts: 817 - 07/01/2021 21:53:02    2326553

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My original post finished by saying that we love to blame other factors and true to nature 2 posters come along, one to say that it's great that we are as strong as Mayo, the other saying that the weather was bad for the final. I'm fed up with silly excuses, throwing away games that we should be winning. We haven't won a minor title in over 50 years. We need to win underage titles and progress that up to Senior. If these lads are losing at this age group and then at U.20 they are a beaten docket when they play senior. No point in hammering our Senior team cos they are in Div 4 when these lads are getting beaten the whole way up through the ranks.

eoinog (Sligo) - Posts: 817 - 07/01/2021 22:35:54    2326560

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