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Replying To Toman:  "Definitely agree he doesn't have the legs but he will definitely contest kick out and win frees."
He never had the legs Toman, so fully agree with 51... it became the aim of every serious opposition over the last 7 or 8 years to look for Aidan in open country and a bit like Smokie and the Bandit, get him to pursue. He'd then need to go into FF where his exhaustion rendered him easier to mark. He can be a different proposition when he's playing FF with a full tank. If we're in danger of being horsed out of it in midfield I think Tom Parsons will be the cavalry. He might even start.

Pericles (Mayo) - Posts: 2263 - 11/12/2020 15:41:31    2321378

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Replying To Pericles:  "He never had the legs Toman, so fully agree with 51... it became the aim of every serious opposition over the last 7 or 8 years to look for Aidan in open country and a bit like Smokie and the Bandit, get him to pursue. He'd then need to go into FF where his exhaustion rendered him easier to mark. He can be a different proposition when he's playing FF with a full tank. If we're in danger of being horsed out of it in midfield I think Tom Parsons will be the cavalry. He might even start."
Parsons a fantastic man to have on the bench but imp it would be a big call to start or bring him on midfield. Maybe you know more and Parsons might be going well at training but what I'd be worried about is he hasn't seen much game time up to this. But if he's training well he is one player who will leave everting on the field alright.

Toman (Galway) - Posts: 622 - 11/12/2020 17:57:23    2321413

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It's a good thing that we're close to the final and players fighting for places. Toman, you're right, let Dublin worry about us for this time. Too many teams, including us, faced them already giving them a psychological advantage. We've good chance of beating them if we don't take a backward step, keep the heads up when things aren't going our way and don't retreat to defend a lead. In 2016 popular opinion said we'd do well to finish within 10 points of Dublin and even after gifting them two goals they didn't beat us that day. But we didn't win either. 2017 was another poor start. Who knows how this could go but I'm sure Horan and his backroom team will have this team fit and focused and believing they'll win. They need to go and do what it takes to win it.

GreenandRed (Mayo) - Posts: 5997 - 11/12/2020 20:37:20    2321453

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Love to see James Carr with his direct running and Fionn Mc Donagh make an appearance against the Dubs. Any word on Ciaran Treacy. His pace would cause them hassle.

BigJmchalepark (Mayo) - Posts: 26 - 13/12/2020 19:04:52    2322053

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Replying To BigJmchalepark:  "Love to see James Carr with his direct running and Fionn Mc Donagh make an appearance against the Dubs. Any word on Ciaran Treacy. His pace would cause them hassle."
All three seemed like strong prospects only 18 months ago and there's a reasonable chance Carr and McDonagh may make the bench, if fit. Carr actually played quite well against the Dubs last year but for all his movement he only got picked out with one decent pass, after which he beat his man and put the ball over the bar. Not another good ball came his way though, which sums up last year.... attacks too often got bogged down because they were too slow. If the Dubs succeed in slowing things in the same ways next Saturday we're going to find scores hard to come by and desperation tactics will play into their hands (hopeful balls kicked into a crowded defence or players getting mugged trying to break tackles). We've done the same to other opponents so will need to be patient, whatever happens.

Pericles (Mayo) - Posts: 2263 - 13/12/2020 23:55:46    2322179

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