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O'Currain's done by far the most in Galway shirt so far imo, was the best of these by a distance at underage and has a great year at Sigerson under his belt. Plus a classy freetaking option

Cunningham would be next after that unless Tomo is back fit.

Reasonable drop off to McCabe and O'Conghaile after that. Dessie Connelly must be annoyed he didn't give it another year, would probably be starting this game

PressureKick (UK) - Posts: 229 - 30/05/2024 17:25:58    2548454

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If Comer Kelly and Finnerty aren't togging then I'm nervous about this match. It's a come down from the Mayo and Derry matches. Sligo was a disaster really and I just think Westmeath can target some of our key players like Conroy, Walsh and Tierney with man marking jobs and also a blanket defence. It would frustrate us and crank up the pressure as the game goes on. Kelly and Comer have been our main players for generating momentum when we're playing poorly.
Hopefully McDaid can have a big game.
If Comer won't be ready for Armagh then it's got the hallmarks of a similar story to last year. I actually think Armagh are much better this year even though there's no silverware to back it up. They played long high ball into the full forward line in the second half last year and started to clean up. Our corner backs haven't been tested much on that front this year. I'm expecting Armagh to put up a score against us, so if we're without Comer, and Finnerty too, it's a big big ask to beat Armagh.

jam83 (Galway) - Posts: 161 - 30/05/2024 19:58:42    2548472

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Looks like the rumours around key lads being out were on the money based on the team named:

Gleeson
McGrath, Fitzgerald, Glynn
McHugh, Daly, Silke
Conroy, Maher
Heaney, Tierney (captain), Darcy,
Ó Conghaile, Walsh, McDaid

None of Kelly, Comer or Finnerty on the bench or standby panel. Culhane and Sweeney back in the 26.

LárBáire (Galway) - Posts: 35 - 31/05/2024 10:24:22    2548525

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Replying To LárBáire:  "Looks like the rumours around key lads being out were on the money based on the team named:

Gleeson
McGrath, Fitzgerald, Glynn
McHugh, Daly, Silke
Conroy, Maher
Heaney, Tierney (captain), Darcy,
Ó Conghaile, Walsh, McDaid

None of Kelly, Comer or Finnerty on the bench or standby panel. Culhane and Sweeney back in the 26."
I can't get my head around OConghaile. He's been by far the least impressive forward on the panel this year, yet is one of the first players in when we're short or making a sub. He better step up on Sunday and score.
In that right corner I don't know how Cunningham hasn't gotten another chance seeing as he's left footed.

jam83 (Galway) - Posts: 161 - 31/05/2024 11:06:45    2548536

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O'Conghaile obviously doing well in training, I saw him in a few Sigerson games early on and he was kicking some great scores from distance with both feet. Look he struggled during the league but he's a very talented lad and he's on'y 20/21, got to trust Joyce's judgement on forwards. Lets hope this weekend is when O'Conghaile turns it on!

I'd like to see one of McDaid/Tierney on the edge of the square although would prefer if it was McDaid, think he has the talent to do more then a job in their.

TheBishop (Galway) - Posts: 273 - 31/05/2024 12:00:28    2548548

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Hard believe on Sunday this be first time since Galway lost all Ireland to Kerry than Shane Walsh will have worn number 14 jersey,, I'm still baffled how Cunningham getting no chance at all since league the match he came in v Tyrone set up goal for sweeney , 1-03 v Monaghan 1 point v dubs also fouled for tap over free ,, especially with all that's missing he most natural scoring forward now maybe he not run 10km in training or some daft stat ,, he a finisher and scorer must not suit the set up ,,, looking at forward line not many scoring forwards , full forward line maybe 5 points from play max Joyce as a habit of playing players out position,, Sean Kelly last day wing forwards Mcdaid all star midfielder now corner forward I know he won't stay there don't see dubs play Fenton in there or playing McCarthy wing forward ,,

Kickitout (Galway) - Posts: 898 - 31/05/2024 13:02:08    2548560

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Replying To LárBáire:  "Looks like the rumours around key lads being out were on the money based on the team named:

Gleeson
McGrath, Fitzgerald, Glynn
McHugh, Daly, Silke
Conroy, Maher
Heaney, Tierney (captain), Darcy,
Ó Conghaile, Walsh, McDaid

None of Kelly, Comer or Finnerty on the bench or standby panel. Culhane and Sweeney back in the 26."
Wow that is 3 of our top 4 players suddenly gone! Hopefully its not long-term.

tommy k (Galway) - Posts: 3470 - 31/05/2024 13:16:42    2548563

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Replying To jam83:  "I can't get my head around OConghaile. He's been by far the least impressive forward on the panel this year, yet is one of the first players in when we're short or making a sub. He better step up on Sunday and score.
In that right corner I don't know how Cunningham hasn't gotten another chance seeing as he's left footed."
Do you think we play with a three man full forward line?

crankyincorofin (Galway) - Posts: 88 - 31/05/2024 13:21:11    2548565

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Replying To crankyincorofin:  "Do you think we play with a three man full forward line?"
When we have the ball and are moving it around looking for a shooter then yes we do have 3 in that line and Cunningham was way more accurate from both sides of the goalposts against Monaghan

jam83 (Galway) - Posts: 161 - 31/05/2024 14:09:07    2548570

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A blow to be without that trio but the most important thing is having them back for Armagh game if possible and if not the knock out stages. Team named is strong enough to beat Westmeath by 5 to 6 points at least.

Drax_the_destroyer (UK) - Posts: 171 - 31/05/2024 14:34:03    2548575

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Replying To Drax_the_destroyer:  "A blow to be without that trio but the most important thing is having them back for Armagh game if possible and if not the knock out stages. Team named is strong enough to beat Westmeath by 5 to 6 points at least."
They were saying the same thing about the Galway hurlers before the Dublin game last Sunday and we all know how that turned out!

tommy k (Galway) - Posts: 3470 - 31/05/2024 14:54:04    2548580

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Replying To Kickitout:  "Hard believe on Sunday this be first time since Galway lost all Ireland to Kerry than Shane Walsh will have worn number 14 jersey,, I'm still baffled how Cunningham getting no chance at all since league the match he came in v Tyrone set up goal for sweeney , 1-03 v Monaghan 1 point v dubs also fouled for tap over free ,, especially with all that's missing he most natural scoring forward now maybe he not run 10km in training or some daft stat ,, he a finisher and scorer must not suit the set up ,,, looking at forward line not many scoring forwards , full forward line maybe 5 points from play max Joyce as a habit of playing players out position,, Sean Kelly last day wing forwards Mcdaid all star midfielder now corner forward I know he won't stay there don't see dubs play Fenton in there or playing McCarthy wing forward ,,"
I agree. Cunningham looks so natural and dangerous. He hasn't made any championship panel? Unless he's injured? Would like to see him get some game time but won't be happening this year it seems. Tomo is a good impact player, not very quick so I think sub suits him and he's a good finisher. It will be an awkward game but think we will win by a score.

Anyone know when the 3 injured players are back? Cant see us getting quarter or beyond without Comer or Finnerty or any extra injuries.

jobseekersbent (Galway) - Posts: 382 - 31/05/2024 15:09:21    2548582

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Replying To tommy k:  "They were saying the same thing about the Galway hurlers before the Dublin game last Sunday and we all know how that turned out!"
In fairness Tommy there is more talent in the football squad currently than it's hurling equivalent. That hurling team had a whiff off 'easier to get on the team than off it'. Great servants mind you but some well past their best. I get your sense though given the injuries to three stone wall starters typically.

kiloughter (Galway) - Posts: 1972 - 31/05/2024 15:48:59    2548590

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What's with all this clamour to get Cunningham included? Aside from Clones he hasn't set the world alight in a Galway jersey this year imo (not to knock him, he is a good prospect and it was a difficult league). Okay, same can be said for O'Conghaile but Joyce knows the form.

The way some people go on about him in here you swear we were omitting prime Colm Cooper!!!

ahsure. (Galway) - Posts: 1617 - 31/05/2024 16:01:36    2548593

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Replying To Kickitout:  "To be honest I'd have Rory Cunningham at 13 but for whatever reason he not getting a look in despite scoring 1-03 v Monaghan which in my opinion kept galway in division 1 for next year maybe he injured otherwise it's baffling,,,"
I told you about Rory in March.

Jellybaby (Dublin) - Posts: 345 - 31/05/2024 20:35:41    2548616

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Replying To ahsure.:  "What's with all this clamour to get Cunningham included? Aside from Clones he hasn't set the world alight in a Galway jersey this year imo (not to knock him, he is a good prospect and it was a difficult league). Okay, same can be said for O'Conghaile but Joyce knows the form.

The way some people go on about him in here you swear we were omitting prime Colm Cooper!!!"
It's probably a case of who's the least worst option at the moment.

Tomo's done the most, between underage, club and the senior team. But he's likely still working his way back from injury

O'Currain had a stellar underage and sigerson campaign and has proven he can score to an extent an inter county.

Cunningham has got very little gametime bit showed very well in the small time he did, versus Monaghan and in the FBD

McCabe had a great club campaign but had done little at underage previous and missed a lot v Sligo

O'Conghaile has got the most chances of all, and despite 2 scores and 3 wides v Mayo in league game 1, has done basically nothing. Incredibly hard to see how he's top of the list rather than at the bottom

PressureKick (UK) - Posts: 229 - 31/05/2024 23:32:08    2548629

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Replying To PressureKick:  "It's probably a case of who's the least worst option at the moment.

Tomo's done the most, between underage, club and the senior team. But he's likely still working his way back from injury

O'Currain had a stellar underage and sigerson campaign and has proven he can score to an extent an inter county.

Cunningham has got very little gametime bit showed very well in the small time he did, versus Monaghan and in the FBD

McCabe had a great club campaign but had done little at underage previous and missed a lot v Sligo

O'Conghaile has got the most chances of all, and despite 2 scores and 3 wides v Mayo in league game 1, has done basically nothing. Incredibly hard to see how he's top of the list rather than at the bottom"
I'd say the reason is that O'Conghaile is by far the fastest of the 5. Seems to have been playing nearly Cathal Sweeney's position, spent a lot of time out in half back and around middle.
Will be interesting to see if he plays same role or if he stays inside forward.

systematic (Galway) - Posts: 87 - 01/06/2024 07:23:41    2548639

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Replying To kiloughter:  "In fairness Tommy there is more talent in the football squad currently than it's hurling equivalent. That hurling team had a whiff off 'easier to get on the team than off it'. Great servants mind you but some well past their best. I get your sense though given the injuries to three stone wall starters typically."
I suppose its all the games the footballers have lost where "on paper" they were the "better team". Remember all the infamous 1 point defeats several years in a row to teams like Westmeath, Wexford, Sligo, Tipp and Antrim?

tommy k (Galway) - Posts: 3470 - 02/06/2024 11:42:05    2548838

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Replying To tommy k:  "I suppose its all the games the footballers have lost where "on paper" they were the "better team". Remember all the infamous 1 point defeats several years in a row to teams like Westmeath, Wexford, Sligo, Tipp and Antrim?"
Tipp wasn't a 1 pointer. They played us off Croke Park, and won by 9.

Pope_Benedict (Galway) - Posts: 3705 - 02/06/2024 13:02:59    2548861

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Replying To tommy k:  "I suppose its all the games the footballers have lost where "on paper" they were the "better team". Remember all the infamous 1 point defeats several years in a row to teams like Westmeath, Wexford, Sligo, Tipp and Antrim?"
It's going that way today too based on that first half. Too many poor hand passes inside and snap shots at goal when they're not on. Think Westmeath have one wide and one dropped short, how many wides have we? We'll have to mix things up with the full forward line for the second half, lads totally isolated inside.

LárBáire (Galway) - Posts: 35 - 02/06/2024 15:47:43    2548894

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