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Replying To LongfordgaaAbú:  "That's the clubs 4th title in 5 years. Looking at the results, they beat St. Vincents in the semi by 11 points and in the group stage beat St. Francis by 21, Grattans by 27 and Slashers by 14. Mind you, Slashers beat St. Francis by 36 in that group, so some wild scoring going on, but seem to be well ahead of the pack.

Heading for 4 in a row in juvenile, which has never been done before. Heading for 3 in a row in Minor - Only Slashers in 80's, Granard in 90's and Northern Gaels in 2010's done that and you wouldn't bet against Clonguish getting 5. As i've written on here before, Clonguish will run the table this year in underage. Will be hot favourites to retain u21 in a few months too. That combo of u14, juvenile, minor and u21 titles all in the same year has only ever been done once.... last year.... by Clonguish!

Serious young talent in the club, not easy to keep lads together and not easy to translate underage success to senior, but they seem to be on track to do it. If not this year for senior breakthrough, it will be soon."
Any obvious reasons for the run of success? Population shift, different school principal, new club officials etc. Its very unusual to see that level of dominance in all age groups, most clubs have a "golden generation" that they know from early on are a cut above the norm but the depth in Clonguish is impressive. Late 80s early 90s Granard had something similar but it never translated to a Senior title.

catchturnscore (Longford) - Posts: 149 - 22/09/2023 13:37:01    2505208

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Replying To Frank74:  "I can assure you Slashers did not have an off day!
Clonguish were also missing 2 starters from their team.
It could have been a bigger margin if not for the Slashers keeper, who pulled off some great saves."
Is it true that Clonguish fielded an overage player the other night. Could have serious prepocursions if proven

B&G (Longford) - Posts: 268 - 22/09/2023 14:04:08    2505213

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Replying To catchturnscore:  "Any obvious reasons for the run of success? Population shift, different school principal, new club officials etc. Its very unusual to see that level of dominance in all age groups, most clubs have a "golden generation" that they know from early on are a cut above the norm but the depth in Clonguish is impressive. Late 80s early 90s Granard had something similar but it never translated to a Senior title."
Ciaran Carey has been a massive driving influence in underage coaching, as has Derek Duggan, Jimmy Gacquin and Daniel Mimnagh was excellent in the national school to name a few but it has been a widespread club effort. It was badly needed given the famine we are currently enduring. Don't forget that only for the imbalanced structure we would have almost certainly been down to intermediate in recent years. Lots of clubs have and have had lots of great coaches and have not come near the level of underage silverware we have attained, it has been freakish and won't be sustained

liosbreac6265 (Longford) - Posts: 202 - 22/09/2023 14:34:33    2505219

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Replying To LongfordgaaAbú:  "Mostrim v Ballymahon in relegation final on Sunday.
Hard to see anything other than Ballymahon struggling and making the drop.

They played 18 games across senior championship and div 2 league this year, won only 4. Hopefully structural changes coming next year to address the gap."
Id say its a foregone conclusion Ballymahon will be relegated and within that stat you mentioned will have lost to 7 different teams in championship, all of them by an extremely high margin, anticipating the same for this weekend. Credit should be given to them for sticking with it and fielding, unlike Kilashee the previous year, but clear this year has done them no favours and the gap between senior and intermediate is not narrowing.

I know they have an extremely young team and a lot of experienced players dropped off in the last two seasons and with five 18 year old's starting on their victorious Intermediate team last I would hope this year hasn't done too much damage to them.

While no different to any other years recently, south Longford football is in dire straits when Carrickedmond and Ballymahon should really both be intermediate, and at that Ballymahon might even struggle at inter next year.

You would hope for some structural changes to address the problems, but it wont happen.

LongfordSham (Longford) - Posts: 105 - 22/09/2023 14:41:30    2505222

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Replying To B&G:  "Is it true that Clonguish fielded an overage player the other night. Could have serious prepocursions if proven"
We fielded 6 overage players last night.

Frank74 (Longford) - Posts: 94 - 22/09/2023 15:07:03    2505227

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Replying To B&G:  "Is it true that Clonguish fielded an overage player the other night. Could have serious prepocursions if proven"
Thats a very odd allegation to be throwing out there, highly unlikely its not something that goes on in Longford

ballymore1967 (Longford) - Posts: 65 - 22/09/2023 15:50:42    2505237

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Let's see how the Clonguish official gets them out of fielding an overage player. No doubt he'll have the St Michael's club up in front of solicitors again.

Revo (Longford) - Posts: 13 - 23/09/2023 09:03:38    2505282

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Replying To Revo:  "Let's see how the Clonguish official gets them out of fielding an overage player. No doubt he'll have the St Michael's club up in front of solicitors again."
Lol you're so gullible!! Eat it all up boy lol

Frank74 (Longford) - Posts: 94 - 23/09/2023 12:48:15    2505308

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Replying To Revo:  "Let's see how the Clonguish official gets them out of fielding an overage player. No doubt he'll have the St Michael's club up in front of solicitors again."
I presume you're just on a wind up)))

Fielding overage players was something common 40 or 50 years ago but everyone knows everyone now in a small county like Longford....... doubtful such a thing could happen now.

backtoback2 (Longford) - Posts: 25 - 23/09/2023 14:39:18    2505327

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Replying To backtoback2:  "I presume you're just on a wind up)))

Fielding overage players was something common 40 or 50 years ago but everyone knows everyone now in a small county like Longford....... doubtful such a thing could happen now."
They need to try better!!

Frank74 (Longford) - Posts: 94 - 23/09/2023 15:07:54    2505329

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He just still sour over us beating them last weekend. Answer him better to go back and tell his team to try and win without bringing the dark arts into!

Frank74 (Longford) - Posts: 94 - 23/09/2023 15:12:08    2505330

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Replying To Frank74:  "He just still sour over us beating them last weekend. Answer him better to go back and tell his team to try and win without bringing the dark arts into!"
Not at all when Clonguish have a Leinster title get back to me. We done it without a corrupt official as well.

Revo (Longford) - Posts: 13 - 24/09/2023 11:12:19    2505412

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Replying To Revo:  "Not at all when Clonguish have a Leinster title get back to me. We done it without a corrupt official as well."
Ok you are about as Mullinalaghta as I am. Never once have I heard any of their supporters attempt to gloat like that. Something tells me you are a bitter individual a bit closer to our border!

liosbreac6265 (Longford) - Posts: 202 - 24/09/2023 12:51:48    2505425

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Replying To liosbreac6265:  "Ok you are about as Mullinalaghta as I am. Never once have I heard any of their supporters attempt to gloat like that. Something tells me you are a bitter individual a bit closer to our border!"
I think you could be right Lios Breac. He's not from Mullinalaghta as their supporters look to be all on the Longford GAA Discussion forum. I'd guess he's a Slashers man but would not count Killoe out of it either!! Anyways, looking forward to the 2 games next weekend. Hopefully the weather will improve. Well done to our Minors and Ladies teams who both won this morning and are in their respective County Finals.

Frank74 (Longford) - Posts: 94 - 24/09/2023 15:16:50    2505436

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I just seen the semi-finals for the Junior A Championship. Should it not be Killoe V Abbeylara and Ballymore V Legan seeing as Killoe topped the group? Are the CB hoping for an all Junior team final? It's a bit odd where its 1 v 3 and 2 V Junior B, when the Senior and intermediate went 1 v 4 and 2 V 3.

Frank74 (Longford) - Posts: 94 - 25/09/2023 07:22:24    2505514

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Replying To Frank74:  "I just seen the semi-finals for the Junior A Championship. Should it not be Killoe V Abbeylara and Ballymore V Legan seeing as Killoe topped the group? Are the CB hoping for an all Junior team final? It's a bit odd where its 1 v 3 and 2 V Junior B, when the Senior and intermediate went 1 v 4 and 2 V 3."
They did open draw but didn't know about it until Friday we were all surprised thought it was 1 vs 4 and 2 vs 3

Gaaforlife2023 (Longford) - Posts: 202 - 25/09/2023 10:42:40    2505545

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No surprise in the relegation final on Sunday. Credit to Ballymahon for showing up throughout even if it was a disaster of a season for them. Hopefully there is structural change made to sort out this ever-growing gap. I suspect clubs with the most vested interested in regaining or keeping senior status this year will move heaven and earth to prevent any reduction in sfc size, or will come up with some Senior B nonsense instead. Lets see.

LongfordgaaAbú (Longford) - Posts: 446 - 25/09/2023 10:43:36    2505546

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Replying To Frank74:  "I just seen the semi-finals for the Junior A Championship. Should it not be Killoe V Abbeylara and Ballymore V Legan seeing as Killoe topped the group? Are the CB hoping for an all Junior team final? It's a bit odd where its 1 v 3 and 2 V Junior B, when the Senior and intermediate went 1 v 4 and 2 V 3."
They have put in junior b since last year but what's odd is it was open draw and not 1 vs 2 v3 we expected to play Ballymoney not kiloe but they did open draw apparently

Gaaforlife2023 (Longford) - Posts: 202 - 25/09/2023 10:43:42    2505547

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Replying To Frank74:  "I just seen the semi-finals for the Junior A Championship. Should it not be Killoe V Abbeylara and Ballymore V Legan seeing as Killoe topped the group? Are the CB hoping for an all Junior team final? It's a bit odd where its 1 v 3 and 2 V Junior B, when the Senior and intermediate went 1 v 4 and 2 V 3."
Last year Ardagh Moydow won the B title and went into the semi final of the A Championship against Ballymore who had finished top of the group. Grattans who finished 2nd in the group then played Killoe who finished 3rd. Not clear whether there's an open draw for semis in Junior and it just happened to end up 1vB and 2v3 last year or why else this year was different to last. It would help massively if each years competition rules were published online!

LongfordgaaAbú (Longford) - Posts: 446 - 25/09/2023 11:11:17    2505560

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Replying To LongfordgaaAbú:  "Last year Ardagh Moydow won the B title and went into the semi final of the A Championship against Ballymore who had finished top of the group. Grattans who finished 2nd in the group then played Killoe who finished 3rd. Not clear whether there's an open draw for semis in Junior and it just happened to end up 1vB and 2v3 last year or why else this year was different to last. It would help massively if each years competition rules were published online!"
Agree that's issue nobody knows it changes

Gaaforlife2023 (Longford) - Posts: 202 - 25/09/2023 12:33:38    2505597

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