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The manner in which Armagh beat Down should frighten this Derry team a bit. 4 goals. Gallagher might need to make some adjustments because if it becomes a scoring match Armagh have better quality up front.

At least it should be a much better quality game than last year's snooze-fest of a final!

Putting my doubts aside Ill go Derry by 2.

14 scores to 12, not that impressive.
2 of the goals were fortunate, one a mis hit shot that dropped short.
Ok, conditions were poor which would have affected both sets of forwards and the armagh defence shut down out, but remember down were missing a few from u20s as well.

I haven't seen anything from armagh this year to suggest they have better forwards or defence.
But I could be wrong.

What I think will happen is that armagh will be able to keep it tight by being overly physical. But I think, or maybe hope, well have too much for armagh in terms of players and tactics.

You do realise that itís 3 points for a goal and it doesnít matter how they are scored. A goal from a high ball is still a goal and Derry have struggled badly defensively conceding 8 goals in their last 3 matches. Armagh will test them much more than Fermanagh and Monaghan defensively.

Itís no exaggeration to say that Dublin could have scored 7 or 8 against them in the League final and for me Derry havenít improved since last year. I donít think Armagh have either though based on what weíve seen to date this season and neither side are AI contenders imo. It will be close and there is no real form guide or recent history between the sides but both sides will be confident and Iíd expect it to go down to the wire.

Derry havenít improved from last year??

Jesus a blind man can see the improvement! Thatís not to say weíll
win Ulster but to say we havenít improved is ridiculous. We got out of Div 2 this year have beaten the Dubs and massively upped our scoring average so Iíd say thatís a fair improvement.

Improvement from year to year is all you can ask. I donít think weíre winning an All Ireland this year but after 2 years of Div 1 and Sam Maguire competition I expect us to win another!

Itís all a matter of opinion but in looking better offensively Derry have also looked more vulnerable defensively. Whether that constitutes improvement or not is open to opinion but in their biggest test to date in Croke Park against the Dubs they were cut apart. In their defence they were missing McKaigue and Glass went off injured but it ended up a one sided affair.

Iím not sure why Derry fans are taking such umbrage at people questioning their credentials. Letís wait and see at the end of the season though when this improvement will be easier to measure. If Derry get to an AI final or show signs of progression against a Kerry, Dublin or Galway in the knock out stages Iíll have to change my opinion.

Not taking umbridge, just curious re Armagh fans confidence. Derry, current Ulster champions and promoted into Div 1, Armagh's credentials, relegated and this same group of players being talked up haven't had a sniff of Ulster...

In the match itself, going on the last 2 years, head says Derry, heart says, anything can happen on the day.
We competed well with the best teams in Ireland throughout the league.  Arrogance in abundance from both sets of posters here. Normally pre-match banter. Nothing more. Derry rightfully favourites.  Armagh have the better attack but Derry the better midfield and defence.  I think Armagh's chances hinge on the fitness of Andrew Murnin (never a good place to be!). 

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Itchyís hard on for Armagh will reach new heights over the next two weeks. Heís off and running already.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2023
« on: March 05, 2023, 02:27:13 PM »
Tyrone players must think this is the all ireland final  ???

You mean like armagh last year 😂
In your headÖ.rent free.

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General discussion / Re: What happened the DUP thread?
« on: March 03, 2023, 09:48:30 AM »
Nolan cutting the line off on Matthew OíToole this morning, and loyalist paramilitary representatives on tv last night for as long as they like.  BBC need to catch a grip.
In fairness Carruthers did get stuck into Campbell.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2023
« on: February 25, 2023, 06:52:26 PM »
How many steps does rafferty take between soloing a ball, steps not blown at all these days.
In fairness, Rafferty has made a super recovery from a couple of tackles, that by his reaction, almost decapitated him.
Give it a rest will you? Heís now obviously being targeted with late hits to stop his runs. Happened in the last 3 games. The worst dive of the night was Cliffordís.

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GAA Discussion / Re: NFL Division 1 2023
« on: February 20, 2023, 09:54:02 AM »
Make the player come off for 5/10 minutes for a full check. Soon cut out the bluffing
This.
If a player has to go off the field for a HIA (as in rugby) for 2 minutes it would cure this crap immediately. Very frustrating to watch and in fairness to referees there is very little they can do as MR2 says.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Ulster club championship
« on: November 28, 2022, 11:48:22 AM »
Meant 2010Ö.yeah we were having a holiday that year!
I thought yis only beat Cullyhanna by a point in a replay in 2010.  Must have dreamt it  :)

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General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: November 17, 2022, 10:25:56 AM »
I agree that the reasons for this inflation spike are not borne out of wage increases but that doesn't matter.  MR2 cited increasing wages as a problem going forward and he's right.  If wages start to increase excessively then it will lead to a bigger problem as it will lead to further inflation for longer.  It's called the wage-price spiral.

There's the key word and with current inflation at 11% an excessive wage increase would be north of that and that's not going to happen in a significant number.

Anything less than 11% is a pay cut in real terms.
It is the key word though the bigger the wage increases the more risk that the economy spirals out of control.  It's a very tricky time for everyone concerned. You're looking at it at on a personal level which is perfectly understandable but it does have an effect on a macro-economic level.  That's what central banks and governments are worried about.

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General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: November 17, 2022, 10:24:04 AM »
I agree that the reasons for this inflation spike are not borne out of wage increases but that doesn't matter.  MR2 cited increasing wages as a problem going forward and he's right.  If wages start to increase excessively then it will lead to a bigger problem as it will lead to further inflation for longer.  It's called the wage-price spiral.
Has that theory not been entirely disproven?
Source?
It's common sense.  If overheads go up (with wages being the biggest expense in most businesses) then these will be passed on to the consumer at least in part.

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General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: November 17, 2022, 09:53:36 AM »
I agree that the reasons for this inflation spike are not borne out of wage increases but that doesn't matter.  MR2 cited increasing wages as a problem going forward and he's right.  If wages start to increase excessively then it will lead to a bigger problem as it will lead to further inflation for longer.  It's called the wage-price spiral.

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General discussion / Re: Things that make you go What the F**k?
« on: November 16, 2022, 04:15:48 PM »
11.1% inflation.


Highest since the 70s.

It's depressing.

What's even more depressing, according to Martin Lewis - and I never really thought of it like this, reducing inflation doesnt reduce prices.
Lets say inflation reduces to 5% next year.
Something that cost £100 last year, costs £111.10 this year.
@5% inflation next year that same item will cost £116.65.
So costs are going to keep going up.

If we keep increasing the wages the prices will go up to match that also

No they won't.

This inflation is not due to excess demand, it's due to material sourcing costs rising AND getting ripped off by the BP's of the world.

Don't buy the lie.
Not sure I follow your thinking there.  Increased wages are an increased cost to suppliers/retailers.  An increased cost that will most likely be passed on to consumers by increased prices??  Thereby fuelling further inflation.

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GAA Discussion / Re: County Manager Merry go round
« on: October 03, 2022, 08:55:43 PM »
Real bad news for ArmaghÖÖ

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General discussion / Re: Cost Of Living
« on: September 29, 2022, 04:23:19 PM »
The predictions were that Truss would oust Johnson as the worst UK prime minister in living memory and she is certainly living up to that bill which takes some doing. Listening to her being interviewed this morning and she is so wooden and robotic it is painful. She has no answer only to blame Putin! I think she is only a puppet however and was put forward as leader to become the sacrificial lamb for the ERG section of the party.

I'm convinced that this UK government will not last its full term and that the ERG were aware that their goose is almost cooked. The Tories are on the road to being obliterated at the next election and it will be delightful to watch it unfold as they are among some of the biggest vultures in society. History will not be kind to them and rightfully so but unfortunately thousands of ordinary people will be left picking up the can for their self interest and ineptitude.     

In fairness, Sunak, who obviously had half an economic brain in his head for all his faults, made it clear during the leadership campaign that now was not the time for tax cuts.  He said that if he became leader he would ride out the storm before cutting taxes.  Truss made it clear that she would do so immediately so the Tory membership have a lot to answer for voting the silly bitch in.

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GAA Discussion / Re: County Manager Merry go round
« on: August 17, 2022, 10:23:48 AM »
History shows when two teams meet again in the championship, the initial loser tends to come out on top. There was an Ulster title this year for Armagh but they bottled it in the 1st round. Don't mind McGeeney but he needs a trophy!
I agree.  McGeeney set us up too defensively for the first game in Ballybofey, he tried to take Donegal on at their own game in their back yard. When we played them in Clones we played the style of football that is more natural to this team. 

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GAA Discussion / Re: Armagh v Galway AIQF
« on: June 26, 2022, 04:35:32 PM »
Whatís the justice thing? Iím not getting it
A Tyrone dick being a Tyrone dick.

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