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Title: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Unlaoised on April 10, 2018, 10:25:13 AM
Time to start a new thread just a little over a month to our first game and we couldn't ask for much more as regards the league.

I suppose you'll have lads on here giving out about some performances and they have a right to their opinion like anyone else.

However we won every game we played and despite the second half in Dr cullen park I think we were getiing stronger as the league went on.

John has blooded some new players and it means committed players like Strong Donoher (just an example )aren't sure of their places anymore which can only be a good thing.

We have a good forward line and if we can get Donie Kingston Gary Walsh and Evan O'Carroll firing we surely will kick up a few big scores.

add to that Paul Kingston Ross and young Lowry and there is certainly potential there ...

Benny Carroll and Brian Glynn have put their hands up for places and Alan Farrell is there or there abouts!

In the backs we don't have as many options but Dillions performance in Croker has certaily giving the full back line a whole new look...

Timmons is vital to the full back line but we have decent cover in Nerney.

Attride might need to move to half back in my opinion to strenghten that line but Piggott and collins have done okay to be fair to them.

Begley seems most comfortable at number six and is playing well.

Problem is we don't have major cover for the backs We haven't seen enough of Holland or Finn from Portlaoise

I think Crowley is going with the under 20s.I know Strong is there as I said Nerney cetaily looks the part

O'Reilly will be a loss as he could fill in a number of positions and was ideal in that sense adding pace to the team .

Dennis Booth can be an option if he gets back to the pace of it before Championship which will be hard for him!


Lillis and O'Loughlin don't have much competition for the midfield births I'dLove Quigley or Meany to be in there just to add power and strenght to the bench but we know Meaney isn't there and Quigley might not make it.

In a perfect world we would be able to call on the services of Healy Quigley Cahillane Finn and Meridith to boost the panel and the strenght of the team but alas we may go with what we have for the minute and I believe it's good enough to beat Wexford and really have a good lash at a decent Westmeath team!
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Don Draper on April 10, 2018, 11:36:38 AM
Meaney can stay where he is.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Laoiseabu on April 10, 2018, 01:34:31 PM
We've won division 4 and are capable of beating Wexford which is all positive but Jesus Unlaoised I think your getting a bit excited with some of your player analysis there. We don't have as many decent options as Is being suggested I feel. Some of them players you mentioned have been poor enough I feel.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Unlaoised on April 10, 2018, 03:53:58 PM
We've won division 4 and are capable of beating Wexford which is all positive but Jesus Unlaoised I think your getting a bit excited with some of your player analysis there. We don't have as many decent options as Is being suggested I feel. Some of them players you mentioned have been poor enough I feel.

some of them haven't been great but I still think there is something to work with


The spine of the team is strong

Brody timmons Begley Jol Kingston Walsh ...

Add Attride to that Paul Kingston And O'Carroll and its 10 very good county players in my opinion....

Lills has been okay in the middle and Alan Farrell and Dillion are improving under Sugure .

Lowry can only get better.....


I know I always see the positives in things but sure why not ...Too many people in Laois think the other way!
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Unlaoised on April 10, 2018, 03:55:24 PM
On another note we have some amount of lurkers that don't post 184 views in this topic  ;D ;D ;D

come on lads say what you really feel!!!
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: vetoldthe on April 10, 2018, 11:18:40 PM
Here is one of the lurkers,
just looking back on the tape the carlow keeper only kicked long 3 times which they won
Brody kicked long 12 times and we only won 4
so total 15   Carlow win 11  and we win only 4
just thought i would put that out there,
so have we a problem in the middle,
anyway it was great to be in croke park so well done to the management and the team.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: The Boy Wonder on April 10, 2018, 11:58:07 PM
Meaney can stay where he is.

This is a disgusting comment on a guy who has been a great servant to Laois football (and would be very welcome back in my opinion).
There are indeed many "lurkers" on this forum who do not want to descend to debating with the likes of this poster.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Don Draper on April 11, 2018, 07:04:49 AM
Meaney can stay where he is.

This is a disgusting comment on a guy who has been a great servant to Laois football (and would be very welcome back in my opinion).
There are indeed many "lurkers" on this forum who do not want to descend to debating with the likes of this poster.
Wind in your neck a bit, Kevin’s discipline in the league last year when he was needed was shocking, especially in Tullamore. I put it very nicely, you came in shouting and bawling. He retired, leave him where he is. 

Now, if you really want to get into it, we can, and I’ll go a little deeper on it.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Unlaoised on April 11, 2018, 07:52:59 AM
Meaney can stay where he is.

This is a disgusting comment on a guy who has been a great servant to Laois football (and would be very welcome back in my opinion).
There are indeed many "lurkers" on this forum who do not want to descend to debating with the likes of this poster.
Wind in your neck a bit, Kevin’s discipline in the league last year when he was needed was shocking, especially in Tullamore. I put it very nicely, you came in shouting and bawling. He retired, leave him where he is. 

Now, if you really want to get into it, we can, and I’ll go a little deeper on it.


Let's not have this decend into another topic ....

Keep it on the subject in hand
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: on the hop on April 11, 2018, 09:44:00 AM
The kickouts have been a continuing problem for a while, not just this year. Carlow in the two games went with a high press and the lack of movement forced us to kick long which suited them. Obvious that both midfielders struggled trying to field balls going backwards. Evan had been an underused option on the wing throughout the league  and Glynn was only tried an odd time, so brody usually went towards the middle in the hope of picking up breaking ball.  Every other team set back and allowed us to go short in the league or play the one-two with brody and use him to carry the ball out. Probably two issues, both midfielders and the half forwards are not moving a lot to take a kick out in space when pressed high to beat it and the slowness of the backs to give brody an option when going short. Stuff to be worked on.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Don Draper on April 11, 2018, 09:52:44 AM
The kickouts have been a continuing problem for a while, not just this year. Carlow in the two games went with a high press and the lack of movement forced us to kick long which suited them. Obvious that both midfielders struggled trying to field balls going backwards. Evan had been an underused option on the wing throughout the league  and Glynn was only tried an odd time, so brody usually went towards the middle in the hope of picking up breaking ball.  Every other team set back and allowed us to go short in the league or play the one-two with brody and use him to carry the ball out. Probably two issues, both midfielders and the half forwards are not moving a lot to take a kick out in space when pressed high to beat it and the slowness of the backs to give brody an option when going short. Stuff to be worked on.
Hard to believe we couldn't isolate runners on the wing on a pitch the size of Croke Park. Definitely needs working on. It'll crucify us against a decent side, albeit Carlow's midfield is above average.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Unlaoised on April 11, 2018, 01:01:47 PM
The kickouts have been a continuing problem for a while, not just this year. Carlow in the two games went with a high press and the lack of movement forced us to kick long which suited them. Obvious that both midfielders struggled trying to field balls going backwards. Evan had been an underused option on the wing throughout the league  and Glynn was only tried an odd time, so brody usually went towards the middle in the hope of picking up breaking ball.  Every other team set back and allowed us to go short in the league or play the one-two with brody and use him to carry the ball out. Probably two issues, both midfielders and the half forwards are not moving a lot to take a kick out in space when pressed high to beat it and the slowness of the backs to give brody an option when going short. Stuff to be worked on.
Hard to believe we couldn't isolate runners on the wing on a pitch the size of Croke Park. Definitely needs working on. It'll crucify us against a decent side, albeit Carlow's midfield is above average.

hard to argue with that ...This is where Quigley is a big loos ...Not only did he catch his fair share ...The best and bigget midfielder always marked him allowing O'Loughlin to dominate the other player more!
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: OTF on April 12, 2018, 04:55:23 AM
Against Carlow most of the ball we lost in this area was on the ground and a lot of the lads tired early in second half which suggests to me we’re still a bit behind with our physical strength and fitness.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: O moore parklife on April 12, 2018, 08:50:37 AM
Against Carlow most of the ball we lost in this area was on the ground and a lot of the lads tired early in second half which suggests to me we’re still a bit behind with our physical strength and fitness.

Strongly disagree they look fitter this year than anytime in the last 3. Playing against a blanket of s#%te defence will suck the life out of you. The turmover count was heavily on our side which needs serious explosive effort and counter attacking effort..can't stretch your legs in a quagmire
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Unlaoised on April 12, 2018, 01:13:08 PM
Against Carlow most of the ball we lost in this area was on the ground and a lot of the lads tired early in second half which suggests to me we’re still a bit behind with our physical strength and fitness.

Strongly disagree they look fitter this year than anytime in the last 3. Playing against a blanket of s#%te defence will suck the life out of you. The turmover count was heavily on our side which needs serious explosive effort and counter attacking effort..can't stretch your legs in a quagmire

I'd have to agree with this...While stillnot as fit as some teams (likes of Clare in O'Moore park last year or Kildare against us in Tullamore)we are defo fitter the turnover balls in the games against Carlow London and I thought waterford proved that ...If our decision making was better on the counter we could have really capitalized on this instead we gave away some silly balls ...Examples Walsh against Carlow in the second half in dr Cullen park.O'Loughlin away to London being another that comes to mind!
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Andy06 on April 12, 2018, 01:48:14 PM
Suppose I would be classed as one of the "lurkers"! Tend to prefer reading other people's viewpoints on things, which more often than not would relate to mine anyways. Also, being away from the county and having a young family limits the amount i can get to games so dont think its fair to comment on something i only get second hand info on.

My views on the league as a whole are that progress has definately been made. As Unlaoised mentioned we have blooded a lot of new players, some of which look at home in the starting 15 already in Gareth Dillon and Robbie Piggott. I hope these two in particular and Eoin Lowry keep their place in the team for the game against Wexford. Win, lose or draw it will give them valuable experience of the cut and thrust of championship football. It should also raise the game of the more established players who would not have the easy ride to the first 15 as they seemed to have in the past and (you would hope) burst a gut to get back into the team when given a chance.
End of the day the goal at the start of the year was achieved, we got promoted after winning Division 4. We played some awesome stuff in first half against Carlow but you can see that we are a work in progress. That will only come after another year or two with John at the helm.
The kickouts I feel have been a problem for a number of years and the lack of people showing for it is telling. This like other areas (use of the ball when in possession for example) are something that would probably take a good year to get to grips with.
Its always the second year that you see the real improvements in a managerial setup (think McGeeney at Kildare and Gilroy at Dublin who were brutal in the first year), but there is definately grounds for optimism!
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Unlaoised on April 12, 2018, 03:55:35 PM
Suppose I would be classed as one of the "lurkers"! Tend to prefer reading other people's viewpoints on things, which more often than not would relate to mine anyways. Also, being away from the county and having a young family limits the amount i can get to games so dont think its fair to comment on something i only get second hand info on.

My views on the league as a whole are that progress has definately been made. As Unlaoised mentioned we have blooded a lot of new players, some of which look at home in the starting 15 already in Gareth Dillon and Robbie Piggott. I hope these two in particular and Eoin Lowry keep their place in the team for the game against Wexford. Win, lose or draw it will give them valuable experience of the cut and thrust of championship football. It should also raise the game of the more established players who would not have the easy ride to the first 15 as they seemed to have in the past and (you would hope) burst a gut to get back into the team when given a chance.
End of the day the goal at the start of the year was achieved, we got promoted after winning Division 4. We played some awesome stuff in first half against Carlow but you can see that we are a work in progress. That will only come after another year or two with John at the helm.
The kickouts I feel have been a problem for a number of years and the lack of people showing for it is telling. This like other areas (use of the ball when in possession for example) are something that would probably take a good year to get to grips with.
Its always the second year that you see the real improvements in a managerial setup (think McGeeney at Kildare and Gilroy at Dublin who were brutal in the first year), but there is definately grounds for optimism!

Thats a good post Andy ...You should get on here more....


If we all just looked and nobody posted it would be fair boring...


I Love nothing move than coming on here for five for ten minutes some days and seeing loads of activity (not silly arguments however)


Laois Abu!!!

Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: O moore parklife on April 15, 2018, 10:40:56 PM
Looks like Colm Murphy has left the panel to play ball in America this year.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Unlaoised on April 17, 2018, 09:06:22 AM
Looks like Colm Murphy has left the panel to play ball in America this year.

I heard that ...Big loss for his club as well
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: The Monument Road on April 17, 2018, 09:39:38 AM
Looks like Colm Murphy has left the panel to play ball in America this year.
I'm hearing that other young players are doing the same. Young Cathal Dunne from Ballylinan and Arron Cooney from Josephs are also heading stateside. Whats alarming is the type of transfers they are getting. Its the permanent inter county transfer. Have the rules changed away from the old J1 or the 30/60 day rule where players come back for the local championship.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Unlaoised on April 17, 2018, 02:19:48 PM
Looks like Colm Murphy has left the panel to play ball in America this year.
I'm hearing that other young players are doing the same. Young Cathal Dunne from Ballylinan and Arron Cooney from Josephs are also heading stateside. Whats alarming is the type of transfers they are getting. Its the permanent inter county transfer. Have the rules changed away from the old J1 or the 30/60 day rule where players come back for the local championship.

Not sure but I think the rules are different....

Murphy could kick with New York this summer I'm hearing!
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Laoiseabu on April 18, 2018, 01:36:12 PM
Challenge game vs Meath on Tuesday night at half seven in Graiguecullen. All money going towards Daniel O Reilly's recovery. Should be a tricky test all the same Meath would be a fair step up from the teams we have faced so far, looking foward to it .
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Laois fan on April 18, 2018, 01:43:38 PM
Tough game and for a very worthy cause but with a full round of club fixtures on saturday night and another round on thursday night 3games in 5 days seems alot to ask the county lads,can see a good few not togging for their clubs which wont go down well
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Unlaoised on April 19, 2018, 03:29:59 PM
Tough game and for a very worthy cause but with a full round of club fixtures on saturday night and another round on thursday night 3games in 5 days seems alot to ask the county lads,can see a good few not togging for their clubs which wont go down well

This....The players will be wrecked with club games and county training!
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: redsetanta on April 19, 2018, 05:13:15 PM
It's for a good cause, it's a challenge against decent opposition and they would have been training anyhow. Give most of the lads some game time. Can't see the problem.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: The PRO on April 19, 2018, 05:16:50 PM
Tough game and for a very worthy cause but with a full round of club fixtures on saturday night and another round on thursday night 3games in 5 days seems alot to ask the county lads,can see a good few not togging for their clubs which wont go down well

This....The players will be wrecked with club games and county training!
It's up to management to manage the players workload. I'd imagine in the Meath game most lads will only play half thge game with the usual clatter of subs being used.
Great to see lads out there with their clubs. Some of them have been excellent in games I saw.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Clubber Lang on April 19, 2018, 05:54:22 PM
Would the system being trailed in Monaghan for their own county league be worth experimenting with. Has added a championship feel to those designated 5 pointer league games in Monaghan and county players, clubs and supporters all seem to have responded very positively to it. A couple of intensive league games surely beneficial to players in lead up to championship- develop match sharpness and raise intensity levels.   
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Butch Cassidy on April 21, 2018, 09:22:39 PM
Eoin Buggie on the panel lads?
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: The PRO on April 22, 2018, 12:44:55 AM
Eoin Buggie on the panel lads?
Off to America I heard.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: From the Terrace on April 23, 2018, 08:13:29 AM
Tough game and for a very worthy cause but with a full round of club fixtures on saturday night and another round on thursday night 3games in 5 days seems alot to ask the county lads,can see a good few not togging for their clubs which wont go down well
Id be of the opinion two weeks before wexford game, There after playing a few league games with clubs. Leave them with county and give the wexford game all the focus.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: BobbyBoucherJr on April 23, 2018, 08:48:09 AM
Robbie Piggot going to America as well I heard
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Laoiseabu on April 23, 2018, 11:57:36 AM
So there's an inter county game tomorrow night (Tuesday)and another round of club fixtures on Thursday ? Who is the clown organizing these fixtures ? And the weekend is free so what's this Thursday night business about ?
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Don Draper on April 23, 2018, 12:02:54 PM
So there's an inter county game tomorrow night (Tuesday)and another round of club fixtures on Thursday ? Who is the clown organizing these fixtures ? And the weekend is free so what's this Thursday night business about ?
Lot of anger for a Monday lunchtime. Who told you the weekend is free?
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: SCFC on April 23, 2018, 03:32:22 PM
Tough game and for a very worthy cause but with a full round of club fixtures on saturday night and another round on thursday night 3games in 5 days seems alot to ask the county lads,can see a good few not togging for their clubs which wont go down well
Id be of the opinion two weeks before wexford game, There after playing a few league games with clubs. Leave them with county and give the wexford game all the focus.
Can't agree. April was designated a club only month. Given that the clubs are unlikely to have their county players again until club championship, they surely deserve to have them for 4 games in April.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: SCFC on April 23, 2018, 03:40:47 PM
So there's an inter county game tomorrow night (Tuesday)and another round of club fixtures on Thursday ? Who is the clown organizing these fixtures ? And the weekend is free so what's this Thursday night business about ?
Surely the reason the games are on Thursday night is to allow Laois to have them for over two full weeks before the Wexford game? Isn’t there a 13 day rule or something like that?
 
Get the games played on Thursday night and Sugrue will have full access to them for 15 days.

The game tomorrow night is the “extra” game – it wasn’t originally on the schedule. I presume that all players will get half a game tomorrow night so no one will be too burnt out.

Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Don Draper on April 23, 2018, 04:02:57 PM
So there's an inter county game tomorrow night (Tuesday)and another round of club fixtures on Thursday ? Who is the clown organizing these fixtures ? And the weekend is free so what's this Thursday night business about ?
Surely the reason the games are on Thursday night is to allow Laois to have them for over two full weeks before the Wexford game? Isn’t there a 13 day rule or something like that?
 
Get the games played on Thursday night and Sugrue will have full access to them for 15 days.

The game tomorrow night is the “extra” game – it wasn’t originally on the schedule. I presume that all players will get half a game tomorrow night so no one will be too burnt out.
Ex

actly.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on April 24, 2018, 01:35:14 AM
Declan O'Loughlin handing over the Barney Hennessy Cup to Graiguecullen club chairman Michael Lawler.

The cup will be presented to the winning team tonight by Barney's great grand son Brendan Hennessy and his great great grand daughter Aoife Hennessy.


Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Unlaoised on April 24, 2018, 12:11:38 PM
Whats the cup all about ?Is it going to be an annual game between Laois and Meath?
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on April 24, 2018, 09:46:26 PM
Laois   1-14
Meath  2-17

https://www.laoistoday.ie/2018/04/24/experimental-laois-footballers-go-down-to-meath-in-graiguecullen/
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Butch Cassidy on April 24, 2018, 10:14:29 PM
Anyone at it? Few new lads called in like Bracken, Buggie, Shiels and Finn?
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Laoiseabu on April 25, 2018, 12:42:31 PM
Wasn't at the game but I heard Laois fought hard in the second half and game back into it . Friend up in Meath says they were missing Graham Reilly, Eamonn Wallace, James McEntee, Ben Brennan, Adam Flanagan, Brian Power, Padraig McKeever and Micky Newman ( if he commits ) . But all in all a decent workout . Don't think Begley was playing for us or Alan Farrell or Glynn
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Laoiseabu on April 25, 2018, 01:08:05 PM
Forgot to ask him about James Toher, Padraic Harnan, Andrew Tormey and Shane O Rourke .For us  Bracken from Odempseys got a run out and Keogh from St Joseph's
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Laoiseabu on April 25, 2018, 01:12:01 PM
Is Ronan Jones from Dunboyne involved ? Was Midfieild last year for Meath and looked very good.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Unlaoised on May 01, 2018, 04:55:51 PM
I hear we have a lot of niggles on the injury front....

Cahillane is gone for wexford for sure.

Glynn ,Begley,donoher have all got injuries that might have them in doubt.

Timmons and O'Loughlin Paul Kingston and Evan O'Carroll are also carrying knocks
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Unison on May 02, 2018, 12:55:51 PM
I hear we have a lot of niggles on the injury front....

Cahillane is gone for wexford for sure.

Glynn ,Begley,donoher have all got injuries that might have them in doubt.

Timmons and O'Loughlin Paul Kingston and Evan O'Carroll are also carrying knocks

Why is it always like this leading up to the championship?
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Don Draper on May 02, 2018, 01:02:50 PM
I hear we have a lot of niggles on the injury front....

Cahillane is gone for wexford for sure.

Glynn ,Begley,donoher have all got injuries that might have them in doubt.

Timmons and O'Loughlin Paul Kingston and Evan O'Carroll are also carrying knocks

Why is it always like this leading up to the championship?
Every team will have players carrying "knocks". I very much doubt any player has lined out without some degree of a "knock". Cahillane hasn't been fit all year. Timmons, god bless him, always has some sort of "knock". Paul Kingston has been coming back from a "knock".
Just how it is. A fella could pick up a strain or a "knock" sitting in a car.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Laoiseabu on May 02, 2018, 02:18:11 PM
True Don , if you were to sit out every game you had a niggle or knock you would never be playing would you?😂😂 With the exception of being very sick , having a torn muscle or ligament damage or having a broken bone there shouldn't really be an excuse from a physical point of view ? Most niggles or knocks can be ran off but most of the time your mind can make it worse than it really is . Ever hear the saying " Injured in the head "?😂😂
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Uisce on May 02, 2018, 04:37:16 PM
Looking forward to the game, more so than in previous years. Seems to be a little but more optimism about the team, winning Division 4 wasn't an extremely significant achievement but was the best they could do. Hard to speculate on a team, especially if some of those injuries are going to rule lads out, so I won't even try!

Will hopefully get a decent crowd to the game as the summer can start with a win!
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Tony on May 03, 2018, 11:56:08 AM
I know Wexford have been poor recently, but going to Wexford Park and winning is not easy. The odds baffle me a bit - Wexford are 3/1 to win, we're 3/10. I would have thought that'd be a bit more even given that we haven't exactly set the world alight the past few years either, and Wexford's home advantage. Personally, I think we'll get the win, but I'd say about 2 points or 4/6 favourites kind of odds. Hopefully we can name a strong team. It'd be nice to make a bit of progress in Leinster this year. Another year of early qualifiers wouldn't be ideal.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Don Draper on May 03, 2018, 11:58:24 AM
I know Wexford have been poor recently, but going to Wexford Park and winning is not easy. The odds baffle me a bit - Wexford are 3/1 to win, we're 3/10. I would have thought that'd be a bit more even given that we haven't exactly set the world alight the past few years either, and Wexford's home advantage. Personally, I think we'll get the win, but I'd say about 2 points or 4/6 favourites kind of odds. Hopefully we can name a strong team. It'd be nice to make a bit of progress in Leinster this year. Another year of early qualifiers wouldn't be ideal.
We'll bate them T, relax. They're scrap. The best thing they have going for them in a retro jersey.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Laoiseabu on May 03, 2018, 12:16:28 PM
Well I'd agree with Tony . Like I'd imagine Wexford would be as good as Carlow? We were blessed to get out of Carlow with a one point win in the league . Up in Croker we only beat them by four plus they had a couple of decent goal opportunities aswell . I wouldn't lose the run of myself now although I think we will get the win . Hopefully anyway
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Don Draper on May 03, 2018, 12:20:34 PM
Well I'd agree with Tony . Like I'd imagine Wexford would be as good as Carlow? We were blessed to get out of Carlow with a one point win in the league . Up in Croker we only beat them by four plus they had a couple of decent goal opportunities aswell . I wouldn't lose the run of myself now although I think we will get the win . Hopefully anyway
Carlow were on a high, unbeaten. Wexford are in a slump, relegated and suffering mass defections. They played Division 3 football, but played it poorly.
Lads on here tried to talk Carlow up, but in the end, we had them at arms length, both days. No point getting carried away, but at the same time, its a poor Wexford side, that we shouldn't fear. We love a bit of auld fear here.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Laoiseabu on May 03, 2018, 12:23:09 PM
Well I wouldn't say we had Carlow at arms length the day we bet them 1-5 to 0-7 😂😂😂😂😂
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Laoiseabu on May 03, 2018, 12:23:38 PM
Sorry 1-6 to 0-8 it was
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Don Draper on May 03, 2018, 12:24:09 PM
Sorry 1-6 to 0-8 it was
Sorry, I must have missed where they lead for the entire game.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Unlaoised on May 03, 2018, 04:34:54 PM
I think they were in a training camp last weekend and are playing a friendly this weekend against a team from the north!

Evan O'Carroll did his hammer playing for cretty according to a cretty man I was talking to today and cahillane looks to be out

The other players are coming on well but Time will tell especially with Begley and Glynn according to the same Cretty man that was at a recent training!
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Laoiseabu on May 03, 2018, 11:14:16 PM
Who was the Cretty man ?
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on May 08, 2018, 12:27:59 AM



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Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: The PRO on May 08, 2018, 10:31:32 AM
O'Carroll and Lowry definitely out for Saturday. I think Glynn may not be fully ready either.

I can see the team being something like;

Brody

Attride Timmons Dillon

Strong or O'Connor Begley Collins

O’Loughlin Lillis

P Kingston at 11 with 2 from Carroll, Donoher and Farrell on the wings.

Munnelly or Conway D Kingston Walsh

Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Laoiseabu on May 08, 2018, 10:48:17 AM
I think Glynn will be fit , but OCarroll , Lowry and Cahillane are all out.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: blueandwhite1 on May 08, 2018, 10:58:39 AM
O'Carroll and Lowry definitely out for Saturday. I think Glynn may not be fully ready either.

I can see the team being something like;

Brody

Attride Timmons Dillon

Strong or O'Connor Begley Collins

O’Loughlin Lillis

P Kingston at 11 with 2 from Carroll, Donoher and Farrell on the wings.

Munnelly or Conway D Kingston Walsh

Interesting that of all the talk around a fresh approach, only Trevor Collins is likely to make the step up to the championship team after the league. We essentially will probably start with the same team that we had for the last 3 years or so.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Laoiseabu on May 08, 2018, 11:05:30 AM
Trevor Collins was on the team last year sure. He was corner back in the 10 point loss to Clare in the qualifiers . So it is essentially the same team or almost
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: BallyroanAbu on May 08, 2018, 11:48:37 AM
In fairness the mentality has improved, which I felt was our huge issue.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Laoiseabu on May 08, 2018, 12:12:39 PM
Well id say there is a more positive mentality . Last year we were coming into the championship off the back of Division 3 relegation . This year we are coming in off the back of a successful promotion campaign back to division 3 . I know it's only div 4 but at least it's a bit of positivity and momentum . My main worry would be that this has been more or less the same team the last few years and this will be another year now for some of those older legs. Not many of the younger guys seem to have really put a hand up.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: The PRO on May 08, 2018, 12:51:39 PM
To be fair it's only my guess at the team.
Championship debuts are likely for a few lads as it's a 21 man game these days. I'd imagine Carroll will either start or come on. Nerney might appear. Possibly Holland or Finn?
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Laoiseabu on May 08, 2018, 01:00:23 PM
Are Crowley, Chris Finn, Damien oc , Aaron Dowling in with a shout these days ? Or are they just squad players? I think he'll go with, Brody, Attride , Timmons, Dillon, Collins, Begley, Strong, Jol , Lillis, Farrell, P Kingston, Glynn, Ross, Donie, Walsh
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Tony on May 08, 2018, 02:12:20 PM
There are plenty of the newer bunch in with a shout of a starting place. If any of them don't make the starting 15, they will be strong substitutes off the bench. Saying that we haven't made progress in that regard is nonsense.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: The PRO on May 08, 2018, 03:43:29 PM
There are plenty of the newer bunch in with a shout of a starting place. If any of them don't make the starting 15, they will be strong substitutes off the bench. Saying that we haven't made progress in that regard is nonsense.
I didn't see anyone say "we haven't made progress". The thrust of the last few posts was that the starting team may not have many new faces to championship football. That's all was said.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Laoiseabu on May 08, 2018, 03:55:04 PM
The newer gang will be getting more game time eventually as i understand a couple of the older gang will not be committing next year.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Clubber Lang on May 08, 2018, 06:08:14 PM
I feel a number of the 'old guard' have responded positively to the challenge put down by the younger players- you can't ask anymore than that. They also seem to be playing to a gameplan and there seems to be more honesty to tackle, defend and turn over the ball. My biggest gripe with Laois the last number of years was the inability to defend with lads marking space without real attempts being made to do the hard work of tracking runners, putting in tackles and sacrificing your own attacking game for the good of the team. Sugru is demanding this of the players this year. If they don't step up then they will be shipped out as a number of younger players are putting their hands up to play. Even if the younger players don't break into the starting team over the next few weeks they will have benefitted hugely from training and being involved in a positive set-up-this will stand to Laois football over the next 12-24 months. 
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on May 09, 2018, 12:19:26 AM
Triple injury blow for Sugrue ahead of Leinster championship opener
https://www.laoistoday.ie/2018/05/08/triple-injury-blow-for-sugrue-ahead-of-leinster-championship-opener/

Laois stalwart Munnelly gearing up for incredible 16th season
https://www.laoistoday.ie/2018/05/08/laois-stalwart-munnelly-gearing-up-for-incredible-16th-season/
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Andy06 on May 09, 2018, 11:18:10 AM
It is more or less the same team but i think we have been hard done by injuries and defections at the moment. I would have expected Eoin Lowry and Daniel O'Reilly to be 2 names in the starting 15 for the game against Wexford if they were fit and available. Throw in Robbie Piggott going to the States and it takes away another potential starter on the half back line.
To be honest I dont think a brand new starting 15 is needed at this point. If we could have gotten the above in, make the likes of Dillon and Farrell more established players then we would be making progress while also putting pressure on the older heads to fight for their places.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Stradism on May 09, 2018, 12:41:40 PM
Are Crowley, Chris Finn, Damien oc , Aaron Dowling in with a shout these days ? Or are they just squad players? I think he'll go with, Brody, Attride , Timmons, Dillon, Collins, Begley, Strong, Jol , Lillis, Farrell, P Kingston, Glynn, Ross, Donie, Walsh

Crowley is in with the U20s as far as I know.
O' Connor back from a fairly long term injury but hopefully will feature.
Dowling has been injured the past month or so.

Would be 95% sure this will be the team.
With Jamie Farrell and Donoher fighting with Glynn for 12. And Conway fighting with Munnelly for 13.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: justinn on May 09, 2018, 10:26:38 PM
LAOIS: Graham Brody; Ruaidhri C-Fennell, Mark Timmons, Gareth Dillon; Trevor Collins, Colm Begley, Stephen Attride; John O’Louhlin, Kieran Lillis; Alan Farrell, Donie Kingston, Damien O’Connor; Ross Munnelly, Gary Walsh, David Conway.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on May 10, 2018, 12:41:15 AM
Best of Luck to the Laois footballers next Saturday



Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Don Draper on May 10, 2018, 09:40:01 AM
Ross Munnelly.

Legend.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Tony on May 10, 2018, 12:29:52 PM
Agreed Don, what an inspiration and role model for the younger lads, and a role model in general to everyone paying attention. Surely one of the longest serving senior inter county players named in the starting 15 of any county all around the country? Still playing very well, too. A testament to keeping yourself healthy, active, good rest and good nutrition etc.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: The PRO on May 10, 2018, 03:04:55 PM
100%.
What a nice chap he is too.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on May 10, 2018, 03:10:34 PM
Another great Laois stalwart...




https://www.independent.ie/sport/gaelic-games/gaelic-football/sugrue-has-brought-cohesion-to-laois-36891878.html

http://www.gaa.ie/features/feature/john-loughlin-still-going-strong-for-laois/

https://www.laoistoday.ie/2018/05/10/oloughlin-hoping-to-end-laoiss-decade-long-leinster-championship-woes/

Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on May 12, 2018, 03:15:02 PM
Big day for Ruaidhri Fennell, best of luck to all the team today. Heading out the door now, might catch some of the hurling..
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: ILikeStrawberryJam on May 12, 2018, 07:15:51 PM
Jaysus .. 10 down at half time ..
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: on the hop on May 12, 2018, 07:17:47 PM
Car crash stuff, no score from play in 38 minutes. Backs completely at sea. There half back line is killing us with 1-2 already, appears to be no pace in the team at all.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Unison on May 12, 2018, 07:25:52 PM
Utter humiliation.  :-[ :-[ :-[
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Joeythelips on May 12, 2018, 07:48:15 PM
Judge at full time
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: SCFC on May 12, 2018, 08:42:52 PM
Judge at full time
:) :) :) :)
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Saint75 on May 12, 2018, 08:43:54 PM
Great comeback. Fair play. Maybe found out more today than all the league👍🏻
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Unison on May 12, 2018, 08:44:09 PM
Utter humiliation.  :-[ :-[ :-[

Oh ye of little faith.  :-[ :-[

Delighted to be so wrong.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: laoislad on May 12, 2018, 08:47:07 PM
Ah that was great. Couldn't see them turn it around. Great balls shown in the second half. Hon Laois 🔵⚪
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: OTF on May 12, 2018, 08:53:28 PM
We’ll take that.
Great win.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: BallyroanAbu on May 12, 2018, 10:54:42 PM
We’ll take that.
Great win.

Great Win or Exciting Game ?

Poor performance from which I would expect we will improve, I’d say If your serious about your football you would be slightly disappointed.  We got out of jail I think we are better than that, hopefully that’s the last time in a while we suffer a first half performance like that.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: on the hop on May 12, 2018, 11:26:27 PM
A game of four halves, first half was awful, 38 minutes and no score from play. Wexford started fast and had us under massive pressure. I don't know what our game plan was but the defence was under  pressure. They surged from their half back line all who scored and isolated one of their corner forwards. We didn't make many changes but had a few chances of goals which we didn't take. We had the wind in the second half and started better. Donie went full forward with Bennie carroll coming on and gary was sacrificed, a bit harshly as you could have taken your pick. 1-12 in the second and numerous missed chances and still after a mental last few minutes we needed Dillon to kick the leveller. Wexford had lost a few with injury at this stage and were a bit deflated. We got the wind with the start of the extra time and pushed on their kick outs making them go long. We were well on top and got the vital goal and the game kind of petered out. Certainly a great comeback considering how horrible we were. We still conceded a big score and missed a ton of goal chances.

Brody played well and managed nearly to reach the full forward line at one stage, full back was at sea and fouled far too much. Timmons came into it eventually, Dillon was poor and was dragged everywhere, he did kick the vital score.  Poor fennell was roasted after been isolated on their best forward. A change should have been made earlier. Half back line was overrun at times but all came into it, the backs were all changed in an attempt to put out  various fires. Midfield eventually got on top, Jol was excellent throughout, my man of the match. Half forward was very poor. O Connor  ended up corner back, we tried a number at 11 before carroll settled things. Farrell was very poor and a lot of their attacks came up his side. Ross mixed a bit of everything, some great scores but also a missed close frees. Gary got the hook which was a bit unfair as he was no worse than others. How tom shiel was brought on in front of him in extra time. Conway hadn't the pace for centre forward and was poor. Donie was awful at centre forward but ran amuck at 14. The loss of their full back helped as he bossed their corner back but still he missed a sitter of a goal and a point st the end. Paul Kingston kicked I think three points and needs to start the next day. Darren strong in a forward role also made a difference.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on May 13, 2018, 12:41:43 AM
This team learned a lot tonight and hopefully set us up for a good crack at Westmeath.
We started off as if it was our divine right to go there and win but we soon learnt that Wexford meant business. We played Div.4 standard football in the first half and Wexford's pace really had us in trouble.
Whatever they did or whatever was said at half time really got them fired up and they played real championship football right from the start of the second half. Some of the play was top class and great to watch but we missed loads of chances to go ahead and they held on for a draw at the end of the second half. Luckily for us they went for the point from the penalty right at the end and we managed to equalise thanks to a great point from Dillon. We took over completely in extra time and never looked like losing after that.
Not a great overall performance but we learned so much about ourselves from that game and it will surely stand to us in the future.
Donie is a full forward and played a stormer when moved in there. He even tracked back after losing possession on two occasions and won the ball back and that is really a good thing for Donie.
Jonno was brilliant in the second half and extra time and i'd agree he was MOTM.   
Roll on Westmeath ...
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: The PRO on May 13, 2018, 10:45:04 AM
Strangest game ever.
There was a wind but it didn't seem that strong.
We seemed to stumble on a stronger team as the game progressed. The first three subs in particularly improved things. Carroll brought a lot of energy and direct running while Donoher was excellent, got on a lot of ball and used it well. Kingston the younger did very well too and kicked some good scores.
Don't know what the chances of Lowry, Glynn or O'Carroll being fit for the next day are but it would be great to have the options.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Joeythelips on May 13, 2018, 11:23:11 AM
Did not see the game and hard to judge listening to streamed commentary but ti certainly sounded entertaining. I know Wexford are an average side who we were well fancied to beat, but to come back from 10 points down at half time against any team in the championship on their ground is a serious achievement and the team will take huge encouragement from that. Focusing on the attack seems to help Laois as they are porous at the back. Westmeath will be a step up from Wexford so will need to hit the ground running the next day.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Laoiseabu on May 13, 2018, 12:17:06 PM
Full foward is the only place for Donie end of. He needs to start there against Westmeath because it's the only thing that seems to work for us. No Westmeath back will want to mark him . As for defensively we are a shambles. Can't see us keeping out enough of scores to beat Westmeath. Luke Loughlin, John Heslin, Kieran Martin, Callum McCormack and Ger Egan will all score at ease I feel. But you have to credit the heart shown yesterday.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on May 14, 2018, 02:13:20 AM
As for defensively we are a shambles. Can't see us keeping out enough of scores to beat Westmeath. Luke Loughlin, John Heslin, Kieran Martin, Callum McCormack and Ger Egan will all score at ease I feel. But you have to credit the heart shown yesterday.

Great to hear that sort of positivity, is there any point in playing the next game at all...... jees..

I would guess you weren't at the game on saturday. if you were you would have seen that when we throw off the shackles and believe in our ability we can be as good as most teams out there.
Supporting your team is about more than seeing them winning while playing the perfect game, it's also about recognising the attitude and pride your team has. Laois showed that they have all those qualities on saturday.

Can you tell me any team in the last 10 years came back from a half time scoreline like that away from home in a championship game and went on to win??
We should be praising them from the rooftops for what they did, most teams would have thrown in the towel and got out of there as quickly as possible. I have no doubt they will put it up to Westmeath and I think we could well beat them going on what I saw on saturday. Sure we made some errors and we were far from perfect but the football we played in the second half and in extra time was far better than what was dished up in Connaught today.


Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Leixlad on May 14, 2018, 08:37:24 AM
Have to say i really enjoyed the match Saturday. The excitement was amazing it was great to have such a big Laois crowd there id say we outnumbered the locals! Experts (and those not there) will bemoan the first half performance, we were lucky, missed chances ect but i have to say it was great to be there Saturday its a very long time since i came away from a Laois match as happy. It was pure entertainment in the second half. Well done to lads who gave all for Laois in that second half the spirit and pride in jersey was great and thats all we ask for. Just a note on big Donie, for godsake leave him on the edge of the square the next day and kick it in long and fast there isnt a full back in the country that'll keep him quiet!   ;D
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Laoiseabu on May 14, 2018, 09:52:14 AM
I was at the game actually. I said u would have to credit the heart shown? I also said Donie has to be full foward . The only negative I said was that Westmeath will score because we are way open defensively . Even in the second half against Wexford when we upped it we were still walked through down the centre of our defence. My point is u might get away with this crack against the likes of Carlow and Wexford and Leitrim but sooner or later we will be caught .
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Don Draper on May 14, 2018, 10:06:10 AM
I was at the game actually. I said u would have to credit the heart shown? I also said Donie has to be full foward . The only negative I said was that Westmeath will score because we are way open defensively . Even in the second half against Wexford when we upped it we were still walked through down the centre of our defence. My point is u might get away with this crack against the likes of Carlow and Wexford and Leitrim but sooner or later we will be caught .
Handle Heslin and we'll handle Westmeath. Shame we haven't Pigott around. Time for another pest to turn up.

Great character shown in Wexford, and a great bit of an atmosphere once the comeback began. However, lets never ever do that again. Ever.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Don Draper on May 14, 2018, 10:09:11 AM
One other thing. There was a hape of chaps in Croke Park for the League Final. And again in Wexford Saturday evening. Can you imagine the buzz they're getting currently from following this Laois team? Heroes are being made, in the same way as Big John Costello, George Irwin, Curly Predergast, Pat Dunne, Gerry Browne, etc all were for my generation.

Sure, there's a brick wall in our future, there's few counties who dont meet one eventually, but f**k it if its not good to sit back and say thanks to the boys for the pride in the jersey they're showing, its great to see.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: OTF on May 14, 2018, 11:06:57 AM
As for defensively we are a shambles. Can't see us keeping out enough of scores to beat Westmeath. Luke Loughlin, John Heslin, Kieran Martin, Callum McCormack and Ger Egan will all score at ease I feel. But you have to credit the heart shown yesterday.

Great to hear that sort of positivity, is there any point in playing the next game at all...... jees..

I would guess you weren't at the game on saturday. if you were you would have seen that when we throw off the shackles and believe in our ability we can be as good as most teams out there.
Supporting your team is about more than seeing them winning while playing the perfect game, it's also about recognising the attitude and pride your team has. Laois showed that they have all those qualities on saturday.

Can you tell me any team in the last 10 years came back from a half time scoreline like that away from home in a championship game and went on to win??
We should be praising them from the rooftops for what they did, most teams would have thrown in the towel and got out of there as quickly as possible. I have no doubt they will put it up to Westmeath and I think we could well beat them going on what I saw on saturday. Sure we made some errors and we were far from perfect but the football we played in the second half and in extra time was far better than what was dished up in Connaught today.

Exactly.
I struggle to remember us coming from behind at have time ever,  were we behind Offaly  at HT  in 2003  ???
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: les Antiques on May 14, 2018, 12:34:19 PM
Attrides  role in this team is vital particularly in an offensive sense. You could see how difficult Wexford found in tracking his runs and so much of our threat stemmed from his forays from the half back line .

Heslin is doubtful to play at all this year nevermind been fit for the Laois match . I'd be more worried about our disastrous record in Tullamore in recent years .
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Don Draper on May 14, 2018, 12:46:36 PM
Attrides  role in this team is vital particularly in an offensive sense. You could see how difficult Wexford found in tracking his runs and so much of our threat stemmed from his forays from the half back line .

Heslin is doubtful to play at all this year nevermind been fit for the Laois match . I'd be more worried about our disastrous record in Tullamore in recent years .
Ha, if we were to worry about our disastrous records in grounds, we'd never play a home match again!!!
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Laoiseabu on May 14, 2018, 12:55:07 PM
What's up with Heslin?
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Post by: Unison on May 14, 2018, 01:32:04 PM
Although he was named as a sub, Heslin didn't play in the O'Byrne Cup match against Meath yesterday. Without him, maybe..........
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Clubber Lang on May 14, 2018, 02:01:02 PM


Can you tell me any team in the last 10 years came back from a half time scoreline like that away from home in a championship game and went on to win??

Antrim in Portlaoise about three years ago. They were hockeyed next day out.

While it was a thrilling comeback, Wexford losing their best defender to injury helped swing that game hugely. Donie ran riot in the full forward line there after. I wouldn't be too critical of lads who were substituted off as as a collective Laois misfired badly in the opening half. Any one of about 10 lads could have justifiably been substituted. I also wouldn't get carried away praising lads that came on as momentum had shifted and much easier impress when you have the run of things. 

The game will certainly stand to Laois and they will learn from this. Westmeath will be a tough test as they have proved capable of beating every team in Leinster (bar Dublin) in championship these last few years. Egan, Martin, Heslin as already highlighted are excellent players so improving our defensively frailties will be crucial. We cannot afford to offer up the simple scores Wexford were given in that opening half.
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Post by: blueandwhite1 on May 14, 2018, 02:41:18 PM
The game will certainly stand to Laois and they will learn from this. Westmeath will be a tough test as they have proved capable of beating every team in Leinster (bar Dublin) in championship these last few years. Egan, Martin, Heslin as already highlighted are excellent players so improving our defensively frailties will be crucial. We cannot afford to offer up the simple scores Wexford were given in that opening half.

Is it really practical that Laois will learn to track opponents, tackle and to play an effective defensive system in the next 2 weeks? Massive challenge for sure.
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Post by: Tony on May 14, 2018, 03:35:56 PM
Great result to go down to Wexford and get the win. We didn't make it easy for ourselves but the heart shown was unreal in one of the best comebacks I've ever witnessed. Really enjoyable to follow the lads this year. Everyone is giving their absolute all. Donie, JOL and Colm Begley were my picks of the match. We'll likely see some changes for the Westmeath game. That's a tough one to call.
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Post by: The PRO on May 14, 2018, 03:46:29 PM
I wouldn't be too critical of lads who were substituted off as as a collective Laois misfired badly in the opening half. Any one of about 10 lads could have justifiably been substituted. I also wouldn't get carried away praising lads that came on as momentum had shifted and much easier impress when you have the run of things.
A fair point but you'd have to say the first three changes were all very successful. Getting O'Connor back to his best position was important too.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on May 14, 2018, 08:58:41 PM
Here are John Sugrue's thoughts on the game..
https://www.laoistoday.ie/2018/05/14/sugrue-pays-praises-to-portlaoise-duo-after-remarkable-comeback-win/
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Post by: Dave like the tv channel on May 15, 2018, 12:04:52 PM


Can you tell me any team in the last 10 years came back from a half time scoreline like that away from home in a championship game and went on to win??

It'd be rare enough in hurling, let alone football.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on May 16, 2018, 12:06:00 AM
Well said Colm...



Colm Parkinson: Why do the GAA sell rights to RTÉ when this is the product they offer?

https://www.sportsjoe.ie/gaa/colm-parkinson-rte-160136?utm_content=bufferfdc88&utm_medium=Social+organic&utm_source=Twitter&utm_campaign=Buffer
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Post by: Andy06 on May 16, 2018, 08:34:50 AM
Well said Colm...



Colm Parkinson: Why do the GAA sell rights to RTÉ when this is the product they offer?

https://www.sportsjoe.ie/gaa/colm-parkinson-rte-160136?utm_content=bufferfdc88&utm_medium=Social+organic&utm_source=Twitter&utm_campaign=Buffer

The coverage of GAA by the Sunday Game is something that has been utterly atrocious for a long time, and drives me friggin' mental.
The one thing about the GAA you can say is that at least they try different things, too much at times with the constant changing of the hurling leagues and championship. Majority of them are fairly bad (Super 8's) and always money driven but at least they have some sort of fresh thinking.
RTE on the other hand are still delivering up the same old rubbish format that they have for 3 or 4 decades now.

This garbage of showing extended highlights of a game that was on only a few hours earlier followed by yet MORE analysis by a bunch of lads rehashing what was said earlier is just mind numbing!
All the while the other matches are given lip service. Wicklow got their first win in 5 years in the Leinster championship, huge for them and their supporters-2 mins. Carlow have now won a Leinster game in two consecutive years, again huge for them-2 mins. And of course the excitement of the Wexford Laois game-2 mins.
In this day and age, how can the RTE not have some set of decent cameras at those games, like they have chaps there via the radio so just get them to do the full coverage. It is an utter shambles and has been for ages and yet we are being forced to hand over cash for it.

I would love for someone to get the rights and just give it a real good coverage. Sky if they really wanted to could sell it much better with a highlights package during the week,  they could also have the possibility of selection of a different number of live matches on at the same time, something they already do with the soccer. It would blow the pathetic showing RTE throw up out of the water and you would hope result in a raising of the benchmark of how GAA should be covered.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Butch Cassidy on May 16, 2018, 09:00:03 AM
How is the injury situation ahead of the Westmeath game?
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on May 16, 2018, 07:50:19 PM
Well said Colm...



Colm Parkinson: Why do the GAA sell rights to RTÉ when this is the product they offer?

https://www.sportsjoe.ie/gaa/colm-parkinson-rte-160136?utm_content=bufferfdc88&utm_medium=Social+organic&utm_source=Twitter&utm_campaign=Buffer

The coverage of GAA by the Sunday Game is something that has been utterly atrocious for a long time, and drives me friggin' mental.
The one thing about the GAA you can say is that at least they try different things, too much at times with the constant changing of the hurling leagues and championship. Majority of them are fairly bad (Super 8's) and always money driven but at least they have some sort of fresh thinking.
RTE on the other hand are still delivering up the same old rubbish format that they have for 3 or 4 decades now.

This garbage of showing extended highlights of a game that was on only a few hours earlier followed by yet MORE analysis by a bunch of lads rehashing what was said earlier is just mind numbing!
All the while the other matches are given lip service. Wicklow got their first win in 5 years in the Leinster championship, huge for them and their supporters-2 mins. Carlow have now won a Leinster game in two consecutive years, again huge for them-2 mins. And of course the excitement of the Wexford Laois game-2 mins.
In this day and age, how can the RTE not have some set of decent cameras at those games, like they have chaps there via the radio so just get them to do the full coverage. It is an utter shambles and has been for ages and yet we are being forced to hand over cash for it.

I would love for someone to get the rights and just give it a real good coverage. Sky if they really wanted to could sell it much better with a highlights package during the week,  they could also have the possibility of selection of a different number of live matches on at the same time, something they already do with the soccer. It would blow the pathetic showing RTE throw up out of the water and you would hope result in a raising of the benchmark of how GAA should be covered.

Agree totally with you Andy, we are far too soft in this country with the likes of RTE. 20 years ago we were getting the same snippets of other games, usually the scores and re-runs of the scores.
Today it's no better, nothing about the setup of the teams, the build-up to scores, etc. Looking at the highlights of Laois v Wexford you got no sense of the atmosphere, the tension during the comeback or the elation of the winners at the end of the game. Terrible coverage of important games for the majority of the country but lots of chat and coverage of the game that most GAA people had already watched that afternoon....
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Unlaoised on May 18, 2018, 11:14:46 AM
Phone was out of action couldnt post for a few days!

I enjoyed that game altough I thought we were very Naive in the first half and we went for goals when we could have got back into the game taking points.

I still had hope at half time just due to the fact I know what spirit is there this year and how we opened them up in the first half.


Benny Carroll and Donoher made a huge difference.


Best players on the day for me were Brody Timmons and  O Loughlin ..Attride was man of the match.

Donoher Carroll and paul kingston were excellent from the bench.

Great to hear the Laois Laois Laois chant back...


I can't wait to go to tullamore I hope we get another good crowd and they are vocal like they were in wexford park!


Laois Abu
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Laoiseabu on May 18, 2018, 12:46:29 PM
A string of key players have walked away from the Westmeath panel whatever is going on up there.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Unlaoised on May 18, 2018, 03:24:13 PM
A string of key players have walked away from the Westmeath panel whatever is going on up there.

Like who?
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: justinn on May 18, 2018, 03:40:03 PM
Westmeath have been dealt a massive blow ahead of tomorrow week's Leinster SFC quarter-final against Laois with the withdrawal of vice-captain James Dolan from the squad.

It's understood that Dolan informed manager Colin Kelly that he will spend the summer in Boston after training on Tuesday night, just two days after captaining the Lake County in their O'Byrne Cup final loss to Meath. The Garrycastle wing back has been one of Westmeath's leading performers in recent years and also one of their leading goal-scorers. Agruably his most important goal came in the Leinster SFC semi-final victory over Kildare two years ago.

Dolan will link up with another stalwart Westmeath defender, Kevin Maguire, in Boston. The Caulry clubman hasn't played for his county this year after spending the last few months travelling. The Lake County's defensive options have been further reduced in recent weeks following the decision by Killian Daly to opt out due to work commitments.

Corner back Mark McCallon is struggling to make the Laois game with a shoulder injury, while there are concerns over the fitness of captain and top-scorer John Heslin, who is battling a hip flexor injury.

Heslin's St. Loman's team-mate Paul Sharry hasn't made himself available for selection this season, while Tommy McDaniel has been ruled out for the rest of the year after suffering a horrific facial injury while playing for Castleknock in the Dublin SFC recently.
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Post by: Laoiseabu on May 18, 2018, 09:02:15 PM
Thanks Justinn you saved me a post 👍 That's a lot of key players Westmeath are down . Has to be a good thing for us
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Post by: Laoiseabu on May 18, 2018, 09:03:02 PM
Think midfielder Denis Corroon is unavailable too
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Post by: Unison on May 18, 2018, 11:03:37 PM
I hope this won't give rise to a false sense of security within the Laois setup. After-all, we could just as easily say that we will be without Brendan Quigley, Paul Cahillane, Evan O'Carroll, Conor Meredith, Eoin Lowry, Brian Glynn and Robbie Piggott.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Wexford first in wexford 12th may 6.30pm)
Post by: Laoiseabu on May 18, 2018, 11:11:57 PM
Glynn is fit to return . So he's available for selection again
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Unlaoised on May 22, 2018, 09:09:24 AM
Glynn Donoher Paul Kingston and Benny Carroll will all be pushing for a starting spot on saturday evening!


Double header with Offaly and Wexford in the hurling should ensure a good crowd.

I hope Laois fans get over to support the lads...This could be the first time in quiet a while we win back to back games in Leinster and will cap a fine season if we do.

Westmeath might be down a few players but I still think they are a force and probably close to the second best team in Leinster!

Our record in Tullamore isn't great but I still remember a superb victory against Meath over their a few years back.

I'm looking forward to this game this year and the spirit in the team gives me far more to feel happy about !!!

LAOIS LAOIS LAOIS LAOIS
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: redsetanta on May 22, 2018, 09:20:29 AM
Must be a long time ago. I can't remember beating Meath in Tullamore in recent times. Our record there is terrible.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Tony on May 22, 2018, 09:31:33 AM
Must be a long time ago. I can't remember beating Meath in Tullamore in recent times. Our record there is terrible.
   
No it wasn't a long time ago, it was just a few years ago in the qualifiers, 2012 Round 3. It was a superb win.   

I can't call the Westmeath game. At all. Still, very much looking forward. Going to be a cracking weather day too and the hurling will be interesting. No better place to be than tullamore on Saturday.
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Post by: Unlaoised on May 22, 2018, 09:31:40 AM
Must be a long time ago. I can't remember beating Meath in Tullamore in recent times. Our record there is terrible.

July 2012 ...1-15 to 1-12 I think....Munnelly had a stormer as did Brendan Quigley we got to the quarter finals that year!

Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Andy06 on May 22, 2018, 11:08:34 AM
Must be a long time ago. I can't remember beating Meath in Tullamore in recent times. Our record there is terrible.

July 2012 ...1-15 to 1-12 I think....Munnelly had a stormer as did Brendan Quigley we got to the quarter finals that year!



Was racking my brain trying to think of the game as it wasnt registering, remember it now. Was round 4 of the qualifiers i think, they had just lost the Leinster Final to Dublin and we were flying that day from what i recall. Let them back into it after being something like 8 points up at one stage in the second half.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Butch Cassidy on May 22, 2018, 11:24:54 AM
Can we expect any changes to the team lads? I can see Paul Kingston, Donogher, Booth and Evan pushing to start
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Post by: BallyroanAbu on May 22, 2018, 11:46:51 AM

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I can't call the Westmeath game. At all. Still, very much looking forward. Going to be a cracking weather day too and the hurling will be interesting. No better place to be than tullamore on Saturday.
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It’s right up there in the Condé Nast destinations for 2018 8)
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Tony on May 22, 2018, 11:54:20 AM
I've just realised that the Wex Offlaly game is at 7pm, after our game, clashing with the Liverpool VS R.Madrid champions league final at 7.45. Why didn't some bright spark in GAA make our game for 3pm and Wex Offaly for 5pm? People can have an interest in Gaelic football, hurling AND soccer too - that is possible you know.  ::)
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Laoiseabu on May 22, 2018, 12:22:41 PM
A few friends of mine in Westmeath are telling me there is a big rumour circulating around the county that their manager is gone
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Post by: les Antiques on May 22, 2018, 12:26:20 PM
Yes heard that too . Left training half way through after announcing his resignation . This means by all accounts that Heslin will start Saturday ..
Still think we ll take them . There preparation can't have been ideal . A first half performance though like the one down in Wexford won't suffice this time .
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: les Antiques on May 22, 2018, 12:29:58 PM
I've just realised that the Wex Offlaly game is at 7pm, after our game, clashing with the Liverpool VS R.Madrid champions league final at 7.45. Why didn't some bright spark in GAA make our game for 3pm and Wex Offaly for 5pm? People can have an interest in Gaelic football, hurling AND soccer too - that is possible you know.  ::)

Silly from HQ . Can't imagine any record crowds at the Tipp and cork and Down and Antrim either , both which start at 7pm also . Surely there were other options !
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Post by: Unlaoised on May 22, 2018, 12:32:05 PM
Yes Heaslin will now be playing .....Would have been better for us if the manager had to have stayed in place by all accounts!!

They will probably be lifted by this as a squad now!
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Unison on May 22, 2018, 12:32:53 PM
I hope Colin Kelly is not gone. He seems to have spread disharmony there. A new manager would give them a boost.
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Post by: Laoiseabu on May 22, 2018, 12:34:52 PM
Does this mean some of the players that left the panel last week may decide to return now?
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Post by: les Antiques on May 22, 2018, 12:36:49 PM
Well I do know heslin wasn't playing by choice so his return will lift them . Not sure about Dolan and the others .
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Unlaoised on May 22, 2018, 01:07:33 PM
Why can't we ever get lucky....To play a Westmeath without Heslin or a Kildare without Flynn they always miss other games but we never get a break!
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Uisce on May 22, 2018, 03:30:47 PM
Westmeath GAA Twitter account just tweeted an interview with Kelly about this weekends game so couldn't imagine he's no longer involved!  ;)
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: justinn on May 22, 2018, 07:08:44 PM
As we look forward to this weekends big game Westmeath are battling with injuries and absentees ahead of Saturday’s Leinster SFC clash with Laois in Tullamore, but manager Colin Kelly is in confident mode his side will give a good account of themselves.

Kelly is without talented wing back James Dolan, who is playing football in Boston for the summer months, while team captain John Heslin is battling with a hip injury ahead of Saturday’s big game. Despite these setbacks, it’s all systems go for the Lake County.



“James Dolan’s loss is a big blow and John Heslin is battling with that hip flexor injury, but we have a strong panel and the players are really looing forward to what is a big test against Laois. I have every confidence in the squad and the players will not be found wanting for effort. I’m looking forward to what should be a good contest,” said Kelly.
Westmeath will welcome back the likes of Darragh Daly and Denis Corroon which will seriously boost their strength at midfield, while Ger Egan, Kieran Martin, Callum McCormack and Jamie Gonoud are seasoned campaigners at this level.

Saturday’s midlands derby has a 5pm throw-in time and it is, of course, a repeat of the 2004 Leinster final, in which Westmeath triumphed after a replay.

 

Best of luck lads!!

#WestmeathGaa #IarmhiAbu

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Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on May 23, 2018, 08:52:09 AM
https://www.laoistoday.ie/2018/05/23/sugrue-delighted-with-role-of-natural-ball-player-brody/
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Unlaoised on May 24, 2018, 04:41:16 PM
Can't wait for Saturday to come really has a big championship feel to it

I'm going for a starting team of the following


Brody
Attride
Timmons
Dillion
Collins
Begley
Strong
O'Loughlin
Lillis
Farrell
P Kingston
B Carroll
G Walsh
D Kingston
R Munnelly

Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on May 24, 2018, 05:23:50 PM
I would stick Evan in there if he's fit enough to start..
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: redsetanta on May 24, 2018, 10:06:09 PM
Team named. O’Connor and Crowley in along with P Kingston. No start for Walsh.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Laoiseabu on May 24, 2018, 10:43:31 PM
O Connor started the last day sure . Crowley , Carroll and P Kingston come in. Any word on a Westmeath 15?
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on May 25, 2018, 12:29:22 AM

Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Don Draper on May 25, 2018, 08:38:03 AM
O Connor started the last day sure . Crowley , Carroll and P Kingston come in. Any word on a Westmeath 15?
It sure they even have 15
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: The PRO on May 25, 2018, 10:58:01 AM
Have to say I'm surprised at both wing forwards.
I'd prefer O'Connor in the backs.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: redsetanta on May 25, 2018, 12:35:25 PM
Conway, Evan O'Carroll, Strong, Walsh to come on if things aren't clicking and scores required.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on May 25, 2018, 07:10:05 PM
Who would have thought we'd have a strong bench like that come championship time...
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on May 25, 2018, 10:05:00 PM
No Heslin for Westmeath
http://hoganstand.com/Laois/article/index/285616?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Jd on May 25, 2018, 10:52:02 PM
I reckon Donoher a bit unlucky not to start. Was involved in so much last time out. Maybe management feel he's only able for half an hour ?
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Post by: redsetanta on May 25, 2018, 11:29:38 PM
Great option from the bench though. Full of energy and running, not what a back would want late in a game.
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Post by: on the hop on May 26, 2018, 12:10:46 AM
wary enough their forwards, especially loughlin in the corner, he caused us a lot of problems twice this year, very fast.
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Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on May 26, 2018, 01:47:30 PM
Best of luck today lads ...



Your guide to Laois’s Leinster football quarter-final against Westmeath

https://www.laoistoday.ie/2018/05/26/your-guide-to-the-laoiss-leinster-football-quarter-final-against-westmeath/
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Helix on May 26, 2018, 06:43:54 PM
 Great win! Well done lads. A day out in Croker against the Lillies probably.  :)
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Joeythelips on May 26, 2018, 06:54:36 PM
Well done to players and management, hard to get full picture listening to live stream but after a slow start (again) Laois put in another dominant second half, 4-13 is some scoring in fairness. Was surprised when I heard is our first time to put back to back wins in Leinster in 12 years so after winning Div 4 title its nothing to be sniffed at. It means Laois are well prepared and will have no excuses going up to Croker where Kildare or Carlow will stand in their way of a Leinster Final appearance. I expect Kildare to edge out Carlow (just) which would make them favs against Laois in Croker. Its a perfect next step test for our lads as Kildare are a Div 2 team, who although lost all their league games they were playing the likes of Dublin, Monaghan, Kerry and Galway so no doubt about it its a step up for us after beating Wexford and Westmeath. Our two wins and in particular our second half displays will give our lads great confidence and they will not fear them.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: CruiseCigar on May 26, 2018, 10:32:48 PM
Well done to lapis today. Great effort and some progress in the championship
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: BallyroanAbu on May 26, 2018, 10:46:30 PM
Well done Laois, we are now in bonus territory.  It's up 2 or 3 levels now playing Kildare but two wins and a promotion we have had a good year.  I don't hold out much hope playing Kildare but we have improved out of sight since last year.  I would most certainly fear them,  Laois have had 5 or 6 years of messing about. It is completely unrealistic to expect us to beat Kildare who have been an upward curve over the last 3 years they may have been relegated but they are 2 or 3 years ahead of us.  They are a decent team.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Laoiseabu on May 26, 2018, 11:40:03 PM
Kildare beat us by 14/15 points last summer . So what would be considered a result against Kildare that would suggest progress? How close do we need to run them ?
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: BallyroanAbu on May 26, 2018, 11:47:31 PM
Lets see how they go against Carlow, but my guess is 5 or better.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on May 27, 2018, 12:25:42 AM
Strange game today, we started well but couldn't put scores on the board. A good few chances fell to Donie and Ross but unusually they were either blocked down or kicked wide by our two most experienced forwards. Jonno was doing very little and Begley wasn't making his usual impact and we fell behind playing poorly with a strong wind in our backs.
The man to step up was Lillis and he was winning great ball and working very hard off the ball. Niall Donoher replaced Alan Farrell after 20 mins and made a huge difference with his pace and his passing.

After 30 mins John Connellan pulled down Gareth Dillon who had really come into the game and got a black card. After that incident Laois upped the pace and played at a much higher level for the rest of the game. It was a great display in the end and Paul Kingston took his goals very well with Evan tormenting them with his runs up the left wing.
If we can get into the game a little earlier we can give the next game in Croker a good rattle and who knows, we might even reach a Leinster final....

We have now won 9 games in a row and this is the biggest win over Westmeath since 1991.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: on the hop on May 27, 2018, 12:28:20 AM
Great win tonight, wasn't expecting it but we punished them with goals which knocked the stuffing out of them. Really took a while to get going with the wind in the first time. The 8 to 1 run of points made a big difference. It was no coincidence that niall donaghers introduction improved the forward play. The second half after a slow start we managed to get on top. Both teams got 7 scores we managed 4-3 while they got 1-6. They ran out of steam completely by the end. Brody was ok, not much to do but we still conceded another terrible goal and he gifted them another score. Dillon after slow start was very good. Not Timmons best game, conceded a few scores to his direct opponent. Attride eventually got into it. Half back line was ok, Egan caused problems early on and I still think Crowley though very game is still a bit on the light side. Begley was motm. Drove the team forward. Midfield finally got on top especially Lillis,  jol had his problems with daly until he went off. In the forwards Paul Kingston finished great and was very dangerous when he went full forward.ross and Farrell were poor while carroll and o Connor were average. Donie mixed a bit of everything. I thought the subs came on did ok, strong and Evan were the best of them. Certainly the forwards are far more effective when they use their pace and go direct. Interesting to see who we face.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on May 27, 2018, 09:46:45 AM
Lots of talking points after last night's win

https://www.laoistoday.ie/2018/05/27/eight-talking-points-as-laois-reach-first-leinster-semi-final-in-a-decade/
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Unison on May 27, 2018, 10:30:51 AM
A talking point for me was that Laois supporters seemed to outnumber opposition supporters, for once.

My men of the match would be Begley, Lillis and Paul Kingston.

I know it would be a huge step forward, but a Leinster final appearance would be a fantastic achievement. Is it out of the question?
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: High Fielder on May 27, 2018, 10:51:32 AM
Sugrue has brought commitment and honesty. We've waited years to see that. I'm not saying we're going to tear up trees, but we're improving and we're working hard. It makes the game look very simple when you have lads prepared to work for each other and get their hands dirty. Paul Kingston has kicked on a few levels on recent years, so man management is obviously a high priority too. Gareth Dillon was like a terrier in the tackle yesterday and was everything you'd want a corner back to be. What Kieran Lillis lacks in finesse he more than makes up for with guts and determination and you need that too. Just three players and three examples of Sugrue zoning in on personal traits and getting what he can from them. I couldn't ask for any more and I've seen enough to say we've at last found a coach we can believe in. Hopefully more lads will make themselves available and buy into what this man is trying to do. 
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Andy06 on May 27, 2018, 11:38:38 AM
Well done to the team and management on a great win.
Westmeath were getting the early scores but right from the early stages I thought we were having the majority of possession but just over doing it when it came to the final pass or shot. This could have easily led to being another one of those days but all credit to the players they stuck at it. As they game wore on they found the scores their overall play deserved.
All the players had their moments but a few I felt made a big difference:
Niall Donoher - him coming of the bench immediately brought an increase of pace to the game. He seemed to be hoovering all around the middle and kicked two great points to set us on our way. You would assume he would be starting the next day, although a super option off the bench.
O'Loughlin/Lillis - After the initial phase they two lads dominated midfield for me, Westmeath couldnt get anything going here at all and it stopped them mounting any sort of comeback.
Gareth Dillon - thought this chap was brilliant, one steal of possession near our goals in the second half when he was left one on one with the Westmeath attacker (Luke Loughlin I think) was absolute joy to behold. He looks a proper corner back who knows how to defend, something we havent had since Healy.
Finbarr Crowley - I thought he showed very well for his debut, especially being stuck with Kieran Martin. He always kept going and definately made that position his own for the next day.
Donie - didn't do a whole lot with some promising balls into him in the first half. However, when the game was potentially still in the melting pot in the second half he moved to midfield and won some great kick outs. Also some of his distribution from the half forward position (including a great pass which Darren Strong hit a bad wide) was very good.
Paul Kingston - Goals were fantasically taken, you can see the confidence brimming by the end

As I said all players and subs played their part though, what a bench we have now.
Word on Westmeath aswell, I thought they were really poor. No sort of fight at any point in the second half as we just passed or sprinted through them. Dont think we were too far away with our assumption that the camp is not a happy one.

Bonus territory now as far as I am concerned. Promotion and a possible win over Wexford and Westmeath was the aim. Players can just go out now with no expectation, give it a shot and see what happens. Id imagine Sugrue is the sort that cant wait for the challenge against what would be on paper a better team to see how we can outfox them
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Jd on May 27, 2018, 12:40:11 PM
Was reading Tomŕs O Shea in Indo yesterday and Kildare haven't won a match in something like last 11. If they beat Carlow I reckon they could be vulnerable. A huge step up for our lads but they're eager to step up by the looks of things. If Carlow win well we know that we have the ability to beat them once the attitude is right. Nice to be going to Croke Park in June no matter who we play though
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Joeythelips on May 27, 2018, 02:52:48 PM
I may have jumped the gun a bit, Carlow leading by 5 points at half time. With their defensive approach it will be really hard for Kildare to reel that in. If it Carlow we face that would be some battle, I think Croker would suit Laois better if it was Carlow.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: BallyroanAbu on May 27, 2018, 02:59:57 PM
I may have jumped the gun a bit, Carlow leading by 5 points at half time. With their defensive approach it will be really hard for Kildare to reel that in. If it Carlow we face that would be some battle, I think Croker would suit Laois better if it was Carlow.

likewise, never even contemplated Carlow and that’s because I have seen them. 
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Keyser Söze on May 27, 2018, 03:30:27 PM
Sugrue has brought commitment and honesty. We've waited years to see that.

And in truth it is all any of us wanted.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Unison on May 27, 2018, 03:44:21 PM
 Carlow won't fear us.  :o :o
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on May 27, 2018, 03:53:46 PM
Carlow will be very hard to beat in Croke Park. They know how we play and will be more than ready to play us. They will have huge desire to get to a leinster final so write them off at your peril.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Joeythelips on May 27, 2018, 03:54:29 PM
Carlow won't fear us.  :o :o

Why should they fear us, I know we beat them in the Div 4 league final but its not like we have hammered them and after wiping the floor with Louth they beat a Div 1 side. The whole county will be buzzing and they will never have a better opportunity to reach a Leinster final, but that goes for Laois also.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Unison on May 27, 2018, 04:09:50 PM
I think I would have preferred to play a vulnerable Kildare team.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Laoiseabu on May 27, 2018, 04:24:15 PM
If we beat Carlow are we in Super 8s?
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Unison on May 27, 2018, 04:29:13 PM
No. I think the losers of the provincial finals would have to beat one of the teams from the qualifiers to reach the super 8s.

At this point, it is no longer a question of are we good enough, as it would have been if we were to play Kildare. We are good enough to win the semi final, but the question now is can we halt the Carlow momentum. They will be thinking 'third time lucky'.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Laoiseabu on May 27, 2018, 04:58:43 PM
What a time to be alive 💪💪
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: High Fielder on May 27, 2018, 05:05:55 PM
I love that none of us know what the f**k happens next. Absolute nose bleed territory
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Helix on May 27, 2018, 05:30:35 PM
Carlow won't fear us.  :o :o

And we won’t fear Carlow. Improving every game and get a faster start than last 2 games. Drive it on now. Hopefully bring a big crowd to Croker like the good days  :)
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Tony on May 27, 2018, 07:10:52 PM
I think it's very very important that we get a good start against carlow. Their whole game is getting the lead and then dictating the play by being ultra defensive. It's horrible to watch but in fairness it's been very effective for them and in fairness it's nice to see a new leinster county emerge from the doldrums, local rivalry or not. Fair play to them. Beating kildare (a decent side) by 7 points is no mean achievement.

Having said all that, we're seeing huge positives in Laois this year. Great commitment, heart, desire, and we have a proper setup, the first since mcnulty, in my opinion. This one is generating a great feeling around the county, and there's a buzz back that's being missing since 07 or so. We know we can beat carlow but we can't get complacent. We're two very on form teams. My head and heart says Laois will win in the big spaces of croke park though.

A promotion and 2 good wins in leinster, and already it's been a successful year, no matter what happens next. That's the best part, and if we keep going the way we are, who knows where we'll end up. It's all a bonus from here. Fair play and thanks to all involved for creating a great buzz around football in Laois this year. Looking forward to croker in June!
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Jd on May 27, 2018, 07:23:25 PM
And there I was giving out about the club championship being on hold till August...... Wouldn't it be great if we had to put it off for a while longer to facilitate the county team😊😊
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: redsetanta on May 27, 2018, 08:37:04 PM
What odds on Laois Carlow and Longford in Leinster semi’s at start of championship. Be some day in Crocker for all three counties.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: BallyroanAbu on May 27, 2018, 09:46:42 PM
What odds on Laois Carlow and Longford in Leinster semi’s at start of championship. Be some day in Crocker for all three counties.

Not as mad as you might think rough estimate 124/1

Kildare was the real upset

Well done Laois they worked hard and while Carlow have to be respected they are no where near the anticipated challenge of a decent Kildare outfit.

We will be favorites.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Don Draper on May 27, 2018, 09:51:48 PM
Carlow won't fear us.  :o :o
Deep down, in places they don’t like to talk about at parties, they know. They know. Respect them but by f**k don’t fear Carlow.

Bring it f**king on
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: ILikeStrawberryJam on May 27, 2018, 10:39:38 PM
Tactically all over the shop at the start. Long balls into donie that werent working and refusing to kick from the 45 despite a gale force wind behind them. But sugrue brought on donoher and the game began to turn.
Dillonreally grew into the game after a ropey start but hes still not a natural corner back .half back line were very good led by Begley. Llliis showed great leadership. Jol was ok.
Donie did well when he went to chf catching some good ball and kicking it in intelligently to paul.
Ross wasnt at his best but didnt have to be.
Brody was annoying me with the the pointless forays up the pitch in the 2nd half.  The odd time it makes sense but he was acting the gobshite i the 2nd half half, ended up getting booked.

Good subs off the bench. Evan pace is a great weapon.

Timmons and attride injuries a worry..
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Laoiseabu on May 28, 2018, 12:23:34 AM
does anyone on this forum think we could beat Dublin if we get over Carlow ?
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: redsetanta on May 28, 2018, 12:31:48 AM
Do you?
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Laoiseabu on May 28, 2018, 12:42:07 AM
I asked you first ?😂😂
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: on the hop on May 28, 2018, 01:07:54 AM
Try get there first. Dublin are on a completely different level at present
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Laoiseabu on May 28, 2018, 01:10:21 AM
For my own personal entertainment could anyone go about arranging Robert Pigott and Brendan Murphy coming back for the semi final ?
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on May 28, 2018, 01:16:13 AM
Beat Carlow, lose to Dublin and one win in the qualifiers will get us into the Super 8s. Would only have dreamed about this at the start of the year. Well done all concerned.
Any word on Paul Cahillane...
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: BallyroanAbu on May 28, 2018, 08:33:24 AM
, if you are feeling lucky Laois are 33/1 to win Leinster
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: OTF on May 28, 2018, 10:35:22 AM
Another good win and a big score 4 goals ??  although id say  Paul was marginally offside for the first  ;D
seriously  wtf were  Westmeath  at.

Carlow have definitely come on a lot since the div. 4 final we'll earn it against them this time.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: High Fielder on May 28, 2018, 10:38:57 AM
We're in bonus territory right now. A Leinster final would be great but we can't let that define our season because we've already made progress. For me, the real bonus has been watching the improvement in lads and how that relates to the team. It is clear already that Sugrue is capable of getting the best out of certain lads, and I have no doubt that if lads are prepared to put in the work, both they and Laois will be rewarded. For too long in Laois, positions have been given to lads because it looked like the right thing to do. But give me work and commitment over style and individuality any day. There are good footballers in Laois and plenty of them on the Under 20 team tonight. The sooner they are under the eye of Sugrue the better in my opinion. Any young lad who wants to represent Laois and play a better standard of football should be itiching to get into this set up.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: OTF on May 28, 2018, 10:42:20 AM
Beat Carlow, lose to Dublin and one win in the qualifiers will get us into the Super 8s. Would only have dreamed about this at the start of the year. Well done all concerned.
Any word on Paul Cahillane...

Just looking at the fixtures there.
Leinster final on 24th June and the AQF's  on 14/15 July some 3 weeks later.
 Looks like the beaten finalist will be out again the following week would that be correct, if so imo reaching the LF against Dublin wouldn't be much of a bargain.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: redsetanta on May 28, 2018, 10:44:16 AM
Carlow have definately improved. Big score against Louth and again yesterday. They are breaking records this year and considering they lost Brendan Murphy you can't but be impressed. In saying that we're motoring along nicely too. Their key man is Broderick and he couldn't score in the league final so he needs to be kept quiet again. They must be very high on confidence.

Sets it up for what will be a right duel in Croke Park
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: redsetanta on May 28, 2018, 10:47:56 AM
There was a rule brought in where beaten provincial finalists get two weeks. No quarter finaln anyhow as you're a the 'Super 8' stage then. 4 provincial winners plus 4 qualifiers.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: on the hop on May 28, 2018, 11:44:06 AM
Nipped into the Kildare forum, it seems that Carlow really put it up to them physically on and off the ball and there was a lot of sledging. The real bile is for poacher who appears to have really annoyed them with his antics. I would expect we will get more of the same from them.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: OTF on May 28, 2018, 12:41:01 PM
There was a rule brought in where beaten provincial finalists get two weeks. No quarter finaln anyhow as you're a the 'Super 8' stage then. 4 provincial winners plus 4 qualifiers.

Do the top 4 go into the semi's   ??
 I'm looking at the premium ticket schedule ( provisional ) and the AQF's are listed for the 14th and 15th of July. 
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: redsetanta on May 28, 2018, 12:48:16 PM
As far as I know it's 2 groups of 4 with top two in each group going to semi finals.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: OTF on May 28, 2018, 01:02:13 PM
As far as I know it's 2 groups of 4 with top two in each group going to semi finals.

That's correct, each team gets a home game an away game and a game in CP  so they'll probable use the the 14 and 15 of july for big CP games.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: The PRO on May 28, 2018, 01:21:54 PM
https://www.leinsterexpress.ie/news/gaelic-games/315438/big-match-review-our-look-back-at-laois-win-over-westmeath.html

Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: redsetanta on May 28, 2018, 04:11:57 PM
They're going fairly ballistic on the Kildare forum alright. They didn't see that coming in fairness even with the poor run of results.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Joeythelips on May 28, 2018, 05:39:43 PM
An awful lot of talk about how poor Kildare were and how far they have fallen, but its a great sign of the set up and system a team have in place that they can lose the likes of Murphy and still be in the position they are. Hats off to Carlow, they have a system in place and everyone has bought into it. I watched them last year against Dublin and they gave Dublin plenty of it. I know the Dubs won comfortably but there was just 4 points in it until Murphy got sent off which was them death nail for them. 

In fairness to Sugrue he has a similar set up in that where players really seem to be buying into, even listening to his comments when the reporter was trying to talk about Kingstons hat trick he said he did not care who scored. Also he is decisive and not afraid to make early substitutions.  Also its very good sign that Laois are finishing games strongly, if we can get the start right we will take beating.

I know some posters are saying 'sure we have no chance against dubs if we win' or 'we will be out a week later if we lose the Leinster final so beating Carlow is pointless', not exact quotes but this type of mentality. One poster has it right when he/she said they could not have dreamt of a situation where we could be one step away from the Super 8s. This is what the championship is about, Laois and Carlow players will be going hell for leather in a championship game in Croker, what more could you ask for. The winners will most likely play Dublin in the final, another big day out in Croker for either Laois or Carlow where they will be expected to be beaten easily. This is what the players slogged their guts out since the end of last year for. Both counties have already gained promotion in the league and 2 scalps in Leinster so 2018 has been huge progress for both. After the semi final its bonus territory for the winner.

Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Laoisguy on May 28, 2018, 09:16:24 PM
For the record

I really hope we can turnover Carlow again just to experience another Sugrue v poacher handshake

Some p***k on the line in fairness and players have bought into this behaviour to achieve results

Nasty system
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Joeythelips on May 28, 2018, 10:36:39 PM
Seen the fixture dates on Laois today site:

June 10 – Leinster SFC Semi-final
June 23 – Round 2 Qualifier
June 24 – Leinster SFC Final
June 30 – Round 3 Qualifier
July 7/8 – Round 4 Qualifier
July 14/15 – Super 8 Round 1
July 21/22 – Super 8 Round 2
August 4/5 – Super 8 Round 3


According to the article the losers of the Leinster Final will be in round 4 of the qualifiers, so there will be 2 weeks to get ready.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: O moore parklife on May 28, 2018, 11:17:51 PM
Great weekend for laois, john but for the player's the most demons exercised in tullamore.
From a source within the carlow squad a good amount of them have a pain in there faces with the poacher self proclaimed messiah horse shit.
Still think we have more to overcome them in croker.
Onwards and upwards great year irrespective all bonus territory now
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Unlaoised on May 29, 2018, 05:50:10 AM
Carlow took defeat badly the last day ...i anticipate a fairly feisty encounter
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Don Draper on May 29, 2018, 07:15:52 AM
Revenge for Danny.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: maccer on May 29, 2018, 07:31:12 AM
Seemingly Poachers behaviour on Sun was disgraceful. Openly running around the pitch sledging the kildare lads. What's the point in the GAA supposedly cracking down on players sledging each other if they allow this carry on. I know Carlow are currently flavour of the month (and they deserve huge credit) but surely authorities won't want to see this on a big day in Croker.
Although a part of me would like to see him try and sledge 'Psycho'. St John's ambulance boys would be busy
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: BallyroanAbu on May 29, 2018, 07:37:32 AM
In fairness Carlow GAA had nothing to do with Danny,  sledging welcome to big boys football only one way to get round it and that’s on the scoreboard.  Whining about it means you lost, winners could not care less.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: High Fielder on May 29, 2018, 08:17:37 AM
Just get someone to stand within 10 yards of him and run on with the bottle every time he makes his move. Any funny stuff make a big scene and get them both sent off. Big distraction. Problem solved. Let's play ball
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Unlaoised on May 29, 2018, 10:10:28 AM
Just get someone to stand within 10 yards of him and run on with the bottle every time he makes his move. Any funny stuff make a big scene and get them both sent off. Big distraction. Problem solved. Let's play ball

Love that Idea ...I'm willing to do it if I'm asked :-) !!! ;D
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Unlaoised on May 29, 2018, 11:06:39 AM
Anyway here's my ratings for last saturday's game!

Only an opinion and I know all these lads give great commitment to the blue and white and I respect every one of them game time or not!

Brody-7.5 One or two uncharacteristic kickouts in the first half when the team as a whole weren't functioning well but he changed the tone of the game with two runs forward that created two scores at a vital time for Laois.His kickouts in the second half were better but helped by the Westmeath number 9 being gone!

Attride -8 Slow enough to start like so many but was still tight on his man who was dangerous.Had a great second half with two superb blocks when it was in the melting pot he is a great player who you'd love in your team.

Timmons -6.5 Not often Mark gets over shadowed by his two corner backs but he must be glad of the unit with him now.He did okay for the most part growing into the game but was troubled in spells .Still solid for the most part and our best back for the last 6-7 years.

Dillion -8.5 Started a bit on the nervous side but after he won his first ball on the terrace side that was him in the game he gave a terrific display of tackling and chasing his man .Countless times he won the ball back for Laois and the crowd responded in kind he has been a revelation under the new manager!

Collins -7 was quiet in the first half and was caught out of position a few times as well as giving away the ball once or twice but once he settled down he had a n excellent game scoring a superb point just before half time to give Laois great momentum.

Begley -9 I thought he was superb all through the game I can't understand why he hasn't been our number six for years its really his best position!Great score before half time his passes for Paul Kingston's two goals were a joy to watch .Needs to improve a little on tackling if i'm going be very critical :-)

Crowley-7 Certainly was better on 'Martin' than in the O'Byrne cup when he was destroyed Caught two great balls and grew into the game certainly will be pushing for a starting birth again the next day

Lillis -9.5  My man of the match(If Paul hadn't to have scored 3) I thought he was superb in all aspects of the game his passing was good he covered so many yards and what he lacks in pace he makes up for in intelligence just so composed he really has found his position at county level

O Loughlin -8 would have got 9 but from the fact the number 9 ran away from him a few times in the first half he graduallly wore him down and a great shoulder or two before half time gave the Laois crowd a great lift and also took the steam away from that number 9.

Farrell -5.5 Scored a point but wasn't involved much in the game did pick up a few vital breaks in midfield which helped John and Kieran needs to impose himself move as he has all the attributes to play the position he does  replaced early

Paul Kingston -10 Not often you can give a ten but wow what a performance from him even when we were struggling early in the game he was the one forward winning ball.One bad hand pass aside I don't remember him giving away the ball once and his two points were as good as his goals.A truly great showing by a player who I always felt was going to burst onto the scene one day.He did against Longford a few years back but didn't kick on!His time has come!

O'Connor -6 harsh score he did put a lot of effort into the game and tracked runners which is the dirty side that some players don't get credit for I'm not sure half forward is his best position I think he was more useful back defending.Honest lad and great to see him back

Munnelly -6 Ross was on a lot of ball but tended to slow things down to much and got dispossessed numerous times .Hard to be critical of a man that gives so much.solid on the frees especially a difficult one in the first half which was vital.Probably left on a little too long but you just know he will shine the next day!

D Kingston-7 strange game he won some great ball early but nothing came of it.Duncan seem to be dealing with him better tan most, then Westmeath double teamed him.He came out the field in the second half won some great kickouts and his passing is a joy to watch he really is a complete footballer

Carroll -6.5 was intelligent on the ball but getting on to it is his problem he is young and will learn but he seemed to drift into positions where he didn't want a pass and he lost a few 50/50s .No doubt he has talent and his work rate was good in the first half when Laois were under pressure.#moretocome

SUBS

Donoher-8 was superb when he came in kicking two great points at the most crucial time in the game showed real leadership on the ball and delighted for him.Not slowing down either which at his age is great to see.

E O'Carroll -7.5 Was very strong when he came on and got 1-1 from play in 14 minutes ...Looked really dangerous and his direct soloing would cause any team problems maybe the bench suits the likes of him and Donoher all tho I'm sure he would love to start.

Strong -7 Composed on the ball did miss a scoring opportunity but looks in good shape and hungry to get involved.

Conway -7 Won a great ball to set up Laois's last goal was very unselfish with the pass which for a sub trying to make an impact shows how committed he is to the LAOIS  cause

Nerney Booth and Walsh were all on Late but all played their part especially Walsh getting back on the score board!

Overall it was a pleasing day for Laois football when so many things went right I wouldn't get carried away and Carlow will be stubborn opposition in Croker thats for sure but the change this year is incredible you'd wonder what things would have been like if Sugure had taken the job 4/5 years ago???

One thing that was really noticeable was the size of the Laois support it was incredible to see and must have given the players a huge boost!


LAOIS LAOIS LAOIS!!!!







Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Joeythelips on May 29, 2018, 11:09:07 AM
In fairness Carlow GAA had nothing to do with Danny,  sledging welcome to big boys football only one way to get round it and that’s on the scoreboard. Whining about it means you lost, winners could not care less.

Thats exactly right, teams like Galway and Tyrone are always at this carry on. The sole purpose of it is to distract players so they don't perform at their best. As with any sort of bull like this the best response is always to beat them on the score board.

Also take a look at Brendan Murphys twitter post after the league final https://twitter.com/BrendanMurphy17?lang=en (https://twitter.com/BrendanMurphy17?lang=en) about Pigott. I would not be surprised one bit if he made a return from the states, I reckon Carlow will use stuff like this as motivation and try and make it a super physical game and intimidate our lads. If we don't get sucked into that bullshit and concentrate on football we have the better players.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship (Westmeath next inTullamore 26th May at 5pm)
Post by: Laoisguy on May 29, 2018, 11:24:47 AM
In fairness Carlow GAA had nothing to do with Danny,  sledging welcome to big boys football only one way to get round it and that’s on the scoreboard. Whining about it means you lost, winners could not care less.

Thats exactly right, teams like Galway and Tyrone are always at this carry on. The sole purpose of it is to distract players so they don't perform at their best. As with any sort of bull like this the best response is always to beat them on the score board.

Also take a look at Brendan Murphys twitter post after the league final https://twitter.com/BrendanMurphy17?lang=en (https://twitter.com/BrendanMurphy17?lang=en) about Pigott. I would not be surprised one bit if he made a return from the states, I reckon Carlow will use stuff like this as motivation and try and make it a super physical game and intimidate our lads. If we don't get sucked into that bullshit and concentrate on football we have the better players.


Fair enough but its still shit
Carlow will be looking for that angle right from start and im still very wary of Carlow going 3-4 points in front
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Laois fan on May 29, 2018, 02:30:58 PM
I presume murphy is signed to a team in the states
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Don Draper on May 30, 2018, 08:31:59 AM
I presume murphy is signed to a team in the states
He is.

I'd love to hear what Turlough O Brien has to say about the Kildare game, does anyone know if he plans on speaking in the media at any point?
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Tony on May 30, 2018, 11:28:26 AM
He already has, he had a big interview with Wolly Parkinson on his podcast. The podcast is good otherwise as well, as it discusses Laois' good form this year:   https://soundcloud.com/sportsjoe-gaa-hour/laois-rising-longford-rising-carlow-rising-inc-turlough-obrien-interview

Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Don Draper on May 30, 2018, 11:43:50 AM
He already has, he had a big interview with Wolly Parkinson on his podcast. The podcast is good otherwise as well, as it discusses Laois' good form this year:   https://soundcloud.com/sportsjoe-gaa-hour/laois-rising-longford-rising-carlow-rising-inc-turlough-obrien-interview
Reread it for sarcasm. He's been on every media outlet for the past 3 days. Its perfect, soak it in boys.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Tony on May 30, 2018, 12:08:43 PM
They deserve the spotlight and plaudits, it's been a long time coming. I wouldn't begrudge them some time in the sun to be honest. Until the 10th of June that is.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Faugheen on May 30, 2018, 12:53:57 PM
http://www.offtheball.com/podcasts/Off_The_Ball/GAA_on_Off_The_Ball/62260/Turlough_OBrien_on_CarlowRising_and_what_lies_ahead
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Joeythelips on May 30, 2018, 01:49:35 PM
I agree Tony, I read Philip Jordan's article on the RTE site and he summed it up well https://www.rte.ie/sport/gaa/2018/0529/966850-enjoyment-overriding-the-fear-in-carlows-rise/ (https://www.rte.ie/sport/gaa/2018/0529/966850-enjoyment-overriding-the-fear-in-carlows-rise/).

Carlow may not play the best brand of football or may have some unsavoury tactics but they have worked really hard to make a name for themselves these past couple of years after an eternity of failure. Seeing them invade the pitch after beating a fancied Kildare team was great to watch. Like many on this forum i remember the joy of watching our minors win All Irelands and winning the Leinster under Micko, so its great to see counties get that winning feeling.

Most people outside the counties (and some in them) will simply say well what does it matter as neither will have a chance against the Dubs, but the chance to play the Dubs in Croker on Leinster final day, and even if the do lose the chance to play another big game two weeks later with the carrot of the Supers 8s awaiting the winner (including brining one of the games to Portlaoise) is what these players have sacrificed so much for. Fair enough if they meet the Dubs it will have an air of inevitability (as it would for all bar a couple of counties) about it but the Carlow game will certainly not, and depending on who they get neither would a Round 4 qualifier game. They will be huge occasions for our players and I'd imagine our supporters will be out in force.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on May 30, 2018, 03:28:42 PM
Great read from the Irish Examiner   

https://amp.irishexaminer.com/sport/columnists/john-divilly/john-sugrue-building-confidence-and-trust-in-laois-471255.html?__twitter_impression=true
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: redsetanta on May 30, 2018, 04:11:19 PM
Any odds on Brody scoring a point from play?
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Catch and Kick on May 31, 2018, 05:27:15 PM
Great read from the Irish Examiner   

https://amp.irishexaminer.com/sport/columnists/john-divilly/john-sugrue-building-confidence-and-trust-in-laois-471255.html?__twitter_impression=true

That's one of the best GAA articles I've read in a long time. Some of the forward play in the second half was top drawer stuff and in the space of Croke Park we can expect more.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: BallyroanAbu on May 31, 2018, 10:05:18 PM
Great read from the Irish Examiner   

https://amp.irishexaminer.com/sport/columnists/john-divilly/john-sugrue-building-confidence-and-trust-in-laois-471255.html?__twitter_impression=true

That's one of the best GAA articles I've read in a long time. Some of the forward play in the second half was top drawer stuff and in the space of Croke Park we can expect more.


Westmeaths defending was chronic which in fairness Laois made hay with.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: portlaoisekid on June 01, 2018, 08:49:15 AM
I'm really happy the what things are going for Laois at the minute, we seem to have a focused, fit and happy camp. Sugrue is doing exactly what Laois need and that's to maximise the talent he has to play with and in this county that's not an easy thing.

We know where we are in the greater scheme of things and certainly are not in the league of the top teams but Laois football is in as good a place as it has been in a long time .

As for the Carlow match ,I really think croke park will bring us on further and whilst it wont be easy I think we will beat Carlow and a Leinster final appearance would be great . Carlow and there mgt team will have themselves worn out with media/social media duties  by the time the match comes around, all pressure is on them now. We are coming into this under the radar which suits us perfectly.

Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Unlaoised on June 01, 2018, 11:18:28 PM
Great point about Carlow and the media

Turlough asking the Dubs to come in early and support carlow was some laugh out loud moment on cklr yesterday
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on June 03, 2018, 05:06:27 PM
Lads, the whole of Carlow are on a high at the moment, they beat Laois hurlers yesterday and are now looking at a possible appearance in Croke Park, their soccer team have just won the All-Ireland league (Oscar Traynor Cup) beating Kilkenny 2-1 and they feel everything is going their way.
We would want to be very wary of them next week, when a county gets that kind of momentum behind them they can be very hard to stop...  We have to play as though this is our Leinster final and respect what they can bring or else we could find ourselves being just another one of their conquests..
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Laoiseabu on June 03, 2018, 05:54:53 PM
I'd imagine Carlow will be harder bet than what Westmeath were last week. They mightn't have much quality in the side but by jaysus will they be bursting their bollixes for one another.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Gmac on June 03, 2018, 06:24:09 PM
A good start against Carlow is vital a team that plays like that probably can’t come from behind too good and a good start might knock some of the belief out of them bring them back to reality.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on June 03, 2018, 06:31:56 PM
A good start against Carlow is vital a team that plays like that probably can’t come from behind too good and a good start might knock some of the belief out of them bring them back to reality.

Totally agree Gmac, it's very important we get off quickly next week, if Carlow do what Wexford did to us in the first half we could find it very difficult to get back into it. They will bring thousands to that game and they will let themselves be heard. Also if it's close in the last 10 minutes the Dubs will be in and they will give them huge vocal support..
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: on the hop on June 03, 2018, 07:40:13 PM
I think after looking at Fermanagh today we know what we will be facing. Have to take our goal chances but also no reckless shooting. Carlow will bring high energy and look to exploit us on the turn overs. They have played for frees a lot so lazy tackling will have to be cut out. We are under the radar with all the press they are receiving and hopefully they will seen as favourites. Interesting to see if they can execute their blanket defence in croke park
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: blueandwhite1 on June 03, 2018, 09:06:56 PM
The big advantage of a good start against a blanket defence team is that it forces them to come out and play, which screws up their blanket defence. Monaghan couldn't get any sort of a run on Fermanagh today even though they had much better footballers and paid the price.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Tony on June 04, 2018, 04:05:00 PM
John Sugrue interview pre Carlow :
https://m.soundcloud.com/midlandssport/john-sugrue-pre-carlow
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: les Antiques on June 05, 2018, 10:24:30 AM
Interesting to see the Laois starting 15 considering the impact Walsh,Evan and Niall made coming on the last day . I do feel Benny Carroll can be more effective being introduced as sub as he's capable of making an instant impact with his style of play .
Encouragily for us our bench is stronger than Carlow's and that's going to be major factor come Sunday .
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: The PRO on June 05, 2018, 12:00:44 PM
Interesting to see the Laois starting 15 considering the impact Walsh,Evan and Niall made coming on the last day . I do feel Benny Carroll can be more effective being introduced as sub as he's capable of making an instant impact with his style of play .
Encouragily for us our bench is stronger than Carlow's and that's going to be major factor come Sunday .
Yeah the starting 15 will be very important. Vital to get ahead of Carlow early on and make them come out and play a bit less defensively.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: High Fielder on June 05, 2018, 12:59:12 PM
I think it comes down to stopping Murphy in midfield. He's a top of the ground player and their engine. So much of their play stems from him running from deep and he'll be a real pest. Good to watch though. I'd keep the team as it started the last day. Niall is just better coming in when things have settled a little while Gary and Evan need to work harder. Scores are not enough on their own
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Don Draper on June 05, 2018, 01:37:01 PM
Let Murphy run, shadow him, and make him kick it. It would be interesting to see him kick football for the first time, and in Croke Park and all. What a day that would be.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Unlaoised on June 05, 2018, 08:44:22 PM
Let Murphy run, shadow him, and make him kick it. It would be interesting to see him kick football for the first time, and in Croke Park and all. What a day that would be.


Ha ha laugh out loud moment
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: jimbob2 on June 05, 2018, 09:37:28 PM
Michael Carroll passed away this weekend, Brother of the late Lulu, Son of Michael and Angela and Father of Evan May he rest in peace. I hope Evan will go out and do him proud this weekend given the chance if he is up to it.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Unlaoised on June 05, 2018, 10:54:26 PM
Michael Carroll passed away this weekend, Brother of the late Lulu, Son of Michael and Angela and Father of Evan May he rest in peace. I hope Evan will go out and do him proud this weekend given the chance if he is up to it.


That's sad he must have been young
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on June 06, 2018, 12:31:02 AM
Commiserations to Evan, RIP Michael.

Saw him in Wexford Park a few weeks ago at Laois v Wexford. Didn't think he looked well although its been a while since I saw him before that.
Really hope it wont affect Evan's chances of playing as he is a guy we will need at some stage next Sunday.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on June 06, 2018, 12:42:03 AM
16 Years of his life dedicated to Laois Football, what a man...




Timmons reveals retirement never crossed his mind despite litany of injuries
https://www.laoistoday.ie/2018/06/05/timmons-reveals-retirement-never-crossed-his-mind-despite-litany-of-injuries (https://www.laoistoday.ie/2018/06/05/timmons-reveals-retirement-never-crossed-his-mind-despite-litany-of-injuries)/
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Unison on June 06, 2018, 09:28:14 AM
What a man is right. Would love to see him appear in a Leinster Final.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Don Draper on June 06, 2018, 10:18:18 AM
What a man is right. Would love to see him appear in a Leinster Final.
The perfect man to fire into the middle of the huddle on Sunday. This means more.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: The PRO on June 07, 2018, 05:02:37 AM
Not enough Carlow coverage at all in the national media, is there? Would be nice to hear a bit more about what their manager thinks. Can't even think of his name,  he's so low profile.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Don Draper on June 07, 2018, 06:13:07 AM
Not enough Carlow coverage at all in the national media, is there? Would be nice to hear a bit more about what their manager thinks. Can't even think of his name,  he's so low profile.
It’s perfect.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Don Draper on June 08, 2018, 01:55:39 PM
Broderick shiteing on in the media yesterday. I couldnt be happier with this being quite honest. It couldnt be nicer. I doubt there's ever been less about a bookies favourite going into a game before. All we need is the players to have their heads screwed on, and we'll win this pulling up.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Unison on June 08, 2018, 02:33:23 PM
Broderick shiteing on in the media yesterday. I couldnt be happier with this being quite honest. It couldnt be nicer. I doubt there's ever been less about a bookies favourite going into a game before. All we need is the players to have their heads screwed on, and we'll win this pulling up.

I hope you are right Don. I wish I could feel so confident.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Don Draper on June 08, 2018, 03:06:47 PM
Broderick shiteing on in the media yesterday. I couldnt be happier with this being quite honest. It couldnt be nicer. I doubt there's ever been less about a bookies favourite going into a game before. All we need is the players to have their heads screwed on, and we'll win this pulling up.

I hope you are right Don. I wish I could feel so confident.
Its not in the Laois DNA to do confidence. Nonetheless, respect them, don't fear them.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Joeythelips on June 08, 2018, 06:55:22 PM
I was listening to someone the other day saying Laois seem to have Carlow's number which makes sense looking at the league. My one worry would be our slow starts in games as if Carlow get a 4 or 5 point lead they would be hard to peg back given their set up. I cant make it home for the game, but at least RTE have decided to show the Dubs semi final  >:(
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Tony on June 08, 2018, 07:38:45 PM
To be honest, i'm glad it's not on TV because it will mean a large crowd from Carlow & Laois show up on the day. It'll make for a great atmosphere. Sometimes when it's on TV, it means it's tempting to just stay at home and watch it on the box. I know I've fallen into that catagory at times in the past. I expect the largest Laois crowd in years to show up for this one - of course nothing like the Micko era yet - but maybe 3.5k supporters or so?
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: justinn on June 08, 2018, 09:55:12 PM
Laois: Graham Brody; Stephen Attride, Mark Timmons, Gareth Dillon; Trevor Collins, Colm Begley, Finbarr Crowley; John O’Loughlin, Kieran Lillis; Alan Farrell, Niall Donoher, Damien O’Connor; Ross Munnelly, Donie Kingston, Paul Kingston
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on June 08, 2018, 11:43:32 PM
Now it starts...Come on Laois!!


Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on June 09, 2018, 12:39:43 AM
How Carlow Play...

https://www.facebook.com/The42.ie/videos/1859864974075983/
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: portlaoisekid on June 09, 2018, 08:14:42 AM
It's a horrible style of football carlow play and for all the goodwill they receive in the media that will dry up quickly once people actually see them play . Fermangh are being crucified for playing the same style yet you don't see Gallagher on the the Sunday game riding his bicycle taking about how wonderful fermanagh are.

I think laois have enough to beat carlow, we just need to cop the hell on and play
 with total confidence in ourselves. We have to trust we are better than them , which I believe we are. let them talk shite in the media and how great it is to have so many supporters in croke park etc while we actually turn up to play a game of football to win. Put down a marker from the first throw in and we will beat them. Laois by 4+.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Unison on June 09, 2018, 09:32:48 AM
How Carlow Play...

https://www.facebook.com/The42.ie/videos/1859864974075983/

When you see it like that it seems a pretty formidable system of defence, and you wonder will our main scoring threats, the two Kingstons in the full forward line, both be marked out of the game? You also wonder how will we cope with their speedy counter attacks? 

We have played hem twice already and beaten them. So, have they 'upped' their performance now that the championship has begun?

Their wins against Louth and Kildare were two impressive results, so its going to be interesting.

Lets get a good start, or at least, not a bad one!
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Tony on June 09, 2018, 10:25:45 AM
I think they've a good system on tight pitches. I think they'll be found out though on the wide open spaces of croke park. It's a very limited system in my opinion. It relies on them getting ahead. If they go 5+ points down, the system is flawed. I think we've a more progressive, flexible system that suits us far better. Kildare played into their hands but i think if we keep cool heads, we can outclass them. Man for man we have the much more talented players with only a couple of exceptions. Also, we have quite a few men who can hit you from range. I don't think the blanket system will work well against us.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Joeythelips on June 09, 2018, 12:48:12 PM
Very harsh some of the talk on here about Carlow, we may be hearing a lot from Carlow at the minute but they have earned their bit of limelight after decades of near misses and hammerings. If Laois had beaten Kildare by 7 points we would be dancing in the streets. Its only 1 year ago Kildare wiped the floor with us. Carlows system may not be pretty, but like Fermanagh they set themselves up to give them the best chance of winning. To quote Philip Jordan in his RTE column https://www.rte.ie/sport/gaa/2018/0605/968327-philip-jordan-fermanagh/ (https://www.rte.ie/sport/gaa/2018/0605/968327-philip-jordan-fermanagh/)
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If Rory Gallagher had sent out his team to play old-fashioned 15-against-15 football they would have been wiped out.

Clare are a decent Division 2 side, they only just missed out on promotion this season, and Kerry put 32 points on them. Galway wiped the floor with Sligo. The same would have happened Fermanagh had they not taken the approach they did.
Do the people who criticise them really expect them to go out and just take a hammering?

As others have said here Laois have the better footballers and all being equal Laois should win by 4/5 points, but Carlow's system once they stick to it will make it very tough for us. But we should respect them and let them enjoy their time in the sun, its up to us to do the talking on the pitch where it counts if we want to end it.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: The Boy Wonder on June 09, 2018, 01:07:09 PM
Well said - it's great to see the buzz in Carlow after all their years in the doldrums.
Anything that promotes the GAA for young people is positive.

C'mon Laois anyway !
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Joeythelips on June 09, 2018, 04:15:59 PM
Kildare leading Derry by 6 points in the second half, of they go on to win and Armagh beat Westmeath the form will be franked in favour of Carlow. Wexford losing to Waterford should make us wary.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Don Draper on June 09, 2018, 05:23:34 PM
Kildare leading Derry by 6 points in the second half, of they go on to win and Armagh beat Westmeath the form will be franked in favour of Carlow. Wexford losing to Waterford should make us wary.
Relax mate, you’ll do yourself an injury.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Joeythelips on June 09, 2018, 05:47:30 PM
Kildare leading Derry by 6 points in the second half, of they go on to win and Armagh beat Westmeath the form will be franked in favour of Carlow. Wexford losing to Waterford should make us wary.
Relax mate, you’ll do yourself an injury.

 ;D I’m grand. Just seeing the results and fearing the worse tomorrow.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Don Draper on June 09, 2018, 06:14:28 PM
Kildare leading Derry by 6 points in the second half, of they go on to win and Armagh beat Westmeath the form will be franked in favour of Carlow. Wexford losing to Waterford should make us wary.
Relax mate, you’ll do yourself an injury.

 ;D I’m grand. Just seeing the results and fearing the worse tomorrow.
Too many variables to draw a form line as you are trying to do.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: BallyroanAbu on June 09, 2018, 10:06:37 PM
It will be a shocking game which Laois win if we don’t bomb the ball down the throat of their midfielder Murphy.  He went to town on us the last day, Broderick missed everything but we also pulled up when going handy. 
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: County Man on June 09, 2018, 11:42:10 PM
Best of luck to the lads tomorrow.

Important to keep discipline. Carlow will have something up their slieves to test us in that regard.

We will likely be outnumbered 2 or 3 to one in terms of support with the Dubs sure to support Carlow when they arrive.

As mentioned by other folks we need a good start, keep them on the back foot.

With both Westmeath and Wexford bowing out of the qualifiers today and Kildare winning, it could be argued that Carlow have got to the semis in more impressive fashion.

We have had a great season so far undefeated with a much improved collective unit and a fine manager in Sugrue.

Big game tomorrow for Finbarr Crowley, did well against Westmeath and now his first big test in Croke Park. All the best to him, no doubt Colm Begley will provide leadership beside him.

We need to watch Sean Murphys runs and prevent him getting ball. Hopefully the defence will continue their fine form and cut down on frees for Broderick.

Lets do the business tomorrow and advance to a Leinster final. Laois Abu. 



Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Tony on June 10, 2018, 09:52:37 AM
Best of luck to all involved today, looking forward to the trip up. Win lose or draw, it's been a positive year for us and we're moving in the right direction. Of course it'd be nice to continue on for a bit longer on this fine run we're having. If we play to our potential, i think it'll be our day today. Laois abu!
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: BallyroanAbu on June 10, 2018, 10:06:57 AM
Unfortunately Tony, losing will mess our year up that’s just life.  It may not be fair but that’s the way it is.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Joeythelips on June 10, 2018, 10:16:53 AM
Best of luck to our footballers today, after a shit storm over the last few seasons with consecutive relegations and poor management, they seem to have a man in charge who can get the best out of them. There is no doubt in my mind that we have the better players so if we match them for work rate and intensity for the 70 minutes we can book a place in the Leinster Final. After the hiding Kildare gave us last year I did not think I would be saying words like "book a place in the Leinster Final" regarding Laois for a long time. Days like this do not come around often as we know so give it everything from the start lads.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: BallyroanAbu on June 10, 2018, 10:54:28 AM
P>S UP Laois, I really think we will hammer them today so defeat is not in my head
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Don Draper on June 10, 2018, 01:36:59 PM
P>S UP Laois, I really think we will hammer them today so defeat is not in my head
We’re going to do it
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Joeythelips on June 10, 2018, 03:14:50 PM
P>S UP Laois, I really think we will hammer them today so defeat is not in my head
We’re going to do it

 :D sounds like it so far, the brother text me to say it’s scutter but it’s what was expected given Carlow’s system. Carlow on top at the minute but Laois still just ahead. On the hot day our bench should edge it for us.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: The PRO on June 10, 2018, 04:05:39 PM
Mup owa dah!!!
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Joeythelips on June 10, 2018, 05:09:10 PM
No matter who we have beaten along the way or how the Carlow game was as a spectacle, it is great to be able to say Laois are back in a Leinster final. Obviously it’s hard to see them given the Dubs a decent game but who knows. Well done to all involved on what has been a great year so far
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: The Boy Wonder on June 10, 2018, 05:22:58 PM
It will be a shocking game which Laois win if we don’t bomb the ball down the throat of their midfielder Murphy.  He went to town on us the last day, Broderick missed everything but we also pulled up when going handy.

Nail on the head - it was a dire game of football. Apart from winning there was little enjoyment and few highlights but we got the win  :)

Feet will be firmly on the ground for the final. I hope Stephen Attride is ok - that was a very courageous interception to avert danger.

Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Don Draper on June 10, 2018, 05:55:16 PM
Never in doubt. Respect them but no fear. We don’t lose to Carlow.

Thoughts with Stephen, and a massive word for Evan, a man among men.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: High Fielder on June 10, 2018, 07:29:43 PM
Carlow were awful and didn't want to play. Any time they ventured forward we quickly responded. They let their large support down quite badly because they deserved a better attempt than that. Nullifying Sean Murphy pretty much cancelled them out although our own tackling is still nowhere near good enough. We look quite desperate when run at or drawn and the ball goes in behind. It's still a free pass to our half back line and sometimes beyond.

The above said it's been a progressive year and Sugrue is showing that he knows how to play the game in front of him. Very proud and grateful for the effort
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Unison on June 10, 2018, 08:46:59 PM
Well done to John Sugrue and the team today. Its hard to believe that we are just one win nad a lucky draw away from Super 8s. In he meantime, can we keep the score in the Leinster final respectable?
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: portlaoisekid on June 10, 2018, 09:06:42 PM
Carlow were awful and didn't want to play. Any time they ventured forward we quickly responded. They let their large support down quite badly because they deserved a better attempt than that. Nullifying Sean Murphy pretty much cancelled them out although our own tackling is still nowhere near good enough. We look quite desperate when run at or drawn and the ball goes in behind. It's still a free pass to our half back line and sometimes beyond.

The above said it's been a progressive year and Sugrue is showing that he knows how to play the game in front of him. Very proud and grateful for the effort
carlow were a joke today in terms of the way they play football, O'Brien and Poacher the tactical geniuses my ass, and as for their idiot supporters cheering on that crap I have no sympathy for them.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Jd on June 10, 2018, 09:36:04 PM
So happy to have been there . Pride well restored in the jersey. Just a word about some of the so called Carlow support . They were itching to argue everything .if a Lapis lad fouled they were screaming for cards and if I even looked sideways they were in my ear . Delighted we bet them cos they are a cynical team
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Joeythelips on June 10, 2018, 09:39:58 PM
Well done to John Sugrue and the team today. Its hard to believe that we are just one win nad a lucky draw away from Super 8s. In he meantime, can we keep the score in the Leinster final respectable?

Whats your idea of respectable? the spread would be 15 points or so with bookmakers. Would that be respectable? The last time they met in Croke Park they lost by 11 Could Laois beat that next day out? possibly, could Dublin go to town on Laois and beat them as many as they like, also possible.
It seem Laois are decent going forward but not the best defensively so hopefully they will push up on the Dubs and play to their strengths. But no matter what way you look at it, it seems hard to see Laois get a 10 point defeat or less, let alone win the game. But fortunately I am not the Laois manager, Im sure Sugrue and the players will be ready on the day. Hopefully they will give a good account of themselves given that there is no real pressure on them. Seeing as, if they do lose, Laois go into the qualifiers where a win gets them into the Super 8s so a humiliating defeat might be mentally hard to recover from.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: BallyroanAbu on June 10, 2018, 09:51:12 PM
I don’t know what spread is against Dublin but hard to call where we are considering the dire shit served up by Carlow but well done to all involved Leinster Final  a serious achievement considering where we were last year
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: SCFC on June 10, 2018, 09:53:36 PM
So happy to have been there . Pride well restored in the jersey. Just a word about some of the so called Carlow support . They were itching to argue everything .if a Lapis lad fouled they were screaming for cards and if I even looked sideways they were in my ear . Delighted we bet them cos they are a cynical team
I thought I was just unlucky where I was sitting!
Look, every county has a percentage of arsehole supporters but I thought Carlow had a particularly high amount today.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: BallyroanAbu on June 10, 2018, 10:00:10 PM
So happy to have been there . Pride well restored in the jersey. Just a word about some of the so called Carlow support . They were itching to argue everything .if a Lapis lad fouled they were screaming for cards and if I even looked sideways they were in my ear . Delighted we bet them cos they are a cynical team
I thought I was just unlucky where I was sitting!
Look, every county has a percentage of arsehole supporters but I thought Carlow had a particularly high amount today.

Nothing wrong with been an arsehole when your winning they jumped the gun
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Don Draper on June 10, 2018, 10:48:54 PM
Jesus Christ lads, tonight is not the night for talking about spreads and humiliating defeats. Enjoy the good days, they’re rare.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: SCFC on June 10, 2018, 11:06:02 PM
Our lads have to believe they can pull off the shock of the century. No point in going up there otherwise. You have to hope that you have a day when it all goes right for you and wrong for the opposition. Can't wait for it.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Laoiseabu on June 10, 2018, 11:13:18 PM
Does anyone think we'll beat Dublin ? It will be a step up ten levels from Carlow
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: BallyroanAbu on June 10, 2018, 11:18:48 PM
Let’s be realistic here not a hope in hell,  if you want to be delusional work away.  That bull of believing you can beat them “if you really want” is silly talk this Dublin team is possibly one of the all time greats we struggled to get over a limited Carlow.  That’s not to say we  can put in a performance that troubles Dublin then I would be euphoric regardless of result.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: blueandwhite1 on June 10, 2018, 11:30:29 PM
Does anyone think we'll beat Dublin ? It will be a step up ten levels from Carlow

Does anyone think anyone can beat Dublin? Nothing will be expected of us which will take off all the pressure. Will take something special to make a match of it.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: ILikeStrawberryJam on June 10, 2018, 11:31:56 PM
We wont beat Dublin.. anyone who has a clue about football knows that but there is a carrot of the super 8 there now.

Defensively we are vulnerable when run at but we have a decent team with lads who are proud to wear the jersey.

Dillon,timmins,Begley, collins, jol, donoher all very good today. Forwards struggled for obvious reasons.

Great to see so many laois people there today.

Pride has been restored by sugrue and the players after several years of shite.

Hope attride is ok
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Laoiseabu on June 10, 2018, 11:48:13 PM
And what the f**k were Kildare at to let Carlow bate them
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Leixlad on June 11, 2018, 09:16:18 AM
I think we will beat them, shur we are on a roll...11 wins in a row  ;D ;D ;D ;D

Well, someone has to start the optimism  8)

Great to see Laois jerseys out in force again! Well done to Sugrue and the players theres an awful lot to be said for good attitude and commitment.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Don Draper on June 11, 2018, 09:23:09 AM
Gutted for Attride.

Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: BallyroanAbu on June 11, 2018, 09:25:29 AM
Likewise serious injury best wishes Stephen
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: SCFC on June 11, 2018, 09:29:03 AM
Let’s be realistic here not a hope in hell,  if you want to be delusional work away.  That bull of believing you can beat them “if you really want” is silly talk this Dublin team is possibly one of the all time greats we struggled to get over a limited Carlow.  That’s not to say we  can put in a performance that troubles Dublin then I would be euphoric regardless of result.
Thank f**k you're not in charge of the team.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Unison on June 11, 2018, 09:52:11 AM
Gutted for Attride.

How serious is the injury to Stephen?

I would gladly take a gutsy performance and a 10 to 12 point defeat to Dublin. Hopefully Laois will not be so deflated that the possibility of qualification for the Super 8s would be beyond them.

However, we have to be happy with the progress made under Sugrue.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Joeythelips on June 11, 2018, 10:06:06 AM
A double skull fracture. Best wishes to the guy I hope he has a speedy recovery as soon as possible and does not have any long lasting side effects. I would imagine after such a serious injury that doctors would advice him not to play again. Do the GPA have insurance or something for guys with serious injuries such as this or what happens if he misses work for a long period??
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: High Fielder on June 11, 2018, 11:08:51 AM
What a terrible blow for the lad. He was so brave to go in like he did but to be honest, that's the player he is. I wish him a speedy and uncomplicated recovery.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: blueandwhite1 on June 11, 2018, 11:18:10 AM
Attride - Talk about giving everything to the team. Unbelievable bravery yesterday from Stephen and all the other lads. We looked fit, hungry and at times quite skillful. Our defensive structure was breached on occasion but the full back line were excellent in limiting major damage. Even our clever use of strategic fouling was good.

I was very impressed by our maturity. We knew exactly what we were facing, had a plan, and executed it well. Carlow are really hard to play against. They have Tyrone next which should be exciting......

Dublin were awesome yesterday against a good Longford side. The thing that is most impressive for me is their ability to run flat out at full pace for 75 minutes. Even if you can compete with them on football terms you can't out run them. They remind me of the aussies in the International Rules - professional athletes. Hard to imagine any of them has a day-job.

Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Giovanni on June 11, 2018, 11:49:03 AM
Attride - Talk about giving everything to the team. Unbelievable bravery yesterday from Stephen and all the other lads. We looked fit, hungry and at times quite skillful. Our defensive structure was breached on occasion but the full back line were excellent in limiting major damage. Even our clever use of strategic fouling was good.

This sums up more or less what I thought of it. I have to be honest - before yesterday, I couldn't really see the evidence of this new dawn in Laois football. We were stumbling over the line against the likes of London and Waterford and I couldn't see this sea change. I finally got it yesterday.

The change is really epitomised in Finbarr Crowley. I thought he did an incredible job on Sean Murphy. To be able to keep the required level of concentration for the full 70 minutes (and pop up for a point as well) is a testament to himself but also to the management team. This, and the Attride commitment, shows what is different now. I still think there are one or two of the big names who need to take a leaf out of the young lads' book in that regard but yesterday we really looked like we knew what we were trying to do and we executed the plan very professionally indeed. A job exceptionally well done.

On a side issue, I think the referee wasn't great yesterday. He really gave a lot of soft frees (in both directions) and, at the same, didn't clamp down on a few nasty incidents. I thought Brody in particular drew two fouls, which were clear red card offences but he let them away with it. It's always tempting for the opposition to show the fancy dan goalkeeper what it's like to play out the field and the goalkeeper needs the same protection as any other player in those circumstances.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Laoiseabu on June 11, 2018, 12:02:19 PM
But sure we stumbled Over the line yesterday too?😂😂 not without Carlow missing some goal chances
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Giovanni on June 11, 2018, 12:36:19 PM
I suppose that's true in a certain way but to me we looked in complete control (and it really was controlled). We also had our share of missed opportunities, most notable 3 or 4 dreadful frees (something that we obviously can't afford from now on) and one or two goal opportunities that were missed because we didn't make that final pass.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: BallyroanAbu on June 11, 2018, 12:49:55 PM
Let’s be realistic here not a hope in hell,  if you want to be delusional work away.  That bull of believing you can beat them “if you really want” is silly talk this Dublin team is possibly one of the all time greats we struggled to get over a limited Carlow.  That’s not to say we  can put in a performance that troubles Dublin then I would be euphoric regardless of result.
Thank f**k you're not in charge of the team.

I hate to tell you this but Santa Claus, The Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny are not real 8).  Laois have traveled along way this year and that should be celebrated but this Dublin team is on the verge of legendary status after nearly a decade of building.   It will be nice playing them and somewhere deep down there is the hope we can pull off a victory but we are 100/1 to win this.  But Laois have had a good year and as Napoleon said "give me lucky generals" hopefully the draw in the qualifiers is kind and we can get into the Super 8's and I don't think many on here would have envisaged that at the start of the year.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Jd on June 11, 2018, 01:50:23 PM
I was impressed with the way we held onto the ball yesterday .we have good footballers who will trouble Dublin for periods the next day but the problem is that Dublin are relentless and move the ball so fast so periods of good play just won't be enough. McCarthy was up and down the field and he only looked at half throttle. I still think that while we're a good bit off Dublin's standard we are capable of competing with a lot of the other teams left in the qualifiers and while I hope I'm left eating my words I reckon we would be very happy with a good final performance and a place in super 8s. A few u20s in next year's panel and develop from there and suddenly we could be in a very good place in a couple of years
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: blueandwhite1 on June 11, 2018, 03:00:57 PM
I was impressed with the way we held onto the ball yesterday .we have good footballers who will trouble Dublin for periods the next day but the problem is that Dublin are relentless and move the ball so fast so periods of good play just won't be enough. McCarthy was up and down the field and he only looked at half throttle. I still think that while we're a good bit off Dublin's standard we are capable of competing with a lot of the other teams left in the qualifiers and while I hope I'm left eating my words I reckon we would be very happy with a good final performance and a place in super 8s. A few u20s in next year's panel and develop from there and suddenly we could be in a very good place in a couple of years

The difference between Dublin and Carlow is that Carlow will stand and watch you while you are passing the ball across the width of the 45 while Dublin will harass you in swarms with relentless energy until you cough it up or pass it rashly. We will have very little time on the ball so the ponderous build-up will have to go. When we broke tackles and passed to players off the shoulder yesterday we looked dangerous. We will need 70+ minutes of it to have an impact on the Dubs.

Aidan O'Rourke's article on RTE website today very good.

https://www.rte.ie/sport/gaa/2018/0611/969689-dublin-and-carlow-counter-attack-to-best-of-ability/ (https://www.rte.ie/sport/gaa/2018/0611/969689-dublin-and-carlow-counter-attack-to-best-of-ability/)
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: SCFC on June 11, 2018, 04:12:03 PM
Let’s be realistic here not a hope in hell,  if you want to be delusional work away.  That bull of believing you can beat them “if you really want” is silly talk this Dublin team is possibly one of the all time greats we struggled to get over a limited Carlow.  That’s not to say we  can put in a performance that troubles Dublin then I would be euphoric regardless of result.
Thank f**k you're not in charge of the team.

I hate to tell you this but Santa Claus, The Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny are not real 8).  Laois have traveled along way this year and that should be celebrated but this Dublin team is on the verge of legendary status after nearly a decade of building.   It will be nice playing them and somewhere deep down there is the hope we can pull off a victory but we are 100/1 to win this.  But Laois have had a good year and as Napoleon said "give me lucky generals" hopefully the draw in the qualifiers is kind and we can get into the Super 8's and I don't think many on here would have envisaged that at the start of the year.
You're contradicting yourself now. You've gone from "not a hope in hell" to "somewhere deep down there is the hope we can pull off a victory".
It's the latter one I'm thinking. Of course, I'm realistic. Of course, it's very unlikely. But you have to dream. You have to believe or there's no point in playing it. 
It was 9 points to 5, 10 minutes into the second half in last year's Dublin Carlow game. I'd take something like that and try to keep 15 on the pitch unlike Carlow did.
And Santa Claus is real.  :)
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Tony on June 11, 2018, 04:30:41 PM
Dublin are a good few steps up from what we've been playing but look, 2018 has been a fantastic year for Laois, the players have put pride back in the jersey again and we're certainly looking up. They've given us some great times this year, we're League winners and we've had 3 very good championship performances so far and now a Leinster final!!!

So enjoy it, be proud of the immense achievment this is - Attride going in for that ball where not many people would put a shovel is an illustration of the pride and committment our lads have in this jersey. A joy to watch. Thanks to all the lads and people involved in management for giving Laois people such great times this year, we really do appreciate it. As far as I'm concerned, it's bonus territory from here. The expectations are low from here and we've far exceeded expectation already thus far. So let's go and it give our best and enjoy the moment.

One final point, I'd probably put Damien O' Connor back in place of the injured Attride and start Evan O' Carroll. I'd also start Strong, Walsh or Glynn ahead of Farrell. I think we need our best players on the pitch from the start against Dublin because, it's so easy to go 2-6 to 0-1 behind against them after 15mins. If we want to give ourselves a chance we must get a run on them or at least keep it tight until half time. I'm not saying we're going to win but Sugrue will set us up pretty well. We need a good slice of luck and to convert our chances and for Dublin to have an off day but as I said earlier, it's bonus territory so why not give it a good, intelligently setup lash and try to be clinical with our chances. Hopefully someone will have their mind on scoring goals when opportunities arise, as we'll need them.

Up Laois  ;D
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: blueandwhite1 on June 11, 2018, 04:39:21 PM
I think Farrell's pace and work-rate are under-rated some times. He gets through an amount of work and broke a few tackles yesterday when we needed it. I would keep him on the starting team.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Joeythelips on June 11, 2018, 06:06:17 PM
Dublin are a good few steps up from what we've been playing but look, 2018 has been a fantastic year for Laois, the players have put pride back in the jersey again and we're certainly looking up. They've given us some great times this year, we're League winners and we've had 3 very good championship performances so far and now a Leinster final!!!

So enjoy it, be proud of the immense achievment this is - Attride going in for that ball where not many people would put a shovel is an illustration of the pride and committment our lads have in this jersey. A joy to watch. Thanks to all the lads and people involved in management for giving Laois people such great times this year, we really do appreciate it. As far as I'm concerned, it's bonus territory from here. The expectations are low from here and we've far exceeded expectation already thus far. So let's go and it give our best and enjoy the moment.

One final point, I'd probably put Damien O' Connor back in place of the injured Attride and start Evan O' Carroll. I'd also start Strong, Walsh or Glynn ahead of Farrell. I think we need our best players on the pitch from the start against Dublin because, it's so easy to go 2-6 to 0-1 behind against them after 15mins. If we want to give ourselves a chance we must get a run on them or at least keep it tight until half time. I'm not saying we're going to win but Sugrue will set us up pretty well. We need a good slice of luck and to convert our chances and for Dublin to have an off day but as I said earlier, it's bonus territory so why not give it a good, intelligently setup lash and try to be clinical with our chances. Hopefully someone will have their mind on scoring goals when opportunities arise, as we'll need them.

Up Laois  ;D

Yep, well put Tony. Realistically this years goals have all been met by management and players so well done to them. They are in bonus territory so just go out and give it a right lash. All us supporters want is to see players giving it everything for the cause which is plain to see, and all the players want is a proper set up and management team to help them prepare which after a few shambolic years seems to be the case. Sugrue in fairness has made a big difference and is definitely getting the best out of our players so the county board should make sure he is the manager for a few years to come. We talk about promotion and underage development but the best boost for this is youngsters watching their count win games in Croke Park. They have seem their players win 2 games there already this year so huge thanks to all involved.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on June 11, 2018, 06:17:43 PM
I was surprised Donie wasn't replaced by Walsh with around 20 mins to go, Carlow had two men hanging around Donie everywhere he went and he was never going to get an inch of room. They don't really know the way Gary plays and he could have snatched a goal or a few points. Donie and Ross missed a few kickable frees yesterday and we need Gary on for the free taking if Evan is not starting as we are going to need to take every chance that's going next day.
It sickens me the way everyone is still talking about Carlow and how they play and very little being said about Sugrue and the way he set us up to break down a very stubborn defence like that.
Personally I think we have had very few managers over the past few years who could have got us to play that very slow, boring brand of football even though that was exactly what was needed yesterday. I hope he can devise another brilliant way to deal with the Dubs as we are going to have to be able to pull off something very special to keep their score in anyway reasonable.

Longford tried to go man for man on them and failed miserably so I doubt that's the way to go but we will have to take every chance we get as there is no way we are going to stop that scoring machine from racking up another huge score. Stephen will be badly missed but its a chance for someone else to step up and make a name for himself and do it for the captain...
Is Cahillane anywhere near being fit enough for the bench? He would add a bit more to the forwards if only for 20 minutes. Nice to see Dicey Reilly on the sideline with Sugrue yesterday and I saw Brendan Quigley at the game also. What's the position with Brendan at this stage?
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: on the hop on June 11, 2018, 07:56:06 PM
some good points junior, firstly Longford decided not to employ any cover and got roasted, the score could have been massive if Dublin wanted it. the Dublin forwards really hit them hard at times, one of which yielded a goal and along with their sheer pace and fitness had them run ragged. it was very noticeable that a few of their backs had their hands on the hips in the first half. I would hope that we can deal with them better.

on the match itself, while it was great to win, I was very disappointed with how we still allowed Carlow to be so close at the end. realistically they had the better goal chances than us. That is the third game against them and I would wonder as a tactic did we not try employ some sort of runners off the shoulder to commit them. The backs were great and midfield I thought did ok, certainly at times there was space in front of them to draw Carlow out. The forwards didn't go well. I would have taken off donie long before it happened. As talented and important he is to us, near the end between missed frees and turnovers he was liability. it is mentioned that he was double marked, then you would think it would have been easier to instruct him to drag the two of them over towards the corner and make some space for others. He was very static, nearly as bad as paul. Paul could strive the next day but he has never done well with a close marker, possibly the reason why he has done better further out the field than corner forward. ross tried hard and won a few frees, but found it hard at times to get that bit of space to get a shop off. The next day will be different as Dublin let you pay a bit, but we cant be as wasteful and hopefully evan will start.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: County Man on June 11, 2018, 09:33:30 PM
On the Hop dont't be so negative!! We are in the Leinster final!!  ;D

We have beaten Carlow 3 times in a row this year, not bad considering they beat Louth and Kildare comfortably.

The display yesterday was excellent against a team who set up so negatively. It took incredible patience and mental strength especially in the first 20 minutes to take control of the game and boss it. We had 76% possession in the first half. Big Donie was treble marked at times but still kicked a super point early on to push us 2-1 ahead. Yes he missed some frees but so did Broderick.

Credit also to Colm Begley, Alan Farrell and young Crowley who kicked lovely points in the first half. Its a 21 man game and Glynn, Donagher, Johnno and Evan kicked fine scores to see us through. We hit a lot more wides than Carlow and 8 from play compared to Carlow's 3 from play so a fully deserved win.

We owe a lot to our defence. Again Dillon was outstanding with that brilliant block on Broderick and also a couple of turnovers. Same with Mark Timmons. Solid as a rock.

Our captain Attride was excellent again and what a pity what happened at the end. Wishing him a speedy recovery, what a soldier.

Trevor Collins is really maturing and Alan Farrell is a real workhorse, he deserves great credit.

Midfield solid again and negated Sean Murphy's runs.

We are blessed to have Sugrue in charge and for me he can have the job for as long as he wants. 

10 competitive wins in a row this year. Laois football is on a high. Fine support in Croke Park yesterday. I noticed that Longford had very few there. I would urge supporters to travel in big numbers again for the final. 11 years is too long a time.

Obviously we are in bonus territory now. Who could have predicted this a year ago?

Dublin are rampant at the moment. We held them to 11 points in 2016 and 2014. If we could keep the margin to single figures it would be a fantastic effort and something to take to round 4 of the qualifiers.

Keep it as tight as possible and try to grab some scores on the counter attack. A goal or 2 for us wouldn't go amiss. We have the forwards to get them. All in all, I can't wait! This is what its all about!

Thank you Sugrue, the rest of the backroom team and of course the players. You have all done us proud. 



Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: on the hop on June 11, 2018, 10:59:17 PM
Your making me feel bad😀, I could say that we only scored the same as louth and less than kildare. Still think that we shouldn't have to had made it so nervous in the end. You can miss frees but some of them were sloppy misses. Would you change any of the forwards for the final or are we to assume that o Connor will go into the backs and Evan into the forwards
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Giovanni on June 11, 2018, 11:06:45 PM
I personally wouldn't have Damien O Connor at corner back against Dublin (or anyone else). He works hard out the field and covers plenty of ground but I wouldn't see him as a corner back. 
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: ollie12 on June 12, 2018, 08:55:04 AM
I was up at the game on Sunday....
I thought Laois played a very calm and measured game. They didn't panic and didn't kick it away and get frustrated with the 14 man Carlow defence in front of them. A few notable points from the game, Timmons got a brilliant hand in on Murphy and disposed him brilliantly in first half. Donoher's pass to Crowley was great vision and Crowley kicked a super point from the pass. Laois's kickouts very fast and got the play under way straight away. Glynn kicked a great point from a narrow angle with possibly his first possession having come on when Laois were after kicking 3 or 4 bad wide's and badly needed a score. Dillons block on Broderick in second half was excellent, its rare in todays game.  Brody did very well from play coming out with the ball and it always attracts at least two opposition players and frees up his own team mates. Crowley was excellent under the long kickouts and picked up a few vital breaks. I thought Donnie kicked a few excellent frees in the last 15 minutes to close out the game, after missing a few scoreable ones beforehand. Evan kicked a nice point after a personally tough week for the chap. And finally Stephen Attride, what bravery to cut out a vital ball with 30 seconds left on the clock, its a pity that his sheer bravery came at such a cost to our captain.
Well done to all players, management and backroom staff.  Bring on the Dubs............ :)
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship(Next up Carlow in Croker 2pm 10th of June)
Post by: Unlaoised on June 12, 2018, 10:04:16 AM
Here's my rating from the weekend

A usual its only an opinion -im not always right :-) ..I respect every one of the Laois lads and the commitment they make to the jersey!


Brody 8 - Took a great early high ball and started great attacks with his bursts from goal.His kickout long and short were good.St Ledger should have seen red for his tackle on him.

Attride 7-Not on as much ball as he usually gets coming out of defence but his brave block at the end probably won the game fro Laois but could cost him his season.

Timmons 7-Solid under the hig ball and made a few great tackles with one great shoulder on Murphy was caught for pace a few times but he is a great leader back there

Dillion 8 -Another great performance by the corner back his block on Brodrick was superb and he was available for so  many kickouts taking off a mark for messing up one by taking it inside the line.

Collins 6-Quite enough but did a solid job I thought he could have made more of his runs forward on the right side in the first half but he has a great engine.

Begley 8-Had to be close to man of the match so composed on the ball and kicked a great point showing real leadership this year and looks very fit.

Crowley 8- Did a great job on Murphy and took the sting out of the Chu Chu ..Kicked a great point and picked up a lot of vital breaks in midfield.

O'Loughlin 8-Caught a few great kickouts a big easier in the middle for him due to Carlows also small midfield.A power house who put in some great tackles.Scored a nice point after a great Laois move.

Lillis 6- Was decent in spells but coughed up possession to many times not like him and he will have to improve that in the final grew into the game and has been a real plus this year.

Farrell -6 Not his best game but a willing worker kicked a great score in the first half.He has come on so much but needs to keep that level of improvement to keep his place.

Donoher -9 My man of the match superb in the first half winning two vital frees and setting up Kingston and Crowley for their scores.Kept it simple but was always looking to make things happen.Superb point in the second half.He always plays well in Croker

O'Connor 6-Alot of dirty work off the ball which was vital to the teams shape etc but he coughed up possession and his lack of scoring abilty in zones where he should be kicking is noticeable.

Munnelly 7- Did well winning a lot of ball and a few frees was dispossed a few times and missed and easy free which will disappoint him still having a great year and is a credit to his county.

D Kingston 7-Not his best game but was frustrated inside with the ball not coming in and two carlow lads hanging off his tail he did kick a great point and few nice frees in the second half.

P Kingston 6-Not the same impact as the last day and was kept very quiet by a tight marker still a player with so much skill and he worked hard for the team.

Carroll 7-I thought he showed quick hands a few times creating two Laois points and was busy when he came in.

Glynn 7-Deadly point and never lost the ball can be happy with his contribution .

O'Carroll 8- Looked dangerous in the 20 minutes he was on making two great runs and kicking a fine score on such a tough week for him his father would have been proud!

Strong 7- Caught one superb Carlow kickout and was good on the ball

Conway Walsh and Nerney weren't on long enough to really rate although Conway did get a few possessions .


As you can see by the subs ratings it certainly was a squad effort.

I'm proud of everyone of them there is no pressure on them now for the Dublin game and nothing but a heavy defeat is expected .


The players and staff should be proud of themselves winning every game we have played in 2018.

I cannot wait for the final and I hope the same Laois support travels up


Finally best wishes to Stephen I hope he makes a full recovery if you wanted to know why he was picked as captain then that tackle showed why.
He is a great player  and has been even in th bad years I hope his family and friends rally round him to make sure he recovers well physically and mentally which could be hard when something you love doing is taken away from you for what could be a considerable amount of time.

LAOIS LAOIS LAOIS
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Tony on June 12, 2018, 07:40:27 PM
Good to see Stephen Attride in good spirits and posting a positive message on Instagram! Some man and huge respect to him. Speedy recovery, Stephen https://www.instagram.com/p/Bj4mXbVlt9z/
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: rrhf on June 12, 2018, 08:27:56 PM
Enjoyed the Ross munnelly interview tonight. Came across as a real class act.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Tony on June 12, 2018, 10:22:30 PM
Agreed, he is a class act. Here's the link to his interview if anyone is interested https://youtu.be/FHdz4xcTdKc
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Unison on June 12, 2018, 11:25:43 PM
Nice interview. Ross is a great ambassador for Laois.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on June 13, 2018, 12:26:14 AM
Agreed, he is a class act. Here's the link to his interview if anyone is interested https://youtu.be/FHdz4xcTdKc
Great interview, Ross is a credit to himself and his county. Thanks for the link Tony..
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: The Boy Wonder on June 13, 2018, 01:05:17 AM
Just listened to the interview - no better man - Ross has done his county proud every time he wore the blue and white.

I'll never forget his performance in the 2nd half of the 2005 Leinster Final where he nearly single handedly got us over the line.

An inspirational guy to have in our dressing room.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: portlaoisekid on June 13, 2018, 08:19:47 AM
All gone quiet on Jonny Coopers punch vs longford, I assume he is clear with no retrospective action taking place.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Don Draper on June 13, 2018, 08:25:54 AM
All gone quiet on Jonny Coopers punch vs longford, I assume he is clear with no retrospective action taking place.
A tr**p will always be a tr**p.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Joeythelips on June 13, 2018, 11:19:33 AM
Just listened to the interview - no better man - Ross has done his county proud every time he wore the blue and white.

I'll never forget his performance in the 2nd half of the 2005 Leinster Final where he nearly single handedly got us over the line.

An inspirational guy to have in our dressing room.

Strange with all the games he won but that Dublin game is what sticks in my mind too when I think of Ross Munnelly. I was in the upper Hogan and he was telling his own players to get out of his way and make room for him as he was sprinting from one touch line to the other to win posession. He demanded the ball each time Laois came forward, he must have ran about 15 miles that day. He was incredieble and the Dubs were hitting him hard and often as they recognised he was the danger man but still he came back for more each time. Probably one of the best performances I have seen from any player in a Laois jersey.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: blueandwhite1 on June 13, 2018, 11:37:42 AM
For me, I will never forget the 2 goals that Ross scored in Navan against Meath in 2006. We were struggling in that game. It was a beautiful evening and Meath were convinced they would beat us. Laois stood up to them but one man rose above them all:

https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/sport/munnelly-makes-the-difference-for-laois-267975.html (https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/sport/munnelly-makes-the-difference-for-laois-267975.html)


Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Leixlad on June 13, 2018, 04:37:58 PM
Just listened to the interview - no better man - Ross has done his county proud every time he wore the blue and white.

I'll never forget his performance in the 2nd half of the 2005 Leinster Final where he nearly single handedly got us over the line.

An inspirational guy to have in our dressing room.

Strange with all the games he won but that Dublin game is what sticks in my mind too when I think of Ross Munnelly. I was in the upper Hogan and he was telling his own players to get out of his way and make room for him as he was sprinting from one touch line to the other to win posession. He demanded the ball each time Laois came forward, he must have ran about 15 miles that day. He was incredieble and the Dubs were hitting him hard and often as they recognised he was the danger man but still he came back for more each time. Probably one of the best performances I have seen from any player in a Laois jersey.

Yeah an unbelievable performance that day from him. How he didn't get an all star that year still baffles me.  If ever there is going to be a statue of a Laois player it'll surely be Ross! Maybe when he retires! If he retires!!  :o
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Tony on June 13, 2018, 07:55:10 PM
Ross is only 35, he's not over 40; He has another couple of years in him I think  ;D! If you mind yourself like Ross does and eat right and recover well, that's why you can still kick on at 35+ and make an impact. He's better now than he was in 2014/15/16, in my opinion, so fair play to him. As he said in his interview - losing his place meant he could have retired - or it could have spurred him on to try even harder to be better and win back his place. And that hard work has paid off as he's now a vital part of our starting 15 or a very important impact sub. Great ambassador for laois and excellent role model for the younger lads.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Don Draper on June 13, 2018, 08:52:27 PM
Ross is only 35, he's not over 40; He has another couple of years in him I think  ;D! If you mind yourself like Ross does and eat right and recover well, that's why you can still kick on at 35+ and make an impact. He's better now than he was in 2014/15/16, in my opinion, so fair play to him. As he said in his interview - losing his place meant he could have retired - or it could have spurred him on to try even harder to be better and win back his place. And that hard work has paid off as he's now a vital part of our starting 15 or a very important impact sub. Great ambassador for laois and excellent role model for the younger lads.

Not all that long ago some fellas on here wanted him retired.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Tony on June 14, 2018, 09:03:10 AM
In the last few years, Laois are one of the only teams in leinster to put it up to Dublin and make it interesting. We did ok in nowlan pk with 14, we ran them close to 3points in the 2012 all Ireland quarter final and we were leading at half time in 2014 and should have been further ahead. We had a couple of goal chances that day but didn't capitalise. We'll need all the goals we can get in the leinster final.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Clubber Lang on June 14, 2018, 10:45:07 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcdNumgT8m0

The first half against Dublin in 2014 was some of the best football played by a Laois team in the last decade and had the likes of Conway been more accurate with shooting could have built up a greater lead. Munnelly kicked some great scores and Kingston was at his peak that year fitness wise. It was probably the last time Dublin were losing at half time in a Leinster championship game. 
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: seafoid on June 14, 2018, 11:00:32 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcdNumgT8m0

The first half against Dublin in 2014 was some of the best football played by a Laois team in the last decade and had the likes of Conway been more accurate with shooting could have built up a greater lead. Munnelly kicked some great scores and Kingston was at his peak that year fitness wise. It was probably the last time Dublin were losing at half time in a Leinster championship game.
How did Laois go backwards after 2014?
Why did it happen?
Great to see Kingston and Munnelly in Croke Park again this year
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Don Draper on June 14, 2018, 11:24:41 AM
Cluxton is OUT.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Don Draper on June 14, 2018, 11:26:06 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcdNumgT8m0

The first half against Dublin in 2014 was some of the best football played by a Laois team in the last decade and had the likes of Conway been more accurate with shooting could have built up a greater lead. Munnelly kicked some great scores and Kingston was at his peak that year fitness wise. It was probably the last time Dublin were losing at half time in a Leinster championship game.
How did Laois go backwards after 2014?
Why did it happen?
Great to see Kingston and Munnelly in Croke Park again this year
Shite managers.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: redsetanta on June 14, 2018, 11:28:30 AM
Cluxton out won't affect the result but there should be shakey moments when Donie could get his fist to a dropping ball. Definately should send in a few high ones early doors.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Don Draper on June 14, 2018, 11:48:11 AM
Cluxton out won't affect the result but there should be shakey moments when Donie could get his fist to a dropping ball. Definately should send in a few high ones early doors.
He's worth 5-6 points to them for a variety of reasons. You're correct in that it won't change the result, but it is a positive. I'm sending a card to the Longford fella, anyone want me to add their name to it as well?
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: The PRO on June 14, 2018, 12:47:16 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcdNumgT8m0

The first half against Dublin in 2014 was some of the best football played by a Laois team in the last decade and had the likes of Conway been more accurate with shooting could have built up a greater lead. Munnelly kicked some great scores and Kingston was at his peak that year fitness wise. It was probably the last time Dublin were losing at half time in a Leinster championship game.
How did Laois go backwards after 2014?
Why did it happen?
Great to see Kingston and Munnelly in Croke Park again this year
Shite managers.
Yup. Justin McNulty couldn't be got rid of quick enough back then. We had 3 bad choices since then.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: redsetanta on June 14, 2018, 12:51:06 PM
The games were unwatchable under McNulty even if we did win more. Give me the set up that's there now any day of the week over McNulty. Has he done anything in management since then?
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Don Draper on June 14, 2018, 12:58:57 PM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcdNumgT8m0

The first half against Dublin in 2014 was some of the best football played by a Laois team in the last decade and had the likes of Conway been more accurate with shooting could have built up a greater lead. Munnelly kicked some great scores and Kingston was at his peak that year fitness wise. It was probably the last time Dublin were losing at half time in a Leinster championship game.
How did Laois go backwards after 2014?
Why did it happen?
Great to see Kingston and Munnelly in Croke Park again this year
Shite managers.
Yup. Justin McNulty couldn't be got rid of quick enough back then. We had 3 bad choices since then.
He wasn't playing the "Laois way". f**king hell, when you think back on it, we're some shower.

Anyway, bandwagon ahoy, all are welcome aboard. Ticket sales are out the gate for the final.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Joeythelips on June 14, 2018, 12:59:52 PM
Cluxton out won't affect the result but there should be shakey moments when Donie could get his fist to a dropping ball. Definately should send in a few high ones early doors.
He's worth 5-6 points to them for a variety of reasons. You're correct in that it won't change the result, but it is a positive. I'm sending a card to the Longford fella, anyone want me to add their name to it as well?

I agree, Cluxtons kickouts are one of Dublins main weapons as his kickouts are so accurate, as Dublin are not the best ball winners (well for such a good team their not) hopefully Laois push right up on the kickouts to put the new keeper under the maximum pressure to make him drive it long and send in some high balls in his direction. Im sure the goalie trains as hard as anyone but it does not compare to a big game in Croker.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Don Draper on June 14, 2018, 01:04:08 PM
Cluxton out won't affect the result but there should be shakey moments when Donie could get his fist to a dropping ball. Definately should send in a few high ones early doors.
He's worth 5-6 points to them for a variety of reasons. You're correct in that it won't change the result, but it is a positive. I'm sending a card to the Longford fella, anyone want me to add their name to it as well?

I agree, Cluxtons kickouts are one of Dublins main weapons as his kickouts are so accurate, as Dublin are not the best ball winners (well for such a good team their not) hopefully Laois push right up on the kickouts to put the new keeper under the maximum pressure to make him drive it long and send in some high balls in his direction. Im sure the goalie trains as hard as anyone but it does not compare to a big game in Croker.
He can train all he likes, but until he proves it under pressure, the backs will be nervous, as will he. You earn trust. Dublin have had a revolving door of sub goalies in recent years, understandably seeing as that other fella never wants to give any of them a game. Lob it into him early doors.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Tony on June 14, 2018, 03:39:33 PM
Cluxton out is huge. He's one of their main players, his kickouts are excellent and he's been the best keeper in the country by a mile for years. Lob it in around Evan Comerford (their new keeper) and Donie and see what happens. Very basic tactics but my money is on Donie in that scenario.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Unison on June 14, 2018, 04:19:07 PM
Cluxton out is huge. He's one of their main players, his kickouts are excellent and he's been the best keeper in the country by a mile for years. Lob it in around Evan Comerford (their new keeper) and Donie and see what happens. Very basic tactics but my money is on Donie in that scenario.

But doesn't that go against the type of game that Laois have been paying where possession is paramount and speculative efforts are frowned on?
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: blueandwhite1 on June 14, 2018, 08:29:35 PM
Lads, Cluxton was missing for most of the Longford match and Dublin didn't look too phased by it. They now have even more motivation to put us to the sword.

I doubt Sugrue is changing his plans.
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Post by: Don Draper on June 14, 2018, 08:36:30 PM
Lads, Cluxton was missing for most of the Longford match and Dublin didn't look too phased by it. They now have even more motivation to put us to the sword.

I doubt Sugrue is changing his plans.
What plans? Have you not seen high balls kicked into Donie this year? Its only against Carlow where possession was key. Be foolish not to change it up, its whats been done all year.

Carlow was horses for courses.

Dont doubt for a second Cluxtons loss in a Leinster final wont phase them.
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Post by: Tony on June 14, 2018, 09:36:17 PM
I love the attitude of our manager and what a great interview. You have to go in with this attitude or else there's no point showing up. Laois abu, some strong words from John Sugrue here https://youtu.be/psVZioFcs_Y
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Post by: Unison on June 14, 2018, 09:37:26 PM
I think they will be expecting a few garyowens, and will be well prepared for them.
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Post by: Unison on June 14, 2018, 09:47:15 PM
I love the attitude of our manager and what a great interview. You have to go in with this attitude or else there's no point showing up. Laois abu, some strong words from John Sugrue here https://youtu.be/psVZioFcs_Y

'We're not going to lie down'. Great Attitude.
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Post by: Don Draper on June 14, 2018, 10:03:54 PM
I think they will be expecting a few garyowens, and will be well prepared for them.
Everyone has a plan until they punched in the face.
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Post by: Tony on June 14, 2018, 11:26:44 PM
I love the attitude of our manager and what a great interview. You have to go in with this attitude or else there's no point showing up. Laois abu, some strong words from John Sugrue here https://youtu.be/psVZioFcs_Y

'We're not going to lie down'. Great Attitude.
Are you being sarcastic unison? Because he said a lot more than that.
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Post by: Unison on June 14, 2018, 11:37:30 PM
I love the attitude of our manager and what a great interview. You have to go in with this attitude or else there's no point showing up. Laois abu, some strong words from John Sugrue here https://youtu.be/psVZioFcs_Y

'We're not going to lie down'. Great Attitude.
Are you being sarcastic unison? Because he said a lot more than that.

Where is the sarcasm?
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Post by: The Boy Wonder on June 15, 2018, 12:44:01 AM
We need to pick at whatever straws are available – what’s the point of just accepting the general wisdom that we are lambs to the slaughter ? 

The Dubs are missing a key man at the back – in 2003 they were missing Hill 16 at their back -  it was out of commission due to a forthcoming U2 concert.

Yes, let’s bomb it in to Cluxtons’s replacement - we might get a break  :D
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Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on June 15, 2018, 12:48:52 AM
I love the attitude of our manager and what a great interview. You have to go in with this attitude or else there's no point showing up. Laois abu, some strong words from John Sugrue here https://youtu.be/psVZioFcs_Y

Great Attitude, no wonder the players like what he's doing.  Here are a few more interviews with some team members.

Colm Begley      -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZihSSd_zI-k   
Brian Glynn       -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wv8FU8ibCKA
Ross Munnelly   -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHdz4xcTdKc   
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Post by: BallyroanAbu on June 15, 2018, 08:08:37 AM
Lads this is a great Dublin team we are on the first steps of a journey,  I think the Leinster Final will be a harsh lesson in the gap between Dublin & Laois.  Enjoy the occasion but hopefully Laois keep their eye on the ball winning the Super 8 Qualifier game would be an outrageous achievement.  Laois won’t be beating Dublin but hopefully we keep our eye on the real prize the Super 8’s which is highly achievable with a favorable draw.  Regardless it has been some year but this should not paper over the issues we have at juvenile level.  Where we simply are not producing enough to compete at the top table.
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Post by: Tony on June 15, 2018, 08:50:51 AM
Great interviews junior, thanks for posting. These are great lads were supporting and that are representing Laois. Don't worry Ballyroan, nobody is betting the wife and kids on Laois. We're just delighted we're in a leinster final and confident that we can give a good account of ourselves. I admire the rhetoric and attitude of the management and players going into this one: they acknowledge the strengths of Dublin but yet are focusing on ourselves, not them, and playing to our strengths and potential.
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Post by: Joeythelips on June 15, 2018, 10:04:01 AM
Lads this is a great Dublin team we are on the first steps of a journey,  I think the Leinster Final will be a harsh lesson in the gap between Dublin & Laois.  Enjoy the occasion but hopefully Laois keep their eye on the ball winning the Super 8 Qualifier game would be an outrageous achievement.  Laois won’t be beating Dublin but hopefully we keep our eye on the real prize the Super 8’s which is highly achievable with a favorable draw.  Regardless it has been some year but this should not paper over the issues we have at juvenile level.  Where we simply are not producing enough to compete at the top table.

No one is under any illusions, this Dublin side is easily one of the best Football teams I have ever seen, but our lads are not going up there to give them a guard of honour. All sports are littered with David v Goliath triumphs, GAA is no different. It may be unlikely, granted, but if Laois play to their absolute maximum and get a bit of luck on the day their is still that chance, however slim, that they could pull of the counties greatest ever victory.

Again I know how talented the Dublin team are but picture this scenario for example. It has been mentioned here about Cluxton being out, so Laois target the keeper early on, they push up on his kickouts, he hits a few dodgy ones early and the pressure builds on a guy who has never tasted big match days. I know a poster said he did fine the last day, but that is coming on in a game that was basically over and his expectations for that day would have being to warm the bench for the full 70 mins. He will now have the full build up and parade the works. Next minute Donie Kingston is contesting a high ball with him.
Also in the Longford game Cooper should have got the line for a blatant punch, that will be in the refs mind hopefully, Laois are niggling at him early on, he might throw back the elbow as the guy cant help himself and get the line. Obviously Im not saying these things will happen but it shows Dublin getting under pressure would not be beyond the bounds of possibilities.

I also know the other side of the coin where the Dubs get a goal or 2 early and suddenly the game is about damage limitation after 20 minutes, but we live in hope.
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Post by: Unison on June 15, 2018, 10:33:33 AM
Lads this is a great Dublin team we are on the first steps of a journey,  I think the Leinster Final will be a harsh lesson in the gap between Dublin & Laois.  Enjoy the occasion but hopefully Laois keep their eye on the ball winning the Super 8 Qualifier game would be an outrageous achievement.  Laois won’t be beating Dublin but hopefully we keep our eye on the real prize the Super 8’s which is highly achievable with a favorable draw.  Regardless it has been some year but this should not paper over the issues we have at juvenile level.  Where we simply are not producing enough to compete at the top table.

No one is under any illusions, this Dublin side is easily one of the best Football teams I have ever seen, but our lads are not going up there to give them a guard of honour. All sports are littered with David v Goliath triumphs, GAA is no different. It may be unlikely, granted, but if Laois play to their absolute maximum and get a bit of luck on the day their is still that chance, however slim, that they could pull of the counties greatest ever victory.

Again I know how talented the Dublin team are but picture this scenario for example. It has been mentioned here about Cluxton being out, so Laois target the keeper early on, they push up on his kickouts, he hits a few dodgy ones early and the pressure builds on a guy who has never tasted big match days. I know a poster said he did fine the last day, but that is coming on in a game that was basically over and his expectations for that day would have being to warm the bench for the full 70 mins. He will now have the full build up and parade the works. Next minute Donie Kingston is contesting a high ball with him.
Also in the Longford game Cooper should have got the line for a blatant punch, that will be in the refs mind hopefully, Laois are niggling at him early on, he might throw back the elbow as the guy cant help himself and get the line. Obviously Im not saying these things will happen but it shows Dublin getting under pressure would not be beyond the bounds of possibilities.

I also know the other side of the coin where the Dubs get a goal or 2 early and suddenly the game is about damage limitation after 20 minutes, but we live in hope.

Hopefully Dublin won't get those early goals as they did against Longford. It seems to be a strategy of theirs to put the opposition away as early as possible. For different reasons, just as a decent start was important against Carlow, its imperative against Dublin.
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Post by: redsetanta on June 15, 2018, 11:01:39 AM
Last Leinster final we were doing fine but hit with sucker punch goals either side of half time.

In saying that when we played them under O'Flaharta, as Tony said, we lead at half time and in previous years we seem to have been the only team in Leinster that could compete with them and cause them problems.

Pity Attride is missing after his cracking goal in Nowlan Park. It's a breath of fresh air listen to a Laois manager who knows and believes what he's saying. That's been lacking for a while!
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Post by: Jd on June 15, 2018, 11:29:19 AM
The Dublin sub keeper came in the last day with Dublin around 10 points up and Longford down to 14 men. Might be a bit different in his first Leinster final with Laois hopefully close and a full compliment of players pushing up on kickouts. Kerry did it to cluxton 2 years ago and should have beaten Dublin and I suspect that this fella is no Cluxton........on the point of underage development I read that Monaghan don't really worry about winning minor or u20s competitions. They view those teams as a way to identify one or two new players fit to play senior thus having a constant supply of fresh lads coming through. Could we name 2 from the u20s fit for senior next year. Crowley has done it. Possibly there's two or 3 more so not too bad overall
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Post by: les Antiques on June 15, 2018, 01:26:54 PM
Such a refreshing interview from an inter- county manager and its clearly evident his influence on the entire panel and set up .Laois have nothing to lose Sunday week . We are facing an incredible challenge against the possibly one of the greatest teams ever .
I can't recall a Dublin panel  without Bernard Brogan, Connelly or Cluxton collectively not involved on a matchday for the Dubs . It'll be interesting to see how they'll utilise Comerford considering how important Cluxton is . Comerford hadn't a single save to make when introduced against Longford . We can't make the same mistake .
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Post by: Gmac on June 15, 2018, 02:19:12 PM
Would be more worried about this game and result if there was only one week between it and next round of qualifiers but now there is 2 so hopefully management can get everything thing out of the players and not worry about the result too much , use game as an opportunity to get more game time in Croke Park , tell Ross and Donie to empty the tank in the first 45 mine get all the subs on and get as many lads as possible a Leinster final big game experience .
Take it easy and recover week after game and then use following week to get ready for qualifier game and chance to make super 8 which would be unbelievable achievement .
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Post by: Unison on June 15, 2018, 02:29:41 PM
Is there any idea yet who Laois could possibly meet in the qualifiers?
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Post by: on the hop on June 15, 2018, 02:38:48 PM
In relation to the qualifiers next week end will clear out some of the weaker teams, the following week the eight winners play off and the winners play the four losing provincial finalists. A lot of strong teams left
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Post by: Clubber Lang on June 15, 2018, 03:01:42 PM
In the qualifiers you could potentially have a combination of Tyrone, Monaghan, Mayo and Kildare coming through from round three. Making the Super 8s won't be easy. Best option is to simply go and win Leinster.     
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Post by: Giovanni on June 15, 2018, 04:00:27 PM
If we do end up in the qualifiers, aren't we guaranteed home advantage by virtue of our Div 4 status?
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Post by: redsetanta on June 15, 2018, 04:50:42 PM
At that stage are they not neutral venues?
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Post by: Unlaoised on June 15, 2018, 10:42:19 PM
Attride probably a bigger loss than Cluxton in saying that it might disrupt Dublins machine a little .

Great buzz around the county and i hear ticket sales are going well .

Good to see so many Laois tops on youngsters again ...

Too be fair current Laois shirt is a cracker
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Post by: Jd on June 15, 2018, 10:43:32 PM
Think it's something like one at home, one away, and one in Croke Park. But I could have dreamt that too
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Post by: Jd on June 15, 2018, 10:45:57 PM
Ooops I see you're talking qualifiers...... I was talking super 8. Jumped the gun a bit .sorry
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Post by: The Saint on June 16, 2018, 12:08:34 AM
Thought the match last Sunday was desperate stuff but what else could we do? CRlow shouldn’t be allowed into Croke Park for the next twenty years. Septic football on their behalf and two things stood out... the diving of Jordan Morrissey going into contact and also the in sportsmanship of the Carlow no:4.... he was screaming for cards off the ref every single time he went into a tackle with a Laois player. Turn your stomach. Absolutely love what Brody gives us in open play...think he really lifts the crowd with his forays forward and should be encouraged to keep this up... was very impressed how he slotted into full back during a Carlow attack and directed Timmons to stay put in goal... very confident stuff and I think it gives the team and supporters a boost. Thought JOL had a monster game at midfield and was delighted for Evan Carroll too.. tough circumstances and tough week for him. Last two points... we should look at damage limitation in the Leinster final, definitely go for it not like Carlow did, keep it respectable and enjoy the occasion. Who would have thought we’d be here at the start of this year? And finally, great chance to meet all the lads in OMP tomorrow evening... it’s Slways a great night out and usually not supported too well. Put on the jersey, throw the kids in the car and go in and show our appreciation of these lads. They deserve it.
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Post by: Laoiseabu on June 16, 2018, 01:12:32 PM
Laois beaten in a practice match against Sligo last night
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Post by: O moore parklife on June 16, 2018, 01:45:29 PM
Laois beaten in a practice match against Sligo last night
Second team was out mountmellick kerper had a howler better wrap Brody in cotton wool or go look for a better replacement comerford chap from strad or when young Byron is eligible maybe
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Post by: justinn on June 16, 2018, 01:57:10 PM
What was the team, anyone impress?
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Post by: Don Draper on June 16, 2018, 02:30:47 PM
Laois beaten in a practice match against Sligo last night
Second team was out mountmellick kerper had a howler better wrap Brody in cotton wool or go look for a better replacement comerford chap from strad or when young Byron is eligible maybe
Keogh is a fine keeper. Gway ta fook.
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Post by: O moore parklife on June 16, 2018, 03:01:50 PM
Been good on the club scene but any time in laois jersey a liability opinions are like arseholes don.
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Post by: Don Draper on June 16, 2018, 06:24:38 PM
Been good on the club scene but any time in laois jersey a liability opinions are like arseholes don.
Bullshit. Has rarely gotten a chance with the first 15. He’s no Brody, but who is
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Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on June 16, 2018, 06:53:29 PM
Second best keeper in Laois is Danny Bolger from Graiguecullen, he was playing soccer with Wexford all year but I see him back playing the last few games with Graigue...
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Post by: Mock on June 16, 2018, 09:46:11 PM
Bolger is a fine keeper and can strike a great dead ball also Aaron Cooney of st Joseph’s is a exciting and top class young keeper who can place a 40-50 yard kick out to his team mate with either foot. It would be great to see these young lads get a chance because if Brody get a long term injury we are short on back up in that position. That’s not taken from Keogh in any way
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Post by: Laois fan on June 16, 2018, 10:36:11 PM
Bannon from o dempseys is in with them at moment
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Post by: Jd on June 16, 2018, 10:46:18 PM
Mick Nolan from Portlaoise is probably still the second best keeper on Laois. A lovely striker of the ball and top class at controlling a backline. Would be on any other team in the county
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Post by: Don Draper on June 16, 2018, 11:04:01 PM
Once we get sub keeper sorted, we’ll be f**king unstoppable
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Post by: The Monument Road on June 17, 2018, 12:05:57 AM
who the feck is keogh
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Post by: Laoiseabu on June 17, 2018, 12:28:57 AM
Jaysus lads we are debating over a SUB goalie what sort are we at all 😂😂
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Post by: Joeythelips on June 17, 2018, 08:16:50 AM
Once we get sub keeper sorted, we’ll be f**king unstoppable

 ;D ;D
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Post by: The PRO on June 17, 2018, 08:27:59 AM
Thankless job is second choice goalie. Not many would want it. Doing all the same training etc and knowing only an injury will get you a game.
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Post by: Bud Wiser on June 17, 2018, 06:41:02 PM
Maybe play two goalies.
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Post by: Don Draper on June 17, 2018, 08:44:45 PM
Maybe play two goalies.
Two? We don’t even f**king play one!
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Post by: justinn on June 17, 2018, 11:10:17 PM
 ;D
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Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on June 18, 2018, 01:31:41 AM
This young guy from Wexford must be watching Brody's antics..... Watch below!

https://twitter.com/twitter/statuses/1008015883296542720
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Post by: portlaoisekid on June 18, 2018, 08:38:18 AM
OK guys , big week ahead. I assume it'll be same team as the last day with O'Connor to the backs and O'Carroll into the forwards ?
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Post by: Don Draper on June 18, 2018, 09:24:53 AM
OK guys , big week ahead. I assume it'll be same team as the last day with O'Connor to the backs and O'Carroll into the forwards ?

Agreed. Although its not beyond Sugrue to throw a curve ball. He likes his horses for courses.
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Post by: Tony on June 18, 2018, 09:58:26 AM
Maybe Holland or Booth into Stephen's position with everything else unchanged. It's a real pity Stephen is out but got to move on and I'm delighted he will be well enough to attend and be with the team. Personally I'd go with moving Damien back and starting Evan but I've a feeling Sugrue will go with the former and throw holland or Booth in there and keep everything else unchanged.
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Post by: Unison on June 18, 2018, 10:23:28 AM
I doubt he will play Denis Booth. He is a dependable defender, but slow.
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Post by: Unlaoised on June 18, 2018, 11:37:50 AM
Looks like O Connor but Holland is not a bad shout
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Post by: Don Draper on June 18, 2018, 11:39:20 AM
While I like Dutchie, I'm always concerned about the possiblities of him being passed on the left hand side.
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Post by: SCFC on June 18, 2018, 01:59:20 PM
While I like Dutchie, I'm always concerned about the possiblities of him being passed on the left hand side.
🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗
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Post by: South Laois man on June 18, 2018, 04:19:49 PM
Really looking forward to Sunday. With nothing to lose it feel we'll have a right cut off them. Hearing ticket sales are going very well. These lads deserve our support.
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Post by: les Antiques on June 18, 2018, 05:37:53 PM
Lads how about Collins back corner back and Strong in the half back line rotating with Damien OC...?
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Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on June 18, 2018, 06:21:12 PM
How did Gary Walsh go from being our top scorer to barely making it onto the field for five minutes these days. I know that infamous tweet didn't do him any favours but he's hardly still paying for it.
Anyone know if Cahalaine is still with the squad??
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Post by: Unison on June 18, 2018, 07:51:57 PM
How did Gary Walsh go from being our top scorer to barely making it onto the field for five minutes these days. I know that infamous tweet didn't do him any favours but he's hardly still paying for it.
Anyone know if Cahalaine is still with the squad??

Does he work hard enough?
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Don Draper on June 18, 2018, 08:10:41 PM
How did Gary Walsh go from being our top scorer to barely making it onto the field for five minutes these days. I know that infamous tweet didn't do him any favours but he's hardly still paying for it.
Anyone know if Cahalaine is still with the squad??
Paul is in America

Gary and Donie simply don’t work together
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Post by: Unlaoised on June 18, 2018, 10:46:31 PM
How did Gary Walsh go from being our top scorer to barely making it onto the field for five minutes these days. I know that infamous tweet didn't do him any favours but he's hardly still paying for it.
Anyone know if Cahalaine is still with the squad??
Paul is in America

Gary and Donie simply don’t work together

Worked well in first half in dr cullen park this year
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Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on June 19, 2018, 12:21:27 AM
Disappointed to hear Paul Cahillane has gone to America, he was working with the squad earlier but was injured. Was there a falling out??
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Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on June 19, 2018, 12:44:08 AM
John O'Loughlin must be captain for the final in the absence of Stephen Attride, great honour for him and well deserved..



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Post by: Don Draper on June 19, 2018, 09:19:02 AM
How did Gary Walsh go from being our top scorer to barely making it onto the field for five minutes these days. I know that infamous tweet didn't do him any favours but he's hardly still paying for it.
Anyone know if Cahalaine is still with the squad??
Paul is in America

Gary and Donie simply don’t work together

Worked well in first half in dr cullen park this year
And that was it
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Don Draper on June 19, 2018, 09:19:37 AM
John O'Loughlin must be captain for the final in the absence of Stephen Attride, great honour for him and well deserved..




Brody is vice captain
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Post by: Unlaoised on June 19, 2018, 10:34:03 AM
Wouldn't mind having them four lads in the poster available to pick from Sunday...

Didn't see Murphy but by God the other three could play!

Tickets sales are very slowin Dublin seems as if they are waiting for the Super eights so saving money .


Good buzz about Laois here tho!

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Post by: Tony on June 19, 2018, 10:44:35 AM
How did Gary Walsh go from being our top scorer to barely making it onto the field for five minutes these days. I know that infamous tweet didn't do him any favours but he's hardly still paying for it.
Anyone know if Cahalaine is still with the squad??

Does he work hard enough?
I love these comments, lads busting their neck for their county, out training rain or shine 5days a week and muppets behind their keyboard ponder on a public forum if they're working hard enough  ;D
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Post by: Don Draper on June 19, 2018, 11:18:04 AM
How did Gary Walsh go from being our top scorer to barely making it onto the field for five minutes these days. I know that infamous tweet didn't do him any favours but he's hardly still paying for it.
Anyone know if Cahalaine is still with the squad??

Does he work hard enough?
I love these comments, lads busting their neck for their county, out training rain or shine 5days a week and muppets behind their keyboard ponder on a public forum if they're working hard enough  ;D
Gary is an out and out finisher. He’ll have a part to play yet and he seems to be still enjoying himself and his role if the semi final celebrations are anything to go by. But an attack needs balance and it doesn’t appear to have it when he and Donie are in tandem. It’s just one of those things. But we need him and will need him in the future.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: redsetanta on June 19, 2018, 11:31:14 AM
From memory Gary scored a couple against Dublin when we played them in the quarter final. He is a very useful asset to come in off the bench and Croke Park would not phase him at all. Fair play to Sugrue to hang on to him as other times he may have walked. Just watched Attrides cracking goal in Nowlan Park. Such a pity he won't be there on Sunday!
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: blueandwhite1 on June 19, 2018, 03:04:29 PM
I hope we haven't been working too hard on our plan to beat the Dubs without Cluxton:

https://www.rte.ie/sport/gaa/2018/0619/971612-its-a-possibility-dubs-coy-on-cluxton-availability/ (https://www.rte.ie/sport/gaa/2018/0619/971612-its-a-possibility-dubs-coy-on-cluxton-availability/)

Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Don Draper on June 19, 2018, 03:09:08 PM
I hope we haven't been working too hard on our plan to beat the Dubs without Cluxton:

https://www.rte.ie/sport/gaa/2018/0619/971612-its-a-possibility-dubs-coy-on-cluxton-availability/ (https://www.rte.ie/sport/gaa/2018/0619/971612-its-a-possibility-dubs-coy-on-cluxton-availability/)

Untruths. In fact, my source tells me Cluxton will never play again.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Unlaoised on June 19, 2018, 03:44:55 PM
The talk is good all around the county its great to be talking about football again not just to the hardcore fans but to everyone.

Seems to be a good buzz and a nice Laois crowd travelling .

Look we travel in hope more than expectation but these lads deserve a big turn out Sunday for the year they have given us especially after last year and how eveyone just wrote off Laois football.

We know the size of the task ahead Sunday but bar maybe 3 teams in the country the task would be the same for most counties facing this Dublin machine.

It could go horribly wrong Sunday and the Dubs could run riot but even if they do it won't be a massive surprise.

We are a small county split down the middle and have very little resources compared to Dublin.

Beating Wexford some people thought might not even be possible and at one stage it looked like we were out but the players have shown grit and drive this year and I hope even if things are going wrong they can still did in and show pride in the jersey.

The general consensus is that Damien O'Connor will go corner back with Evan O'Carroll coming into the line up.

I'm not so sure I think Tom likes two work horses in the half forward line and might eith leave O'Connor there or bring in Strong as a half forward who can deliver a long ball into Donie.

In a perfect world we would have Attride our captain available and also Dicey O'Reilly but its not to be.

I'd also Say Benny Carroll is pushing the likes of Paul Kingston and Ross Munnelly hard for a position .


The rest of the team picks itself with Donoher showing enough the last day to warrant a start and Crowley doing well at half back.

Its a big test for Crowley and Collins and I hope they can deal with the occasion and the Dublin factor in Croker after not being there before.

The two games in HQ should stand to the players as well in getting the little things right like preparation with gear (length of studs, feel of the grass,the way the wind caches the ball,the illusion of the posts and sidelines)all these things play a part and hopefully everything can go our way.


I'm really looking forward to the day no matter what it brings !!!

LAOIS ABU


 
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Don Draper on June 19, 2018, 03:50:41 PM
Who is Tom?
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Tony on June 19, 2018, 03:51:59 PM
Judging by his body language, Gavin will likely start cluxton. He also is pretty complementary of Laois here in interview below but everything he says is true enough. Would love the rub of the green, a woeful Dublin performance and our best performance in a decade and then it could be competitive. Up Laois. https://youtu.be/DQCW6eFjc44
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Don Draper on June 19, 2018, 03:52:38 PM
That Gavin is some bollocks of a man.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: redsetanta on June 19, 2018, 03:54:58 PM
Gavin would be some poker player. Speaks alot but says nothing. Won't say anything controversial.

Which Tom are you referring to Don? Big or Thumb?
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on June 19, 2018, 04:34:56 PM
Right Lads, I want ye all to learn these words off by heart for next Sunday... OK??


Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Unison on June 19, 2018, 07:10:35 PM
Judging by his body language, Gavin will likely start cluxton. He also is pretty complementary of Laois here in interview below but everything he says is true enough. Would love the rub of the green, a woeful Dublin performance and our best performance in a decade and then it could be competitive. Up Laois. https://youtu.be/DQCW6eFjc44

Very naive. :-[
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Tony on June 19, 2018, 10:21:19 PM
What's naive?
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: BallyroanAbu on June 19, 2018, 11:02:35 PM
Judging by his body language, Gavin will likely start cluxton. He also is pretty complementary of Laois here in interview below but everything he says is true enough. Would love the rub of the green, a woeful Dublin performance and our best performance in a decade and then it could be competitive. Up Laois. https://youtu.be/DQCW6eFjc44

Very naive. :-[

I think Cluxton starts, I think Laois may lead at half time before going down by 6-10 points as Dublin notch it up but I do think we will force them through the gears.  Unlike Kilkenny 2 years ago where they never came out of first.

Can't see how Munnelly starts on current form but I am sure I will be shouted down on here, I think David Holland stands a good chance of starting as Sugrue may go for an orthodox corner back using the wing forwards to cover back.


Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Giovanni on June 19, 2018, 11:22:37 PM
I assume young Crowley will be detailed to pick up Kilkenny, who is in my opinion one of the players that is essential to Dublin’s success. It’s a tough job and an important one but if he can be as concentrated as he was against Murphy, he can do as good a job as anyone else. If he can manage to keep Kilkenny quiet, it’s already an important step in the right direction
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Unison on June 19, 2018, 11:33:36 PM
If Crowley can keep Kilkenny quiet, it will be a huge achievement. Good luck to him. However, there are so many more danger men on the Dublin team.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Unison on June 19, 2018, 11:36:12 PM
Right Lads, I want ye all to learn these words off by heart for next Sunday... OK??




Has the Leinster Express lost its senses?
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: on the hop on June 19, 2018, 11:57:42 PM
If Crowley can keep Kilkenny quiet, it will be a huge achievement. Good luck to him. However, there are so many more danger men on the Dublin team.

Huge ask for Crowley, has great heart but can suffer physically at times. Mannion's pace and power also a huge danger, Stephen is a huge loss in that regard. I wonder will we offer some sort of protection in the backs like dropping Lillis deep, though then we have to plan for Fenton. Hopefully stop any early goals, punish any mistakes they make and try stay in the game. Interesting to see what way we will line out in the forwards. More than likely Donie will have to be played as close to the goals as possible as he won't have the mobility for Mc Carthy at centre back. Ballyroan are you putting any money on your half time prediction to be ahead. 16/1 for Laois on paddy power
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: portlaoisekid on June 20, 2018, 09:02:07 AM
It such a strange match to look forward to, there is zero expectation on us to win but on the other side this is a massive match. It'll be a proud day regardless of the score for Laois supporters especially those who have followed them religiously over the truly bad days.

It will be great to see Laois involved in a high level game once again and be the centre of attention . I'm delighted for the likes of Munnelly and JOL to get the chance of a Leinster final appearance before its too late.

I really feel we can do damage to the Dublin backline but my big worry is our defence. I just cannot see us stopping them putting up a big score. I reckon we are looking at something like Dublin 5-18 Laois 2-13.



Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: BallyroanAbu on June 20, 2018, 10:49:49 AM
It such a strange match to look forward to, there is zero expectation on us to win but on the other side this is a massive match. It'll be a proud day regardless of the score for Laois supporters especially those who have followed them religiously over the truly bad days.

It will be great to see Laois involved in a high level game once again and be the centre of attention . I'm delighted for the likes of Munnelly and JOL to get the chance of a Leinster final appearance before its too late.

I really feel we can do damage to the Dublin backline but my big worry is our defence. I just cannot see us stopping them putting up a big score. I reckon we are looking at something like Dublin 5-18 Laois 2-13.





Hard to imagine Dublin being up for this game, I am pretty sure they will start with an air of complacency.  Regardless of any manager how can you possibly tell Dublin players that Laois are a threat and regardless there is no chance they will buy it.  In their heads we are a bad Div 4 team where I see us a middling Div 2 outfit.  I think we give Dublin food for thought once we are on the pitch.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Don Draper on June 20, 2018, 10:54:14 AM
It such a strange match to look forward to, there is zero expectation on us to win but on the other side this is a massive match. It'll be a proud day regardless of the score for Laois supporters especially those who have followed them religiously over the truly bad days.

It will be great to see Laois involved in a high level game once again and be the centre of attention . I'm delighted for the likes of Munnelly and JOL to get the chance of a Leinster final appearance before its too late.

I really feel we can do damage to the Dublin backline but my big worry is our defence. I just cannot see us stopping them putting up a big score. I reckon we are looking at something like Dublin 5-18 Laois 2-13.





Hard to imagine Dublin being up for this game, I am pretty sure they will start with an air of complacency.  Regardless of any manager how can you possibly tell Dublin players that Laois are a threat and regardless there is no chance they will buy it.
Not so sure about that. The problem other teams have with Dublin is that the f**kers dont take anyone for granted anymore. Underperforming after 15 minutes cos you're up against some shithouse from Wicklow? Fine, you're off and I'll bring someone else on for you. Even f**king Fenton has decided to add to his game this year because he wants footballer of the year, and as a result is kicking scores off either foot for craic.

I dont believe this Dublin side do complacency, but shur f**k it, we'll see.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Butch Cassidy on June 20, 2018, 11:42:50 AM
No chance of the Dubs being complacent as their bench are all itching to get on.

We need to be brave and
- push up on kick ours
-  keep 3 up at all times
- keep Kilkenny and Fenton quiet (if possible)
- mix up the attack with long balls into Kingston and Evan (who I'd start) along with a running game
- keep it tight for first 20 minutes with Begley and Lilis dropping back

We are in bonus territory but we shouldn't fear the Dubs either. They are missing Connolly, Brogan and possible Cluxton. We have a good man in Sugrue at the helm, committed panel who are learning with every game and developing their style. Let's enjoy it but rattle the Dubs too!!
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Clubber Lang on June 20, 2018, 12:45:24 PM
Laois are evens at +15 on the handicap with the bookies. Might be worth a punt.

Mannion is absolutely flying again this year. I worry that we have no one in the full back line who can match his blistering pace. Dillon might be our best bet to try hold him but it will be a tough task. Attride's absence could be sorely noted in the opening ten/fifteen minutes of the game.

While our midfield has been decent at times this year, neither O'Loughlin or Lillis would be noted high fielders. I expect Dublin to push up on our kick outs, forcing Brody to go long where MDM and Fenton would fancy themselves to win the lions share of possession. We will need to be smart with our kick out strategy.

I wouldn't be surprised to see one or two changes in Laois forward line. O'Carroll and Walsh bring ball winning strengths and their attributes might be more suited when matched up against Cooper, McMahon etc. I would fear that the likes of Ross, Paul Kingston will struggle to find room and get on the ball with such tough and tenacious man markers picking them up.

 
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: SCFC on June 20, 2018, 03:27:13 PM
Laois are evens at +15 on the handicap with the bookies. Might be worth a punt.

Mannion is absolutely flying again this year. I worry that we have no one in the full back line who can match his blistering pace. Dillon might be our best bet to try hold him but it will be a tough task. Attride's absence could be sorely noted in the opening ten/fifteen minutes of the game.

While our midfield has been decent at times this year, neither O'Loughlin or Lillis would be noted high fielders. I expect Dublin to push up on our kick outs, forcing Brody to go long where MDM and Fenton would fancy themselves to win the lions share of possession. We will need to be smart with our kick out strategy.

I wouldn't be surprised to see one or two changes in Laois forward line. O'Carroll and Walsh bring ball winning strengths and their attributes might be more suited when matched up against Cooper, McMahon etc. I would fear that the likes of Ross, Paul Kingston will struggle to find room and get on the ball with such tough and tenacious man markers picking them up.
Some good thinking there Clubber.
A problem I foresee is if we are dropping a sweeper or two back is conceding the Dublin kickout. We can't afford to do that. Dillon on Mannion looks a certainty alright.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: BallyroanAbu on June 20, 2018, 09:56:16 PM
Thats it this forum has finally infected me,  I am now TERMINAL with

OPTIMISM

I am now firmly in the "there is a chance we can win this on Sunday" I am prepared for an awful dose of REALITY Sunday at 18.00 hrs but till then I am

DELIRIOUS

 :) :) :) :)
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: redsetanta on June 20, 2018, 11:11:07 PM
Ballyroan your account has been hacked.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on June 21, 2018, 12:22:10 AM
A never to be forgotten day. Let's have some more of this please...
https://twitter.com/i/status/1009497633239396352

And this, One of the best first halves of football we've ever played against the Dubs. This is what we need on Sunday..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcdNumgT8m0
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: portlaoisekid on June 21, 2018, 09:04:50 AM
Thats it this forum has finally infected me,  I am now TERMINAL with

OPTIMISM

I am now firmly in the "there is a chance we can win this on Sunday" I am prepared for an awful dose of REALITY Sunday at 18.00 hrs but till then I am

DELIRIOUS

 :) :) :) :)
Stop right there BallyroanABu, I'm not getting dragged into this optimism business............ :-\ :-\
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: seafoid on June 21, 2018, 10:47:50 AM
Sugrue is impressive in terms of what he has done with Laois in less than a year.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on June 21, 2018, 09:27:35 PM
Lets Go !!!!


Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: justinn on June 21, 2018, 10:52:38 PM
Alan Brogan

June 21 2018 7:21 PM

 
LAOIS evoke two very different memories from my time with Dublin. The 2003 clash, our only defeat to them, is probably the one people most vividly recall.

That was a bad loss for us.

We won our first Leinster title after seven years in 2002 with a young team and got within half the width of a post to force an All-Ireland semi-final replay.

So we expected to continue our rapid ascendancy into the realms of All-Ireland contenders, accelerating up a certain path to Sam Maguire.

And then Laois beat us.

Funnily enough, my abiding memory of that game was the row that broke out at half-time, an incident GAA PRO Danny Lynch called “more sizzle than steak” when the reports of an investigation being launched hit the papers on Monday morning.

A fair few got involved at the time though. Back then, there was a small room off the main corridor in  the tunnel under the Hogan Stand, presumably for officials of some description.

For reasons best known to themselves, Peadar Andrews and Hugh Emerson squared off and wound up in that the little room, sorting it out between themselves.

Now, Peadar’s a big man but if I had to pick a fella from Laois I’d least like to be caged in a small room with, it’d probably be Hughie Emerson!

There was only two points in it that day but the stinging truth was they beat us well.

People were quick to assign the victory as another of Micko miracle and no doubt he brought a lift to the county that year.

But Laois had a good team.

Fergal Byron, Tom Kelly, Joe Higgins, Pádraic Clancy, ‘Beano’ McDonald, Ross Munnelly – strong players who deserved their Leinster medal and probably a bit more that they didn’t win.

It set us back, though. And that momentum from ’02 vanished.

We had a couple of poor years and that’s why the 2005 Leinster final is such a good memory for me.

Micko was still with Laois at the time and the players had a bit of a swagger about them.

A fair few of them had All-Ireland minor medals and it showed in the way that they carried themselves on the pitch.

But again, that was a good team.

Higgins was as good a man-marker as I ever came across.

Chris Conway and Noel Garvan both had big seasons that year.

‘Mossie’ Quinn showed huge guts for us that day and it was him, more than any other Dublin player, that I was most delighted for.

He kicked a free from 46 metres after exactly 70 minutes to level the match and then, four minutes into injury-time, nailed a ’45 to win it after I bundled Higgins over the end line.

And we celebrated it like it was a moon landing!

There was 81,025 in Croke Park that day and it was probably the last great Leinster final.

We went on to get a stranglehold on Leinster under ‘Pillar’ Caffrey after that and Laois had their moments too, but it always felt like we had it over them.

Funnily enough though, they always seemed like a threat.

You weren’t quite sure what you were going to get from Laois because they had the talent to spring a big performance from nowhere.

But they probably never made full use of their generation of underage stars and they’ve chopped and changed managers a lot over the last decade.

That they haven’t been in a Leinster final in 11 years, given the paucity of contenders in the province in that time, probably tells its own story.

But they’re on a roll this year, even if the early part of it was spent in Division 4.

They showed admirable patience and nerve to grind Carlow down in a dangerous semi-final two weeks ago but Sunday will be a test of an altogether different nature.

Dublin were poor in the second half against a Longford team with 14 men, so I’d expect a reaction.

John Sugrue’s team don’t have it in them to beat Dublin on Sunday but a performance could go a long way to making sure they get the best out of the rest of their summer.

They’ll only be one win away from a spot in the ‘Super 8s’ on Sunday evening. That’s an opportunity they can’t let slip through their fingers.

Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Tony on June 22, 2018, 10:13:55 AM
Fine article by Ciaran Whelan in the herald below about Laois' chances against Dublin. I think Ciaran has always rated the talent in Laois, he always has a good word to say about us on Sunday game etc. He was mooted to be our new manager in years past, who knows how that would have worked out. Anyway, here's the article: https://m.herald.ie/sport/gaa/laois-have-skills-to-give-dublin-a-real-leinster-final-test-37035493.html
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Joeythelips on June 22, 2018, 10:19:06 AM
It really is a strange game on Sunday, the heart cries out for a Laois performance of the ages and really put it up to the Dubs, whereas the head struggles to see how we will beat the spread of 15 points.  Looking at Laois logically if they were to perform to their maximum they would be a competative Division 2 side at best, but they would struggle in the top tier, and now they meet teh big dog from the top tier.

Regardless of results all most posters have wanted on here is to see Laois be well organised and go out and give it 100%, they are certainly doing it so far this year which is a joy to see. We can ask no more of them if they do the same Sunday. Best of luck Lads
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: High Fielder on June 22, 2018, 10:52:54 AM
Bonus territory for us. We've achieved as much as we could possibly have expected in Sugrue's first year. I hope the players enjoy the occasion and give it a good lash. Dublin are streets ahead of us in so many ways but we need to harness that and allow it to make us better too. Good luck to all. I'm very proud of what we've done this year anyway.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Tony on June 22, 2018, 12:46:59 PM
Agreed, high fielder. Fantastic year for Laois, given the context. Even if we see 2 fairly big losses to Div 1/2 teams over the next 2 games, it's still been a very good year for Laois. In that respect, I think the players will really enjoy the occasion on Sunday with no pressure or expectation on their backs. Hopefully we can *unlaois a good performance, and as Sugrue says, let's see where that can take us.

Expecting a similar team named as against Carlow but it'll be interesting to see if Sugrue opts for Holland in or O Connor to move back etc. Really hoping that Evan O carroll is named in starting 15 as I think he can cause damage. The good news for us is that we do have 4/5 players who can cause problems for Dublin; we're not just relying on 1 man up there. Any one of Donie, P Kingston, Ross on his day, Evan and Niall Donoher can pose questions. We also have a good spine with Begley, Timmons, Brody, Lillis and JOL all having good years so far, and the likes of Dillon, Collins and Crowley all very impressive. I know Dublin are at the top of the perch, I'm just looking forward to the occasion really, Best of luck and big respect to all involved.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: redsetanta on June 22, 2018, 12:57:56 PM
There should be a good crowd from Laois on Sunday. Most people I talk to are going and I have a brother flying in from London Sunday morning. I'm sure he won't be the only one. Others who wouldn't normally go to games are also heading to Croke Park.
Weather will be good and hopefully there's plenty of blue and white in the stands for the lads when they take to the field. People are buying into the honesty of effort from all involved, here's to a great day on Sunday.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Tony on June 22, 2018, 02:25:03 PM
Some very good, interesting audio interviews with Colm Begley, JOL, Niall Donoher and Brian Glynn pre Dublin, are on this Midlands 103 soundcloud page below. Worth a listen, in my opinion - all the lads seem to be in a good mindframe for the game :

https://soundcloud.com/midlandssport/tracks
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: SCFC on June 22, 2018, 10:06:02 PM
No room for sentiment anyway with Ross dropped! :o
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: on the hop on June 22, 2018, 10:23:00 PM
Looks like we are going long ball, with Donie and Evan inside. Evan is going to have to really run hard as Donie isn't the most mobile. Best we can hope for
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Helix on June 22, 2018, 10:51:21 PM
No room for sentiment anyway with Ross dropped! :o

Figured as much Ross would be dropped. Hopefully will be an addition as a sub. I assume Damo o’conor will drop back and leave Kingston and O’Carroll inside. Hopefully be in the game by half time at least and give it a right crack. Can’t wait!
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Laoiseabu on June 22, 2018, 11:52:01 PM
What’s our biggest ever losing  margin in championship ?
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: redsetanta on June 23, 2018, 12:24:20 AM
Why?
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on June 23, 2018, 12:28:36 AM
Lads, this is a strong team, plenty of youth, experience and skill and a strong bench too. No reason why we can't really put it up to them...


Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Laoiseabu on June 23, 2018, 12:34:51 AM
Just wondering cause let’s face it we have a tough task on Sunday as Longford and Wicklow found out
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: vetoldthe on June 23, 2018, 01:50:09 PM





















GRAHAM GERAGHTY    NO LOVE FOR US,

John Sugrue’s men are possibly the worst team to reach a Leinster final for some time. I have no faith in them at all.

They got there on merit and beat what they had in front of them but they needed extra-time to get over Wexford.

The O’Moore men easily defeated Westmeath and then won an ugly game against Carlow. With Kildare gone, it turned out they had the easy side of the draw.

They won’t get anywhere near Dublin and won’t make the Super Eights either because whoever comes through the back door will end their misery.

Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Tony on June 23, 2018, 02:09:35 PM
If Laois had the easy side of the draw, as Graham claims, then what do you call Dublin's path - beating Wicklow and Longford. What a dope. He's a racist sc**bag (just look up his history) and a very poor "journalist".
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Don Draper on June 23, 2018, 03:15:48 PM





















GRAHAM GERAGHTY    NO LOVE FOR US,

John Sugrue’s men are possibly the worst team to reach a Leinster final for some time. I have no faith in them at all.

They got there on merit and beat what they had in front of them but they needed extra-time to get over Wexford.

The O’Moore men easily defeated Westmeath and then won an ugly game against Carlow. With Kildare gone, it turned out they had the easy side of the draw.

They won’t get anywhere near Dublin and won’t make the Super Eights either because whoever comes through the back door will end their misery.
What would you expect from a pig except an oink?
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: BallyroanAbu on June 23, 2018, 10:50:57 PM
If Laois had the easy side of the draw, as Graham claims, then what do you call Dublin's path - beating Wicklow and Longford. What a dope. He's a racist sc**bag (just look up his history) and a very poor "journalist".

Some Footballer though
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: jimbob2 on June 23, 2018, 10:55:32 PM
Havant you noticed Laois abu is a bigger bollox than Geraghty, prob Kildare / Offaly.   Laois with probably a weaker team than we have put out in last seven / eight years but better prepared will surprise a lot of people.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Laoiseabu on June 23, 2018, 11:03:58 PM
I’m a bollix ????
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: on the hop on June 24, 2018, 01:21:43 AM
I dream of a win, but fear what happened to cork tonight awaits us. The gulf in divisions was telling. I hope we have a right rattle at this.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: portlaoisekid on June 24, 2018, 08:16:15 AM

As geraghy puts it, we will be put out of our misery soon, at least we won't have the misery of being a Meath racist wan#er all our lives to put up with.



















GRAHAM GERAGHTY    NO LOVE FOR US,

John Sugrue’s men are possibly the worst team to reach a Leinster final for some time. I have no faith in them at all.

They got there on merit and beat what they had in front of them but they needed extra-time to get over Wexford.

The O’Moore men easily defeated Westmeath and then won an ugly game against Carlow. With Kildare gone, it turned out they had the easy side of the draw.

They won’t get anywhere near Dublin and won’t make the Super Eights either because whoever comes through the back door will end their misery.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: merman on June 24, 2018, 08:56:39 AM
Best of luck to the lads today. They've rekindled a passion for Laois football this summer and regardless of today's outcome, they've had a really positive year.

There's a good crowd travelling from the hurling end of the county so fingers crossed we can make a bit of noise up there. Safe travels all!

Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: BallyroanAbu on June 24, 2018, 10:01:55 AM
Judging by his body language, Gavin will likely start cluxton. He also is pretty complementary of Laois here in interview below but everything he says is true enough. Would love the rub of the green, a woeful Dublin performance and our best performance in a decade and then it could be competitive. Up Laois. https://youtu.be/DQCW6eFjc44

Very naive. :-[

I think Cluxton starts, I think Laois may lead at half time before going down by 6-10 points as Dublin notch it up but I do think we will force them through the gears.  Unlike Kilkenny 2 years ago where they never came out of first.

Can't see how Munnelly starts on current form but I am sure I will be shouted down on here, I think David Holland stands a good chance of starting as Sugrue may go for an orthodox corner back using the wing forwards to cover back.

Not a million miles off Munnelly dropped, orthodox defender picked (I went for wrong one). Cluxton starts
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: ILikeStrawberryJam on June 24, 2018, 10:38:29 AM
Are we in misery Geraghty ? Are you not referring to your own county perhaps?

We will prob get well bet today as every team has in leinster has by this dublin machine.

We are wide open to concede goals and could ship 5 or 6 .. but might put up 2-13 ourselves ..we can score

These lads havd restored a bit of pride in the jersey .. im looking forward to today. These matches have really become about can dublin beat the spread +15. If we hold them to single figures and score a bit ourselves id bd happy.
Ilooking forward to seeing a decent laois crowd up in dublin today.

Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: BallyroanAbu on June 24, 2018, 10:55:16 AM
I expect a big Laois performance today, we are in bonus territory but let’s not go overdo the situation a bad hammering and we are back to square 1.  Saying that I do think we are on the prepice of a great era in Laois Football.  Big Statement but I think it’s true.  Hard to believe a year ago we were squabbling among ourselves over sacking Creedon. 
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Joeythelips on June 24, 2018, 12:48:11 PM
Geraghty is entitled to his opinion, in the cold light of day what he says is true. We are a division 4 team who have beaten 2 division 3 sides and a division 4 team to reach this stage, all 3 of which were beaten in the qualifiers since. Now we play the best team in the country, so to anyone’s eye you would imagine today’s will be a landslide win for the Dubs. One thing not factored into this line of thinking is the experience Laois have. They have all faced the Dubs before, a lot of our lads are well used to big games in Croker. Laois have improved in each game this year and while it’s difficult to see them keep today’s score line respectable they are decent footballers who should not be underestimated. It’s a huge test for the players and management to see how far they have come this year.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Tony on June 24, 2018, 07:52:49 PM
All a supporter really wants is to see their team try their best. We gave our all today. Dublin are just a step too far for us at the moment. Proud of the players and well done to all involved. I'm disappointed with the result but Dublin are just a class act and probably the best team of all time. The players should hold their heads high and let's see how the season continues. In my personal opinion, we'd cause lots of the remaining teams problems, bar the top 6or so. I thought the ref got a lot wrong today at important times, and we missed a lot of chances at important times too. Who knows, it could have been a lot closer as I feel we had them slightly surprised early on. If we took the lead when we should have. . . Lots of ifs and buts but Dublin were the better side. From a proud Laois man.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: BallyroanAbu on June 24, 2018, 08:31:13 PM
Dublin were hugely impressive the relentless pace to them really needs to be seen in the flesh.  They were good value for their winning margin saying that teams like Laois do not need reffing like that.  Dublin were never losing that game however we don’t need a ref playing as a 16th man.  I have yet to see highlights so maybe they proved me wrong but in real time he was a joke.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: redsetanta on June 24, 2018, 08:52:58 PM
Fair point we were never going to win but I have never seen a softer penalty. Couple of dubious frees. Bad stuff but doesn’t take away from how poo both Donie and Evan were putting the ball over the bar! As bad as Dublin were I the first half we were worse in the second. Awful shite in second half.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: High Fielder on June 24, 2018, 09:12:42 PM
The pace and natural ability of Dublin is frightening. Even allowing for the fact that they are far superior to us, I still saw bits and pieces of improvement in our play. In many ways, there's a pointlessness to fixtures like the one today that the GAA simply have to address. It's becoming a disincentive getting into Leinster Finals and that shouldn't be the case. I hope the players are big enough as a group to take this on the chin and move on. Today doesn't define our season because we were simply out of our depth
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: ILikeStrawberryJam on June 24, 2018, 09:37:02 PM
Well summed up high fielder.
They scored 1 25 which is fair enough but i thought wed score more than 10.
Donie and evan had a bad day at the posts. Donie usedto be consistent but hes v inconsistent this season.
A lot of progress made but went up too many levels today.
Stop giving dublin money and invest heavily in counties like laois would help a bit.

Brody was outstanding today. After that it was a mixed bag.
Still capable of of getting to super 8s but were not ready for it yet.
We are a long term work in progress but great strides made by mgmt and players
Great to see such a big laois crowd there today .. pity we couldnt have put up a few more scores
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Gold on June 24, 2018, 10:59:38 PM
All a supporter really wants is to see their team try their best. We gave our all today. Dublin are just a step too far for us at the moment. Proud of the players and well done to all involved. I'm disappointed with the result but Dublin are just a class act and probably the best team of all time. The players should hold their heads high and let's see how the season continues. In my personal opinion, we'd cause lots of the remaining teams problems, bar the top 6or so. I thought the ref got a lot wrong today at important times, and we missed a lot of chances at important times too. Who knows, it could have been a lot closer as I feel we had them slightly surprised early on. If we took the lead when we should have. . . Lots of ifs and buts but Dublin were the better side. From a proud Laois man.

Agree with all. Ref was a joke for Laois. Like if you were a ref would you not make Dublin work for their frees a bit? He literally melted under thebpressure of the Hill. Laois couldn't buy a free. Was like watchin Man Utd gettin all the decisions ffs

The thing about it was....they were all at crucial times in the 1st half. Underdogs need to get ahead to have a chance...the missed goal chance that went over the bar couldve been a turning point.  It was 2 on 1 ffs with Donie inside and he blazed over off balance. It was akin to being 2 on 1 in Basketball and shooting for a 3 instead of drawing the man and taking it to the hoop for a dunk.

Loved that Laois actually had a go kicking it early and high into Donie but they didnt (i know he missed some) sicken him with enough ball imo. If i was a player id give him ball after ball...he had the beating of McMahon and bringing him out the field for 1st 20mins 2nd half killed Laois's threat

Laois keeper was great and its actually great him coming out...gives an extra man out the field (like a 7s tactic) and just works but is hard to keep up that fitness
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Joeythelips on June 25, 2018, 12:49:14 AM
I have to agree with the previous posters, I think Laois gave it everything and were just up against a far superior outfit. But in saying that we exposed the frailties in their back line in the first half but crucially could not fully make it count in the first half. Our use of the foot pass was very good at times, but you can tell we have been plying our trade at a lower level. It may sound odd considering they conceded 1-25 but i thought our defence played very well in the first half, in the sweltering heat they worked tirelessly when there were waves of Dublin attacks coming at them. It was a  penalty in my opinion but the ref did Donie no favours. Donie himself did not have a great game, especially from placed balls, the missed free just before halt time was a sickner. But we also had a great goal opportunity when Farrell broke through but Donie ran across his path which ruined it.

In fairness the Dubs are some animal, I genuinely felt sorry for our lads when after a battling so hard in the firs halt, the Dubs bring on Jack McCaffrey for the second and he was bombing it through the middle before long. It shows what an amazing squad they have.

For Laois I thought Begley was outstanding in the first half and also Brody.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: BallyroanAbu on June 25, 2018, 02:24:01 AM
Hold on suits our narrative this "Best Team of All Time", I take a different point of view this is the standard and is what we aspire to.  Not some random we have no chance they are far better than us.   Michael Darragh McCauley had an awesome game barely kicking the ball if we want to be great losers that is what we will be I would rather be ungracious losers and moan about eveything.  I hate losing, even games we should lose.  Gracious losers will always be losers lets raise standards and beat these pompous f**kers sooner rather than later.

Kildare were at this crap last year they were beaten by 9, we were beaten by 18 points we gave our best but why is our best no where near good enough.  There is no one outstanding to be beaten by 18.  There is promise but lets not beat around the bush we have to be far better to win.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: High Fielder on June 25, 2018, 08:09:34 AM
Fanciful stuff Ballyroan. I have a dream In GAA terms. Dublin are on a completely different level in so many ways that it would take pages to document the divide between most counties and them. It's an unfair fight and one that we cannot win unless we get a freakishly good batch of players or they weaken. I don't really have an issue with Dublin being as powerful as they are, but I do have a problem with going up there after a good season and taking that sort of beating. It no longer serves its purpose as a fitting end to the two best teams in a competition. The same is largely true in most Provinces. Dublin are a semi professional and in some aspects fully professional outfit. To me, there was more than a hint of Lincoln rocking up to play Manchester City yesterday and to be honest, it's a blight on the GAA to be glorying in such a mismatch. I say all that with a deep and fond respect for everything that we stand for, but I know our limitations too.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: BallyroanAbu on June 25, 2018, 09:07:09 AM
We had golden generations of footballers they won very little in real terms, I think we always have the talent but how we develop these players has always been an issue.  1 Leinster title was a pathetic return, counties like Laois have always ready made excuses and an acceptance of this is the way things are thus this is the way things must always be.   

I do agree with you that the Leinster Championship as it stands does not allow a team to develop.  A hammering like yesterday, if replicated in two weeks time would undo any good work done this year.  It  is probably time to have an All Ireland Intermediate & Junior Championship which has some mechanisms for teams to enter the Senior Championship and some sort incentive for both teams and fans to get behind it.   
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: High Fielder on June 25, 2018, 09:28:36 AM
I won't disagree with you about the poor return in that period. But in the here and now, we are a long way behind. Just looking at the bookmakers odds yesterday it would have taken the sort of shock the like of which has not been seen for us to win. We were 33/1 in a contest with two competitors. Miracle stuff. An insurmountable challenge. The Dublin set up is beyond our wildest imagination and they are leaving behind lads who would easily get into our set up. Good luck to them, but I don't expect to be able to compete with them any time soon.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Tony on June 25, 2018, 10:14:11 AM
Whatever the gaa do, i do not want Laois to be in a 2nd tier of a championship. Iron sharpens iron and we need to be playing better teamsp consistently to get better. Just like we need to get back up to division 2 to get better. Put us in a competition with wicklow and Waterford and offaly and we won't be getting any better. It's all well and good for the top counties to want a two tier system, but for the likes of Laois who are improving and have the potential to get to division 2 and be competitive over the next few years at a good level, operating at a lower tier in championship would bury us.

Regarding this year, i hope that somehow we can get past our next opponent and to the super 8's. I think we've more to offer than what we showed yesterday, i also think the buzz would be fantastic for the county. Hopefully the lads can get up for the next match, i honestly think we won't be easy to beat for the majority who remain in the competition. Dublin were always going to be far ahead of us but for 25-30 mins we competed. You're only as good as your last match, so I'm hoping we can get some confidence for our next opponent.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: blueandwhite1 on June 25, 2018, 11:06:32 AM
There were plenty of positives yesterday. Laois looked fit, strong, hungry and well organized. Every man ran themselves into the ground and we tried to play some clever football. I was very proud of how we approached the game and the pride in the team and jersey. I think this current team can improve on certain things such as converting your chances when they come. Donie missed too many frees and Evan had a spate of wides. No doubt there was pressure but you have to take your chances to stay competitive. Dublin never slow the ball down, we need to learn to keep it moving. When we were defending, we seemed surprised by their runners off the shoulders. How much can we improve with the current team? a good bit but time is not on our side.

I thought the young lads did well enough yesterday but we are going to be in serious trouble in a couple of years when we don't have lads like Timmons, Strong, Begley, O'Loughlin, Donie and Donoher. Dublin are mega fit and highly organized but they also have fantastically skillful footballers. Nearly everyone can kick a point. We have only one or two players that can consistently score at this level. If Donie had stayed in retirement we might have struggled to kick 5 points yesterday.

In summary, I would say I am optimistic about the current panel and Sugrue but very worried for the future beyond 2019.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Giovanni on June 25, 2018, 11:17:49 AM
It was always going to be a day where everything needed to go right for us and even if it did, the best we could expect was an honourable defeat.

I thought we left Dublin a little bit too much freedom to run at us. I know it's easier said than done but if you give a Dublin player 40 yards of open field, he will build a momentum that's hard to stop - at that stage, it takes only a couple of properly executed passes to create a scoring opportunity. I thought a bit more pressure on the kickouts would have been helpful in particular. I think some of our forwards have to work harder to stop those runs from building pace.

A bit more composure at times might have given us a goal and 3 or 4 points, which might have put a better look on the scoreline. On the other hand, Dublin missed even more.

I do hope they regroup and give the next match one good lash. They deserve a better end to the season.

 

Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: on the hop on June 25, 2018, 11:21:34 AM
Don't agree with you tony, a tiered championship is the only way Forward. The gap between the top three and rest of division 1 is big but the teams after that are at nothing. Top level gaa is professional and we neither have the finances, numbers or organisation to bridge that at present possibly never. People regularly quote monaghan as an example of a small county doing well but they squeezing as much as they can out of a good group and are still coming up short. Kildare if they were organised better probably have a chance due to the numbers of juveniles they have coming through.We did well this year because we got to play teams at our level, if we managed to get to the super 8's that would be massive but don't fool yourself on what we would be facing. A tiered championship would benefit us and let us grow in our own space, I would much prefer it that getting repeatedly mangled by a half interested Dublin team who were more thinking about their recovery session in the sea in dollymount afterwards
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Tony on June 25, 2018, 12:04:40 PM
If you're ok with never competing at the top level ever again, then make a 2tier system. Do you reckon we're going to get closer to division one standard by playing wicklow and leitrim - similarly, do you think kerry, donegal and Dublin are going to get worse by playing the standard of each other? I don't believe the answer is a 2tier system. It will create a massive divide in quality, much greater than it is now. At least in the current system, teams like Laois and cavan and fermanagh could make a breakthrough. I'd much prefer an open draw system.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: South Laois man on June 25, 2018, 12:08:16 PM
The easiest option would be 8 groups of 4 with the top 2 in each group going on to play for Sam and the bottom 2 in eachieving group playing in a secondary competion with all semi finals and finals in Croke Park. This system still gives everyone a shot at Sam with it not being tiered from the start.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: SpeculativeEffort on June 25, 2018, 12:12:19 PM
A tiered league and un-tiered cship only serves to make cship more lopsided year after year. If current system is to remain in place the there should be 4 random groups in the league where all teams can get a taste of playing the best teams and learn from them.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Laoiseabu on June 25, 2018, 12:23:05 PM
I would agree with blueandwhite1 looking towards the future I’d be worried enough. It would frighten Ye to think what happens when very soon Strong, Donoher, Munnelly, Conway, Booth, Begley, Timmons, Johnno , Dillon all go as they are all 30 or over.  Kingston and Lillis are late 20s also but a bit younger.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: BallyroanAbu on June 25, 2018, 12:23:23 PM
Would a 3 Tier Competition look something like this  ( i am missing somebody)
there is some fairly competitive games at all levels

Tier 1               Tier 2 let it be 12              Tier 3
Dublin              Laois                                Offaly
Mayo               Cork                                 Louth
Tyrone             Tipperary                          Wicklow
Kerry               Kildare                             Westmeath
Donegal           Clare                                Leitrim
Galway            Armagh                            Longford
Monaghan        Fermanagh                       Antrim
Roscommon     Down                               Limerick
                      Meath                              Waterford
                      Cavan                              Wexford
                      Sligo                                New York
                      Carlow                             London

1 up 1 down makes it very tough at all levels.  Since 1940 78 years we have won 1 Leinster is the current system working for us ?   It makes the promotion of the game very hard.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Butch Cassidy on June 25, 2018, 01:56:58 PM
8 groups of 4 based off the league. Top 2 go on to play in yhd 'A' championship and bottom 2 the 'B' championship. B final played in Croke Park with all stars and holidays for the  winners.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: on the hop on June 25, 2018, 02:20:48 PM
8 groups of 4 based off the league. Top 2 go on to play in yhd 'A' championship and bottom 2 the 'B' championship. B final played in Croke Park with all stars and holidays for the  winners.

Definitely better than the current system
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Tony on June 25, 2018, 02:48:00 PM
The easiest option would be 8 groups of 4 with the top 2 in each group going on to play for Sam and the bottom 2 in eachieving group playing in a secondary competion with all semi finals and finals in Croke Park. This system still gives everyone a shot at Sam with it not being tiered from the start.
I like this option above by south laois man. Seems fair. 3 games per team per group, world cup style with top 2 from each group getting to last 16. Bottom 2 still can claim a decent title while still aiming for Sam at start of competition. Not bad at all.

1 team from each league picked at random in each group. EG

Group 1
Kerry
Meath
Armagh
Carlow

Group 2
Monaghan
Tipperary
Derry
Laois

etc.


I really like the sound of that - it's a very fair system is it not - and exiting. Good for the top teams and good for weaker teams. Also will give more bite to the league because your seeding is based on your league status so promotion will be even more sought after.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Butch Cassidy on June 25, 2018, 04:14:48 PM
Would you like to see the provincials go? 
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Tony on June 25, 2018, 04:34:22 PM
Not really Butch but it's the only fair way. Look at the 4 finals and the provincials in general this year - poor fare all round. Kerry beat Cork by 17, Dublin beat Laois by 18, Donegal beat Fermanagh by 12 and Galway easily beat Rosscommon. In addition, Rosscommon only had to beat Leitrim to get to the Connaught final - we had to beat 3 teams better than Leitrim to get to the Leinster final. Fair - nah. If Laois was in Connaught, we'd be getting to provincial finals every 2nd year and therefore at worst making the 4th round of the qualifiers nearly every year by default. How would that be fair? It wouldn't. Something needs to change, that is for sure.
Title: Re: Laois footballers the Championship DUBLIN NEXT 24th June(what a season so far!!
Post by: Chrimtain on June 25, 2018, 04:51:51 PM
I like the idea of eight groups of four. Although the Provincial Councils would fight their demise, the provincial championships have had their day. With five counties in Connacht and twelve (eleven without Kilkenny) in Leinster, It is a totally unbalanced and unfair system.

Some people say that there would be little interest in the second tier competition. But I disagree, if it was promoted right, and its final played on the same day (or weekend) as the All Ireland Final in Croke Park, it would have a strong appeal. Just look to the degree of excitement generated in the county when Laois picked up a trophy for winning the Div 4 final in April. 

If the GAA don't act soon, the game will die.