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Too little to late for Tyrone in a game that Dublin controlled throughout and never looked like losing. Dublin have a few gears to go up yet while we have already seen the best of Tyrone and another All Ireland semi is about as far as they will likely go once again if they get that far this summer.

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GAA Discussion / Re: The Toughest Rivalry
« on: July 21, 2018, 02:07:46 AM »
Redknapp as in auld Harry? he managed plenty of clubs Tottenham,West Ham,Portsmouth to name but a few. He was some crack alright a bit of wheeler dealer even if he didn't like to be told he was https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kB78bM5rqdU


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Every Tyrone person I have talked too expects Tyrone to win this game, mostly the arrogance breaking out I know but The Dubs were nothing great against Donegal last weekend and they don't have the comforts of Croke park this weekend. Its simple Dublin can lose this game and still win the All Ireland as for Tyrone they need to go out and prove they are more than just a flat track bully.

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Will be interesting to see how Kildare fare in this game as they aren't as conditioned like the top teams are and this will be their 5th game in 5 weeks and they are now coming off the back of defeat. The siege mentally they had for the Mayo game won't be there for this game and I highly doubt Galway's defence are going to give away 21 scores in this game.

All logic points to a Galway win but under the circumstances a win for Kildare in this game would be ranked higher than their win over Mayo IMO.



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GAA Discussion / Re: Roscommon v Armagh
« on: July 20, 2018, 06:10:17 PM »
Time for illdecide to lock this thread. Game over almost two weeks ago now.

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Connolly was absolutely key to winning the All Ireland last year. Gavin didn't want to bring him on but was big enough to realise we weren't going to win without him (and we wouldn't have). The question is whether there is anyone this year as good as Mayo were last year in that final.

While Howard and Scully deservedly got a lot of praise for their performances last week, what has been lost among all the nonsense about the 10 last minutes of the Donegal game, is how below par Dublin were overall. Con's worst game in a Dublin jersey. Probably Kilkenny's worst game too (scored 1 point from 6 shots). Mannion didnt get a kick. They were the 3 guys supposed to get all our scores from play, but got one between them.

Fenton was very good in the second half, but he had a poor first half. O'Sullivan played like someone who hadnt started a game in a long time. We lost a heap of ball cheaply. We weren't good. But Donegal were worse. Unable to capitalise on our performance. I'd say partly due to no McBrearty, partly due to us not allowing McHugh free reign, and partly due to them not having a positive enough approach. 

So for Dublin, it'll be whether that will be a kick up the backside we need, or whether there is the start of a slow downward spiral. We do have Costello to come in for one of the 3 misfiring lads and he seems to be hot. Kev Mac dependable to make an impact too. Please jaysus we won't see O'Gara, but Gavin sometimes seems to think he's suited to Tyrone.

Playing without an orthodox full back since O'Carroll left has never caught us out. But if other teams can get us 2-on-2 the way Donegal did (thankfully Murphy was never one of those 2), we will eventually pay as we've no defender particularly good under a high ball.

Connolly's influence in last years final is overrated and is growing legs. Dublin haven't performed to the best of their ability in any of the All Ireland finals under Jim Gavin. Last weekend was a similar type of performance, plenty of good individuals not playing well but the team getting the job done without impressing. I think this could be the year that Dublin finally click in All Ireland final and win by a bit to spare which hasn't happened since the 70s.

no it's not..they simply wouldn't have won it without him coming on. Dublin were a completely different team with him in the 2nd half, chalk and cheese. Mayo were blowing them away until Connolly was introduced.

You see this is the type of overrating I am talking about. Mayo led by one point before Connolly was introduced. Donal Vaughan foolishly getting himself sent off was the biggest influence on that final.

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General discussion / Re: The OFFICIAL Liverpool FC thread
« on: July 19, 2018, 12:37:26 PM »
Bought by Roma for Ä7.5 m in 2016.
Sold for Ä75 m 2 years later. Monopoly money.

At least the fans will have a new song


https://youtu.be/C9GlC9GyF4Y

Serious profit there in a short space of time i'd wonder what value a younger Buffon would be nowadays. Is the next step to sell Karius but what club will buy the concussion story?

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That Ewing lad talks a lot of sense.

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Connolly was absolutely key to winning the All Ireland last year. Gavin didn't want to bring him on but was big enough to realise we weren't going to win without him (and we wouldn't have). The question is whether there is anyone this year as good as Mayo were last year in that final.

While Howard and Scully deservedly got a lot of praise for their performances last week, what has been lost among all the nonsense about the 10 last minutes of the Donegal game, is how below par Dublin were overall. Con's worst game in a Dublin jersey. Probably Kilkenny's worst game too (scored 1 point from 6 shots). Mannion didnt get a kick. They were the 3 guys supposed to get all our scores from play, but got one between them.

Fenton was very good in the second half, but he had a poor first half. O'Sullivan played like someone who hadnt started a game in a long time. We lost a heap of ball cheaply. We weren't good. But Donegal were worse. Unable to capitalise on our performance. I'd say partly due to no McBrearty, partly due to us not allowing McHugh free reign, and partly due to them not having a positive enough approach. 

So for Dublin, it'll be whether that will be a kick up the backside we need, or whether there is the start of a slow downward spiral. We do have Costello to come in for one of the 3 misfiring lads and he seems to be hot. Kev Mac dependable to make an impact too. Please jaysus we won't see O'Gara, but Gavin sometimes seems to think he's suited to Tyrone.

Playing without an orthodox full back since O'Carroll left has never caught us out. But if other teams can get us 2-on-2 the way Donegal did (thankfully Murphy was never one of those 2), we will eventually pay as we've no defender particularly good under a high ball.

Connolly's influence in last years final is overrated and is growing legs. Dublin haven't performed to the best of their ability in any of the All Ireland finals under Jim Gavin. Last weekend was a similar type of performance, plenty of good individuals not playing well but the team getting the job done without impressing. I think this could be the year that Dublin finally click in All Ireland final and win by a bit to spare which hasn't happened since the 70s.

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GAA Discussion / Re: QF Phase 2 predictions
« on: July 18, 2018, 10:06:06 PM »
Donegal
Kerry
Galway
Dublin


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GAA Discussion / Re: Super 8s
« on: July 18, 2018, 02:26:11 PM »
That's the punishment you get for you losing in  your Provincial.

The likes of Antrim, Leitrim, Wicklow etc shouldn't be punished for being beaten by teams that are much stronger than them. They should be given more of an opportunity to develop rather than being given 2 games a season. If they are given the chance to develop, who knows, in a few years they could challenge and bring in bigger crowds

Antrim have had 100 years or more to develop. They've a huge population. Giving them more games is not the silver bullet you think it is. Perhaps if they put a bit of work in at youth level and had some sort of plan they might then develop. Giving them more games and them taking huge tankings won't solve underlying fundamental issues that they have.
Leitrim granted are suffocated due to it's size, but barring a huge population surge they will also struggle. Games won't help.

You are right it will no solve it. However, having more than 2 games will be of more benefit to them.

The whole structure needs to change from the league all the way through to the super 8's.

The league is fine the best format the GAA have but it needs to be promoted better and made more important.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Ros V Donegal Hyde Park 21/7/18
« on: July 17, 2018, 09:53:37 PM »
The mechanics of Super 8ís means a Roscommon win here would put Tyrone in strong position, regardless of their 7pm Dublin game. Final positions could be Dubs 6pts, the rest all on 2.
Can you provide a decent argument for Roscommon to win this game? It would be major turnaround from such a heavy defeat last weekend and Donegal are similar ranked side to Tyrone.

I think at best Roscommon are looking at a five or six point defeat here and even for that to happen they would need to improve massively in defence. Dublin should do enough to win in Omagh so the Tyrone v Donegal game in round 3 a likely play off for a semi final spot.

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GAA Discussion / Re: Roscommon v Armagh
« on: July 16, 2018, 05:58:22 PM »

Would we have fared any better than the Rossies?
No as teams that defend poorly against Tyrone are always well beaten.

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The theory on giving youth its chance just backfired on Kerry. Itíll be interesting to see their team next week.
It was a manager on his last year rolling the dice but to be honest Kerry's best player today was one of their youngest. Too many of their older players are past it now and need replacing.

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Only for Clifford Kerry would be fcuked today.

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