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Quote from: lurganblue on Today at 02:00:51 PMWho is Utd's current backup? Heaton?

Altay Bayindir - Turkish goalkeeper

ETH was taking some serious questions from the Turkish jurnos about why he wasnt getting a look in when Onana was performing so poorly in the CL.
Not sure what they do with Onana at the moment, does he pull him out for a couple of games and give him a kick in the ass. Or (which is most likely) he sticks with him and hope that he rides it out.

TBF in the premier league he seems to have settled, but in the CL he just loses the plot.

Even a 3 - 1 up in that game, I would imagine most fans were looking at the clock thinking that they could still lose this rather than thinking they will see this out. Just been the nature of the games this year, they dont seem to have the knack of killing games and slowing things down in those crazy heated moments.
Antrim / Re: Antrim Hurling
November 30, 2023, 09:36:11 AM
It's not just the loss of these 4/5 players. It's the loss of 6/7/8 years in some cases of development work on the pitch and in the gym, very few if any of the potential replacements will have any of that.

Therefore regardless of the quality which is brought in to replace these boys it is going to be light years behind in terms of those other elements.

That is just the reality of picking from such a small pool of players unfortunately.
General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
November 29, 2023, 01:44:40 PM
Quote from: 5times5times on November 27, 2023, 01:02:25 PM4 points off 4th
6 points off top
Onana joint top clean sheets with 5

From now till EOY they have tough games vs Newcastle, Chelsea, Pool, Hammers & Villa

Tough run for sure, but with injured players coming back it should help.

A positive result following on from the weekend should build a bit of confidence too.
Antrim / Re: Antrim Hurling
November 29, 2023, 11:34:27 AM
Shambolic process start to finish.

It's like when they show some signs of moving forward as a board, they always find some way to shoot themselves in the foot.

General discussion / Re: Man Utd Thread:
November 27, 2023, 11:10:20 AM
Crazy game to win 3 nil. It really could have been a comfortable victory for Everton had they converted during their early pressure. Good resilience for a change being able to withstand that, with a slice or two of luck and bad finishing.

Martial would frustrate the life out of you, easily one of the most natural finishers in the league, yet Utd get so little out him.

General discussion / Re: East wall #Irelandisfull
November 24, 2023, 11:19:09 AM
Quote from: imtommygunn on November 24, 2023, 11:15:04 AMThere is a lot of talk that the UK situation is now worse due to Brexit too.

No incentive now for the ex-partners in the EU to stop the migration through their countries to the UK.

Actually it makes sense for them to allow them migrants through to the final destination of the UK. The UK Govt are now going to have to pay the likes of France etc to prevent the migrants from crossing the channel. Instead of working as a partner inside the EU framework.

Crazy decision of Brexit is the gift that keeps on giving for the people of GB/ UK.
Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
November 24, 2023, 11:06:11 AM
Quote from: bannside on November 24, 2023, 10:35:44 AMWe all know clubs in the city are punching below their weight these last few years, as SW clubs step up, but what we really need is a dozen clubs all stepping up, raising the bar and producing better all round players. A rising tide lifts all boats, and fair play to St Brigids for the initiative to think outside the box a bit.

What's the story with the new development then BS?

What the plan?
General discussion / Re: East wall #Irelandisfull
November 24, 2023, 10:59:14 AM
Quote from: trueblue1234 on November 24, 2023, 10:30:21 AM
Quote from: clarshack on November 24, 2023, 10:15:24 AM
Quote from: tyrone08 on November 24, 2023, 09:44:59 AM
Quote from: Itchy on November 24, 2023, 09:33:53 AM
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Quote from: tyrone08 on November 24, 2023, 08:56:35 AMMy simple view is that immigration needs to be controlled in a way that benefits the economy. Forget about where they are coming from or their race. Skilled people who are in fields that there are job shortages should be let in. Unskilled workers are also required but it should be based on the number of available jobs rather than a free for all.

Australia immigration skills assessment is a good example.
That's a perfectly legitimate position to hold, if you were voting in GB you'd be voting Conservative or quite possibly the Reform Party as the Tories might be too soft for you.

Yes, and it resulted in Brexit so I would assume Tyrone08 would be in favour of Brexit and perhaps and Irexit too.

Lad have at it then. Keep the system the way it is and come back to me in 10 years and see how you feel then.

Jesus every country in the world outside of eu controls immigration.

Cant improve anything in this country without someone shouting racist.

Agree it's got to the stage it's ridiculous.
If the extremists on the left keep on shouting racist and bigot at everyone without having proper debate on key issues and when you look at what happened in Argentina and Holland this week then these idiots are going to end up being partly responsible for putting a Far Right party into power in the South.

I agree to an extend. But it works both ways. If some of the posts are challenged on here you get the "far left" response instead of actually debating the issue. Both sides seem to be incapable of discussing the issue reasonably. And the reality is somewhere in between. Immigration is required, and at times the right thing to do. Should it be more regulated? Yes. Is it possible to have complete control over that. No. It will be an imperfect system.
People crying that Ireland isn't recognisable as the country it once was are completely right. Unfortunately we can't blame all that on immigrants.

The truth is as always somewhere in the middle.

But the neck on these little toerags blaming immigrants for the fact they don't have a job/ house/ car is the biggest falsehood. Totally akin to the Brexit voters in England, no intention of ever working, always expecting to have their dole and benefits and contributing zero to the community or society in general other than producing more generations with the same entitled attitude.

I have more sympathy for those people in Ireland actually working and struggling to get a house for their family., struggling to pay their bills and looking at the perceived easy ride that immigrants are getting at the moment. These people have a case to be asking questions of the Government.

But these were not the people on the streets last night.
Antrim / Re: Antrim Football Thread
November 24, 2023, 10:14:09 AM
Can't see this being anything but a huge step forward for the club and Gaelic Games in the City.

Fair play to Naomh Brid, forward looking and ambitious.

Totally agree that most clubs could have this type of opportunity if they would look past the short termism of these mercenary paid coaches on the merry-go-round gravy train.

Quote from: Eire90 on November 24, 2023, 09:24:29 AMSure where were the gaa hardlads who act all hard on a football field assualting other players and refs  but no where to be seen last night yet they claim to be these big comnmunity people because they know what would have happen to them if they went down there.Where were the hardman fans too ohhhh no where ohhhh pillars of the community

Jaysus there's some balls talked on here at times, but I think this one is up there with the best of them.

Bit early in the day to be on the drink  :o
Quote from: trailer on November 24, 2023, 08:51:57 AMGovernment should deport the scumbags rioting. Bet you any money none of those scumbags have a job or contribute to society in any meaningful way. Their cheerleader McGregor should do one as well.

Deport them to where?
Far as I could see there werent't too many non-white rioters?
Quote from: seafoid on November 23, 2023, 08:51:12 AM
Quote from: weareros on November 22, 2023, 09:38:58 PMDo Irish people really make good soccer players. We rarely produce a player at international level standard that can leave a player dead with skill. Liam Brady and Damien Duff are the only two that come to mind, and Georgie Best who was on another level. A Roy Keane was a great player but very limited skill wise. When it comes to nimbleness and skill, as a race we are great at the fiddle, tin whistle, bodhrán, Uileann pipe, guitar, boxing, plastering and the pen. We seem to have been overly blessed with movement in the elbow, fists and fingers, but useless with the feet. Even Irish dancers look very stiff compared to the Latins and the few lads who venture out onto the floorboards and get too ambitious are in danger of tripping over themselves. Our best chance is immigrants adding to our gene pool. We are seeing that in Athletics and the beginnings of that in soccer. There's hope yet.
Soccer is globalised. We do better in sports that are not globalised like rugby and GAA. In athletics and rowing we wait for generational talents .

We don't have a development system and we don't have a league of an appropriate standard for soccer.

It is not a priority. 

What a weird post, take a look at some of the great Dublin/ Kerry recent footballers especially the attackers. All have the ability to shoot accurately on the move with both feet, I think this sometimes get overlooked when it is actually an incredibly difficult skill.

Take a look at the premier league stars that are lauded who point blank refuse to shoot with their 'weaker' foot.

There is no lack of skill or flair in this country.
Antrim / Re: Antrim Hurling
November 21, 2023, 03:11:01 PM
Quote from: Antrim Coaster on November 21, 2023, 01:35:41 PM
Quote from: imtommygunn on November 21, 2023, 12:37:14 PMWho was Alex Delargy replacing on Sunday? Was it Niall McCormick? He was very good in the county final and would be a good guy to have there too.

Christy McNaughton is honestly one of if not the most skillful player I have seen from Antrim but unfortunately he just doesn't have the conditioning. He is still definitely a very useful boy to have around.

Jaysus, he has some set of wrists.

Must have missed them on Sunday  :o
Antrim / Re: Antrim Hurling
November 21, 2023, 12:04:05 PM
Quote from: Antrim Coaster on November 21, 2023, 11:43:35 AM
Quote from: SaffronSports on November 20, 2023, 04:53:55 PMI'd put Paddy Burke on Rodgers. Campbell got it tight against James McNaughton in the county final so I'd probably prefer to try something else. Either way though you're losing a bit going the other way by having one of them doing a man marking job.

Cant see that happening.

Rodgers would drag his marker all over the pitch. If you watch Rodgers, he might have No 11 on his back but one minute he'd be in at full forward, next minute he'd be in at his own corner back position.

A bit like Danny Cullen of Setanta and Donegal if you have ever seen him hurl. Impossible to mark.

To put Paddy Burke to man mark Rodgers would leave a massive gap in the Cushendall full back line which would be exploited by Slaughtneil and you can bet Mickey McShane and Nander would be cute enough to have them do just that.

Id say Cushendall will go with the same defensive set up as the Portaferry match.

If Eoghan Campbell is detailed to man mark any Slaughtneil player, that takes away part of Cushendall's attacking threat, as a lot of ball out of defence goes through Eoghan Campbell who sets up several Cushendall attacks, although he was quiet during the Antrim final.

Regardless of the match ups, if Cushendall turn up and play the way they played on Sunday past, it is going to be a long afternoon.