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Wexford v Offaly                Offaly by 5

Wicklow v Waterford           Wicklow by 7

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Honestly, I think we will beat Donegal by 5 or 6, have not impressed me this year so far

I wouldnt be so confident.
Donegal are a big game team. Haven't been firing on all cylinders so far, but could click against us!
50/50 game with donegal slight favourites given their experience.

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Top class from Derry.

Completely dominated the first half forcing Monaghan I to shooting from poor positions.
Really purposeful in attack and looked like scoring from every attack.
Hopefully Loughlin isnt badly injured as he's been playing really well.

Benny Heron's best season in a Derry jersey.

Glass was awesome, Chrissy and Rogers locked the door.
Lynch did really well in goals. Even in the second half when monaghan were coming strong he just kept calm and did the simple things right.

But for me mckinless is a different level. His running, defending, tackling, attacking and his goal were as good as you'll see.

Gough was a total joke today in that second half in particular.

Brilliant win, brilliant buzz. Donegal are there to beat now.
That's another story.
We should have beat them last year nad we have their ex manager.
Could this be our year to finally get back to winning championships?

Good post tbrick. Another really enjoyable championship day out. The wains all buzzing on the way home too, wee bag of chips. You couldn't beat it and an Ulster Final to look forward to. The Athletic Grounds is a superb venue for football

It was a good day out for some, but there were other car rides home where the wee wains were in tears and no chips.

Yeah we've had plenty of those days
Almost nothing but those days for a very long time.

We'll enjoy this and appreciate it all the more as these days have been rare.

Monaghan played their part to make it the game it was. Hopefully we c go on now to emulate some of what Monaghan have done and win an Ulster

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Top class from Derry.

Completely dominated the first half forcing Monaghan I to shooting from poor positions.
Really purposeful in attack and looked like scoring from every attack.
Hopefully Loughlin isnt badly injured as he's been playing really well.

Benny Heron's best season in a Derry jersey.

Glass was awesome, Chrissy and Rogers locked the door.
Lynch did really well in goals. Even in the second half when monaghan were coming strong he just kept calm and did the simple things right.

But for me mckinless is a different level. His running, defending, tackling, attacking and his goal were as good as you'll see.

Gough was a total joke today in that second half in particular.

Brilliant win, brilliant buzz. Donegal are there to beat now.
That's another story.
We should have beat them last year nad we have their ex manager.
Could this be our year to finally get back to winning championships?

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Delighted to be in the semi final because I didnt expect it.

Very hard to know where derry are actually at after the last game as others have said derry were very good but tyrone were awful

I am very wary of expecting too much from any derry team. We have consistently fallen flat and failed to back up 1 big perfomance with another, here's hoping that finally changes on sunday

I think monaghan will push up on our kick out so dont see as much handy possession this time round.

Could be a tight low scoring game, a goal will be a big factor for whoever gets it

Hopefully Goughs previous issue with McGuigan is not a factor come sunday, although I suspect it will.

Heart says derry by 2, head says monaghan by 3.
Might stick a fiver on the draw!

My feelings exactly.
I've learnt over the years to never expect too much with Derry.
I don't think Gallagher will let them get carried away with themselves but you just never know what will happen on the day.

Hard to know what the matchups will be. Mckaigue def a man marker. Monaghan have a couple or 3 forwards who would need man marked.

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Dublin v Meath - Dublin by 12
Kildare v Westmeath - Kildare by 6
Tipperary v Limerick - Limerick by 1
Monaghan v Derry - Derry by 1

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I have the feeling Derry are coming back after a long time lost. They were unfortunate not to get out out of D2.
They steamrollered the all Ireland champions and a number of players were prominent, a very good sign.
Plus they have loads of energy.
I would have them as favourites.

Personally, I'd have Derry as favourites for Ulster, even at this point.

As Dreadnought lays out, they've been building towards something.

Let's not get carried away.
In championship terms we've beaten a Tyrone team that didnt show up.
That's it.
We're not even favourites for our next game, let alone Ulster.
Of course, the hope is we can win Ulster, but it's hope and not expectation.

I do agree, we've been building and improving over this last couple of years. Is it enough yet? Time will tell.

On the game itself, I think Derry will set up similarly to how we did against Tyrone. I don't see any major surprises in terms of personnel or positioning. Derry were able to show that they can get scores from other outlets and not just McGuigan which makes it more difficult for Monaghan.
Monaghan will have had time to prepare and won't give away as much ball from kickouts as tyrone did.
It has the makings of a tense, tight low scoring game. They will want to make sure they don't concede frees in the scoring zone. A goal would likely win it.


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I mind when Armagh win Ulster in 99, it stopped a 17 year wait. Some jubilant crowd that day in Armagh. Fantastic to see. I canít see Derry doing that if we win even though it would be 24 years.

Mind you, Jesus it seems we are world beaters. We won one game against a shite Tyrone team. Give it a bit of time lads.

Some people are losing the run of themselves alright.
Hard to know where Derry are. I suspect Tyrone made us look better than we are.
Galway made us look worse than we are. In saying that, if we beat Monaghan I'll probably think we could win Sam lol.
We still can make it difficult for Monaghan and I think we'll be competitive, but Monaghan are a bit more battle hardened than Derry and that will probably see them over the line.

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Stand tickets sold out
weather forecast favourable
Interest has peaked in Derry / see schools doing the red & white days
Huge neutral interest in this one
Id say we could get close to a sell out here?

Looks like the stand and the opposite covered terrace are sold out.
Can only get tickets for the terraces behind the goals now.

Be careful where you stand there, there are no nets behind the goals and you could get a clatter of the ball.

We always stand behind the goals when possible as the kids want a chance and catching a ball!  ;D

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General discussion / Re: 6 County Assembly Elections - 5th May 2022
« on: May 09, 2022, 12:04:14 PM »
Marty I think tuv only getting one seat a big thing for the dup. In the next election, which unfortunately could be six months away, they can present the tuv as not being a serious option and may get more on the back of it.

The dup are not and never have been serious about power sharing. The ni protocol is a red herring to get them out of it. Stormont can do nothing so it makes no sense but they know that.

Franko I sometimes think heís a bot.

Why should there be another election in 6 months' time? Just because the DUP didn't get what they wanted in not coming out on top. Do we keep voting until the DUP win most seats? If there is another election I hope SF push on and pull in an even bigger vote. Unionists (for all persuasions) are telling nationalists this morning they do not have the right to hold the FM post. We are still viewed as inferior in their eyes. That is the naked truth of it. The protocol is a smokescreen they are hiding behind. All Nationalist parties need to call this out over the coming days.
Elections follow the rules. NI had an election in 2016 and another one in 2017 because Deputy FM Martin McGuinness resigned over RHI
That seriously needs looked at. Just a shame Alliance didnt take a few more seats and become second party.

I'd agree with that, the rules around this are not working.
But, to change the rules they all have to agree to change them!
The problem Alliance have, if they did become the second largest party, they couldn't take the DFM role as they are not designated Nationalist/Unionist. That, imo, is wrong too.
Times have moved on from the 90's and the dark days of the troubles and what was suitable then isn't necessarily suitable now in terms of these governmental structures.

The SDLP don't seem to have anything to offer at the moment. Yes there would have been some votes gone to SF in an attempt to get the FM role, but I honestly believe that due to the type of campaign SDLP held, it made it very difficult for SF voters to give them a transfer vote. Instead opting for the more moderate Alliance. SDLP almost mirrored DUP tactics in attacking SF at every opportunity. That would rub a lot of nationalists the wrong way.

DUP are being publicly found out on their true opinion on power sharing and government. It's power sharing as long as they get their way and they have the top job. They have nowhere to go unless the British government offers something up on the protocol.
I did hear on the wireless this am a dup member (forget who) said that the Dup would nominate DFM, provided issues with protocol are resolved and a programme for government is agreed. So a very heavily caveated agreement to accept the outcome of a democratic vote.
I think the DUP will be nervous of a second election. They could lose more votes and there is every chance SF would get more. Imo, there would be a bigger turn out of nationalists for a second election given the DUP reluctance to agree to nominate a DFM. No matter what way you look at it now, DUP will lose face in some sectors of their electorate.

Alliance, what an election from them. It's been coming for a while and shows how the centre ground electorate is growing here. There will always be hardline right/left voters but the centre is definately widening and in another election Alliance could grow more.

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General discussion / Re: 6 County Assembly Elections - 5th May 2022
« on: May 06, 2022, 12:50:49 PM »
Noicola seems to be in trouble in NB, according to twitter sources.

Early days though and too early to say.

I actually thought she should have been more prominent in the debates than Eastwood, who wasn't even standing.

Funny after voting yesterday evening a few friends came down to our house and we were talking about who we voted for. Nicola was 4th or 5th on all our ballot papers. SDLP have run a very poor campaign and by focusing on attacking SF instead of running a positive campaign they have suffered a back lash. I suspect Justin McNulty might be in diffs too. Eastwood may have run his course.

In reality, there's no difference between SDLP and Alliance.

Long vs Eastwood....I know who I believe to be the more credible politician.
SDLP make such a big deal about being anti-SF that its nearly impossible for a SF voter to transfer a vote to them.
It's a shame Alliance cant get into First/deputy first minister roles as they don't designate as unionist/nationalist. If they finished up being the 2nd largest party above DUP, they couldn't get DFM post unless they designate as unionist (assuming SF are the largest party).
The other way would be if 'neutral' voters outweigh unionist votes then 'neutral' becomes the second largest denomination and they can put forward a deputy first minister

I like that idea. It would probably require a change to the GFA legislation though.

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General discussion / Re: Tea
« on: May 06, 2022, 12:46:09 PM »
Best thread on here in a long time.

Dainty Cup or manly mug?

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General discussion / Re: 6 County Assembly Elections - 5th May 2022
« on: May 06, 2022, 12:10:21 PM »
Noicola seems to be in trouble in NB, according to twitter sources.

Early days though and too early to say.

I actually thought she should have been more prominent in the debates than Eastwood, who wasn't even standing.

Funny after voting yesterday evening a few friends came down to our house and we were talking about who we voted for. Nicola was 4th or 5th on all our ballot papers. SDLP have run a very poor campaign and by focusing on attacking SF instead of running a positive campaign they have suffered a back lash. I suspect Justin McNulty might be in diffs too. Eastwood may have run his course.

In reality, there's no difference between SDLP and Alliance.

Long vs Eastwood....I know who I believe to be the more credible politician.
SDLP make such a big deal about being anti-SF that its nearly impossible for a SF voter to transfer a vote to them.
It's a shame Alliance cant get into First/deputy first minister roles as they don't designate as unionist/nationalist. If they finished up being the 2nd largest party above DUP, they couldn't get DFM post unless they designate as unionist (assuming SF are the largest party).

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General discussion / Re: Tea
« on: May 06, 2022, 12:02:40 PM »
Whatís the best Teabag? I would be a Yorkshire Tea man, but a bag of 1000 or so on Amazon, tiny bit of milk, steaming hot, canít be beat

Lyons or Barrys would be the main choice
Punjana or Nambarrie as well
That Yorkshire tea is a good option if none of the above are available ,as is tetleys
After that we are dicing with the devil as far as I am concerned

Hate Tetleys, Punjana for me up North.

Can't say i've ever saw Barrys Tea up North

Likewise.
Tetleys is like dishwater.
Not sure I've ever sampled Barrys!

Ever go to someone's house and they make you a cup of tea and it's pure p*sh? The sort of cup where they've just shown the cup of hot water the teabag as it passed by?
So disappointing and you feel you have to drink it anyway.

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General discussion / Re: Tea
« on: May 06, 2022, 11:59:38 AM »
Surprised a few of the tea drinking posters use sugar 😬

Sugar was put in the cup when I was young (teens) then late teens stopped, remember having tea years ago and someone put sugar in, I nearly spat it out!

Tea with sugar (or sweet'ner for those new age hippy sorts) is sacrilage.
Sugar is only for coffee and coffee alone.

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