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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: March 07, 2023, 12:25:52 AM »
Balls being kicked on the pitch as soon as we went in front against Westmeath at the death to waste time, typical Kilcoo garbage. But not a word on here about that, people only get the knives out when we lose at the weekend. We have been lucky to beat Antrim and Westmeath, and anyone saying we were unlucky against Fermanagh would want to go back and watch that game too with their keeper gifted us 1-3 and we still couldnít win. Staying in D3 has been a massive achievement, itís a poor team we have and no progress made since last year. Last season lads didnít commit, headed to states, decimated by injuries and still put up some decent performances against Meath and Galway and Cork. This year we shouldíve lost every game but the Tipp match, and thatís with everyone available and the Kilcoo lads committing. Weíre in a mess atm. It were just lucky Donegal are as well.

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: February 28, 2023, 09:17:04 PM »
team v Cavan
1. Smyth
2. Collins
3. McAvoy
4. Laverty
5. Morgan
6. Magill
7. Eugene Brannigan
8. Murdock
9. Mason
10. Kerr
11. Ryan J
12. Wee doc
14. Big Pat
15. Gilly

My god we were crying on here for Kilcoo players to commit and now we have 8 and some people still name a Kilcoo player in starting 15 who is not even training with the squad. When will it end..
I would put Ryan McEvoy in midfield and Niall Donnelly into full back - has experience playing there and doesnít need to drive up the pitch as often as McEvoy. How can you start Collins after that performance on Saturday night is beyond me and Mason is a decent player - but 100% not a county midfielder!
But itís opinions I suppose.

Knew there was a reason I stopped looking at this forum. Geney Brannigan is training with the team and youíd put Niall Donnelly at FB? Christ the night I didnít realise this was a parody account JB

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: February 19, 2023, 11:16:54 PM »
Earlier poster mentioned Oíhare was injured but he has been on the bench the last two games so canít be too bad. The people questioning Kaneís inclusion in the team are the same ones calling Laverty a god send. Canít have it both ways, either heís making the right calls or heís not. Heard that OíHare struggled massively in training games and friendlies before McKenna Cup, then put some decent performances in after that. If Rory Burns has been asked back after leaving the panel, it tells you all you need to know about the headache for CL in terms of his no1. Expect Kane to bounce back after that, every keeper makes mistakes. Didnít deserve to win last game or win today, so 2pts from those games is a bonus.

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: January 29, 2023, 08:09:25 PM »
Is the rumour about McGuinness true? Or was there a man on the twittersphere on the gargle? Outrageous thing to say if not true so that would lead me to believe McGuinness is in. Some appointment. Was he ratified by county board during the week?

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: January 15, 2023, 05:33:04 PM »
Good performance today from the lads. Lots of encouraging signs. Now the real stuff kicks in thatís preseason over with. If Down can get promotion and win a championship game weíve made progress. But the season wonít be judged on a couple of decent McKenna cup games. Is there much change to the team do ye reckon come national league? I think Kane will play ahead of Oíhare in goals, heís better from the restarts I think. Also Iíd love Barry to half forward in place of Millar to start Gilmore. Other than that the team looks strong.

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: December 12, 2022, 08:12:37 PM »
Ryan McEvoy and Ward would be good additions but both need their attitudes readjusted a bit. Aggression is great when channelled properly, they can hopefully both be moulded in to serious county players in the coming years. Ward has a bad track record of getting red cards and black cards at silly times which the Ulster counties would target. Daryl deserves a run too but think he wonít commit at this stage. Jerome is done and dusted but ryan and Shealan definitely options. Wonder will Eugene be asked or would he accept the call after his outrageous slabbering last year. Would love him try and back up his loose tongue in that panel but I fear heíll be too afraid to go because he knows he isnít up to county football. Miceal Rooney also deserves a run I think. Been very good for a couple of seasons now. Niall Kane also will start for down, canít see anyone taking his place

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: October 17, 2022, 09:57:29 PM »
Well done Kilcoo. As a blow-in to Warrenpoint I have to say fair play to both teams. On the evidence of yesterday I thought a draw was a fair result so to see Kilcoo or the Point win by the slimmest of margins I couldnít have any complaints.

One thing for me was I was astonished that McMahon made the decision to play yesterday when he clearly wasnít right. Fearsome lads in Senior Championship and the point people beside me were in awe of some of their team. Kilcoo were good value in the end and we can only congratulate them and wish them well In Ulster. I am very proud of CPN yesterday and from what I witnessed, RJ, Miceal Rooney, Ryan Mac and Dylan Ward along with Gary McMahon, Cormac McCartan, Patrick Murdock need to be on the Down panel for Lavery. My MoM was McMahon but it normally goes with the winning team so Iíd have gone for Rooney or Ryan Johnston.

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: September 27, 2022, 11:31:49 AM »
Burren patrons leaving the game last night were disgusted at the way Burren have been playing football this year. Itís not the Burren way and McCorry really needed to have a good showing in the SFC to win over a lot of the aristocrats. McCorry has been so focused on how Burren need to play to beat Kilcoo, they forgot there are other teams who can catch them out. Bridge should have beaten them also this year donít forget, last night wasnít a one off.

From last nights game, who should be on the Down squad? Not even sure who on that pitch last night was on Wee Jamesí panel tbh

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: September 27, 2022, 10:11:27 AM »
Now that the dust has settled, a few points on last night.

Adam Lynch was outstanding on Kerr, McCartan kept Magill fairly quiet too. CPN seemed to get their big match ups right. Couldnít understand Gerard McGovern picking up Boyle, thought Boyle was magificent too, a real rolls Royce. Young Byrne exceptional for WíPoint at breaking lines. Gary McMahon with balls the size of watermelons for the free at the end of normal time and his penalty was not wise.

You can tell Burren thought it was just a matter of turning up and beating the point. Very disappointing Championship for them and Kilcoo will fancy a stroll home now to another SFC. Wouldíve been for some craic if Clonduff had made it over the line but The Bridge will be no walk over. Loughinisland Kilcoo final repeat of 2009 final. Championship has come to life this weekend💪

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: September 25, 2022, 10:08:18 PM »
Intentionally update every 15mins to incentivise people to go to games or buy a stream where itís available. Makes sense to me, if youíre too miserable to buy a match or go to a game then donít whinge about Lack of updates, get off your arse and watch a match in person. Thatís what has made the last few finals a worse spectacle, used to be Pairc esler was rammed on all stands. Now itís just armchair fans who want something for nothing. Rant over.

Clonduff should have won that game a few times over, referee a disgrace. As always, big teams get the big calls.

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: September 24, 2022, 11:48:08 PM »
Speaking of big calls by officials, was up at the Rostrevor Clone game on Friday eve and referee completely robbed Annaclone at the death. Blew the whistle with the ball sailing over the black spot. It must be Rostrevorís year after that going for them. They will walk the IFC, prominent Rostrevor Committee men in The Kilbroney Bar telling me they are already planning a training weekend for Ulster prep.

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: September 24, 2022, 10:54:05 PM »
Would have to argue that isnít a good Carryduff team on todays evidence. Like WíPoint, Clonduff and a few others they blow very hot and very very cold. Very cagey affair with not much quality on show today apart from Shane Annett who absolutely has to be part of the county squad going forward. You wouldnít think Carryduff had 5/6 county men based off todays performance but thatís as far as the Bridge will get now. I think Loughinisland would beat them from what Iíve seen so far. Itís Kilcoo and the Rest as always in down. Magpies will hammer yellas and Burren do the same to the point on Monday and weíll have the usual Kilcoo And Burren split in the semis then meet for the final we all want to see.

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: September 19, 2022, 11:26:40 PM »
Two big draws tonight for the next round. Point v Burren and Clonduff v Kilcoo. Two massive derbies but only two teams that will win those games. Kilcoo will cakewalk past the yellas and Burren the same against WíPoint. Burren will fancy their chances this year they just need one big day against the reigning all Ireland champs. I think itíll be a Burren Bridge and Kilcoo Loughinisland semi final. Sets up lovely for a grand stand final. Burren by 10, Kilcoo by 6, Island by 4 and Bridge by 1

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: September 12, 2022, 10:33:42 PM »
Harps might fancy their chances against Clonduff you know. I think that will be very very close. Mayobridge should have enough to beat RGU while Glenn will also believe they have a good chance to get to another quarter final. Warrenpoint Saul should be a game thatís easy to call but stranger things have happened and Saul wonít be as bad the next day out against Wípoint. Looks set for a great bunch of quarter finals whatever the draw will be.

Kilcoo are a class apart atm. Hopefully Burren Kilcoo final. Jim will have the men in green flying cone final day, massive strength and depth in their squad this year.

Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: September 11, 2022, 04:49:49 PM »
Pointís management team hadnít a clue what to do when the game started to get away from them. Looks like another early championship exit is in its way for them. Hard to believe they were so close to toppling Kilcoo 3-4 years ago compared to the standard they are playing at now with nearly the same squad.

Nearly the same squadÖobviously you donít follow the club scene too closely. No McGarry (their best forward by a mile) for the last two championship seasons. No McAleenan, No Aaron Magee, Paddy Murdock, Ryan Mallon, Ciaran McCartan, Ryan Magee or (Cormac McCartan most of last 2yrs). Point need every single man fit all the tim if they are going to compete but thatís not realistic with the amount of games in a season for clubs now. Donít have the strength of squad to trouble the big guns.
Were most of them lads not on the pitch at some stage last year when 2nd division Longstone beat them?

The long answer is Mcgarry was injured and unable to kick the ball. Ryan and Donagh McAleenan missing, Cormac McCartan missing, Ciaran McCartan played 8mins, John Boyle was injured, Ryan Magee didnít play, Aaron Magee didnít play, Aaron Darcy played 15mins before coming off.

Short answer is, no.

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