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Kenny has unearthed two speed merchants who can score in Obafemi and Ogbene. Don’t know if Ogbene was injured but he should have tried that combo yesterday. They will trouble any team. Overall he has decent players to work with. But I don’t know if he’s a strong leader where players will give an arm and a leg. He has a good football philosophy and if he was still U21 manager I think we would have qualified. I think he better serves Irish football in youth setups as did Brian Kerr. But that does not necessarily translate into a good senior manager. It was like when Mark Lawrenson scored the famous goal to secure that 1-0 win away to Scotland that was instrumental in us qualifying for Euro 88 and he thought Jack Charlton would have a big hug for him and all he got was a bollocking for a mistake he made. Jack had them in high alert. You don’t get that sense here.

It’s mainly a championship level team
There are 3 premier league players who start on what seems to be his first choice team now and a couple who are in league 1
Not exactly a golden generation

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: September 24, 2022, 11:25:15 PM »
Two big calls from the officials today regarding umpires being over ruled
The ref over ruled his two umpires for Mayobridges first point, commentators were adamant it was wide and others in the crowd
Then a Duff point late on was given by the umpires and ref but ruled out by the linesman

That said Mayobridge were the better team overall

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Down / Re: 2022 Down SFC Prediction Comp.
« on: September 22, 2022, 11:25:08 PM »
Loughinisland
Carryduff
Kilcoo
Burren

Longstone for relegation play off

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Down / Re: 2022 Down SFC Prediction Comp.
« on: September 15, 2022, 12:25:49 PM »
Glenn
Bredagh
Mayobridge
Clonduff
Bryansford
CPN

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Down / Re: 2022 Down SFC Prediction Comp.
« on: September 06, 2022, 10:35:30 PM »
Saul
Mayobridge
Clonduff
CPN
Carryduff
Bredagh
Burren
Kilcoo

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: August 26, 2022, 06:46:47 PM »
Loughinsinisland were poor but to be honest, the Town showed a fight and their aim now is to stay in the senior championship and regroup for the next season. Castlewellan is a strong club who needs to be producing players for our county like before, they need more male footballers involved in coaching as hurling has taken over. It's good to see the minors in a championship final albeit at B level but it's a start.

Are there going to be play offs for relegation from the SFC and IFC again, or are they going to go back to doing it via league position like they used to do

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Down / Re: 2022 Down SFC Prediction Comp.
« on: August 25, 2022, 10:05:29 AM »
SFC
Bredagh
Loughinisland
Kilcoo
RGU
Longstone
Warrenpoint
Carryduff
Burren

IFC
Annaclone
Drumgath
Atticall
Rostrevor
Darragh Cross
Ballymartin
Saval
Shamrocks

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General discussion / Re: Premier League 2022-2023
« on: August 14, 2022, 10:37:58 PM »
So after 5 or so years of seeing off everyone outside the top 4 with no more difficulty than a child learning to suck on a dummy, football’s extraordinary disinterest in a level playing field has seen City being allowed to buy Haaland, and ensure that their almost every game is a procession.

It’s 2 weeks in and I hate football on so many levels.

Being allowed to lol
How were they going to stop the most successful team of the last decade in the most lucrative league in the world signing a player for 51m, a relative bargain on all fronts given what some other players have gone for.

Also, they’ve played two games

That’s really my point. Football could only be a better spectacle if the authorities stepped in and prevented cartels. People laugh at the French league. That’s what City are going to the PL.

Difference is the French league doesn’t have other clubs who spend similar amounts to PSG
United have spent similar to City in the last decade
Chelsea wouldn’t be far off it either and have a massive squad

City shouldn’t be punished for being well coached and doing good transfer business while United have McTominay and Dalot still running about after spending £1bn

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General discussion / Re: Premier League 2022-2023
« on: August 14, 2022, 06:12:41 PM »
So after 5 or so years of seeing off everyone outside the top 4 with no more difficulty than a child learning to suck on a dummy, football’s extraordinary disinterest in a level playing field has seen City being allowed to buy Haaland, and ensure that their almost every game is a procession.

It’s 2 weeks in and I hate football on so many levels.

Being allowed to lol
How were they going to stop the most successful team of the last decade in the most lucrative league in the world signing a player for 51m, a relative bargain on all fronts given what some other players have gone for.

Also, they’ve played two games

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General discussion / Re: Premier League 2021-22
« on: June 03, 2022, 07:32:30 AM »
City had 17 outfield players with Liverpool and Chelsea 22
All teams had 3 goalkeepers

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General discussion / Re: Premier League 2021-22
« on: June 02, 2022, 11:46:14 PM »
City had a smaller squad this season than Liverpool and Chelsea. A list  of first team senior players was doing the rounds a few months ago and City had 18 compared to 22 and 23 at the other clubs
They lost Mendy and Torres from that squad and still won the league.

I’d expect them to add a left back and midfielder to replace Fernandinho as well as Haaland so really hard to see them not winning it again next year when they’ve won the last two without an actual striker

Also Guardiola actually doesn’t make that many subs. In a few games he didn’t win this year he was criticised for not bringing anyone on to change things. The 5 sub thing won’t change much

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: March 21, 2022, 12:56:50 PM »
Down won’t be far away from Monaghan.

Monaghan have spent a decade now getting more than the sum of their parts. Their approach allows them to compete with the best. But it doesn’t magic up an ability to put weaker opponents to the sword.

Based on what exactly?
Struggling to make a case for Down keeping the game competitive

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: February 26, 2022, 08:59:30 PM »
Roscommon looked like they were going to score with every attack, defence miles off it
Kick outs still a big issue as well

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Down / Re: Down Club Hurling & Football
« on: February 20, 2022, 05:32:37 PM »
Who hit the crossbar for Down in the last seconds?
Was listening to commentary but it wasn’t that clear
Seems Down  only had that and a Mooney goal chance for scores in the second half
The rest sounded like all Meath but them kicking wides
Decent point under the circumstances

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