Laois Senior Footballers 2024

Started by les Antiques, December 31, 2023, 12:09:04 PM

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Giovanni


Laois Rising

McNulty has recognised the need for pace in the team and building a sound defensive structure. Two attributes that were solely lacking in Croke Park last year against Down. It's going to take time and we as supporters need to be patient as it will take two to three years for the younger players to fully develop as proper intercounty standard footballers. You cannot build up the strength and conditioning required or gain the necessary experience of playing in high tempo, competitive championship games overnight. I think plenty of lessons have been learned from the Carlow and Offaly games. Still plenty to work on having watched back to Wicklow game but plenty of positives in the performance too. Fermanagh and Carlow was a very competitive affair so I do not expect us to be too far off them in the final group game. A home quarter final would be very welcome and avoiding the likes of Sligo, Kildare and Down at that stage of the competition. If we fail to top the group and we manage to progress to a quarter final then it is one of those three sides away that we would have to play.   

Joeythelips

Was anyone at the Fermanagh match? Decent scoreline but came out the wrong side of the result.

Home match against New York next week and if we win that an away quarter final against either Kildare, Sligo or Down awaits.

County Man

A brave, spirited team performance yesterday against Fermanagh that just fell short in the end. On a warm afternoon in Longford, the lads left everything on the pitch.

Rioghan Murphy brought great energy for the whole game and won the penalty that was brilliantly converted by Mark Barry. Evan O'Carroll's goal was superbly taken with a great direct ball in by Damon Larkin who had an excellent game. We turned Fermanagh over a number of times throughout the game and they really had to earn their victory.

Paul Kingston chipped in with scores of the highest standard. I was impressed with both Dylan Kavanagh and Seamus Lacey's contributions also.

So New York next week in the preliminary QF. It could be a chance for some of the panel members to put their hand up for selection for what should be an away quarter final the week after. The panel has definitely been strenghtened in advance of next year's division 3 with lads well able to contribute when brought on. Yesterday I thought that Mikie Dempsey in particular did well when coming on.

I'd love a go at Kildare in a quarter final. A local derby, a decent crowd and a championship atmosphere. Obviously they would be favourites but I'd love to see where we're at. They only really saw off Leitrim in the last 10 minutes in the 2nd game yesterday in Longford and I'd be hopeful that we could really test them.


The PRO

New York are no mugs. Saw them beating Leitrim last year. But we should have enough. I'd like to avoid Down in the quarter final if we get there. Would prefer Sligo or Kildare. I think Kildare might be a bit better than us but at least it would generate a bit of interest.

Laois Rising

Should easily beat New York and then regardless of who we draw it is a tough task to go away from home and defeat any one of Sligo, Kildare or Down. Playing Kildare in perhaps Dr.Cullen Park would be the best outcome. You'd image a local derby in a fairly full grounds would bring some proper championship atmosphere.I 'd hate to see this team bow out of the championship up in Newry in front of a small Laois contingent of supporters. 

Saint88

Seems like a long gap between the 2 matches on Sunday. Is there a reason for this? Would be nice to hold onto the crowd for the ladies match.

Saint88

Very sobering reality today. Ladies get hammered by Cork and the Lads barely get over New York. This is a reflection of the work done over the last 15 years in this county. Both groups are doing their best but we aren't producing players anymore. We need to get better people in at board level. That's where it all begins.

Countyminor

Reckon it was more a case of New York throwing it away as opposed to us actually winning it. Thought they kicked some outrageously bad wides in the second half and there was one clear goal chance where it was harder to miss the target than slide it past Roche 😅

Mark Timmons saving our bacon yet again. Thought the ball had just snapped past him when it popped off the wet sod but the wily old fox got a claw to it and finished with aplomb. What a player and what a servant to Laois.

We move on, albeit unconvincingly. Main thing was to win. Mission accomplished. Hopefully Sligo next. Kildare always have our number and Down, well...

SCFC

Kildare it is. Probably the best option rather than a long trip to Down or Sligo with little or no support. It'll be in Carlow or Tullamore I presume? Hard to see us turn them over.

Joeythelips

Quote from: SCFC on June 10, 2024, 11:38:27 AMKildare it is. Probably the best option rather than a long trip to Down or Sligo with little or no support. It'll be in Carlow or Tullamore I presume? Hard to see us turn them over.

I thought the teams who qualified directly (Kildare, Down, Sligo and Fermanagh) got a home tie.
Kildare is the toughest draw but hopefully this Laois panel has one decent kick left in it.

les Antiques

Tullamore Sunday 1.15pm apparently. 

Countyminor

Carlow would've suited our football base much better and would've lent itself to a better atmosphere, but hey ho, it is what it is.



SCFC

Quote from: Joeythelips on June 10, 2024, 02:11:28 PM
Quote from: SCFC on June 10, 2024, 11:38:27 AMKildare it is. Probably the best option rather than a long trip to Down or Sligo with little or no support. It'll be in Carlow or Tullamore I presume? Hard to see us turn them over.

I thought the teams who qualified directly (Kildare, Down, Sligo and Fermanagh) got a home tie.

Kildare are homeless!