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So Arlene met Rory and the lads yesterday.
If she goes to the match then so be in.
Honesty hope the dup are not using the gaa again for a photo opportunity.
Think it would be a nice touch if the locals would recreate the road conditions that existed prior to the peace process.
Would be a nice walk.

Absolutely fantastic performance from Fermanagh.
The full back line were immense.  McManus didn't score from play, McCarron was subbed as was K Hughes. McCarthy was very easily contained when he came on as well.
Our half back line played very well.  James McMahon looked very comfortable in the sweeper role and made good use of the ball. 
Midfield was immense.  Won the majority of ball around the middle and we also won alot of breaking ball.
Upfront Sean did well as did Aidan Breen.  Corrigan did well from frees when he came on.
Seamie have only himself to blame for not starting. Would have been a very easy decision to throw Seamie on with 10 minutes to go but it was good to see Rory and co taking a strong stand.
Colm Walsh made a noticeable difference when he came on for Monaghan.  Glad he didn't start.
Fermanagh also left Monaghan with no choice but to go short with their kickouts. They stopped Began kicking it long and this snuffed out the direct goal threat.
We are horrible to play against but extremely well organised.
After today I have no fear of Donegal or Down.
We can beat either because we will make it a dogfight.

To some degree I understand why teams play blanket defence and is up to better footballers to find ways to beat it. It is so prevalent now that rule changes may well be needed to promote a more expensive game. In the case of Fermanagh it is not the blanket defence I hate as much as the niggle, verbals, diving, gamesmanship and activities of their runners, water boys etc. that grinds me. All teams have their narky players it just seems Fermanagh have found more than their fair share at minute. Still their supporters won't worry if they win Ulster.

Seems to me that those same things happened when we were getting beat but for some reason that didnít seem to annoy as much then.
Amazing what happens when you win a game or two.
Fermanagh always had too many nice footballers.
Good to see lads doing what ever other winning team does. Whatever it takes

Ugly, niggly, but what a beautiful game of football.
Pity though we can't win an intermediate Ulster.

Cavan out of action for a while I believe.
Pitch is getting redone

Have to say it's very quiet.
I watched back the Armagh game and looking back if Armagh would have taken their chances Fermanagh would have been beat.  They hit a serious amount of wides from very kickable frees. Monaghan will be alot more clinical that Armagh .
Fermanagh will have to be very disciplined in the tackle. Anything inside the 60 is kickable for Began.
We have to keep it tight. We will play the system we have played all year but against Armagh we kept the two Quigley's up the field which was good because it meant we had a goal threat up there and they had to be watched.
Corrigan seems to have been fit for the Armagh game but wasn't risked because he wasn't needed.
Would be very interesting if Fermanagh started both Quigley's and Tomas. 
We have a good midfield but Began will not kick anywhere near them.
Can see Monaghan targeting our half forward line for kickouts as they will have a significant height advantage there.

Ultimately I think the strength of the Monaghan squad will carry the game . 
Malachy has had Femanaghs number since he took over Monaghan.
He knows the Fermanagh lads very well.
Monaghan by a few after a tight first half


From my own point of view, my intention to referencing the cynicism of Fermanagh was simply to present it as an observation on my part - not a complaint. Armagh last night have too many concerns of our own to worry about what others do.

Our great team of the noughties had a reputation for cynicism, but my feeling would be it was not for trash talking or feigning injury, or indeed disrupting the opposition kick-outs by pinging a second football onto the pitch. Maybe others will disagree and point to some specific incident from 2007 that totally undermines what I said. Ho hum.

The behaviour yesterday from Fermanagh was no surprise given that McMenamin is in the management team.  it would have been poor enough with Gallagher in charge but McMenamin bring things to another level, to that previously was the preserve of his Tyrone teams.

In general the squad from 1999 to 2008 played a hard game and while blocking off the running player was a tactic and not against any rule, the players with the possible exception of Marty O'Rourke didn't bother with the trash talk that was so evident yesterday from the Fermanagh team.  They have taken the feigning of injury to a level that Tyrone have set since 2003.  While Grimley was stupid in swinging his arm, Quigley, who has serious form for cheating, fell to the ground instantly holding his face. 

Owen you need to take the orange glasses off.
The 'treatment' that both Quigley brothers got yesterday was very noticeable.
I watched it and they didn't react.
Daniel Teague came off the bench and was immediately subject to the same 'treatment'.

Sean received a forearm in the face.  That's a red card.
The Armagh tackling was shocking.  Made it easy for the referee.
Armagh went out to be physical and try and bully Fermanagh.
Armagh didn't score from play after the 16th minute.
Armagh were completely cleaned around midfield as well.
That's why Armagh got beat. 

£24 per adult and £5 for under 16s is too dear.
It was a very poor crowd considering the weather.
Same last week in Ballybofey.

I'd like to personally wish Fermanagh all the best today.
Honeslty I believe this was the crucial element in tonight's win

That was a lot easier than expected .
Very mature performance from Fermanagh against a very disappointing Armagh team.
Armaghs discipline is shocking..
Once Fermanagh got in front after half time Armagh just ran out of ideas.

Have to say Brewster Park is in some shape.
Pitch is like a carpet.

Planning on heading down early on Saturday to catch the Scottish Cup final. Can anyone recommend a pub where we could watch it and get some food?

Pats Bar or Crowes Nest in the centre of the town would be your best bet. A lot better grub and beer than Willie Ramblers. 10-15 minute walk from Brewster.

Best pints in the town .
No food though

Fermanagh team named

1. P Cadden
2. K Connor
3. C Cullen
4. M Jones
5. B.Mulrone
6. J McMahon
7. L Cullen
8. E Donnelly
9. R Jones
10.P McCusker
11.D McCusker
12.A Breen
13.S Quigley
14.C Jones
15.S Quigley

Fermanagh going for a very mobile team 1-12.
Plenty of pace and a very big full forward line.
The Armagh defence can expect a few high balls.
It's not to often Fermanagh have had a sub of Tomas Corrigan's class sitting on the bench.
Add to that his brother Ruairi as well as Danny Teague .
We are certainly alot stronger from the bench than we have been for a while.


Armagh have discipline issues and itís an issue Fermanagh have to try and exploit.

And yet it has been Fermanagh who have had key players sent off in recent games.

Indeed it has. But it has been Armagh who have conceded most Frees .

I would probably agree with you if that had happened once.
Armagh should also have beaten Fermanagh comfortably in the league when we had men sent off.
They didn't and couldn't pull away from us. Somehow we managed to get a draw.
Same thing happened in the league final as well.
I think it will be very tight

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